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♪ ♪ julie: north korea celebrating its history and its military power ahead of another possible nuclear test. good afternoon, everyone, i'm julie banderas, welcome to a brand new hour inside "america's news headquarters." north korea paraded troops tanks and ballistic missiles through pyongyang all to honor the birthday of north korea's founder, kim jong un's late grandfather. it was also a chance to show off its hardware amid rising tensions with the u.s. north korean officials blame president trump as he continues to take a hard a stance on the rogue regime. kristin fisher is live in palm beach, florida, where the president is spending his
holiday weekend with the very latest. hi, kristin. >> reporter: hey, julie. today it's not so much what the president is doing, it's what the vice president is doing. right now he is on his way to seoul, south korea, for the start of an 11-day trip through southeast asia, and the white house say that is the number one reason for the vice president traveling to the region is to reassure all of our allies that are there that the u.s. will stand behind them in the face of this growing nuclear threat from north korea. now, the vice president left joint base andrews this morning onboard air force two, along with him for this trip his wife, second lady karen pence, their two daughters and several members of their senior staff. right now they're getting ready to get to anchorage, alaska. they're going to stop there to refuel,ing and then they're going to be heading across the pacific with stops planned in four countries; seoul, south korea, where the vice president is going to spend three days, though there are no plans for him to go up north to the demilitarized zone right on the border with north korea, then he
will head to japan, indonesia, australia and hawaii. and at each stop the vice president will reinforce three key themes according to the white house, and that is that the suggestion committed to its security alliances, its economic engagements and partnerships with key countries in the region. as for the president, well, he's spending easter weekend with his family at his mar-a-lago resort. this is his seventh trip to palm beach as president, it's also the second day in a row that president trump has spent the morning at his golf club, the trump international golf club, over in west palm beach. nothing official on his calendar either today or tomorrow, but behind the scenes we know that he is going to be continued -- he's going to be briefed by his national security council about the north korean threat. he'll also continue to be briefed about the ongoing fallout from his decision to strike syria and the u.s. military decision to drop that big bomb, the mother of all bombs, on isis fighters in afghanistan. now, what happened in syria, the strikes in syria, that was
really a departure from what we heard from president trump on the campaign trail. and even since he's become president. and that is kind of his america first, non-interventionist themes. but the bomb in afghanistan, that really was the fulfillment of a key campaign promise. remember, president trump said that he would bomb the hell out of isis, and that is exactly what he did. so the big question now is how is president trump going to handle a nuclear power like north korea, and that is what everybody is watching for this weekend. one more thing, julie. there's been a lot of concern about the vice president heading to a region with tensions this hot, but the white house says that contingency plans are in place just in case north korea tries anything, tries to take any kind of provocative action. well, the vice president of the united states is right next door. julie? julie: kristin fisher in palm beach, florida, thank you so much. meantime, afghan officials now assessing the impact of largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the united states.
they say the number of isis fighters killed by the so-called mother of all bombs has risen to 94, and that number could climb even higher. david lee miller live in our middle east bureau with more. hi, david. >> reporter: hi, julie. despite the rising death toll and the immense power of this bomb, there were -- according to afghan officials -- no civilian casualties. afghanistan's president says a key reason for this was the cooperation between the pentagon and afghan officials. now, the airstrike using a bomb called a moab, a massive ordinance air blast -- that's m-o-a-b -- targeted tunnels and caves used by isis in a remote area near the pakistan border. at least four of those who were killed were said to be isis group leaders. u.s. officials now estimate there are about 800 isis fighters in afghanistan, and the general in charge of u.s.
