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previously estimated. as the u.s. intensifies its international campaign to keep the kim regime in check. north korea has a nuclear war head small enough to fit in a missile. that's the assessment of the defense intelligence agency "the washington post" reports. that prompted president trump, speaking the a an event on opioid addiction, to mirror recent north korean rhetoric. >> he has been very threatening beyond a normal statement. and as i said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never
seen before. >> secretary of state rex tillerson is in asia. already pressing allies and adversaries to enforce sanctions against north korea. isolated and constrict its resources. one analyst says this report introduces new urgency to that campaign. >> the time horizon in which the u.s. has to act as if it is trying to prevent north korea from getting its capability has been shortened dramatically. i think that raises the pressure both on the united states and hopefully that will then mean that the u.s. raises the pressure on the country that it's working with to try to reach a solution here. >> analysts claim north korea's recent launches show its missiles can reach the united states. the kim regime would still need to successfully mount a nuclear war head to intercontinental ballistic missile and demonstrate it could hit a target. the united nations security council approved this weekend stricter sanctions against north korea. china joined more than a dozen nations in unanimously voting for the additional measures. >> i think china feels. this i mean, when i talk to the chinese ambassador, when that missile test took off, they felt it in china.
it was so close to their border that the ground shook. >> chirch has failed to fully enforce previous sanctions. it 90% of the trade. slowly sees it slowly to address aggression. north korea's behavior is also a threat to china's economic plans and prosperity. in response to the latest round of u.n. security council sanctions, north korea says of the u.s. and its allies that they are packs of wolves coming in to attack to strangle a nation and that physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength. secretary tillerson continues this international campaign in to malaysia. the country that's seen his own strain relationship with north korea. this is after a february episode where kim jong un's half-brother, estranged half-brother was assassinated in the airport. bret? >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. thank you. let's get some analysis now and insight from asian
analyst gordon chang north korea showdown north korea takes on the world: jacksonville florida retired navy admiral former commander of u.s. fleet. gordon, your assessment of what this means. obviously if this is all true, it ratchets this up to a different level. >> yeah. north korea is assembling all the elements. it's doing so very quickly to be able to land a nuke in the united states. they've got the range. they have been able to miniaturize the war head. you know, reentry technology, they are probably a lot further along than most people think. guidance is not there. but, when you are firing on new york, it doesn't really matter whether you hit 32 street or 125th street. the problem here for the united states though is because the north koreans are making such fast progress, margin for policy error is now very, very small. and we i think can no longer tolerate resolutions like we saw last saturday that only
go half of the way to suffocating the north korean regime. we need to be able to cripple that regime so that they will then go to the bargaining table with us. at that point where they know that they have to give up their weapons. we have got to act very, very fast now. >> bret: admiral, last time you were on we talked about the military option and how it's really an ugly option. but it seems more and more in play tonight. u.s. intelligence officials telling "the washington post" that north korea may have 60 nuclear weapons. u.s. officials i talked to say that's a high number. but, nevertheless, if they are miniaturizing it's a different game. >> yes, bret. i think that is a high number. but, one is too high. the problem we have here is with a bombast coming out of kim jong un. we can have an encounter at sea or in the air that starts out as innocent and turns very quickly into military conflict.
