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you're watching beyond 100 days. echoes of the cold war and a clash of global superpowers in america's new national security strategy. president trump will lay out his vision for america's global role in the next few minutes — with a focus on china and russia. this is the scene at washington's ronald reagan building you can see mike pence, and he is like to introduce donald trump, who will expand on his policy of america first. another big story this hour, a horrific train crash on the us west coast. several people are dead after the train came off the tracks. get in touch with us using the hashtag #beyond100days. hello and welcome — i'm katty kay in washington and christian fraser is in london. president trump is getting ready to explain his vision for america's role in the world. he will present what's known as his national security strategy in the next few minutes live here in washington. this foreign policy review has been mandated by congress since 1986. it's meant to be a regular update given by the white house
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on how the administration views global threats. this is mr trump's first such strategy announcement. according to the briefing, the president will refer to russia and china as revisionist powers — two countries that are aiming to change the status quo. he will revive america first, stressing us borders, and projecting us strength abroad and pursuing favourable trade policies. he'll also address protecting america from cyber attacks. but we expect little mention of russian meddling in the 2016 elections. and in a marked change to the 0bama administration, today's strategy is expected not to recognise climate change as a national security threat. and joining us now is retired general david barno. alsojon sopel, the north america editor. david barno, we hear this is going to lay out a four pillar
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strategy, defending the us homeland and prosperity, advancing america's influence around the world and peace through strength, the kind of thing almost any president could say?” think it is a, nation continuity, the administration will be keen to distance themselves from any continuity with the 0bama administration, but there is a great deal of continuity, and changes which are the emphasis of donald trump. we can see his fingerprints on many places in the document. after a ll on many places in the document. after all the friendliness with china previously, this is returning to more like what we saw on the campaign? and two phone calls with vladimir putin, where there seemed to be mutual backslapping going on. talking about how those countries are economic and ideological competitors, trying to grow their military, make their economies less
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free and repress their societies. that is not the rhetoric of a man trying to cosy up. i think it is underlining the differences and many people will welcome it. the president hasjust people will welcome it. the president has just walked on the stage and is beginning to speak. let's listen to president trump. “19. vice pence, “5:22 vice pence, along vice pence, along with many president pence, along with many members of the cabinet along with us today. the dedicated professionals, military, civilian and law enforcement who devote their lives to serving our nation, in particular i want to recognise general dunford and the members of thejoint chiefs of staff. thank you. applause
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in addition, we are honoured to be joined by house majority leader kevin mccarthy, homeland security chairman mike mccall and senate majority whipjon chairman mike mccall and senate majority whip jon cordon. chairman mike mccall and senate majority whipjon cordon. thank you very much. thanks for being here. let me begin by exposing our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers for the victims of the train derailment in washington state. we are derailment in washington state. we a re closely derailment in washington state. we are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the authorities. it is all the more reason why we need to start fixing the infrastructure of the united states. we a re the infrastructure of the united states. we are here today to discuss matters of vital importance to us all. america's security, prosperity
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and standing in the world. i want to talk about where we've been where we are now and, finally, our strategy for where we are going in the years ahead. 0ver for where we are going in the years ahead. over the past 11 months, for where we are going in the years ahead. 0verthe past 11 months, i have travelled tens of thousands of miles to visit 13 countries. i have met with more than 100 world leaders. i have carried america's message to a grand hall in saudi arabia, a great square in walsall, to the general assembly of the united nations and the seat of democracy on the korean peninsula. everywhere i travelled, it was my highest privilege and greatest honour to represent the american people. throughout our history, the american people have always been the true source of american greatness. 0ur true source of american greatness. our people have promoted our culture and promoted our values. americans
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have fought and sacrificed on the battlefields all over the world. we have liberated captive nations, transformed former enemies into the best of friends and lifted entire regions of the planet from poverty to prosperity. because of our people, america has been among the greatest forces for peace and justice in the history of the world. the american people are generous. you are determined, you are brave, you are strong and you are wise. when the american people speak, all of us should listen. just over one year ago, you spoke loud and you spoke clear. 0n year ago, you spoke loud and you spoke clear. on november eight, 2016, you voted to make america great again. applause
