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city and a nation. we salute them. the news continues on fox news channel. "special report" with bret baier is next on the network america trusts for news and information on cable. >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier in washington. a tale of two tragedies tonight on this september 11th, 2017. we are experiencing at the tragedy of nature as hurricane irma devastates florida and we are remembering september 11, 2001, a tragedy that was man-made as terrorists attacked new york city and the pentagon and went down in a plane crashed in pennsylvania. we will have complete coverage of both stories plus an exclusive interview with the ca director mike pompeo on the terrorist threat today. we begin in florida where millions are without power. tens of thousands are in shelters, and some people who did not leave their homes are facing what some are
characterizing as a humanitarian crisis. steve here again starts us off from naples. good evening, steve. >> bret, the trees are down. the power is out. naples dodged deadly flooding. >> we got a heck of a storm. >> more than 24 hours after hurricane irma madeley involved as a category 4 storm, nearly 6 million homes and businesses are without power. that's half the state. communities littered with downed trees, power lines, standing water. naples, feeling the brunt of the storm, record gusts of 142 miles per hour. >> this is got to be the wall eye. over 100 now. >> also weathering the storm, deanna. irma ripping the roof off her store. >> everyone is safe.
>> irma's impact is far from over. jacksonville dealing with historic flooding. the st. johns river rising and turning downtown roads into streams. the water levels exceeding an all-time record set in 1964 from hurricane door. florida's army national guard members are assisting with high water rescue. >> it's bad now. it's going to get worse. >> this dire tweet from the sheriff urging people along evacuation zones to "get out now." this advice from the mayor. >> if you need to get out, please put what represents a white flag, anything white somewhere on your house that can be seen from outside. >> the keys were first to feel the wrath. cudjoe key, 135 miles per hour. daylight revealing the damage. siding peeled off homes, boats tossed around like rag dolls.
spigot was very windy, and the waves were coming in the living room of the downstairs. >> officials are concerned about possible humanitarian crisis facing the 10,000 people who decided to ride out the storm in the keys. food and water is scarce, and the cell service is sketchy. the only road in and out closed until further notice. governor rick scott assessing the damage from the air today. >> it's horrible what we saw. >> in miami, they are gearing up for a massive cleanup effort and unfortunately the storm brought out the worst in some people. numerous reports of looting around south florida. i am a police shaming suspects on social media. and chaos reported in parts of the caribbean in irma's wake. french and dutch authorities discussing the goat dispatching troops. as residents wait in long lines for food and fuel.
>> no electricity or phone service. but no deaths either. >> bret: steve harrigan, thank you. meteorologist rick reichmuth is here to tell us what's left of irma. >> i want to show you the last six days of the storm. it's a spectacular storm, stronger than any other storm anywhere on the planet ever for such a long time. 37 hours of wins in at 185 miles an hour. friday night, made landfall as a cat 5 storm in cuba. the amount of time it spent here, almost 24 hours, right along the coast, certainly we can the storm and made what could have been a worse catastrophe lessened a bit. didn't have a chance to get its act back together in the way it had been. that's great news. we see the damage done all the way up and down florida, even across parts of south carolina
and the georgia coastline, had it been worse, you can imagine what that would've looked like. we are dealing with the impacts across north georgia. wins have been gusting into the 60s across areas as far north as north georgia. rainfall totals have been extreme. we are going to see it continuing to pull north. tomorrow evening we will mostly be done. >> bret: hopefully you will get a break. nice job. now to our other major story, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. today was president trump's turn to guide the nation through the memories. here is john roberts. >> for the first time in his presidency, as his predecessors have done for 15 years prior, president trump led a moment of silence at the white house today for the victims of 9/11. from the white house to the pentagon to wear 184 people
