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that does it for this hour of "fox & friends first." ainsley: stay with "fox & friends" all day on the continuing coverage on the life and legacy of barbara bush. rob: fox and friends starts right now. have a good wednesday. see you later. ♪ ♪ >> former first lady barbara bush has died at the age of 92. >> people saw her character and admired her and she was indeed admirable. >> you are one of the most wildly admired women in the world. >> don't tell me that. >> you are a straight shooter. you say what's on your mind. >> i have given that up for lint. >> mike pompeo made a top secret trip and met with kim jong un. >> they have shaken the dictatorship so badly they will get to a deal. that would be historic achievement. >> one passenger of southwest flight is dead. almost sucked out o of a window after apparent engine explosion. >> what do you say to families of criminal illegal aliens. >> i think fox news exploits this issue. we have criminals who do horrible things all the time. >> a year a break up can't
get over. i'm out there living best life and he wakes up and tweets at me. >> ferris bueller said on his day off life moves pretty fast. ♪ steve: on this wednesday morning, america is mourning the everybody's grandma. former first lady barbara bush passed away in houston at 92 years old. the matriarch of the bush dynasty was battling heart failure and lung cancer. ainsley: we are told she died surrounded by her family at her home in houston holding her husband's hand. brian: i think she had bourbon during the day and that's where we find adam housley died as tributes are pouring in from both sides of the aisle and around the
world. >> you talked about how she was loved beyond the world and houston. everyone seems to have some connection. when i was in college she spoke at pepperdine. gave a fantastic speech. of course the wellesley speech when she talked about possibly the first female president. those tributes are coming in from across the globe. we do have information also about the services. mrs. bush will lie in we pose at saint martin's episcopal church here in texas on a friday. funeral services on saturday will also be at the same church. followed by her burial at the bush library in texas which will be her final resting place, of course, next to her daughter robin. all throughout the evening last night and into this morning, we are getting all sorts of tweets and statements and comments from all sorts of leaders and people that knew and were touched by mrs. bush. president trump tweeted this, melania and i join the nation in celebrating the life of barbara bush. former president bill clinton tweeted barbara bush was a remarkable woman.
she had grittened grace and brains and bruit. fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends her country and her causes. she showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. hillary and i mourn her passing and bless her memory. former president barack obama and his wife put out this partial statement, quote: we will always be grateful to mrs. bush to the generosity she showed us. even more grateful of the way she lived her life as a testament that public service is an important and noble calling as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the american spirit. george w. bush, her son, of course the 43rd statement put out a statement laura, barbara, jenna and i are sad but our souls are settled because we know hers was. barbara bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman like any other who brought lefty, love and literacy to millions. to us she was much more. they said all along barbara
was going to do it her way. we knew she came back here to live her final moments at the home here in houston. the former president 73 years of marriage with her holding her hand and with her the last moment. amazing to think the longest presidential marriage in history 73 years they were married. what they saw, what they accomplished. just truly remarkable. that is all coming out last night into today. you can believe there will be many more tributes to come over the course of the next few days. back to you guys in new york. steve: she was the mother of the president franklin pierce. who was the 14th president of the united states? steve: there is so much to this family. and there is so much to this woman who always say i got through marriage and president bush 41 would give credit for everything he
achieved through this marriage. i was reading back on his back on reflection. and she just talked about how tough it was transitioning from being a two term vice president spouse and then a first lady and then going home. and then eight years later she would be back there for the inauguration of her son. and she talked about her remarkable life and her vision. and actually going from where everything is done for you in the white house, to going home and all of a sudden you realize i haven't driven in 12 years. i haven't cooked in forever. and she says i was a terrible cook. one time bush 43, her son, comes over before a marathon and says eat dinner after the marathon tomorrow. she made pasta. she said it wasn't even edible. he finally said i'm sorry, mom, i like my pasta rare. she says i just was not that great of a cook. ainsley: she was remembered for her strength. everyone who knew her talked about how she didn't hold back when she had an opinion. and i read laura bush's book and she talked about how tough it was meeting her for
the first time and how eventually they just fell in love with one another and how much he admired her. she spoke in that famous speech at wellesley for the commencement speech at the school outside of boston. she said believe in something larger than yourself. life must have joy and chambecherish your relationships with family and friend. what can i learn from her? that's what you can learn right there. her grandson said in a tweet pick up a book today, read it to your child or read it to your grandchild and find an opinion different than your own. today i encourage women or men pick up a book. pick up your children and wear your pearls in honor of her. steve: couple years ago to mark the 24th a anniversary of the barbara bush foundation for family literacy, she called us up. she said we would love to have you come down to houston and talk to us about this project. the reason she got involved with family literacy as it turns out was because her
son neil was dyslexic. this was lifelong ambition. she helped raise hundreds -- many millions of dollars for family literacy. i was lucky enough to sit down in their house in houston right behind where adam housley was just sitting. and it's funny, because, in the late 1990s, there was a poll that came out that said she was 25% more popular than her husband. i talked a little bit -- it was a wide ranging half hour interview. we have a little bit of it this morning. here is one thing that stands out to us about her popularity. steve: you are one of the most widely admired women in the world. >> why? >> i will tell you why. >> never mind. don't tell me that. steve: you are a straight shooter. you say what's on your mind. >> i have given that up for lint. steve: she is feisty and she was fun. ainsley: she said they laughed through the tears. what she remembered most about meeting her husband
was how funny he was and that really attracted her to him. think about what they have been through. losing elections, winning elections, losing a child. she got very involved with helping luk leukemia society because she lost her little girl when she was almost 4 years old. brian: bush 43 would tell you the oldest son. my dad worked so much. my mom was hand ling all the kids. she would be keeping the book at the little league games and bringing me back and forth and reprimanding me and he famously said i have my dad's eyes and basically my mom's personality. newt gingrich and karl rove got together last night and reflected back on the barbara bush they knew. >> she was ferocious. she was pleasant. she was nice. but, in terms of both her husband and her sons, in terms of both jeb's campaign, george w.'s campaign, there is no question she was prepared to go all out. and she was prepared to reach out to every friend she had. and she wanted the family to
do well, and it did. it's a remarkable american family. >> woman of great character, of enormous value. there is going to be a big welcoming party, i suspect, for her. but i'm sure the authorities in heaven is making sure everybody is on their best behavior because mrs. bush had an expectation that you were capable of doing good things and she would let you know if she felt you could do a little bit more to achieve what she thought was possible from you. she was, i met her when i was 22. and she had a smile that could light up the room. brian: when she gets out of the white house, mrs. bush, when you get home, you are going to need a staff how do you plan on paying them. she said i haven't had a job in 46 years. have you got to do this thing called speaking. everyone is going to want to hear you speak and you get a lot of money doing it. she often opened with this story how she wanted to be a better person.
today i'm doing all right, lord, i have not gossipped, lost my temper, been self-indulgent. i have not whined, curled or thought evil thoughts. however i'm going to get out of bed in a few minutes and i will need more help than that. ainsley: very real. we can all relate to that. brian: not you. ainsley: we all try to be better people. it's women like her we look up to in order to help us down that path. steve: she will be laid to rest at the george herbert walker presidential library in college station, texas on saturday. the library has released a little excerpt from a love letter that he wrote to her when he an aviator during the second world war. this was a year and a half after he had met her at christmas dance and said to a friend who is that girl over there? that girl goes to school in south carolina. ainsley: she went to ashley hall which is a private all girls school in downtown charleston. steve: he asked her to
dance. they danced and it was history. ainsley: my darling bar i love you precious with all my heart. and to know that you love me means my life. how often i have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. how lucky our children will be to have a mother like you. i just think about as a mom she lost her daughter. and i believe they are together. steve: she said later, i married the first man i ever kissed. when i tell my children that they just about throw up. she was hilarious. ainsley: she said we kissed in public and i was so excited. steve: and if you will notice, ainsley is wearing a string of pearls today. ainsley: my mom always loved her because she loved her pearls. she always told me she shopped at talbots and my mom likes talbots because of barbara bush. steve: send us your remembrances of barbara bush. we will try to share some on our social media. by the way, at 8:30 eastern
time. maria bartiromo is going to be sitting down live in texas with george w. bush, her son. and laura bush as well. you are going to want to see that. brian: 12 minutes after the hour. james comey is calling president trump crazy ex. >> i'm like a breakup he can't get over. brian: he tweeted back. wait, isn't he one on the media tour all about the president and his personal assessment of the president? ainsley: plus, did members of the obama administration commit federal crimes? that is what our next guest wants to find out. congressman ron desantis is here with an exclusive announcement coming up next. steve: as we mentioned we are going to remember awful day long life and legacy of former first lady barbara bush. ♪ [whispers] the search was intense.