you can be assured that any ships at sea or aircraft are going to have their fingers on the trigger with any encounter with the north koreans. so, this kind of bombast is not helping matters and certainly kim jong un is not acting responsibly. >> bret: admiral, at this point though the military has run down a number of options, probably presented to the president, i would think at this moment. the south korean threat, the threat to seoul from artillery has to be a big factor in that planning. >> it's a huge factor. and those are all conventional weapons that seoul not to mention the particular nuclear weapons. not only is seoul in range but lots of japan is in range as well. >> bret: gordon, take a listen to nikki haley this morning on "fox & friends." >> china came out and said to the international community we're going to
follow through on these sanctions and we want everyone else to do it as well. it's a new tone coming from china. and we basically said enough talk. we're done. and you have the ability to control 90% of their trade and you can't make excuses anymore. to their credit, they stepped up. we did some heavy negotiations. we got them there. >> bret: to ambassador haley's credit, she got a unanimous vote at the united nations security council. is it a new tone from china and are we seeing possibly the beginnings of leverage on north korea? >> we can maybe see the beginnings of a change in china's attitude. but we don't really have the time to wait for beijing. because this could take decades. you know, the problem is, you know, you have a resolution on saturday that cut off $1 billion out of $3 billion of their export income. and as ambassador haley said on "fox & friends" this morning, north korea uses its export income not for its people but for its weapons programs. we are leaving $2 billion on the table for kim jong un to
further improve his missiles. we are not even talking about the unofficial income, the illicit income that north korea is earning from iran which is estimated to be 2 to $3 billion a year. so, we have made some progress and kudos for her for doing it. unfortunately, we have got too long to go in this. and we don't have very much time before the north koreans are able to mount a real risk to the united states. >> bret: admiral, i want to put up a map pyongyang to different u.s. cities and the possible threat from now an icbm. maybe with a miniaturized nuclear weapon. how confident are you in our ability to shoot one of those down? >> i'm very confident that we have the systems that can do that. but the problem arises that if you have to engage more than one, more than three, more than 10 simultaneously your problem becomes much more complicated and much more difficult. look, the best way to knock out a nuclear weapon is to knock it out before it's
launched. once you start getting into the business of a bullet hitting another bullet, nothing is 100 percent. >> bret: last thing i want you to both weigh in on. the president obviously with some very aggressive rhetoric firing back if you will this afternoon. gordon, your thoughts on that? >> i would have used different words. but, nonetheless, the president did something which is absolutely critical. and that is to introduce an element of deterrence in our relations with the north koreans. and this really speaks of policy margins right now. you know, it would be better for him to have used as maybe more kind language but, the problem is we don't have that much more time. and i think the president needs to make an impression. he needed to make it fast. i think he did that. >> bret: secretary tillerson obviously admiral is still holding out the possibility of talks. but your thoughts on today's rhetoric? >> well, today's rhetoric just ratchets everything up. i can assure you that our headquarters in hawaii, our headquarters on the
peninsula, our operating forces in the area have looked very closely at the specifics of having to attack should would he be given the word to do so. this is not a drill. this is very serious. and china has to step up and help us put pressure on north korea. >> bret: last thing. if you were to put a percentage on it tonight that we are engaged in some military action in north korea. admiral, first to you. >> well, the last time you asked me that question i said it was below 50% for a nuclear engagement. i have got to say that it's up around 60, 75%, probably because of the mistakes that can happen. >> bret: gordon? >> i think we can avoid war and the use of force, but we're going to have to emphasize that message of deterrence and that's going to be very difficult because kim is going to use his arsenal to try to blackmail the united states to break the alliance with south korea so that he can absorb the south korean state. we're going to have to do
all that we possibly can to reassure the south koreans and make sure that kim understands where we're coming from. >> bret: gordon chang admiral robert natter thank you tonight for your time. >> thank you, bret. >> bret: president trump says no one is safe from the opioid epidemic. the president making that statement as rich edson just told us during an event at his golf resort in new jersey. we have fox team coverage on that issue. alicia acuna in denver where doctors are participating in the first large scale research project in the connection between emergency room and opioid addictions. first up kevin corke on today's presidential announcement. good evening to you, kevin. >> good evening to you, my friend. this is a situation that effects millions of american families and the white house and this administration who is saying tonight they are going to aggressively approach the battle against opioid abuse in this country. most notably they hope to do so by having more arrests and more prosecutions. >> they looked at this scourge and they let it go by. and we're not letting it go by. strong law enforcement is
