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north korea says it is the biggest victim in the death of that american student who had been held captive there. the statement comes as tensions grow across the korean peninsula >> south korea getting into the missile whrawmping act today. test firing a medium-ranged missile capable of targets in north korea. south korean president monitored the launch. >> i believe in dialogue but dialogue is possible when it's backed by strong defense and engaged from policies only possible when we have security means that can stand up to the north. >> according to fox news reporting there is a buildup the resources at north korea's nuclear test site as well as a test firing of an engine that could be used in an icbm that could be used in targeting the u.s. even beijing is becoming consern
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ed. >> the u.s. security council resolutions have concerns. china opposes any actions that the violate the resolutions of the u.n. >> capitol hill is speaking out about the kim junk-- jong un threat as well. >> if there is a threat of the nuclear weapon we have to have a military capable. >> and breaking the silence of the 22-year-old american college student who was released last week after being held by north korea for 18 months in an un responsive state suffering from brain damage. a north korean government spokes man claimed reports he was tortured were groundless. that north korea was targeted about i a smear campaign and that he was the victim of policies of the add administration of former president obama. a spokesman said there was no
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higher priority of release of americans held in north korea discussions of what should be the current policy to rein in an aggressive north korea will be front and center. >> police in london say they're considering filing manslaughter charges in that devastating apartment tower fire that killed at least 79 people earlier this month. detective superintendent confirmed resident suspicions that a refrigerator sparked the fire and said that paneling placed on the exterior of the building failed safety test. it is used in many buildings in the ub. russia is once again firing missiles at isis targets in syria and rhetorical shots at the u.s. croarpt connor powell is track ing the action from our mideast newsroom. >> russia launched a flurries of strikes against isis in syria on friday firing six long range
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long range cruise missile. ms.'s latest show of force as tensions mount after an american jet shot down a searing government plane that dropped bombs near u.s. backed rebel forces. the syrian jet was targeting terrorists and in response, russia's military cut direct communications with the pentagon and threatened to target american planes west of the euphrates river in a statement about today's strikes on isis, russia's defense ministry said it provided a warning to israel and turkey but made no mention of the u.s. >> it remains in place. if russia or any other actor want to target isis, that is very welcome and something that we are okay with. >> the potential for a direct conflict with russia is only one of the challenges facing the trump administration.
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there is still no international consensus on syria. yesterday france, which once called for assad to be removed, acknowledged his regime is likely to win the war. which french president macron saying the focus should now only be on isis. >> with others of course to reach a negotiated solution. >> reporter: as a candidate, president trump said assad could remain in power but saudi arabia continues to call for the syrian strong man to be removed. >> connor powell in jerusalem. saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and other gulf states are demanding qatar close down the al-jazeera network. in a list of demands. the gulf states insist that qatar cut diplomatic ties with iran and close turkey air base in their country. implementing a blockade against
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kasar one of the most serious rifts in the arab world in decades. >> who better to ask about all of this upheaval in the middle east than the ambassador to the united states, yousef al otaiba. a personal friend. good to have you in this program what is going on in this great rift between the gcc nation and qatar. >> this is a consistent pattern of behavior. let me start by telling you what it is not. it is not an overreaction, it's not a hasty decision. it's not something that we came to in a rush. >> why at this point? why what is being done now not undertaken a year ago? >> to point out context three years ago we had a meeting in riyadh under the leadership of king of saudi arabia. in that meeting we had a confrontation essentially and the leadership of qatar, signed the document that pledged that he will stop and retrain from doing all the things that we have been complaining about. >> has that document ever been
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released. >> it has been released to the member countries. i don't think it has been released to the public. >> the same things that we have said he has violated are the same things we are complaining about now which are support for terrorist and extremists, meddl ing in our internal affairs and using their media to attack us and incite. >> why not release the documents you described a few moments ago in which according to you, the qatari leadership signed the documents saying it would renounce these activities which amounts also, i would imagine, implicitly to an acknowledgment of participation in the these disl. these are things we do privately. we don't try to air the dirty laundry of our friends and neighbors. this document was signed. we had every reason to believe it was going to be followed up on and even the current list of demands we have right now, they won't be shared publicly because we don't want this litigated in public. what do you think the most vagues for qatar in pursuing those activities in their own minds.
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what is their motivation? >> if you could answer that question, you would solve all our problems. >> is it possible it is a theological or philosophical well spring? >> it's either ideological proximity to extremism, terrorism, groups like hamas and the islamic brotherhood who live openly in qatar or its hedging, opportunism, perhaps seeking to play a larger role in a region where qatar is not allowed to play a larger role because of their size. >> what do you make of what we heard out of the state department this week, extraordinary statement from the spokesperson, well familiar to viewers of this network, let's listen to what heather said. >> now that it has been more than two weeks since the embargo started we are mystified that the gulf states have not released to the public nor to the qataris the details about the claims that they are making toward qatar. the more the time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by san diego and the uae.