possible crimes. g.o.p. congressman ron desantis joins us. he is on the house judiciary committee. he talks about the exclusive details. what's in this referral? you actually break it down very simply. have you big-time questions and statements. for example, former fbi director james comey, recommendation to draft a letter in the spring before the july sit-down with hillary clinton, not to press any legal charges because intent was already found out. >> that's right, brian. remember, he testified to the congress that he did not make any decision regarding secretary clinton until after she was interviewed. he was asked that specifically by one of my colleagues and, yet, the evidence has he come out since then demonstrates that actually they made this determination months before, not only interviewing secretary clinton, but also interviewing a number of key witnesses. and so the lack of candor with the congress is something that needs to be investigated. brian: he and sally yates begin to draft a letter in may. he didn't sit down with
hillary clinton, not him, but peter strzok one of the people sit down with hillary clinton in july. unbelievable. former secretary of state hillary clinton for disguising patients to fusion gps on mandatory disclosures to the federal election. how did she list it? >> here's the issue. you notice they are supposedly going after michael cohen for fec violation because of this nondisclosure payment. that's not really a theory that's been tried before. i mean, it seems a little odd to me. if that is potentially an offense, well, is it camouflaging these payments? what they did paid from the clinton campaign to a law firm perkins co-y, and then perkinperkins. they disguised the fact that they were funding the dossier. that's not the way the federal election laws are supposed to you work. you are supposed to expose your expenditures. if you are going after cohen why isn't anybody going after how the clintons handled this?
brian: what about attorney general loretta lynch? her focus on a decision to threaten the reprisal of the former fbi informant who tried to come forward with the uranium one deal. >> he testified in front of the congress in the committees that he was threatened by lynch's justice department. we think that's a serious issue. and we think it deserves further investigation. brian: andy mccabe for multiple things. we know he lied, according to the i.g. report four spratt times. you have a different question. during the internal investigation, mccabe lacked candor including candor under oath. that's already been found out. you want to pursue something legally. >> here's the issue, brian, if they are going to go after people like michael flynn for a false statement to the fbi on really tangential fact that wasn't material to any criminal offenses you have the deputy director, remember, he initiate you had the investigation of mike flynn. you have the deputy director lying under oath. is there going to be a
similar case brought against him or do we have two different sets of rules for people. brian: peter strzok and lisa page still on the job. it was strzok to talked to flynn and strzok talked to clinton. have you problems with him. not only that he is full-time employed but he has some questions to answer. >> if you look at those text messages it raises a lot of alarming things, one of which is obstruction of a congressional investigation. he said well, we don't want to provide all the 302s, that will be explosive to congress. they are basically going back and forth acknowledging that they are not fully complying with congress. we need to look at that and obviously a host of other issues that came out of these text messages. brian: there are more in your referral it is very specific. now there is some talk about the doj and fbi coordinating their response, which is problematic. ron desantis, this is getting more complex. but we have got to get to the bottom of it thanks so much. >> thank you. brian: 10 minutes before the bottom of the hour. come up. horror at 30,000 feet a woman killed after plane engine explodes nearly
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narrowed down to five places. but won't elaborate on where just yet. right now, international chem experts are heading to the site of the latest poison gas attack in syria. this as rickenbacker slams claims it delayed access to the site and tampered with evidence. the suspected chemical attack from the assad regime left dozens dead. the state department says sanctions against russia are not off the table. we now know the woman killed when she was partially sucked out of a southwest plane was a mother of two. jennifer record continue's window was shattered after minutes after takeoff from new york. she was pulled waste up out of the plane. they rushed to pull her back inside the cabin. the plane making an emergency landing in philadelphia where passengers were relieved those horrifying moments were over. >> as the plane was just going down, we literally just felt like we were falling from the sky. i looked to my left and the engine is just totally done.
jillian: the pilot tammy jo schultz being hailed a hero. one of the first fighter pilots in the u.s. navy. the nbc ithe ntsb is investigat. ainsley: california member said is apologizing for not condemning college republicans. college paid for event where college republicans held up signs and protesting illegal immigration what the school expressed as hateful views. jonathan turner. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> okay. tell us the story. what happened? >> so, in the case of the event, we went to talk about the issues of immigration because of all the talks about illegal immigrants in the country. we held up signs in support of ice. the school and the student
body saw that as us targeting the illegal immigrants on our campus. specifically targeting them. that just flat out isn't true. ainsley: y'all went to the california college state republican conference. we saw that table. you held up signs and one said ice, ice baby with the ice phone number on the back. the other said i love undocumented firearms. now, the student senate was upset with the republican group, your group doing this? is that right? they sent a letter? who did they sent a letter to? >> the letter was sent to the student body. ainsley: what did it say? >> it basically condemned us for the tabling say would he go should have never been supported in any way by the campus. and that we have no place on our campus. ainsley: how did you feel? how did you react to that. >> i honestly wasn't surprised. our campus is extremely hostile to us.
ainsley: what have they done to you in the past. >> they have fought us in just about everything, to be honest. ainsley: you told some of our producers that they spit on some of the people in your organization? >> yes. actually, that was me. as well as one other. some of the students have walked by yelling threats, throwing things. i mean, various acts of mild violence. ainsley: jonathan, can you understand why some might be upset with your views. >> oh, sure. 100 percent. that's why he reiterate we are always very polite and we are not trying to target any specific student. we are just supporting the ice and its efforts and not trying to deport anyone and that sort of thing on our campus anyways. ainsley: what is your message? what do you want to see done on your campus or in your state? >> in our state we like to see the reversal of the sanctuary city and state
laws. and also just made sure that the borders are secured. ainsley: all right, jonathan, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. ainsley: have a good day. thank you. james comey comparing trump to a crazy ex. >> he has feeted at me probably 50 times. i have been gone for a year. i'm like a breakup he can't get over. ainsley: isn't he the one on the media tour all about this president? this is one of barbara bush's most iconic speeches. the man who wrote it, here to remember her life and legacy coming up next. >> whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you are talking about life. and life really must have joy. it's supposed to be fun. ♪ ♪ ♪
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winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. you will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent. steve: that was one of barbara bush's most iconic speeches delivered to the graduating class of 1990 at wellesley college. brian: former h.w. bush speech writer helped right that speech and he remembers the first lady. thanks so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. brian: what do you remember from the construction of that speech? how did it work with former first lady. >> you know, the reason barbara bush's speeches are so powerful other than her voice itself is that she walked the walk. she lived this life. she never apologized to anybody for who or what she was. this particular speech she had four speeches to give that year. for college commencements. and she brought a group of us together to talk about what that stump speech might be. ainsley: what's happening in this picture right here. that's her with you.
>> this picture was a little bit earlier the previous fall. she gave a smash performance at the al smith dinner. one of the first women to ever be a keynoter and she played them. steve: i remember that so, explain, this edward how did you, a former federal prosecutor here in new york, wind up in the white house where you would be writing speeches for barbara bush? >> well, i was recruited by her husband. i was a federal prosecutor in new york. in a really tragic i want, a d.e.a. agent was assassinated in staten island, i contacted the white house and said the widow was speaking so profoundly about the menace of narcotics and what it's doing to people in new york that the president should call the widow. and instead the president, true to his extraordinary instincts said new york is half hour away i will come up and meet with her and fellow agents. that put together a string of me not speaking to juries for a while but to the president expressing some of those ideas.
brian: before we get to the second sound bite. you sat down with her. great writer. probably the best writer in the family. you were listening to what she believed and the message she wanted to get out. that first where she said priorities. is that something that comes out of question and answer session to construct the speech. >> all of this came from her. like i said, it wasn't just her voice. it was her life. she had -- there are many of us who spend time in our careers who might not credibly give that message, right? this was a woman who had walked the walk. she had devoted her life to friends, family, and faith. and it showed and so when she said it, it had unique moral authority. ainsley: theres with a light-hearted moment in that speech pretty famous. those who are not familiar, let's play a sound bite. >> find the joy in life. because as ferris buehrle said on hills day off. [laughter] >> life moves pretty fast and you don't stop and look around once in a while you are going to miss it. [applause]
tell george not to clap who are for ferris than did you for george. steve: off the cuff ad lib. >> perfect, right? ainsley: when you were writing the speech for her. how much did thee contribute to the speech. >> it was really all her. i was what a scribner. her long identify staff members were creation that season's college message. she frankly didn't really react to the so-called controversy at wellesley. instead, she knew what her message was and she gave it. brian: and her message too is don't be defined by your career. steve: there is more to life than work. ainsley: find joy. >> all true. steve: i remember that particular speech. it was carried on all the networks. >> crazy. steve: tom brokaw, i was working at nbc, he said it
was the greatest speech ever written. kudos to you. >> dud kudos to barbara. steve: both of you. here is another sound bite from that day in massachusetts. >> somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the white house as the president's spouse and i wish him well. [laughter] steve: she wishes him well. that's hilarious. why were they televised, these words? >> there were a couple things all came together at once, right? so the early 1990s were kind of in a post feminist place in our country. women are making every kind of choice under the sun the wellesley example is almost spot on. they had a tradition that she talked about in her speech the winner of the annual hoop race would get married con strange in one
stereotype. by the time barbara bush got there whoever won the first hoop race became the ceo. she incident toed out both of those are stereotypes. both of those attempt to be one size fits all that doesn't begin to imagine the complexity of women and others navigating life. steve: what a story she has had and what a story you have to tell working today. >> extraordinary woman. brian: how did her life affect you? >> anybody who knew her sort of fell in love with her. she was, by many measures, the most remarkable of all the bushes. steve: all right. edward, thank you very much. brian: i think they would agree actually. >> they would. steve: it is now 21 minutes before the top of the hour, jillian joins us. jillian, there is other news as well. jillian: we are following the other stories making headlines. let's start here. democrats want to raise your taxes. house minority whip story cnbc democrats would try to change the tax law if they
take the house in midterm elections. >> raising the tax rate again on the highest income earners. >> look to have revenues as opposed to simply creating more debt. >> dodging the question by saying democrats will focus on increasing revenues by focusing on jobs and infrastructure. making a stop on the late show with stephen colbert. the fired fbi director comparing the president to an obsessive ex-boyfriend. >> he has tweeted at me probably 50 times. i have been gone for a year. i'm like a break judgment he can't get over. i'm out there living my best life and he wakes up in the morning at tweets at me. jillian: comey's book higher loyalty hats sparked major criticism. in one tweet trump calling him a slime ball and in another suggesting he should be in jail. president trump voicing his support for the release of an american pastor on trial in turkey andrew brunson faces 35 years in prison for charges of espionage and aiding terror groups. the president tweeting in part, quote: they call him
a spy but i'm more of a spy than he is. hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs. u.s. officials have been working to release brunson since his arrest in 2016. the san francisco 49ers pulling off epic surprise for a military family. air force tech sergeant rob thomas' family thought they were just getting a tour of levi stadium but someone was waiting for them hiding under a towel in the weight room. >> there you go, man. oh, with tears running down his face, thomas thanked his wife for her sacrifice during his six month deployment. that's a look at your headlines. i wonder how much he actually worked out. steve: no kidding. they worked out a lot of details to get him there then she is probably thinking, oh, wait, what's he doing here? ainsley: she was taking the tour with her kids. and then her husband who
served our country came out from under the towel. steve: awesome. jillian: she stood there in surprise before she ran to him. steve: thank you, jillian. we told you about a business winning a fight with the city after being sighted for si- cited for flying military flags. he is going to join with us a message for america and update. brian: sanctuary show down between jerry brown and the great art jenkins. the confrontation you have got to see next. >> what do you say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens. >> for you to say that we don't care about victims. you have your fox nonsense. (burke) vengeful vermin.