died. >> we know not a single day goes by when you don't think about the loved ones stolen from your life. >> the president, who has launched a newly aggressive policy against terrorism, insisted 9/11 will stand as a beacon in the fight against extremists. >> we are making plane to these savage killers that there's no dark corner beyond our reach. no sanctuary beyond our grasp and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large earth. >> the solemn anniversary comes as millions of people in the south are dealing with the second major hurricane to hit the u.s. in as many weeks. white house homeland security advisor tom bossert with the update this afternoon saying the news for the florida keys is not good. >> the keys are going to take a while. we have not assessed the structural integrity of the bridges. i would expect the keys are not
fit for reentry for weeks. i talked to the fema administrator and he is not certain that we've had a good assessment of where people might be. neither of us would be surprised if lives were lost. >> steve bannon continues to make news in his interview with 60 minutes predicting the battle over what to do about daca will ignite a civil war in the republican party. >> i am worried about losing the house because of daca. >> bannon appearing to acknowledge he was against firing fbi director james comey and that the president doing so, was a grave mistake. because i don't think there's any doubt that if james comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel. >> someone said to me you describe the firing of james comey. you are a student of history. as the biggest mistake in political history. >> that would probably be too
bombastic even for me but modern political history. >> that met at a sharp response sanders. >> since the directors firing, we've learned new information about his conduct that provided further justification for the firing, including giving false testimony, licking privileged information to journalists. he went outside the chain of command and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate. speak i asked the press secretary about her claim that james comey gave false testimony. does she believe he perjured himself before congress or misled congress. she said that's a matter for the department of justice to decide. she's not an attorney. >> bret: thank you. the names of those killed on 9/11 16 years ago or read this morning in a ceremony that has become a solemn tradition. senior correspondent eric shawn is in lower manhattan tonight. >> 16 years have passed but it
seems as if not one day has gone by. once again, family members and officials gathered for this somber and solemn remembrance for those who perished. there were four moments of silence, one each for when the planes hit the twin towers and when the buildings crumbled. the methodical reading of the names, 2,753 souls. emotional and deeply personal attributes. >> we love you. we miss you. you are always in our hearts. >> the toll continues. more than 1,001st responders, volunteers and others have died from cancer and other diseases. in shanksville, pennsylvania, a tribute was paid to the passengers of united flight 93 who fought back against the hijackers and crashed in a field. invisibly emotional vice president mike pence,
indiana congressman at the time, recalled standing at the u.s. capitol. >> i and others were able to go home that day to hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of the heroes of flight 93. for me, it's personal. >> in new york, personal too for so many. >> it's important for everybody to remember. it's also a reminder for us that we have to continue to be vigilant. >> tonight the lights will illuminate the night sky. two twin spotlight beams that evoke the twin towers, a reminder of what was lost and the threat that remains. >> bret: eric, thank you. i sat down with cia director mike pompeo for an exclusive interview this afternoon. i started by asking him if al qaeda is stronger or weaker today 16 years after the 9/11 attacks.
>> it is weaker than it was. the u.s. government and our allies have done really good work to take out their senior leaders. but the threat from radical islamic terrorism remains. whether it's isis or any of the other couple dozen groups out to do harm, the threat remains and we must remain ever vigilant so something like what happened 16 years ago today can never happen again. >> today is not only the 16th anniversary of the attacks in new york and shanksville and washington but the fifth anniversary of officers being killed in benghazi, libya, along with a state department official. we have to remember the enemy gets a choice about whether this is over. today they have not concluded they are defeated. >> bret: al qaeda was 16 years ago, the big player. these splinter groups have multiplied and expanded.
