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night, she can see mark's legacy beaming back at her through their bright and glowing eyes. thank you very much. [ applause ] really beautiful. you know that, right? also joining us today is a very special friend, 7-year-old christian jacobs, who is here with his mom, brittany. i met christian exactly one year ago today. last year after the wreath-laying ceremony, christian walked over to me with great confidence, shook my hand, looked me straight in the eye, and asked if i would like to meet his dad. he loved his dad. marine sergeant christopher jacobs who died when christian
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was just eight months old. next, christian looking as sharp as you could look, dressed in a beautiful marine outfit -- i've never seen a marine look that good in my life, christian -- he wanted to look good, he told me, as a tribute to his father. and he led me to his dad's grave. and we paid our respects together. it was a moment i will always remember. christian, i want you to know that even though your father has left this world, he's left it for the next. he's not gone, he'll never be gone. your dad's love, courage, and strength live in you, christian,
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and as you grow bigger and stronger, just like him, so, too, does your father's incredible legacy. so thank you both. that's so beautiful. thank you. [ applause ] thank you. thank you, christian. good to see you. he's become my friend, i will tell you. a special young man. to every family member of the fallen, i want you to know that the legacy of those you lost does not fade with time but grows only more powerful.
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their legacy does not like a voice in the distance become a faint echo, but instead their legacy grows deeper, spreading further, touching more lives, reaching down through time, and out across many generations. through their sacrifice, your loved ones have achieved something very, very special -- immortality. today we also remember the more than 82,000 american service men and women who remain missing from wars and conflicts fought over the past century. we will never stop searching for them. [ applause ] and whenever possible, we will bring them home. we pledge to remember not just
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on memorial day, we will always remember them. we will remember them every day. moments ago, i laid a wreath in tribute to those resting in honored glory. for more than 80 years the sent else in of the -- sentinels of the armed guard kept watch. serving in this elite unit is one of the biggest honors in the united states military. while rest of us sleep, while we go about our lives, through every mint, through every day, through freezing cold, scorching heat, and raging storms, they stand watch. even when the earth shook beneath their feet on 9/11 and smoke from the pentagon darkened
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the sky above these tree-lined hills, here they remained faithful at their post, eternal on guard. they never moved. the sentinel always stands because america never forgets it's our heroes who make us who we are and who determine what we will be. [ applause ] our fallen heroes have not only written our history, they've shaped our destiny. they saved the lives of the men and women with whom they served. they cared for their families more than anything in the world. they loved their families. they inspired their communities,
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uplifted their country, and provided the best example of courage, virtue, and valor the world will ever know. they fought and bled and died so that america would forever remain safe and strong and free. each of the markers on that fie field, each of the names engraved in stone, teach us what it means to be loyal and faithful and proud and brave and righteous and true. that is why we come to this most sacred place. that is why we guard these grounds with absolute devotion. that is why we always will remember because here on this soil, on these groupnds, beneat
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those fields, lies the true source of american greatness, of american glory, and of american freedom. as long as we are blessed with patriots such as these, we shall forever remain one people, one family, and one nation under god. [ applause ] it's been my great honor to be with you today. i want to thank you. may god bless the families of the fallen. may god bless the men and women who serve, and may god bless the united states of america. our great country. thank you. [ applause ] thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please stands for the playing of "taps" and the benediction. then remain standing for the playing of "america the beautiful."
