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we thank you all for watching. make sure you follow us on social media at specialist. 5:00 will never be the same. "special report" coming up right now. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> bret: nations who compete economically vow to work together to fight terror. but trade and climate change are far from settled at the g-7 summit. and in the background the specter of russia. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ good evening, welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president trump's first major economic summit is about a lot more than economics tonight. the president shook the germans up by calling them very bad and aides classified that was about trade. he is doing everything in his power to win over the british, reeling from monday's terror attack and the subsequent leaking of intelligence by the u.s. and the question of u.s. sanctions on russia required
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some clarifying today, too. what is not clear is where the white house is heading on climate change policy and the paris accords. chief white house correspondent john roberts starts us off tonight from the g-7. good evening, john. >> bret, good evening to you. another terror attack today. this one against coptic christians in egypt reinforced what the president has been talking about all week. that is the need for the world to unite, to defeat what he calls a war against civilization. the italian air baltic team kicked off what would typically be a wonky summit dedicated to economics and trade. but the g-7 took on uncharacteristically emotional tone today as the seven leaders signed a joint communique to fight extremism. >> this is friendship and community with u.k. >> british prime minister
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theresa may thanked her colleagues for support in the face of monday's horrific act. >> i think it's important that as leaders we have shown our fierce determination to ensure that we use every tool available to us to fight against terrorism and protect our people. >> the u.s. and u.k. appeared to put behind them a brief fight over intelligence sharing. u.k. police suspended the agreement after details about the manchester bombing leaked in the united states. president trump and the prime minister spoke about it at the nato summit last night while secretary of state rex tillerson delivered a personal mea culpa to britain's foreign secretary boris johnson. >> we take full responsibility for that. and we are -- we obviously regret that that happened. >> as the g-7 got underway in sicily, more fallout from yesterday's meetings in brussels where the president criticized nato members who weren't pulling their weight and appeared to push aside the prime minister of monday that negro. according to german media in
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a meeting of eu leaders president said the german were bad, really bad. this morning his chief economic advisor gary cohn moved to clean up the incident insisting the president was talking about german trade practices not germany itself and later today said well the whole thing never happened. the white house also moved today to clarify a statement about russia sanctions. yesterday gary cohn said president trump was, quote, looking at the future of sanctions against russia. today in an off camera briefing, cohen shot down speculation that the president may be thinking of dialing back on russian sanctions. >> we're not lowering our sanctions on russia. if anything, we would probably look to get tougher on russia. so the president wants to continue to keep the sanctions in place. >> but cohn's thinking on climate change was evolving. president trump is expected to make a decision after the summit on whether to pull out of the paris climate accord. >> i think his views are evolving. he came here to learn and
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came here to get smarter and came here to hear people world leader's views some of which have been involved with the paris agreement for many, many years. >> there is no indication which way the president is going to go on the paris agreement right now. he told the leaders here at the g-7 that he really does care about the environment but is he also concerned that adhering to the strict protocols of the paris agreement may allow other countries like china and india to get ahead of the united states on issues like manufacturing and job creation. bret? >> bret: john roberts traveling with the president at the g-7. john, thanks. president trump's senior advisor and son-in-law says he's willing to cooperate with federal investigators. but, he has not heard from them yet. that's according to jared kushner's attorney. what we know and what we don't, chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has the latest. >> a government source confirms the fbi counter intelligence investigation is scrutinizing meetings between the russian ambassador sergei kissly ache and members of the trump campaign and
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transition team. jared kushner the president's advisor and son-in-law met with the russian ambassador at least twice, including last spring. another meeting reportedly included the head of a russian bank that was the subject of u.s. sanctions. >> simply saying that he is the subject or a witness of investigation is not really saying anything other than he was there. i mean, he witnessed a car accident so to speak. >> driscoll a former justice department official under president bush said it's routine for the fbi to cast a wide net noting curbner has already volunteered to share information with congress. kushner's lawyer says he has not been contacted by federal voters. >> we are -- federal investiga. we are a long way for him being a target when the government is getting closer to identifying who has actual exposure. >> this week the former cia director confirmed he kick started the fbi case because last spring about the same time as the kushner meeting the russians actively discussed how to influence the american election. >> they tried to get u.s. persons who act on their behalf either whitingly or