absolutely vital to having a drug-free society. >> president trump's working vacation continued today with what he called a major briefing on the epidemic of opioid drug use in the u.s. healthcare crisis that killed nearly 100 americans daily. the briefing comes as the president's commission created to study the matter is asking him to declare the opioid fight a national emergency and to weig wave the federal rule who restricts the number of people who can receive residential treatment under medicaid. the problem is metastasizing according to the centers for disease control and prevention which said in a statement the amount of opioids prescribed and sold in the u.s. quadrupled since 1999. but the overall amount of pain reported by americans hasn't changed. this epidemic is devastating american lives, families, and communities. indeed in 1999, new mexico has the nation's worst drug overdose rate, 15 deaths per 100,000 people. but by 2015, west virginia
topped the list with 41 per 100,000 people. with nearly 9 in 10 caused by opioid abuse. a common thread that saw numerous states from massachusetts to utah increasingly tormented by the deadly epidemic. worse, for the 12 months ending in september of 2016, nearly 60,000 americans died from overdoses. the largest annual jump ever recorded. >> if we win, we're going to stop that crap from coming in to our country. [cheers] >> going to stop it. >> president trump talked about the opioid battle often while out on the campaign trail in 2016. white house officials say the president's initial federal budget would increase money for drug treatment programs and border security while slowing the growth of medicaid. a strategy that won't please everyone, say administration officials, but one that could help a lot of people who need it. >> when you have the capacity of yankee stadium or dodgers stadium, dying every single year in this
nation, that's a crisis that has to be given incredible attention and the president is giving it that attention. >> the president's briefing by the way happens on the very same day that the state of new hampshire is suing the maker of oxycontin purdue pharma accusing them of deceptive marketing crisis. they believe that may have had a hand in this incredible epidemic which is gripping many parts of the country. bret. >> bret: big problem. thank you. breaking the cycle of opioid addiction can only come with greater understanding of how it starts. that is the premise behind new research in colorado. correspondent alicia acuna reports tonight from denver. >> for many, the first point of contact with opioid medication is the emergency room. dr. dawn straighter who works in the er at swedish medical center in inglewood, colorado remembers the moment he knew that had to change. it was while treating a young woman who had overdosed on heroin. >> what she said was i got my first prescription for an
opioid from an emergency physician for an ankle sprain. >> he is now part of a pilot program launched by the colorado hospital association in eight hospitals and a few free standing ers with one formidable goal. >> it helps produce reduce the heroin issue on the street while still treating pain. >> duncan part of a team that teaches nurses and physicians on six month test run. nearly 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids. guidelines in this program include encouraging prescriptions to write fewer opioid prescriptions. treating pain without narcotics and getting addicted patients on therapy medication. the armaments powerful alternates to opioids to treat pain for often serious conditions locally. >> let's say someone comes in with multiple rib fractures, we can put these directly on where they are having the pain and it applies the medication locally. >> as opposed to an addict tia agent that travels the system. some patients are initially skeptical but that can
change. >> we have had some hospitals who patients have actually written back in already and said, you know what? we're happy. and they are doing this without any government money, which dr. spader says makes it more attractive to physicians and patients. bret? >> bret: alicia, thank you. senator majority leader mitch mcconnell says president trump had excessive expectations about getting legislation through congress. mcconnell made those comments to an audience in northern kentucky. he says president trump does not understand the legislative process and has failed to stay on message to promote his agenda. a new report on climate change significant information or the same old scare tactics? fair and balanced look next. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> bret: now to the politics of climate change. the "new york times" is featuring a draft report by a group of scientists who say global warming is getting worse. but as correspondent doug mckelway tells us critics insist we have heard that all before. >> the draft report compiled by scientists from 13 federal agencies and obtained by the "new york times" sounds a dire warning about climate change that average temperatures in the u.s. have risen rapidly since 1980 and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1500 years. it projects increases of 5 to 7.5 degrees fahrenheit by the late century depending on future emissions. it concludes that even if humans immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases temperatures would raise half a degree fahrenheit. >> the science is getting a lot more specific being able to attribute the drought, the floods and heat waves and specific events we are experiencing to climate change in our human