operations there says the group was terrorizing the local population, even attacking people in mosques and hospitals. many who lived in the area where the airstrike took place have come forward urging more attacks against isis, but not everyone is pleased. the country's former president, hamid karzai, accused the current president of treasonning for cooperating with the united states and allowing for the use of such a powerful weapon. there are currently now about 8,000 u.s. troops who are stationed in afghanistan. their mission includes eradicating isis as well as helping afghan forces to fight the taliban. and underscoring just how precarious the situation is in afghanistan, on friday 11 civilians were killed, one was wounded in two separate car bomb incidents. julie? julie: david lee miller, thank you so much. as the fight against isis heats up, president trump is
giving u.s. generals more leeway. the president saying the military now has, quote, total authority -- authorization. joining me now is lieutenant colonel be michael walt, a former green beret commander, a former adviser to vice president dick cheney and also a fox news contributor. thank you so much for talking to us. >> thanks, julie. julie: this is something that president trump had promised on the campaign trail, that when push came to shove, he was going to leave the issues of national security to the experts. and you point out that military commanders used to complain about white house micromanagement under former president barack obama. so then how does president trump differ in how he manages? >> well, julie, you know, there's been a lot of discussion about the message that we've sent, whether it was the cruise missiles in syria or the moab in afghanistan or the carl vinson aircraft carrier off the coast of north korea. and that's the message we sent to both our allies and our foes.
but, you know, what i'm really focused on is the message that is being sent to the u.s. military. you know, for the dropping of the moab in afghanistan, that was at the request of general nicholson, the field commander. and i don't think that ever would have happened under the obama administration. and if it did, it would have taken weeks, if not months of deliberation for, you know, for washington to give approvals. and the military situation probably would have changed. so, you know, the message that's being sent to the u.s. military is your commander in chief trusts you, you're the best trained and equipped in the world, and we're going to let you do your job. and we understand, you know, that you're going to have broad. some of those strategies are still in the works. and that you'lling execute that guidance to the best of your ability, and that's exactly what we need to see coming from our commander in chief. julie: how much more control do america's top military commanders have compared to past administrations when it comes to making really big decisions such
as this moab bomb? we've been holding on to this thing for years. >> right. julie: they were waiting for this to be used for a very big event. we just reported that so far some 94 isis militants were killed and not one civilian in this. this is clearly an investigation, this is clearly intelligence on the ground that went -- >> right. julie: -- extremely, extremely well. he is listening to his generals. how much do you believe that president trump weighed in on when the timing was right in dropping that bomb? >> i don't know that he necessarily weighed in at all. look, he's given authorities to the, you know, his generals to fight these wars. and, you know, the last thing they need is washington weighing in on what type of bomb to use. it was completely appropriate for the use that the generals provided for it -- or that, you know, general nicholson used it for because it's an incredibly remote area. i've been in that area, as has
general nicholson. and he knows it quite well, and he knows that it's incredibly sparse and that he's going to achieve maximum effects and maximum damage. the other choice, military choice he had was, you know, to send in ground troops or to try to, you know, launch pinprick airstrikes against these burrowed-in tunnels and caves. and i think that would have been much less effective. you know, the point here is that he was able to do what he's paid to do, and he did it well and it's incredibly successful. and we're seeing that across the board when you let the military do its job. julie: absolutely. and when you talk about these plans that are made by generals some as defense secretary jim mattis, obviously, the plan, the ultimate goal is to defeat isis, and it should have been goal for the last eight years. but, in fact, isis grew by the thousands in numbers and has managed to take over not only afghanistan, but syria where we never actually went out there on the ground. remember boots on the ground,
that was something that president obama didn't want to do, and what happened? isis grew. >> that's right. julie: was micromanaging partly to blame for that, for isis growing? >> well, i think, you know, a flawed strategy, frankly, and a flawed approach from washington and from the obama administration was largely to blame, and that was completely turning our back on iraq and completely leaving and drawing down in afghanistan and then announcing that withdrawal years in advance so that our enemies were emboldened and our allies were hedging their bets. that said, once isis, you know, kind of exploded on to the scene, there was a large degree of micromanagement. pilots were complaining that they were, that they had clear targets but that there was a zero-defect mentality, zero civilian casualties. if there was even a hint or even the prospect of a civilian casualty, they weren't allowed to drop.