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california so many sanctuary areas want out of this ridiculous crime-infested, and breeding concept. jerry brown is trying to back out of the national guard at the border, but the people of the state are not happy. want security and safety now. ains despite the backlash governor jerry brown is still making it difficult for ice to do its job to combat illegal immigration. our own griff jenkins confronted him about it. griff? >> yeah, good morning, guys. you know, while san diego was voting on their joining the federal lawsuit, governor brown was here in d.c. making his case for his controversial sanctuary law. and he was feeling the pressure when i put the questions to him as to exactly why he continues to do so. take a look. >> the leaders of these local communities. >> yeah. >> from mayors to sheriffs. >> yeah. >> are saying that your law favors the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights and the safety of
those communities. your response. >> absolutely false. i would like to see a scintilla of evidence that would support such outlandish fox proposition. >> hold on, that's not a fox proposition. >> we heard of fake news we have fox news too. >> director of ice and david in l.a. said that the 6-year-old girl in february was killed in fullerton, he says that before your law sb 54 would have been prevented, that illegal criminal alien had previous duis would have been handed over and that might not have happened. >> record for dui. unfortunately they could not honor our detainer. they had to let that individual go. three years later, he kills this poor little girl. california politicians allowed them to work with us, we would be able to prevent these type of crimes. >> that's a lie. do you know why? i don't know if you have an open mind here, but there is nothing that stops any local
official from notifying ice that people are about to be released. in this is a matter of public record. your example, i would like to see that, a lot of people they make very inflammatory remarks, but usually when you study it, that's not the case. >> would you consider if you keep seeing the growing backlash against the law, that maybe a line has been crossed? are you open to change? >> well, look, this is a carefully drawn statute that was radically changed from its original introduction. but no law is perfect. in some ways these lawsuits will help clarify it so, i think it's pretty close to what it ought to be. but we will see what the judges say. and if the cities want to come in, that's fine. let's be honest, there is a lot of politics on this on all sides. i tried to carve a path down the middle to respect our immigrants, to respect our border and to respect our law. griff: what do you say to families of victims of criminal illegal aliens who say had the law not been in
place they wouldn't have this crime. >> i think fox news exploits this issue. we have criminals that do horrible things all the time. which ones may be documented? which ones aren't, look at that we have a very strong law enforcement community in the state. i think the scapegoat, the immigrants by these biased stories, look. griff: with all due respect have you more than a dozen communities. >> with all due respect i want to protect people. for to you say that we don't care about victims is really -- you have your fox nonsense. griff: he calls it nonsense, i would say it's more like a politician resulting to ad hominem attacks when presented with facts like documented crimes committed by illegals that law enforcement says could have been prevented, guys. brian: he wanted to go down the middle by declaring the state a sanctuary state? there is nothing midland about declaring the state a sanctuary state. >> well, that's right. but, you know, what has happened with this law is
it's decriminalized the threshold through which law enforcement and federal officials can cooperate. so, if you moved it appeared made an amendment and changed it perhaps to back where did you have cooperation for any criminal illegal alien, maybe there is an answer there at the end of the day, as he said, the written once before because it went too far and not protecting the communities and now you are seeing this backlash growing. pay attention, real quick guys, by the way. to the los alamitos on openly defy the state law and we could see some developments there in the coming weeks. ainsley: great job asking those tough questions and showing both sides of the story so the viewers can make up their mind after they have heard both sides. thank you so much. griff: thank you. steve: all right. coming up on this wednesday telecast, a bombshell revelation, cia director mike pompeo and kim jong un in a secret sit down meeting. the president just weighed in. that's coming up top of the
for our country. steve: well, just hours after that video was posted, it went viral. that jacksonville business informed it can fly the flags and that offending city worker, the code compliance officer placed on leave. marci moyer is a floor manager at that store, and she joins us right now life from jacksonville, florida. good morning to you, marci. >> hey, good morning. how are you? steve: so when this code compliance officer came to your store and said yeah, you got too many flags, i'm going to write you a ticket. did you all think that she was kidding? >> >> i don't really know what she was thinking when she came into our store. she really came in there with a vengeance. we did think she was kidding. the first issue on the
warning of citation was for a sale flag that was too close to the easement or the set back. steve: right. >> i just kind of overheard her conversation with sean. steve: right. >> and sean is an avid military supporter. steve: yeah. >> it was an interesting exchange. to say the least. steve: we have some surveillance video right there. she is the woman with the blonde hair right there at the counter. >> she is. steve: she, according to sean, your manager there, the employee was rude to one of the customers, a vet, telling him you did nothing for our country. and now, the news this morning is that that woman, melinda power has been suspended. she did apologize on facebook, but that was taken down. what was the reaction by that vet that she appears to be yelling at? >> you know, he is overhearing the entire
conversation. and apparently there is an ordinance or was an ordinance but i guess we were all of the opinion that that's just not one that you come in here to enforce. steve: jacksonville is a military city. >> absolutely. absolutely. steve: it's a red, white, and blue town. it's just nuts that this would happen. thankfully the mayor's said i will not tolerate disparagement or disrespect to the men and women who served. i apologize to the veterans and service members rightly troubled by the events. >> he did. we very thankful and appreciative of that the mayor wasted no time as did the city of jacksonville. i mean, we asked them to stand up and say or do something about this. and they absolutely did. and they did it very timely. so for that we are very thankful. steve: i will tell you what, when people down in jacksonville area drive by your place this morning. jaguar power sports, honk the horn to let them know that you support what they
did. >> they have been -- it is crazy the amount of support. steve: all right. marci moyer, we thank you very much for joining us live. >> thank you so much. steve: all right. straight ahead, we continue to remember the life of barbara bush ♪ pgh i get up, i go to the office, i kill it. i go home, and i repeat. my career is moving forward, but my student loans are going nowhere. it'll take me 20 years to pay them off, but i finally found a way to pay them off sooner, and save money by refinancing with sofi.
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steve: former first lady barbara bush passed away in huge at 92 years old. >> life really must have joy. it's supposed to be fun. >> she walked the walk. she lived this life. she never apologized to anybody for who or what she was. jillian: mike pompeo met with kim jong un in pyongyang. the effort to lay groundwork for a summit between kim and president trump. >> i think they have shaken the dictatorship so badly they may get to a deal. that would be historic achievement. >> horror at 30,000 feet. a woman killed after a plane engine explodes nearly getting her sucked out of the wind dough. griff: what do you say to the families of criminal illegal aliens. >> i think fox news exploits
this issue. we have criminals who do horrible things all the time. >> i have been gone a year. i'm like a breakup he can't get over. >> he kissed me in public and i was so excited. steve: that was it? >> i can't tell you how much i love him. ♪ ♪ steve: america is mourning first lady barbara bush this morning. the woman everybody referred to as everybody's grandma. ainsley: she was the matriarch of the bush dynasty and passioned away at the age of 92 years old surrounded by her family. apparently her husband didn't leave her side yesterday. and she died at her home in houston. brian: worry about him because his own health troubles. tributes pour in from both sides of the aisle and around the world. hey, adam. >> hey, brian, yeah. some people had so many stories about the former first lady whether you knew her or not or whether she
spoke at your school or whether you saw her on television or whether somebody interviewed her. so many tributes coming in. we have a live look at the church where everything will take place later this week. the flags here at half-staff. in fact, all throughout houston we flew in last night as we drove through town. everywhere you look including here i'm standing at the home behind me, all the flags are at half-staff in memory of mrs. bush who will lie in repose at saint martins church in houston, texas on friday. funeral services on saturday at that same church. followed by her burial at the bush presidential library in college station, texas. that will be her final resting place next to her daughter robin. we have three family statements for so you far. george w. in part says, quote: mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. i'm a lucky man that barbara bush is my mother. our family will miss her dearly. president trump will say she will long be remembered for strong devotion to country and family both which she served well. jeb bush says i'm exceptionally privileged to
be the son of george bush and exceptional generous fun-loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as barbara bush. as for public service, there has been so many people calling and recalling her public service as a rock, for example. president obama says she will be remembered for passing those american values on to her children, her grand children, her great grandchildren and to the countenance whom she and george inspired to become points of life in service to others. clinton said she was fierce and feisty. her country and her causes. she showed us what a vibrant full life looks like. as can you see, guys, every minute something new comes. in different comment, a different remembrance. a different memorial for barbara bush. touched so many lives. in the end she was here with her family around her. it's the way she wanted. i talked to a close family friend yesterday who said this is the way barbara boo bara would go.
