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don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president. says there's evidence donald trump obstructed justice. and this is al jazeera live from coming up. we send a strong message and our hope is that. the u.s. plans new sanctions against russia over the suspected chemical attack in syria. hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of protest against the jailing of separatist leaders. and old child stop drivers in jordan to turn away from fuel burning cars.
former f.b.i. director james comey says donald trump is morally fit to be president and he says there may be some evidence trump obstructed justice he was speaking in an exclusive interview with a.b.c.'s george stephanopoulos earlier trump unleashed a twitter tirade against me saying the man he sacked should be jailed gavrilo this on the reports from washington d.c. . in a remarkable rebuke former f.b.i. director james comey is saying u.s. president donald trump is not fit to be commander in chief is donald trump unfit to be president. yes but not in the way i often hear people talk about it i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on i don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president the exclusive. interview with a.b.c.
news' george stephanopoulos was part of the rollout of coleman's new book titled a higher loyalty truth lies and leadership in the interview komi says trump lies as obstructed justice and like to see him to an insecure mob boss and he also says russia might have compromising information on the president do you think the russians have something on donald trump i think it's possible i don't know i mean these are more words i never thought i'd utter about a president but it's possible and he accused the president of wrongdoing of a possible crime yeah. just the hours before the komi interview aired the president unloaded on twitter calling komi a slimeball slippery and not smart in one tweet trump insists komi committed numerous crimes themselves and needs to go to jail tweeting in part how come he gave up classified information jail why did he lie to congress jail in another message trump tweets komi will go down as the worst f.b.i.
director in history by far trump adding with an exclamation mark for good measure you know more for him is the me yeah komi was fired by trump in may saying it was for his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation but trump later said in an interview it was because of the russian vest a geisha and the firing prompted a series of events that led to the justice department to appoint robert mueller as special counsel overseeing the russian investigation that has expanded to look into whether trump obstructed justice by firing komi komi says trump privately asked him for a loyalty pledge trump denies this this isn't the first book to rattle the white house in january fire and fury sold more than a million copies in four days written by journalist michael wolff the book revealed salacious details that painted a picture of a white house in chaos khomeini's book however poses even more of a threat to the. white house given it was written by the former director of the
highest law enforcement agency in america and based partly off notes that he took after private meetings with the president the book is scheduled to be released on tuesday and certain to set off a firestorm in washington and beyond and particularly with an administration that seems to go from one crisis to another gabriel zonda al-jazeera washington. bill schneider is a political analyst and visiting professor of communication at the university of california los angeles joins us now from los angeles good to have you with us how do you think team trump should be when a man like comi starts talking about of struction of justice. i think he should be worried because that of course is a crime and he has a special counsel who is investigating any evidence of any kind of criminal behavior the charge coming from the former director of the f.b.i.
even if he was fired by donald trump that's a very serious matter we don't know do we waltz james komi is talking about though when he refers to obstruction of justice well he appears to be talking about the fact that. trump fired him because he was looking into the relationship between the trump campaign and russia komi isn't specifying exactly and there are several pieces of evidence of obstruction obstruction of justice that we know the special counsel who was appointed after. comey was fired there's several pieces of evidence they could suggest obstruction of justice that's just one of the things that's being looked into personal attorneys affairs other things could lead to other scandals they already have possibly court cases against this president how do you think this is going to go down with the base trump's base of support.