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at this point we are left with one simple question. were the actions really about their concerns regarding qatar's alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long simmer ing grievances between and among the gcc countries. >> didn't it seem to reflect sharp divergence from what the administration's position had been not that long before when president trump was tweeting in support of this embargo owe? >> i think, yes, i think it's not the first time there have been mixed messages. it's not the first time different parts of the u.s. government have had different view points. but is it more marked under this administration, that sort of thing? >> hard for me to judge on that. >> you have been here a long time. >> i think what we have serd consistently from our friends is this is a problem. it needs to be resolved. we want to resolve it but at the same time we want to resolve it in a way that protects our national interests we recently came up with a list of 59 people we've designated as terrorists and 12 entities in qatar.
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now some of those already are on the u.s. and u.n. lists as designated terrorists. one of them is a gentleman hafes e who has been designated since 2008. he lives openly and freely in qatar, not only is he, he is not under house arrest, not under arrest. he has a company passport and starring in his own youtube video raising money for terrorists. he is living open ily as he raises money for terrorists. there is another gentleman ra man has a company passport hold er and is known to give money to jihadiist groups all over the region including somalia. these are the types of people living openly in qatar. this is the type of behavior that has led us to believe that qatar cannot have it both ways in more. they have become a national security risk to us and that's why this decision has been made. >> i want to ask about our
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president, donald trump. it seems to me just seeing on the basis of what is publicly reported but also from my conversations with leaders from your region, that there is pro found relief and i don't use those words lightly that barack obama is no longer president. and in fact, there seems to be a real admiration personally for donald trump on the part of arab and muslim leaders. >> i think what the excitement we see in president trump is really because he addresses our two core problems in a very, very straightforward way: our two problems in the region are two threats. iran and extremism. and on both of those situations, i think president trump has indicated that he wants to tackle those head on. you can look at the cabinet around president trump and you would feel very relieved. i think for any president of the united states, this foreign policy team could be considered the dream team. i mean these are very, very
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serious people. >> we hope you'll come back and discuss all of this with us more ambassador yousef al otaiba. >> when asked about such charges , qatari diplomats denies the country supports terrorism saying they're only trying to drive a wedge between the u.s. and qatar. we have invited the qatari foreign minister to have equal time on "special report." a six-month delay before transgender people can be allowed to enlist. the defense will go to defense secretary mat advertise. the army and air force wanted two year wait. transgender have been able to serve openly in the military since last year. the president suggests a special counsel may be less than fully impartial and gives a big vote of confidence to former friend nancy pelosi. the panel tackles all that and more when we come back.
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>> we're getting word now that some democrats even want nancy pelosi to step down. >> first of all i hope she doesn't step down. i think that it would be a very, very sad day for republicans if she steps down. i would be very, very disappoint ed if she did. i would like to keep her right where she is because her record is extraordinary against her. they are right now obstruction ists. they just want to try to object instruct. i honestly think they do better at the polls. i think the american public is tired of obstructionists. >> president trump in conversation with our own answer ly airhart of fox and friends. with us is olivier knox, lisa boothe and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. owe live olivier, you spend a lot of time on the hill.