she loving husband former president, 73 years. as she took her final breath. steve: adam, thank you very much live from downtown houston. barbara bush was instantly recognizable with that white hair and that string of pearls and that funny and firmness that she was famous for. ainsley: you look at someone like this and say what can we learn from her experiences? she was married to a man for 37 years. he became president. her son became president. they lost elections. they won elections. she experienced the deaths of her little girl when she was three years old and died of leukemia. she raised four sons and her other daughter. 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. their love right there did all of that. so many generations are affected. brian: she tried to be effective in all their lives when you have 17 grandchildren. you have the six kids. a lot of the people focus on bush 43 he became president. she would always point out how important the others are just because one of my sons
became president. the other thing to point out, too. is that she was just very proud of the role she played. the other thing to point out you mentioned the white hair. there is a couple times throughout her life that she became so popular that she couldn't go anywhere without signing autographs and taking pictures her husband who happened to be to be the 41st president if you just didye your hair you wouldn't have this problem. steve: when she gave the address at wellesley it was such a big deal. it was carried on all three networks. and the message essentially was and it is so famous is, listen, at the end of your life, you're going to realize there is more to life than just working. remember your friends, remember your family. listen. >> decisions are not irrevocable. choices do come back. and as you set off from wellesley, i hope that many of you will consider making
three very special choices. the first is to believe in something larger than yourself. to get involved in some of the big ideas of our time. and early on, i made another choice, which i hope you will makes a well. whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you're talking about life. and life really must have joy. the third choice that must not be missed is to cherish your human connection. your relationship with family and friends. steve: and that is -- that last part is so important. that is why at the end of her life she talked to the doctors, they said there is nothing else we can do. she said i have got to go home. ainsley: i want to be with my family. steve: absolutely. brian: part of so many historic moments. one of which every day moments that come out, too. she has one story in a book where she says she walked into the beauty parlor and the woman said to her you
look great, how do you feel? i answered her i feel great. let me give you a little advice. when you see a friend who is over 75. stop at you look great. otherwise you will be sure nine times out of 10 they will tell you at great length how they feel. it's horrible to get older and have to listen to other's ailments when yours are so much more interesting. steve: famous wellesley speech she co-wrote with somebody who wrote in her husband's administration. his name edward mcnally. he was with us about a half an hour ago, reflecting about how inspiring she really was. >> the reason barbara bush's speeches are so powerful, other than her voice itself, is that she walked the walk. she lived this life. she never apologized to anybody for who or what she was. she had devoted her life to friends, family, and faith. and it showed and so when she said it, it had unique moral authority. anybody who knew her sort of fell in love with her. she was, by many measures
the most remarkable of all the bushes. ainsley: her husband nicknamed her the silver fox and the other nickname was the enforcer. if you read laura bush's book she talked about how tough and how strong of a woman she was. she wasn't afraid to tell her kids that's not right. that's the wrong thing to do and i need you to change. brian: i remember -- excuse me, i remember bush 43 had this golf tournament for veterans. and afterwards we had a chance to have lunch with him. and he is sitting around and he just leaned back and he just said i cannot believe someone my age has both his parents still alive and talk to. couldn't believe how lucky he was. not only, confer with him. this is what it is like to be president. this is what it is like after being president. i could call former president. ainsley: her grandson tweeted out how everyone should pick up a book and read it to your child or grandchild or find an opinion different than your
own and that's what she did. wear your pearls today in her honor. pick up a book and read it to your child. steve: this is something i didn't realize until much later in her life. and the reason she had embraced family literacy is because her son, neil, was dyslexic. and i wound up getting involved in her organization. i went down to celebration reading in florida a couple of times and it was always a little intimidating because you are supposed to read out of your books. i read out of my book. there is barbara bush who started the foundation. a couple years ago i went to their house in houston, shear a little snippet of our conversation where she talks, among other things, her favorite rule for life. >> let's go back long before you were first lady. i understand you were jogging. >> right. steve: in memorial park here in houston. you were thinking what can i do to make a difference? you came up with reading. >> literacy. steve: literacy.
>> i still feel the same way about it. we changed our focus from adult literacy, which is what we originally did to family literacy are a. feeling if the mother and the child learned together, it just makes such a difference. just the fact that we were in 50 states and not in one state when we started. there were no programs before. and now we are in 50 states. and we have given away, i think, $60 million. steve: as you look back, which of the stages has been mom, grandma, what's really been satisfying? >> all of them. mom i loved. you know, we had babies so early that i could play golf with george w. and throw him off the golf course for profanity. and, i mean, i think we are very, very close, george and i. because we did a lot of things together as young mothers do. and we went through some very tough times, too.
he was my hero. still is. that hurts when people criticize george w. and don't ever dare do it in front of me. or behind me. steve: you are one of the most widely admired women in the world. i was trying to think. >> why? steve: well, i will tell you why. >> never mind. don't answer. don't tell me that. steve: you are a straight shooter. you say what's on your mind. ainsley: great interview. what was she like in person? steve: she was delightful. she came in, the crew had already set everything up. she made a few adjustments. we had a very long. ainsley: she did? steve: we had a very long conversation. afterwards we sat around and talked for about an hour and a half. ainsley: there is a clip from that interview that we played i think "fox & friends first" i saw it, when you handed her some socks. i guess her husband is famous. steve: george herbert walker famous for his socks. i took him some socks. ainsley: you said before i do this interview we are going to talk about literacy, right? she said i want to
impersonate your husband because i am wearing his socks she said okay, fine. great personality. lots of family photos in the back. what was their house like? steve: it was beautiful. i'm going to post a couple of pictures from that day on facebook a little later on. in the meantime, we wanted to hear your reflections on barbara bush and we have got a lot of them. brian: says no matter what your political affiliations she represented kindness and integrity that we as nation are policing. ainsley: as a democrat i have the deepest respect for barbara bush and her and her husband's amazing love story. she was a class act and a heck of a lady. prayers to the bush family. steve: alvin writes the country lost a true lady of grace and class. there will never be another like her. prayers for the bush family. brian: maria bartiromo is going to sit down with bush 43 and former first lady laura bush and we will have some of those highlights a little bit later today.
meanwhile, 12 minutes after the top of the hour, thousand of google's employees protesting the work with the pentagon saying they should not be in the bills of war. our next guest used drones on terrorists and say they should be proud to help our military. ainsley: franks lynn graham is close friends with the bush family, of course. his dad advised him. he joins us live to remember former first lady barbara bush. >> find the joy in life because as ferris buehrle said on his day off. [laughter] >> life moves pretty fast and you don't stop and look around once in a while, you're gonna miss it. [applause] try not to tell george you clapped more for ferris than you clapped for george. [laughter] ainsley: so sweet. ♪ ♪ david.
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else. some say the company should, quote, should not be in the business of war. our next business says they should be proud to help the military as i believe. the author of drone warrior and special ops intelligence analyst greg co-very much used a lot of those. bret, welcome back. welcome back. are you surprised silicon valley is pushing back about this defense contract they got? not surprised at all. living in a bubble out there. they have no idea how the drone program actually works. project maven is a joint venture between google and the pentagon to use google's art official intelligence and machine learning tools to automate the process by which images are classified and identified coming from drones. you know, right now, all around the world, the u.s. government is flying hundreds of drones in varying capacities and those drones are streaming mounds of saidio and images streamed back to headquarters for intel guys like myself to go through
that information and pick out items of interest so that we can make better informed intelligence decisions on the battle field. this ai is supposed to help that allow analysts to identify things the naked eye can't see. what we are seeing here now are google's engineers who have decided that ethical issue with google supporting our nation with their technology and providing that technology to enhance the war fighter. it's absolutely absurd to me with the threats we face in this day and age that this is even up for debate. brian: defense department. america's defense. there is no america if you don't fight for your freedom and fight for the country. if we had no enemies, we wouldn't need it. we have a lot. here is what google says. we believe that google should thought be in the business of war. therefore, we ask that the project maven be canceled and that google draft publicize and enforce a clear policy neither google or contractors will ever build warfare technology.
technology and the private sectors have fueled success in our wars going back to world war i when they say that the army that could get -- use rails to get to the front first would win. now all of a sudden at 2018 we put our foot down and keep technology out of it? >> exactly, so, look, this is silicon valley politics at its finest. what happened to the days when you felt pride when the u.s. government called on a private company to help them with these solutions? and i'm seeing this more and more from these silicon valley companies coming out and acting as if it is some sort of crime against humanity to use their technology to help save lives. the whole intent of this project in the first place is to provide the much needed intelligence expertise to save lives on the battlefield. and really we need more of this. otherwise, we will have bigger problems. brian: unbelievable. it's democracy that allow those ideas to flourish and now it needs to be protected and they want to draw the line. bret, thanks so much.