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unwittingly. i was worried by a number of the contacts that the russians had with u.s. persons. >> while the democratic national committee renewed calls for the suspension of kushner's security clearance a move experts called likely. they gave the fbi until june 8th to provide fired's comey's memos documenting his conversation with trump about the russia case. the house oversight committee jason chaffetz warned that he might issue a subpoena if the bureau resists. the russia investigation may create an opening for the president's political advisor steve bannon. the website reports that there is a new united front among bannon, kushner and chief of staff reince priebus over the russia allegations. though fox news is told no decisions are expected until the president returns to washington. >> on a report that three leakers of classified information from the white house have been identified and will soon be fired, the administration had no information to confirm the report was accurate. and the office of government ethics said they are not
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involved in anything like that, bret. >> bret: catherine, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> bret: the republican congressional candidate accused of physically assaulting a reporter wednesday night and who was facing and is facing misdemeanor assault charges is now the congressman elect from montana. correspondent alicia acuna tells us getting physical did not prevent greg gianforte getting elected. >> rest assured, our work is just beginning. but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions. >> montana voters decided those actions, throwing down guardian reporter ben jacobs the night before the election would not cost republican businessman greg gianforte the state's only congressional seat. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys. >> i should not have treated that reporter that way. and, for that, i'm sorry mr. ben jacobs. >> 1/3 of voters had already cast early ballots in a special election to replace
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now secretary of interior ryan zinke's house seat. democrats were hopeful the incident would give challenger rob quist a local musician with support from senator bernie sanders a last minute surge. but, in the end the republican pulled off a 6 point win. president trump celebrated the victory while in italy for the g-7 meetings. >while gianforte came nowhere near donald trump's 20 point win in montana. it's a relief for republicans who sought historically safe g.o.p. seat suddenly come into play hours before polls closed. >> i should not have responded in the way that i did and for that i'm sorry. >> the possibility of repercussions looms after gianforte's sworn in next month. the house ethics committee probe if another lawmaker requests one. and the executive chairman of the montana democratic party counters saying gianforte should not be sworn in as a member of the house of representatives while his assault case is still pending in court. house speaker paul ryan has
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already welcomed gianforte into the house republican conference. in a statement following the win, which is in line of his response earlier on election day to a question on how he would handle a victory. >> that's not our choice. that's the people of montana who choose that. >> representative elect gianforte must still appear in court for that misdemeanor assault charge which carries a maximum six month jail sentence. bret? >> bret: alicia, thank you. british police made a new arrest today in the manchester terror bombing case. authorities are also warning members of the mosque attended by that bomber that they are watching for signs of radical behavior. senior correspondent rick leventhal is in manchester england again tonight. good evening, rick. >> good evening, bret. more dire warning from british authorities with concerns that the suspected bomber could have assembled more than one device. and another attack might be imminent. british police say at least a dozen raids carried out so far have led to significant evidence. reportedly including bomb-making materials in an
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apartment rented by suspected terrorist salmon abedi just two miles from the arena where neighbors now say they smelled explosives in the days before the attack. the arena is still a crime scene with officers guarding every entrance. another raid and another arrest this morning. this one in mosside manchester as more suspects wearing a brown robe taking out the trash at family home last july. police say a total of eight men, aged 18 to 38 are being held on possible terror ties. >> we have seized thousands of exhibits which are now being assessed. i think it's fair to say that there has been enormous progress with the investigation but still an awful lot of work to do. >> the terror threat level remains critical in britain with armed officers patrolling trains for the first time. extra security has been ordered for major supporting events and trauma centers have been told to prepare for the possibility of another attack, this spring bank holiday weekend.
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britain's prime minister called for unity on the first day of the g-7 summit. >> it is moments such as this that we are reminded of the fundamental importance of this unique group of nations and unity that our membership affords. >> all 22 of those killed have been publicly identified. 10 of them were children or teens. more than 60 are still hospitalized with nearly 2 dozen in critical care. many have blast wounds that will require multiple reconstructive surgeries. >> all of us could identify with the patients that have suffered these -- some of them extremely horrific injuries. you can't help but be moved. >> at the mosque where abedi used to pray, the imam says they have no knowledge of his twisted plot. >> please help us if you know anybody who is doing something -- maybe is doing something which we are not aware of. >> earlier today, singer arianna grande announced she will return to manchester for another concert. this time to benefit the victims.
