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jersey where the president is having his so-called working vacation. the flights were approved by the president. please follow me on @jaketapper. i turn you toeover to wolf blit in "the situation room." thank you for watching. happening now, breaking news. improvised threat. cnn has learned that president trump's shocking warning to north korea of fire and fury was a surprise to even his closest aides. why did he decide to dramatically escalate the war of words? mixed messages. while the president and defense secretary warn the kim regime of death and destruction, the secretary of state tries to calm nerves with a much different message. why does the state department claim the administration is speaking with one voice? inflaming kim jong-un. the trump team says the president's fiery and highly
undiplomatic warning was delivered in language the north korean dictator would understand. could trump's tough talk backfire? and campaign chair raided. the fbi raids the home of paul manafort as special counsel of the russia investigation. what were federal agents looking for? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news this hour, the escalating war on words and threats between president trump and the kim regime. cnn says president trump's warning of fire and fury was improvised. it was also in a tweet touting the u.s. arsenal. now james mattis said in a statement that north korea must stop its threats and stand down
on its nuclear weapons program or else face, and i'm quoting now, the end of its regime and destruction of its people. we're also following a major development in special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. we're now learning the day after former trump co-chairman paul manafort met with them, fbi agents raided his home and seized documents. we're going over all that, and our correspondents and specialists are also standing by in key locations, including guam now under threat of a north korean attack. but let's begin with the escalating war of words between the trump administration and north korea. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is
threatening war. >> the kim regime, as belicose as it is, knows it's a war they would lose, a point the president sought to reiterate in the clearest terms possible today. tonight north korea put on notice. defense secretary james mattis warning the regime away from any attack on the u.s. the dprk should cease any consideration of actions, mattis said in a statement, that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. the comments appeared to be part of a delicate walk-back of president trump, surprisingly belic belicose and the north on tuesday. >> they will be met with fire and fury like the world has
never seen. >> reporter: overnight rex tillerson fought to calm fears as he went to asia. >> nothing i've seen suggests the situation has changed in the last 24 hours. i think america should sleep well at night. i have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days. >> reporter: this morning the president put an even finer point on his fire and fury comments, touting u.s. capabilities on twitter. my first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. in fact, trump has ordered a review of u.s. nuclear weapons, though such reviews aren't required by congress every eight years. and it was president obama who ordered the modernization of the u.s. arsenal last year. though that process will take years, not months, and cost an estimated $1 trillion. there is no indication that the
nuclear arsenal is measurably different today than it was when trump came into office. hours after president trump warned pyongyang, north korea had already threatened the u.s. again, warning it would strike the u.s. mainland with a nuclear missile if there was any sign that the u.s. planned to attack the north. today the head of u.s. missile defenses expressed confidence that the u.s. could destroy an incoming north korean icbm. >> we currently believe that north korea's icbm system could meet today's threat. we have done the naltanalysis, built the system, and we've done the testing. >> u.s. military options against north korea remain hampered by limitations. the united states does not have clarity on where all the nuclear weapons are hidden in the north,
but as part of its strategy, they have renewed focus on improving that intelligence to in turn improve the military options. wolf? >> all that communication is needed, no doubt about that. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, the president is threatening fire and fury, boasting specifically about the strength and power of the u.s. nuclear arsenal. the secretary of defense and his statement invokes the destruction of the north korean people. is there a risk this kind of rhetoric could actually wind up playing into kim jong-un's hands? >> reporter: very much so, wolf. a number of officials i've been talking to since this latest cycle of accelerated rhetoric has said this might just be what kim is looking for. he has very much embraced the notion he needs missiles and nuclear weapons as a dererrent to prove to his own people he can fight back to what he
perceives someday would be a u.s. invasion. no indication that's reality based. but he wants that deterrence. that's why he pursued the power that keeps him in charge in north korea. the problem is this. the president's rhetoric, washington's rhetoric also very much aimed at the prospect of war, the prospect of a nuclear interaction. that may be what the u.s. is looking for in deterrence to kim, that if they threaten him with that type of total destruction, they'll back up. so kim's deterrence to that philosophy. there is no indication at this point that kim sees any reason to back off his weapons program. and the real concern is that there will be some accidental drift into a confrontation. that could be disastrous, wolf. >> that is certainly a nightmare scenario.
