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tonight, breaking news. no proof, and still, the white house fires back. after senate leaders reveal they have found no indication, no evidence of president trump's claim that president obama wiretapped him. our correspondent asks "does the president stand by his claim?" the white house shoots back. defending the budget. massive increases in defense, homeland security, and dramatic cuts elsewhere. the white house asked about after school programs, meals on wheels, the environment, on climate change -- they say, we're not spending money on that anymore. the escape as mount etna erupts. tourists burned by lava, pelted by rocks. the camera crew rolling on everything. still digging out tonight and yet a new storm brewing.
the new track hitting just before the weekend. and the urgent manhunt tonight for the man who threw this woman into her own trunk. she escapes. and the one thing she used to get out of that trunk. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night, and tonight, fireworks at the white house. just hours after the republican and democratic leaders of the senate intelligence committee released a statement together, saying, there are no indications of any surveillance at trump tower. it comes after those explosive allegations. president trump's claim that president obama wiretapped him before the election. standing by that claim again overnight. late today, white house press secretary sean spicer pushing back, saying those senators aren't done investigating, and another statement from a senator saying, we wouldn't have said that if we weren't briefed. abc's chief white house correspondent, jon karl, with the fiery response to his question at the white house late today.
>> reporter: tonight, the top democrat and republican members of the senate intelligence committee declared in no uncertain terms that they have seen nothing to prove president trump's explosive allegation president obama had his phones tapped. "we see no indications," they said, "that trump tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the united states government either before or after election day 2016." speaker of the house paul ryan was equally blunt. >> no such wiretap existed. we've cleared that up, that we have seen no evidence of that. >> reporter: but the white house is not backing down. >> the intelligence committee point-blank they have seen no indication of surveillance >> i understand that, johnathan. where was your passion and where was your concern when they all said there was no connection to russia? where was it then? crickets from you guys. because at the end of the day -- >> so are you saying president stands by his allegation that president obama wire trapped trump tower? >> no, no, no. hold on, hold on. i'm making a point, the point is this, number one, that it's interesting how when evidence comes out and people who have been briefed on the russian connection come out say that
that there was nothing that they have seen that proves a connection, you choose not to cover that. >> and im asking you to respond to the senate intelligence committee. >> hold on, hold on, let me, and i'm trying to answer your question jonathan if you can calm down. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer then went on offense. >> you can follow up. >> reporter: talking for nearly eight minutes straight, reading from various paidmedia reports d conservative commentary citing unconfirmed and anonymous sources on possible surveillance of trump tower and trump associates. >> are you saying that the president stands by his allegation that president obama ordered wiretapping surveillance of trump tower despite the fact that that the senate intelligence committee says they see no indication that it happened? does the president still stand by the allegation? >> first of all he stands by it but again you're mischaracterizing what happened today. no, no -- >> no, they say they saw no indication, i am reading exactly from their statement.
>> i understand that. at the same time they acknowledge that they have not been in contact with the department of justice. >> so you think he'll still be vindicated? so you think he'll still be vindicated? >> i believe he will. >> reporter: but moments later, the top democrat of the senate intelligence committee said they have been in contact with the justice department, saying, they wouldn't "have made the statement they made without having been fully briefed by authorities." all this comes just 24 hours after the president tried to explain what he meant when he accused president obama of wiretapping trump tower. >> and don't forget, when i say wiretap, those words were in quotes. that really covers -- because wiretapping is pretty old fashioned stuff. but that really covers surveillance and many other things. and nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing. but wiretap covers a lot of different things. i think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> reporter: two tweets from the president put quotes around the word, wiretap, but no others, no quotes. "how low has president obama gone to tapp my phones" and "president obama was tapping my phones."