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the woman killed when she was partially sucked out of a southwest plane. jennifer was a mother of two. her window was shattered by an engine explosion minutes after takeoff from new york. she was pulled waist up out of the plane. fellow passengers raced to pull her back inside of the cabin. making emergency landing in philadelphia. where passengers relived those horrifying moments. >> as the plane was going down. we literally felt like we were following from the sky. i looked to my left and the engine is just totally done. jillian: the pilot, tammy jo schultz being hailed a hero for by lowing it back down to the ground. >> the ntsb is investigating. guys? steve: thank you very much. ainsley: james comey not slowing down following the release of his new tell all. >> felt like you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised that you got
whacked? [laughter] because that's what they do. >> i actually was quite surprised because i thought i'm leading the russia investigation, even though our relationship was becoming stransd, there is no way i'm going to get fired or whacked. steve: didn't turn out to be right. special counsel to president bill clinton, author of the unmaking of the president, lanny davis. good morning to you. >> good morning. he should have been fired and i wouldn't use the word whacked by barack obama, not by president. steve: why? brian: this is how wrong you are. he said barack obama told him he did a great job. he did an honorable thing. that's how he laud barack obama. >> it depends on the moment, i suppose, president obama was being cordial. he was leaving the presidency. everybody knows that an
investigator, an fbi director is not allowed to talk about the evidence and disparage somebody without charging. somebody at the justice department told me there is one thing we don't do here. we don't shame and not charge. that's what comey did on july 5th. when he wrote his letter on october 28th. he violated 50 years of policies of the justice department to do nothing within 60 days of an election. you know why he gets to violate those rules? because he's james comey. it's about i, i, i, i. last night on colbert how many times in this book does he use the word i? it's only about james comey. he should have been fired. ainsley: what was your reaction to that interview last night as far as his presence is concerned? he seemed like, to me, he was much more releaksed. he is having fun with this. is he joking around and enjoying this book tour? >> of course, it's about comey. it's always about comey. when he said he had two choices about writing his letter to conceal and reveal? that's a self-serving false
choice. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, every other lawyer that i have talked to says it's a false choice. you are an fbi investigator. you keep quiet. it's not called conceal. it's called following the rules of due process. only james comey gets to decide to break the rules of the justice department, of due process. do you know why? he is james comey. steve: look, he broke the rules. if you listen to him and you read the book, he broke the rules to save american justice for the most part. >> oh, to save whatever james comey says is american justice. because he doesn't have to follow the rules. he works for the attorney general. he said well, she was compromised because of the tarmac visit of president clinton. he always forgets to mention sally yates, the deputy attorney general. he was not allowed to send that letter without getting her permission. he always forgets to mention that sally yates was his boss. he ignored his boss, do you know why? because he's james comey.
i, i, i, i, i. brian: i understand your frustration, lanny. >> frustration isn't the word. brian: self-examination of hillary clinton's chief of staff huma abedin of doing the idiot move of sending her personal emails to the pedophile anthony weiner's laptop that made anthony put james comey in the driver's seat in this investigation. he does have a valid point that if hillary clinton gets elected three weeks in they will say how could you possibly have suppressed this information? >> first of all, correct the record, she doesn't know there is an automatic program forwarding her emails that she didn't know about. brian: what. >> abedin's emails arriving on anthony weiner's laptop. brian: the cloud did it by itself? >> there was some kind of automatic system to back it up that went to his laptop that she has never been able to sprain. let' -- explain. let's talk about the stupid argument he makes. he is not a politician. he is only the fbi director. he is appointed by the president. he could be fired by the
president. he should have been fired. the fact he said after the election. excuse me, mr. comey, you are not a politician. you don't get to decide that hillary clinton might not be elected. brian: lanny, the department of justice was in bed, it seems, with the hillary clinton camp. so he couldn't count on that. >> let's at least use facts to contradict that so we don't disagree the whole program and ruin your career. brian: i'm brian by the way. >> he leaked his story to the "wall street journal." that hurt hillary clinton. he was trying to say the clinton foundation should have been investigated. so, if anything the facts are there was a bias against hillary clinton the proof being the october 28th letter by comey which violated all the rules, also cost her the presidency. steve: i have got a feeling you are not going to be buying the book. lanny davis, former counsel to bill clinton and friends of hillary clinton. ainsley: who is buying the book. republicans and democrats don't like him. the independents?
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close. and i don't have a fear of death for my precious george or for myself, because i know that there is a great god. and i'm not worried. ainsley: wow. same chair she sat in when she talked to you. here to reflect on his close personal friendship with barbara bush and her strong faith referenced franklin graham. good morning to you, reverend. >> good morning. ainsley: how are you feeling today? you have had a lot of loss over the last few weeks. >> i know what george h. bush is going through. president george h. bush. when my mother passed away, my father never did get over it. even though he lived for another 10 years, my father missed his wife, his soul mate. and i know president george h. bush is going through the same. for all the family. my prayer is that god will
just surround that family and put his loving arms around them. and that will bring the comfort to that family that only he can do. steve: franklin, in that sound bite when she said and that was five years ago, she said i have no fear of death, how does a person get to that stage? >> i think it's because of the assurance, knowing that their soul is secure in the hands of almighty god. i remember a number of years ago, my father telling me that he got a phone call one evening. and barbara bush and george w. at that time, he wasn't president, while george h. was president, had a lively discussion about how you get to heaven. and george w. was explaining to his mother that only born again people are going to get to heaven. she said get me billy graham. the white house operator called my father and got him on the phone and she
explained the conversation. and my father said well, only god is the judge of one's soul. and he is right. he went on to explain also that george w. was right. i believe mrs. bush and no question she knew god. i believe she had put her faith and trust in jesus christ and so that's the comfort for all of us who put our faith in christ. you see, it's jesus that took our sins to the cross. he died in our place. we deserve death because of our sins. but the bible tells us that god so loved the world that whoever believeth in him shouldn't perish but have everlasting life. i know that was her hope and that's our hope as all believers, that one day we will be in the presence of almighty god. not because we are good people but because we have been saved by the blood of the lord jesus christ. brian: everything you read the grahams and bushes were very close. there is a story in barbara
bush's book on reflections that after the crushing defeat to bill clinton, there was inaugural to go to and bill clinton, if i have the story right, asked your dad to do the invocation. and what your dad said is called up president bush 41 and said hey, do you mind if i do this? he said of course, go ahead and do it. i guess he might have thought am i looking like a traitor if i'm with the guy that just beat you. can you talk about that? >> well, of course. and my father was very sensitive because he knew how difficult this was for the bush family. but at the same time, my father realized that this was also another opportunity to bring god into the political debate and to bring god before the nation and president bush understood that and that's why he agreed because he knew that my father was not there to support a politician. but he was there to support the office of the presidency and to support our nation
and remind our nation to look to god. ainsley: what made them -- i feel like it truly was, tom brokaw said the greatest generation. what made them -- they were married for 73 years. is it the fact that they parade together every night? what is the secret? >> oh, you know, my mother, someone asked her that, she said a strong marriage takes two good forgivers. and i think that's probably maybe the secret to this long marriage. and, you know, it also -- she said -- barbara said she never kissed another man. and that is wonderful. you don't hear about that today. so many people go out and have so many sexual experiences before they try to get married. and, yet, her, she had never even kissed another man until she met george h. bush. and so that's just, i think, part of it. she gave him her life and he did the same. and they were each other's
not only best friends but soul meats mates, lovers partnes in life. that's the way it was with my father and mother. they both had something in common. they both loved pearls. my mother always had a string of pearls. mrs. bush always wore a string of pearls. when my mother was dying on her death bed, she wanted her pearls around her neck. i think it has to be generational. i just look at mrs. bush. i see these pictures on television and she has got that string of pearls. and she was such a classy lady. just a class act. she is going to be missed, we will miss her voice. she had such a great sense of humor. brian: franklin, so great that you came on and talked about your personal experiences with people internationally known. you make them seem even more human and more real. franklin graham, thank you so much. ainsley: thank you so much. god bless you and your family. i hope you are doing okay. >> god bless you.