barbara starr at the pentagon. thanks very much. the crisis has put the u.s. territory of guam and its sizeable u.s. military presence in north korea's crosshairs right now. let's go to our senior international correspondent, ivan watson. he's on the island of guam for assignment. how seriously are people there, and they're all u.s. citizens, about 162,000 u.s. citizens living on guam. how seriously are they taking north korea's threat of some sort of preemptive strike? >> reporter: when we went through border control at the airport here a few hours ago, a border guard joked with us, welcome to ground zero. people know about the threats, they know that north korea has threatened enveloping fire from rockets around this small island. but it's not the first time that north korea has threatened guam, and, in fact, the thaad missile defense system was put in after threats going back to 2013.
the governor here has said that the island is safe, that he's working with the u.s. military commanders who have bases here with at least 6,000 active and reserve personnel. he's been in touch with the department of homeland security as well. it's clearly raised some anxiety, but it has not put a dent in the tourism industry. we came on a plane from south korea which was full of tourists coming here. most of the hotels we found were booked solid, no rooms available. so it hasn't put a dent in the tourism industry while raising some anxiety. no signs of panic whatsoever here. there is a reason, though, that guam would be a target. it's the closest u.s. territory geographically to north korea. it's also home to anderson air force base and that's where bombers flew from just a few days ago which conducted passes accompanied by south korean and
japanese fighter jets over the korean peninsula, an obvious show of force. that's the kind of thing that pyongyang does not library. -- like. >> they don't like those b-52 bombers flying from guam over the peninsula. that irritates them. ivan, we'll get back to you. ivan watson on the scene for us in guam. democratic andre carson of indiana is joining us. he's a member of the house intelligence committee. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> what a pleasure. thank you, wolf. >> do you believe congress sent a stern warning from the president and the defense secretary will work to actually deter north korea, or could this rhetoric backfire? >> my hope is that this time we are deescalating in terms of the aggression. but at the same time, i think we have to be very firm. i mean, kim jong-un is a masterful provocateur, and we don't want to provoke the
provocateur. but at the same time we have to send the message that a threat to guam is a threat to the united states. it's not just a military outpost. we have troops there. i'm confident, though, we have a shield there, if you will, to protect guam and others, but i'm more deeply concerned about miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and attaching it to a missile. you know, one of the hurdles with any developing nuclear program has been to accomplish this feat and also attach this to a reentry vehicle. so he seems to be making progress, but i think any strike against north korea could possibly bring in nuclearized nations such as russia and china. >> when you say "bring in those nations," they would get involved in, god moforbid, some
sort of nuclear war if russia and the united states exchanged threats? >> it's clear they've aligned themselves with north korea in the past. the past few years, north korea has been primarily operating with pretty much cold war weaponry. but the fact that they've accomplished or attempted to accomplish this feat of miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and putting it inside of a missile deeply concerns me. so i think the united states has a responsibility to make an example verbally out of north korea, but at the same time we should not do it in a way that is undiplomatic and do it in a way that really justifies kim jong-un's ambitions, his megalomania. that kind of provocation could lead to unfortunate results. we're putting tens of thousands of americans in the korean peninsula in harm's way, and we're jeopardizing their nearest neighbor, which is seoul. so i think we have to be very methodical, we have to be very
wise to navigate around the ego mania that is taking place on both sides. >> there are about 20,000 u.s. tropical storm just south of the demilitarized zone in south korea and another 200,000 american civilians living elsewhere in korea as well. is the term the president used, "under fire and fury," undercutting his message? >> i think in some ways it is. i think it was an impulsive response, obviously. so i think one of the things that has to be done, when you have a president who speaks extemporaneously, he has not disciplined himself or his staff has not worked on him being disciplined in delivering his message in a firm and measured way. i think when we make comments against a tyrant, i think you fan the flames of hostility. but i think his response obviously, his point was taken well, but again, we don't want
