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here's shep. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast, 3:00 in d.c. 10:00 be in damascus where bashar al-assad has spoken. the first interview since the gas attack. obviously it's america's fault. you'll hear from assad himself. russian president vladimir putin saying washington and moscow are in a deadlock. president trump tweeting that everything will work out fine. as new satellite images show north korea may be preparing to test a nuclear weapon, we send a reporter to the country's capitol to bring you a first hand look at life there or as much as the government will let you see. >> you're looking at thousands of citizens of pyongyang coming out in an orchestrated event opening a new neighborhood here
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in the capitol. >> more from greg palkot in pyongyang ahead. we're expecting -- this is a first -- we'll hear live from the cia director about the global hot spots we're watching. about the pentagon uses the biggest bomb ever used on the battlefield. the target? let's get to it. centcom and the white house confirming the u.s. military dropped what it called the mother of all bombs on a terrorist tunnel network. the target, islamic state fighters. we don't know the damage it did it. it's the first time the military used in combat. it's the largest nonnuclear weapon in all of america's arsenal, which earned it the name, mother of all bombs. the official title is massive
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ordinance air burst. the massive is without question. it weighs 21,000 pounds. if you're within a mile of the thing when it detonates, you're in trouble. troops dropped it in the nangahar province east of kabul where an american green beret died days against. he was 37 years old. this afternoon the white house press secretary sean spicer said the strike is a signal of how seriously washington takes the fight against isis. >> we targeted a system of tunnels and caves that isis fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target u.s. military advisers and afghan forces in the area. the united states takes the fight against isis very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space, which we did. >> minutes ago, the president responded to a question about
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whether he personally authorized the strike. listen. >> everybody knows exactly what happened. so what i do, i authorize by military. we have the greatest military in the world and they have done a job as usual. we have given them total authorization. that's what they're doing. frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately. look what has happened the last eight weeks and compare that to what has happened the last eight years, you'll see there's a tremendous difference. >> details down to chocolate cake on the the missiles, but not on this. the bomb is so big, the best way to deploy it is to load into it a cargo plane and dump it out the back door. officials say that's exactly what happened last night when the united states military deployed one of the most devastating weapons in all of its arsenal. jennifer griffin life at the pentagon. why drop this bomb for the first time today, jen? do we know? >> it's interesting.
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the military first tested this bomb, the 21,000 pound bomb in 2003. it has not seen fit to use it until today. it is clear that the pentagon and the white house are sending a geo strategic message to not only isis and the leaders of isis but to moscow, to north korea where kim jong-un is preparing for a sixth nuclear test and trying to deter that and to pakistan. this area of afghanistan, shep, is where the isis fighters that are pledging allegiance to the isis leaders in syria, some of them are local taliban that have changed shirts, some al-quaida leaders. they have been back and forth to pakistan. that's their supply line into pakistan. it's a message to islamabad as well. this is a very isolated area. it's not far from tora bora. it's about 35 miles south of
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where jalalabad where the u.s. has a base. we're told it's not a very populated area. but this kind of bomb was needed because this is a concussive weapon. 21,000 pounds pushed out of the back of a plane. it's gps guided. it is -- if you think of the tomahawk missiles used in syria, though were 1,000 pounds of explosives each. this is 21,000 pounds. >> and i mentioned a green beret died in the same area. is this the direct response to that or are they saying? >> the pentagon is pushing back hard on that. they say it's merely a coincidence. they're still mourning the loss of that green beret. the staff sergeant that was from maryland, not far from where we are right now. he was deployed from egland air force base, which is in 2003 where this moab bomb was first tested. again, the pentagon saying it's not in retaliation for his death
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in this very same area of nangahar on saturday, shep. >> jennifer griffin, thank you. bashar al-assad said he didn't do it. he calls the latest deadly chemical attack against his own people a fabrication and claims that it's part of a u.s. conspiracy to justify president trump's missile strike in syria. assad made the comments with the french pressing agency. he claimed he gave up all of his chemical weapons so there's no way he could have ordered this attack. >> we don't have an arsenal. we don't use it. we have many indications if you don't have proof because nobody has information or evidence. but you have indication. >> none of that is true, by the way. he's a war criminal and a huge liar. western officials say there's no doubt that assad carried out the chemical strike last week killing dozens of civilians and including women and children
