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beach, columbia and greenville this weekend. ainsley hart books.com. i'll be in connecticut today interviewing eric and laura trump. we'll give you an exclusive look at their baby. >> bill: a rare appearance this morning. former president george bush set to deliver a speech on the growing crisis on north korea. a threat he is familiar with. i'm bill hemmer live in "america's newsroom." sandra, good morning. >> sandra: i'm sandra smith. former president bush set to speak in about two hours. laura bush set to kick off the event in moments. >> bill: president bush is joined by plenty of big names including nikki haley. she will be there. former secretary of state condoleezza rice and madeleine albright for what we're expecting to hear from the former president this morning. eric, start us off.
we got you, eric. go ahead. our apologies here. hang on here as we get this established here. we'll get back to eric shawn. the axis of evil on the floor of the house. it was iran, iraq, north korea. that was then and this is today where the north korean threat continues to befuddle so many around the world. back to eric shawn when we get him live in a couple of moments here. in the meantime, sandra. another very busy week for president trump. >> sandra: we're in the middle of a very busy week. the senate gearing up for another important vote. this one on budget legislation taking what the president is calling the first step. but it is not without a few hurdles. chief white house correspondent john roberts is live on the north lawn. good morning. >> bill: the president keeping a close eye on the moves in the senate today. vote on a budget resolution to lay the ground work to pass tax
reform with a simple majority yesterday the president spent time with members of bipartisan group from the senate finance committee. that is the committee in the senate that will be writing the tax reform legislation the president insisting a combination of corporate tax cuts from 35% to 20% plus the repatriation of what might be according to the president as much as 3 1/2 trillion dollars being held by companies overseas will increase household income for the american family of about $4,000 a year. listen to what the president said yesterday. >> president trump: this is a once in a lifetime opportunity in my opinion. this is something that will be really unique, the timing is right. i have had people on both sides that i promise not to mention the name of the people on the other sides or names, but a lot of people are liking this very much and i think we'll have tremendous support. >> the president tweeting about this afternoon's vote in the
senate. the republicans are going toward first step toward massive tax cuts. i think we have the votes but who knows? the president suggesting he does have support from democrats but the senate minority leader chuck schumer doing his best yesterday to muster democratic opposition to a bill he says will cut entitlements and blow a huge hole in the deficit. here is schumer. >> do you want to cut medicaid or not? yes or no? do you want to cut medicare or not? yes or no. do you want to vote for a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit? do you want 80% to be tax cuts to go to the top 1% to the very wealthy while middle class taxes are raised for many people? yes or no? >> unclear the president's tweet will we have the votes, i don't know, we'll see, if he was referring to this afternoon's budget measure or if he was referring to the overall tax reform legislation he hopes to get passed by the end of the year.
it looks like republicans have the votes to pass the budget measure this afternoon. john mccain, one of the people sitting on the fence, came out yesterday and said he will vote for that budget measure this afternoon. >> sandra: a busy day and week indeed, john. for anybody who was watching the white house press briefing yesterday the news was dominated by the president's call to the wife of a soldier killed in action. we saw a lot of questions. >> yeah. as a person myself who does a lot of work with an organization that gives services to military families who have lost a loved one it was a sad day for so many people who deal with families like that. condolence call became highly politicized after a congresswoman in florida said she was listening in on a condolence call the president made to myisha johnson, the widow of sergeant la david t.
johnson and this florida congresswoman said the president was insensitive in that call. she got backup from johnson's mother, by the way. the president yesterday was meeting with the finance committee insists what she says did not happen. listen here. >> i didn't say what that congresswoman said. didn't say it at all. i had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife who sounded like a lovely woman. did not say what the congresswoman said and most people aren't too surprised to hear that. >> the chief of staff john kelly, who lost a son to combat in afghanistan in 2010, was also on the call and thought that what the president said to the widow was totally appropriate and she ripped the congresswoman for trying to politicize the whole event. >> this was a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in the uniform and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family. i think to try to create something from that that the
congresswoman is doing is appalling and disgusting. >> she said the chief of staff, kelly, frankly thought it was disgusting that someone would try to politicize a condolence call like that. johnson was one of four green berets killed in africa last week. >> bill: charlie hurt, how are you doing? how do you see this back and forth playing out in such apparent and national way? >> it's awkward to watch and uncomfortable to watch and clearly a distraction and one that the president somewhat brought on himself by wandering into that business about these condolence calls made by his predecessors. one of the things where if you're somebody like me i want to see the guy succeed you wish
you could have a remote control and when he wanders into something you could mute him so he stops talking about it. so these condolence calls, it's always an incredibly difficult situation. the people -- >> bill: you can just imagine. this is one of the toughest phone calls a president makes. this is one of the toughest letters someone has to write. and frankly, we weren't there. sarah sanders said the president was completely respectful. very sympathetic. what the lone survivor in afghanistan said a few moments ago. there is nothing we can do, nothing we can say that is the equivalent of the sacrifice these families have made for this country. and to think about the people on the receiving end of that call, it's harder on no one than it is on them. and maybe they voted for this
president, maybe they didn't. they are still in this phone call with this president and it's got to be so incredibly difficult. i do think it is interesting that you know what doesn't get politicized? these calls where a politician isn't present and when you have a politician -- you have this congress person in the car with the widow and it suddenly becomes politicized. people are so sick and tired of this stuff. obviously donald trump, even if he did say something that was offensive or didn't strike the right cord he certainly didn't mean to. it is clear what he was trying to say. he was talking about the bravery of this young man. nothing full well what he was getting into and to make it into something political is the worst thing there is. >> bill: thank you charlie, nice to have you back on the program there in d.c.
