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steve: graham's last decades was slowed by illness. he was diagnosed with parkinson disease in 1989. broken bones. rounds of pneumonia. nonetheless he lived to 99. . .
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>> bill: 480 televisions stations across the u.s. and canada. >> sandra: he leaves behind 19 grandchildren, great children. his family putting out a press release saying he died at his home of natural causes, 99 years old. bill, he had a message and he took that message to the world. >> bill: it is no coincidence that the universe has us focus on his life and legacy now at a time for the past week of all our lives we've been asking our own introspective questions as to how a 19-year-old american can take a gun and walk into a school and seek out to kill his former classmates. and now here is a man who led by example and knew it was a challenge. every day in his own life to
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carry that word forward and he lived by that example. >> sandra: his message, god loves you and he took that to multiple presidents right here in the united states. he took that message across the world during his very long life. 99 years old. we'll have much more on graham's life and legacy coming up throughout the morning. >> bill: another big story today. president trump in moments taking action on gun regulation. president trump directed the justice department to ban bump stocks a device used in the las vegas massacre that converts semi automatic rifles into automatic weapons. his message from yesterday. >> president trump: i signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must
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actually make a difference. >> bill: team fox coverage live in florida. students rallying outside the state capital in tallahassee. the action is there today. what do you expect to hear from the president during this listening session? who will be there? >> we don't know yet who will be there. the list of attendees hasn't come up just yet. given number of students at the state house in tallahassee, florida. not sure how many will make their way here. it is a valuable conversation that includes white house officials, teachers and students here at the white house today. talking about what to do, what steps to take to ensure the safety and security of so many of our very most treasured americans. our children. that's part of the conversation we expect here at the white house today. now as you also point out, the president is looking at this from a multi-layered perspective. a number of different ideas looking at mental health, possible restrictions on bump stocks and there are other ways
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to talk about this, including when a white house source tells fox news advocating a rise in the minimum age for owning a gun which would be a state issue. here is the president yesterday. >> president trump: we must do more to protect our children. we have to do more to protect our children. school safety is a top priority for my administration. >> all this unfolds, bill, as students from parkland were in tallahassee yesterday. democrats may well say the time for change is now. >> this isn't about gun control. it isn't. we have to stop talking about that. ask politicians, ask people who represent their constituents if they support school safety, if they support public safety. if they support taking action to prevent more slaughters like the one that happened in
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parkland from happening anyplace else. that's the way this debate has to go and because of these kids i think that's the way it is going to start to be addressed. >> yesterday we heard the white house press secretary sarah sanders talk about this idea of a possible bump stocks ban. an interesting conversation. she didn't want to get ahead of the president on any specific announcement so we can't share that with you now. but dianne feinstein had this to say in a statement. mr. president, words are one thing. we need meaningful action. if you want these devices off the street call republicans and tell them to stop blocking our bill. it should make for an interesting day here. all the coverage. back to you. >> bill: kevin corke is there. >> sandra: parkland students are marching to the state capital this morning calling for a ban an assault rifles. rich edson is reporting live from tallahassee this morning for us. good morning. >> good morning, sandra.
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there are several events converging here on florida's state capitol in tallahassee. they have filtered through this plaza where the house and senate are and entered the door and are now lobbying their lawmakers here in florida because they say they want stronger gun control, different gun control measures here. a group of students from parkland last night arrived at a local high school here and received by hundreds of applauding and cheering members of that school, students along with faculty and family members here welcomed three bus loads of them. they had dinner, talked legislative strategy and said they were looking forward to today where they were hoping to get results. >> it's my personal message that there is a good side and there is a bad side to every issue in history. you are either with us or you are against us. >> they only have a couple weeks to do it. florida state legislature only meets once a year.
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this session ends in a little more than two weeks. back to you. >> sandra: rich edson in tallahassee. thank you. >> bill: now fox news alert now. investigation into the anti-trump dossier entering a new phase in washington house intel chair nunes sending a letter with a string of questions. when they learned the clinton campaign paid for the research for the dossier and how it was used. peter king sits on the house intel committee and joins me now. good morning to you. we're told the sky was going to fall two weeks ago. it did not. what's the hold-up for the democrats' memo? >> their own fault. the republican memo had no security violations, it didn't disclose any sources, didn't disclose any methods, didn't have any national security risk and it passed. the democratic memo was rejected by the f.b.i. and justice department not on
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policy grounds but giving away information. >> bill: i was watching devin nunes on tucker carlson last night. watch here. okay, all right. we'll get back to that. he was talking about the questions he had. what did the democrats know? did they know it was funded through a democratic source? >> we have not had a straight answer on that. brennan acts like he was barely aware of the dossier. during the whole fall i can tell you jim comey, nobody told us about the dossier and now it turns out that seems to be a main asset they relied on. it was paid for by democrats and hillary clinton and every supposed fact we can track down turns out to be untrue. >> bill: well, the question now seems to be whether or not the obama administration did enough about russian meddling when it had a chance.
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what is your position on that? >> i don't think they did. for several years the obama administration was lax on russia. from what i understand all the president did was tell putin in september of 2016 to knock it off. he didn't. that was the extent of it. i'm not aware of any counter measures the administration took. getting back to the steele dossier. the significance is were our intelligence agencies relying on that document? >> bill: what do you think? >> the fact it was used so much in the fisa application. the fact they relied on it for that means it had to be influencing them. also comey showed it to president trump when they met january 6th. took him aside to show it to him because it was so important. >> bill: you've seen the democratic memo? >> yes, i have. >> bill: is there anything in there that is revealing government secrets? >> originally there were some sources. nothing flagrant, i can why the
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f.b.i. was concerned. we were careful with ours, they said there were no sources or risk to national security. the democrats put a few things in there that almost so it would be rejected and they could blame it on the white house. it was the f.b.i. and justice department, not the white house, that objected to it. >> bill: when do we see it? >> probably within the week. i hope it's out. >> bill: now we're talking a month from the original -- >> bill: i understand the democrats are meeting with the f.b.i. and making the changes and once the changes are made the white house will approve it. i want it out there. >> bill: peter king, republican from new york. 10 minutes past. >> sandra: sad news this morning as we reflect on the life of evangelist billy graham who transformed american religious life through his preaching and activism. brand-new reaction throughout our two hours. karl rove, mike huckabee and brit hume all here with their personal stories. did you see this last night?