what was the basis for the claim? >> well, i've been reading about things. i read in, i think it was january 20th a "new york times" article where they were talking about wiretapping. there was an article, i think they used that exact term. >> reporter: but "the new york times" never reported president obama ordered any wiretapping of trump tower, citing anonymous sources, the paper reported surveillance of russian officials who had been in contact with trump associates. >> all right. so let's go live to jon karl at the white house tonight, and we know the fbi director came to the hill behind closed doors this week, but soon the american people will hear from him on this? >> reporter: he will be before the house intelligence committee on monday, david. this is a hearing on russian interference in the elections, but you can be sure that this question of the alleged wiretapping will be front and center, and he'll have to answer it before the public. >> jon karl live at the white house. thank you. next, the controversy surrounding president trump's new budget. his first budget out today, and some republicans giving it a chilly response. the president calling his budget
america first. $54 billion for the pentagon, and billions in cuts to domestic and foreign aide programs. he was pressed on school programs, meals on wheels and paying the tab for that wall. at least for now. abc's mary bruce at the capital. the budget that would scramble the spending priorities. >> we'll remind you we're calling it the american budget. we are an america first candidate, and you have a america first president, and it shouldn't surprise anybody we have an america first budget. >> reporter: spending a whopping $54 billion request. veteran affairs and homeland security. the president asking for a combined $4.1 billion in tax money to start building his border wall, though trump has promised mexico will foot the bill. >> they will pay us back? >> 100%. >> the american taxpayer will
pay for the wall at first? >> we will be reimbursed at a later date. >> reporter: the big loser, the epa, the state department and education. you might be seeing less of this guy. ♪ >> reporter: no more federal funding for public broadcasting. >> i put myself in the shoes of that -- that steel worker in ohio. the coal miner, the coal mining family in west virginia. the mother of two in detroit, and i'm saying, okay. i have to go ask folks for money, and tell them where i'm going to spend it. can i go to those folks, look at them in the eye, and say, i want to take money from you, and kbif toyota koerpgs of broadcasting? >> reporter: and for research. >> the president was straight forward. we're noot spending money on that anymore. >> reporter: but they are intended to help the poor. federal funding for meals on wheels and afterschool programs, nixed.
>> they are supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. guess what? there is no demonstrative evidence they are doing that. >> reporter: but this pennsylvania family disagrees. >> if they weren't in the program, they probably wouldn't excel in school as good as they are right now to be honest with you. this is a program that should not be cut. >> reporter: some job training initiatives gone. like the program that helped kentucky coal miner, preston learn new skills. >> as a former marine, i understand that the military needs more support. but i don't feel that's one of the things that needs to be cut. >> reporter: for some trump supporters in west virginia, the deep cuts are worth it. >> i know cutting back on different things kind of hurts, but i would say our national security is more important. >> yeah. >> and mary bruce with us live from capitol hill tonight, and mary, late word this afternoon that even some republicans are distancing themselves from these
budget plans? >> reporter: david, some republicans are voicing serious concerns about the deep cuts, especially to the state department. even the house speaker today noting the president's budget is simply an opening offer, david. >> mary, thank you. there is new fallout this evening after president trump now faces his second defeat on his proposed travel ban. the revised ban blocked just hours before it took effect. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega. >> reporter: president trump today, ignoring the fate of his revised travel ban. >> what are you going to do next? >> reporter: that order temporarily barring travelers from six muslim-majority countries brought to a standstill by a judge in hawaii. just hours before it was supposed to take effect. during a stop in nashville on thursday, the president rallying his supporters with the news. >> let me give you the bad, the sad news. >> reporter: and judge derrick watson did not hold back from
the bench, writing, any reasonable, objective observer would conclude as does the court that the stated secular purpose of the executive order is at the very least, secondary to a religious objective of temporarily suspending the entrance of muslims. he used the president's own words against imhim, like this statement from the campaign trail. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of the muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: this from rudy yule yawny. >> he said, put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally. >> reporter: the judge citing from the ban's architect. saying travel ban 2.0 is no different than the first one. >> fundamentally, you will still have the same basic policy outcome for the country. >> reporter: and president trump echoing that. >> the order he blocked was a
watered down version of the first order. >> reporter: and he is vowing to keep fighting in court. >> we're going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the supreme court. >> and in a reflection of the reaction he gets at the rallies, the president now saying he may do more of the campaign-style events? >> reporter: he says he wants to do them about every two weeks, and even more because he has already got another one on the books for monday, and his re-election campaign is organizing that one. >> thank you, cecilia. new revelations about how much money michael flynn collected from organizations tied to russia. documents obtained by a democrat on the oversight committee revealing he was paid nearly $48,000 by several russian firms in 2015, including the network in russia. a charter cargo airline and a top cybersecurity corporation.