>> sandra: back to new york city where president george w. bush is getting ready to give a big speech on north korea. let's go back to eric shawn and what we expect to hear from former president bush this morning. good morning to you, eric. >> good morning, democracy, freedom and human rights are what we expect to hear from former president george w. bush here this morning and as you said it is a rare public appearance by the former commander-in-chief on public policy. let's look inside live at the event. former first lady laura bush expected to start kicking it off momentarily. it is called the spirit of liberty at home and the world intended as a sharp counter point to the dictators and despots especially north korean leader kim jong-un. i'm told the north korean issue is close to the former president's heart. the bush institute runs the
north korean freedom scholarship program and awarded $25,000 in scholarships to eight young escapees. mary jo told us she was taught it was mandatory to bow before the portrait of the north korean leader. >> during new year's time on new year's day the government will give us little kids a gift pack, cookies and candies in a bag and we hold that bag in front of us and bow to the portrait for three times. >> grace is one of several north korean escapees who will meet with the president. she told us her two brothers starved to death. her father was tortured by police for sneaking in a bag of rice and for 10 days at one point the family only survived on water. they had no food. her mother found six baby mice in the field and her
grandmother had to make soup out of the mice just for the family to survive. the regime only understands tough talk and is blunt about what she thinks should be the fate of kim jong-un. >> the north korean regime should not exist in this world anymore, any longer. i will say the u.s. government use military force or any kind of force to stop the north korean regime. because the regime is killing those innocent people in the country. child, babies, moms, they're dying without any hope. >> grace told us she doesn't want a war. she hopes covert actions could help topple the regime. >> bill: president trump giving mixed messages on the senate plan on obamacare. where does he stand today? wisconsin republican sean duffy
takes that on next live. plus there is this. >> first it was i did not have communications with russians. which was not true. then it was i never met with any russians. >> i conducted no improper discussions with russians at any time. >> sandra: attorney general jeff sessions clashing repeatedly with democratic senators at a hearing yesterday. he said they pushed a false agenda on the russia narrative. more on the biggest headlines in a moment. >> bill: what's the truth behind the uranium deal and russia that intersects with the clinton foundation. a new investigation underway. details in a moment. >> sandra: on the run no more. a multi-state manhunt for a suspected killer ends with the suspect in custody. >> here it is again another event, another tragedy, and,
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temporary when he said the following. >> has the white house been involved in those negotiations and will you support the deal? >> we have been involved. it's a short-term deal. we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer. that's a very good solution. while i commend the bipartisan work done by senators alexander and murray, and i do commend it, i continue to believe congress must find a solution to the obamacare mess instead of providing bail-outs to insurance companies. if something can happen that's fine. i won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies. >> bill: there is a sampling from the last couple of days. wisconsin republican sean duffy back home in wisconsin. good morning to you, sir. you heard -- i know you know what's going on. what's up? >> the president is clear here. he understands he doesn't have the power to unilaterally spend money. we learn it in middle school when we do our studies we have
separations of powers and the power of the purse belongs to the congress. if you are going to spend money like the $7 billion to the obamacare exchanges it has to start in the congress. now, barack obama violated that principle. we sued him and the federal courts have agreed with us. the president's right here. if there will be some kind of legislative fix to obamacare and money will flow to the exchanges it has to come through the congress. the president has tipped his hand to this bipartisan working group in the senate but we need to make sure we get substantial reforms. we have to get rid of the employer mandates, the individual mandate. we have to give more power to our states to run healthcare plans that fit the people that belong to each of those states. and if you don't, this is just a bail-out to obamacare, many of us in the house won't vote for it but the american people who have decimated democrats at the ballot box will be upset as well. they want a new healthcare system that works. to bail out the current system
won't sit well with the american people. >> i am supportive of lamarr alexander the president writes but i can never support bailing out insurance companies who have made a fortune with obamacare. he doesn't want to bail out the insurance companies. does that bipartisan bill that was floated, does that have the support of the house? would that pass? >> we don't know what it is going to look like yet they're working on a package. we have to see what kind of reform we get to obamacare. it is too early to tell that right now. what the president should do is with the dreamers, set a drop dead date and say if you guys don't have a fix by this date these payments to insurance companies will go away. i don't have the power to extend them. you and the congress have to fix it and it puts pressure on members of congress to fix it. >> bill: the dow hit 23,000,
have you heard? steve mnuchin said this. to the extent we get the tax deal done the stock market will go higher. if we don't get it done there will be a reversal of a significant amount of gains. that could be trillions of dollars, sir. do the members of the house talk about that, the urgency to get a tax deal otherwise perhaps this prediction comes true? >> we don't tie it to where the stock market is today. where the market will go is a fool's errand but we do look at tax reform and how do we grow our economy and make american businesses more competitive and make american families have more opportunity and upward mobility and higher paychecks. tax reform is the key to kick starting the economy which is so important to the american worker and family. that's what we talk about. how do you help middle income americans? when you lose jobs because american businesses go overseas what we see a middle income people become poor. we see some of the rich get richer and you have the middle
class. if you have tax reform and make us competitive again and grow the economy you see the middle class have far more people in it, far more salaries and bill, this is why donald trump won. people in wisconsin, which went for the first time in 30 years for a republican president, want someone to fight for economic growth which is what they so desperately need. people have a hard time putting food on table and putting their kids through school. they know donald trump with the tax reform will make lives better and paychecks bigger. >> bill: a lot on the line for the country and your party. >> we have to get it done, bill. >> bill: thank you, sandra. >> sandra: the security guard wounded in the las vegas massacre speaking out for the first time. >> first i took cover. i felt a burning sensation. i went to go lift my pant leg up and i saw the blood. that's when i called it in on my radio that shots had been fired. >> sandra: as more questions
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>> bill: so the security guard who was shot and wounded during the biggest massacre giving his first interview and ellen degeneres says it will be his only tv interview. they told their story this way. >> there were gunshots. you thought it was drilling sounds. >> at first i thought it drilling sounds. >> as the door is closing and it's so heavy it will slam, i'm
walking down this way and i believe that's what caught the shooter's attention. as i was walking down, i heard rapid fire and at first i took cover. i felt a burning sensation. i went to go lift my pant leg up and i saw the blood. i don't know how he was shooting but he shot out. >> bill: when he is describing what happened he didn't go into detail about when and that timeline is critical, too. remember the beginning there was this difference between what the hotel was saying and what the police were saying. praised campos for saving his life. >> there was a female that came out. i told her to go back inside.