and that allowed, ironically, isis to continue to grow and kill even more civilians. so i do think it's to blame. i just want the say very quickly there's a lot of criticism that we're overmilitarizing our strategy and approach here, but diplomacy and military force have to move hand in hand. and things like governance, democracy and development not grow and take hold in an area where people are literally getting their heads cut off, that their families are threatened, government officials are being assassinated, you know? in that type of environment, these other soft power initiatives can't take hold. and you have to move those in tandem whether it's at the village level or it's at the strategic, you know, nation's capital level. and we're seeing that. we're seeing vice president pence employed, tillerson, the president meeting with heads of state at the same time that our diplomats sit down at the table. they know they have the weight of the united states military standing behind them in a way that we haven't had the last eight years. julie: yeah.
i've got to give it to the military, to the generals. just incredibly impressive to see them pull this all together under 90 days and to accomplish so much, it's pretty remarkable. lieutenant colonel michael waltz, thank you so much. excellent insight. appreciate it. a fox news alert now, and reports of arrests and police deploying tear gas in san francisco, in the bay area. take a look at these aerial pictures during what was supposed to be a so-called patriots' day or tax day rally as they are calling it. this is actually in berkeley, california, where protesters are demanding president trump release his tax returns, something he steadfastly refused to do during his campaign. and, well, i guess they're not giving up. the group was met, though, with pro-trump demonstrators this morning as police in riot gear stood by to watch these two groups clash. we'll have more on this developing story as we get it. meantime, the state of arkansas is appealing a federal court of appeals over a judge's decision blocking the education of six inmates by the end of the month.
critics calling the fast-paced method of executions in humane. will carr is live from los angeles with more. hi, will. >> reporter: hey there, julie. leading up to today's injunction, arkansas' been planning to execute an unprecedented number of inmates in less than two weeks. six executions over ten days, to be exact, and that has drawn criticism and protests. on friday while standing in front of the state capitol after johnny depp spoke out against the death penalty. >> there's a wrong thing to do and there's a right thing to do. the right thing must be done. >> reporter: the big issue in arkansas is that a sedative the state uses in the lethal cocktail that it gives to death row inmates is about to expire. that sped up the state's timetable, and governor asa hutchison says arkansas had to act. >> there's been a 25-year nightmare for the victims that have had to deal with this, and now it's time for that justice to be carried out.
>> reporter: only texas has executed eight people in one month, the lone star state did that twice, in fact, back in 199 7. and while a 2015 poll showed that more than two-thirds of arkansas residents support the death penalty, the sheer number of executions has raised a lot of questions. >> the danger of having eight executions in such a short period of time or even seven executions is that if something goes wrong with one, there's no time to figure out what the problem was and to make adjustments later on. >> reporter: this morning federal judge christine baker blocked the executions based on the eighth amendment. her ruling applies to nine prisoners, although only six were or set to be executed in the coming weeks, and now, as you mentioned, julie, the state is appealing. julie: all right. thank you very much, will carr, in los angeles. well, panic and chaos at one of the country's busiest transit hubs. what caused the stampede?