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asleep in their bed. british investigators say a chemical weapons watch dog group confirmed samples from the site tested positive for sarin. still assad denies everything. again, he's killed hundreds of thousands of people? what is a little lie here and there? russia has blamed the attack on syrian rebels. the russian explanation, the syrian government air strike hit a weapons depot where they were stockpiling chemical weapons. the u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson visited to moscow this week made it clear the united states and russia are not on the same page. a spokesman for vladimir putin said it's too early to tell whether putin's meeting with tillerson improved u.s. ties with russia. the spokesman said that putin shared his views and what he calls the deadlock in a relationship and that he hopes president trump will become aware of that analysis. president trump yesterday said u.s. relations with russia may
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be at an all-time low but today he sent a more optimistic message on twitter. kristin fisher is in palm beach where the president will head for easter weekend. seems to be yet another shift in tone from the white house. >> yeah, their tone shifts hour by hour on this issue. earlier today, president trump seemed to be toning down the heated rhetoric that has been escalating a lot. he said on twitter "things will work out fine between the u.s.a. and russia. at the right time, everybody will come to their senses and there will be lasting peace." but as you mentioned, president trump said that we may be at an all-time low with russia and the same day that we saw the frosty press conference between secretary of state rex tillerson and his russian counterpart. for sean spicer, he didn't spend a ton of time on this issue during the briefing today given the bomb that was just dropped in afghanistan, but that in and
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of itself sent a strong message to the kremlin, the same message that was sent a week ago today with the strikes in syria. that is that this president is willing to act very fast and take very aggressive military action. very clear today that he has fro problem with doing just that. shep? >> shepard: there was a resolution in the u.n. security council to condemn syria for what it did. the russians vetoed that. the white house is speaking on that matter? >> they are. actually today at the briefing press secretary sean spicer called it a win for the u.s. and president trump. here's why. as you mentioned, yesterday russia was the only permanent member of the u.n. security council to vote against this resolution. it would have condemned syria for this chemical attack. here's how the white house is spinning this. they're calling it a win. that shows how isolated russia is. it's also a win that china
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abstained. they vetoed six u.n. resolutions since the civil war began. this time they stayed out. today sean spicer said that that is proof that president trump made progress with president xi when he was in mar-a-largo last weekend. listen. >> it showed the success of the trip first and foremost and secondly continues to show how russia is isolated on this particular matter. that is important. so on a variety of fronts, it really was a huge win for the united states and for the persuasiveness of the president. >> president trump will be landing here in west palm beach in just a few hours. this will be his seventh trip to mar-a-largo. the winter white house, as they call it, since becoming president. >> kristin fisher for the road. thank you. more on bashar al-assad's calling the chemical weapons attack a fabrication. he's also questioned the images we've seen and the victims of the poison gas saying the children, were they dead at all?
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team fox coverage continues with leland vittert. is assad offering anything in the way of evidence? >> no, no evidence at all, shep. assad is basically asking the world to believe him rather than our lying eyes that have seen these videos. he said videos like these of the dying and dead from the sarin gas were faked. they believe that the united states is hand and glove with the terrorists. he said they fabricated the story to have a pretext for the attack. in an exhaustive presentation, the pentagon went as far as to put out the radar track of the syrian jet that dropped the sarin bomb. the u.s. secretary of state doubled down on the charge in front of assad's russian protectors. >> we have very firm and high confidence in our conclusions that the attack was planned, carried out by the regime forces
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at the direction of bashar al-assad. >> so suffice it to say, shep, nobody in washington or anybody we've been able to find is buying assad's denial. >> shepard: it was the russians that were supposed to work to ensure that assad didn't have anymore chemical weapons. seems that's a failure. >> clearly this creates quite a p.r. pickle for vladimir putin. perhaps one of the reasons that secretary of state rex tillerson said that the russians were incompetent when it comes to this attack. part of the grand bargain to stave off a u.s. attack was russia's assurance that it would destroy all of assad's chemical weapons. now begging the question, are the russians intentionally left him with a chemical arsenal or hoodwinked by their proxy. >> shepard: the bombing was the
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second high profile executive against from the trump administration in a week. first the tomahawks in syria and now the moab bombs in afghanistan. what message does this send to the rest of the world? that's coming up on the fox news desk on this thursday afternoon. the road can change in an instant. but with lightning fast shifts and dynamic track-tuned suspension, what the road demands, the gs delivers. experience high performance through high technology, in the lexus gs 350 and gs turbo. experience amazing. to folks everywhere whose diabetic.. burns its wa. ...i hear you. when that pain makes simple errands simply unbearable... ...i hear you. i hear you because my dad struggled with this pain.