it wasn't safe. shortly after that's when steven was approaching. wasn't in the hallway yet and that's when he leaned out and said take cover, take cover and yelled at me and within milliseconds if he didn't say that i would have got hit. >> bill: they saved a lot of lives and you can tell clearly just from their disposition the way they were talking and recalling by it they were shaken. >> sandra: and very emotional. still we thought we would learn more there about the timeline of events. >> bill: i think you're right about that. these are critical questions that haven't been answered. why we don't know. last week when he was scheduled to do all these national interviews on the last minute -- a lot of people were running around with crazy theories. >> sandra: there he popped up. >> bill: and delivered his story the way he did. look, for the people who were 32 floors below, none of this talk matters. for the ones who survived, that
is what matters to them. so more answers coming on this in time probably. >> sandra: all right. well the taliban claiming responsibility for a deadly assault at an afghan army base. the attack in southern kandahar province killed 43 afghan soldiers. greg palkot is following the story for us from london. greg. >> we're tracking another serious attack by the taliban in afghanistan. it happened today and possibly involved some u.s. fire power. one of several assaults across the country by rebel fighters in recent days. this one happened at an afghan military base in the southern province of kandahar. that's a place where we have been where americans have fought and still playing a role. taliban suicide bomber in a humvee burst through the gates. detonated explosive. fighting, another bomber and casualties. the u.s. military said there was an air strike in the region. won't be specific whether it was in fact targeting the
taliban in this location. the past several days it is a multiple attacks across afghanistan, military and police are the targets. casualties last year were 35% from the year before. casualties this year, sandra, are running ahead of last year. remember we have ended our formal combat role in afghanistan but there is still 11,000 u.s. troops there and according to president trump earlier this year, the u.s. will stay the course. a tricky course indeed. back to you. >> sandra: greg palkot live for us in london. thank you. >> bill: we're just a tick away from the opening bell on wall street. traders marking the anniversary of an his tar -- historic one. as we look back on what became to be known as black monday 30 years ago. we've come a long way since then. a look back in a moment.
>> have you been interviewed or requested to be interviewed by the special counsel? >> no. >> sandra: jeff sessions getting heated and standing by the president after repeated questions from democratic senators on the russia investigation. more on that and where sessions said the firing of jim comey was 100% justified. >> bill: new claims an f.b.i. informant was shut down by an obama team and attempted bribery by russia to win influence with the clintons. we'll check for the truth on this coming up next. >> he has been put under a gag order by the department of justice and has been told that if he speaks about this publicly, not only will he face financial penalties in the form of a fine, that he could actually go to jail. that his liberty would be at risk. which is mystifying to me. it wreaks of cover-up. it stinks. there is no other word for it. the military family,
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>> bill: 9:32. dow jones finished at record close yesterday above 23,000 for the first time ever. what a day that was. could be a pullback today, though. some concerns about the future of spain. so we'll watch that. off 52 points at the open here. much different story on this day 30 years ago, 1987 and black monday. it was a worst stock market crash in history. the headlines "new york times," -- a 500 points. today's dow it would be a loss of more than 5,000 points which incidentally is the change in the rise in the stock market, sandra, since the election of early november of 5,000. >> sandra: a lot of questions this morning, bill, as everyone looks back at this historic day. could that happen in today's modern day technology of
trading? the answer is not likely. it would be -- don't expect it to happen. there are circuit breakers now. the flash crash 2010. circuit breakers would stop the market, take a break, reconvene. things are different now. what a day that was. >> bill: that would be drama if that happened. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: 35 minutes past. >> sandra: heated moments on capitol hill yesterday as attorney general jeff sessions testified before the senate judiciary committee. democrats grilled him on his contacts with russians during the campaign and whether he would be talking to special counsel robert mueller. >> how do you know who the special counsel has contacted? i would be curious. i haven't spoken directly with anybody in the special counsel office. >> the fact of the matter the special counsel asked your office with an interview with you. >> you seem to know. i don't want to come in here and be trapped. >> we need to understand what
happened and whether anyone inside the trump campaign assisted the russian effort. >> i conducted no improper discussions with russians at any time number one. no, you had a long time, senator frank en. i would like to respond. i don't have to sit here and listen to his -- >> you're the one who testified -- >> without having a chance to respond. >> sandra: let's bring in doug schoen and fox news contributor and ed ryan, founder of american majority and former writer for george w. bush. we were live on "outnumbered". it got uncomfortable. heated exchanges yesterday. >> the democrats come dredging up the russian collusion fairytale that i've been saying for many months to bring us back to make it a story again. jeff sessions was saying there was nothing improper done and
it is a fairytale. they then started going towards the comey firing, those things. the firing of comey was entirely the right thing. the only thing i disagreed with trump was the timing of it. he should have fired comey on day one. >> sandra: let's listen on the comey firing. >> i don't think i've heard of a situation in which a major case in which the department of justice prosecutors were involved in investigation that the investigative agency announces the closure of this investigation. that was a usurping of the position of the department of justice, the attorney general's position, and particularly we were concerned that he reaffirmed that he would do it again. >> sandra: jeff sessions adamantly defending the president's move there. >> look, a couple of issues. first, ned, despite your
comments, there was a nugget yesterday that attorney general sessions said he may have discussed campaign matters with ambassador kislyak, the first time that came out. there are new parts of your fairytale. i would tell you this. when a prosecutor as jim comey said maybe three times to donald trump he was not a target, to fire him i think that was bad politics, bad judgment, and is one of the worst decisions the president could have made in his administration. and it is now the subject of what more is going after. >> comey serves at the pleasure of the president. the president lost trust. look at what comey was doing. two months he was writing exoneration of hillary. i would say the real collusion is this was loretta lynch and james comey. his behavior justified the
firing. just the timing of it. >> sandra: let me get back to words. sessions rejected any suggestion he colluded with russian officials while advising trump's campaign calling such assertions an appalling and detestable lie and he stuck with that narrative. >> look, this is a man who said he had no contact with the russians, then one meeting, two meetings and yesterday he may have talked about campaign positions or issues. his story has changed and let me be bipartisan if i can. there are reasons to ask about what jim comey did with secretary clinton. it is equally clear by reopening the investigation 10 days before the election he created problems for hillary and the way he dealt with it initially was also a big mistake. i have no problem investigating him but let's be bipartisan and american. >> sandra: let's do it and get ned back in here.
>> i want democrats to be fixated on the russian collusion fairytale. it distracts him from the fact that the democrat party is in serious trouble and want to change the story to distract from what's actually in reality. losing races, fundraising not going well in 2018. >> i think they win in virginia and new jersey. that's not bad. >> becoming the coastal regional party. >> i would like to party to move to the center. i hope they do. let's be clear that what you call a fairy tale, we haven't heard from general flynn who was working for the russians. >> really quick. 17 intelligence agencies with a bureaucracies that leaks like a sieve. no intelligence. nothing has come out. it's a fairy tale. >> sandra: next time i have you two on i'll tee it up and let you go. you don't need me here. thank you to you both.