fingerprint on the earth's k4r50eu789. >> to september skeptics the report alarmism cherry picked extreme and models convenient data. >> as co 2 has risk, our weather has gotten less extreme. hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes have been at record low for five years and declined since the 1950s, floods there is no trends on 100 year global time scales. droughts we actually according to the u.n. we are actually declining times scale. >> the "times" noted it had not been made public. as soon as it was posted it was already accessible to anyone who cared to read it during public review and comment time. few did. the "times" then updated the story but not before the white house lashed out at the paper, quote: it's very disappointing yet entirely predictable to learn the "new york times" would write off a draft report without first verifying its contents with the white house or any of the federal agencies directly involved with
climate and environmental policy. the president has never hidden his climate skepticism. >> you can't use hair spray because hair spray is going to effect the ozone. >> the "times" story comes four days after the administration formally announced withdrawal from paris climate accord and e.p.a. undoing many obama era regulations. that while stock market and economic data shows gains. it all suggests that this draft reports findings will get little attention in the trump administration but lots of attention among blue state governors, some of whom are pressing ahead to abide by the paris climate accord and transition to greener economies. bret? >> bret: doug, thank you. now the media is accusing president trump of fake news. journalists are using the president's own words against him about a facebook page the administration considers unfiltered or real news. critics say its administration propaganda. chief washington
correspondent james rosen tells us president trump is hardly the first chief executive to have his own spin machine. >> hey, everybody, i'm kailey, thank you for joining us. as we provide you the news of the week from trump tower here in new york. more great economic news on friday. >> on president trump's facebook page, funded by his campaign committee, a former cnn commentator and trump supporter dolls out 90 second blasts of exclusively favorable coverage. >> also on wednesday president trump awarded medal of honor to one of our vietnam war heroes. >> on its face the content fits the memoria meriam webster dictionary of propaganda: the definition is further enhanced by the fact that previously it was presidential daughter-in-law lara trump fronting the broadcast. >> i bet you haven't heard about all of the accomplishments the president had this week because there is so much fake news out. >> there wow tweeted michael the ambassador to russia
feels eerily like so many state owned channels i have watched in other countries, leading lights at cnn the organization mr. trump has most vocally branded fake news were quick to agree. >> the president has railed against fake news. isn't this a sign he wants to create his own version? >> it's not real and it's not news. and it's definitely not real news. >> but there are several other things the videos from trump tower are not. >> at 7:00 a.m. on tuesday morning, the president announced an historic agreement that would deny the nation of iran a pathway toward building nuclear weapon. >> unlike the slick videos west wing week and narrated by josh earnest the trump blasts are not produced with taxpayer funds nor the energy of federal workers. >> i find it curious that during the obama administration when they produced similar videos including one that was viewed more than 4.5 million times asking hollywood celebrities what their favorite moment was, those weren't criticized but this is because with the trump administration the hyperbole gets cranked up to 11 and
suddenly the term state run tv is applied. >> mcknee has another job and spokesperson for the republican national committee where party chair ronna mcdaniel describes her as a seasoned television commentator who will be an integral part of promoting the republican message as we head into 2018, bret. >> bret: james rosen, thanks. the dow lost 33 today after nine con h consecutive high closes. the s&p dropped 6. the nasdaq fell 13. while attorney general loretta lynch conducted official business using a fake name. we're learning that the american center for law and justice first reported lynch went by elizabeth carlisle in the secret email account. the group says it discovered this as part of its lawsuit over documents related to lynch's airport tarmac meeting with former president bill clinton last year. lynch used the alias in discussing with aides the official response to news reports about that meeting. this afternoon, president trump tweeted emails show
that the amazon "the washington post" and the failing "new york times" were reluctant to cover the clinton/lynch secret meeting in plane. the president's chief counsel says president trump has been communicating through him to russia investigation special counsel robert mueller. john dowd tells fox news the president has expressed appreciation for -- to mueller for the job he is doing. dowd says the communications have been professional and not secret. up next, is facebook founder mark zuckerberg running for president? what he is saying and what he is doing. first here is some of our fox affiliates around of the country are covering tonight. fox 9 in the twin cities is ahead of the minneapolis fbi office says the investigation into the weekend bombing of a mosque is the bureau's top priority. a small device exploded at the mosque before dawn saturday as the morning's first prayers were about to begin. no one was hurt. the fbi says it will take time to determine who carried out the attack in bloomington and why.