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dropped in afghanistan. this in a time of heightened tensions and russia's putin, syria's assad and north korea's kim watching president trump's every move. kimberly atkins is here from "the boston herald." from your reporting, what is the intended message? >> this was clearly meant to send a message. back up as well a campaign promise by the president to fight hard against isis. we heard him today saying that this administration will take a much harder stance than that as he said of president obama. but yes, it's meant to send a message to all of these leaders at this time of high tension, that the united states will not hesitate to act if they act. at a time when we're essentially
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just waiting for kim jong-un to make his next move, this tension between russia that you've talked about, they're all signals to all of those places that the united states is serious. >> shepard: the thing about messages, they're left to the receiver to interpret. assad could say, he took out some planes but we're at it. nothing has changed on the ground. next time he does something, there's big decisions to be made in the united states. i wonder if he knows what that would be. >> it's true. that's definitely true. we don't know what the reaction is going to be from any of these world leaders. you know, donald trump has said he's put, and in this case, a lot of the authority in the hands of the military folks. the people that are looking at the situation on the ground giving them authority to act quickly. that alone is a message to these other leaders.
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it's not just the matter of what donald trump will do, but when there's some sort of situation coming up, something that is perceived by defense officials to be threatening, that action can come quickly. >> the president said we're not going into syria. he said it repeatedly to a bunch of reporters. we're in syria. we have hundreds and hundreds of troops on the ground waiting to move in for a strike on isis. those -- some of those troops, their base was overrun after this. they went back in and got it back. any suggestion that united states men and women who fight for our nation are not in harm's way there is wildly miss played. >> that's definitely true. we're in syria. we have been in syria for a long time. that might have been one calculation talking about our men and women who are fighting overseas. one calculation is dropping this
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moab bomb is soon as a way to sort of act decisively without having to dispatch ground troops. that's something that clearly we don't want to see our men and women put in harms way if they don't have to be. dispatching ground troops remains very up popular with the public and folks in congress. that is one calculation that went into how to address that military action in afghanistan. >> kimberly atkins, columnist for "the boston herald." thanks again. the doctor dragged off a united flight by security is now getting ready to get even. today we heard from his lawyer who said he broke a nose and lost some teeth. he said a lawsuit is likely. united has lost hundreds of millions in value since the p.r. disaster that followed. probably would have been cheaper
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let's listen. >> first and foremost, we should know the intelligence organizations engage solely in foreign spying and terrorist organizations. we're damn proud of it. we analyze this intelligence so our government can better understand our adversaries that we face in a challenging and dangerous world. we will make no apologies for that. it's hard stuff and we go at it hard. because when it comes to overseas threat, the cia is aggressive in pursuit of information to help safeguard our country. we utilize our whole tool kit, fully employing the capability to the congress, the court and the executive branch has provided to it. consistent with our american ideals. we do these things because it's our job. it's what we signed up to do. it's what our president needs. if we didn't have a tough time justifying our budget to the american taxpayers, that too would be inappropriate. as the ceo of a research firm
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said, the cia appears to be doing exactly what we pay them to do. now, our mission is simple in concept. yet incredibly difficult in practice. i've seen that in a few short weeks. we work to provide the best information possible to the. and the administration to protect our country. the mission that the c.i.a. has carried out for years quietly and effectively. accomplishments often remain classified and secret, but a few special ones are known to the world. the cia was a crucial player in the global campaign against nuclear proliferation and still are today. we gathered intelligence with the help of partners to persuade libya to abandon their nuclear program. we've been on the cutting edge of technological efforts.