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you embraced new leadership and very new strategies, and also a glorious new strategies, and also a glorious new hope. that is why we are here today. but to seize the opportunities of the future we must first understand the failures of the past. for many years, our citizens watched as washington politicians presided over one disappointment after another. too many of our leaders, so many, who forgot whose voices they were to respect, and whose interests they were supposed to defend. 0ur leaders in washington negotiated disastrous trade deals that brought massive profits too many foreign nations, but sent thousands of american factories and millions of american jobs to those other countries. our leaders engaged
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in nation—building fraud, while they —— in nation—building abroad, while they failed to build up and replenish our nation at home. they undercut and short—changed our men and women in uniform, with inadequate resources, unstable funding and unclear missions. they failed to insist that our often very wealthy allies pay their fair share for defence, putting a massive and unfair burden on the us taxpayer and oui’ unfair burden on the us taxpayer and our great us military. they neglected a nuclear menace in north korea, made a disastrous, weak and incomprehensible is bad deal with iran and allowed terrorists such as isis to gain control of vast parts
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of territory across the middle east. they put american energy under lock and key. they imposed punishing regulations and crippling taxes. they surrendered our sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats in far and distant capitals. 0ver foreign bureaucrats in far and distant capitals. over the profound objections of the american people, oui’ objections of the american people, our politicians left our borders wide open. millions of immigrants entered illegally. millions more we re entered illegally. millions more were admitted into our country without the proper vetting needed to protect our security and our economy. leaders in washington imposed on the country and immigration policy that americans never voted for, never asked for and never voted for, never asked for and never approved. a policy where the
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wrong people are allowed into our country and the right people are rejected. american citizens, as usual, have been left to bear the cost and to pick up the tab. 0n usual, have been left to bear the cost and to pick up the tab. on top of everything else, our leaders have drifted from american principles. they lost sight of america's destiny and they lost their belief in american greatness. as a result, our citizens lost something as well. the people lost confidence in the government and eventually lost confidence in their future. government and eventually lost confidence in theirfuture. but last year, all of that began to change. the american people rejected the failures of the past. he rediscovered your voice and reclaim ownership of this nation and its destiny. 0n ownership of this nation and its destiny. on january 20,
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ownership of this nation and its destiny. 0njanuary 20, 2017, i stood on the steps of the capitol to herald the day the people became the rulers of their nation again. thank you. now, less than one year later, i am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has already seen the signs. america is coming back, and america is coming back strong. upon my inauguration, i announced that the united states would return to a simple principle. the first duty of our government is to serve its citizens, many of whom have been forgotten. but they are not forgotten any more. with every
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decision and every action, we are now putting america first. we are rebuilding our nation, our confidence and our standing in the world. we have moved swiftly to confront our challenges and we have confronted them head—on. we are once again investing in our defence, almost $700 billion, a record, this coming year. we are demanding extraordinary strength, which will hopefully lead to long and extraordinary piece. we are giving our courageous military men and women the support they need, and so dearly deserve. we have withdrawn the united states from job killing deals such as the trans—pacific partnership and the very expensive and unfair paris climate accord. 0n our trip to asia last month, i announced we will no longer tolerate trading abuse. we have established
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strict new vetting procedures to keep terrorists out of the united states and our vetting is getting tougher each month. to counter a run, and block its path to a nuclear weapon, i sanctioned the islamic revolutionary guard for its support of terrorism and i declined to certify the iran deal to congress. following my trip to the middle east, the gulf states and other muslim majority nation isjoined together to fight radical islamist ideology and terrorist financing. we have dealt isis one devastating defeat after another. the coalition to defeat isis has now recaptured almost 100% of the land once held by these terrorists in iraq and in syria. greatjob. applause
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greatjob. really good. thank you. thank you. we have a great military. we are now chasing them, wherever they flee and we will not let them into the united states. in afghanistan, our troops are no longer undermined by artificial timelines and we no longer tell our enemies of our plans. we are beginning to see results on the battlefield and we have made clear to pakistan that, while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. we make massive payments every year to pakistan. they have to help. our effo rts to pakistan. they have to help. our efforts to strengthen the nato alliance, set the stage for significant increases in member
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contributions, with tens of billions of dollars more pouring in because i would not allow member states to be delinquent in the payment while we guarantee their safety and are willing to fight wars for them. we have made clear that countries that are immensely wealthy should reimburse the united states for the cost of defending them. this is a major departure from the past, but a fairand major departure from the past, but a fair and necessary one. necessary for our country, necessary for our taxpayer, necessary for our own thought process. our campaign of maximum pressure on the north korean regime has resulted in the toughest ever sanctions. we have united our allies at an unprecedented effort to isolate north korea. however, there