fox 45 in baltimore as the national weather service confirms a tornado briefly struck salisbury, maryland yesterday. the tornado powered by winds of up to 105 miles per hour ripped through 1.5-mile stretch of the city of about 30,000 people. no major injuries or deaths reported there. and this is a live look at los angeles santa monica pier from fox 11. one of the big stories there tonight the lapd seeks approval for its drone program. the city was given two drones in 2014 but has not deployed them because of privacy concerns. the police chief there now says they would be useful in tactical events such as man hunts and standoffs. civil rights groups are against it that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ent peter doocy
reports that while zuckerberg's words say he is not running, his actions may tell a different story. >> these days mark zuckerberg looks less like a silicone valley ceo and more like an iowa caucus contender. he is eating local fare with hawkeye state residents a ritual for presidential hopefuls. gotten his hands dirty on factory floor in florescent vests something we have seen from politicians trying to build a following. he has let jump shots fly a commonplace campaign trail photo op. on top of all of that zuckerberg's foundation has former campaign whiz david plouffe on the payroll and just hired joel benenson. >> you don't intend to hire pollsters unless you want to know what people are thinking. my guess is the pollster is helping him understand the american people. >> if zuckerberg gets
political, there are hurdles ahead. >> to survive the democratic primary, the first thing he is going to need to do is appeal to women more than he has been able to do so far. one of the criticisms of facebook is they don't hire women. women's voices are suppressed internally. >> facebook's workforce is 35% female. an improvement over last year. and if the company changes, d.o. so does the ceo. asked on facebook if is he still an atheist. zuckerberg wrote, quote no i was raised jewish and then i went through a period where i questioned things now i believe religion is very important. then this spring came a commencement address that sounded like a campaign speech. >> how about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved, manufacturing and installing solar panels. how about curing all diseases and getting people involved by asking volunteers to share their health data, track their health data and share their
genomes. >> forbes says the facebook founder is worth nor than $70 billion. the facebook friends who helped to make him that rich could help finance a campaign, too. >> he hat the infrastructure to reach pretty much every voter in america is on facebook. facebook has new functionalities that allow to you raise money through the platform that he could definitely leverage to his ad vantage. >> brik president trump's zuckerberg's yearly salary is $1. unlike trump zuckerberg isn't old enough to be sworn in for another two years. bret? >> bret: peter, thank you. the latest on the heightened tensions with north korea with the panel. but, first, one of the most successful musical performers of all time has died. glen campbell died today after a long battle with alzheimer's disease. campbell released more than 70 albums during his 50 year career. he won numerous graies. he was a variety show host and actor. is he survived by his wife
♪ ♪ >> you look at different things over the years with president obama. everybody has been outplayed. they have all been outplayed by this gentleman. and we'll see what happens. but i just don't telegraph my moves. >> the era of strategic patience, with the north korean regime has failed and frankly, that patience is over. >> i don't like to talk about what i have planned, but i have some pretty severe things that we're thinking about. >> as far as north korea is concerned, success may take longer than i would like. >> it will be handled.
we handle everything. >> best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen. >> bret: well the evolution of president trump talking about the threat from north korea. now that threat another step closer to confrontation some sort. "the washington post" reporting today north korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear war head that can fit inside its missiles. crossing key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. u.s. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. while more than a decade has passed since north korea's first nuclear detonation. many analysts believed it would be years before the weapons scientists compact war head delivered by missile to distant targets. new assessment dated july 28th concludes that this critical milestone has already been reached. japan talking openly, the defense ministry there in
japan saying that they thought that they had miniaturized in recent months and also a u.s. defense official saying that at the end of last year. let's bring this our panel, charles hurt, opinion editor for "the washington times." olivia anoxia who news correspondent and tom logan writer for "the washington examiner." i think there is starting, tom, to be this consensus that we are closer tonight to some kind of action as both sides step up the rhetoric. >> i think absolutely. the language that the president used earlier today was quite pronounced in terms of how clearly focused it was on the prospect of military force. but i also think what's going on here is the double edge, that in the posture build up of american military power in the region, the escalation of president's rhetoric, there is a deliberate message being sent to china to say you have two options here. you exert that serious diplomatic pressure. you enforce the u.n. vote that you went with over the weekend. you keep that pressure up.
otherwise, i may just do this. and trump's unpredictability as much as his tweets are unpopular with some white house officials, in this sense they help him because they throw the chinese off balance, i think. >> bret: olivia, it was a success at the united nations, a unanimous vote, nikki haley the ambassador talking about that on a number of different programs. this seems like a different moment though. >> it does. you know, one of the questions that i have is whether this july 28th assessment played a role in the u.n. security council vote. whether the united states went to all of its partners and rivals on the security council and saying this is forcing our hand. we have to get something done. the japanese coming out publicly and saying this a defense white paper as well. it's still not completely clear with me with what con stern nance they have tested it. we are at a different place. really all that's really missing in the puzzle for the north koreans is they have the icbm, the missiles that can reach halfway across the world. they may have these
miniaturized nuclear warheads that they can put on the missiles. what they're missing now is reentry. the ability to get their war head back through the atmosphere safely. they seem to be c rnlably further along than people thought even six months ago. >> bret: here is the national security advisor mcmaster. general mcmaster talking about the threat over the weekend. >> the president has been very clear about it he says he is not going to tolerate north korea being able to threaten the united states. what we have to do is everything we can to pressure this regime, to pressure kim jong un and those around him such that they k. conclude it is in their interest to denuclearize. >> bret: does it seem like kim jong un is anywhere near denuclearizing? does he not look at libya and qaddafi and say what happened when qaddafi got rid of his nuclear weapons or his nuclear program, not weapons. and where is he now? he is dead. >> he clearly views this as self-preservation.