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no date has been announced. on twitter she wrote: we can't let hate win. bret? >> bret: rick leventhal live in manchester. thank you. vice president pence back here in the u.s. told graduating midshipman at the u.s. naval academy that his boss, the commander-in-chief is the best friend the armed forces will ever have. the vice president spoke at today's commencement. >> the best way to ensure peace is for our adversaries and our enemies to know that america is prepared to lead and fight and win any contest, any struggle, anywhere on behalf of freedom. >> bret: 1053 men and women graduated today. that's a lot of hats in the air. hillary clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater today. the former democratic presidential nominee spoke at wellesley college in massachusetts. and while encouraging graduates to listen to those they may disagree with,
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clinton did not seem to display such tolerance for the men wh man who defeated her last november. >> when people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. [applause] >> bret: clinton also seemed to have a little trouble with history without mentioning president trump directly she made a comparison to president richard nixon and the watergate scandal. >> and by the way, we were serious about the past presidential election. [laughter] of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice. [cheers and applause] >> bret: but president richard nixon was never
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impeached. he resigned from office. in fact in 1998 bill clinton became only the second u.s. president to be impeached. the other was andrew johnson in 1868. as john roberts mentioned earlier, mast masked gunman on a bus carrying coptic christians slaughtered 28 people today in egypt. correspondent conner paul says the attack bore the hallmarks of isis terrorists. >> egypt's coptic christian community once again under attack today. after gunmen opened fire on a caravan pull of pilgrims traveling south from cairo. we were roughly 40 people, including children on the buses, the survivor says. the attackers were masked and wearing military-like uniforms. the christian victims were on their way to the monastery of saint samuel the confess sore in minia province. coptics who make up 10% of egypt's 92 million people have faced a wave of violence in recent months. earlier this spring on palm
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sunday multiple explosions tore through two separate churches. one in alexandria, the other in the port city. isis claimed responsibility for previous attacks, but the militant group so far has said nothing. egypt's president abdul fat that el-sisi seized power from the muslim brotherhood by a military koop in july of 2013 and vowed to. eventually the coptic christians saw him as a guardian for their small community. however, in recent years, local insurgents have grown increasingly powerful and egypt's restless desperate cyanide region. while isis has launched dozens of attacks across the country on christians and egyptian security forces. presidency is i who last week met with president donald trump in saudi arabia reiterated tonight his willingness to cooperate with america in the fight against terrorists and said egypt is now prepared to strike against militant training camps both inside and outside of egypt.
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>> i hope this will be clear to everyone we will not hesitate in protecting our citizens from evil people. >> egyptian officials already backing up presidency is i's vow to target terrorists. egyptian jets striking militant neighboring camps in eastern libya earlier tonight. bret? >> bret: conor powell in our middle east newsroom. thank you. the u.s. military is planning to intercept intercontinental region like north korea is said to be developing. first of its kind test is said to take place next week. missile will be fired from california to s simulated icbm launched from marshall islands in the pacific. the exercise comes after two recent successful ballistic missile tests by north korea. there are worries about what north korea could do with a nuclear weapon, of course. one of them sounds like science fiction. but many people say the threat is real. tonight correspondent doug mckelway looks at both side
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of the emp debate. >> today the old duck and cover films from cold war days same campy and quaint. nuclear blast and emp seems so unimaginable. so unlikely that few worry about it and few are still take any precautions. >> it's not real. and it's something out of a james bond movie. a general consensus is that it is not a real threat. it's not imminent by any stretch of the imagination. >> tell that to dr. peter vincent pry who heads congress' emp commission. >> we have information, for example, the data from actual high altitude nuclear detonations that were conducted by us and the russians back in the 1961-62 time frame that did things like knock the lights out in hawaii. >> an emp is a short burst of electromagnetic energy that all explosions produce to varying degrees. a large emp orbiting nuke at the right altitude could fry
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the circuitry of cell phones, render economic banking. airways air traffic control and airplanes themselves useless. food would rot in refrigerators and farm fields with no means of transporting agri products to transportation centers. in the following weeks and months a truly mad max world would evolve. dr. believes naivete pervades nuclear com democracies where kept out of site and out of mind. >> authoritarian case iran and possibly north korea. the use of nuclear weapons is not only unthinkable but in their open source military doctrine, you know, they have written for years about being able to win a nuclear war. that can you fight a nuke war war. >> adding to emp worries, north korea's recent successful test of a solid fueled ballistic missile. the solid fuel needs less preparation and less warning time for those targeted. in addition north korea has at least two observation satellites that orbit over
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the u.s. at altitude ideal for an emp attack. for years congress has struggled with many bills designed to harden the nation's electric grid against an emp attack but none of them made it out of committee. special interests often intervene fearful of the cost of upgrades when the effects of an emp attack are still being disputed. bret? >> bret: doug, thank you. the man in charge of homeland security says the terror threat is much worse than most people realize. secretary john kelly told steve doocy and the "fox & friends" crew this morning there is a lot going on. >> i was telling steve on the way in here if he knew what i know about terrorism, he would never leave the house in the morning. >> bret: comforting. kelly calls the terror threat around the world everywhere, con stand, and nonstop. did the fbi violate its own rules on surveillance of american citizens? thousands of them? a story you haven't seen many places but we continue our reporting this week.