to lead this megalomaniacal personality into attacking guam, seoul or anyone else. >> you heard them say in a statement, look, kim jong-un certainly doesn't understand dip slo -- diplomacy and that's the reason the president was so harsh. do you buy that? >> we've not been diplomatic, either. we have to lead by example. leading by example, we will appear at least diplomatic. at the same time, making an example initially leads verbally. i don't think we should take a military response off of the table, but i think our diplomatic response sends an example, it sets the tone, it allows our international partners to join us in this fight of thwarting kim jong-un's ambitions, but in a very real
sense, we don't want to make these kinds of inflammatory and provocative statements and put america in harm's bay. -- way. >> forget about a nuclear retaliatory strike but a conventional nuclear strike against seoul and south korea below the dmz, and potentially given the artillery, the thousand mortars of artillery pieces, that could result in the deaths of tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people in only a few days. here's the question, congressman. is there really a good military option when it comes to north korea? >> i can't speak to it. i'll leave that up to the generals, the very wise generals. what i will say is that i don't think that president trump should try to make outlandish statements to one-up kim jong-un. but at the same time i think we
have to do what we've always done, and that is to leave the threat lingering, that if he were to attack one of our military outposts, if he were to attack south korea or seoul or any of our allies, i think that he will be met with equal or greater force. and he should be. >> president trump's fiery warning, the use of the words "fire and fury," for example, to north korea was improvised at that moment, not part of a formal, scripted statement that he had prepared to deliver. this according to three people with knowledge of his remarks. so here's the question. does this concern you that he did not plan ahead when he spoke like that? >> absolutely it concerns me. the presidents before from president obama who handled north korea very well to president bush before him and president clinton before him, all have lost sleep to some degree over the north korea question. i think as president trump is
learning how to become a president, my advice would be for him to become more measured and speak to his staffers before making these kinds of provocative statements in the future. >> what i don't understand, why you think those three former presidents handled north korea well. bill clinton tried to stop the north korean program. he failed. george w. bush failed in that effort. over eight years, president obama tried desperately to prevent north korea from developing nuclear weapons. failed. all of them failed. why do you think they handled it well? >> i think it's a matter of personal constitution, i think it's a matter of personality, i think it's a matter of allowing the experts who you surround yourself with to advise you in a way and for you to identify the information, process the information, learn the facts, learn the information and respond appropriately and diplomatically. >> stand by, congressman. we're going to have more to discuss. we're getting as we always do in
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we're following breaking news sources saying the president telling north korea that they will be met with fire and fury. congressman, i want to talk to you about the newly revealed fbi raid of the home of former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. i want to get some details from cnn's diane gallagher working the story for us. diane, that raid was part of special counsel robert mueller's investigation. >> this is dwight the
development here. lawyers showing up in a surprise raid, walking out with documents, some related to manafort's tax documents. this could be a sign that the investigation is getting serious. a surprise wake-up call from the president's campaign chairman from the fbi. on july 26, a source tells cnn that without warning, agents raided paul manafort's alexandria, virginia home. according to the "washington post," they arrived before sunrise with a so-called no-knock warrant, seizing materials in response to the russia investigation. >> special agents working for counsel mueller believe he is hiding something. they conducted their search in the early morning as is normal for them so the individual whose residence it is has no opportunity to destroy or otherwise tamper with the
evidence that they seek. >> reporter: according to the search warrant, manafort's spokesman says his client, quote, has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries as well. president trump's former campaign chairman has voluntarily turned over hundreds of pages of materials to the house and senate intelligence committees and more than 400 pages to the senate judiciary committee just last week, some of which pertained to him retroactively registering as a foreign agent. but u.s. officials tell cnn that investigators became more suspicious of manafot when they turned up intercepted communications that u.s. intelligence agencies collected among suspected russian operatives who were discussing their efforts to work with manafort to coordinate effort that could hurt hillary clinton's presidential campaign. during the campaign, manafort denied working with the russians. >> are there any ties between mr. trump, you or your campaign, putin and his regime?