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we developed the u2 aircraft d and/and orb orbiting satellites. more recently, cia investment technology ventured in 2003 led to the development of google earth. my firth few months on the job, i've only reaffirmed for me this innovative spirit and can-do attitude are much along. i'd like to talk about what the cia can't do. we focus on collect information about foreign governments. for rip terrorist organizations and the like. not americans. a number of rules keep us centered on that information and protect the privacy of fellow americans. one important example, the cia is prohibited of spying on people through electronic surveillance in the united states. we're not tapping any one's
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phone in my hometown of wichita. i know there will be skeptics and we have to build trust with them. but what i saw as a member of a congressional oversight committee and from what i see as a director, the cia takes its responsibilities with the utmost seriousness. we have stringent regulations and an empowered independent office of inspector general to make sure of that. moreover, regardless of the silver screen, we don't have covert action without accountability. there's a process that starts with the president. let me assure you, when it comes to covert action, there's oversight and accountability every step of the way. i inherited an agency that has deep respect for the rule of law and the constitution. it's embedded in the very fiber of the people that work at the cia. despite fictional depictions meant to sell books or box
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office tickets, we're not a rogue agency. so while we've had truly awesome capabilities at our disposal, authors do not operates in targets that are rightfully and legally off limits. at our core, we're an organization committed to uncovering the truth and getting it right. we devote ourselves to protect our trade. we spend hours upon hours of collecting information and pouring over data and reports. we also admit when we make a mistake. because the cia is accountable, the times in which we failed up to high standards of fellow citizens have been cataloged well over the years, even by our own government. these mistakes are public. they're public to an extent that i doubt any other nation could match. it's always our intentional and our duty to get it right. that's one of the reasons we say on the celebration of entity
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like wikileaks to be doubly troubling. while we do our best to quietly collect information on those that pose a very real threat to our countries individuals like julian assange and edward snowden seek to use that information to make a name for themselves. as long as they make a splash, they care nothing about the lives they put at risk or the damage they cause to national security. wikileaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service. encouraged its follows to find jobs at the cia in order to obtain intelligence. they directed chelsea manning in her theft of specific secret information. overwhelmingly focuses on the united states while seeking support from anti-democratic countries and organizations. it's time to call out wikileaks for what it is. a nonstate hostile intelligence service embedded by state actors like russia. in january of this year, our intelligence community
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determined that the gru had used wikileaks to release data of victims that the gru obtained through cyber object raises against the democratic national committee. the report fund that russia's primary propaganda outlet, r.t., has actively collaborated with wikileaks. for those that reed the editorial page of "the washington post," and i have a felling many do, you would have seen a piece penned by mr. assange. you would have read a massive number of words where assange compares him to dwight eisenhower. assange claims to harbor and overwhelming admiration for america and the idea of america. i assure you this man knows nothing of america and our ideals. he knows nothing of our third president. he knows nothing of our 34th
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president, a hero from my very own kansas who helped liberate europe from fascists and guided america through the early years of the cold war. no, i'm quite confident that had assange been around in the 30s and the 40s and the 50s he would have found himself on the wrong side of history. we know this because assange and his people make contact with dictators today. they true to cloak themselves in their actions in the language of liberty and privacy. in reality, they champion nothing but their honey celebrity. their moral compass nonexistent. they do not care about the causes of the people they claim to represent. if they did, they would focus on autocratic regimes in this world that suppress free speech and dissent. instead, they choose to exploit the secrets of democratic governments which have so far proven to be a safer
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approach than provoking a tyrant. clearly these individuals are not especially burdened by conscious. we know this for example because assange has been more than cavalier in disclosing the personal information of scores of innocent citizens around the globe. we know this because the damage they have done to the security and safety of the free world is tangible. the examples are numerous. once noted, his treachery harmed a wide range of intelligence and military operations. he was no whistle-blower. whistle-blowers use discrete processes. they don't put american lives at risk, a colleague of ours at the national security agency explained that more than 1,000 foreign targets, people, groups and organizations. they tried to change how they
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communicated as a direct result of snowden's disclosures. bottom line, it's hard or for u.s. intelligence to keep americans safe. it's harder to monitor those that are bent on bringing blood shed to our shores. snowden looked to hide themselves in crowded digital forces. even in those cases where we're able to regain our ability to collect, the damage has been done. we worked with budgets and time constrained. the work to get back access meant we had less tame to look at new threats. as for assange, his actions have created a following. following a recent wiki looks exposure in al-quaida in the arabian peninsula thank wikileaks for helping them.