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[ "taps" playing ] ♪ >> i'm john king in washington. you're watching the president of the united states attending the annual services on memorial day at arlington national cemetery. it is both the final resting place and a museum to america's heroes. on site as the ceremonies concludes, is our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. very moving remarks from the president of the united states saying we will never nor get our heroes, saluting family -- we will never forget our heroes,
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saluting family members of those fallen members today, to remember their loved ones who died in combat. you've been on the grounds, as well, speaking to families through the day. share your thoughts on this very important, solemn day. >> reporter: well, john, we've been here for about four hours, and i have to tell you, behind me is one of the biggest crowds of families, friends of the fallen, battle buddies, that i've seen in a number of years here. today it has just been really thankfully nonstop. people coming through to pause and pay their respects. some families basically spending the day here, spending the day with their loved ones here at section 60. this is the place, of course, where so many of the fallen from afghanistan and iraq in recent years are buried. others are here, certainly, at their final resting place. thankfully we do have veterans in this country who live long, full lives, and die surrounded at an old age by their families,
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thankfully. those people are here. this is a real cross section today of the american military family. we spoke to one family earlier today, a great grandmother was here all day to remember her fallen grandson. he's 94 years old, and she has more than 20 great grandchildren. her newest just seven months old, being carried in his mother's arms here today. people are pausing, paying their respects on this memorial day. as we've talked about, enjoy the holiday, go to the beach, go to the dockout, but stop -- cookout, but stop and remember. that is what's happening here today. a place very much full of love for the american military family. john? >> couldn't have said it any better myself. barbara starr, appreciate that, live from arlington national cemetery. there's barbecue, baseball, but remember those on the screen,
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dumurjeon, phil mattingly, caitlyn collins. you have the advance team in singapore. more importantly, no offense to that team, you have the substance team meeting with the north koreans. this was off just 72 hours ago. president moon of south korea wants it. kim jong-un clearly wants it. president trump clearly wants it. are we going to have a meeting to have a meeting, or do we think they'll resolve the substance? >> i mean, look -- in some ways, what's happening now is a more normal process. you normally have substantive meetings at the lower levels before you decide whether or not to have a summit. that's more normal. what isn't normal is the speed with which they're trying to make this happen. i mean, other summits at this level have taken place after months if not years of negotiations, of discussions between, you know, the sort of technical experts to try to figure out can you actually make this happen, and the diplomatic experts to decide where are the two sides, and you try to have all of that mapped out before the leaders speak. having said that, you know, folks i talked to yesterday said
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there is some value in breaking the ice, and perhaps they can get just far enough on an agreement on the framework for what they want to talk about. then the two leaders come together, and a lot of those technical details can be worked out afterwards. it's just not clear yet whether they'll get there in time. >> in some ways a process in reverse. normally the leaders seal a deal. the leaders here trying to seal a mood to get them into the dealmaking? >> look at what happened four days ago, just four days ago when they canceled this in one of the reasons they cited as part of the reason the president canceled it, he said it wasn't the appropriate time, was because of the north korean statement calling the vice president a political dummy. also at the end where they said they talented nuclear war essentially. they were saying we can't meet under these circumstances. to the best of my knowledge, north korea hasn't retracted that statement or said anything different. what about it has changed now that four days later they feel like they can meet again? >> one thing that has change sudden president moon of south korea had a weekend meeting with
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kim jong-un who agreed to the meeting. the south koreans are saying they gave the white house a heads-up. that's their way of saying you blind sided us when you backed out of the summit, mr. trump. president moon says that kim jong-un is serious about giving up his nuclear weapons program. that's a big bet. >> so is secretary of state mike pompeo and has been for the last couple of weeks, since the last face-to-face meeting. i think mike's point is the crucial one here -- the red lines that exist which i don't think we're all fully aware of, haven't been laid out in detail particularly on the technical side, the most important thing, is the idea now because you have moon jae-in saying yes, because you have kim jong-un allegedly saying yes, because you have president trump saying yes, because you have secretary of state mike pompeo saying yes, does that become the driving force to have the meeting and, therefore, said red lines are little bit more ambiguous? they're willing to move forward without the deals or constructs locked into place? if the answer is yes because the driving force from the