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♪ ♪ julie: time now for a quick check of the headlines. today marks four years since the deadly boston marathon bombings. the city holding a moment of silence for the three people killed and more than 260 others hurt. this year's race will run as scheduled on monday. panic and mayhem at new york city's penn station leaving 16 people injured. police say they were hurt during a stampede which, apparently, erupted when officers had to use a taser to subdue an unruly man. and at least 30 people are dead in iran after heavy rain triggered severe flooding. that number could rise as rescue crews search for those who remain missing. well, president trump has been in office less than 100 days, but he has already built up quite the war chest for his re-election. a new report, in fact, showing
three committees have collected $13.2 million this year for president trump's campaign coffers. joining me now is kelly jane torrance, deputy managing editor for the weekly standard. thank you so much for talking to us. a re-election effort with $13.2 million raised in 2017, we're only in april. i mean, what does this early fundraising say about 2020? >> this is pretty incredible. if you look at what president obama had fundraised around the same time, he and the dnc combined had raised just about $16 million. so you have the rnc and president trump's re-election committees, they have raised almost $55 million in the exact same period of time, we're talking obama's fist term. remember -- first term. when he ran for president, president obama set fundraising records. he was a great fundraiser. so the fact that president trump is doing so well and helping the
rnc along with him certainly says something. and a lot of pundits speculated he might not actually like the job once he's in it and perhaps he would only stay in for one term. well, i think this kind of war chest is proving that theory wrong. julie: you remember as a candidate trump often criticized hillary clinton for her fund january -- fundraising events. he made the point that he was going to finance his own campaign. how do you think that will change in a potential 2020 run? >> well, we're already seeing, again, that he is not self-funding. the one good thing that they can point to is that, apparently, about 80% of these donations came from small, online contributions. we're talking $200 or less. so we are seeing a lot of small donors donating to his campaign, but he certainly can't say he is self-funding. he is getting millions. and, you know, the records also showed some of this money did go towards some of trump's businesses. for example, you know, paying
represents for facilities at mar-a-lago, you know, steve bannon made some money doing consulting, a few other people. so it's not quite the rose is city picture that he would -- rosy picture that he would like to paint of i'm funding this myself and i'm not beholden to anyone. but it is a lot of small donors, and i do think that means the base is still with him right now. i think we -- we'll have to look at whether that's going to change because he, as you know, has made a lot of changes in policy lately that might upset that base. and i'm wondering are they going to keep donating the way that they have for the last few months. julie: what does this early fundraising say to all those trump naysayeriers? you mentioned earlier -- naysayers? they believed donald trump didn't actually want the job of president, let alone to run for re-election. clearly, this is proven proving a lot of people wrong. >> you're exactly right. the fact that he is putting the effort in, you know, the e-mails that go out asking for these donations, that's how about 80% of the money came in, so so they
are actively searching out the money. but the other interesting thing i found is if you look at what they spent the money on, about $5 million was spent on merchandise. they're actually raising a lot of money with those red and other colors make america great again hats. julie: right. >> you know, people said trump, he's been a successful businessman, but that was a pretty smart move, getting a catchy slogan, putting it on a hat and wearing it at your own rallies. i was at the inauguration, and i was surrounded by these red hats, and we're still seeing them around as people want to show support to the president as he continues to get hammered by what they would refer to as the mainstream media. julie: what would you compare if you had to compare the amount collected this year to the same period after the 2008 election of president obama? >> yeah. we're talking total rnc and trump's own re-election campaign, that's about $55 million. barack obama and the dnc the
exact same period over 2009, u.s. just under $16 million. so we're talking nearly $40 million more that trump and the rnc has collected. and, again, obama was a great fundraiser, so this certainly says do not underestimate donald trump in 2020 despite -- julie: right. >> -- his approval ratings right now. julie: yeah. his approval ratings are still fairly low, but it does say something that his fundraising is so high despite those numbers. >> yeah. it's, you know, he's a very polarizing figure, and it seems like he's one of those guys that people either love or hate. a lot of people really hate him, but those who like him really like him. and more they think he's under attack from the media, from democrats, from protesters, that actually might be encouraging that base to give him money. julie: all right. >> his approval rating low but fundraising high, so it's a mixed bag for donald trump right now. julie: you know, we just talked about this election for so so long, and i can't believe we
talked about the next presidential election. [laughter] that's what this president does, he keeps us talking, even about his re-election bid. jane torrance, thanks very much. >> thanks, julie. julie: turning to a more serious topic, north korea celebrating its past and military hardware showing it off in front of the world even as tensions grow with the u.s. our greg talcott is inside pyongyang with more on the saber rattling coming from the regime. >> north korea's a problem. the problem will be taken care of. i will say this, i think china has really been working very hard. ♪ ♪ hen you said men are superior drivers? yeah... yeah, then how'd i get this... ...allstate safe driving bonus check? ...only allstate sends you a bonus check for every six months you're accident free. silence. it's good to be in, good hands.