he said he was lobbying for turkey, while attending intelligence briefings as part of the trump campaign. tourists injured and burned as europe's tallest active volcano roars back to life. end issing a camera crew running for their lives. a heat of lava and snow sending burning rocks right at the crew. your chief foreign correspondent, terry moran, tonight. >> reporter: these images, instagrammed by a tourist just minutes before the eruption show a brilliant morning. then -- molten rock and boulders shooting hundreds of feet into the air. the bbc news crew dropping their camera to the ground. people fleeing as the superheated debris rains down and a dense cloud of steam engulfs the slope. all scramble for the safety of the mountain vehicle, a window there shattered by the flying rocks. ten people injured, three hospitalized. but all were badly shaken. tonight, we spoke with the bbc's rebecca morelle.
>> everyone started to run, all the while we were being pelted with all of this material. but we couldn't see anything too. it was a whiteout. >> so there was a moment when you thought you were going to die? >> there's a huge explosion. you do think for -- that might be it. >> reporter: the explosion was triggered when the flowing m magma at 1,800 degrees fahrenheit, hit the thick snow creating high-pressure pockets of steam. mt. edna, one of the world's most active volcanoes. tourists visit every year, and the bbc was there to do a story on the monitoring. it's clear there is a lot left to learn that way. >> thank you, terry. back here of the home, and a winter storm brewing as millions dig out from the powerful and deadly nor'easter. the east is in the deep freeze. look this. the train into the station, kicking up that wave of snow as passengers were waiting on the platform. let's get right to chief meteorologist, ginger zee.
not everyone was laughing, and mow a new storm, ginger. >> reporter: that's right. we have more snow on the way, david. as uncomfortable as this deep freeze might be for so many of us after such a mild february, the agriculture, the farmers are really concerned in parts of the southeast. i'm going to show you here. that deep freeze for one more morning will be a hard freeze in some spots and that's why we have the warnings still out. the actual numbers going into your friday morning like like this. 30 in columbia, and charlotte. it could be below 20 in a lot of spots. with we were mentioning, chicago gets rain and the mix on friday, and then it becomes all rain. south of the warm front, it will stay rain, but the northeast, places that got hit hard, could see another 1 to 4 inches by saturday afternoon. >> ginger, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight." murder trial making national headlines. the young husband killed in front of his wife just before
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finally tonight here, a moment of friendship during 9/11 remembered. here's david wright. ♪ ♪ at the start of a moment >> reporter: call it broadway diplomacy. the prime minister from the great white north came to the great white way for a musical, based on a true story. >> on an island in a different land. there's america, and next to it is a town called gander. >> reporter: gander who welcomed 7,000 unexpected refugees on 9/11. passengers on 38 commercial jet that is ended up getting diverted there. ♪ >> reporter: it's a musical with a message about welcoming strangers with open arms. >> when you go through difficult times, that's when you turn and
lean on your friends, and we're there for each other, and that ultimately is what this story is all about. >> reporter: justin trudeau has been critical of president trump's approach to refugees, but also careful. trudeau and ivanka trump have met before, just last month at the white house. last night's outing wasn't a date. ivanka's chaperone, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. the theater serving like the ice rink in gander did on 9/11, breaking the ice. "come from away" forging friends. >> our thanks to david wright, and thank you for watching on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow to finish out the week. good night. dear fellow citizen,
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