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you are an evangelical christian and this man had a lot of influence in your life. how do you reflect on that right now? >> billy graham is someone who brought hope to darkness and light to darkness. i remember seeing him when i was 10 years old speak in tampa, florida. i tell you what, raymond james stadium doesn't get full for football games but was it ever full in four days 4,900 people walking to the front of the stadium giving their life to jesus christ. he gave a lot of light to a dark world. in the wake of the parkland shooting his message of hope should be remembered. >> bill: that especially. you think about the times he made the trip to washington, d.c. when a u.s. president called on billy graham, you knew it was a big deal. >> that's right, a huge deal because he was the spiritual advisor, america's preacher, someone who provided so much guidance holding the highest office in the land making life and death decisions a lot of
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times and having the consultation of someone as wise as billy graham bringing god consulting and advising prayer and faith in jesus christ. he had a huge influence on this country not only on the religious side but political side as well. >> bill: you knew his state of health recently. we reported on that often. i would guess you were getting ready for this moment. he would have been 100 years old in november. but still the legacy he leaves behind. he was the trailblazer in the modern television era who set the standard as to how you worship and how you reflect. >> absolutely. he set the standard. a standard being carried on by his son franklin graham and all his children. we knew this moment was coming. as a christian this moment, which is despair and tragedy when anyone dies, he is in heaven. as vice president pence said
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that i'm pretty sure god said to him, well done, good and faithful servant. he impacted 200 million lives on this earth and that's a legacy that i can only hope to touch on in a small capacity. >> bill: we'll see vice president pence. we send our deepest condolences to the graham family. billy graham's ministry and voice changed the lives of millions. we mourn his passing but i no with certainty he heard those words, well done, good and faithful servant. thank you, billy graham, god bless you. he lived by example. >> he did. he was a man of faith that lived by his actions. his kindness, his compassion, his respect for his fellow human beings. everyone who knows him can attest to the kind of character this man has and that's not a human trait, that is jesus christ living through someone and him carrying a message that
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was authentic and powerful and that changed the lives of many. many who lost hope and incredible man and heartbreaking moment for this nation to lose someone with a legacy and someone with a life like billy graham. >> bill: what a legacy he leaves. i reflect on how he shared so openly and publicly that his own faith was a challenge to him. it did not come easy nor does it come easy to any man or woman. and just peeling the layer off that challenge, i thought that was quite revealing. >> absolutely. you have had a lot of great faith leaders, mother teresa said it is a difficult walk and one worth walking. i want to highlight one of the big things with billy graham was his altar call. something so special to evangelicals, this idea that someone who is going through despair, someone who has sinned or lived a life that is awful can walk up to that altar and through jesus christ and the
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messenger of billy graham bringing that message change their life forever. that's something that was unique to him and to our faith and he did it just about better than anyone else. >> bill: thank you for sharing your thoughts today. from washington we'll talk about all the politics another day, okay? >> all right. that's a deal. >> bill: thank you. >> sandra: we are learning brand new information on a key meeting that wasn't. north korean leaders canceling what would have been an historic face-to-face meeting with vice president mike pence. we're live in seoul with the details. president trump doubling down this morning on claims he has been tougher on russia than former president barack obama. our panel takes that all up. >> he has put an upheld sanctions that the obama administration put in place. he has upheld those and closed three diplomatic properties. a number of places obama was too weak and refused the take
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>> sandra: the reverend billy graham has passed away at 99 years old. we're told he died this morning at his home in north carolina. he transferred american religious life through preaching and activism. he made use of a new technology, television, to deliver his sermons to millions around the world. he also had the ear of a dozen u.s. presidents offering advice and religious guidance. new reaction from president trump just moments ago tweeting this. the great billy graham is dead. there was nobody like him. he will be missed by christians and all religions. a very special man. lauren green has more on
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reverend graham's life and legacy. >> jesus said there are two roads, the broad road that leads to destruction and judgment and the other road that leads to heaven. >> he preached to more people than anyone in history. >> and follow jesus, let him lead you home. >> an evangelist who touched tens of millions called by some the protestant pope. the world was his pulpit. >> i never dreamed there would be a life like this in my life. >> he first felt the spirit at age 16 after hearing an evangelist preach in north carolina. he then went to bible college in florida where he started preaching on the streets of tampa. >> they have a place there where the saloon keeper threw me out into a ditch and told me never to come back. >> graham received a warmer reception from ruth bell, the two married in 1943 and as their family grew, so did his ministry. >> there are problems of sin
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and habits that cannot be solved outside the person of our lord jesus christ. >> a 1949 california tent revival drew national attention. >> israel did not obey the voice of god. israel wandered further and further from god. >> around the world crowds began filling stadiums coming to hear a lively new message about jesus christ and his heavenly father. >> i want to tell you about god. >> graham become a confidentiant of presidents and counseled or met with every u.s. president from harry truman to barack obama. he has been a fixture at several inaugural events praying at four official presidential inaugurations. although he was asked many times to run for office, graham said he was never tempted. he just wanted to preach, which he did into his early 90s. >> i have no plans to retire. the lord may have plans. >> parkinson's disease slowed him down. >> i think god has sent it to me at this age to show me that
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i'm totally dependent on him. and when i go into the pulpit to preach, i may have to have a little bit of help getting to the pulpit but when i get there, i can sense the presence and power of the lord. >> following the terrorist attacks of september 11, 2001 reverend graham was called upon to help comfort a grieving nation. >> i've been asked hundreds of times in my life why god allows tragedy and suffering. i have to confess that i really do not know the answer totally. even to my own satisfaction. i have to accept by faith that god is sovereign and he is a god of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering. >> throughout his life the man known as america's pastor continued to preach a simple message to accept jesus christ. >> my father is very clear in giving people an opportunity to accept by faith and to invite jesus christ into their hearts
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and into their lives. >> on his 95th birthday he gave his final sermon through a video taking his message to a new generation. >> he loves you. he is willing to forgive you of all your sins. >> graham lived his life with a sense of humility and integrity that endeared him to millions worldwide. reaching millions, the nearly 250 million who witnessed graham preach. >> he spoke with conviction and passion and in simplicity. anybody could understand him. he knew enough to know what are some common threads in human nature. >> with graham's death his ministry passes on to his family, his son, franklin and daughter, ann. what started in a tent more than a half century ago has turned into the largest ministry in the world.