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isolate north korea. however, there is much more work to do. america and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a dear nuclearised —— to achieve the nuclearised —— denuclearisation. this situation should have been taken care of long before i got into office, when it was much easier to handle. but it will be taken care of. we have no choice. at home we are keeping our promises. we have created more than 2 millionjobs since promises. we have created more than 2 million jobs since the election. unemployment is at a 17 year low. the stock market is at an all—time high and, just a little while ago, it hit yet another all—time high,
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the 85th time since my election. we have cut 22 regulations for eve ryo ne we have cut 22 regulations for everyone new regulation, the most in the history of our country. we have unlocked america's vast energy resources , unlocked america's vast energy resources, as the world watches. the world is indeed watching. we are days away from passing historic tax cuts for american families and businesses. it will be the biggest tax cut and tax reform in the history of our country. thank you. thank you. we are seeing the response we fully expected. economic growth has topped
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396 expected. economic growth has topped 3% for two quarters in a row. gdp growth, which is way ahead of schedule and my administration, will be one of america's truly greatest weapons. 0ptimism has surged, confidence has returned. with this new confidence, we are also bringing back clarity to our thinking. we are reasserting these fundamental truths. a nation without borders is not a nation. applause a nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad. a nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war. a nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its history cannot be confident in its future. and a nation that is not
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certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them. today, grounded in these truths, we are presenting to the world our new national security strategy, based on my direction, this document has been in development for over a year. it has the endorsement of my entire cabinet. 0ur has the endorsement of my entire cabinet. our new strategy is based ona cabinet. our new strategy is based on a principle of realism, guided by our vital national interests and rooted in our timeless values. this strategy recognises that, whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new year eu of competition. we accept that vigorous military and economic contests are now playing out all around the world. we face
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world regimes that threaten the united states and our allies. we faced terrorist organisations, transnational criminal networks and others that spread violence and evil around the globe. we also face rival powers, russia and china, that seek to challenge american influence, values and wealth. we will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interests. as an example, yesterday i received a call from president putin of russia, thanking our country for the intelligence that our cia was able to provide them, concerning a major terrorist attack planned in st petersburg, where many people, perhaps in the thousands, could have been killed. they were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event, with no
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loss of life. that's a great thing. it's the way it's supposed to work. that is the way it's supposed to work. while we seek such opportunities of cooperation, we will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before. applause thank you, thank you. we know that american success is not a foregone conclusion. it must be earned, and it must be won. 0ur rivals are tough, they are tenacious and committed to the long—term. but so are we. to succeed, we must integrate every dimension of our national strength and we must compete with every instrument of our
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national power. under the trump administration, america is gaining wealth, leading to enhanced power faster than anyone thought, with $6 trillion more on the stock market alone since the election. $6 trillion. with the strategy i am announcing today, we are declaring that america is in the game and america is going to win. 0ur strategy... thank you. applause 0ur our strategy advances four vital national interests. first, we must protect the american people, the homeland and our great american way of life. this strategy recognises that we cannot secure our nation if we did not secure our borders. so, for the first time ever, american
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strategy now includes a serious plan to defend our homeland. it calls for the construction of a wall on our southern border, ending chain migration and the horrible visa and lottery programmes, closing loopholes that undermine enforcement and strongly supporting our border patrol agents, ice officers and homeland security personnel. applause in addition, our strategy calls for us to confront, discredit and defeat radical islamic terrorism and ideology. and to prevent it from spreading into the united states. we will develop new ways to counter those that use new domains such as
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cyber and social media to attack our nation or threaten our society. the second pillar of our strategy is to promote american prosperity. for the first time, american strategy recognises that economic security is national security. economic vitality, growth and prosperity at home is absolutely necessary for american power and influence abroad. any nation that trades away its prosperity for security will end up losing both. that is why this national security strategy emphasises, more than ever before, the critical steps we must take to ensure the prosperity of our nation for a long, long time to come. it calls for cutting taxes and rolling back unnecessary regulations. it calls for trade based on the