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♪ >> bret: the fbi violated its own rules for assessing and storing intelligence through the fisa system. that's the take away tonight from court documents declassified earlier this month. chief washington correspondent james rosen has been on the government surveillance story and the obama administration's actions all week. good evening, james. >> bret, good evening. the documents though that the foreign intelligence surveillance court or fisa court sternly admonished the fbi under james comey's leadership for violating the laws governing the bureau's handling of certain kinds of classified intelligence. at issue is the national
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security agency's targeting of foreigners outside the u.s. under section 702 of the fisa law. the fbi can query the nsa's 702 database to find u.s. citizen, phone number and email address but only under certain restrictions. at his final congressional appearance before being fired by president trump comey assured lawmakers that those provisions are strictly observed. >> the information that's in the 702 database has been lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked, and our use of it is also appropriate and carefully overseen and checked. nobody gets access to the information that sits in the 702 database unless they have been trained correctly. >> yet, the fisa court found the fbi in recent years made 702 intel available to unauthorized individuals, including contractors and sometimes retained the data for too long. these are breeches of minimization, the practice of keeping to a minimum an agency's infringement of
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u.s. citizen's rights. the contractors the fisa court found had access to raw fisa information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to the fbi's requests. the improper access the court added seems to have been the result of deliberate decision making. the court is concerned about the fbi's apparent disregard of minimization rules and whether the fbi may be engaging in similar disclosures of raw section 702 information that have not been reported. >> so it definitely looks like there should be some repercussions for those who broke the law. and it does look like there might be some work for congress in terms of fine tuning the law. >> finally, i was in error when i stated on this program yesterday that the "new york times" and "the washington post" had not reported on the fisa court's admonition of the nsa for its own fourth amendment violations. both newspapers covered the change in nsa practices instituted by the trump administration. and the "times" published nine words from the documents we explored in much greater work here in
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ninth's program a 21 two weeks ago. i regret the error. >> bret: thanks for clarifying. james, thanks. the stock stocks were mixed. do you was off 3. the nasda nazareth for the week the dow gained 1 and a third percentage points, the s&p 500 jumped almost 1.5 and the nasdaq finished ahead 2. new concerns tonight that the president's legislative agenda could be delayed by an issue that seems to keep coming up and has to be dealt with eventually the debt ceiling. peter doocy explains tonight from capitol hill. >> the feds thought they had until fall to make good on outstanding debt but the due by date just got moved way up from the start of september to the end of july before august recess starts. the reason in the treasury isn't taking in tax money fast enough. >> my understanding is that the receipts currently are coming in a little bit slower than expected.