>> bill: does evidence emerging show an cover-up behind a uranium deal with russia. the f.b.i. uncovering a plot by moscow to gain control of u.s. atomic resources by using bribes, kickbacks and extortion, the deal was signed in 2010 and hillary clinton was one who signed off on it as then secretary of state. the report claims the clinton foundation received $145 million of individuals pushing that deal. bill clinton got half a million from russian interests for a single speech around that time. mrs. clinton denies there is any pay to play. an f.b.i. informant was not able to tell congress all that he knew because the obama justice department apparently would not allow it. that whistleblower's attorney spoke to sean hannity just last night. >> when he started working for the f.b.i. in 2009 they had him sign what's called a non-disclosure agreement. they never gave him a copy of it. the justice department under
loretta lynch called him and threatened him with his freedom if he violated the nda. now i've never heard of an nda that had a criminal penalty for violation. they won't show him a copy of it. >> bill: the president taking to twitter saying this. uranium deal to russia with clinton help and obama administration knowledge is the biggest story that fake media doesn't want to follow. later next hour we'll follow it when we talk with that attorney, victoria toensing, you just heard from. she will join us in 30 minutes. stay tuned for more. >> sandra: a stunning new warning out of the homeland security department. why we are now learning that terror groups like isis are trying to plan a 9/11 style terror attack. details on that next. >> bill: a hot governor's race in virginia heating up in a high stakes race that will have implications for the trump team and more. republican candidate ed gill
>> sandra: another big win for the yankees. they're just one game away from the world series. >> 0-2. hammered into left. watch it fly. 5-0 yankees home run sanchez. >> sandra: gary sanchez sealing the deal to win game fry. aaron judge and byrd driving in a pair of runs knocking out the astros. the cover of the "new york post" this morning screams just one more. back to houston for game six. >> sandra: the cubs are still in it. >> bill: chicago won last night. dodgers and cubs still playing, too. let's get to this. the race for governor in virginia is in full gear. many see it as a national
referendum. the republican candidate for that is ed gillespie. good morning to you and how are you? >> good morning, thanks for having me on today. >> bill: i'm looking at the fox poll. the democratic 49%, i have you at 42%. are you trailing in a state that you know so well, sir? >> no, we're in a dead heat race here, bill. there are polls all over the place. a lot of polls show a dead heat race. i think the polls are accurate from what i know and see on the trail. people are excited about our campaign. they know we have to get virginia growing again and know i have the plans to do that. people are really excited and rallying to the cause here and we have a great volunteer army. i'm out there every day on the trail making the case for the policies that i have put forward and i think people are embracing them. >> bill: you came close a few years back. how different is the state today. politico gives you this this
morning. close polls set democratic nerves on edge. they talk about the increasing anxiety on behalf of democrats. president trump tweeted it. northam is vieting for the ms-13 killer gangs and sanctuary cities. vote ed gillespie. barack obama comes to richmond later tonight. will donald trump come to virginia and stump for you? >> we don't disclose our campaign strategy to the media. i appreciate the invitation to do so. we're glad to have vice president pence to come into virginia last saturday and i am out there every day making the case for the policies that virginia cares about. our economic growth rate was 39 out of 50 states in economic growth. virginia 44th out of 50 states in wage growth. virginia should be first in the country when it comes to job creation and economic growth.
i put forward a plan to cut income tax rates by 10% resulting in a 25% increase in job creation here and put us on the path to be number one. people are focused on the economy, the opportunities that we need to have here for our young adults coming out of our high schools and colleges and universities. we need to improve our public schools. i have a plan to do that. we have to make sure that we're keeping our communities safer and to your point, sanctuary cities is an issue in this campaign. my opponent voted against a ban on sanctuary cities in the commonwealth of virginia. i would sign that legislation. that's a big difference in terms of keeping our communities safer. a big surge in ms-13 here in virginia. >> bill: barack obama is very popular in virginia, the northern part of the state and i wonder what his appearance does later tonight. story crossed last night trump strategist has quit your campaign. is that true or not? >> it's not true and the "washington post" is an out of
state newspaper. they don't have any idea what's going on in the commonwealth of virginia and jack is working very hard in southwest. he put up his own facebook post last night and we told them that story wasn't accurate, bill. >> bill: just to be clear then to put a fine point. jack morgan is still working on your team in this campaign. >> yes, he is, absolutely. glad to have him there. >> bill: hope to get your opponent on soon and we'll see where he is on this race today. thank you, sir, for coming back. >> thanks for having me. >> sandra: a state of emergency declared in florida ahead of a controversial speaker on a college campus tonight. why governor rick scott thinks the national guard may be necessary to keep the peace. >> it generates this feeling of uneasiness. it could get dangerous. i'll stay in my room. classes are canceled. i'll stay, be safe.