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is the american public tired of obstructionists and are the republicans better off with nancy pelosi where she is. >> they keep electing them, right. they send the same people back to congress. they tend to be very happy with their own member of congress and unhappy with congress the institution. so i don't know that it's especially convincing to say the american people... they don't want the other party to be obstructionist. that's the main point would i take. >> is pelosi good for the republicans where she cancers they have run a lot of races successfully by bringing her in, nationalizing the race and say ing this local candidate represents nancy pelosi. it is effective. democrats under her leadership have lost a lot. >> i want to move to the scandal industrial complex, the cease less parade of charges and allegations and investigations, relating to whether there was alleged collusion between the trump campaign and the creme lin , unmasking activity by obama era officials and that stuff. the president commented about that infa infamous-- tweet of
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his in which he suggested there might be tapes. >> you never know what is out there but i didn't tape. and i don't have any tape and i didn't tape. but when he found out that i, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, i think his story may have changed. i mean you will vee to take a look at that. >> lisa boothe, what do you make of that comment? >> well look, to some degree he is right in the sense of the fact that we have sort of seen a shift in the narrative a little bit about the russia collusion story. that is both due to the fact of senator sessions and i think he did a good job pushing back on some of the notions and articles out there. i think it helped that the former fbi director came forward and said that trump, he did indeed tell trump he was not, or the president that he was not under investigation. i also think that handel's victory as well this week senator chris murphy, democratic
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senator said maybe the whole russia talk is hurting the democratic party. warm front' seen them back off a little bit on that narrative. to some degree it has helped them. we'll see what happens with the special counsel vetion. >> some analysts have said that the democrats in all of this are shifting from a focus on alleged collusion of which there has been none proved after a year of investigation, to the case of obstruction of justice by president trump and they're now even possible iting-- pos iting those remarks in so far as he did what he did with that tweet in order to impact james comey whom he had just fired. here is one such suggestion from a democratic senator. robert müller has to investigate the tape incident as to whether or not it was an attempt to
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intimidate a witness and that it was part of a total pattern of behavior by the president. >> the idea that this is intimidation of a witness is pure rubbish. if you say to somebody, i mean you've got a great family, hate to see anything happen to your kids, watch what you say. that's intimidation of a witness if you say there may be ape way to actually to figure out exactly what was said, there could be a mechanism, thus you ought to watch what you say, that's not intimidation at all. that's just... i mean as you say , we are now at the tertiary level of accusation. you can't get anywhere occlusion we have yet in almost a year to have any evidence of collusion so there is no obstruction. obstruction is shaky.
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there really isn't that much there. so now you want to go to intimidation of a witness. they're getting a bit separate desperate. this is going to happen. it could go on for months and years but it is getting more absurd. it's tail chasing and if the democrats want to spend the next year, year and a half in a rabbit hole, be our guest. >> lisa might the continual perpetuation of all of these charges regardless what is found at the end of the day be smart politics for the democrats simply to keep the white house on the defensive and just keep airing the word scandal as we head into the mid terms. >> that's obviously what they're going to do because they've done that even though you have senators like diane fine stein and even adam shift admitting they have no evidence of collusion yet they've continued that narrative and the media has happily carried the water for him but look i think in regard to comey, it is a joke for him to put out this allegation, the suggestion that there was
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obstruction of justice that took place particularly from the fact that he admitted that he took loretta lynch's instruction to call the investigation a matter instead of an investigation. the fact that loretta lynch sat on a plane with bill clinton but that doesn't rise to the level of obstruction of justice and then you also look at his same, comey had said one effort reasons why he wasn't going to recommend indictment for hillary clinton was because no reasonable prosecutor would take the case. but yet he listed out a litany of things hillary clinton did wrong and her actions. if you take that same line of logic pointed out in the senate intelligence committee, a former prosecutor he has never seen anyone prosecutorred for using the word. there doesn't seem to be a case against president trump at all in regards to obstruction of justice. >> the discreet act taken here and direct admitted effort to shape the course of this investigation was james comey's admission that he leaked the contents of his memo hoping to
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catalyze the appointment of a special prurkt.-- special prosecutor. here is the white house press secretary sean shieser. >> the reality is that he wanted to make sure that the truth came out and by talking about something like tapes made comey in particular think to himself, i better be honest. i better tell the truth about the circumstances regarding the situation. >> olivier knox. >> one problem for the white house is that it implies they viewed his testimony as truthful which is something the spokespeople have not agreed to in the past. they've taken issue with every specific parts of the testimony. if you are go for example to argue that this comment about the tapes was designed to influence comey to make him honest and that it worked then logical conclusion is that he spoke truthfully. >> and perhaps helped the investigation. stay where you are panel, coming up, the friday lightning care,
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>> i'm announcing today that in this forumly not support... >> i promised people i would repeal it. i didn't promise people that i was going to replace it with a federal program of daling out insurance companies. >> it's not that they're opposed they like to get certain changes and we'll see if we can take care of that. >> i would not worry about a handful of senators trying to get this from the republican leadership. it's to make it clear to the american people that this is not what our country is about. >> despite the vigorous piling on by senator sanders, this right now essentially is a story