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>> the way the debt limit works, congress gets to decide how much the treasury can borrow. and this week on capitol hill under questioning from a democratic lawmaker, the treasury secretary steve mnuchin said he needs the debt ceiling raised so the u.s. can borrow more money even if spending isn't being cut elsewhere. >> i worry that people have played politics with us in the past, so are you on record as saying this needs to be a clean bill focused just on raising the debt ceiling? >> i mean, my preference is that it gets passed as quickly as it can. however, the house and the senate want to pass it. my objective is to get this done quickly. >> but that is not going to comply with an influential group of conservative republicans in the house. a release from the freedom caucus reads, quote: we oppose any clean raising of the debt ceiling. we call for the debt ceiling to be addressed by congress prior to the august recess and we demand that any increase of the debt ceiling be pared with policy that addressed washington's unsustainable spending by cutting where necessary
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capping where able, and working to balance in the near future. one leader of the freedom caucus says they basically just don't want to write a blank check. >> we're okay with raising the debt ceiling but only if we actually begin to address the problem. we think that's the common sense thing to do. we think that's what american middle class families have to do with their budget when they are faced with this kind of situation. so congress should do the same thing. >> still, before leaving town for memorial day, speaker ryan was hopeful. >> we're going to be talking with our members and with the administration on how we resolve the debt ceiling. the debt ceiling issue will get resolved. the timing is what i think is the news worthy thing here. >> and the timing is going to be the news worthy thing just before the august recess, too. because that is the republicans already self-imposed deadline to be finished with healthcare and to be finished with tax reform and now it is the treasury's deadline to raise the debt limit and is something congress has to do to avoid defaulting on a debt payment. bret? >> bret: peter doocy lyon the hill.
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peter, thank you. let's get some analysis now on the issues surrounding the debt ceiling fox business network's trish regan is in new york tonight. good evening, trish. why has the treasury department sounded the alarm now? >> because they are out of money, bret. that's the problem. we spend more than we make. and we have been doing this for some time. and, yet again, here we are in a situation where we don't have enough money unless we raise the debt ceiling and are able to borrow more. so this is a real problem. it's becoming a political problem, obviously. you hear a lot of this rhetoric out of washington say would he go have got to fix this and we have got to make sure we are not spending as much. i will tell you it's very difficult for them to actually do it when it comes down to having to slash spending for programs that are important to them. so, yet here we go again, we're looking at needing to raise the debt ceiling and we're having to do it, bret, sooner than we thought. >> bret: you've heard the freedom caucus saying they want significant cuts before they do this. republicans obviously control the house, the senate, and the white house. but it may not be that easy.
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what happens if they can't get a deal by that deadline? >> well, they can't get a deal, then you need to start making priorities. it's just like a family, right? if you've got some bills that you've got to pay and all of a sudden you can't pay them, and you don't have the money to pay them, what do you pay first? and then we need to start prioritizing. okay. this gets paid. that doesn't get paid. and that's a problem because it potentially puts new a default situation. if you can't pay your bills, then those people that invested in u.s. treasuries, in bonds, in our debt, they don't get paid and now theoretically the problem here is if they don't get paid, it's the same as the family that doesn't pay its bills and suddenly becomes a risky credit asset. in other words, the credit card companies, they're not going to want to give you the low rates anymore just like we probably wouldn't be able to get those low rates on our debt. you would have to pay a higher interest rate. now, that's not going to happen overnight and i do think if you wound up in a
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situation where some bills can't get paid, our creditors know that we're kind of good for it but, here's the problem, bret. think about what we are, who we are, and who we always have been. we have never not paid our bills. so, while it may not be the end of the world, it doesn't set a very good precedent. you don't want to be in a situation like that where the united states of america is not honoring its obligations. >> bret: yeah. then the markets get jittery and it effects the agendas on capitol hill as well. trish, as always, thank you. have a great weekend. >> you too. >> bret: up next president trums first major economic summit we will get reaction to his whole trip. as we take a look back at what some of our fox affiliates are covering tonight. fox 5 in las vegas says isis propaganda video shows a brief today's strip. the fbi working several other agencies to share information. hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected in las
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vegas during this memorial day weekend. fox 35 in orlando as the body of a federal prosecutor is found on miami beach. authorities say 37-year-old beranton, wizenot. authorities saw signs of sustained head trauma. investigators are trying to work to determine the cause of death, exactly. this is a live look at a rainy chicago from fox 32. the big story there tonight, federal and state charges are filed against 38 people for alleged roles in selling drugs and guns on the south side of chicago and surrounding suburbs. the operation called operation bunny trap lasted more than two years. authorities seized about 118 firearms, ammunition, cocaine, fen danie fentanyl and crystal meth. that's today's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. she likes t.