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30,000-foot level is yes, then i think there's a real chance that it happens. >> but you have this fear, and the president's tweet reinforces the fear among many conservatives in congress. and people have watched this for a long time, that the president says this can be a great economic nation. kim jong-un agrees with me. the fear is that the president will sit down, kim jong-un will say, yes, i'm willing to negotiate giving up my nuclear program, let's start the negotiations in detail on the technical stuff. in the meantime, i need sanctions relief, i need economic aid. listen to republican senators saying, whoa, mr. president, be careful. >> ultimately i remain convinced that he does not want to denuclearize. in fact, he will not denuclearize. he wants to give off this perception that he's this open leader, that he's peaceful, that he's reasonable. it's a show. >> i think that the north koreans realize that total denuclearization on their part is not in their national interest. that's how they see it. >> if the president is the one who ultimately makes the
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decision, of course he wants to meet face to face to get a sense of the man. man, there's a lot of worries. >> yes, the problem is the summit has become an end in itself instead of part of a process. that's because of the egos of the people involved. trump wants the branding of being the president who got to this point which has been elusive for a long time. kim, for him, it's huge to be seen next to the leader of the free world. legitimizes him. the question, will he have done anything to earn that before that point. there's not a lot of agreement on what getting to that point means yet. denuclearization is a very nice word. for the north koreans, it actually may also mean, well, the united states, you have bombers that are at nuclear capacity -- have the capability of bringing those. will you have to get rid of those, too. we're using this word as though it's happening on the north korean side. we're not listening to what their demands on the table are, too. that creates a complicated situation. president trump is quite good at flattering leaders who have terrible human rights records, who have pulled other stunts in the world that we consider
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despoddic as a way -- despotic as a way of talking them into something. in this situation, the stakes have -- having the nice handshake -- are dire if it pads kim jong-un's ego to the point where he says, that's what i wanted, thank you very much, we're done here. >> it will be fascinating to get the report back from the white house team meeting with the north koreans. that's the next step. to see does the team report back to the president we think they're serious, and we'll go from there. up next, the president's tv lawyer with a very candid admission. i'm really into this car, but how do i know if i'm getting a good deal? i tell truecar my zip and which car i want and truecar shows the range of prices people in my area actually paid for the same car so i know if i'm getting a great price. this is how car buying was always meant to be. this is truecar. almost $800 when we switched our auto and home insurance. with liberty, we could afford a real babysitter instead of your brother. hey! oh, that's my robe. is it? when you switch to liberty mutual, you could save $782 on auto and home insurance.
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have the material. they're giving us the material to do it. of course we have to do it in defending the president. we're defending to a large extent, remember, we're defending here it is for public opinion. venlt eventually the decision is going to be impeach, not impeach. >> impeach, not impeach. meaning, decisions made by members of congress who, of course, are mindful of public opinion. that's what giuliani is targeting, and the president is back at it today hammering his theme that the special counsel investigation is tainted, hatched, the president says, by a deep state plot that included placing spies in his campaign. now to watch all-alien on to have is -- watch giuliani on tv is to remind you that the customer is always right. >> do you think the mueller probe is legitimate? >> i -- not anymore, i don't. i did when i came in. now i see spygate. >> "i see spygate," that sounds
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definitive. giuliani admits he has not seen any evidence of spying. and there are no rules of evidence on tv. giuliani could challenge the legitimacy of the investigation in court where there are rules, but he hasn't. which tells me everything i need to know. yes, the president is not charged. people might be saying how is he charged in court. every time they get a routine document, they could go to court and say the person sending the request is illegitimate. this investigation is born of and make your case. paul manafort has tried to make that case. others who have been in court have tried to make that case. they have failed at every step. rudy makes it on tv. again, there are a lot of federal courthouses he could pop into. he has not. >> there are two audiences, as he said the whole time. there's the legal process, the actual investigation, and there's the fact that everybody is watching what the president said about the investigation, how the investigation's going. look, unless robert mueller wraps this up very soon, they're going to come to a head and
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collide around the time of the november, 2018, elections. it's not a stupid strategy for the white house and president's lawyer to play to the public. if the house flips, yeah, we are probably talking about impeachment proceedings being started. >> even if it comes up before the election, republicans will have to make a decision based on the mueller report, and rudy giuliani lived this from a different perspective, what the clinton administration did, too. this is not new. it might be on strides, the volume might be loud -- on steroids, the volume might be louder in the social media age. this is not new. to the question of spying which the president keeps saying, again absent any public evidence, senator marco rubio, republican, says this -- >> up to now what i have seen is evidence that they were investigating individuals with a history of links to russia that were concerning. that was appropriate if that's all that happened. >> pushback from a prominent republican to this idea that the investigation is tainted and the attacks on the special counsel aren't justfied.