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his long, active life has come to an end but his legacy lives on. >> but if you remember nothing that i say tonight except one thing i want you to remember, god loves you. >> lauren green, fox news. >> sandra: many thanks to lauren green for that look back at the life and legacy of billy graham. >> bill: lauren spent a lot of time in north carolina over the years with the graham family, too. he was not just an american original. he was an original for humankind in his time. you were well aware of him because you grew up in wheaton, illinois. >> sandra: he graduated in 1943. he studied anthropology and it was there that it is to be believed that he then said the bible was to be taken as the word of god and the billy graham center to this day it was put up in 1980 in wheaton,
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illinois, a very special place that we hold dear in my hometown. >> bill: especially on a day like today. the reaction coming in from so many different circles and we'll continue to bring that to you. we have a statement from cardinal dolan in new york city a moment ago. this is in part what he said. whether it was one of his famous crusades, radio programs, television specials for meeting and counseling to presidents billy graham seemed to be everywhere with the same message. jesus is your savior and wants you to be happy with him forever. as a historian my admiration for him only grew as i came to appreciate even more the tremendous role he played in the american evangelical movement. may the lord that billy graham loves so passionately now grant him eternal rest. cardinal dolan. we'll continue to have more coverage on the passing of the
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reverend graham, age 99, throughout our day today. there is other news to get to. another big story this hour. teenagers from parkland, florida demanding their voices be heard. they're in the state capitol in tallahassee. some are in washington, d.c. at the white house. >> sandra: more coming up. democrats very unhappy as the trump administration pushes low-cost obamacare alternative health plans. more on that coming up. >> tech: at safelite autoglass
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in las vegas are illegal under current law. >> sandra: president trump weighing bold new actions to protect our schools as a growing number of students call for gun reform. a white house -- the president is considering raising the minimum wage for owning a firearm. let's bring in brad blakeman and capri cafaro. brad, are you seeing a willingness from this president to enact some sort of change here? >> i do. and he is acting unilaterally within his powers as the president with regard to bump stock but much more needs to be done. he is open for discussion and making sure this is a federal, state and local issue. on the local side school boards need to do a better job of protecting their students in their schools. that's within their power. on the state side we need to
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get more mental health investigation and also treatment. and on the federal side we need to regulate as needed the age to buy guns, the backgrounds to obtain guns and we also have to perhaps limit the types of guns that are available. we aren't talking about an amendment to the constitution, what we're looking to do is having a discussion that's bipartisan to come up with solutions that will be reasonable in the type and scope of government laws that they can do to regulate guns. >> sandra: capri, they're raising expectations here. first we're hearing that he is in favor possibly of a ban on the bump stocks and now talking about a ban on these military-style guns or at least raising of the minimum age requirement to buy those military-style guns. white house is saying it's on the table. >> good for president trump and the white house for taking some bold action.
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and i say that frankly as someone who, you know, even as a democrat was endorsed by the nra my entire elected career and tragically had a school shooting in my district where three people died. so i understand the complexities of this issue from a policy perspective as well as the human perspective what it does to a community. i think that it's a great place to start this conversation. i think that it is well overdo. the american public deserve an honest conversation about everything from background checks to what happens like, you know, the increasing of the age, you know, dealing with the assault weapons when it comes to differentiating between an ra15 and extended magazine clip. mental health is important to address. school safety as well in regards to, for example, retired law enforcement being on the premises. locked door issues that we've tried to deal with, which is complex because they're in
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violation of fire marshal codes. there are so many different layers and bullying as well. these things don't happen in a vacuum. we have to have those conversations. >> sandra: if we have the honest conversation, brad, i want to get the last of this poll in here about stricter gun control and what it would do to reduce gun violence in our schools. 40% of voters say that stricter gun laws would help. 34% say metal detectors, 20% say armed teachers are the answer. do we not need to consider all of these options? >> you bet we do. one size does not fit all. perhaps a decision in an inner city is different than you would have in a rural school district. so we have to have a common sense approach and why i think school safety must be brought down to the local, district, school board level. we can't legislate from washington what every school
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district should do. that's not the purpose. we need to have an approach that takes in everybody as an individual and not as one size fits all. >> sandra: a few seconds left. >> my community did not want metal detectors, you're right. this has to be something that needs to be dealt with at the local level. the national level needs to continue the conversation. >> sandra: the students feel passionately. they stormed their capitol yesterday. they'll be holding a rally outside of the capitol today in the noon hour. they want their voices heard. thanks to both of you for being here today. >> bill: fox news alert now. word from overseas we're learning that vice president mike pence had a scheduled talk with north korean reps in south korea including the younger sister of kim jong-un but that meeting was called off two hours prior. greg palkot watching that live in seoul, south korea. what happened here, greg? >> we're tracking a bit of a setback when it comes to korean
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olympic diplomacy. it has been revealed after that frosty non-meeting between vice president pence and the sister of kim jong-un at the opening ceremony of the olympics there was supposed to be a real meeting between the two the next day. guess what? it didn't happen. north korea reportedly was put off by the tough talk of the vice president. in fact, he had been continuing his maximum pressure campaign against north korea during the visit here even meeting with defectors. kim met with moon the next day and offered a summit with her big brother. moon was stressing that north korea should also talk to the u.s. it's a bit of a mess. u.s. says they still want to talk. north korea they seemed a little standoffish. south korea holding the bag.
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friday ivanka trump arrives here. could she do some diplomacy? we'll see. >> bill: thank you, sir. 20 minutes before the hour. >> sandra: we all remember nancy pelosi calling bonuses stemming from the trump tax cuts crumbs. >> in terms of the bonus that corporate america received versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. >> sandra: why yesterday during a town hall she may have been forced to eat her words. >> bill: the evangelist billy graham dead at the age of 99. counseled 12 presidents throughout his life. one was george w. bush. karl rove with his reflections on graham's life and the influence he carried for so many. that's next.