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♪ ♪ >> this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people all in the name of religion. >> so you had to -- never mention the word. >> i have heard it's one of the toughest deals of all but i have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually. i hope. >> innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. >> thank you very much. thank you. i won't forget what you said. >> we will work together on various problems. number one right now is terrorism.
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>> 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying. >> i have seen you today and i'm sure i will be seeing you over the many years to come. >> bret: president trump on this trip, a look back on some of the images and sites and sounds as the g 7 continues the economic summit. let's bring in our panel. tom bevan, co-founder and publisher and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. okay, michael, your perception of this trip as he is coming to the end of it here. and what was accomplished and what wasn't? >> i think it was a very successful trip. you had him first start off in the middle east show a clear difference between barack obama whose first trip involved him going to egypt and apologizing for american history. instead this is a president who went, showed strength and iran hegemonic ambitions for the region was a threat
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for america. had gone to europe. look it's no secret that a lot of the president's supporter have differences of opinions but the kind of g-7 cosmopolitan world view and some of those things came up trade and paris protocols. i think this was a successful trip of trump being trump and laying out a strong path forward for america. >> there were two sides to this trip. saudi arabia, israel, and the pope, and then obviously these european leaders probably are more aligned with barack obama than they are donald trump. but, some hard messages were delivered. >> yeah. exactly. definitely the latter part of the trip was the tougher part, the bumpier part. you had that flap with theresa may and the u.k. over the intel which i think trump sufficiently patched up. is you bernly as michael mentioned trade and climate change are the two big issues on the european radar where trump is significantly less interested. i mean, and i think he did a good job of staying focus on his message which was uniting around fighting extremism and terrorism.
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>> bret: one of the big questions, charles, is what is going to happen with the climate change with the paris accords. gary kohn, senior aid on the economic issues to the president here is what he said in background. >> he did quote say environment is very, very important to me, donald trump. i care a lot about the environment. he talked about environmental awards that he has received in the past. so he didn't want anyone to think that he didn't care about the environment. i think his views are evolving. he came here to learn and he came here to get smarter and he came here to hear people's world leaders' views some of which have been involved with the paris agreement for many, many years. his basis for decision ultimately is going to be what's best for the united states. >> bret: obviously on the record but off camera. charles? >> look, i don't think there is going to be a great decision on climate change. he may or may not, i'm not sure that it is going to matter very much. climate change accord is extremely weak.
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it doesn't have any enforcement. we are in it or out of it. i think it's a marginal difference. i think everybody knows we are not where the europeans are. i thought overall the trip was very strong at the beginning. because it sent a message to iran that eight years of appeasement are over and not only is it america that has now a new policy but it looks as if trump has rallied the sunni arabs with saudi arabia on that policy. that is extremely important message to the middle east. i thought the european part was a disaster. the speech in nato and not because of the scolding and paying the dues. that's okay. the europeans deserve a scolding. this has been a 50-year complaint. but because the world was waiting for trump to say i support article 5. that was the purpose of the visit. and he wouldn't say it. and that omission, i think, is going to have a lot of repercussions weakening nato
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unity over time. and it's really hard to understand why he didn't say it. >> bret: he was speaking at nato in front of the article 5 memorial. he talked about 9/11. do you think that it's not -- that the u.s. is not going to live up to article 5? >> the point is what do the russians think? what do the astonians think? every president since truman has declared fieldety an attack on one is an attack on all. precisely because weighs standing in front of the wall, 9/11 is the only time the article was invoked and it was invoked in support of us by our european allies. that was the point of the ceremony. so it is exactly the kind of place and time and occasion for a president who has been sceptic call of nato, called it obsolete, called into question our coming to the aid of the others to have
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simply said we support article 5 as we have ever since the late 1940s. he didn't do it. the omission was a statement. >> bret: michael, what also a not happened on this trip a lot is tweets. we haven't seen a lot of tweets. very few. and the president has been busy. he is going to head back eventually to a white house that has been under siege with leaks of different things, the latest is that jared kushner is at least someone that the fbi is looking at and some of his connections. the kushner statement. mr. kushner previously volunteered to share with congress what he knows about these meetings with the russians. he will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry saying to hithrough his attorney that that has not happened. but heading back to this environment. >> yeah. i think over the months and years going forward, this is going to keep coming up. there will be distractions. there will be news stories around the russia probe, around what former director
