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>> ♪ >> hi everybody your rare moment in the white house briefing room as white house chief of staff john kelly gets emotional weighing over the controversy over president trump's condolence call to the widow of a fallen soldier. >> this is one of the top talkers tonight at 6:30 so let's get to it. >> he called four people the other day and expressed his condolences in the best way that he could. it stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation, absolutely stuns me. and i thought at least that was sacred and in his way tried to express that opinion. a brave man, a fallen hero. he knew what he was getting himself i
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enlisted. there's no reason to enlist. he enlisted and he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. that was the message. that was the message that was transmitted. >> white house chief of staff john kelly said he was stunned and heartbroken by democratic lawmakers criticism of president trump's call to the widow of that fallen soldier. general kelly surprised reporters when he spoke out during the white house briefing today. >> president trump has faced backlash ever since frederica wilson said he said he knew what he was signing up here. we're hearing that frederica wilson was in the call, the call came through on a speakerphone originally and whatever happened from there on out it's between them but it's become a politicized issue for sure. >> it certainly has become a politicized issue. let's take a listen to what else general kelly had to say about that
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>> president obama who was my commander-in-chief when i was on active duty did not call my family. that was not a criticism. that was just to simply say i don't believe president obama called. that's not a negative thing. i don't believe president bush called in all cases. i don't believe any president, particularly when the casualty rates are very, very high, that presidents call. >> remember of course general kelly is a gold star father with a son. >> in afghanistan. >> this all started, though, when the presidents -- >> pulled president obama, president bush into the conversation when he was asked how come he had not reached out to the four fallen soldiers that were killed in niger. and then he sort of said, you know, hey, the other people, the other former presidents didn't make those phone calls. but it was a surprise to people to see general kelly come out today to sort of talk about this and defend the president's actions. when you listen to h
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sort of understood what he was saying. >> absolutely. >> someone else was saying they do know what they sign up for. i'm sure, you know, being on the other side, this is all the way someone says it and the way someone receives it. >> right. >> so, it's your interpretation. >> i think whatever was said there when congresswoman wilson came out and made that statement, that was what she -- was she outstepping her boundaries there? it's what she heard was it on her to come out and say that or should she have let la david johnson's family that they were disappointed and they told the washington post that they were. >> one month since hurricane maria devastated puerto rico. despite all the criticism that the president has received over his administration's response to the disaster there mr. trump today rated his performance as a 10. fox's kevin cork h has the latest. >> reporter: puerto rico's governor meeting with president trump on thursday pushing to are more federal
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>> did the united states, did our government when we came in, did we do a great job. >> you responded immediately, sir. >> reporter: nearly one month now after hurricane maria slammed puerto rico some 80 percent of the island is still without power. many super markets have empty shelves and some 30 percent of the residents are still without water. >> i think everybody over here recognizes there's a lot of work to be done in puerto rico but with your leadership, sir, and with everybody over here, we're committed to achieving that. >> i think the governor understands that fema, the military, first responders cannot be there forever. >> reporter: while meeting with the governor president trump giving himself a perfect score when asked about the federal hurricane response. >> between one in 10 how would you rate the white house response. >> i would say it was a 10. i'd say it was probably the most difficult -- when you talk about relief, when you talk about search, when you talk about all of the di
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when you talk about lives saved, you look at the number -- i mean, this was -- i think it was worse than katrina.& it was in many ways worse than anything people have ever seen. >> reporter: mr. trump did pledge to work with congress to approve more aid grants and loans to help rebuild puerto rico. this as some including san juan's mayor have been criticizing the trump administration's response. hurricane maria caused some $85 billion in damage in puerto rico. at the white house, i'm kevin cork, fox news. >> early today again president trump hit up twitter and blasted what he calls the fake media on a russia uranium deal. >> in case you missed this here, uranium deal to russia with clinton help and obama administration knowledge is the biggest story that fake media doesn't want you to follow. so, why are former president obamas clinton robert mueller and eric holder at the center of a
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broke this down today because this has been something that's hit the headlines the last couple of days. break it down for us. >> right. well, it's definitely very complicated and i think there's a lot of pieces of the puzzle that have just recently come out that is making it resurface. back in 2010, under the obama administration, a deal went through that it was the sale of a company called uranium one, it was a canadian company to russia that basically gave them control of a fifth of the u.s.'s capacity to produce uranium. but during that time, apparently, the hill reported this this week, that the fbi had been investigating some potentially criminal activity, corruption, bribery, extortion and it gets very dicey there because the clintons secretary -- hillary clinton was secretary of state then.