>> that's a fair statement. i never want to underestimate al qaeda itself. there are still senior leaders. there is still some of the old guys from the bad old days out there. lots of other places, other folks with a common theme of mission to execute jihad against the west and the united states. >> bret: hunting the senior leaders has always been important. is there a hunt on the way for bin laden's son. >> daily, every day. my team is working diligently to bring them to justice. >> bret: any positive signs? >> if i were them, i would count my days. >> bret: barack obama ran for reelection on al qaeda on the run. he called isis -- to the u.s. intelligence assessments support the claims as they were making
them? >> no, the estimate of isis has always been they posed a serious threat. it's never been the case that this was a second-tier threat. in fact, there have never been as many foreign fighters in any one place as there are in syria today. in the heyday of al qaeda, they weren't as many foreign fighters. there is still a lot of work to do. >> bret: the territory is less for isis but the strength or its lethality is stronger. >> the capacity to do a complex attack in the united states is diminished as a result of the pressure we put on them. but we see this around the world. we see it in europe, the threat here in the united states of these localized actors inspired by or working alongside isis figures still remain. >> bret: we spent a lot of time at "special report" covering a passion of documents captured in the raid of osama
bin laden. they said in intel was a treasure trove. the documents that virtually untouched. intel bureaucracies fought over access. >> have released fewer than 600 of them. >> bret: you've worked to have the documents released. when will the american people see them? >> very soon, very soon. we will release all but there is some pornography, copyrighted material, and everything other than those items will be released in the weeks ahead. >> bret: everything from those documents. >> correct. i want to get the documents out. once we are sure there is not classified material and that there is not things we can't release, i want to make sure the world gets to see them. >> bret: how would you describe iran's relationship with al qaeda? >> they have always made a
devil's bargain with al qaeda to protect them. that protection was offered contingent on a deal which steadily protect you, you won't attack us here in tehran. it >> bret: different from how it was described in the obama administration. >> that's a characterization i think the intelligence community has consistently held. >> bret: when you were commerce and, we asked you about the iran nuclear deal. is there anything that is good about the deal? >> i can't think of a thing that split america in a better position as a result of this deal. >> bret: now the president has this decision whether to reauthorize the iran nuclear deal. >> my role as a bit different. this is what i would say. the president has made clear his view that he doesn't think the deal was worth a darn. that's not proprietary. he has tweeted it.
most of the members of the administration share that view. the aunt the missile tests, the activity of that she and -- shia militia. the activity around the world has dramatically increased since the deal was struck. >> bret: how would you describe iran's relationship with north korea with respect to missile technology, nuclear fuel, weaponization. >> i prefer to stay out of the intelligence. >> bret: is there some relationship? >> it's fair to say the north koreans have a long history of being proofreaders. sharing their knowledge, technology, capacities around the world. as they continue to improve its ability to do longer-range missiles and put nuclear weapons on those missiles, it's very unlikely that if they get the capability they wouldn't share it with lots of folks and iran
would be someone willing to pay them. >> bret: do you have a good window into the capabilities and intent of north korea? >> capabilities, yes. the intent is proven and incredibly difficult intelligence problem. we think we have an understanding. we think kim jong un wants these weapons for protecting his regime and ultimately the reunification of the peninsula. there is still a lot the intelligence community needs to learn. >> bret: has china been doing more to reign in north korea? >> yes, they have been doing more. but we know there's more they could do. 80% of the hard currency trade with north korea. i believe the chinese know they can do more and i hope they will come alongside us. >> bret: there is a lot that's been written about how president trump operates. you brief them. how does he get intel? what's his preferred method and how does he react to it?
>> that's probably one of the biggest fallacies that's emerged from the story line at the white house. how the president doesn't like the intel community. i hear it all the time from mostly folks in the media. my team knows it's different. we have asked for more authority, we had been given it. when we ask for more resources, we get it. the cia director nearly every day is in the white house, sharing with the president the truth as best we know it. the president is attentive, he listens. we have a schedule for 25 minutes. it usually goes over that. he's asking hard questions. he was a pompeo, that's not what you told me three weeks ago. this is the kind of consumer of intelligence our agency loves. >> bret: for all that's been written about the deep state, what's your thought is the head of one of the agencies that's said to be part of the deep state? the leaks and everything else. speak with the leaks tragic and they are wrong. they are not only unlawful, they
are immoral. i am working diligently to ensure they are not coming from the people who work for the central intelligence agency. my team understands its mission. its mission is to tell truth every day as best we know it. >> bret: if you are asked what keeps you up at night, is it a lot of things? >> yeah, it's a busy world. i worry first and foremost about the threat from north korea in the sense that we have a place that's now on the cusp of having the capacity we hoped they had d never have. there's lots of things we are very focused on at cia. >> bret: mr. director, thanks for the time. when we come back, north korea issues new threats against the u.s., and the u.n. considers tough new sanctions. breaking news after the break.