the weapons as self-preservation. and in a closed society like north korea, i'm sure that he is very successfully convincing the north korean people that their survival lies in, you know, developing these weapons. something tom said that i think is exactly right. donald trump's unpredictability here is a tremendously good thing for us. but the problem is. kim jong un is also unpredictable. and we have no idea what his motives are other than to, you know, and we don't know whether his motives really are to destroy half of the world, to kill 25 million people in one fell swoop, all of which he could possibly do. it is hard to see how he is going to voluntarily denuclearize. but, and it points up all the more -- the greater importance of getting that kind of pressure together in a unified way the way we saw at the u.n. this weekend. which i think is obviously
ultimately toothless. but it is a very important thing. the other thing is not to harp on the fast. if we had done something other than 8 years of strategic indifference or strategic patience, would we be at a different point right now. it's a good time that we have someone who is listening very incentively to his generals. >> bret: this obviously stretches across administrations. democrats and republicans. a bunch of viewers tweeting in all kinds of questions today. but this is from at speak from heart. if the cuban missile crisis is a 10, what number would you rate north korean threat right now? >> wow, good question. i would say at the moment probably 6 or 7. that its escalating. i think charles notes that unpredictability factor. that is the functional difference from the u.s. strategic point of view. if you are dealing with vladimir putin or ping in china to competitors. have you some sense
rationale actors. with kim jong un doubt. more so than his father and his father. the functional issue here for the united states is president trump has to essentially make the determination whether the risk is balanceable. >> bret: i talked to secretary of state tillerson a couple months ago, asked him about north korea. obviously that has evolved. he is still taking the track that communication and dialogue is possible. here is what he said back then. >> the regime in the past has indicated the reason they pursue nuclear weapons is they feel that is the only way to ensure their survival as a regime. we want to change that view of theirs. we want to change that calculus of theirs. we have said to them your pathway to survival and security is to eliminate your nuclear weapons and we, and other countries, will be prepared to help you on a pathway of economic development. >> bret: how long is the u.s. willing to wait? >> well, we have got to see a real change on the part of
the posture of the regime in north korea. now, how do we see that? well, we will wait as long as it takes, as long as the threat is manageable. >> bret: so when the threat is manageable olivier are we getting to that point which it is no longer manageable. >> interesting point. secretary tillerson offered as the chinese describes as the four nos. the promise to not carry out regime change, not to force the dlaps of the regime not to accelerate the north korean peninsula and not to add new u.s. forces. essentially offering to see the situation from the chinese point of view and for some ways the north korean point of view. i take your points about unpredictability. one of the problems is if you are going to advance guarantees like that or float guarantees like that, the people on the other side of the table have to be able to trust that's what you are going to follow through on. one of the challenges of the unpredictability is, what if tomorrow the president gets up and tweets no, we are not
promising not to carry out regime change. no we are not promising. this that's been a feature of the administration. that poses something of a challenge. >> bret: we now independently confirmed with our own sources u.s. intelligence officials about this report that is now in the "the washington post" saying that there is a thought, a process a consensus building that they have miniaturized enough to put on these missiles. and you add to the fact of seoul, south korea, charlie, and any kind of attack immediately what their response is, you know, we have troops there along the border. but, there is all kinds of artillery pointed at seoul that they would immediately unleash. >> and the vast majority of that is conventional. and that stuff kills people. and we're talking tens of millions of people. allies and americans who would be incinerated i think within minutes. one of the things that's really terrifying about this, it's been 15 years
since george president bush named north korea part of the axis of evil. and the degree to which we have gotten our intelligence wrong over the past 15 years, even up until only now realizing that they have successfully miniaturized and of course the issue of the reentry. if you have the capacity to miniaturize you probably are not far from having the capacity to reenter the atmosphere. it's really frightening how bad we have gotten some of this wrong. >> bret: we have many more panels on this as it continues. next up, president trump takes on the opioid crisis. ..