from space has been very loyal to him what they like about him is what he's doing right now they like the fact that he's defiant faced with the opposition with criticism he's defiant he basically is bullying he's insulting he uses childish nicknames against people and his base loves that because they haven't ever seen that in american leader before on the other hand a lot of americans particularly better educated americans really find their very offensive i've heard people say you've been a republican all my life this president is certainly a rich person but he has no class you hear that all the time if you look at the position the republican party has taken they've sent out some talking points via a web site to sort of take down the credibility as they would see it of komi do. you do you think that this sort of trend of republicans rallying around trump will continue on some point it might crack well it might it's going to crack what
we're seeing is a lot of affluent well educated suburban republicans who used to be very solid supporters of the party they have been fleeing the party they are a lot of them fled as early as the two thousand and sixteen election they don't like donald trump he's not their kind of leader they much prefer the bush establishment style of leadership and the republicans are bleeding very badly in suburban america which is where most americans now live. don't forget one other thing james komi is not very popular among democrats because a lot of hillary clinton supporters believe he is the reason why she lost the election so he's a very controversial figure among members of both parties all right bill schneider good to get your thoughts on that. the u.s. is announces a limb pose further sanctions against russia for its support of syria's government after last week's suspected chemical attack washington's envoy to the u.n. the halley says they'll target companies involved in syria's alleged chemical weapons program is for those saturday mornings air strikes on syrian military
installations so you will think that russian sanctions will be coming down secretary mineta will be announcing those on monday if he hasn't already and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with a quote that related to our side and chemical weapons use and so i think everyone is going to feel that at this point i think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it french president emanuel micron claims you convince president trump to keep a long term u.s. presence in syria but the white house responded afterwards that trumps to once u.s. military forces to return home as soon as possible alan fisher has more from washington d.c. . well we know there have been a number of calls between the elysee palace and the white house over the last week not least to judge their reaction to what they saw was a syrian chemical attack against its own people and to draw up plans for the strike
that we saw on friday night into saturday morning certainly president mccrone will consider himself one of the world leaders closest to donald trump but donald trump's position on syria has been clear just over two weeks ago at a campaign event in ohio he insisted he wanted to get out of syria very soon indeed that surprised some people in washington and a week later the president rode back slightly by saying he still wants to get out of syria he doesn't want an open ended commitment there but he was looking to get out of syria as soon as the objective was achieved which he saw as the defeat of eisel and certainly we know that military leaders are looking at a six month time scale to try and remove all american troops out of syria but as far as the president of france is concerned he has no doubts about the american commitment to the efforts in syria. and the president ten days ago president
trump was saying the u.s. should withdraw from syria we convinced him that it was necessary to stay i think that on a diplomatic level beyond what happened abroad those three strikes which are one element for me the most important thing we convinced him that we needed to stay for the long want to and i still don't actually. the trump white house has been criticized for a lack of vision a lack of policy on syria certainly that was a point that was made by politicians from both sides before the attack was launched on syria late on friday early into saturday morning by asking ok if we do carry you know these raids what's the next step what happens after that and the white house has been concentrating largely on defeating eisel and reducing the caliphate as donald trump is referred to several times on twitter and certainly they would like to see some sort of peace settlement in syria but they've moved away from the idea that president assad needs to be in
a place where there is no doubt that the president of france left those phone calls with donald trump very clear on donald trump's commitment although obviously given the statement snow coming out of the white house saying there is no change in their policy nothing has altered as far as their ideas and syria has can sound president mccraw may have left those conversations with a different impression of what donald trump was actually seeing syria also featured high on the agenda at the arab league summit in saudi arabia twenty two member body is divided over the issue of those airstrikes saudi arabia bahrain a lot of previously issued statements in support of the action while egypt iraq and lebanon have expressed concern. montenegro's ruling party has declared leader of each the winner of sunday's presidential election preliminary results have him winning fifty four percent of
the vote which is enough to avoid a runoff his main opponent. thirty three percent it's a key victory for fifty six yr old your kind of age who defied russia and montenegro to join nato last year. was going to this elections results above all i understand it is the confirmation of montenegro's strong determination to continue on the european road to continue on the road that leads to a european quality of life for all our citizens to continue on the road that will bring us to a full european union membership still ahead on al-jazeera but tell you why a popular coffee shop is the target of protests in the u.s. . and the dismantling of what was meant to be a huge hospital now it's become part of argentina's slum problem.