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>> bret: this is a fox news alert. united nations security council has moments ago unanimously approved new sanctions against north korea. the north koreans are threatening the u.s. with severe retaliation already. correspondent david lee miller is at the u.n. tonight. good evening. >> bret, the meeting of the security council in session. you can see the u.n. ambassador from japan speaking. the vote was unanimous on the u.n. sponsored resolution calling for more sanctions against north korea unless it halted its nuclear program. this is the eighth round of sanctions. the u.n. ambassador said that previous resolutions, north korea exports are curtailed some 90%. she said the resolution would not have passed if not for the close relationship with between
president trump and the chinese president. she also said the u.s. is not looking for war. here is more what the u.s. u.n. ambassador had to say. >> today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed north korea. and today the security council is saying that if the north korean regime does not halt its nuclear program we will act to stop it ourselves. >> this resolution is a significantly watered-down version of an earlier draft. that draft called for freezing the assets and a travel ban on kim jong un. it also called for halting all the oil sales north korea. that's now out. the new version restricts how much refined oil and crude member states consult north korea. the resolution targets pyongyang's pocketbook, halting the export of all textiles. this weekend kim jong un held a banquet to honor those who helped make his country and nuclear power. today the country's foreign ministry issued a statement
lashing out at the u.s. for sponsoring the latest resolution saying "in case the u.s. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful resolution on harsher sanctions, the dprk, democratic people's republic of korea, shall make absolutely sure that the u.s. pays a due price." the foreign minister weighing in today, accusing the north of following a reckless path following the six nuclear test blasts. tomorrow u.s. marines are expected to hold a joint live fire exercise with south korean military. >> bret: david lee miller live outside the u.n. u.s. officials say no sanctions watered-down in part to keep china and russia on board. more on this with the panel. white house chief of staff john kelly responding to a house democrat who called him a disgrace to the uniform over president trump's decision to end a controversial program that showed young illegal immigrants from deportation. illinois congressman luis
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>> bret: back to the coverage of hurricane irma, now tropical storm armand going through the u.s. we're getting a look today at the devastation left by the hurricane in florida. my colleague bill hemmer is in orlando. good evening, bill. quite a weekend. >> yeah, quite a weekend indeed. good evening to you. the governor told more than 6 million people to get on the move, and the state followed his order. the state is about to get on the move yet again and they're going to need gasoline. that's one of the big concerns throughout the state. do they have enough fuel stocked and supplied? they say it might take as long as a week to get enough gas in here. when they return home, many will find scenes, bret, like this. look at this old oak tree. went into the back of the church, the salvation army along colonial avenue. this must be 50 years old.
it survived wilma and gene and francis and charlie. but did not survive irma. strong winds ripping through the area overnight. five totality is reported. a couple here in florida, two and georgia. when you think in the overall scheme of the preparedness of this state, you have to think they got pretty lucky. >> bret: what do you know about the governors tour assessing the damage? >> i thought that was one of the more interesting things we heard all day. he flew down the west coast and said the damage in areas like naples and marco island were not as expensive as he expected. he said around the key is, he used the word "devastating." she described boats and trailer parks and homes and anonymous amount of damage up and down the florida keys. we've been seeing a few of the images from that part of the estate. on the flip side, the remarkable thing, florida is going to reopen for business.