steve: 20 minutes before the top of the hour. this is a fox news alert. brian: chemical weapons inspection in syria delayed because of gunfire. steve: fox news has confirmed gunshots were apparently fired while the u.n. security team was visiting douma, syria. ainsley: the weapons inspectors want to investigate that suspected chemical attack from the assad regime that left dozens of people, moms, babies, dead. the state department says sanctions against russia are not off the table. steve: all right. conor powell is joining us right now from our middle east newsroom with the very latest. conor? >> well, good morning. the syrian government has been saying for about a week or so now that douma is fully under the control of the syrian government and the assad regime and that inspectors could go in there to check out the claims of a chemical weapons attack. now, we thought that could begin as early as this morning, but there was a delay. and now we are hearing that that delay is, in fact, because the security team is part of this inspection
group was actually shot at. now, this follows journalists from the associated press, the britain's independent newspaper. cbs, they were all in douma just in the last couple of days or. so it's not clear what has changed in terms of the security situation. but this inspection team is now being delayed yet again. this is one of the concerns of the international community, including the united states have had with the russian and the assad regime's attempts to get inspectors in there they felt there would be foot-dragging. it would take forever to get inspectors in there. now we are hearing that they have been shot at. it isn't clear who is doing the shooting. but this is another concern about the willingness of the assad regime to actually get inspectors in there guys, back to you. steve: we will see what happens. conor, thank you very much reporting live from jerusalem. brian: let's just assume it was a gas attack. we have a video. sanctuary showdown between governor jerry brown and griff jenkins. i like griff better. the confrontation you have got to see. >> with all due respect you have more than a dozen
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steve: fox news alert. overnight, three more california communities joining more than a dozen others in the fight against that state's sanctuary policy. brian: little by little, this is blowing up on jerry brown. president trump tweeting this earlier. there is a revolution going on in california. some sanctuary areas want out of this ridiculous, crime infested and breeding concept. jerry brown is trying to back out of the national guard at the border, but the people of that state are not happy. they want security and safety now. ainsley: despite all the backlash, governor jerry brown is still making it difficult for ice to diets job to combat illegal immigration. and our own griff jenkins confronted him about it griff? >> good morning, guys. california is really at the
crossroads choosing between illegal immigrants. seeing municipalities rejecting that law and when i pressed governor brown about it, it's apparent he is feeling the pressure. watch. >> the leaders of these local communities from mayors to sheriffs. >> yeah. >> are saying that your law favors the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights and the safety of those communities. your response? >> absolutely false. i would like to see a scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish fox proposition. >> well, hold on. that's not a fox proposition. >> we have heard of fake news. we have fox news, too. griff: director of ice david mayor writtemarin the 6-year-oll killed in fullerton, he said before your law sb-54 would have prevented that criminal illegal alien had previous duis would have been handed over and that might not have happened. >> that's a lie.
do you know why? i don't know if you have an open mind here, but there is nothing that stops any local official from notifying ice that people are about to be released. this is a matter of public record. your example, i would like to see that a lot of people, they make very inflammatory remarks, but study it, that's not the case. >> arrested for a dui. unfortunately they could not honor our detainer. they had to let that individual go. three years later, he kills this poor little girl if california politicians allowed them to work with us, we would be able to prevent these type of crimes. griff: would you consider if you keep seeing the growing backlash against the law maybe a line has been crossed. are you open to change. >> look, this is a carefully drawn statute that was radically changed from its original introduction. but no law is perfect. in some ways these lawsuits will help clarify it. so, i think it's pretty close to what it ought to
be. we will see what the judges say. if the cities want to come in, that's fine. look, let's be honest. there is a loft politics on this on all sides. i tried to carve a path down the middle to respect our immigrants. to respect our border and to respect our law. griff: what do you say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens who say that had the law not been in place they wouldn't have this crime. >> i think fox news exploits this issue. we have criminals that do horrible things all the time. which ones may be documented? which ones are, all the guys are looking at. we have a very strong law enforcement community in the state. i think the scapegoat, the immigrants by these very biased stories, look. griff: with all due respect you have more than a dozen communities -- >> -- with all due respect i want to protect people. for you to say we don't care about victims is really a -- you have your fox nonsense. griff: speaking of protecting people, guys, this law also forces ice agents to go out in the
community to track down people they have detainers on which puts the agents at much greater risk hand over from local law enforcement. brian: he would not want to take those questions from law enforcement to get the answers he walked away. note worthy. who is more important americans orism legal immigrants? he sees a difference. ainsley: griff, thanks for pressing him on that. good job. >> thank you. ainsley: she's images are horrifying a woman nearly gets sucked out of her window after the plane's engine explodes. people pull her back in. how could that happen? that's coming up next. steve: coming up in the next hour, mark steyn and dana perino. put down the remote. we'll be right back. just listen. (vo) there's so much we want to show her. we needed a car that would last long enough to see it all. (avo) subaru outback. ninety eight percent are still on the road after 10 years.
plane's motor exploded mid-air, killed one passenger on board. the ntsb investigating now how it all happened. ainsley: senior editor at flying magazine rob mark is here. people are waking up terrified. people are catching flight and booking flights. i have so many questions for you. what's the safest seat to sit in and do we -- do the aisle seat and not the window seat? >> well, i think the most of the seats are not really the issue. you know, there is -- if anybody is concerned, maybe not sit at the window seat next to the front of the engine. but, these kinds of occur rances are very, very rare. steve: they are, indeed. >> how about the heroic driving by that former navy fighter pilot from kansas, tammy jtammy jo schultz? she really did do an unbelievable job. >> i think, too when you listen to the audio, she sounds extremely calm.
it's almost as if she is ordering carryout at a restaurant. and it's all very matter of fact. the two of the folks in the front did exactly what they needed to do. although i know when the airplane started to dissend very quickly. it scared people. that's what they are taught to do. brian: how does an engine blow a hole in the side of a plane. reconstruct what we know right now. >> what we know, the nbc was ntb was already on site. the chairman was in philly looking at the engine. they could tell it looks like there was metal fatigue on the fan, which is the big fan in the front of the engine and a piece let go and when one piece let's go, and an engine is spinning as quickly as that it sort of tore through the other pieces, and it's supposed to be able to be contained within that engine culling. somehow it got past it and
punctured the fuselage window and that's where all the chaos started. >> that's a very common turbo fan motor used on that particular plane throughout american aviation as well. given the fact that they apparently inspected that motor two days before, what does that tell you? >> well, i think it tells you that you could only inspect visually so much. i mean, if they had even seen the hint of a crack, they would have certainly taken the engine out of service. i mean, southwest airlines is the largest operator of the 737 with this motor. so i mean they really understand these engines well. steve: they do, indeed. robert mark we thank you for joining us today from chicago. ainsley: thank you so much. >> you are most welcome. ainsley: we are remembering barbara bush this morning. the former first lady transcended politics and loved by pretty much everyone. we are live outside of the bush home in houston at the top of the hour ♪ ♪
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about victims. that fox nonsense. >> a breakup he can't get over. >> life really must have joy. it is supposed to be fun. ♪ ainsley: life is supposed to be fun. life really must have joy, she said. america is mourning first lady barbara bush. the woman known as america's grandmother. brian: this is a live look at the white house right now where flags are flying at half-staff. as we all remember her legacy. steve: there is the house she lived in for four years. the matriarch of the bush dynasty passing away yesterday at age 92. she was surrounded by her family. when she was passed she was holding her husband's hand. ainsley: there is the american flag flying behind us at half-staff. that is where we find adam housley down at their house in
houston. tributes pouring in from both sides of the aisle. hey, adam. reporter: sinking in for a lot of people here not only in texas but around the country and the globe. the former first lady passed away behind me. her husband of 73 years, far and away longest in u.s. presidential history holding her happened until the end. she is kept at nearby funeral home arrangements were made for the rest of the week. flags flying at half-staff. around the city of houston when we came in last night you see them everywhere at half-staff. the information we've been told is this mrs. bush will lie in repose eventually at st. martin's episcopal church on friday. funeral services saturday followed by her burial at the bush library in college station, texas. she will be there with her
daughter robin. george w. bush in part said, laura, bash were a, jenna, are sad but we know her soul was settled. she brought lefty, love, lit aty to millions. jeb bush, former governor of florida, says quote, i'm essentially privileged to be the son of george bush and exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was a force of nature known as barbara bush. also across the aisle and from all sorts of politicians who knew the bushes, president clinton, our hearts and prayers go out to president bush and entire bush family she loved so much. through them her remarkable warmth, wit and devotion to our country will live on. former president carter saying she touched hearts of millions with her warmth, generosity, keen wit. matriarch of a family dedicated serving. former president obama weighing in we'll be always grateful to
mrs. bush for the generosity she showed us throughout her time in the white house. more grateful of the way she lived her life, that public service is a important and noble calling that is it what we're hearing from everybody. get it back to you guys in new york. talk about the memories you had. i heard her speak when i was in college. i remember the speech was incredibly witty and incredibly funny. college students might be skeptical sitting around me at the end she won them all over. stories coming in from so many people, guys. we will continue to hear those throughout the day and for the rest of the weekend into the future we remember a remarkable lady. back to you in new york. steve: people were listening to her of college age because she reminded everybody of their grandmother. think about the political family she came from. her father arrest name was marvin pierce. direct descendent of 14th president of the united states, franklin pierce. she married a man who would become president and one of her
children would eventually become president as well. her entire family is filled with family members that gave their live to public service. ainsley: think about the the love they had. they created a large family. four sons, two daughters. her daughter died in 1953 of lukemia, burying your child 3 years old going through that experience of the key was laughter. she and her husband laughed through the tears she said. i can only imagine as a crest shun i believe she is in heaven. she knew she was going to heavy. i know she is holding her daughter now. brian: one of her sons was named marvin. why the first son was not maimed marvin because her father hate the name marvin. meese don't to that. when she told him i'm name him after you, he was emotional. most people can reflect on her she was in the public limelight for so long.