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but, we have to have a frank conversation about how he died. the reality is max on drugs. overdosed >> we all of all ages have made incredible mistakes in our lives. and we almost always walk away from them. and he made one that you don't walk away from. >> nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural communities. everybody is threatened. >> bret: president trump addressing the opioid epidemic. the cdc puts it at 91 people dying every day on average from opioid abuse. the top five states the highest death rates due to overdoses this is back to 2015 but it has increased and fit this mold. west virginia, new hampshire, kentucky, ohio, rhode island. and we did see this on the campaign trail, obviously in new hampshire. remember, governor chris christie speaking emotionally about it. we are back with the panel.
charlie, it's a tough issue but one that is also tough to tackle. >> yeah. it's, you know, when president trump talks about going after the drug dealers, which is a good thing and the drug dealers need to be gone after, the biggest problem with this is the vast majority of people who are introduced to this drug are introduced to it from somebody they trust very much, their doctor. and we're in a position now where more adults are on -- take opioids than we have adults smoking cigarettes or taking tobacco. and, you know, at some point you have to wonder does attention at some point fall on the drug manufacturers, the people who have marketed these drugs as pain killers and do we eventually, years down the line see the kind of thing we saw with tobacco lawsuit where these companies are punished with 250 billion-dollar lawsuit? >> bret: olivier opioid
overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. tom price says the president has not decided to say it's a national emergency although he may at some point. >> well, that's if you talk to people on the front lines of this. they are certainly glad for the attention. when i first started hearing about this back in 2013, they were saying you guys aren't covering. this nobody is writing about this. you have no idea in my home state of vermont. i have friends who have lost children to this. it's enormously ravaging epidemic. but, it's interesting to watch play within the federal governments and state governments and local governments and see how the federal government is responding to this belatedly. and a lot of the most successful people in congress have been advancing this -- senator portman, for example of ohio made this a centerpiece of his policy platform on running for re-election. they decided not to make it a national emergency. they could in the future. i would be, i guess, a little bit surprised if they
did. >> bret: other issue is medicaid and expansion of medicaid and whether it covers. >> and i think the opportunity that we have now because it is so far on the national radar is to dive into the statistics and the statistical significance of the fact that medicare recipients. medicaid recipients a lot more is something we will have to address and whether that is doctor's licensing other other issues is on the now. >> bret: north korea taking a lot of oxygen out of the room today. when we come back, the best videos. i love these videos. ♪ ♪ constipated? trust #1 doctor recommended dulcolax. ..
♪ >> bret: finally tonight, we have seen these videos and still can't get enough of them. the heartwarming events and military families are reunited with their children after serving overseas for months. two recent reunions have gone viral. luck was on her side after she was picked out of the crowd at a dolphin show near chicago. it was all set up. the dolphin trainers announced her dad was there in person after a nine-month tour in kuwait. the tears just started flowing. in colorado, two sisters thought their school was hosting of world-renowned artist to host the class but instead, their mom showed up. after serving eight months in qatar.
although student reunions will have a lasting effect. >> oh, my gosh, it was awesome. i could not have been any happier. >> it's one thing that's going to get you through it and bring your home and when you do get home, these are the times that make all the difference in the world. >> bret: thank you for your service and sacrifice and thank you for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. a lot to cover these days and we have you covered on "special report." "the story" with dana perino starts right now. >> it is wednesday, august 9th, fox news alert, six soldiers injured after a vehicle plows into them in paris.
the massive manhunt happening right now for the driver. >> they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. rob: donald trump putting north korea on notice that the situation continues to intensify. the new threat from the north on a key us military base as reaction from around the world pours in. >> country music piner glen campbell that at the age of 81. the tribute pouring in overnight as the world remembers the rhinestone cowboy. "fox and friends" first starts right now. >> you are watching "fox and friends" first this wednesday. heather: thank you for starting
the day with us and we began with a fox news alert, six soldiers mowed down by a car in paris and the manhunt is underway for the driver. it is intensifying. >> this was an intentional act and the car or truck was waiting for the soldiers to go on patrol just outside the barracks in the northwest suburb of the city. local reports say two soldiers, part of an antiterrorist unit are seriously hurt. stay with "fox and friends" first for any updates to the developing story. heather: threatening fire and fury donald trump putting north korea on notice. heather: a chilling morning as the nation threatens to strike guam. home to thousands of us service members not far from north korea. griff jenkins is live