the curfew ended 30 minutes ago. the roads for the first time in foreign half days, they've got traffic. tomorrow universal studios and disney world will reopen here in orlando. mickey will be back in business. >> bret: bill hemmer in orlando. great job this weekend. federal emergency response managers have their hands full tonight just two weeks after hurricane harvey devastated south texas. hurricane irma has done a lot, as you saw, to florida. let's get the latest on the recovery effort from chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge. >> fema faces the extraordinary task of handling 20 disasters from irma to harvey in texas. brock long is confident his team can handle the demands. >> we have a management staff and the capability to begin
helping those impacted by harvey with a bridge to recovery. we are laser focused on the life-saving response mission of irma not only in florida. it's going to be georgia and alabama. looking at south carolina as well. >> before speed 21 hit the florida keys, fema had more than a million liters of water, 1 million meals, 20,000 tarp than seven-day generators en route to texas along with 900 search and rescue personnel. major disaster declarations, federal support extends to the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico. irma can be felt in five states. fema deploying federal assets from florida to alabama, georgia, north and south carolina. in the short term, long says power outages will complicate the efforts. >> almost 6 million people without power. it's going to be out for days if not weeks. that's why we've been asking people to prepare. >> having learned hard lessons from katrina in 2005 where the
hurricane and floods killed more than 1200 people, experts said fema is a more nimble agency. the sign-up process for emergency aid is streamlined and there are new systems to reduce fraud and abuse which ran as high as 20% after katrina. >> i know we are ready and we are responding. i don't have any doubt in my mind we can afford. >> national alliance of volunteer groups tells fox news about 80% of recovery happens because of nonprofits and the vast majority are faith-based. >> bret: catherine herridge live. thank you. where were you 16 years ago today? we will talk about the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a fight against terrorism today when the panel joins me. (avo) lose weight and keep
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>> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you. >> we are making plain to the savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp and nowhere to hide anywhere. >> [reading names] [bell tolling] >> bret: the terrorist threat, the threat overall has evolved, but it is still out there. we talked about it tonight with this cia director mike pompeo.
let's talk about this with the panel. brit hume, fox news senior political analyst. stephen hayes editor-in-chief of "the weekly standard." mollie hemingway senior editor at "the federalist" and michael crowley senior foreign affairs correspondent for politico. steve, a lot of bullet points from pompeo that were newsworthy. >> yeah, i would say that was a neat t interview without public official who doesn't give many interviews. among the things that struck me were his news that we would be seeing the rest of the documents captured in the raid on the osama bin laden compound in may of 2011. that something, as you pointed out, we've been talking about it, and covering it. there i think there's going to be interesting documents here. even the 576 we've seen so far, we've learned a lot about al qaeda, its relationships, we've learned about its work with state sponsors. we've learned about relationships between al qaeda senior leadership and the
taliban. what is the dawning that little glimpse of documents is give us an understanding of the enemy we are fighting and that we've been fighting for the past 16 years. i think these documents will provide a much deeper look at that. it will allow not only intelligence analysts but the american public to better appreciate and understand how they have adapted to the fight we've been engaged in. >> bret: i asked about north korea and i asked him about the u.n. vote, the sanctions vote. here is director pompeo. >> i think it's excellent news to see the world united against north korea and the threat it poses. it's not just a threat to the united states. it's a threat to japan and south korea and china and russia. to see the chinese and the russians having gathered around this, the u.n. security council resolution, it's a good thing. i hope they will enforce it. i hope the chinese and the russians will do what they have
committed to do in this resolution. >> bret: the resolution when water down a bit to try to get china and russia on board. your thoughts. >> we don't think we are near the full range of sanctions that could be imposed, even if they were all enforced. but we seem to me moving in that direction and it's obviously encouraging. that china and russia are willing to go along to some extent with these sanctions. the question at the end of the day is will north korea buckle under sanctions? they are about the most sanctioned country on earth and they continue their forward march toward a nuclear arsenal. the question arises, can that be stopped with sanctions? we don't really know because the full range of sanctions has yet to be imposed. it's an indispensable first step before you try to consider what else he would do. when you stop talking about sanctions, the other options are narrow. >> it's an important step. we've been covering the same
story, it feels like groundhog day now, for several years. the north koreans test a weapon. the security council convenes, there is turn rhetoric and a declaration. their behavior never seems to change. it's an ominous pattern you have to do this but the north koreans are showing they are survivors. they're willing to persevere. someone said the other day they're willing to eat grass if that's what it takes to keep the nuclear program going. the key question on the further horizon is whether we are going to have a use of military force. the near-term question is will the u.s., may be some allies, start to sanction chinese financial entities that do business with north korea and risk some kind of rupture with our very important economic relationship with china which can reverberate at all kinds of dangerous rays for our economy in the world economy. the more we see of the u.n. votes that don't change north korean behavior, the closer we get to the tricky scenario.