hello again the weather's looking pretty unsettled at the moment across the levant and western parts of asia you see some snow in evidence across a specky stand through up into kazakhstan also temperate zone tara just fourteen degrees with the risk of some showers baghdad to a shower isn't entirely out of the question and the wind hours are also indicating that it was some lift to dust in places meanwhile across the western side of the eastern side of the mediterranean weather conditions here looking largely dry and fine there with sunshine for beirut temperature twenty six expected on choose a further north it's fine rather cross turkey ankara a twenty five degrees now here in the arabian peninsula the weather conditions are looking a little bit unsettled i think during the course of monday fine on the western side of the punisher thirty eight degrees and sunny in mecca but here in the gulf states that three more cloud around the cool people the dust up floats around to also the chance of one or two showers coming in or southerly flow so that cooler house being
just thirty degrees likely here in tow rising to thirty one as we head through into tuesday so across into southern portions of africa here we've got some rain across the western side of south africa much needed rainfall of course but cape time will be largely dry elsewhere it should be fine for durban and we're expecting a high here of twenty three. as we embrace new technologies rarely do we stop to ask what is the price of this progress what happened was people started getting sick but there was a small group of people that began to think that maybe this was related to becoming a disclosure on the job and investigation reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs we think ok we'll send our e waste to china but we have to remember that air pollution travels around the globe death by design on al-jazeera.
welcome back you're watching al-jazeera time to recap our headlines former f.b.i. director james comey says donald trump is morally unfit to be the u.s. president and the damning interview with the a.b.c. news george stephanopoulos comey also says there's evidence trump attempted to obstruct justice. the u.s. has announced new sanctions against russia because of its support for syria's government washington's envoy to the u.n. the key haley said they'll target companies involved in syria's alleged chemical weapons program this follows saturday mornings and strikes on syrian military installations that's allegedly stored chemical weapons. mounted
a gross ruling party has declared lead a marriage the winner of sunday's presidential election preliminary results have him winning fifty four percent of the vote which is enough to avoid a runoff his main opponent. got thirty three percent. hundreds of thousands of independence protesters have gathered in barcelona calling for the release of nine jailed catalan separatist leaders spanish authorities want to try the political leaders on charges of rebellion so in their guy go is in barcelona. it is six months since catalonia has been governed under direct rule from the dreads and there was little in the way of a political resolution to the crisis i don't. know side is prepared to climb down from that position the spanish government maintains its line the illegal referendum last october. as an act of rebellion and it's taking all
measures it says on necessary to contain it measures that protesters here say have gone too far or you can be against the ban guns or you can be trying to ban but. it's impossible to think that that's a normal thing and i don't project our boundaries our political prisoners and our politicians cannot do their job because they're not allowed to do. so we are taking charge of the situation if it is the thinking behind the decision to jail castle our leaders would be that it would quell some of the fervor here but it couldn't have been more of a mistaken one because that has only served to really galvanize people here pro independent us but also beyond that as well to say that their fundamental democratic rights are being threatened meanwhile be arrested castle and politicians await trial on charges of rebellion a crime that carries a maximum sentence of thirty years in prison according to the lawyer representing the leaders has little hope that spain's justice system would deliver a just verdict but the conduct of the moment to the spanish authorities believe the
standards of before democracy you do know people are for the peaceful expression of better view. of the castle and parliament has called for legal charges to be brought against a spanish supreme court judge for refusing to release one of the leaders jordy sanchez he was nominated to become the next catalan president now catalan politicians have only until the end of may to nominate another leader before new regional elections a cold if it comes to that may shift the crisis but not necessarily in favor of those who put so much faith in the session its movement on it i have all barcelona . the chief executive of starbucks is apologizing after two black men were arrested as they waited for a friend in a philadelphia franchise of the coffee shop protesters of taking to the streets in the city's mayor says he's heartbroken over the arrests by the police commissioner is defined. in his offices. as more of these the mobile phone pitches that have
stocks on the defensive two men were scooted out of the cafe on thursday accused of trespassing going the to meet a friend and also to use the restroom and they refused to leave called the police that friend turned up as they were being removed from the. off of that video went viral starbucks went into damage control we're always working to create the very best environment in our stores in in our communities tireless efforts to bridge the opportunity divide for young men and women of color and i've never been more proud of this company and what they do and this incident does not reflect the spirit of our brand it was an unfortunate incident and will be sure to make it right. starbucks c.e.o. kevin johnson also apologized on twitter this was little comfort for protesters who