>> sandra: the university of florida calling in county, state and federal officers ahead of a speech today by white nationalist leader richard spencer. the event prompting florida governor rick scott to declare a state of emergency. >> i believe in the first amendment rights that people have. i do expect people to be safe. >> sandra: let's bring in a reporter for fox news, headlines 24/7. good to see you. what a story. originally the university said you aren't welcome here. they had to change their mind and now they're bracing for his arrival and the speech itself. >> with a state of emergency which is unprecedented. it sounds dramatic but the governor enacted that to allow a swifter flow of deployment of officers from other towns. also to put the state in
control of policing. now the reason this is all happening is directly related to charlottesville. that changed the game in the way law enforcement responds to these type of controversial speeches. 500 police officers are expected to be on campus today. they are expecting a lot of protestors. >> sandra: i'm thinking if you have a brother, sister, son or daughter that goes to this school, you are thinking this is going to be quite an event. obviously any sort of violence would be feared. the school is sending out cautionary emails to students. what are they saying? >> they have been sending out cautionary emails but the president sent out a statement saying he doesn't want anybody to show up to this speech at all. so he would be happy if nobody shows up. why have it at all? the university of florida did not invite richard spencer to speak. he invited himself. and the university of florida by law has to host him. they also have to foot the bill which is expected to be over half a million dollars in
expenses towards security. so these controversial speeches are becoming very expensive. >> sandra: so the university president in those e-maims as i understand it is just referring to this as the event and saying avoid the hateful rhetoric. richard spencers, this is what he had to say. he said i can think what i think. i can say what i want to say and you can think exactly the opposite. that doesn't -- >> absolutely. by all accounts this is the first time a state of emergency has been declared against a single person. he also says he thinks it's great to be treated like a hurricane or an invading army. other people not laughing. >> sandra: i'm sure we'll see how it all plays out. >> bill: sandra, next hour a rare public speech from president george w. bush on the north korean crisis. at the moment ambassadors nikki haley, condoleezza rice and madeleine albright all speaking together. we'll bring you news from the event as it happens. isis is on the run in syria but
>> sandra: a stark new warning from the u.s. homeland security department. according to a top official isis and other terror groups are planning to carry out another 9/11 style attack saying the intelligence is clear. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," everyone. i'm sandra smith. >> bill: good morning. it got our attention, right? i'm bill hemmer. good morning everybody. elaine duke issuing the chilling assessment at an event for the u.s. embassy in london. as for recent incidents involving knives and vehicles she said those were merely a prelude to a devastating attack on a vastly different scale. here is her quote. the terrorist organizations, be it isis or others want to have the big explosion like they did
on 9/11 and want to take down aircraft. the intelligence is clear on that. >> sandra: catherine herridge is live in washington with more. >> the acting secretary of homeland security spoke at the u.s. embassy in london providing a snapshot of the current threat intelligence. they hope to have a major 9/11 attack. they need to keep finances flowing and visibility high and need to keep their members engaged so they're using small plots and happy to have small plots creating terror is their goal so an attack causes terror and continues to disrupt the world. doesn't mean they've given up on a major aviation plot. this assessment is consistent with the head of mi5. >> we've seen a dramatic uplift
of terror this year. today there is more terrorist activity coming at us more quickly and it can be harder to detect. >> with the collapse of the isis caliphate in syria intelligence shows that terror groups and independent actors continue to develop explosive devices with the intent of bringing down civilian aircraft. it led to the new restrictions in march at 10 foreign airports banning u.s. bound passengers banning electronics larger than a cell phone into the cabin. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: another big story this morning. critical step in getting tax reform done later today the senate expected to vote on a budget bill causing the president to tweet the following. republicans are going for the big budget approval today. first step toward massive tax cuts.
i think we have the votes but who knows? peter doocy might know live on the hill. what's happening on the budget and tax reform front today? >> bill, the first vote on a budget is coming to the senate floor sometimes today, we think. the gop believes they have enough support to pass it because they just need a simple majority, at least 51 votes or 50 plus the vice president and their numbers were beefed up when mississippi senator thad cochran returned to washington if the budget does pass the majority party has a vehicle for tax reform or at least to try tax reform and that's something the gop's vote counter in the senate. senator john cornyn thinks they will try to do with some democratic votes. >> we're able to do it on a bipartisan basis it will be durable and something that will be sustainable like the tax reform of 1986.
>> sandra: there are some democratic senators like donley and heitkamp who are warming up to the idea and they appeared on stage with him. others in the democratic party appear a lot less eager to make a deal. >> it is just plain immoral to slash taxes for the rich while sticking it to everyone else. so why is the trump administration proposing this immoral plan that will explode the deficit and not grow the economy? because the plan is very, very good for the super rich members of the trump administration. >> but as democratic senator claire mccaskill is pointing out now democrats haven't seen the specifics of a republican tax reform plan so it's tough for them to say for sure whether or not they could back
parts of it or any of it. >> bill: so we wait on that. where are we on this bipartisan senate deal over healthcare? is that going to happen or not? >> they're stuck right now, bill. the deal that has been engineered by republican senator alexander and democratic senator murray is rapidly losing support as it is written in the senate, even though there is a bipartisan group of 10 prominent governors from coast to coast coming out and asking them to vote on it. the problem is this plan to basically keep paying insurance companies to keep offering certain obamacare plans for another two years is not guaranteed to pass here in the senate and it is not guaranteed to pass in the house if it ever makes it there. >> bill: thank you. hallways of capitol hill there. >> sandra: let's bring in bret baier, anchor of special report. starting off your morning with us. thank you, bret. what is going on in washington
bill and i are sitting here chatting and listening to the news whether it's healthcare, tax reform and wondering is anybody on the same page in washington >> that's a good question. you guys should come down more and straighten it out. on capitol hill there is a lot of focus on tax reform as you just heard peter say. today's budget vote is probably going to be tonight's budget vote, it looks like is lining up for republicans to have the votes. and that sets the table for tax reform. the reason the administration says the no one has seen the specific details is that they have to have the budget framework first to get the number, which they believe is going to be $1.5 trillion. in that number you are going to then get the specifics of exactly what tax reform looks like. after a conference committee when the senate and house come together with the budget they iron that out, the minute after that according to the treasury secretary mnuchin they'll work
with capitol hill to lay it on the table and debate the specifics of how it when break down. >> sandra: as far as the budget bill is concerned the president tweeting out this morning i think we have the votes but who knows. that is the question, who knows? as far as healthcare is concerned at this point, bret, there seems to be a lot of confusion over the president's stance on the subsidies. we've seen him get pulled in both directions on this. where does he stand? >> i think that's in question. in the rose garden two days ago now we have to go back two rose garden press conferences. he said that this was going to be a short-term deal the white house was intimately involved in creating the legislation that he had had conversations with alexander and this would be a stopgap until they get to what he wants to see, which is block grants to the states and the graham-cassidy bill which pell -- fell one vote short in the senate. we have not seen where those
votes have changed from the original voting. so i think what happened was the evolution of pushback from conservatives. he spoke at the heritage foundation and there are a lot of conservatives who said we've campaigned for years and years on repealing obamacare and the federal courts decided that it was unconstitutional what the obama administration did with subsidies and now you are going to put it into law. and the pushback changed the support or lack there of of that bill. >> sandra: so much going on with healthcare and tax reform there is a lot of distraction as well, as you know, from watching that white house press briefing yesterday, so many questions directed toward the white house about that phone call with the soldier's widow with the president. we have one account from the congresswoman saying was insensitive and the president gives another account. we have sound of his most recent answer. >> didn't say what that
congresswoman said. didn't say it at all. she is now not saying it. i did not say what she said and i would like her to make the statement again because i did not say what she said. >> sandra: and what she said he said was that her husband knew what he signed up for. i bring this up, bret, because there is so much going on and so much to do but yet there is a lot of focus on that right now. >> yeah, there are some people in the town that blame the media for jumping and focusing on it but we go back to the original statement. the president was asked about niger and the four soldiers and why we haven't heard what happened. we still haven't heard exactly what happened in that operation. we hope to have more tonight on special report. but the four soldiers who died, and then he turned it to previous presidents and whether they called or didn't call or reached out or didn't reach out. that was his answer and what started this whole cascade. the democratic congresswoman
said what she said and she has kept on doing that. congresswoman wilson about this phone call and it has been painful, this back and forth. it has been painful i've talked to a number of families who are now reliving that experience who have lost loved ones in the past couple of years now there are media organizations going after and seeing confirming who the president talked to and didn't talk to. my point last night on the show was no matter where you come down, we should focus on the deaths of the soldiers and the people who served and not this process. but it is -- the president opened this door we should point out. >> sandra: nobody wins in this. there is a family grieving the loss of a loved one serving this country and it should be the focus when we talk about that. thank you for coming on with us this morning. >> bill: as we mentioned last hour, toughest phone call you'll make and toughest letter you'll right without question. 10 minutes past the hour now.