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and troops on display during a parade to celebrate kim jong un's grandfather. correspondent greg talcott is in pyongyang. >> reporter: ominous signals on the day of the parade marking the birth date of the founder of this country. take a look what the we saw. north korean leader kim jong un presiding over a most unusual combination parade here in pyongyang; military, civilian and nationalism. perhaps because his government is in a most unusual situation. in a standoff with the united states over its banned nuclear and missile program. the young leader is looking to the crowds for raucous, perhaps highly orchestrated support. while there was no nuclear test or missile launch to mark the day as feared, there was a lot of military and troops, and experts say the regime showed off two new intermediate-range
missiles as well as prototypes for intercontinental ballistic missiles. the fear is north korea could develop an icbm missile with a nuclear warhead that could hit the united states. and there were tens of thousands of civilians march anything this government-organized love fest as well that also turned into a hate fest for the united states. kim jongkim jong un's top aide s country would defiantly confront the united states with full-out war. and president trump even got a shout-out in state media. his rhetoric described as military hysteria and dangerous. and ominously, they said it would no longer be tolerated. by the way, experts say that confrontation between north korea and the united states helps kim jong un, helps cement his role and distract the public there from other problems inside this country. that doesn't make him less dangerous. julie. julie: greg talcott, thank you so much. so as north korea rattles its sword, president trump is
working to engage american allies in reeling in kim jong un with allies like south korea and china and australia. at least hoping that they will help. i'm joined now by kevin rudd, former prime minister of australia. thank you very much for cough talking to us. -- for talking to us. first of all, what kind of help is the u.s. getting and get in trying to reel in north korea? >> the key diplomatic supporter for president trump's strategy at present is actually china. and that's why the mar-a-lago summit with the president was important. i think what president trump achieved there was to deliver a clear message to xi jinping that this was the u.s.' number one national security priority. it wasn't a made-up concern. it's a real concern. it's got technical dimensions and a timetable. and, therefore, bringing pressure to bear through his communications with the chinese to cause them to take new measures with the north koreans that, frankly, is the bottom
line in all of this if any diplomacy is to work. julie: if any diplomacy is to work. when you say that, we must look at history. we must look back in 2003. a second round of failed six-party talks involving china, japan, north korea, russia, south korea and the united states. that clearly backfired under the clinton administration as they eased sanctions. so diplomacy, historically, has not worked. if we were to have to respond militarily considering we have naval ships on the ready in case, just in case, what would be our next step in the region? >> i think you're right to say that past diplomacy has failed. it has. let's just look at the evidence, it's there. this guy's conducted something like 37 missile tests in the last year or so. a total now of five nuclear tests, maybe another one coming. we don't know. but the key thing is that diplomacy has failed.
if you've got a clear line of communication with china, the question is, is a new diplomacy possible while the united states maintains a military option, a unilateral option on the table? in order to induce a diplomatic outcome. what might that look like? julie: yeah. >> with our chinese friends, that may mean, for example, will the chinese begin to reduce oil exports to the north koreans if, for example, there's another nuclear test. and remember what china has at its disposal is refined petroleum, crude petroleum, jet fuel, aviation fuel, the things that actually turn the wheels of the north korean economy. now, the endpoint for the united states -- and i think for china -- is to achieve the duh nuclearization of north korea. -- denuclearization of north korea. but getting the chinese into a combined strategy with the united states, which is i think what president trump is working for, as opposed to separate or overlapping strategies is where i think we should be going.