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high-end and therefore not being allowed to invest in the future you are doing a great disservice to our country. most people have to struggle -- >> how much are you worth, nancy? >> we're not talking about that. >> bill: nancy pelosi continuing to blast the trump tax bill in arizona. karl rove, good day to you. you have some great stories on billy graham. let me come back to that in a moment. let's address this in the following mid-term election analysis, let's say. no democrat voted for the tax plan. if the economy stays strong how big of a problem is that come november? >> i don't care in nancy pelosi never makes a single campaign appearance. she will be a huge presence on the campaign this fall in the form of advertisements on tv
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and computer and mail. she will be the poster child, if you will, of the democratic attitude on tax reform saying that middle class tax cuts, 2900 per family are crumbs and she is incredibly tone deaf. we saw it in the arizona tape. she has achieved the impossible. less popular than any other major public figure in washington >> bill: how many times does the word crumbs get used in advertising? >> a lot. a lot. >> bill: you have shared with me two specific stories about the life of billy graham. these are really touching. let's talk about 9/11 first, 2001, you are in the white house. what happened, karl? >> well, two of my deputies were in charge of the service at the national cathedral and they suggested that billy graham be asked to participate. and he readily agreed. the difficulty was we had to get him to washington, d.c. on that morning of that
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service, one civilian aircraft was in the skies above the united states. >> bill: aircraft had been grounded across the country at that point. >> one civilian aircraft. bearing billy graham from north carolina to washington, d.c. and tim and matt, i can't remember which one it was but they were literally on an open line listening to the communications to make certain that graham's aircraft was handed off from air traffic controller to air traffic controller and not impeded in its trip to washington one aircraft, civilian aircraft is in the skies above the united states and it bears billy graham. >> bill: i can hear how he touched you in your voice, karl? >> i met him before that and i met him at an event that took place in the big over my shoulder, the texas state capital. in 1995 george w. bush was inaugurated as governor and billy graham had played an important role in bringing him to christ and billy graham
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offered to come and be at his inaugural, a deep honor. and he presided over the inaugural. the night before there was a dinner. sitting in the room was george hw bush and his wife barbara, very close to billy graham and his wife and unbeknownst to anybody in the room the future president of the united states, my job was to meet graham in his room and convey him through the back halls of the back elevators of the hotel to this ballroom so we got to spend a few moments together. i have only twice in my life felt like i was in the presence of -- when i was with a human being, that i felt i was in the presence of the eternal. billy graham was the first time and there was something about the man. he was gentle, he was kind, but there was something seriously about this man that gave off the sense of godliness and service. and it was -- i have always
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remembered that moment because i was so taken with it. >> bill: remarkable story. it begs the question who was the other one in your life? who compares? >> pope john paul who i got to meet twice when i was at the white house. the same thing. you could sense these were men of god. these were people who were deeply -- the spirit of our lord. billy graham, the nicest man in the world. here i am a young guy helping to convey him down a back elevator through a kitchen in order to get him to the dining room and he was such a kind and gentle man and the prayer he gave was so powerful both that day and then the day that he comforted the country. nobody who saw him preach that day in the national cathedral can forget the sense of comfort that he was giving an entire nation that was deeply grieving and many fearful. >> bill: a humble servant. billy graham is the one who
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helped bring george w. bush 43 to god. >> around the table in the family compound in -- young george w. bush would ask questions of billy graham probably slightest flip and slightly a little out of the norm but billy graham took it all and helped bring him to christ. >> bill: in 43's way. thank you, karl, for sharing that with us today. >> you bet. >> sandra: reaction continuing to pour in as we continue to remember the life of billy graham. mike huckabee is here minutes from now on the impact the legendary evangelist had on him and millions of others. with more than 150 ethnic regions to connect to... ...it's the perfect time to find out where your greatness comes from. save 30% at ancestrydna.com.
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>> sandra: congressional democrats are fuming as the trump administration pushes low cost alternative healthcare plans. let's bring in dr. marc siegel to explain what the trump administration is doing and why. >> first of all they're recognizing there is a problem. the problem is that, for example, a 30-year-old under a bronze plan this year in 2018 is averaging $400 a month in premiums. a 30-year-old. many of them can't pay $400 a month. a 50-year-old is averaging $600 a month. you get into the doctor's office and a bronze plan is $8,000 deductible so you aren't even getting any real coverage. these are for the unsubsidized patients in obamacare on the exchanges. the trump administration is saying we're getting rid of the individual mandate. why don't we provide alternative skinny plans where it is more of an ala carte menu. you get the healthcare you may
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actually need. the coverage you need for yourself depending on how healthy you are and what your underlying condition is rather than 10 essential benefits which covers everybody else. and again 5% of americans use 50% of the healthcare. those sick being covered by healthy young people. >> sandra: as a medical professional you're a fan of what you're hearing so far being proposed by the trump administration. >> i like choice. >> sandra: it increases competition. democrats aren't happy about this. this is what nancy pelosi said. americans purchasing these trump care plans will be one diagnosis away from disaster discovering they've been paying for coverage that may not cover basic care such as cancer treatment, preventive care or maternity care. your response. >> we are talking about 12 months here. this is a proposal that will be gap insurance. i would call it gap insurance.
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i'm most interested in coverage for things like catastrophic problems. if you suddenly had a heart attack or got in a car accident you could end up bankrupt. that's a point the democrats have made that i've always agreed with. we need everybody in the country covered for catastrophic. when she is talking about things like cancer care that's a great word to use. cancer care. the latest treatments for cancer care are $400,000 for a one-time treatment. some new technology, no insurance is going to cover this. so there is a problem already with trying to cover the new technologies. obamacare is not doing it. so i think we need scaled-back insurance as a baseline that everybody buys into the system rather than a lot of people saying i'll take the penalty because i can't afford those premiums. >> sandra: interesting stuff. developing story. >> evolving, yes. >> sandra: dr. siegel, thank you. >> bill: the dossier moving forward. republicans want to know a lot of questions who knew what and when as we await the expected release of the democratic memo. stand by on that. the world has lost one of its
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best examples of life. the reverend billy graham has gone to a higher place today as reaction continues to pour into us here at "america's newsroom."