the controversial uranium deal with moscow brokered during hillary clinton's tenure of secretary and now the focus of an investigation. new claims that an f.b.i. informant was shut down by the obama team. the lawyer joins us to explain. >> sandra: a terrifying scene with a plan packed with hundreds of passengers buzzes the control tower. was it pilot error or a dangerous stunt? >> bill: ambassador nikki haley calling out the u.n. on its treatment of iran. >> it brazenly violates the other limits on its behavior and we've allowed them to get away with it. this must stop.
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out how the russian takeover of the american uranium was allowed to occur despite criminal conduct by the russian company that the obama administration approved to make the purchase? >> mr. chairman, we hear your concern. the department of justice will take such actions as is appropriate. without confirming or denying the existence of any particular investigation i would say i hear your concerns and they will be reviewed. >> sandra: joining us now is victoria toensing the attorney for an f.b.i. informant who she says is being prevented from telling congress what he knows. clearly victoria from what you just heard at that hearing yesterday, claims of a cover-up. does your client have specific information, evidence of that cover-up? >> my client has some specific information about contributions
and bribes to various entities and people in the united states. but i can't go any further than that because he has not been released from his non-disclosure agreement which we call an nda. when he started working for the f.b.i. it was under cover. in 2009 the f.b.i. made him sign this nda which said he would never reveal anything he learned during the course of this investigation. >> sandra: was it unusual to be asked to sign that non-disclosure agreement? >> yes. it was unusual. and not only that, when the cases were over and usually people are released from anything after the cases are over, they were over in 2014, in 2016 he filed a civil action and he was threatened by the loretta lynch justice department saying that if he went forward, he would be violating his nda and they would take his liberty and reputation would be in jeopardy. i have never heard of that. >> sandra: that is highly
unusual. >> i've never seen an nda of all my years of practicing law that said it was a criminal penalty. it is always a civil penalty if you violate it. >> sandra: your client received a phone call from the then attorney general loretta lynch? >> she doesn't do that dirty work. people under her, underlings do that. they called the lawyer representing my client and then conveyed the information to my client. >> sandra: what did that tell your client? >> no back off. now he is afraid to give information to the senate committee. now we have something different that just occurred yesterday and that is that chairman grassley sent me a letter and said that he wants my client to be interviewed. so what is the justice department going to do about that? it's unconstitutional for the executive branch to tell somebody not to give information to the legislative branch. >> sandra: i want with you and
our audience to watch this exchange between senator chuck grassley and jeff sessions at that hearing yesterday and get your response. >> has the justice department fully investigated whether the russians compromised the obama add min traitions decisions to smooth the way for transactions? and if not, why not? >> we are working hard to maintain discipline in the department. it wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment on an ongoing investigation. >> sandra: what's next for your client based on what you're hearing? >> we're waiting for the justice department to make a decision about releasing my client from this nda. that would be the simple way to do it. but it's unconstitutional if they don't release him. it will be a very interest decision making process. >> sandra: can you give us some idea of the exchange of dollars, these kickbacks and bribes your client is aware of, the evidence that you say that he has. can you give us any idea of how
you have been able to track that money? >> let's just even start with $500,000 to bill clinton from a russian entity that is full of former kgb agents. he gave a speech in june of 2010. that was four months before the decision was made and pocketed $500,000. why would any spouse of a secretary of state be allowed to get one red cent from a foreign entity? then after -- during the course of this process, the chairman of uranium one, the company that was purchased, gave the clinton foundation $2,350,000 and other directors gave the clinton foundation in the millions of dollars. >> sandra: if you could, could you sum up for us what you can conclude from what you know, your conversations with your client, what can you conclude
and tell us that you believe went on. >> i can't divulge anything about any client until he is released. you need to read peter swietser's book. there was a problem in the government pleaseing of the purchase of uranium one. peter did not know when he wrote it there was a bribery and corruption case that started in 2009. by october of 2010 everybody on that panel should have known there was corruption going on. >> sandra: we have to leave it there. do you believe the gag order will be lifted and we'll hear from your client soon? >> i think it will. >> bill: 22 past the hour. a top story. new warnings from top national security officials that terror groups are planning a 9/11 style attack. are we ready too stop it? we'll look at that. president trump's condolence call to the wife of a fallen
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>> bill: there was a chilling warning that isis and other terror groups are planning another massive attack on the scale of 9/11. acting homeland security chief saying this, creating terror is their goal and a van attack, bladed weapon attack causes terror and continues to disrupt the world but doesn't mean they've given up on a major aviation plot. steve rogers former member of the f.b.i. joint terrorism task force and welcome back here, good morning to you. what do you think of all these comments she is giving? >> i was with you some time ago at this table and shared with
you there will come a time when the field of battle will no longer be in the sands of the mideast but the streets of the united states. based on intelligence and information it will become a reality. >> bill: they want to take down aircraft. intelligence is clear on that. you don't dispute that. >> i don't dispute that. i believe and i can tell you this since president trump took office he has increased the national security apparatus to intercept and collect intelligence and information. i believe with that in mind that this is accurate intelligence. >> bill: she also says this. they need to keep their finances flowing, she says and need to keep their visibility high and need to keep their members engaged so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots. that goes back to a van attack or a knife attack. are they content with that? >> they aren't content with the low tech attacks. certainly they are causing havoc like they did in france and london. they want something big.