julie: all of us, of course, would like to see this end peacefully. many believe we do not want to get involved in a war with north korea. but we also need to listen to kim jong un and his threats and take them seriously to prevent. he at one point, pyongyang had said during the, you know, nuclear non-proliferation treaty -- which, obviously, failed. all talks have always failed. pyongyang would never return to talks. are easing sanctions or putting pressure in the relief of aid by withholding aid s that really going to be enough to stop them from trying to move forward with their nuclear program? >> it depends on what type of sanctions you're talking about. the stuff which is kind of like a mosquito bite, or the stuff which actually matters. and that's where i go back to the question of oil. if you don't have oil in the american economy, guess what? things stop. and guess what? the north korean economy, small as it is, is kind of the same.
so i think that is where the focus should come. also when you look at a possible combined new diplomacy between china and the united states, it could have a whole series of new things on the table which avoids any form of military action. it's tough, it's hard, and i think president trump through his conversations with president xi jinping will be fully briefed on the complexity of all that with new elements in it. julie: right. >> but just to pause on the question of the military option, the key complexity for the united states is this: if there was a unilateral strike militarily on north korea in order to degrade or destroy or to retard the north's nuclear capability, then the question for all american military planners is what does the north end do immediately in response by way of a military attack on the south using the vast array of artillery it has on the parallel? what would be the loss of life and destruction in seoul if that were to occur, and what would be the attitude of the incoming,
new south korean president once they have their elections on the 9th of may, which is very soon? i think these are the variables at play at the moment. so pumping up, what i think the president's now trying to do, a new combined diplomacy with china is the way to go. julie: absolutely, china holds the key here. >> i believe to a large extent. if you speak to the chinese, it's not as if the north koreans simply to what china says, because, for example, my best advice is the chinese ambassador in pyongyang has never met kim jong un. there's a lot of frostiness in that relationship because china has backed anti-north korean sanctions before through the united nations security council. but apart from what china says, what will it do vis-a-vis oil supplies and other forms of sanctions in relation to the north? and if there is, for example, in the days ahead following the activities we've just seen in pyongyang in the last 24 hours -- julie: how about the threats too? >> -- the nuclear test, etc.,
then i think we're in a whole new world of bringing urgency to those diplomatic pressures. julie: okay. kim jong un came out, in fact, and said if the united states decides to strike, they will come to the united states. while it does not currently have a transatlantic type of missile that could potentially carry a nuclear warhead on it, there is a concern there. should be -- should we be worried? >> see, what i've always worried about as someone that's followed this issue for a long time, and i've been to north korea a few times myself over the years, the key question is not what north korean leaders say because there's always belligerence. it goes up, it comes down, but it's mainly up and always getting higher. the key thing is to observe their technical progress. that's the real time table here. it's about missile range, missile accuracy, your ability to -- julie: their ability to to go transcontinental with a missile. >> even medium range in missiles from their capacity of a
submarine to reach guam. so, therefore, the question is how do you deal with each of those as the technical timetable unfolds. i don't believe their language, even the most recent one s a thing which would worry us most. it's the technical progress and, secondly, in the response what can the u.s. now do in the months ahead with china. julie: i believe we are in a good position. i believe that the meeting with china's president and president trump went well. i believe we definitely did send a very strong message as we went ahead and dropped those 59 tomahawk missiles in syria while we're trying to get china to get onboard to prevent that from ever happening. >> the mar-a-lago outcome. my background is i'm a china analyst, but the bottom line is i think the china outcome as it relates to north korea was a good one. there's now a high-level group involving secretary tillerson, secretary matus, general -- mattis, general mcmaster. these are smart guys, they know what they're doing, and there's
a timeline to work through what now can be done with the chinese. julie: thank you so much. kevin rudd, former prime minister in australia, thank you very much for coming in. president trump ran as the ultimate outsider, but after a big week on several fronts he is winning high praise from establishment republicans. so is this a new president trump? a fair and balanced debate next. ♪ ♪ diabetes can be a daily struggle, even if you're trying your best. along with diet and exercise, once-daily toujeo® may help you control your blood sugar. get into a daily groove. ♪ let's groove tonight. ♪ share the spice of life. ♪ baby, slice it right. from the makers of lantus®, ♪ we're gonna groove tonight. toujeo® provides blood sugar-lowering activity for 24 hours and beyond, proven blood sugar control all day and all night, and significant a1c reduction. toujeo® is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes.