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>> and when paul ryan was asked if he believes that there were spies inside the president's campaign, he deflected and said that he wanted to get to the bottom of russian interference in the election. you see that there and hear from rudy giuliani saying he doesn't believe that mueller is legitimate anymore, he did when he came in, which was a month ago. a lot has changed quickly for him. he's saying that "i see spygate," of course he's seen no evidence that there were spies inside the president's campaign because no one has. the only people who are stated that as fact are the president and a few fox news hosts. you see it from marco rubio there. they know that the president is making these claims with no proof whatsoever. you notice how silent the republicans who were in the briefing last we can to dutch justice and on capitol hill -- last week and at the department of justice and on capitol hill, they've been totally silent so far. >> this leads into what rudy's initial comment was. they're fighting this for public opinion now. the vacuum that exists currently
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-- >> i want to show -- i'm sorry. the president is leaving arlington national cemetery where he's been for memorial day services. he's shaking hands with service members including members of the honor guard as he leaves. want to do that in the appropriate tone as we continue other conversations. it is odd, the political controversies swirl. one thing i will not do is involve the troops sitting at arlington national cemetery in the conversation on this special, solemn day. i salute the president for his remarks, as well. he was dead on in what he said today and the tone of what he said today. back to this conversation. if you talk to the experts, you make a key point -- mitch
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mcconnell, the one republican who did speak, said i still support robert mueller. i wanted to get to the bottom of this. if he had seen evidence that this was born of some nefarious activity, he would have said something different. listen to michael hayden, former director of the central intelligence agency who knows how the counterexperience operations work. he -- counterintelligence operations work. he believes the fbi did everything by the book, used human sources to figure out were there people in touch with the russians during the campaign. he also gives the president be br grudgingly credit for turning public opinion into believing this might have happened in a nefarious way. >> all of those are wrong. all of those are incorrect. all of those are stunningly normal in the development of intelligence and law enforcement. you know what, i talked to a lot of people in the country. for a lot of people in the country, one or another or many of those things have already stu stuck. >> the point being, general hayden saying what the president is doing in the tweets is wrong, not factual, not right, reckless, irresponsible, but it's working.
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>> the president is a master brander. i think what he's shown is that in many ways, when it comes to things that the public doesn't understand like investigative processes of the intelligence community, truth is in the eye of the beholder in a way. that's what he's doing here by playing to the public, by talking about spygate when there's no evidence. it's a pattern. it's been happening. there's a germ of something to hang these accusations on. there's some person that was involved. it's not that they made this up out of the thin air. the involvement is not as serious as they're painting it to be. starts with the house gop, trick elms up to the president. >> i think rudy giuliani gave us a gift in journalism. when the president does this, we can say this is why he's doing it, he's doing it for public relations reasons, and that's straight out of the president's lawyer. >> again, there are venues. you can challenge this at any moment, court of law. go ahead, make your case or go on tv. up next, the president tweets to honor the fallen but spends most of the tweet honoring himself. and as we go to break, a scene from the world war ii
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topping our political tar, the president's wife -- political radar, the president's wife and daughter expressing their respect for those who died for our freedom. melania and ivanka trump pointing out the sacrifices so many americans have made on the battlefield. the president also tweeting about the fallen heroes. in the tweet, spending the bulk of his memorial day tweet talking about the strong economy and low unemployment.