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principles of fairness and reciprocity. it calls for action against unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft, and is calls for new steps to protect our national security, industrial and innovation base. the strategy proposes a complete rebuilding of american infrastructure, our roads, bridges, airports, waterways, and communications infrastructure. it embraces a future of american energy dominance and self—sufficiency. the third pillar of our strategy is to preserve peace through strength. this is beyond 100 days. viewers on bbc four can keep watching president trump on the bbc news channel. we recognise that weakness is the surest path to conflict and
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unrivalled power is most certain means of defence. for this reason, the strategy breaks from the damaging defence sequester. we are going to get rid of that. it calls for a total modernisation of our military, and reversing decisions to shrink the armed forces, even as threats to national security group. it calls for streamlining acquisition, eliminating bloated bureaucracy and massively building up our military, which has the fundamental side benefit of creating millions and millions ofjobs. this strategy includes plans to counter modern threats such as cider and electromagnetic attacks. it recognises space as a competitive
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domain and calls for multilayered missile defence. this strategy outlines important steps to address new forms of conflict such as economic and political aggression, and our strategy emphasises strengthening alliances to cope with these threats. it recognises that our strength is magnified by allies who shared principles and our principles, and shoulder their fair share of responsibility for our common security. fourth, and finally, our strategy is to advance american influence in the world. this begins with building up our wealth and power at home. america will lead again. we did not seek to
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impose our way of life on anyone. but we will champion the values without apology. we want strong alliances and partnerships based on cooperation and reciprocity. we will make new partnerships with those who share our goals, and make common interests into a common cause. we will not allow inflexible ideology to become an obsolete obstacle to peace. we will pursue the vision we have carried around the world over this past year, a vision of strong, sovereign and independent nations that respect their citizens and respect their neighbours. nations that are thriving, sun corporation, rooted in their histories and branching out towards their destinies. that is the future we
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wish for this world. and that is the future we seek in america. applause with the strategy we are calling for a great reawa kening with the strategy we are calling for a great reawakening of america, a resurgence of confidence and rebirth of patriotism, prosperity and pride. we are returning to the wisdom of ourfounders. in we are returning to the wisdom of our founders. in america, we are returning to the wisdom of ourfounders. in america, the people govern. the people rule and the people are sovereign. what we have built here in america is precious and unique. in all of history, never before has freedom reigned, the law of —— rule of law prevailed, and people thrived, as we have for 250
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yea rs. we people thrived, as we have for 250 years. we must people thrived, as we have for 250 yea rs. we must love people thrived, as we have for 250 years. we must love and defend it, we must guard is with vigilance and spirit. if necessary, like so many before us, with our very lives. we declare that our will is renewed, our future is regained, declare that our will is renewed, ourfuture is regained, and our dreams are restored. every american has a role to play in this grand national effort. today, i invite every citizen to take their part in our vital mission. together, our task is to strengthen our families, to build of our communities, to serve our citizens and to celebrate american greatness as a shining example to the world. as long as we are proud, and very proud of who we are, how we got here, and what we are, how we got here, and what we are fighting for to preserve, we
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will not fail. if we do all of this, if we rediscover our resolve and commit ourselves to compete and win again, then together we will leave our children and our grandchildren a nation that is stronger, better, freer, proud and, yes, and america thatis freer, proud and, yes, and america that is greater than ever before. god bless you, thank you very much. that was president trump, speaking for almost half an hour, delivering his security strategy, talking about american national security. he talks about immigration and trade issues, making america strong again, a greater reawakening making america strong again, a greater reawa kening of making america strong again, a greater reawakening of america, he said, where there is going to be a rebirth of confidence in the
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country. and joining us now is retired general david barno, who formerly commanded us and coalition forces in afghanistan. what did you make of the security strategy? it was a comprehensive speech by the president. as we have seen over the last year, sometimes president trump can be at his best when speaking off the teleprompter and not going off script. he stayed on script today and as i looked through the national security strategy before our programme, i think he covered it from front to back competitively. not much left out. there were a few things in terms of fiscal responsibility and how the president achieves these ambitious objectives, but i think he did a competitive job of going through details of this new national security strategy. in general, we are going to bring in