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clinton and fox news contributor. all right, first of all, president trump would probably cringe at the idea of us even hinting that he's part of the establishment. is he? >> i don't think so. julie: no. >> he made a couple of decisions that the establishment supported. i think they were right decisions, i think, brad, we'd agree they were bipartisan in terms of the end dance on, certainly -- acceptance on, certainly, syria, the comments about nato, probably the bombing in afghanistan. but he still hasn't changed his basic domestic positions. he's at war with the democrats, at war with the freedom caucus. so he's very much, i think, on his own. julie: establishment now? no. >> i think trump is his own establishment. [laughter] and i think the, quote-unquote, establishment is getting used to the new sheriff in town. to say that, we're comforted by the fact that donald trump surrounded by professional people, especially in the military and on economics. he's brought together the experts in their field. he's delegated just like a good
ceo would do. delegate, have them create a mission. the president approves it, they carry it out, and he's had great success in less than 100 days whether it's in syria, whether it's with russia, whether it's in afghanistan. julie: doug, you're actually nodding your head yes. now, if you're actually agreeing with brad, number one, that's great. [laughter] i'm seeing a change here post-election. but also it seems are you grewing with how president trump has handled -- agreeing with how president trump has handled these conflicts? >> i am. julie: are you surprised you're saying in this. >> i am. the -- julie: he has clearly demonstrated he's not -- >> reconciliating. julie: he's not working with the russians. >> the chinese were currently manipulators, now -- currency manipulators, and now he's working with them on north korea. so his positions have evolved. but i still think it would be a stretch to say that he has completely changed his approach.
and he's at 40%, julie, so he is really sinking -- julie: why do you think he's at 40%, first of all? i mean, so far when it comes to national security and the way we have handled some major conflicts, he's battle 100. i mean, i would have to say this is bipartisan -- >> you heard me support -- julie: i mean, lindsey graham and john to mccain, they're coming forward and praising him -- >> the reason why he's below 50 now is because he's so different than anything we've ever seen. julie: so they just don't like change, is that why? >> well, yes. what i think you'll see in the next few weeks is his approval ratings starting to improve. why? because there's success, there's accomplishment. there's nothing people don't like better than winning, and so far in foreign policy, military policy, he's done a fantastic job. >> but we don't have a strategy yet on russia, china and north korea. but more -- julie: we're work working on it.
>> if i can finish -- julie: sure. >> on domestic policy, nothing has passed. health care is mired in cay chaos -- chaos, and there's no prospect of immediate passage. the tax reform bill is being delayed, we don't have infrastructure. so it's the president who is usually judged on domestic policy, if he can't get real accomplishments other than the supreme court nominee passed, he's going to stay low. and, brad, he could go lower. it's not a guarantee it's going to go up -- julie: how does this weigh in on his election and how he got there and what he campaigned on and the promise of putting america first? he made it very clear he didn't want to get involved in other international conflicts that we shouldn't be america's policeman. that has changed. but i believe once you become president, you do see the world differently. >> sure. circumstances demand that a president be malleable enough to change with the circumstances as they exist. it would be horrible if he was entrenched.