george bush was a war hero by the time he was 19-year-old. when it was time to get a career going she basically was at home with six kids keeping everything together. not living in the life of luxury. then it became a life of service. remember he was cia director. didn't see him for a long time. he goes to china as an ambassador. they experienced that for a while. when they come back, she becomes the second lady and then the first lady. they don't get renewed for another four years, she goes back and become as civilian. she talks about learning to drive for the first time in 12 years. and george w. bush, future president would say, everyone in the neighborhood said look out for the woman with the blue sable. she was terrible driver. had to learn to cook first time in long time. neck thing you know back at inauguration day it is her son getting the oath of office. she looks over there and there is bill clinton. and looks behind and there is al gore. she looks at al gore, i can imagine what he is feeling because i can remember what my
husband felt. ainsley: she was apparently tough as nails. she was born in new york. exactly, new york. she lived i believe in 24 different cities, two dozen cities because he was in the militariliry before they decided to settle down in texas. steve: they moved a lot. she was popular after the bushes left the white house. adam housley talked about how she came to his college graduation and spoke. one of the most famous college commencement speeches ever when she was at wellesley, 1990. it was carried on all three of the networks. and this is a little bit of what she had to say that day up there in wellesley. >> decisions are not irrevocable. choices do come back. and as you set off from wellesley i hope many of you will consider making three very special choices. the first is to believe in something larger than yourself. to get involved in some of the
big ideas of our time. early on i made another choice, which i hope you will make as well. whether you're talking about education, career, or service, you're talking about life, and life really must have joy. the third choice that must not be missed is to cherish your human connection. your relationships with family and friends. steve: that could be why she wanted to be a the home with her family and friends at the end. ainsley: she had a very strong faith. we interviewed reverend franklin graham and he recount as story when he sat down with her. watch the interview. it is pretty much touching. >> i remember a number of years ago my father telling me that he got a phone call one evening and barbara bush and george w. at that time, he want president, as well as george h was president had a lively discussion how you
get to heaven. george w. was explaining to his mother only born again people are going to get to heaven. she said get me billy graham. so the white house operator called my father and got him on the phone and she explained the conversation. and my father said, well, only god is the judge of one's soul. and i believe mrs. bush and, no question, she knew god. ainsley: he also sat down with her for an interview, i was so impressed because she said she and her husband prayed every single night. steve: out loud. ainsley: would pray out loud. she did not have a fear of death. she knew she was going to heaven. steve: she was a remarkable woman at the 25th anniversary of the barbara bush foundation literacy program. they invited "fox & friends" down to houston at that house and i sat down with her a little bit. we had a wide-ranging
conversation. here is a little bit of it. >> let's go back long before you were first lady. i understand you were jogging. >> right. steve: in memorial park here in houston, you were thinking what can i do to make a difference and you came up with reading. >> literacy. steve: literacy. >> i still feel the same way about it. we changed the focused from adult literacy, which we originally did, to family literacy. feeling if the mother and child learned together it make as such a difference. just the fact we're in 50 states and we were not in one state when we started, there were no programs before and now we're in 50 states and we've given away i think $60 million. steve: as you look back, which of the stages has been mom, grandma, what's really been satisfying? >> all of them. mom i loved. you know we had babies so early
i could play golf with george w. and throw him off the golf course for profanity. i mean i think we're very, very close, george and is, because we did a lot of things together as young mother. and we went through some very tough times too. he was, my hero, still is. that hurts when people criticize george w. don't ever dare do it in front of me are or behind me. steve: you are one of the most widely-admired women in the world i was try to think -- >> why? never mind, don't answer that. don't tell me that. steve: you're a straight-shooter. you say what is on your mind. >> i have given that up for lent. ainsley: she didn't like being complimented. they were very humble. brian: they were very down-to-earth. one story after george h.w. bush got knighthood from the queen, he came back home and he says, what does it feel, how did you it feel to be married to a
knight, a real live knight? my answer was get the coffee, sir george. so the last time i had a chance to see bush 41 and mrs. bush was at the super bowl. she was being wheeled into the tunnel. i happened to be sitting right there as they waited because they were going to go and toss the coin in houston, which meant so much to them. i was able to sit there. they just happened to pull up in the tunnel. they wait for their, to their introduction and the crowd went as crazy as they did after the new england patriots won. they were moved by it. they were thrilled by it, as if their first public event. i couldn't believe, they were still on their game. you see players giving respect. ainsley: they all respect him. he is president of the united states of america. she was by his side through it all. steve: absolutely. after they left the white house, they moved down to a beautiful little neighborhood not too far from the center of houston. they would spend half the year
there. then would spend half the year up in kennebunkport in maine at walker point. anyway, we'll continue to remember barbara bush throughout today's telecast. email us, let us know what you remember best. meanwhile in other news, james comey now comparing president trump to a crazy ex. >> he tweeted at me probably 50 times. i've been gone for a year. i'm like a breakup he can't get over. steve: mark styne can not get over comey and mark styne is coming up. brian: democrats host a tax day march to show the president's tax plan isn't working? one american will prove the dems are wrong. he will join us. ainsley: they're crumbs. and we'll remember the life and legacy of former first lady barbara bush.
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>> and that is because of all of you. it's a scam. why is it a scam? look at this! they have put forth a tax bill that gives 83% of the benefits to the top 1%. it's wrong. it's wrong. and we just, we can not let it stand. steve: nancy pelosi and other fellow progross serves rallying at a tax-day march in d.c. trying to discredit the president's tax reform bill. but our next guest, a business owner out in vegas, says he, mr. trump is proof that they are wrong and his by as well. wc welding services is here. he joins us from las vegas. wes thanks for being with us. >> good morning. how are you doing if. steve: i'm doing okay. the democrats were demanding an end to trump tax, which they say will raise taxes for 92 middle class families. but it is your business, as i
understand the taxes resulted in a 20% increase in your employee's benefits and wages, right? >> what happened the competition for jobs, the up swing in the confidence and attitude we had has allowed to us raise our wages. allowed us to make investments we normally couldn't make. steve: right. >> this has been a windfall for our industry. steve: sure. one of the things you were talking to me during the commercial about the fact you do appreciate the president that he is trying to cut regulations to make it easier to operate in this country but you say he is going after china because you appreciate eight, because they are stealing, robbing us blind with the theft of intellectual property. explain what you mean. >> we have a particular invention that handles inefficiencies in underbalance drilling. it has a needs overseas. we're scared to take it overseas to clients and friends because the chinese will simply steal
our technology. it's wrong. we made the investment, research and development here in this country. we legally own that and should be able to retain that. steve: okay. wes, what is your message to democrats in washington yesterday who were trying to get rid of the tax cut that is helping you and your employees? >> it just, i can't believe that you would march in protest something that is going to bring investment in this country, higher-paying jobs, better american jobs. why would you protest more american jobs? i just, i can't add that up. steve: maybe because they feel like, maybe they're on the wrong side of the whole thing, they have to try to make political capital. it ain't working for them right now. wes, thank you very much for joining us from las vegas, telling your story. >> thank you, sir. steve: good enough. 8:20 here in new york city. the media blitz continues. james comey comparing president trump to a crazy ex. last night on late-night tv. mark steyn, come on in, you're
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♪ >> at the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. you will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent. steve: there is more to life than work. joining us right now, we have mark steyn who is joining us -- brian: working. steve: working but not very hard. >> no. eight days a year i think. steve: one thing about the bushes, the family, they are a classy family and she is the
leader. >> well that's true but she actually had a, she had a dignity about her. she was secure in her sense of herself. she didn't think first ladies need to be hip on pop culture or anything like that. she knew who she was, but at the same time she was also very emotional. i remember a friend of mine back in new hampshire who was eight months pregnant and barbara bush rubbed her belly in very affection @way, which is intimate thing to do. ever after my pal drove around with a i miss barbara bush bumper sticker on the back of her mommy van. thing about that is the balance. people want a dignified first lady who connects with you individually. she found that sweet spot in a way that, very few first ladies have done in recent years. brian: i have a theory about that if you look at her upbringing, midland, texas,
became a mom, raising their kids, people think the bushes are loaded, they had a tons of money. they had a middle class upbringing. driving to little league practice. car was beat up. working two or three jobs. she can relate to the average american even though coming from a very prestige just family. >> she was a blue-blood who was not isolated from the currents of american life. i love the way the fact, she just wore what she wore. nobody ever said, well, state banquet for the king of sweden will she be wearing versace or will she be wearing prada? she wore what she wore. steve: a dress and pearls. >> the way her, as i understand it, which is a tragic story, her hair turned prematurely gray when her daughter died and she, she kept it. she kept it like that. she, it is absolutely remarkable actually at that level in
american public life to be so secure if your sense of yourself. ainsley: to embrace who you are be okay with it, not try to change yourself. i felt like too, she was a wrong woman. that generation, i feel like they were more subservient, she was so strong. i feel like the whole family looked to her. she was stalwart and strong and had her own opinions and beliefs. >> because they made, you have to feel, you know, the pain of her husband because no matter how old someone is, and how good a life they have led, to be without someone for the first time in 3/4 of a century, is absolutely terrible thing. they looked like rather kind of odd couple because she went prematurely gray and maternal, he still had, comparatively recently, that goofy, gangly -- brian: jumping out of planes. >> slightly inarticulate thing.