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jon sopel, our north america editor, who is back with us. jon, there was one bit which stood out for me when he talked about american influence in the world. he said that begins with building up our power and wealth at home. american influence has been the big debate in this first year of the trump presidency. are they retreating? do they have the same influence that they once had? what you saw in the speech was an attempt to say no, american leadership will still play an important part in the world. but you are right to point out that focus on economic security as part of national security. we can't bargain one away without bargaining the other away. that sets the stage for donald trump having this muscular approach to trade deals and the deficit that america has, most notably with china. the president
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was trying to define that as part of national security in a way that maybe previous leaders would not have done. that was a striking part of it. she was also trying to make an argument about american leadership and latterly trying to get everyone to sign up to it, even though the first part of the speech was a real attack on his predecessors about how they had let the country down and only now is america finding its way again. he raised the point that isis has suffered great defeats in the middle east, that nato members are pushing up east, that nato members are pushing up their defence spending to 2% of gdp, triumphs that he says he can claim during his administration. you mentioned the kind of american carnage feel from his inauguration address. but general barno, in some ways it seems to me that this speech was a big divergence from the past in rhetoric and tone, but if you
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look at the specific national security policies, there wasn't much that previous presidents would not have said either, was that? a couple of things were missing. there was no mention of human rights or climate change in the speech, both of which we re change in the speech, both of which were prominent features of not only the 0bama national security strategy, but also featured in president george w bush's strategy. those are missing entirely. there is a lot of talk about american values. he did not use any language from the previous national security strategy about the idea of shared universal values around the world and the values around the world and the value of multinational institutions and maintaining a liberal world order, which for decades, notjust for republicans, but for democrats in the white house as well, both have shared this idea that the world isa have shared this idea that the world is a safer place because of the rule of law and shared international organisations and the us' role in
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leading those organisations. there was very little on alliances and partnerships. putting america first isa partnerships. putting america first is a striking feature of this administration. he said there was a new era of competition among the superpowers. "we will seek a partnership, but we will stand up to them like we have never stood up to them like we have never stood up to them before". wont many of his detractors say, what about interfering in our election? that is certainly the elephant in the room when we talk about russia. when this administration talks about russia, it is ironic in some ways that president trump has spoken twice to vladimir putin in the last week about various issues including the sharing of intelligence, and we have heard nothing about this. american intelligence agencies have said that russia played a role in interfering in the american election and bringing president trump to power. that is not a topic that gets addressed too often. so the degree
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to which the trump presidency will confront the russians or the chinese is very conditional. it depends on the dynamic in play. we may be stronger on trade issues than other issues. so that can be viewed with a great deal of scepticism. there had been speculation that he might lay out a tougher position on china, the kind of angry heard during the campaign, when he said he would call china a currency manipulator and that he would be imposing tariffs on chinese steel. does this mark a shift in american economic policy towards china that will be more robust? well, if you listen to what donald trump said in his inauguration, i travelled with him when he was in saudi arabia and then in brussels when he spoke about nato, and if you listen to the speech he made in warsaw over the summer, i don't think there were any surprises in what he said. this was a kind of distillation of what will become known as the trump doctrine of america first but not
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disregarding america's interest in the rest of the world. this was a bringing together of the different strands. 0n the detail, i agree with you. i think that actually, there is more continuity that he would ever wa nt to more continuity that he would ever want to acknowledge in a rhetorical sense. there was one country that surprised me when it popped up in his speech, which was pakistan. the administration has said it wants to get tougher with pakistan in the fight against terrorism. as isis retreats from syria and start to look towards afghanistan, do you think this is them putting a line down in the sand? i was taken aback by that as well. that was a strong statement to make in a speech that did not mention many nations around the world. though it clearly was a signal to pakistan that the us is going to be very thoughtful about how we spend american dollars for foreign aid in pakistan. there is an expectation from the president of
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what the united states would help to see pakistan deliver with regard to security along the border with afghanistan. general barno and jon sopel afghanistan. general barno and jon sopel, thank you forjoining us on president trump's security strategy review. you can watch an interview with the security advisor general mcmaster tomorrow. other news now. 77 people have been taken to hospital and a team of investigators has been sent to dupont, 37 kilometres south of tacoma. the bbc‘s james cook has the latest. it was the height of the rush—hour on the busy is motorway and train was reportedly travelling at more than 80 mph. the local sheriff says
