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president trump today is asked about his claims that president obama wiretapped him before the election, with german chancellor angela merkel right next to him. lou the president answers. the major development involving the secret service and the white house. the intruder inside the gate for 15 minutes. also tonight, the secret service laptop stolen in new york. the urgent search. on the computer, floor plans. evacuation routes at trump tower. the raging inferno, spreading to several buildings. the new apartment building up in flames. evacuations nearby, and eyewitnesses capturing it all. >> oh, my god! the mother, and medic, killed in the line of duty. carjacked, and then run over by the suspect who escaped in her ambulance. and the abc news exclusive. after those headlines about
charles manson's health, tonight here, the never-before-seen moments from diane sawyer's interview with manson. good evening. it's great to have you with us here. it was quite a moment today at the white house. president trump and angela merkel, her first visit to the white house. coming after a campaign where donald trump said she was ruining germany. the president was asked by international reporters about his claim that president obama wiretapped him. the president indicating it was from something he saw on fox news. but an anchor saying fox news has no evidence of any kind that
the president was wiretapped. we begin with jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president welcomed the german chancellor to the oval office, but -- they did without the usual handshake. the awkwardness isn't all that surprising. as a candidate trump attacked angela merkel over and over again, slamming her policy on welcoming syrian refugees to germany. >> the german people are going to end up overthrowing this woman. i don't know what the hell she's thinking. >> reporter: and when merkel was named "time" magazine's person of the year in 2015, trump tweeted, "i told you 'time' magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite. they picked the person who is ruining germany." today, a step towards better relations. >> chancellor merkel, it is a great honor to welcome you to the people's house, the white house. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: "it's much better to talk to one another," she said, "and not about one
another." when it came time for questions, the toughest came from two german reporters who asked about the president's no-evidence claim that president obama tapped his phones. trump dodged the first. then alluded to the revelations a few years ago from wikileaks that u.s. intelligence had in fact monitored merkel's cell phone. >> as far as wiretapping, i guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the german reporter brought up what press secretary sean spicer yesterday, quoting a conservative commentator said on fox news alleging british intelligence spied on trump for president obama. >> he didn't use the nsa. he didn't use the cia. >> he didn't use the fbi or
department of justice. he used gchq. what the heck is the gchq? >> that's the initials for the british spying agency. >> reporter: spicer's use of that statement outraged the british, who called the allegation utterly ridiculous. but trump didn't back down. >> all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. i didn't make an opinion on it. that was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on fox. and so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to fox. >> reporter: a short while later, this from fox news anchor shepard smith. >> fox news knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the united states was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop. >> let's get jon live at the white house. and shaean spicer 24 hours ago,
saying british intelligence spied on him. is this an apology? >> reporter: we know that two officials including spicer reached out, and said that the president was simply reading press accounts. and the british say they were assured that the white house wouldn't do it again. but spicer says the white house has no regrets. >> thanks. and next to a major develop involving the secret service. the intruder was on the ground for at least 15 minutes. and here in new york city, a secret service laptop with information on trump tower on it has been stolen. here's pierre thomas.
>> reporter: officials telling abc news the fence jumper was on the white house grounds for 15 minutes. a letter today offers a damning list, suggesting the fence jumper may have triggered alarms the secret service ignored. may have attempted entry before being caught with two cans of mace. >> this one really scares me. this is perhaps the worst one i've seen, given the amount of time he spent on the white house grounds undetected. >> reporter: the suspect, jonathan tran, jumped a fence at approximately 11:15 last friday. then jumped another fence, moving up to the mansion before being arrested. >> he got to the white house,
jiggling the door. >> reporter: the president at the time, praising the service's actions. >> secret service did a fantastic job. it was a troubled person. very sad. >> reporter: and tonight, more embarrassing news. word that a laptop was stolen from a secret service agent in brooklyn. >> and pierre, the authorities believe that the laptop thief likely didn't know what they were making off with, other than the computer itself? >> reporter: they think it was a common crook, with no knowledge of what he stole. it was a rough day for the secret service. we turn now to the proposed replacement for obamacare. and the president declaring