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agencies that had to sign off to approve this deal to go through. and then there's -- looked that there had been some donations from the leaders of the company of the deal to the clinton foundation, so there's a lot of pieces here that have obviously given president trump some concern. >> so, elena, let me ask you, is the investigation into that over? were they cleared? where does that stand? is it ongoing? >> so, the investigation took -- i mean, they continued it for four years past the sale of the deal, so that's where these questions come in. >> okay. >> chuck grassley this week has actually sent all these letters to opening this case again and he wants to know if those involved in approving this deal knew of the criminal investigation as it was happening. it's unclear if they did. if they did, it looks pretty bad on them. but that's not clear, so that's what he's been pushing for this week. >> yeah, i think as we talk about russia in the vain of elecon
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they may have done or may not have done with the trump administration during the campaign i feel like now you have russia on the other side of it so it seems like russia is cutting both ways here. >> right, exactly. >> i'm just curious. what's the thought from other people, from democrats? is this -- do they think the president or chuck grassley are just throwing this out there sort of a smoke screen so we stop talking about the russia collusion issue and we start looking at this again. >> that's one thing many democrats are saying but as you can see, trump during the campaign did that a lot. he used to say hillary clinton was responsible for now russia owning 20 percent of the united states uranium which wasn't exactly true but this fbi report really brought this back into light showing that there was potentially corruption. so, that's why everyone's focus is on it now but could it be a way of deflecting attention from the current russia collusion investigation? of course. >> all right. well, one thing is for sure we're still talking about russia, russia, russia,
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>> that's the. >> not going away. >> that's the marsha brady did hedefense, russia, russia -- russia. >> thank you elena. >> there are reports trump's closest advisers are wavering. >> our next guest says president trump is still ping-ponging between the influences of steve bannon and and mitch mcconnell. thanks for joining us. >> you bet. thanks for having me. >> a lot of people says the president comes out and gives his opinions or thoughts based on the last person he talked to. where do you stand on this. >> well, i don't know about who he -- how much the last person he talked to has an impact on him but i think in terms of the subject at hand and whether or not it is in his best interest to listen to steve bannon or mitch mcconnell the answer is, yes, both of them because right now there's no way the president gets anything done if he does not work with mitch mcconnell. but havingai
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way for the president to be able to get things done in 2018 and 2019 and 2020 is be able to win elections. there are 10 democrats today that are in seats, that are in states won by donald trump and the best opportunity for republicans to win those seats is to bring together the mitch mcconnell wing and the steve bannon wing which right now seem pretty divergent but they're cooperating today. they were cooperating on candidates in missouri. they're working together and supporting the same candidate and if they continue to do that, you're going to see claire mccaskill lose, joe manchin lose. >> well, you know, chris, i think the one thing that a lot of people tend to forget about when there's all this focus on 2018 and what the democrats can do is the republicans aren't nearly defending as many seats as you mentioned, the democrats are so the de
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offense and defense and republicans have it, you know, all things considered not nearly as difficult as the democrats might. >> reporter: no, you're exactly right. i mean, really you're looking at 10 seats on the democratic side that they have to defend again in states that donald trump won and two seats on the republican side in arizona and new mexico and that's really where the rift is. it's on those two races in arizona and mexico where steve bannon is on the other side of the incumbents and the challenge exists with jeff blake is you've already got -- nice way donald trump is going to side with mitch mcconnell there. i think the jury is out on what happens in nevada and i think you'll see everybody come in behind dean heller because he's been with donald trump. say what you want to about alabama and tennessee, those are where steve bannon is planting a flag and saying we're winning here but you're going to have conservative representation in both states at the end of the day. >> chris wilson we appreciate your thoughts there and helping us break it down. thanks for joining u
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>> all right. speaking of elections there's one in just a couple of weeks in virginia. yeah, i don't know if you saw this. there's some ads. >> yeah. >> the race for governor is a dead heat or is the republican slightly ahead or does the democrat have a massive lead? this sound confusing. >> yes. >> well, you won't be confused after this episode of 5 at 6:30 after the break. >> ♪
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vo: john adams' prescription for health care would be a disaster for virginia families. adams supports letting insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. seniors would be charged thousands more. 685,000 virginians would lose their health care. and adams is against medicaid expansion - denying coverage to thousands of veterans, children and the disabled.