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it came off the rails near the bridge at 7.40 in the morning, smashing onto cars and at least one lorry on the road below. multiple agencies are responding. when we got to the scene, it was obvious that there were some fatalities. there were a lot of injuries and some people were able to get off the train. train 501 was being operated by amtrak, the major us rail passenger company. it was travelling from seattle in washington state to portland in oregon, and amtrak said there were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. ina passengers and five crew members on board. in a statement, the firm said it was aware of the incident, but gave few other details. passengers spoke of a rocking and creaking noise as the train rounded a bend, followed by crushing and screening. two escaped, said one survivor. they had to smash windows of the doors could not be opened. the governor of washington backed the emergency services for their response and urged americans to pray for everyone involved. in the last few moments, president trump responded once
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again to the derailment — "our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers are with the victims of the train derailment in washington state. we are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with local authorities. 0ur correspondent peter bowes is watching developments. there was some reporting that this train was on a new line, although they could not confirm that. do you have any more detail? yes. this was the first day of a new route for this train, which had been talked about a lot locally. some had expressed concern about the speeds at which trains would be travelling along this section of rail, a section previously used by freight trains. so that will clearly be part of the investigation. the national trust quotation safety board, which investigates accidents like this, in the last few minutes has held a news
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conference. there are sending investigators from washington, dc to the scene of this incident to establish what happened. in the meantime, more than 70 people have been taken to hospital to be treated for a range of injuries. there are reports that perhaps six people have lost their lives. we heard earlier that it seems as if most, perhaps not all of those, were injured on the train or in the carriages that were derailed, as opposed to in vehicles on the motorway below. peter, i guess because it was the beginning of thejourney, there peter, i guess because it was the beginning of the journey, there were not many people on the train. 0nly 78 in total. because it is high—speed rail and you know the issues with high—speed rail in the united states and with crumbling infrastructure, the president mentioned it in a tweet before his national security address america's national security address america's national infrastructure does need rejuvenating. but because it is high—speed, i assume there would have been test runs before people
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were allowed on the trains? yes, there have been many test runs. locally, this has been widely reported over the last few months, that they had been preparing for this day. amtrak felt it had done all the safety testing possible. regarding what the president said both in his speechjust regarding what the president said both in his speech just now and regarding what the president said both in his speechjust now and in regarding what the president said both in his speech just now and in a tweet earlier, it was the first thing he mentioned. his argument shows that that perhaps is a need for the crumbling infrastructure around the united states to be repaired. there is no indication yet that crumbling infrastructure caused this. many issues will be looked at, potentially human error. yes, the crumbling infrastructure, the line and the engine itself, many potential issues could have played into this. peter, thank you. i was just doing some very unscientific research comparing our railway system in the uk to the one in the
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united states. the last irrelevant in the uk was in 2002, the potters bar accident. since then, there have been ten derailment accident in america and 13 crashes. 0bviously, it is ona america and 13 crashes. 0bviously, it is on a bigger scale, but it still points to a problem with the infrastructure? yeah, and it is a question of safety and speed. there are too many crashes in this country and trains are too slow. we just don't have a system comparable to britain, france orjapan, where you get super high—speed travel. it ta kes get super high—speed travel. it takes almost four hours to get from washington to new york and it should ta ke washington to new york and it should take about an hour and a half to do that distance if you had high—speed travel. the criticism of american administrations in the past as well as the current one is that there has not been a big overhaul of us infrastructure even though interest rates have been low. they could have borrowed money easily, but that investment has not happened, often because the republican party has resisted any additional spending in
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favour of more tax cuts. 0ther other news now. the us has vetoed a un security resolution that calls on president trump to reverse his decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. the council's 14 other members all voted in favour of the motion. it's the first time in nearly seven years that america has used its veto powers at a meeting. in south africa, the african national congress which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid has elected a new leader. cyril ramaphosa will replace the controversial jacob zuma as party leader. under mr zuma — who faces hundreds of charges of corruption — where he was brought in to oversee the decommissioning of ira weapons. in all of those roles, he has had tact, patience and steel. he is going to need all of those in tackling south africa's problems. police in lebanon have arrested an uber driver in connection with the murder of a 30—year—old british diplomat in beirut. the body of rebecca dykes, who worked at the british embassy in the city, was found beside a motorway over the weekend.