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>> sandra: a fox news alert as the world mourns the loss of one of the most renowned religious figures of our time. christian evangelist billy graham has died at the age of 99. a spokesman saying he died of natural causes this morning at his home in north carolina. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: america's pastor has left. i'm bill hemmer. humble beginnings to a life high on a heavenly mountain. he started his life with dreams of playing baseball learning his true calling in wheaton,
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illinois. >> i want to trust and follow you and invite you into my life as my lord and savior. in jesus' name, amen. >> bill: it was said that at age 16 graham made his personal commitment to christ. his belief taking him on crusades around the world to preach the gospel. he delivered that message to more than 200 million people in more than 185 countries. one of his more memorable roles may be counselor to presidents in the white house where he prayed with every president starting with harry s. truman through barack obama. >> sandra: for more on this we go to governor mike huckabee. former arkansas governor. thank you for joining us this morning. your thoughts as you look back at the life of billy graham. >> you know, sandra, when i heard this morning that billy graham had died i said that's fake news. billy graham is not dead, he is more alive right now than he has ever been. and the fact is that's what he preached is that there is life
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beyond this one because of jesus christ. and his message never waivered from that. if somehow billy graham did not inherit eternal life and if he is not alive right now in a life that will never end, everything he stood for, everything he said is null and void. i don't believe that is so and i think most of the people who heard his message today can say we offer profound condolences to his family but profound gratitude to god that this man showed up on planet earth to point the way to millions of people to the knowledge of christ. >> sandra: you had the great honor of knowing some of his family, governor huckabee. he leaves behind a sister, three daughters, gigi, anne and ruth, his sons franklin and ned and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. you met some of his family members including his sons. >> franklin and i are close friends and, you know, when i
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hear franklin it is almost like i'm in a daze because i think that's billy graham. he is so like his father in so many ways. and like his father, he stays true to the simple and single message of christ. no matter what conversation you have with him, he is going to get it right back to the cross. and that's what made billy graham effective. he didn't waiver, he didn't go off on tangents or get off on issues. he stuck to what he was on earth for. that's what made him so effective. and sandra, the other thing that made him effective in so many years and attempts to attack him for either financial integrity or personal integrity, none of them ever stuck. this was a man who lived an exemplary life as well as who preached the exemplary life of jesus christ. >> sandra: an evolving life he had. here is george h.w. bush in a statement released a few moments ago as we're talking about how many millions including u.s. presidents he touched throughout his life.
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he said i think billy touched the hearts of not only christians but people of all faiths because he was such a good man. i was privileged to have him as a personal friend. he would come to maine to visit with baasha and i and he was a great sport. he loved going fast in my boat. i guess you could say we had that in common. when i said speaking of sports, we're reminded in the family's press release this morning, governor huckabee, of him once saying as a young boy called then billy frank, he preferred baseball to religion. i detested going to church when recalling his youth. it is a remarkable story to look back at this man's life. >> it is. he was a person who came to christ in a revival, a tent revival that he attended with his close friend, grady. and they went to it, heard mordecai hamm preach when he was a teenager. like so many people whose life is focused on christ, he came
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from a place where he was anything but committed to christian values. but his conversion was real. it is a great reminder that there is no person outside god's grace, no person so far from god that they cannot respond to the message and that was his message of life. that he never stopped preaching right up until the time of his death at age 99. >> sandra: a man faithful to his calling. what will be captured in the encryption placed on his grave marker, his family says, is preacher of the gospel of the lord jesus christ. governor huckabee, thank you for sharing your thoughts on billy graham and his long life, dead at the age of 99 this morning. thank you. >> bill: it is extraordinary to see how many people were touched by his life. jimmy carter with a statement talking about how broad minded reverend graham he was and how humble he was and pleased to call him a friend during life and now life eternal. >> sandra: the family giving some details on his funeral.
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a private funeral service is planned at the billy graham library, a date yet to be announced. of course, his wife, ruth, died back in 2007 at the age of 87. she is buried at the billy graham library. we'll await more details. >> bill: other news to get to. let's turn to that right now. big story this hour washington house republicans launching phase 2 of their investigation into the anti-trump dossier. now after weeks of review, democrats on the verge of releasing their own rebuttal memo to phase one. you got that? democrat adam schiff saying political concerns are behind the hold-up but republican devin nunes saying the facts show collusion between the russians and democrats. listen to this here. >> we're having a showdown between the legislative branch and the executive branch. the facts are not bearing out to what the democrats wanted it to be because we have found collusion. we found collusion between the
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democrats specifically the clinton campaign and the democratic national committee and the russians. however, it doesn't seem to be that nobody is interested in that collusion. >> bill: chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is all over this in washington good morning there. >> good morning. this february 9th letter from the white house counsel and the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who reviewed the democrats' counter memo said it would need significant redactions. although the president is inclined to declassify the february 5 memorandum, because it contains numerous properly classified and sensitive passages he is unable to do so at this time. speaking in california yesterday, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee adam schiff who drafted the memo said his team is now working with the f.b.i. which sections need to be blacked out or redacted in the 10-page memo. on alleged surveillance abuses during the 2016 campaign. schiff said some sections will
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have to go. the f.b.i. was acting in good faith, had a good case to make and probable cause to make. schiff said the democrat memo could be public as early as this week. house intelligence committee republicans say the democrats only have themselves to blame and they accuse them of overloading their memo with national security information that could not be made public under any circumstances. >> bill: 24 hours ago another story breaking, another guilty plea in the special counsel case. what more do we have on that? >> london lawyer entered a washington, d.c. federal court late yesterday afternoon and pled guilty to lying to special counsel investigators. van der zwaan, whose father is russian lied about his communications two months before the presidential election. gates was indicted on money laundering charges by the special counsel last fall. they speculate the guilty plea places more pressure on gates to cut a deal and cooperate with special counsel against
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manafort. that is speculation at this point. under the sentencing guidelines van der zwaan faces 25 years in prison but based in court yesterday he is more likely to get six months and a fine not to exceed $10,000 and his sentencing is in early april. >> bill: more to come on that. catherine herridge in d.c. >> sandra: survive ors of last week's shooting in florida are descending on tallahassee today to call for change as president trump weighs bold new gun control action ahead of a listening session with students and teachers at the white house today. steve harrigan is live in parkland, florida for us. >> more than 100 survivors set out to tallahassee yesterday and all today day they're meeting with lawmakers and florida's governor rick scott to try to get some gun control legislation passed in the final
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three weeks of the session. they were visibly upset when the conservative body didn't consider a bill that would outlaw the sale of assault rifles inside the state of florida. there is more of a chance for modest proposals like raising the age limit on buying guns in the state. meantime here we've seen a number of schools walking out. students leaving classes to express their anger about current gun laws. today more than one dozen schools are scheduled to have their students walk out at noon and many of them will be marching here as well. some controversy, too, over the defense of the accused shooter nikolas cruz 19 years old. up until now he has had a public defender. now he could stand to inherit up to $1 million from the state of his adoptive mother. many people saying that money should be used to pay for the lawyer instead of using taxpayer money and we've seen repair work going on inside the school after the shooting. teachers are expected to return
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to school here to return for classes next week. back to you. >> sandra: steve harrigan, thank you. >> bill: 11 minutes past the hour now. there are consistent and constant tributes pouring in from around the world celebrating the life of evangelist billy graham as he died at day break today at the age of 99. brit hume live on his recollections on an amazing man of god. >> sandra: immigration reform and dreamers on stand by. still no deal on capitol hill. will congress have one by the march 5th deadline? ken paxton is here with his take. >> bill: adam schiff working with the department of justice to release the counter memo on the anti-trump dossier. when will we see it? >> it's their own fault. democratic memo was rejected by the f.b.i. and justice department not on policy grounds but they were giving away information. >> tech: at safelite autoglass
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was a political piece? these are all questions that we should be able to get answers to and we will. >> sandra: guy benson the political editor at town hall.com. we're definitely in a wait and see mode. do we see this? >> the democratic memo? i think we do. seems like adam schiff is indicating that will be the case. of course, this is delayed. it has been delayed by two weeks at this point because the democrats apparently loaded up their version of the memo with classified information that may have put intelligence sources and methods at risk. i was on this program a week ago talking to bill and we said this should get done, the d.o.j. and democrats should get together, figure out how to make it work. redact what needs to be blacked out and let us see the heart and case of the memo that the democrats want to put out there. it looks like that's finally going to happen. i think that's a good thing. >> sandra: will it be a true rebuttal? what impact do you think it will have?