>> no, there are not. there's no basis for it. >> reporter: michael zeldin, who has been assistnt attorney general's special counsel, maintains that the investigation into manafort's tax and business records could be a window to tax investigation. >> if you could make something viable collateral to that, then you could use that as leverage to strike a deal with respect to the type of evidence you want with respect to the heart of the matter, in this case the collusion. >> reporter: the president has said that mueller would be crossing a red line if he starts looking into trump and his inner circle's non-campaign related financial history. >> the president doesn't get to draw red lines. if he is a person of interest to the special prosecutor, mueller makes the determination of what he's going to be investigating, and that's that. >> reporter: and perhaps some further evidence there is serious dedication to this investigation, the justice department released the financial disclosure forms for robert mueller and five of his
team members, and, well, to special counsel and the investigators, they are walking away from potentially millions of dollars in the private sector just to be part of this investigation. wolf, it's important to note that it was determined that on each of those forms there were no ethnic violations there. >> they have committed to law enforcement, giving up lots and lots of money to go to work for the special counsel. thanks for that, diane gallagher. let's go to congressman carson. when you hear about this raid by the fbi at paul manafort's alexandria, virginia residence the day after he met with senate intelligence committee investigators, what do you think? >> well, as a former police officer, i'm familiar with these so-called no-knock warrants and they typically happen to suspects who have not been very cooperative during an investigation. they may be hostile toward investigators, they may be
obstructionists in their actions, and they just may be a hindrance to the investigation overall. i think it's a specific turn by director mueller in this investigation. stay tuned. >> the fbi did obtain a warren -- warrant by a judge for this so-called no-knock warrant. do you believe there is reason to believe an actual crime may have been committed? >> i think director mueller is a skilled investigator. he left millions of dollars in the private sector to follow his passion. he's a skilled investigator. he's skilled at assembling a great and fantastic team of investigators to complete the task at hand, and i think his instincts are pretty good as it relates to these kinds of matters. he has the experience examinean shows. >> do you believe this raid of
manafort's home may have been done to send a message first of all to manafort but also others? >> i think the message is already being sent. as we speak, we already have two congressional committees investigating this matter, we have director mueller and his team, a special prosecutor investigator looking into these matters. we already have a three-pronged approach working, and i think today's actions will just be added to it. but i think the message was sent. it was sent months ago. >> do you believe this was done in coordination with the house intelligence committee, the senate intelligence committee? could it have spurred by the meeti meeting. >> i can't speak to these matters, but what i will say is that i think the american people watching, and i think historians
will vl a lot to tell in the future. the house intelligence committee in many ways has gotten us to this point. i think it's one of the beauties as we have the senate committee as well complimenting his great work and mueller doing his thing. i think we're all working in concert but on separate tracks to work with democracy in a united way. >> thank you, congressman. >> thank you. next we're learning that president trump's fiery threat with north korea was improvised. did he accidentally, though, draw a red line for himself that he now has to enforce? plus, the administration's seemingly mixed hemessages whent comes to north korea. our top officials on the same page when it comes to dealing with north korea. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car
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they insist, though, that the president had used those words in public. but sending the message of fire and fury sent alarm across the globe. president trump's chilling warning to north korea has reverb ra reve reverberated around the world. we're learning those words were improvised, not part of a scripted statement. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. >> reporter: with first lady melania trump on one side and health and services secretary tom price on the other, the president delivered a potentially history-making message from his golf course ndk resort in bedminster, new jersey. >> he has been very threatening beyond an ordinary statement. like i said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly,
power the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> reporter: north korea swiftly responded with a threat, saying it could carry out military strikes on the u.s. territory of guam. the white house today declined to discuss the origin of the remarks. sarah huckabee sanders issued a statement saying, general kelly and others on the nsc team were well aware of the tone of the president prior to delivery. she added, the words were his own. today the trump administration struggled to get on the same page. flying to asia to a refueling stop in guam, secretary of state rex tillerson defended and sought to explain the president's warning. >> what the president was doing was sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim jong-un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language. >> reporter: he also attempted to allay concerns the showdown would lead to war. despite north korea's ability to
create a missile that could reach the u.s. >> i believe americans should sleep at night. i don't have any concerns about the rhetoric of the last few days. the president, again, as commander in chief, i think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to north korea. >> reporter: then from the pentagon, secretary james mattis amplified the president's message. but instead of talking about north korea's threats, mattis said north korea should cease any actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. yet the fierce message drew criticism from national security experts and many lawmakers. speaking on facebook live, senator john mccain said the commander in chief should use greater care addressing the north korea threat. >> i'm not exactly sure that the president has fully appreciated that when he speaks, the most powerful man in the world, person in the world, his words, his or her words, reverberate all over the world.