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officers say she had been strangled and sexually assaulted. in a statement, her family said that rebecca was "simply irreplaceable". from lebanon, our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville sent this report. becky dijks fell in love with lebanon. she was committed to her work, helping the country cope with the influx of refugees from syria. there was a colleague's leaving do before she returned home for christmas. at midnight, she called a taxi, and uber, to help get home. she was never seen alive again. she was driven out of beirut. her body was driven out of beirut. her body was found by a highway the next day. she had been strangled and sexually assaulted. a 35—year—old lebanese man is in police custody. the suspect is believed to be an uber
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driver. he has worked for the company for a short period of time. here in beirut, google is generally seen as a safe way of getting about —— uber macro. the company responded ina —— uber macro. the company responded in a statement, saying it was horrified by the senseless act of violence and that it is fully cooperating with the police investigation. lebanon's dark days lie mostly in its past. in these neighbourhoods, there is now a relaxed approach to personal safety. this is not the first attack of its kind, but they are here. we all drink in this area. we go out on friday and saturday nights in his neighbourhood, which is usually very safe. so i think we are alljust deeply saddened that one of our friends left by herself and didn't come back. at the british embassy, staff are heartbroken. the ambassador took to social media and said, the whole embassy is deeply shocked. it was a tragic loss. embassy shocked. it was a tragic loss. e m bassy staff shocked. it was a tragic loss. embassy staff are now providing consular assistance to the family of
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one of their own. becky dykes had not been in lebanon long, but she had already made a big difference. herfriends say had already made a big difference. her friends say that is how they wa nt to her friends say that is how they want to remember her, as someone who cared, a bright starjust beginning her career, and a woman who had already helped improve the lives of the most vulnerable here in lebanon. 0ne one in eight people in the uk is projected to live to 100 as older people make up a greater proportion of the population. eight key goal for society is how to spend those extra yea rs in for society is how to spend those extra years in better health. 0ur medical husband has been to a centre for research in california. to me, aid is nota handicap. why
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not live? irena is 84. she makes old age looked like an irrelevance. irene has been breaking world records for four decades. it takes effort when she is not claiming at this track near san francisco, she is in the gym. her philosophy is simple. live the life you love, and love the life you lead. a quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. and i want to be a winner. we are living in an ageing world. by 2050, the number of people aged 65 and over is projected to triple globally to 1.5 billion. in the uk, the number of people aged 80 and over is projected to more than double to 7.5 by 20 50. and the
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number of centenarians to increase sixfold to 94,000. so what can we do to increase our chances of spending those extra years in good health like irene? it's notjust about exercising the body, but also the mind. that's because keeping the brain active can lower the risk of developing dementia. ijoined a french language class in birtley, across the bay from san francisco, where all the students are in their 70s. where all the students are in their 705. my mother had alzheimer's, so pa rt 705. my mother had alzheimer's, so part of me doesn't want that to happen to me. i do believe that intellectual stimulation is important. and science may be able to help. in the hills above silicon
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valley sits the buck institute. researchers there are working on how to delay the way our bodies age. this could increase the healthy yea rs of life, this could increase the healthy years of life, free of conditions like cancer, arthritis or heart disease. we predict that there will be drugs that will treat ageing instead of each disease individually. people themselves would be able to look forward to the last decade of their life, still being vibrant, engaged, healthy. just like irene, who challenged me toa just like irene, who challenged me to a friendly race. she can run 100 metres only seven seconds slower than usain bolt. so despite my 27 year advantage, the winner was never in doubt. that was fantastic. i have just been beaten by an 84—year—old, but i have been beaten by a "superager". and that is pretty