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>> it will have impact. there was coverage of the nunes memo. the democrats' chance to say here is what that memo didn't include. to the point you just made a moment ago about the obama administration and the anti-trump dossier, this is not the end of this debate obviously. i referenced on the air last week in this conversation the memo put together by two republican senators on the other side, a criminal referral against christopher steele, the man who put together that dossier about mr. trump. they go much farther than the republicans in the house saying here is what that memo -- or here is what that dossier included and what mattered in it and how certain fisa warrants were obtained and some of the questions raised by the senate memo are still very concerning and open questions. >> sandra: meanwhile there are no questions about the f.b.i. surveillance of carter page.
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a fascinating development and watch this exchange last night on fox news. >> the wiretap for me was issued on october 21st, 2016 and renewed three times 90 days each. that would have gone to october 2017. and it was september 2017 when the f.b.i. was informed about the -- >> it could go backwards. do you believe they were using you as a doorway to get into all of these other trump communications? >> of course. >> do you think they got anything from that? >> well, i think it's the principle of it. that's the thing. >> sandra: that is carter page, donald trump's former campaign advisor saying last night i think the truth will set a lot of people free. >> he will say that. we'll see if the evidence bears him out. i would point out even though i harbor concerns about how that fisa warrant was obtained and renewed multiple times based on
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the grassley/graham senate memo i mentioned a moment ago. i would point out the russian investigation was launched not because of carter page and the fisa investigation. there was another trump-related aide who sparked the interest of what is now the mueller investigation prior to carter page and mr. page was under surveillance from the fisa court under fisa warrants years prior to him ever joining the trump campaign in 2013 and 2014. he was on the f.b.i.'s radar then. to say it was a back door into the trump campaign is to ignore some of the history in mr. page's resume. >> sandra: chairman devin nunes saying the real collusion is -- the only evidence of the of will collusion they're looking for evidence between trump's campaign and the russians. the real collusion is between the russians and the democrats. as far as the mueller probe at this point, where does it go next? >> your guess is as good as
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mine. there is speculation who is getting squeezed and how and what direction mueller might be going. is he looking at jack hayford -- jared and his finances? i'm not sure. nobody knows for mueller and his team. the allegation that the only collusion is between the democrats and russians. there are questions that need to be answered. fusion gps is an interesting organization. the trump tower meeting? the only evidence we have of potential collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. fusion gps that facilitated the anti-donald trump dossier, their fingerprints were all over the trump tower meeting. we shall see. >> sandra: thanks for helping us keep track of all of it. >> trying. >> bill: thank you, sandra, fox news alert right now we're looking live at nasa in florida where vice president mike pence is set to speak any moment. the emotional outpouring in from all over the world to the passing of the reverend billy
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>> i'm totally dependent on him and when i go into the pulpit to preach, i may have to have a little bit of help getting to the pulpit but when i get there, i can sense the presence and power of the lord. >> bill: that's the reverend billy graham passing away earlier today at the age of 99. he dedicated his life to service, which included global crusades to preach the word of
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god. advised decades of presidents. brit hume joins me now. i know your own personal faith and the strength of that and how much you rely on that and your time in our nation's capital seeing billy graham come there for so many years. how do you frame his life >> it was notable he was able to be a friend and counselor to a succession of presidents of both parties, differing political philosophy but he never became a partisan. i never went there. i think he understood his message needed to be communicated to people of many different stripes and he was unquestionably, bill, i think the greatest christian evangelist of our time and arguably of many times. and he had, bill, i think the most enormous gifts as a
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preacher. he had this leaning countenance which imparted a certain authority about him. a great deep, rich voice and he spoke with such conviction of his own faith and his beliefs that what was available and what he had come to was available to everyone, that i think it made people believe. and, you know, it is certainly part of his story that he would convert people by the dozens and hundreds at these great revival meetings that he had. but it also should be remembered the effect he had on certain individuals of whom we know. we all know of the story of george w. bush struggling with alcoholism and trying to find his way in the world and he came to jesus through billy graham. and you remember louie zamporini about whom the book unbroken was written and a movie was made of that. louie was shot down over the pacific on a raft for 47 days
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and then subjected to the most hideous treatment by his japanese captors after he was found. when he came back from the war his life went south and he was lost. and billy graham, he came to christ through billy graham, turned his life around and he lived a rich old age and was kind of a beacon of christian faith in his own way the rest of his life. billy graham. >> bill: what strikes me, brit, in the reflection of the past two hours how many people came into contact with him and their lives were changed forever. the other thought i'm left with today is the reflection we have as a country coming within a week of this massacre in florida. how a 19-year-old american can take a gun into a classroom and seek out to kill as many people as they possibly could. we are left with our own level of -- is it police, school,
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gun laws, mental health. it all goes into the national discourse now and here comes a man who reminds us of a profound life and a life that he led which took him to higher things. and i think that passing reminds us of those higher things today, brit. >> i'm sure one of the things that must have been a disappointment to billy graham as his life wore on in his latter stages was the extent to which people have drifted away from faith in america. attendance in churches, the membership in christian churches particularly is down. christianity may be the fastest growing faith in much of the world but it has been turned away from by millions in this country who don't grow up imbued with that faith the way they once did. and we see the cohesion of