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of intraparty skirmishing within the g.o.p. and we have these now group of five, a gang of five as they like to say on capitol hill g.o.p. senators right now who say they cannot support the healthcare bill. you see them on their screen. olivier knox is going to try to take care of the changes the people are demanding. will he be able to do that? >> for some of them he will. the expectation is when they say in its current form. they are saying make me an offer for others it will be more difficult. in this next cycle like only eight of the seats that are up are republican hands and of those only senator heller is in a state won by democrats rel iably in presidential elections. i think it is going to be tough er to get senator heller on board. >> here is what the senate majority whip whose job it is to count votes on the senate floor had to say. >> what we have to deal with the art of the possible here. i think this is the best we've been able do with the hand we've
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been dealt and we can't, we can't afford to fail. >> lisa. >> they can't afford to fail because republicans really do need to be able to go to mid term voters in 2018 and say these are the things we've accomplished for you and healthcare and reforming or at least changing healthcare is absolutely something that was promised. i feel pretty confident they're going to get to 51 or 50 with pens being the... >> by when? >> i don't have that answer for you. i do feel confident. i think just like in the house sheer going to end up getting where they can find extra action s from the freedom caucus, tuesday group. both will be able to say thee got something from it. the same thing will happen in the senate. just tougher you have a little less margin of error. >> charles. >> i think the best political outcome for the republicans is that this never emerges from the senate and the issue will then be behind them. yes, they will suffer from not having delivered on a promise but if they pass anything like this, you will have endless
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stories about, sob stories about people who have been hurt by the inevitable changes and the republicans are going to bear the albatross of healthcare that the democrats bore for eight years and it really damaged them >> we'll go back to paul ryan with the grandma in the wheelchair and over the cliff. let me stay with charles because this is the lightning round. i'm blinded by lightning right now. charles, on this rift between the arab states and qatar, where is the u.s. interest in this and how should we be playing it? >> the real story right now is the rift between the state department and the president. the president is completely behind the boycott embargo and the pressure. state department, as you showed earlier in the show, gave the conciliatory statement that was questioning the saudi policy. if this were nixon and kissinger , i would say this is a strategic clever good cop-bad
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cop but it looks like disarray in the administration and they ought to line up their ducks to mix metaphors. >> olivier. the largest american military base is in qatar, the heart and soul of the campaign against isis. qatar is friends with turkey, an important nato ally. this is really worrisome rift beyond the white house and the state department. >> lisa there appears to be a rift between the white house and the state department on this in that soundbite we played earlier in the show. how do you see the president reconciling this? >> i don't know but i look to tillerson obviously as the former c.e.o. of exxon, he is very familiar with the gulf states and the leaders there. so i think he is a good person to be at the helm in trying to fix this but this is indeed a family squabble. we have interests in qatar with the military base, you know, so it's probably more of a wait and see now and sort of see how this plays out. >> all right. let's proceed to the grim
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judgment we call the week's win ners and loser. >> winner emam mahmoud when the crazed englishman went and attacked the parishioners leaving the mosque, attacked them with a car. a crowd gather add round him would probably have killed him. the i imam stepped in and protected him until the police arrived. loser of the week, self explanatory, nancy pelosi. >> lisa. >> charles obviously stole the one we were all looking for. but winner is actually president trump. he had a good week of republicans moving forward on healthcare, democrats calling for pelosi's firing. chris murphy backing off russia, signing the legislation v.a. legislation into law. all good things for the president. losers are political prognosticators everywhere who seem to be getting a lot of these races wrong particularly
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georgia 6. a tweet saying if, he said there is a 70% that map is dead. i didn't deliver that right. saying ossoff doesn't win... >> nate silver formerly of "the new york times" is a well respected stakian and political analyst who uses data and correctly predicted 2012. maybe his star is dimming a bit. olivier winners and losers. >> dip into lisa's winners and say with the v.a. bill, the department of veterans affair bill that was signed, his biggest accomplishment. struggling veterans to get healthcare in the v.a. system, this is a rather serious glimmer of hope and big accomplishment. my losers with the 8-0 by the supreme court to strike down the
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disparagement clause, the patent trademark office. the washington nfl team, the people who hate the name washington and a half team are big losers. they hoped the disparagement clause would be upheld and legal to strike down a patent if it were offensive to a group of people. they can't do that anymore. >> so are you one effort people that refuses to say the name. >> the chesapeake watershed region indigenous persons in. >> he is talking about the red skins. i'll say it because i route for the teams. >> go reds. >> take your dog to work day capitol style. think your heartburn pill works fast? take the zantac it challenge! zantac works in as little as 30 minutes. nexium can take 24 hours. when heartburn strikes, take zantac for faster relief than nexium or your money back. take the zantac it challenge.
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>> finally tonight it does take your dog to workday including on capitol hill. republican congressmen tweeted speaker ryan told us no photos on the house floor and is a stickler for rules. next best thing. close examination of the photo
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suggested some corroborating evidence for the proposition that dog owners can after a certain period of time resemble their pets. thank you for watching special report, i'm >> dana: have a good weekend, hannity is up next. >> hannity: this is a friday fox news alert, major breaking news tonight. we have an important monologue about the fake news purveyors. we will expose tonight in a special mini monologue. and now and investigation will be opened against loretta lynch's investigation of hillary clinton email server. and now major hatred spewing from hollywood against our president.