that's their major goal. to make something so catastrophic that in their eyes they will bring us to our knees. let me add this. i go back to this administration. i can remember when obama administration took the tactical and strategic equipment away from the police, the president of the united states donald trump brought it back. he probably new based on what he was getting there would come a day we would have to address this. >> bill: in navy intelligence you're keen when she talks about laptops as posing one of the biggest dangers to the airline industry and possibly elsewhere. are we better off now to stop it? >> i believe we are. again, i always said that the work of the f.b.i., the c.i.a., national intelligence agencies have prevented a catastrophic attack on the scale of 9/11 this this point in time. the u.s. military defeated isis in the mideast taking raqqa yesterday. now they'll shift a lot of assets here. we need more intelligence
information electronically. the nsa needs the ability to make the intercepts 24/7. >> bill: the internet is a big tool. do you think we've done enough to communicate with these tech companies to give us the axis to intercept when necessary? >> i believe we have. they're very reluctant to do that. we've seen that in san bernardino. these tech companies need to understand there is a first amendment and a fourth amendment. we believe in that but there is also a time when we must protect the american people. we need their help. the government is doing the best they could. we need more help from the tech company. the cell phone that the government wanted to go into. they didn't have time to get search warrants. they asked it was one company to open up that cell phone of that terrorist. they wouldn't do it and it was back and forth, back and forth. we don't have time for that anymore. >> bill: what has changed since san bernardino? if that's the access you're
looking for? >> not much right now other than the government probably will speed up search warrants as soon as they could. again what needs to really be changed is the attitude of a lot of these tech companies to say look, the safety of the american people comes first. >> bill: they are adaptable and the terror threat is the highest it has been since 9/11. that was her warning. >> they are adaptable but so are we. the american people need to know we're protected to the best of our ability. the police and military and the white house is on board. we'll be protected. >> bill: i hope you're right. steve rogers, thank you for coming back here. >> sandra: president trump promising a big, beautiful border wall on the campaign trail. and we are now getting a glimpse at what that wall could look like. >> bill: also u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley calling out tehran again accusing them of violating more than the nuclear deal. she said it is constantly and consistently working to destabilize the region. she wants the u.n. security council to take action and take
it as seriously as they have north korea. we'll look at that next in depth. >> we've made it clear the regime cannot have it both ways. it cannot consistently violate international law and still be considered a fit and trusted member of the international community. yea, so, mom's got this cold #stuffynose #nosleep i got it...
president 43. george w. bush addressing the threat from north korea during a speech here in north korea joined by several survivors who managed to escape the rogue regime. gillian turner is here and a fox news contributor among other things. how are you? >> i'm well. >> bill: when you think about the axis of evil, you think about 2002 i do believe it was, iran, iraq, and it was north korea. and what has he done on this topic since leaving office? >> the bush institute that the president founded and now heads up has been fairly active on trying to work to dissuade the north koreans from continuing their nuclear program. it was a program when he was the president that was very important to him and his administration. you mentioned he included north korea in his original axis of evil. i would argue that few global
leaders have been as forward and as strong in their condemnation of this regime as president bush. definitely a hard liner and hawk on it. >> bill: would you expect criticism for the current administration? i don't see it that way. >> i would be very surprised. it is not his style to really speak out when he thinks other presidents are falling short. it is also a very critical juncture we find ourselves in. u.s. policy could go in any number of new directions under president trump's leadership. i don't think he wants to be seen as weighing in prematurely as influencing the president. but i have heard that privately he has expressed criticism of president trump's decision to include north korea on the recently reissued third version of the travel ban. he feels that was a mistake. >> bill: how come?
>> the argument goes that if you ban north koreans from traveling to the united states, not many do anyway. if you ban them from coming here this discourages the dissidents, the people who oppose kim jong-un where he lives. these are the good guys. the guys we need to support. it discourages them from fleeing. >> bill: president trump goes to asia in early november. he may make a stop along the dmz. this is something that the world will be watching for. >> yeah. >> bill: if i were a betting man i would say he would be there. 51% side of that. >> i think yeah, i would, too. the people who think this is a great idea. some are former bush people and they said it is a great idea because it is a powerful demonstration of american resolve in the face of increasing provocations and threats from the north having the president in person there
to show the resolve of the alliance he has with south korea and others and japan, others in the region against north korea would be very powerful. others say it's risky not only for president trump's personal safety and security, but because who knows what war of words he might get into once he is over there? >> you mentioned the word powerful. nikki haley on iran and north korea just yesterday said the following here in new york. >> when a rogue regime starts down the path of ballistic missiles. it tells us we will soon have another north korea on our hands. if it is wrong for north korea to do this, why doesn't that same mentality apply to iran? with our decision to take a comprehensive approach to confronting the iranian regime the united states will not turn a blind eye to these violations. >> bill: how can you argue with that logic? if we're treating north korea
one way and so is the u.n., why not iran the same way if they're up to the same thing? >> it makes sense. i think the thread she is trying to tie together here is -- what she is hoping to do is have this administration be very, very firm on north korea so that iran will somehow be intimidated, somehow be scared to push forward with their own program. the flaw in that logic is i don't really think the iranian regime cares how president trump responds to north korea. i think they are hell bent on their own development. >> bill: it might if you tighten the screws again and revisit the sanctions that were so effective years ago. >> absolutely. to give credit to the administration, president trump has tried an out of the box approach when it comes to north korea. he has really amped up the rhetoric and tightened the screws with sanctions and diplomacy as tight as they can
possibly go. his idea is maybe bullies, which he views the north as bullies. maybe they'll react to bullies in a more positive way for us. maybe it will ultimately work. i certainly hope so. that's part of what nikki haley is trying to flesh that out in those comments. >> bill: thank you, good to see you back here with us out of washington today. the speech is about 21 minutes away. >> it will be a good one. >> sandra: we'll be watching. president trump promised to build a wall along the u.s. and mexico border and it is starting to take shape with eight prototypes going up for display in california. william, what's next? >> well, testing begins next week, sandra. first time we're seeing the different designs side-by-side. the question and evaluation will be this. can they be scaled? can they dig underneath? how long would it take to cut through one with a saw or jack hammer? do sensors alert the agents
that someone is trying to breach the wall? why? border agents will tell you, whether it's a fence or wall, call it what you want. only buys you time. every wall can be breached. you need roads and agents able to at any point along the border within a few minutes to deter or apprehend. the question is now what wall will work best for the money? secondly location. what works best in the desert, concrete won't work in the canyons where there is floods and you need steel so agents can see through. >> we're near completion. we have seven days left. we don't have a timeline for evaluation period. >> currently along the border you will see barbed wire. steel mesh, by comparison, these are a massive upgrade. >> sandra: william with our first look at those prototypes. thank you.