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society suffering because of that. i'm sure that disappointed him. of course, he didn't profess, billy graham, to have the answer to the great issue that c.s. lewis described as the problem of pain. the fact that this merciful and loving god whom we worship permits these hideous atrocities to occur. he didn't have the answer to that but what he had was the message that god is there and will see you through these things. a message that i think has tremendous relevance today. and there is also this about billy graham, bill that's worth noting. for all of the power of his demeanor, he was a very large figure in the sense of the image that he projected and the presence that he had. when you met him, as i did, and as others who like karl rove who have spoken about it so eloquently. his humility is what stood out. he was a very gracious and
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humble man and you couldn't help but admire him and couldn't help but believe whatever he had, you wanted some of that. >> bill: well stated. thank you, brit and thank you for being with us today. brit hume. thank you. >> sandra: it was a hot mic moment heard around the world. do you remember this exchange between president obama and then russian president -- president donald trump responding to critics saying he has been tougher on russia than obama was in his eight years in office. our panel will debate this next. >> bill: you will meet a man today with a vision to arm christians in the fight against isis and how it is becoming a reality. we'll talk to that man coming up. when i received the diagnosis,
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>> sandra: president trump vowing action to protect america's children as the debate on gun safety in america enters a whole new phase. right now kids are walking out of high schools across the state of florida to demand new gun control laws. survivors of the florida shooting are also in tallahassee today trying to meet with state lawmakers. meantime president donald trump will hold a listening session with students and teachers about improving security at our nation's schools including survivors from parkland, families of sandy hook and columbine shootings. he is open to tougher background checks. fox news has learned the president is considering other measures as well including a ban on bump stocks and possibly raising the minimum age required to buy a firearm. >> one of the places where you guys seem to get very confused and seems to happen regularly the president hasn't said that
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russia didn't meddle. he said it didn't have an impact and it wasn't with help from the trump campaign. >> bill: sarah sanders down playing the impact of russian election meddling firing back at the critics what believe president trump hasn't been tough enough on russia. wendy osefo and christopher bedford. how are you doing today? kind of a tender day with billy graham. we wanted to get this segment in anyway. a lot of people are talking about it. the left says you have not been tough on vladimir putin. to the left you say what, chris? >> i would disagree strongly. the obama presidency got off to a slow start on russia. they were kind for the first six years. he had the great joke on mitt romney. the cold war wants their foreign policy back. i wrote down a list of some of the ways that the trump administration has doubled down on what obama did and more. when obama wouldn't go into syria because he didn't want to
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get into a fight with russia. trump didn't have that problem with syria broke chemical weapons laws. when obama put sanctions down the last two years of his presidency the trump administration kept those and added two more rounds and working on a third noun. the obama administration closed two government compounds. obama scrapped the missile treaty, trump is sending missiles over there and natural gas that undermines russia. the obama administration wouldn't give lethal aid to ukraine. trump reversed that. trump administration responded with their own missile and boosted defense spending and maybe most importantly the trump administration has a pro energy agenda. when energy prices go down globally russia is weakened. these are some of the things the trump administration has done. >> bill: you came with your list. wendy, i guess you give him credit for that.
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i think the sales of arms to ukraine is something that hasn't gotten a lot of coverage and sarah sanders mentioned that yesterday. respond to that. maybe you can answer this. what does the left want president trump to do or say? >> great question. you know, i think it is on both sides of the aisle we all know obama could have done more by his own admission he said that's where he felt as though he was weakest. we can't negate what he did. he expelled 35 russian diplomats and imposed russian sanctions and had said russia did meddle in this election and confronted vp putin face-to-face saying you can't continue doing that to the american democracy. we have photographic evidence as well as video evidence of donald trump saying that russia meddling is a hoax. what needs to happen here is the president needs to come out and say russia did meddle in the election and he needs to
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move forward. >> bill: he has pretty much said that. >> you know what? he hasn't said that. >> bill: let me get the question. directly, what does the left want? the president said look, no votes were changed, don't take the election away from me. i worked hard for it and i won. >> you know what? the left wants for the president to actually say that russia did meddle in this election. what the left really wants is for him to impose sanctions against russia. he needs to put together some generals. we have great people in our defense team to come together and put -- he needs to put things together moving forward. >> bill: i remember the reset button, chris. i remember the transmit that i'll have more flexibility after my election. those were some pretty big points that stuck out for a time there during president obama's years. wendy is talking about something that the democrats are not going to let go of. what's the best reaction to it do you think or response from the white house?
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>> you're right. they were too easy. remember this was also after the russian invasion of georgia. not like they hadn't shown their true colors. russia was bell ijent on the world stage the whole time. the left is pushing this like the right was wanting obama to say islamic terror. once he comes out and hits it. donald trump i think is being treated unfairly. the goal post is being moved. he called his campaign working with the russians to try to undermine a hoax. he didn't necessarily call the meddling a hoax. we can argue over what he went. if he says that meddling was done, i don't think it had a big impact on the election. it didn't. it was bad. a little less of the tickle and more of a slap. >> bill: we don't shake this for some time. thank you for your time and chris, thank you for yourself as well. >> sandra: students walking out
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of schools in florida calling for change as the president moves to take bold new action to protect america's children. texas attorney general ken paxton joins us next with his reaction. >> president trump: we must do more to protect our children. we have to do more to protect our children. this week i will be holding a number of discussions with students, local leaders, and law enforcement to develop concrete steps.