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mark: i'm mark herring, candidate for attorney general, and i sponsored this ad. >> ♪ >> former president obama returned to the campaign trail for the new jersey gubernatorial race. now he's stumping for ralph northam. last week joe biden stumped for ralph avenue as well. avenue -- ralph northam. >> tom fitzgerald is live from virginia to breakdown some of the polling numbers. looks like the mantra is don't
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>> yeah. >> reporter: well, you know, believe what you like to read. [laughter] >> reporter: if you like one candidate or another, there's a poll out there for you. keep in mind just in the last two days we want to show this to you, these were just a couple of the polls that have come out in just the last two days, right. now, this is the christopher newport university poll. that's got ralph northam at 48 percent, ed gillespie down at 44 percent. all right. put check this out. you go to the monmouth university poll, they've got ed gillespie up by one point in this race, all right, still within the margin of error but hold onto your hat. look at what quinnipiac college has now. they are now looking at this race as a 14-point edge for ralph northam. 53 percent to 39 percent. now, that gives you an idea of exactly why you when we talked to people about what they feel about polls this year as opposed to what they saw happen when all of those polls said that hillary clinton's going to get elected president a lo
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tonight say they are just not paying attention to these polls anymore 'cause they tone know what to believe. >> polls are just -- they're not good sources of information for me. yeah, especially after what happened with this election, yeah. everybody thought hillary was going to win. >> reporter: do you look at them more cynically now than you used to at all. >> i do. >> reporter: do you believe polls anymore? >> honestly, no. i think a lot of them are filled with some type of corruption. >> reporter: and here's the thing. you know, we're talking about president obama being in richmond tonight. you know, president trump poked into this race a couple of days ago on twitter and there's been a lot of conversation about whatever trump effect is going to be felt in the commonwealth at this gubernatorial race but not everybody is on board with this. and here's why. we went over to virginia tech today to talk to ann khademian. she says time and time again the evidence in this state in virginia shows that state
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on state issues. meaning if any democrat is now thinking two weeks out from this thing that anti-trump fever is suddenly going to push their candidate to victory, she will tell you you might want to check that because the evidence does not suggest the big state -- out of state issues have an effect on what happens with these gubernatorial races. listen to this. >> i think you can put too much weight on it. donald trump right now is showing some impact in drawing democrats to the polls in a negative way but there's also going to be some -- there's some evidence that he's pulling also people in on the republican side but not in large margins. >> reporter: so it could be wash. >> it could be a wash. >> reporter: we do know this, though. barack obama has had success in this state. he is the first democrat to have carried virginia. you would have to go back to 1964 and lyndon johnson. jim and shawn, you remember that, don't you. >> like it was just yesterday. y,
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about historical races here let's go back a couple of years when ed gillespie challenged mark warner and granted we're talking about a senate race back then versus a gubernatorial race but you talk about the polls saying one thing and then going up to election day and into election night how close that race was. >> reporter: well, let's also remember the dynamics that of case. you had an incumbent versus a challenger. you don't have that. no matter who is running for governor in virginia every four years you are always going to have two people who are challengers to that seat. >> yeah. >> reporter: you'll never have an incumbent in virginia unless they change the state constitution. >> i don't know that they'll change it any time soon. >> and i think that's one way somebody won't win by saying if i'm elected i'm going to -- we're going to legalize two terms. thank you fitz. >> thank you fitz. d.c. is trying to lure amazon to the nation's capitol. the unique way it is pulling
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we'll be right back. >> ♪ >> ♪♪
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ralph northam: i'm ralph northam, candidate for governor, and i sponsored this ad. narrator: ed gillespie wants to end a woman's right to choose. ed gillespie would put the government in charge of a woman's personal decisions, not women and their doctors. as governor, ed gillespie says, i would like to see abortion be banned. if ed gillespie would like to see abortion banned, i would like to see i would like to see i would like to see that ed gillespie never becomes governor.