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a group that is devoted not only to bringing down civil passenger planes but a way of life. assange is the darling of these terrorists is nothing but reprehensible. they have caused great harm to our nation's security and will continue to do so for the long-term. they also threats ten the trust we've developed with our foreign partners when that trust is crucial currency among allies. they risk damaging the morale for those that take the high road every day. i can't stress enough how these closures have hindered our ability to keep you all safe. no, julian assange are not slight bit interested in enhancing personal freedoms. they're wrong. assange is a narcissist whos that created nothing of value. he relies the dirty work of
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others to make himself famous. he's a fraud hiding behind a korean. in kansas we know something about wizards hiding behind screens. but i'm not the only one that knows who julian assange really is. some many have benefitted from hicks leaks and called him out for his overblown statements. the intercept has recorded exposures and accused wikileaks of stretching the facts about comments of the cia. the intercept said the documents were not worth the concern wikileaks generated by its public comments. so we all face a crucial question. what can we do about this? what can and should the cia, the broader intelligence community and the united states and our allies do about this unprecedented challenges post bad by nonstate intelligence agencies? there's no quick fix. nothing fool proof. no instant cure. there are steps we can take to undercut the danger. first, the days like today where we call out those that grant a
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platform to these leakers and transparency activists. we know the dangers that they pose. ignorance or misplaced idealism is no longer an excuse for lionizing these demons. we have to strengthen hour systems and secure our own stuff. all of us in the i.c. had a wake-up call after snowden's treachery. the threat has not abated. i can't go into detail about the steps, but our steps are not static and our security has to evolve and we will. we need to be as clever and innovative as the enemies we face. they won't relent and we will not either. we can't mitigate the threat but we can manage it. it depends on a fundamental
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change on how we address digital problems, understanding best practices that evolve in real time. third, the we have to recognize that we can no longer along assange colleagues to use free speech values against us. it all ends now. finally perhaps most importantly, we need to deepen the trust between the intelligence community and the citizens we aim to protect. at cia, we're committed to earning that trust every day. we know we can never take it for granted. we must continue to be as open as possible with the american people. as the cia directs or the, it's my sworn duty to uphold the constitution and defend our national security. as somebody that practiced law, built businesses and ran for public office, i understand why nobody should have to blindly place their trust in government. granted, the intelligence arena can never be as transparent as
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other parts of our government. secrecy is essential. we can do better. even if we can't share everything with the american people, we can share it with a president they elected and with a congress that oversees our work. having serve ed on that committ myself, i understand oversight. doing right to the american people is as important as carrying out our mission. i hold all of our offices to those standards. the men and women we work with are patriots. they have my trust. they have my faith. as long as i'm lucky enough to have the best job in the world, i promise you the cia will be tireless in our mission to keep america safe. thank you very much. [applause] >> shepard: that was interesting. wasn't it? tough rhetoric and some interesting thoughts from the
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new director of the cia, mike pompeo. a couple things that stood out for me. i thought this whole r.t., which is the russian television channel is a propaganda arm of the russian government. that is president putin's mouthpiece on tv. r.t. worked directly with wikileaks and julian assange. the question all along has been, are wikileaks and russia the same thing? is russia -- is wikileaks an arm of russia? i can tell you, mike pompeo is no fan. he had another huge reversal from the trump administration. it was donald trump that said, i love wikileaks. remember? you love them when it's working for you and hate them when it's not. john busy is here from the wall
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street journal. julian assange is a coward hiding behind a keyboard and wikileaks is the worse thing since el diablo. >> r.t. calling out the russians. at the same time, very clearly lauding the work of the central intelligence agency. saying these are patriots. i'm honored to be serving with them. honoring them for the quiet work that they do that we often don't hear about because they can't talk about, keeping america safe. this was a reversal from the criticism of president trump. >> shepard: it's as 180 as anything is. >> a lot of 180s the last couple days. he was critical of the intelligence agencies for leaking information about possible relationships between
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russia, wikileaks and his campaign. when he appeared at the central intelligence agency in front of the memorial wall and talked about the agency so much but about his win in the election, that got a lot of very mixed reviews. this is the speech that the agency wanted to hear. this was the affirmation of the world that they do for the americans, keeping americans safe with a new leader, you know, articulate, forceful, pretty direct about his opinion. >> it couldn't be any farther from the things that donald trump said a few months ago. it's the same man. he's in a different position. the exact same person. that speech in front of that wall, it was an early blunder, but it was a blunder. >> a lot of 180s lately. depends where you stand depends upon where you sit. you've heard that expression. he's sitting in the oval office now. we've seen, this is one of
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them -- i'm sure pompeo cleared this with the white house. his comment about we're not listening in on you, so your microwave oven, kind of a --? a nod to kellyanne conway. >> yeah. she didn't say that. but a nod to her overstepping in one of her press reviews. a lot of 180s lately by a man that is in the presidency. our interview with him, jerry baker, and there's been several 180s, this is one of them that you see. his feelings about china, his willingness to consider janet yellen for another term at the fed, support for nato. >> shepard: i want to talk about north korea. if you've not been paying much attention to north korea, now is the time to pay attention. they're getting ready to parade
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and lining up. just like they do before they test a nuclear weapon. it's time for something. north korea and what in the world is going on there. that's coming up.