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>> president trump: school safety is a top priority for my administration. this includes implementing common sense security measures and addressing mental health issues. in addition, after the deadly shooting in las vegas, i directed attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in las vegas are illegal under
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current law. >> sandra: president donald trump vowing actions to protect our nation's children and hold a listening session today at the white house how to better secure our schools from gun violence. it comes as he considers a number of measures to improve gun safety. students walking out of schools across the nation in solidarity for change today. you are looking live in washington students gathering there. joining me now texas attorney general ken paxton. thank you for joining us this morning. it is an issue you have put a lot of thought into. what needs to happen looking at our president who has got a bunch of options he is putting on the table. he is willing to enact some change. what do you see that needs to be done to secure our nation's children? >> first of all let me say i applaud the president for having this conversation. we've lost too many kids already and so this is definitely a conversation that needs to continue and happen. you know, somebody that's willing to kill somebody and
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violate murder laws won't change their behavior because we've changed regulation. we need to have armed policemen or law enforcement at our schools or at least train people, teachers, to have the ability to defend so if this happens, we have the opportunity to stop the killing. >> sandra: you know, the president is exploring banning these bump stocks. a huge conversation after las vegas back in october. he is talking about tougher background checks, raising the required age to buy a gun. you are looking at students gathering in our nation's capital washington, d.c. today. there are kids walking out of their schools down in florida, gathering at the capitol there in tallahassee. these young people are seeking change and the president is showing a willingness to do so. what would you be able to concede as far as gun reform in this country? >> look, i understand their
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frustration. they have a legitimate concern. we have had too many of these shootings and too many kids that have been killed unnecessarily. so i'm open to considering all of what the president is looking at. i just ultimately think it is not enough. i think ultimately if you want to solve this problem or at least have the opportunity to make it less of a problem you need to have people that can respond immediately. it also i think will act as a deterrent. if the shooters know there are armed people at a school, they are less likely to go into a school. right now it is free rein. you have countries that have that type of security have less of a problem with this. i'm open to these ideas but ultimately i want to solve the problem. >> sandra: still an unstable 19-year-old man was able to go in and buy the gun that he carried out the horrific attack last week. the president tweeted this, whether we're republican or democrat we must now focus on strengthening background checks. ken, would more extensive background checks, had that man
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been given a more extensive background check, would that have prevented him from acquiring that particular gun? >> who knows? it might have helped. i am open to that. we had the issue with the f.b.i. not notifying local officials that this person was somebody of risk. and so we had a breakdown of the system. you can always have problems that make it so that we have opportunities like this for people like this to come into the schools and why i think you ultimately have to have somebody at the school that can react in a more timely fashion than waiting to call 911 and waiting for law enforcement to show up. >> sandra: is texas looking at any changes? >> they'll be back in a year. i won't be surprised if you see changes in texas. we have opportunities now for people, for kids -- for teachers to carry in schools if their superintendents allow. we'll look at more of those types of changes. we have the risk here in texas. we just had the sulfur springs
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shooting at the khirj and we need to deal with churches. >> sandra: what specific changes in what area would you be suggesting that there might be some change in your state? >> i think making it more open or at least encouraging law enforcement at our schools and providing resources for that. i think that should be part of the discussion. state resources to help arm some of these schools or at the very least provide dollars to train teachers so that if we can't afford to do law enforcement we can at least start the process of training our teachers. some of our teachers who are willing to serve in that cap as at the. >> sandra: i want to transition here for a moment if i can to a very important issue for your state. that is immigration. there is no deal yet and a deadline is quickly approaching. will congress get something done? >> we've encouraged that. it is certainly what we were pursuing. we didn't think what president obama did by making up this law was the correct approach.
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look, this has to be resolved by congress or this issue has to -- the issue of the memo that the obama administration was pushing forward has to go away and done the right way. i encourage congress to address it. >> sandra: thank you for your time this morning. >> bill: in a moment here "happening now" rolls your way. molly line has made the trip from boston no new york. good morning. >> the deadly florida school shooting putting gun control into the spotlight. it raises the question. is the media exploiting student survivors? a secret meeting between vice president pence and north korean officials at the olympics canceled at the last minute. why? is this a missed opportunity? remembering america's pastor billy graham. evangelist and counselor to every u.s. president since harry truman has died at the age of 99. a look back at a remarkable
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>> bill: the u.s. forces continue their fight against isis in the middle east and an american from baltimore said he is training several hundred iraqi christians to do the same after years of being terrorized in their own communities. they're a permanent iraqi force. matthew van dyk is with me now and also an international security analyst live in philly.
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good morning to you, matthew. i was curious after seeing your story where the u.s. military was in this. why did they need you? where was the iraqi military in this? why did they need you? just answer that first and we'll move on. >> with the iraqi military faced isis they ran. so did the kurdish peshmerga. they ran in the middle of the night and christians woke up to find isis in their backyards. neither the iraqi army or peshmerga had an interest in training the christian population. it was left to our organization to work with them. we went in, met with their leaders. they had an idea to form a force and within a couple of years we had transformed that idea into a force of hundreds of fighters who were victorious in the fight against isis. >> bill: you are a modern-day mercenary. you found a way to reach them and integrate them into the government in iraq.
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>> right. well, we are a nonprofit organization. we charge nothing for our services. we recruit u.s. military veterans to go and advise, train and supply the forces overseas. we aren't exactly mercenaries. we do it for free and it is a charity. but we had a great success doing it. >> bill: point taken. how many are you now, matthew? >> we deploy teams that average about five members at a time and our total training is we've trained hundreds of iraqi christian. around 400. this year we expand to other countries. >> bill: remarkable work. what's next? what are the other countries? >> we've had requests from nigeria, pakistan, philippines, egypt as well. there are some countries in asia we're look fng at. i'll travel in march in asia to look at a force in a community for security reasons. i can't say which country but there is a lot coming for us.
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>> bill: good luck and stay safe. how do you recruit your members and how do you pay for it? >> go to the website sons of liberty international.com. u.s. military veterans can apply to be deployed overseas and people can go and support us. they can become monthly members and make donations. the majority of our supporters are fox news viewers. >> bill: we'll take that. we take all viewers. matthew, thank you for your time today and good luck. as i said, stay safe, okay? matthew van dyk from philadelphia. >> sandra: new reaction coming in now as the world remembers christian evangelist billy graham. the devoit man of god known as an adviseor to u.s. presidents dying today at 99. a look at his life and legacy next. no, please, please, oh! ♪
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hearts. the world mourns this man of character and this man of god. the words from mitt romney a short time ago. >> an honor to look back at his life today and remember him. that's it for us. "happening now" starts right now. >> jon: a fox news alert. the students of marjory stoneman douglas high school demand tougher gun laws in florida's capital today. president trump will hold a session with victims of gun violence. i'm jon scott. >> molly: i'm molly line. new regulations expected to be one topic the president will talk about later with victims of the florida shooting as well as those affected by sandy hook and columbine shootings. >> president trump: i will be holding a number of discussions with students, local leaders, and law enforcement to develop concrete

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