>> reporter: james clapclapper, director of national intelligence in the obama administration, urged him to tone down his rhetoric. >> having that kind of rhetoric raises the ante. what we have always done in the past is take the rhetoric em naturing from north korea with a grain of salt. >> reporter: as for the president, he was silent on the matter today during his working vacation at one of his golf courses. he had no events on his public schedule and the white house declined to say how he was spending his time. but this picture on instagram helped answer the question. his august break included at least some of his favorite game. the president is surrounded by his adviser. john kelly is in bedford as well as other trusted advisers. and vice president mike pence also expected to make a visit. all of this with the threat
facing the united states. wolf? >> dana, the president's fiery statement, very tough statement. did he potentially accidentally draw a new red line for himself that he is going to have to deal with? >> maybe. it's unclear how defined that line is. fire and fury could mean a lot of things. he could kind of make it into something thanl what it sounds like. i think clearly this is not something traditionally dunl. when you're dealing with, frankly, any policy or when you're dealing with nork and oou gone over it many, many times, you don't just say something off the cuff. he made very clear in no
uncertain terms -- i don't remember the last time seeing the president with his arms folded like this. having said all that, red line or not, this administration has been moving towards making, there needs to be a new strategy, that the last three decad decades. so that's certainly whether or not this is a rhetorical flurish without a strategy behind it. >> so much of the conversation over the last 24 hours or so, jeff, has been directed at the very tough rhetoric. so one school of thought suggesting that president trump undercut his own message. >> i don't know if he undercut his own message, but he did send
a clear message. his words were unmistakable. he said, further threats will result in fire, fury and power like the world has never seen. that's something pretty clear to understand. there have been further threats since he said it and there's been no reaction yet. we'll see if this just is written off as just another thing donald trump says or it reflects some new policy. but so far there's just been no change, notwithstanding the threat. >> john kirby, in the course of today, we first saw secretary of state rex tillerson deliver what was widely seen as a much more restrained statement, followed by the defense secretary james mattis, a very tough statement similar, in fact, to what we heard from the president. is this a good cop-bad cop routine on behalf of this? >> the president said this crazy
thing yesterday and everybody had to scramble to decide how they were going to react to it. in my mind clearly what happened here is tillerson was told to go out. he doesn't like stress on the plane and he certainly doesn't like it on his airplane. then you had mattis follow up. he did it in a written statement which means it could be very controlled. and it was stronger. people told me they believe he struck a silver spoon between the president and the united states. this was clearly directed at these guys after the president made his comment to kind of put some context to it. >> all the administration leaders are speaking clearly with one voice ted. but clearly, they're not natural speaking with one voice. >> i historically, i think it's pretty common the defense
department, the state, what have you. he had 7 months. he seems very well prepared to talk about russia and russia investigation, but they seemed frazzled when it komds to. from what reports suggest, he seemed baffled and, that north korea could in fact miniaturize a nuclear weapon. we had sort of that solemn mood would be in his military.
>> he wasn't necessarily surprised by the "washington post" report, that this is intelligence that he has, that he's known. the fact that it was out there allowed him, in his mind, to be presidential, to talk about an issue that puts him in a position of -- a leadership position on the world stage and talk about an issue that is important that is not russia. >> remember, this report came off a classified assessment. it's still not appropriate. i'm flabbergasted that he piled the rest on which is so incredibly insensitive. >> he could have been embracing the security counsel vote, too. you have 15 countries unanimously vote.