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>> shepard: north korea now where a nuclear test site is primed and ready it says here in quotes. that's according to researchers that monitor that country. they have pictures to back up their claims. these are satellite images. they're hard to see. researchers marked the yellow and black boxes to show where they have seen all kinds of knew weirdness. this next one, the administrative area. researchers say they have seen new activity here. arrows are pointing to equipment and groups of people. the next one, the command center where more people are. the president trump said china
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would help put an end to north korea's nuclear program. >> the problem will be taken care of. i will say this, i think china has really been working very hard. >> president trump said he offered the chinese president better trade terms in exchange for help with north korea. bring in john bussey with the "wall street journal." we don't have trade terms with china. >> what does this mean? if there's going to be new trade relations that are tougher on china, maybe not as tough if you help us with north korea. it's all in very general terms. our interview with him was interesting. he said, look, you know, china could easily solve this. china is on the board. they trade with them, buy their coal and ship food to north korea. you can stop it all the you wanted to and have a refugee
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crisis right on your border. then president trump said look, after ten minutes of speaking with president xi, i realized it's a more complicated issue. >> like healthcare. >> it's interesting from a 180 standpoint, but also our reporters in the room took this as signalling to china, i'm willing to bargain with you. i understand the complexity of the issue. i understand your position. we're willing to cut a deal on trade if you help with north korea. what can china do? how much can they stop a nuclear program that for north korea is essential in its mind to surviving. you're not -- >> shepard: their cash crop. >> you're not going to mess with us since we have nukes. on the other hand, chinese companies are doing business with north korea and sending in the parts that they need to
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build the missiles that will deliver a nuclear weapon one day, if that's what north korea is after to do. >> shepard: looks like something is about to happen. every time they test something -- they tested six nuclear tests over the years since the early days. they usually line people up, puts them in colors and march them around. kim jong-un shows up or whichever is around at the time. their founder was born 105 years ago this friday and usually use anniversaries. if they test a nuclear weapon over there, if they make another nuke test, do you have to do something then? >> i don't know what you do. there's pagentry in this country and there's signalling. >> i love the way they clap. >> they were showing people going to work and carrying balloons on their work to work
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like people normally do around the world. what can they do? probably not a lot about this. president trump is getting tougher on this issue. aircraft carrier headed to the waters. he says in conversation with president xi that we have subs and air craft carriers. would you use them? likely not, this pagentry is the language of diplomacy. it comes out to a economic issue. do you trade survival for your nuclear program. >> thanks, john. >> shepard: president trump shifting positions on several issues. coming up, where he stands now compared to where he stood when people voted for him. stay with us. you need one of th. you wouldn't put up with an umbrella that covers you part way, so when it comes to pain relievers,
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. >> shepard: president trump changing his position on a lot of issues since he took office. yesterday he told the "wall street journal" he would not label china a currency manipulators after he said that he would do that on day one. other presidents from both parties have done the exact same thing, but rarely so many so early. here's what sean spicer said today about president trump's shifts. >> there's areas where it depends on the outcome. when you look at the issues and you recognize the direction in which they're moving, they're moving in a direction that the president stated clearly. >> you have a list of these? >> a long list. a lot happened yesterday. whether it was deciding not to label china a currency clan --
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manipulator, saying nato is no longer obsolete. when is it going to stop and at what point -- what the line will be for president trump not to change his mind -- >> shepard: i'm not sure his base cares. do they care about the issues or just like the way he said it? >> that's a big question. he will be testing the limits of that. there's some issues that he has to start moving on. building a wall. he talked about that a lot but it's not happened. >> shepard: most people have figured out that if you build a wall, you're either building it in mexico or you're giving away the rio grande river. it's one or the other. the wall is -- you can't build it on the water. it's new but you can't do that. there's this matter healthcare. they're now talking about a way of positioning this such that it all just falls apart because of their action. i doubt people that need healthcare action will love. >> that's true.
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that would be a longer term question of whether his base will abandon him or not. what we'll see more in the short run and what the white house needs to be concerned about is republicans on capitol hill wondering which of his campaign promises are fungible and which are rigid. they look like a lot of flip-flops. >> and the lawmakers, the more traditional republicans are happy about the flip-flops. say are saying, look, the president said i'm malleable, i'm flexible on these matters. i'm proud of being flexible and facing things as they come along and changing positions to fit with the order of the day, i suppose. to make things work. have to get him a chance, no? >> there's some lawmakers that are very happy to see this. they think he's turning in the right direction. some are getting more weary and he needs their support.
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