rallied outside and inside the chain's coffee shop in philadelphia on sunday. the police commissioner defended the officers involved when the call was initially made in starbucks employees they told the males that they were we said. we are here so police get there no component but the same type of attitude in repeatedly it's all they're not we in fact here's some let's rhetoric about you don't know what you're doing your dollar your lawyer or something that it isn't for me to say in short these officers did absolutely nothing wrong with the commission's statement may have done more harm than good. the police commissioner said that the officers didn't do anything. i believe a lot of times when there's someone who's racist and shows attitude of bigotry they tend to use the system to then show opposition to a person that did nothing wrong i'm not sure this is just an isolated this issue
but i think that whenever you have. a racial profiling situation it should be a sense not just by managers because that manager clearly has to be fired but the police themselves the district attorney said the two men were released after their rescue to lack of evidence and starbucks decision not to go further with the case regardless though the arrests have sparked fresh debate about the treatment of black americans on a hoax that algis their. fighters have killed a u.n. peacekeeping after attacking a base in mali they also injured ten french soldiers in the northern city of timbuktu finds is wearing blue helmets and to the camp and detonated two suicide car bombs and five dozens of rockets it's been no claim of responsibility. already protests in several indian cities over the rape of two young girls and one case a politician has been arrested charged with raping a teenager and in another eight men have been jailed for the gang rape torture and
murder of an eight year old boy in the indian administered kashmir. venezuelan president nicolas maduro has launched a scathing attack on this year's summit of the americas calling it ideologically intolerant moderate or was barred from attending the meeting of regional leaders ahead of a presidential election that many considered a sham and that's why it is in the grip of an economic crisis. this summer didn't have conclusions it didn't have proposals it didn't have decisions. i think that the summit of lamers the start of what could be the end of a summit of the american student the ideological and political intolerance. and urban development project in argentina's capital one osiris is angering some of those it will displace it's part of a government plan to integrate hundreds of thousands of people living in slums into the rest of the city the hope is that i'll get access to the basic services they've never had before to raise about reports. it's known as the white elephant an
abandoned building in when our side is that for decades was home to hundreds of people that had nowhere else to live. but these days heavy equipment is working nonstop to bring it down i'm going to be done. we started to think in twenty eleven when the national government gave the city the building what we should do with it there were too many things happening here we decided to demolish it and start from scratch to transform the area. it was meant to be the largest hospital in latin america during the governmental. but when he was overthrown in one nine hundred fifty five the project was abandoned and since then it has been a symbol of neglect. hoping to build a park schools and are currently building the new ministry of social development here the idea of this project is to increase the presence of the state in an area that has been historically abandoned around ninety families used to live in this
building in this condition with no water electricity or access to basic services there were also one hundred forty families who lived outside the city has been offering all those occupying the cash incentives to buy a house somewhere else. it was difficult to ask people to leave people didn't trust in our goodwill to help them leave this place slowly we started showing them that we want to help them improve their lives some families want to other places some of them are better off but there are ten families who do not want to leave. work says a driver here says he's not ready to move. i don't want to go because this is where we work from people know they can find us here i don't trust the government's intentions they leave and they don't finish what they started over seven hundred thousand people live in slums in suburban one aside the current administration says
it's working to improve the living conditions of everyone in the city but you know . what happens in the city happens all over the country across latin america and in areas like education and health facilities. the president is working on a play. and to improve slums around the country build roads and generate. this is part of the biggest urban development project when a society as has seen in decades but it is reducing poverty in the country what will guarantee that those who left the white elephant won't end up living in another slum once again. firefighters are battling a wildfire threatening parts of a stray vias largest city two and a half thousand hectares of bushland around sydney have been the blaze since saturday about five hundred firefighters are working to save thousands of homes in the city's south western suburbs andrew thomas has more from sydney. this fire