>> bret: wouldn't say it directly about interaction between north korea and iran but then rephrased kind of said it would make sense that iran and north korea would be working together on technology and north korea could be selling things to buyers, including iran. >> that might explain why the attempted denuclearization is still in play. the idea that you can't contain north korea. why not admit it and move on? partly because they will not be able to be contained. they will share this information with north korea which is why sanctions need to be stepped up. it's very good to have this deal that brings along the russians and chinese. the chinese in particular who do so much trading with north korea but in order for sanctions dork they have to hurt him north korea is very effective at predicting the hurt of sanctions and stopping up in response. unless we target well, it's not going to be very effective. so this is a good first step. the pressure needs to keep being applied lest we go to war. >> bret: we are going to post
all of it on the website. american hostages around the world, specifically tell a man and a network in afghanistan, pakistan. there are apparently five american hostages. any update? >> i don't have anything i can share with you today. i briefed the president on intelligence matters. i came here straight from the white house. we talked about this a lot, and the president is very focused on securing the release of all the hostages that are being held in different places, not just in pakistan but in syria and iran and other places around the world. >> bret: we don't cover that side enough, how many americans being held around the world. >> it's an interesting dilemma and i think the reality will likely complicate the u.s. approach to afghanistan. one of the things we've heard from rex tillerson repeatedly
since the president made his speech on afghanistan was the end goal of the administration's approach to afghanistan would be negotiations with the taliban. i think we are going to learn in part because we will see more of these bin laden documents that it's virtually impossible to separate senior taliban leadership and the network and others from al qaeda, from the al qaeda we've been fighting. which makes it a much, much more difficult task i think, and a possible one, to sit down with the taliban and try to separate them. >> i was sitting basically where you are sitting right now throughout much of the day doing the washington end of the news anchoring. it was one of those days. you saw the second plane hit and you knew the first one was no accident. the second one obviously not as well. things were not going to be the same in america. the world we woke up to had changed, we knew it then. 16 years on, we are still
engaged in the struggle. it's a long way from over but it's notable, as you pointed out, that the threat has evolved. it's evolved because in many respects its weekend. they have not succeeded in mounting the kind of big operation against our country that the terrorists succeeded mounting that day. there been smaller attacks and attacks in other parts of the world but we have heard and ourselves as a target in many meaningful ways. as we remember those who died on that hideous day. >> bret: next up, hurricane irma and steve bannon. experience amazing at your lexus dealer. trust #1 doctor recommended dulcolax. use dulcolax tablets for gentle dependable relief. suppositories for relief in minutes. and dulcoease for comfortable relief of hard stools.