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muriel's investigation will lead. jared kushner said he is happy to testify before the senate. he said he is happy to participate in this investigation. so i'm not sure that there is much of a story here other than it's a distraction from everything else that is going on. charles mentioned earlier kind of the nonbinding nature of the paris climate protocols which is important because this is a decision that apparently the president will make when it comes back. i think really it is the only the nonbinding nature of this that has made a difficult decision. very little impact on global temperatures. have a big impact on jobs and people's electrical costs. the reason that i think the president is still going to pull out of the paris protocols is two fold. one, he was absolutely clear on the campaign trail this is a promise he has made and he was elected to do and second when the united states speaks, the united states should hold its promises. and if we stay in the paris protocols, we shouldn't rely on the fact that they're nonbinding. we should pull out. i think that because the president knows from a policy standpoint pulling out is the right decision, i
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think he will follow through in the spirit of keeping that campaign promise and keeping america's promises to the world. >> bret: come on these investigations short of coming forward with some evidence, what has triggered the most response is the president's response. and because he has been on this trip, there hasn't really been the tweets responding to stories day after day after day. >> no, there haven't. but the leaks have continued. every day coming out in the "new york times," "the washington post," whatever. the same story. right? former and current and former government officials basically promoting stories as mike mentioned. this story about jared kushner was reported two months ago. there is nothing new here. yesterday the "new york times" splashed on front page a story where there was not a single new fact involved. if you read it closely. yet it's still front page news. that's something the administration is going to have to deal with. >> i agree. there is no news here. kushner is going to be questioned. he knows things. there is no indication he is a subject. there is no indication he is a target. there is no even allegation he did anything improper. so what's the story here? why is it on the front page?
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♪ ♪ >> bret: you can usually hear them. there they are. shaking hands. president trump with the japanese prime minister abe talking about saying they were going to talk a lot about north korea, the threat from north korea and what lies ahead. we're back with our panel for the friday lightning round. first on north korea and what we think is going on. michael? >> i mean, this is the new normal with north korea. have you over 20 years of failed diplomacy, failed attempts at diplomacy.
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at various points america tackling the problem head on had led to some results about 10 years ago president bush took $23 million, a small amount of money that was in asia and impounded it and got big results from the north korean are regime. we are close to north korea having a gun to the head of america. we will be somewhere in between confrontation and getting scarily close to conflict. that's going to require a great resolve from the president which we have seen and worked with our allies and some countries that aren't allies like china. >> bret: bret we did a piece about emp, electromagnetic pulse but basically the threat from north korea is if they miniaturize, if they get the nuclear weapon then it's ready to governmental right. something that no american president of either party could stand for and so i think to trump's credit he has expended and the administration in general i mean tillerson has been over there madison has been over there addressing this problem sort of putting it to the foreand tackling it.
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and with some results. they have seen some change in china's behavior. they hope that continues because china is really the key to solving this problem, putting pressure on north korea. >> bret: the question is whether that's going to happen. it hasn't happened ever. >> it hasn't happened ever and for all the progress we're making and i do think you're right about the president having made some progress. there is no time. this is becoming an acute emergency. the test that the north koreans did last week was very scary because even though it only went a short distance, horizontally, it went up so high in the air, purposefully, vertical launch, that it could have hit guam had it been aimed horizontally. they are coming very near. and the only option, unless we get the chinese to act is going to be war. that's going to be a very hard decision for any president to make. >> bret: the other story that's not getting a lot of coverage. we've covered it this week, is these fisa court
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documents, michael. and that is really harsh rebuke for the obama administration on a number of fronts. of these illegal searches of americans and also how the fbi handled this information. >> yeah. i think we need to be careful here. the oversight of the american intelligence apparatus is second to none in the world. what you have here is a redacted report that came out. which means that the intelligence committee and congress and others have seen this for quite some time and there hasn't really been the chatter on capitol hill and amongst others that this was to be some huge scandal. so you have a situation where it's complicated how information gets into the backbone. there is good information mixed in with bad. it's not the scenario that some people think of some human sitting there and reading emails. we need to be careful about not overreacting to this. >> tom? >> i think this is a big story though. and hean has the potential to be even bigger story the more we learn about it the other thing as james rosen pointed out in his piece tonight it looks like the former fbi director comey didn't actually maybe
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mislead congress, maybe, you know, didn't tell the truth there. in how this was handled. because this was clear rebuke of the fbi and their handling of the information. he was saying on the record before congress that they handled everything just fine. >> bret: we saw that he had to amend some of his previous testimony on the hillary clinton issue. you wonder whether he might have to amend this testimony as well from what he said. charles? >> the abuse of the intelligence in the obama years, what's really important now is going to be a reauthorization of section 702 which allows this. it should be rather simple principle. if we're going to allow the intelligence agencies the immense power of collecting this stuff, we have to have very strong supervised people and mechanisms to overlook the use of this intelligence. allow it, i think we have to, but it has to be rigorously enforced. otherwise, it becomes a danger to our own liberties.