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>> ♪ >> it is deadline day in the coast to coast contest to win over amazon. cities across the country had until today to submit bids for a chance to house amazon's second headquarters and the dmv got in on the game. d.c. putting forth four potential sites anacostia waterfront capitol hill east shaw howard university and noma union station. >> there's an event happening right now that you could call a pretty creative stunt designed get the attention of the amazon decision makers. ronica cleary is there tonight to explain. ronica, what in the world is going on? >> reporter: hey, jim and shawn. yeah, you know, it's funny i heard you mention that in the tease about this event. if i'm being totally honest i don't see too much engagement with this event. the idea was to encourage people to get out there on social media. maybe they are. i would say people just really seem to be going about their business enjoying union market tonight. and earlier today we were in
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noma by all of the food trucks. some people were totally aware of what was going on, some not so much but nonetheless this could be a place that transforms if they win this bid for amazon hq2, headquarters two, so take a listen to this. >> when amazon comes in, they won't completely overwell the area but yet they'll fit into an environment with a lot of great institutions. and that energy between the more private sector, more entrepreneurial business all the think tanks we have, all the associations and the government office, i think that mix is going to just really enhance the vitality of the neighborhood. >> reporter: okay, that was robin eve jasper. she is the president of the noma bid, that's the bid that would affect this area and let me tell you it's no surprise that you see four bids coming out of d.c. based on the requirements tha
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okay. reports say that amazon wants a metropolitan area, they want over a million people in the area where these headquarters would be based, they want access to public transportation. obviously things that d.c. brings to the table. so, of course the woman we spoke with affiliated with the bid out of noma is very excited and eager to sell amazon on this, but what do you think about the idea? of course it wouldn't be 5 at 6:30 without the pulse of the people. take a listen. >> i think one of the challenges that you find in a neighborhood like this that's transitioning that's east, the eastern portion of the city that is kind of been going through this renaissance is how do we make sure that that people who live in this neighborhood who have lived here for quite some time get to benefit as well. if this could provide economic opportunity upward mobility and foster greater level of community here which makes sense with the union market campus coming forward, then i certainly support it. >> probably would be a good thing. it will bring more jobs to the
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>> i agree. bringing more jobs is always great. >> it would be excellent if we win. i think it would bring a lot of economic power to d.c. and that's something we need. so, i think that would be wonderful if we get it, you know, d.c. can move up. >> reporter: so, there you have a little bit of perspective from people in the area. that first gentleman we spoke with, we kind of teased him that he should, you know, work for the bids because he knew so much about it. you know, he was really well versed in how it could affect the region and hopefully help the people in the area if one of these locations in d.c. wins. obviously the people we spoke to today they're hoping for the one right here. back to you jim and shawn. >> that makes sense. we would love to see it anywhere in this region. >> prince george's county making a push, too. >> reporter: yes. >> thank you ronica. so i was playing with alexa and i found it does this. alexa who is shawn yancy. >> sorry, i don't know that one. >> i guess it doesn't work now. it was saying who she was before. it knew who
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know who i was and i was going to say that's why we're buying a google home. we're just having fun with it. >> we'll be right back. >> it was working a minute ago. ago. vo: john adams' prescription for health care would be a disaster for virginia families. adams supports letting insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. seniors would be charged thousands more. 685,000 virginians would lose their health care. and adams is against medicaid expansion -
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veterans, children and the disabled. john adams: higher costs, less coverage, hurting virginians. mark: i'm mark herring, candidate for attorney general, and i sponsored this ad.
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>> welcome back. chelsea handler bidding farewell to her talk show. >> she says she plans to become "a mortgage i can't believe and engaged citizen." comedian adds her goal is to be better informed and participate in a more meaningful way. handler has been very public about her thoughts on the present election and says they have inspired her. that was a big deal when she went to netflix. this was seen as netflix's attempt to do a nightly show. whether or not this was -- ratings was this her decision but in the grand scheme of things i think people who like chelsea handler knows where she stands. i don't think it will surprise many people to see where she moves politically. >> we'll see what happens. we hope you
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see what happens when the news continues on fox5 digital at fox5dc.com. >> and you can see shawn and tony at 8:00 on fox5 plus. >> and then you can see us on fox5 at 11:00.
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