he really could have touted this yesterday. >> the leak was given to the "washington post" of classified information, the assessment of how many bomb lz the north koreans may have. they have maybe 60 miniaturize. >> this is another league, a dak -- whoever leaked this information, they're going to go to jail. he could have said that. the rule usually is when there is communication confusion, it reflects substantive confusion. it reflects that the administration has not figured out how to deal with north korea. now, they have a lot of company in that. the bush administration, the clinton administration, the obama administration didn't have
an effective strategy, but it certainly doesn't seem like the trump administration has one, either, and i think that's why you see different administration officials saying different things. >> can i just offer? i think of all the national security issues they've dealt with, i do think they should get some credit here for having the most measured deliverable approach to north korea. there has been communication on why it's been spotty and are actually trying to apply to this. thafr not making any of their jobs any easier. >> president trump's tough talk toward north korea, could it backfire on the u.s.? we'll be right back. i know a bunch of people who would love that. the internet loves what you're doing... ...so build a better website in under an hour with...
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more now on the breaking news. sources telling president trump was improvising when he threatened north korea with fire and fury to the kim jong-un regime. let's bring in cnn's brian todd. he's been working the story for us. extraordinary language, brian, from the president of the united states. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. in reents memory, no american president has spoken that way about north korea and tonight veteran observers of the regime in pyongyang are warning of what this escalating war of words could lead to. president trump's message to kim jong-un have no doubt about american fire power if you continue to threaten the u.s. >> they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the
likes of which this world has never seen before. >> reporter: possibly playing the good cop, the president's top diplomat stressed nothing has changed militarily in the region. >> i think the president -- what the president is doing is sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim jong-un would understand. >> reporter: kim's regime has often used apocalyptic rhetoric. its state run media recently saying if the u.s. teases north korea with sanctions and military might, america will be, quote, cat putted into an unimaginable sea of fire. but the concern tonight is that the president and some members of his administration are venturing onto dangerous terrain by provoking the young tie rant. >> part of this escalating rhetoric game which i think is really not very helpful, and is just ratcheting up tensions. and my fear, this is how nations blunder into wars. >> reporter: trump's defense secretary seemed to push kim even more today. saying north korea should stop
considering actions, quote, that would lead to the end of its regime. analysts say that's what might provoke kim more than almost anything else, the threat of being tossed out of power or assassinated. they say we should never lose sight of what this man can do, even to those close to him when threatened like that. >> he even had his uncle, his mentor, executed by anti-aircraft artillery. he was seen as the second-most powerful man in north korea, and he was a relative and kim jong-un took him out. >> reporter: experts say kim, like his father, is known to use bluster in a calculating way, to stir the pot then sit back and gauge the response. but even if they're speaking in terms kim would, quote, understand, some believe president trump and his defense secretary will get the opposite of what they're looking for from kim's regime. >> they say they need nuclear weapons to deter against this war hungry united states. so, these kind of comments or even other comments vowing to attack north korea if they cross a technological threshold will
only affirm that to north korea's mind why they need to have nuclear weapons. >> reporter: but there are those who say the rhetoric from previous american presidents hasn't worked, and tougher talk is needed right now. one analyst who has supported president trump in the past says this is a more dangerous moment than trump's predecessors faced with north korea. and the president's language sends a necessary message to kim jong-un that america can act with force if pushed. wolf? >> brian, the administration is also now trying to get the word out that there's no daylight between what secretary state rex tillerson said, what the president said on the rhetoric they're both using, they're both using with north korea. that's what they're suggesting. >> reporter: they are suggesting that tonight, wolf. the state department spokeswoman a short time ago said secretary tillerson and president trump spoke within the past 24 hours, they are in agreement on the pressure campaign against north korea. they speak with one voice, according to her. but tillerson did also say today
that you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out diplomatically. he said it's hard to say if the u.s. has kim jong-un in a corner right now. >> all right, brian, thanks very much. brian todd reporting. the breaking news next, a dire new warning from the trump administration to north korea of death and destruction. we are following new threats from both sides tonight. where are we? about to see progressive's new home quote explorer. where you can compare multiple quote options online and choose what's right for you. woah. flo and jamie here to see hqx. flo and jamie request entry. slovakia. triceratops. tapioca. racquetball. staccato. me llamo jamie. pumpernickel. pudding. employee: hey, guys! home quote explorer. it's home insurance made easy. password was "hey guys."
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