the fact is, the problems came to the president, his advisers gave him great advice, he took it and he had great success. i think the same thing you're going to see on the domestic front. to me, 2017 is the year of action. 2018 with the midterms will be a year of decision. we only have this year to get the kind of domestic promises that the president made actually passed. but i will say this, the president has time. and he has time to do it. i know for a fact they're working on the hill on taxes, on infrastructure, on health care. and the fact that we're not hearing anything doesn't mean it's not being done. >> again, when you have the freedom caucus against president trump's health care reforms, you have the democrats against it and you have health -- i'm sorry, tax reform being delayed, infrastructure being delayed, they can be working on it, brad, but the president is well behind his self-described schedule of where we would be. and i'm not entirely sure that his numbers coalition and support will stay firm given the
lack of accomplishment. julie: well, certainly i think that the focus has shifted. and once it does shift back and congress comes back from recess, perhaps, they can start buckling -- >> we all hope that happens. >> but the promises the president made are the same promises republicans made. so it's not just the president's promise, it's the republicans' -- >> given the kansas election, you're exactly right. julie: all right, good point. brad, doug, great to see you both. >> thank you so much. julie: tax day protests held all across the country today. what the marchers are demanding, next. >> we have to send a message. it starts with our feet on the ground, but it ends with the power of the ballot. ♪ lips' lady! anyone ever have occasional constipation,diarrhea, gas or bloating? she does. she does. help defend against those digestive issues. take phillips' colon health probiotic caps daily with three types of good bacteria. 400 likes? wow! try phillips' colon health. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go.
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♪ ♪ julie: thousands of protesters hitting the streets nationwide today for tax day. rallies, demonstrators from washington, d.c. to atlanta demanding president trump release his tax returns. bryan llenas is live here in new york city. hey, bryan. >> reporter: hi, julie. well, april 15th is usually the deadline when it comes to filing your tax returns. tax day. this year it lands on tuesday because of the holiday weekend. but look, 70 organizations, the same ones that put together the
women's march, put together 150 marches across the country demanding that president trump release his tax returns. and right now we're just getting some brand new video of a rally at berkeley, california, with two extreme sides, both sides. we had the alt-right that were there, pro-trump protesters that were there at a parking in berkeley, and then you also had anarchists on the left that were there, and they got into with -- just a couple of flights. some pepper spray was used, at least reportedly four arrests there. so that's one of the rallies or at least one of the events that's turned violent. the rest of them though, like here in new york city, have been peaceful. thousands of people demanding that president trump release his tax returns because they believe, frankly, he should be doing what presidents have been doing since president jimmy carter. and they wonder if there's anything that he may be hiding. take a look at, listen to some of the marchers that we spoke to today here in new york city.
>> i don't know what's in there. i want to find out. i feel like there might be some, he might be complicit with the russians, and i want to know what's going on. >> when he did the muslim ban, why didn't he pick some countries that are largely muslim and other countries that are, you know, muslim but, you know, they're companies -- their countries where he does business. >> reporter: all the way from chicago and d.c. to all those cities, mars out there. julie? julie: bryan llenas, thank you very much. and that does it for this hour, i'm julie banderas. the news continues at the top of the hour with eric shawn and arthel neville, and i will see you on "the fox report" at 7:00 eastern. you better not be late. ♪ ♪ (woman vo) in march, my husband didn't recognize our grandson. (woman 2 vo) that's when moderate alzheimer's made me a caregiver. (avo) if their alzheimer's is getting worse, ask about once-a-day namzaric. namzaric is approved for moderate to severe alzheimer's disease
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if that's all, i'd like to get back to my chai tea. don't you mean tai chi? you tell me, greg. you tell me. what's in your wallet? arthel: we begin with a fox news alert. north korea flexing its military muscle, rolling out a massive parade of tanks, rocket launchers and ballistic missiles to celebrate the birthday of kim jong un's grandfather, the country's late founding ruler. and welcome to a brand new hour inside "america's news headquarters," hello, i'm arthel neville. eric: and i'm eric shawn. the annual celebration comes amid the growing concerns that the regime could be on the verge of conducting its sixth nuclear test. pyongyang blaming the u.s., as usual, for escalating tensions on the peninsula saying president trump has created a, quote, war situation, they claim.