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the state. we are going to rescue everyone, try to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible. >> it does not mean that it is not a dangerous storm. it is going to be painful, slightly frustrating, if not very frustrating. >> we are marshaling the full resources of the federal government to help our fellow americans, when americans are in need, americans pulled together. >> well, recovery efforts from irma are underway. of florida is just recovering tonight, just starting to, there is a consensus that so far, the interaction between state and local governments is going well, bill nelson from florida called it seamless. >> bret: seamless operation. we are back with our panel. it seems like they are getting good marks. >> they are getting good marks. we have to wait for the water to subside and they dusted to settle so to speak before we can fully evaluate and not to minimize the human tragedy, but you talk about it in political
terms for a minute, i do think that president trump dodged a bullet, i think a lot of his critics in particular were anticipating a big management failure reminiscent of george w. bush and katrina, that was really me knock out the moment of george w. bush, who is really just kind of hanging on in the polls. katrina came along and his poll numbers never recovered, it was perceived that he could not competently manage the government. trump is running an incredibly chaotic government, he has not had that sort of a moment. the general responses that he has been doing pretty good. people say that's a basic competence is a low bar, but so far, he seems to have cleared. >> well, it is early on in hurricane season, we may see some more things happen. things are going well, but a lot of problems with disaster recovery happen later on. that is where a lot of the mismanagement comes into play. so yes, i agree that things have gone very well for the feds
right now, they are working well within the state and local governments, they should really be working to see that we don't see that waste of fund that seems to go with the huge spending bills for relief and recovery. >> bret: there is a bit of a political storm fort steve bannon, he is talking about the comey firing. >> i do not think that there is any doubt that if he had not been fired, there would not be a special counsel. >> some people say that you describe the firing of james comey as the biggest mistake in political history. >> that would probably be too big even for me, but maybe in modern history. >> the firing of a james comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. >> if you are saying that that is associated with me, then maybe. >> bret: and the white house
responded. >> the president wasn't right in firing director comey, we have learned new information about his conduct. it only provided further justification for that firing, including giving false testimony, licking privileged information to journalist, he went outside of the shame of command, he put an investigation into a candidate. >> your thoughts? >> it did not work out very well in the sense that they didn't bring on the independent prosecutor. the special counsel, which continues to plague the president and his administration. the reason that sarah sanders gives they are arguable, but in some respects they are compelling, it is unfortunate for the president to that he did not list them in that form when he carried out to the act. had he done so, perhaps it would have gone better, but it was clumsily handled, so i would like to amend mr. bannon's
comments by saying that it was among the bigger blunders and, substantively, i think he can make up for it. >> i think it is about going after republicans. establishment republicans. they said boy, i wish they would go after republican dominic democrats instead. >> i think there ought to be a war, we have seen this coming for a long time, we have seen him taking on republicans regularly, you have had him endorsing steve bannon more than a month ago, saying that he was going to go after republican leadership in congress. and now you have him saying, steve bannon has said apparently that he is going to be targeting republican senators and primaries. this is the president turning towards an independent, he is challenging republicans in a way
that i don't think it is a terribly surprising. >> i just want to say about the bannon firing -- i am sorry, the comey firing, it did not happen on day one. this is a man who was known to be manipulative, he exonerated hillary clinton, even though she broke the law and her handling of classified information, he was leaking to the press, and this idea that it was a mistake in that he lets it keep on going, but i think we need to make sure that we understand the circumstances there, and this idea that's because intelligence agencies were able to go after him, that is a statement against intelligence agencies, not against the firing. >> bret: when we come back it, the stars of tomorrow cover the hurricane of today.
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>> hey, everybody. i am going to bring you the latest updates on her cane arm. >> i am here as the marketplace. people are preparing as the hurricane is so strong. >> bret: she says that her daughters were inspired by all of the reporters out in the field it during the hurricane, so she grabbed a camera, and pg tv was born, she said that she was shocked that they paid that much attention to the news, the eye of the storm, now the duo is lending interviews, covering the latest. we wish you well, future reporters. finally, our condolences to those who lost loved ones 16 days ago. this day is incredibly painful every year, to those who lost loved ones fighting tears overseas since then, thank you for your service and sacrifice. thank you for inviting us into your home tonight, that is it
for the special report. fair, balanced, and still unafraid. >> bret: hosted by a martha maccallum in new york starts now. >> martha: good evening, everybody. i am martha maccallum. "the story" starts tonight with the storm that has been and still continues to be huge and so unpredictable for florida. it has basically dealt a bitter blow to the florida keys on the left side of your screen. it down in the southwest tip of the state, and then tonight, you've got water rushing into the upper part of the storm in the uppermost northeast corner of the stage up in jacksonville. there were six and a half million residents in the dark, that is about 65% of all homes and businesses in florida, over 100,000 people in s