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we're watching the health of the former president, george h.w. bush, this memorial day. the 93-year-old admitted to a hospital in maine yesterday with low blood pressure and fatigue, according to his spokesman. the spokesman said he likely will be kept under observation for a few days. this a month after he endured a hospital stay in texas for an infection that spread to his blood. president trump is getting a warning from congress as he proposes a lifeline to a chinese telecom company. zte violated sanctions on iran. intelligence agencies call it a key player in china's cyber warfare. chris van holland said congress ready to block the president from allowing zte back into the market. and marco rubio says that vote would be overwhelming, enough, he says, to override any presidential veto. >> one of the things i hope congress will do is not only put -- not even allow chinese telecom companies to operate in the united states. >> the president going to sign that bill you propose? >> i believe it will have a
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supermajoritiment i think most members of congress have -- supermajority. i think most members of congress have come to understand the threat china poses, and they want to do something about what china is trying to do to the united states. this is a good place to start, as i said. i think we'll have a supermajority to do it. >> keep an eye on that confr confrontration. i want to come back to the tweet -- why. the president was pitch perfect at arlington national cemetery. pitch perfect in paying tribute to the families there, paying tribute to the fallen heroes, paying tribute to the day and importance of the day. in the tweet, he starts talking about low unemployment and the strong economy in the context of the fallen. his wife, by the way, her tweet is pitch perfect. wh why? >> i think it's the venue, right. i think that president trump has carved out this twitter universe for himself as a place where
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it's place to attack and defend. he criticizes his adversaries, and it's a place where he brags. that's what he does. i guess the only answer is that he started typing out the tweet and reverted to form come is bragging about himself -- to form, which is bragging about himself. the two don't match, but that's what he does. >> the tweet is him. that is him alone in the residence writing whatever he is thinking or dictating it to whoever. the speech is written by aides who are making sure it's the perfect tone, perfect pitch for something like that. >> he still has to deliver it and didn't go off script at arlington national cemetery, again, where he was pitch perfect. the tweet is just -- there are some days, sir, that are not about you. that's the way it is. when we come back, it's an election year, there's a fight about immigration and horrifying stories coming from the border.
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more partisan finger pointing today over immigration amid startling headlines from the border. stories of mothers separated from their children after illegally jeb -- entering the united states and accounts of how the trump administration lost track of nearly 1,500 unaccompanied immigrant children in the past year, some say a sign that the president has his priorities messed up. >> he wants massive deportations, he wants a wall built with the border. yet, we don't have enough person told track 1,500, some of which are 4 years old. these are little children, some of them are very young children. we have no idea where they are. >> the white house says democrats are to blame. in a rare sunday evening statement, the white house said in part democrat policies led to the temporary separation of illegal alien families because they refused to close the border loopholes that prevented families from being swiftly returned home.
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democrats would say, remember this, just earlier this month, the president's own attorney general, jeff sessions, enacted the very polici. >> if you don't want your child to be separated, don't bring them across the border illegally. >> if you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. that child may be separated from you as required by law. >> now the attorney general would say he's trying to send a deterrent message -- don't try it won't happen if you don't try. democrats are saying the separation is heartless. a lot of conservatives saying that once they got across the border, do not take a child away from their parent. but here we are in this predictable, sadly, partisan sniping. anyone going to resolve the policy issues? >> in the short term, the answer is no. there's a lot of people on the hill who would like it figure out a pathway forward. as it stands, both sides are
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aren't moving any closer any time soon. sometimes it takes something like this to spark some type of movement. until the president moves off his positions and democrats move off where they are on overall immigration, there's not going to be a short-term fix to this minor issue. nobody's going to be willing to move into this without a broader discussion about things. the interesting almost here is the facts here actually matter. the 1,400 children that were lost, if you will, or lost count of, those are unaccompanied minors. those are not a shift from the policy by the president. the policy shift is not the result of democratic laws. this as you note and jeff sessions and john kelly made clear, this is a policy shift designed to disincentivize parents from bringing children to the border. the parents will be separated, and children will go to hhs, and the office of refugee resettlement, that the 1,400 kids were lost from originally. this comes together in a broader theme, and i think the broader concern here, the reality is that barring a supreme court move on daca or some type of massive shift on the hill in terms of where people are,