>> bill: taking hold online on twitter claiming the first lady melania trump has been replaced by a body double at public events. you make the call. the tweet went viral. this is not milan yeah, to think they would go this far and try to make us think it's her on tv is mind blowing and makes me think what else is a lie? some people say melania trump at the left in sunglasses can't possibly be the one on the right. cannot possibly be the real one. we report, you decide, folks, you make the call. >> sandra: have you come to a conclusion? >> bill: it's the real one. no doubt about it. >> sandra: are we talking the glasses with the nose thing? that blew up twitter yesterday that's for sure. >> bill: the real deal, i do believe. i think we could call that fake news. >> sandra: we'll put it in that category for now. meanwhile new questions after president trump gets into a war of words with the democratic
lawmaker after conflicting stories emerge over that phone call to the grieving widow of a soldier. is this back and forth appropriate? is it the politization of a tragedy? the panel weighs in coming up. >> this was a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in the uniform and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family. i think to try to create something from that that the congresswoman is doing is appalling and disgusting.
>> i think it is appalling what the congresswoman has done and the way she has politicized this issue and the way she is trying to make this about something that it isn't. >> sandra: white house press secretary sarah sanders blasting frederica wilson over her criticism of president trump's phone call to the wife
of a soldier killed in action. president trump himself denying her version of that call. the congresswoman standing by her account. jessica tarlov is senior director of research and fox news contributor and also here chris bedford. editor of chief of the news foundation. chris, a difficult subject. loss of life. someone fighting for this country, fighting for all of us. to have it come to this, it's difficult for everyone. >> it is very sad. those pictures are extremely moving. miss johnson went from a private citizen whose husband was serving to a pregnant widow with a child, a single mother who has become a political pawn. i think it's very sad and it is kind of see through. you have to wonder about the congresswoman's motivations here if they are political, partisan. she has been very partisan in the past and a sad spectacle to see an american citizen going through this grief being dragged into this.
>> sandra: all of us have had a chance to think this through at this point. it has dominated as far as media coverage is concerned. you saw the white house press briefing. you look at the congresswoman and think even if there was something the president said that didn't sit well with her, that she would protect this widow from seeing the death of her husband become so politicized. >> i think that the congresswoman was protecting her constituent and this widow here. of course we thank her family for their service to this country. the president himself was the one who politicized this by bringing up what obama may or may not have done. president trump was caught by the press, got called out on the fact he has said nothing 12 days after this raid in niger which took the lives of four american soldiers and something he has blasted people in the past for doing. now he is once again riled up
against the gold star father who spoke at the dnc and for good reason. i don't blame this congresswoman whatsoever. >> sandra: here is the congresswoman's account of all this. listen. >> i have witnesses, they have already tweeted out. you missed the tweets? they've treated. congresswoman wilson's version was accurate. we were in the limousine with her. >> it's sad. one of the issues i'm taking issue with and one of the things the media has done is forgotten the ethical 101 of journalism. you shouldn't assign malice to something when there is a more common solution. less than half a percent of americans serve in our military, will out there, deep into it and risk their lives. knowing what he signed up for could have been this person, this man, sergeant johnson took his life and put it on the line and he was a hero.
it could be taken another way. the assignment of malice here is troubling to me from the media when it shouldn't be and also the congresswoman could be disingenuous. she is capable of being very partisan, holding up veterans benefits during the shutdown and voting against va reform three times alone this year. >> we can all agree most congress people now are partisan and protecting her constituent. when president trump called this widow and didn't even know the name of her husband, just kept referring to him as your guy, that's a failure of his team. they should have put that information in front of him when he made this call. how deeply inappropriate is that? how impersonal. you can debate it. >> sandra: none of us were on that call. kelly was on the call and said everything he heard was respectful as far as the president's word to that grieving widow. >> interesting to see the congressman misspell the
widow's name. she challenged president trump to know her name. now that could easily be a misspelling and not something you want to mischaracterize but when you call out the president for not knowing the name. >> sandra: did the president stir this up more than it needed to be when he made a reference to past presidents? >> yes. that was something he said off the cuff after talking to general kelly and said it maybe a little too carelessly. but like attack dogs and sharks looking for chum the media has tried to drum up a narrative. >> if president obama had done that the republicans would -- >> sandra: our thoughts continue be with with that family and all families who lost loved ones that day. >> bill: your service is appreciated. what a way to is a goodbye. would you like your pilot to make this fly by? wait for it. that's the control tower.
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>> president trump taking to twitter today to launch -- the fake media not reporting on a controversial deal. new reporting on the hill sheds light on the story including a bribery conviction for a russian at the center. we're waiting for a big speech from former president george w. bush set to talk russia, china and north korea in the context of global security. all ahead "happening now." >> bill: thank you, jon. five more years at the helm for the president of china. congress extended his term as he consolidates power. some are dubbing him the new emperor. state department, what is rex
tillerson saying about it in china. >> he says china needs to play by the international rules and right now it is failing to do so. secretary of state rex tillerson giving an address about the future of u.s. relations with india and the rest of asia says that the united states will confront china's aggression. >> the united states seeks constructive relations with china but we will not shrink from china's challenges to the rules-based order and where china subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the u.s. and our friends. >> the ministry of foreign' fairs responded saying we hope the u.s. can see china's role in an objective manner. castaway bias and meet china halfway and focus on cooperation with us to properly handle differences and preserve the momentum of steady growth of china/u.s. relations. the administration applauded china cracking down on north
korea. president trump will visit china for the first time as president next month. >> bill: what a visit that will be in november. thank you, rich. >> sandra: president george w. bush set to give a rare public speech moments if now expected to address the north korean crisis. we'll take you there the moment it gets underway.
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catch you tomorrow. >> thanks for joining us. >> it is friday. >> tomorrow, bill. >> jon: "happening now" now starts right now. bye. >> jon: we begin with a fox news alert on a rare appearance you might say by the former president george w. bush. he is about to make a speech in new york city. it will focus on freedom, free markets and global security. >> melisa: free markets, all right. i'm melissa francis. the speech getting underway shortly. we're learning he will address relations with russia and china as well as the nuclear stand-off with north korea. people who have fled the isolated country are attending today's event, as well as u.n. ambassador nikki haley and former secretary of state of state condoleezza rice and madeleine albright. we're live with more on this. >> good morning, melissa. as you said democracy, freedom and human rights are