several republicans who were on the fence have been convinced. here's mary bruce on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, the businessman president is trying to close the deal. >> it's coming together beautifully. >> reporter: huddling in the oval office, he says he's won over the republicans. >> all of these noes, or potential noes, are all yeses. >> reporter: but many of these members were already on board. the house plans to vote on thursday, but there are still a lot of noes that need convincing. >> if they change the bill, i can be a yes by thursday. but they would have to change it substantially. >> reporter: what would it take? >> they have to start over. >> reporter: they say they're going to vote on thursday. >> they're bluffing. >> reporter: 22 no votes would kill the bill in the house. at least 22 have not committed
to supporting it. >> i'm still undecided. >> reporter: the house and gop leaders are promising changes. such as tweaks to funding for medicaid and tax credits to buy insurance. the stakes are huge. many americans fear they could lose their coverage. >> three members of my family, that would be dead if it was not for aca. >> reporter: and they're not oldiol holding back. for republicans and the president, the stakes are also huge. >> i'm 100% behind this. >> mary, even if the bill does get through the house next week, it still faces an uphill battle in the senate. >> reporter: republicans can afford to lose just two votes. tonight, in its current form, this bill is already dead on
arrival. >> thank you. next tonight, the secretary of state making global headlines about what he said on north korea. rex tillerson saying the time for negotiation is over. signaling the u.s. would consider a preemptive attack if north korean missiles threaten u.s. or its allies. >> let me be very clear, we're exploring a new range of measures. all options are on the table. back here at home, to a monster fire forcing hundreds from their homes. the worst in raleigh, north carolina in nearly a century. gloria riviera from raleigh. >> reporter: the massive inferno engulfing an apartment building under construction in downtown
raleigh. >> we have an all-wood construction complex. there is no fire protection in place. >> reporter: a five-alarm monster. neighbors pouring into the streets. >> i could hear the commotion in the hallways. everyone was grabbing their things and animals and getting out of there. >> reporter: several other buildings damaged, the heat melting and shattering windows nearby. >> asphalt is literally steaming from the heat. >> reporter: even a giant constructon crane tumbling. >> oh! >> reporter: luckily, just one firefighter injured by falling glass. the fire chief telling us the fact the building did not yet have a sprinkler system in place. >> the fire had the air, the fuel, and it had a head start on us. >> reporter: the blaze brought under control in three hours, but tonight hundreds of residents in the neighborhood are out of their homes. >> reporter: tonight, the cause is still under investigation, though the building was up to code, inspected just monday. david? >> thank you. as much of this country continues to dig out, the
temperatures keeping the snow in place. tonight, a new storm is brewing, set to hit this weekend. let's go to ginger zee. >> reporter: this is the area that was hit so hard. now, look at the map. a winter weather advisory in place. harrisburg, northwest new jersey with the advisory. in the next 12 to 18 hours, as the warm front bubbles through pennsylvania, it's overnight through noon tomorrow. starts in new jersey and new york city afternoon, and it's the overnight hours, it starts to churn up. areas that didn't get hit as hard, long island, connecticut through almost the cape, that's where some of the heaviest snow will fall, as we almost start spring on monday. and here in new york city, a fire department medic killed,
honored by her colleagues. last night, she and her partner learned a man was hanging off the back of their ambulance. he jumped in, carjacking the ambulance, and running her over. today, members of the fdny, marching in the parade and celebrating her life. and next, the alleged gunman attacking a couple in their car. the victims fighting back. the suspect making a run for it. the driver running him down. the gunman accidentally shoots himself. also tonight, the urgent manhunt for three escaped inmates. how they broke out, and where they're searching. and after the headlines earlier this year about charles manson's health, the never before seen moments from diane sawyer's interview with manson.
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>> well, i'm a sound man. and as i'm putting the microphone on he looks me in the eye and says, "where are you from boy?" and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. and i said "i'm from los angeles, sir." and he said, "los angeles. i've been waiting a long time for a bus to pick me up and take me on back." >> can you see yourself in there? >> i can see myself in there. they don't have mirrors where i'm at. >> so you never see yourself? >> they have funny little things you get up close to. how you doing? >> reporter: that conversation 24 years ago was manson's last media interview. but the interest in manson hasn't diminish. nor the pain for the family of the victims. >> i think few people understand what it's like to have a blood relative killed in a very high-profile, sensational
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>> how you doing? >> reporter: i figured you'd be at another firehouse. we wouldn't be able to track you down. chef rob lost a close friend on 9/11. that friend was a firefighter. so many first responders lost. and rob decided he would give back, through his love of cooking. >> that big tragedy took an impact on me, and so i made a promise that i'd go cook for hopefully all of florida. all the counties. >> reporter: every fire department? >> every fire department. >> reporter: he's well on his way. tonight, chef rob has now cooked for 125 fire departments across florida. and as is so often the case, the firefighters pitching in. helping chef rob. and when it's ready -- >> dinner, dinner, dinner. chef rob's cooking. >> reporter: along the way, rob had been writing down his homespun recipes, hoping one day to publish his own cookbook. little did he know, the firefighters cooked up a
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