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there's not going to be any change any time soon. >> we come together around the stories about children and young people whenever they happen because it hits a nerve of people caring and having empathy for kids that don't make the choice of what they'll do. it hasn't pushed the goal posts or changed the equation in times past. we are bickering about daca for how many months? the president said, yes, i care, no, this is democrats' fault because they won't give me border wall funding. it gets lost in the shuffle every time. this in a way is trickier. daca was a simple fix if you want to look at that. when you're talking about kids, are you talking about unaccompanied minors separated from their parents. there are policies that say you can't keep kids in detention facilities. you're supposed to release them to next of kin. what about trafficking victims? it is complex. if you don't do something about the overarching problem of how you're going to treat people who come into the country, you can't fix the family separation issue simply. >> and as we count by the second closer to an election, it makes
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it hard ear the quicksand -- harder, the quicksand of american politics -- this will only get fixed if the president gets in front of it. have we seen any indication that he's willing to do that? >> no, we haven't seen any indication. he's stick, as phil said, to the list of demands that are very much never going to go anywhere in the current congress as it's established. >> he could get border money in exchange for daca fix, but it would leave stuff on the table. >> so he far rejected that. the one thing that's interesting here is there some agreement -- and the agreement on both sides is that the whole system is broken. that part of what's happening and why kids are being separated and unaccompanied children are going to places where we can't track them, is that the entire system of immigration is broken. what they can't agree on is how to fix it. that's the thing that is not going to be resolved by the time the election -- >> let's set politics aside for a moment as we go to break. we want to take a moment on this
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how your joint damage could be progressing. ask about enbrel. enbrel. fda approved for over 15 years. this is moments ago on this memorial day. the white house chief of staff, john kelly, and his wife, karen, stopping by to pay respects at the grave site at arlington national cemetery of their son, first lieutenant, robert m. kelly, killed in action in afghanistan in 2010.
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he was 29 years old. barbara starr was nearby earlier this morning and met the bunting family there in section 60. >> we called him bubba, yes. >> reporter: tell me about bubba. >> he was just such an extraordinary man. he had the biggest smile. never met a stranger. made best friends with everyone. he had a heart of gold, boisterous personality. >> reporter: bubba went on to serve in afghanistan? >> correct, yes. in 2007. and then he came home for r&r, after that in 2009 is when he was killed. >> there are moments like this going on across the country. important moments. at our table, we have memories, as well. >> yeah, my grandfather's brother was 21 years old when he died, serving as an army private in the battle of the bulge. all four brothers did serve at some point. he's the one who didn't make it
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home. >> amen to him. phil? >> at the vietnam veterans panel, 36w, thomas o'day, served in three wars, voracious reader, he was fluent in mandarin which i would have loved to at one point learned about. in 1968 on christmas day, he flew on a helicopter to visit his home psychic troops. he did -- homesick troops. he did not survive. in his last letter home he talked about he was looking forward to christmas, 1969. and he was thankful that his children sent a small christmas tree. one of those children was my mom. and thomas odea is remembered. and particularly as the nation has moved away from a military that's experienced by all, but instead a small number. >> amen to that thought. your parents are with us today,
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all the more special as we learn the story. i grew up, my dad was active in the vfw. we spent every memorial day at the parade, the posts remembering, because we should remember, right? >> absolutely. >> always. >> on this day we'll sea -- we'll say farewell on that note. it's odd discussing politics on this day. we had to do a little bit of that. thank you for joining us. we'll see you at this time tomorrow. briana keilar is in for wolf blitzer today and picks up right now. ♪ ♪
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♪ i'm briana keilar in for wolf blitzer. wherever you're watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. up first, president trump pays tribute to the country's fallen heroes on this memorial day. even as he honors their sacrifices, he is stepping up his attacks on the russia investigation. at arlington national cemetery, the president laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. today's solemn ceremony came in the middle of a tweet storm by the president railing against the russia probe. over the weekend, he returned to
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a familiar refrain, tweeting, "this whole russia probe is rigged. just an excuse as to why the dems and crooked hillary lost the election, and states that haven't been lost in decades. 13 angry democrats and all dems if you include the people who worked for obama for eight years, #spygate and harbor harb -- and #conflictsofinterest." he tweeted about the russia probe in the middle of tweeting about memorial day and honoring the fallen. give us the latest here. >> reporter: that's right. the president is back at the white house, but this morning he was at arlington national cemetery honoring the fallen in service of this country. he laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and talked about those who have died in sacrifice, in service to this country, as having a love more deep and pure than most will ever know. amidst this, the president is continuing to tweet about the mueller probe.

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