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>> bret: winners and losers. winner first. >>ladimir putin. i thought the president did very well the first half of his trip. but the speech in nato sort of shook the foundations of the alliance. are the americans in or out? and we're not sure. the loser of the week is iran. first half of the trip marshaling 50 sunni countries in the alliance against iran signaling the end of the appeasement phase i think is extremely geopolitically important in the region. >> bret: winner and loser, tom. >> my winner of the week is melania trump. did she swat the president's hand? did she hold it from all of her fashion changes? but on a more substantive note came out as the first catholic first lady since jackie kennedy. and i think had a real presence this week and much to her benefit. so, melania trump is my winner. loser of the week isis. if you want to undermine your cause and if you want to unite people against your
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cause, kill children. that's what they did. i think this was a bad week for them. and president trump actually put a point on it by calling them loads losers. i think for that reason they were the loser of the week. >> bret: winner and loser. >> windsor mick mulvaney. released a budget most conservative since ronald reagan. recognizes we live in a time tradeoffs. gets military spending closer to what it meads to be and pulls back on nondiscretionary. recognizes we need to do entitlement rye forms not as much as we should. recognizes at the end of the day if we don't have 3% growth we can't solve any of these problems. mick mulvaney. and his team did incredible job of its budget. the loser is planned parenthood. hasn't gotten much attention in the mainstream media. video coming out planned parenthood talking about pulling body parts off. acknowledging selling body parts and medical director of planned parenthood in michigan acknowledging this
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ask is the killing of babies. >> bret: all right. panel. when you come back, your friday feedback. are allergies holding you back?
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>> bret: we ask you to grade president trumps trip. islam speaks better than expected, mixed criticism of nato in general, good business from the vatican, didn't tweet. he embarrassed the country with his child childish behavior tos allies. he appeared to have a good trip so i would give him an a. and catherine harris' speech toward the investigation, son of monseigneur and buys her, we asked you where do you think this thing is going with jared kushner? he has his hands hands and so y things and the only consistent actively involved.
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if he liked previous administrations is doing his job of meeting with leaders of other countries. during our update of the manchester terror bombing, if you think another attack is coming soon from janet harvey. the world is up against a brutal enemy who will stop at nothing to kill anyone who opposes their views. unfortunately yes, europe is the new target for terrorists to inflict damage and terrorize innocent people. if the danger from an emp attack from north korea or elsewhere, we asked if that is realistic. he says on facebook i'm surprised it hasn't been used already. steve sanford absolutely, it's not a complicated endeavor and were not prepared at all. i think emp's are very possible, i don't think we can do much about them though. that is your friday feedback. thanks for tuning in and write again, thanks for inviting us into your home tonight, that is
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it for the special report, fair, balanced and unafraid, have a great memorial day weekend, the story with our friend martha maccallum starts right now. ♪ >> martha: breaking tonight, president trump takes america first to the world stage at the g7 as isis calls for all-out war now on the west. u.k. military ready for whatever comes next and egyptian christians are the latest bomb victims today. a look now at how islamic extremism is changing our world day by day and country by country. good evening everybody, i martha maccallum, here's the story. on the evening of ramadan and on the wake of a call to war by isis, the u.k. searching for another bomber who still may be out there is another