truck is one of many that fought fires as the positions on the age of what's called the fire ground and at the other end of the holidays as far as the putting out spot fires in case the wind picks up again and takes that fire back towards people's homes now the main parts of this big was in an unpopulated area down there is a giant bowl of forest or bush as it's called here not many people live inside that but along the edge of the reply but there are plenty of people who have had many fires here before i was talking to one man who's lived here thirty years and he's known for life big fires he was almost relaxed about this one it does get scary and stressful but in a few days it's back to normal you know forest fires bushfires is unknown here on unusual in australia but what is unusual is how late in the season this one has taken hold april the middle of all should be cool by now here it's not mid thirty's when the wind picks up that's when the danger reignites. jordan is driving into the
future with a german company investing in charging stations for electric cars nationwide and as a country that doesn't produce oil it's a good reason to move away from fuel burning cars name reports. the engine hardly makes a sound and that can mean hashim hussain often forgets to turn off the ignition he admits he's parked and walked off with the car still running but that quiet and not having to fill up are two of the reasons the college student loves driving his electric car the benefits is just as money like as it. was and fixing the good one one. and this could. mean there are now about ten dealers including renault selling electric cars in jordan
last month a german company and out's plans to build ten thousand charging stations across the country and there's an all electric public transportation service called tell see that the government offers incentives to consumers no customs fees or taxes the main reason for anyone to buy a car if you are not buying. the really listen expensive the doesn't mean or diesel vehicles. there's a good economic reason to for the government to steer away from gas burning vehicles jordan imports more than ninety percent of the oil it needs in order to reduce the economic burden the country is not only encouraging jordanians to drive electric cars but it's investing in wind solar and solid waste energy right now there are two billion dollars worth of renewable energy projects under way. this
month the government unveiled the second phase of a national energy efficiency action plan in place for more than a decade but all these are just only two people that we've worked in order to reduce our consumption patterns on one hand and to increase the potential continues to potentially with lies easton or feet over at that nobody in the attitudes towards his the goal is to continue to drive down energy use by twenty percent and increase renewable energies imprint to ten percent by twenty twenty experts say jordan has already become such a leader in the middle east its neighbors have expressed interest in replicating these initiatives natasha guinea al-jazeera. you can get much more on all those stories that we've been telling you about if you have it over to our website see front page with our lead story the situation in syria all of that there
for you at al-jazeera dot com. let's take you through some of those headlines that former f.b.i. director james comey says there's evidence the u.s. president obstructed justice says it happened during a private meeting you had with donald trump in febrile last year komi was speaking in an exclusive interview with a.b.c.'s george stephanopoulos. is donald trump unfit to be president. yes but not in the way i often hear people talk about it i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on i don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president the u.s. has announced it's planning new sanctions against russia for its support of syria's government after last week's suspected chemical attack washington's envoy at the
u.n. nikki haley says the target companies involved in serious the suspected chemical weapons program this follows saturday's as strikes on syrian military installations allegedly stored chemical weapons. hundreds of thousands of pro independence protesters have marched in barcelona calling for the release of nine jailed catalan separatist leaders spanish authorities want to try the political leaders on charges of rebellion the march comes just days after the supreme court blocked another candidate from becoming the region's leader on than a grose ruling party has declared leader mellowed your kind of age the winner of sunday's presidential election for women their results have been winning fifty four percent of the vote which is enough to avoid a runoff main opponent. got thirty three percent. it's been protests in several indian cities over the rape of two young girls in one case a politician has been arrested and charged with raping
a teenager and then another eight men have been jailed for the gang rape torture and murder of an eight year old indian in this did kashmir firefighters battling wildfires threatening parts of a stray is largest city two and a half thousand hectares of bushland around sydney have been the blaze since saturday about five hundred firefighters are working to save thousands of homes it's one on one east now. this is really an attack on it for itself is a lot of a sudden the standing of what free speech is supposed to be about that context is hugely important setting the stage for a serious debate up front at this time on al-jazeera. ten years ago australia's prime minister apologized to a stolen generation of indigenous people.