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inspiring. it is more than inspiring! didn't you see her go?! seven seconds slower than usain bolt. my grandad used to walk miles every day and he was in good health, and the minute he couldn't get out ofa chairany and the minute he couldn't get out of a chair any more was the minute he started to suffer with dementia. it is only anecdotal, but exercise is key. it was also interesting that there has to be physical and mental exercise. you have to keep your brain and body in shape. get working! 0k, brain and body in shape. get working! ok, i brain and body in shape. get working! 0k, iwill walk brain and body in shape. get working! ok, i will walk home. a lawyer nominated by president trump to serve as a federaljudge has withdrawn his nomination. it comes just days after matthew petersen was seen struggling to answer basic legal questions
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from a republican senator. video of the questioning went viral. the white house says mr trump has accepted mr petersen's withdrawal. what is wrong with the word vulnerable? 0r foetus? 0r transsexual? they are three of the seven words which the white house is reportedly urging a top public health agency not to use. the centre for disease control and prevention says it received guidance that in future budget documents, it should find alternatives. the question of how to address sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights — all of which received significant visibility under the 0bama administration — have re—surfaced recently. in march, the department for health and human services dropped questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in two surveys of elderly people. since the weekend, the hhs has issued a statement saying the story has been overblown. what word would you use instead of
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foetus? let me show you the statement. "the assertion that hhs has ‘banned words' is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process." "hhs will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all americans. hhs also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions. maybe we should not ban the word goodbye. coming up next on bbc world news, karin giannone is here with 0utside source and for viewers in the uk, we'll have the latest headlines from reeta chakrabarti. for now, from katty kay in washington and me, christian fraser in london, goodbye. we are expecting folks to develop
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more widely over the next few hours. in some places, it never cleared away all day —— we are expecting fog. in some places, it never cleared away all day today, such as here the west midlands and also in cheshire and greater manchester. but some areas did get sunshine earlier, but are likely to get fog in the next few hours. we see how the fog develops widely across a good part of england, possibly into east wales. further north and west across the uk, we have more cloud coming in, so maybe some hill fog here and a few spots of drizzle. temperatures will be higher towards the north—west. in the south—east, we see clearer skies for longer and freezing fog could form overnight. it will not just affect the roads, but a lot of major airports in that area. keep up to date with developments in the morning on bbc local radio. it is a very foggy start to tuesday across a good part of england and perhaps into east wales. as the cloud filters across from the west, a lot of the fog will lift. there will still be hill fog around, and in the north—west of the uk and in the north—west of scotland, we have stronger winds and rain. it could be quite mild
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in the north—east of scotland around those coastal areas, 14 degrees not out of the question. quite a range of temperatures. pretty mild across scotland and northern ireland. similar temperatures along coastal areas of england and wales. it will feel colder with the cloud coming in after that foggy start. as we head through the evening, the cloud will tend to make further inroads and lift a lot of the fog on to the hills. we will see some rain moving southwards across scotland and northern ireland and on the whole, a pretty mild and cloudy night. that rain that's coming southwards across scotland and northern ireland will stop at some point in wales. to the south of that, quite a cloudy day, but mild to the north of it.
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colder in the north of scotland, but a better chance here of seeing some sunshine. some uncertainty of where the rain will be on wednesday. but for many of us on wednesday, we have mild air across the uk. we will continue to see brief incursions of colder air as we head into thursday in scotland. tonight at 8pm: multiple charities after a training dealers from a bridge in washington usa. --
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dealers from a bridge in washington usa. —— a trainee derails from a bridge. the iranian refugee murdered by his neighbour. an enquiry finds evidence of institutional racism in the police in the years before his death. mps are targeted for over a brexit. there can never be a place for the threats of violence and intimidation against some members we have seen in recent days. two die in a
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