in a sense that maternal role, that kind of mother of the nation type thing she had going on, you could actually physically see it, even when he was vice president. it was there then. brian: mark, no question about it, this is the number one story, james comey book tour can't be ignored. he took the tie off, trying to be the cool guy with stephen colbert, who tends not to like the president. see how he was welcomed. see his theory why president trump tweets about him. >> he tweeted at me probably 50 times. i've been gone for a year. i'm like a break-up he can't get over. brian: do you think he is describing that accurately? >> no. i think james comey, is dating himself. and i think that is actually the problem. it is that he is basically in love with himself. lanny davis, who i don't agree on with anything, he said on your show, i is i, i -- lanny's
carmen miranda, i, i, i love me very much. that's basically -- it's a actually, again going back to what we were talking about with barbara bush, it is about seemliness in a role. if this guy is, how this guy ever became director of the fbi. he seems psychologically unfit. this whole -- he is interested in himself. i think this book will be one of those kind of four-week phenomena that is like forgotten. brian: although affecting the investigation. we'll talk about that another time. steve: its affecting the president because obviously he is impacted by it. he tweeted this morning about mr. comey. here
it is. slippery james comey, the worst fbi director in history was not fired because of the phony russia investigation where, by the way, there was no collusion except by the dems. >> anyone would have fired him. if hillary had won, she would have fired him.
if jeb had won, he would have fired him. if bernie had one, he would have fired comey. the real question here, why obama didn't fire comey. ainsley: seems to be enjoying this? no tie. comes out there. all the interviews are becoming easier and easier. bret baier will interview him. he it will air next week. he will ask him tough questions. >> i dispute simply in 2018 not wearing a necktie is enough to change a self-obsessed dork into the biggest hipster on the planet. steve: how do you feel. >> i take my tie -- what we were say about barbara bush. you have to be secure in a sense, it is pathetic, people used to mock these apocryphal stories about j. edgar hoover wearing a dress. j. edgar hoover is not dumb enough simply thinking taking my tie off i'm a rock star.
that is ridiculous. brian: good point. we have not talked about j. edgar hoover wearing a dress in a while. >> that's an, i don't believe that ever been -- when james comey comes out in a dress, i will take an interest in his book. steve: that will be a fox news alert. thank you, mark. brian: thanks a lot mark steyn. more on passing of barbara bush. we were discussing that. we'll do it with dana perino. she served as president george w. bush's press secretary and remembers the former first lady as well. steve: sanctuary showdown between governor jerry brown and griff jenkins. the confrontation from d.c. yesterday. >> when you say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens -- >> for you to say we don't care about victims -- your fox nonsense.
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ainsley: back with a fox news alert, overnight three more california communities joining more than a dozen others in the fight against the state's sanctuary policies. steve: president trump already tweeting this morning, quote, there is a revolution going on in california. so many sanctuary areas. want out of this ridiculous and crime and breeding concept, infested breeding concept that is to say. jerry brown is trying to back out of the national guard at the border but the people of the state are not happy. they want security and safety now. brian: despite the backlash, governor jerry brown is still making it difficult for i.c.e. to do a job and combat illegal immigration. our own griff jenkins was confronting to the governor who decided to go to washington, d.c., to explain himself. first he had to deal with griff. hey, griff. reporter: california is very much in the cross, san diego in the latest growing against the sanctuary law. governor brown was in washington making the case for it. he was feeling pressure when i asked him about it.
if leaders of these local communities from mayors to sheriffs are saying that your law favors the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights and safety of those communities, your response? >> absolutely false. like to see a scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish fox proposition. >> well hold on. that is not a fox proposition. >> we heard of fake news. we have fox news too. >> director of i.c.e., david marron, if l.a., said that the 6-year-old girl in february, was killed in fullerton, grace, he says that before your law sb 54 would have been prevented, that illegal criminal alien had previous duis and would have been handed over and that might not have happened. well the governor may not spend enough time talking to low al i.c.e. leaders because we do. here is what they told us. >> he was arrested for a dui.
unfortunately they could not honor our detainer. they had to let that individual go. three years late he kills this poor little girl. if california politicians allowed them to work with us we would be able to prevent these type of crimes. reporter: after the exchange, guys, i asked the governor if he had anything to say the families of victims of illegal criminal aliens since the law has taken effect in january. watch this. >> that's a lie. you know why? i don't know if you have an open mind here, but there is nothing that stops any local official from notifying i.c.e. that people are about to be released. this is a matter of public record. your example, i would like to see that a lot of people, they make very inflammatory remarks but usually when you study it, that is not the case. reporter: would you consider, if you keep seeing the growing backlash against the law, that maybe a line has been crossed? are you open to change? >> well look, this is a
carefully-drawn statute that was radically changed from its original introduction but no law is perfect. in some ways these lawsuits will help clarify it. so, i think it is pretty close to what it ought to be but we'll see what the judges say and if the cities want to come in, that's fine. but look, let's be honest there is a lot of politics in this, on all sides. i tried to carve a path down the middle to respect our immigrants, to respect our border and respect our law. reporter: what do you say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens who say that had the law not been in place they wouldn't have this problem? >> i think fox news exploit this is issue. we have criminals that do horrible things all the time. which ones may be documented, which ones aren't, i will look at that, but we have a very strong law enforcement community in the state. i think toscape goat the immigrants very biased stories i don't think -- reporter: with all due respect you have have does communities.
>> with all dupree speck i want to respect people. your fox nonsense. reporter: the law also puts i.c.e. agents greater danger the risks of going into the communities where illegal criminal aliens were released. beforehand they were handed over in a safe transfer. guys? steve: makes it harder to do their jobs. griff, good job. brian: maria bartiromo went over to dallas to speak in leadership conference which i understand she played a major role in organizing. she was on schedule to speak to the 43rd president of the united states. with the passing of his mother, the former first lady, barbara bush, it was a real poignant time to be talking to him. here is a little of that interview. >> i told her i loved here's the thing. she had great faith. she truly believes that she, there is an afterlife. that she will be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving good and therefore did not fear
death. and as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted. steve: look at that. ainsley: strong. steve: they're at the george bush center at smu. they will go ahead to have that later today. he was answering the question. tell me about the last conversation you had with your mother. he was not at her deathbed but had been contacting and talking to her right up until the end. ainsley: wow. she said her greatest joy was being a mother. you asked her what she, did you ask her what she liked better being mother or grandmother, great-grandmother. steve: mother. ainsley: she was extremely close to him because she said i was so young when i had him. we were at every event together. what a remarkable woman. laura was wearing her pearls. did you if it is that. they are such strong family. brian: 20 minutes before the top of the hour. other news taking place. very busy news morning. hey, jillian. jillian: let's get caught up with a fox news alert.
one day after an engine blew up in midair a southwest plane is forced to land after a bird strike. the jet landed safely in nashville. the woman killed in tuesday's southwest explosion was a mother of two. jennifer riordan was pulled out of the plane. fellow passengers races to the pull her back inside. the plane making emergency landing in philadelphia. passengers reliving the horrifying moments. >> as the plane was just going down we literally felt like we were falling from the sky. i looked to the my left, the engine was totally done. jillian: tammy jo schultz a navy pilot, is a hero for saving the plane. faa is investigating. they investigate james comey, hillary clinton and several obama era officials for crimes. the house judiciary committee leader joins us with exclusive details. >> i had serious issues with
candor with congress. obviously classified information. mccabe is documented liar under oath. the lack of candor with the congress is something that needs to be investigated. jillian: desantis says a dozen committee members backed his letter. send it back to you. steve: criminal referral. that is big. thanks very much, jillian. straight ahead, a bombshell revelation. we didn't see this coming. mike pompeo sat down with kim jong-un in a secret meeting. the president weighed in officially. we will tell you what he is saying next. ainsley: plus dana perino served as president george w. bush's press secretary. she joins us to remember the former first lady laura -- barbara bush. ♪ allergies with sinus congestion and pressure?
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steve: this is a fox news alert. what were you doing over easter weekend? well, mike pompeo, the cia director, sat down with kim jong-un in north korea to talk about the upcoming summit between him and the president of the united states. ainsley: yes. he, president told reporters we have had talks at extremely high levels. that led reporters to ask, what do you mean by that? that's when reporters found out that mike pompeo had met with kim jong-un preparing for this. the president was down in mar-a-lago with the prime minister of japan. and japan's president was trying to convince him, hey, when you talk to kim jong-un, please consider our country as well and make sure we don't have to worry about the missiles, short or medium missiles they could send our way. brian: turns out japan is
concerned about that. they want to be dealt in. they were more enthused about involved in six-party talks. now pretty much face-to-face. the president is looking at couple locations. he tweeted this out that it went well. meeting went very smoothly and a good rip formed. details of up is mitt being worked out. denuclearization would be great and for south career and north korea already talking about finallying the war when we ceased the violence in 1953, we never signed an armistice and they didn't. more power to you. go ahead and do it. pretty extrordinary. one of the places they're thinking about hanoi, vietnam. another place, the capital of mongolia see steve they're talking about five different locations. none in the united states. the last time anybody at that level went to north korea was madeleine albright back in 2000. mr. pompeo went there to make sure they could smooth out any differences. just to look kim jong-un in the eye, okay, you're serious about
this, right? apparently he said, yep. that is why they're going to proceed. brian: that is why the cia director would be a great secretary of state. he is at the forefront of these negotiations. hopefully will get the vote and passed and confirmed next week. steve: tell rand paul. that is one of the problems. 12 minutes etch about the top of the hour. dana perino served as george w. bush's press secretary, remembering barbara bush. ainsley: wearing her pearls. brian: we'll check in with sandra smith for what is coming up at top of the hour. >> good morning everybody. big news we're following, we're learning about the secret meeting between secretary of state nominee mike pompeo and kim jong-un. ed royce joins us live. nikki haley pushing back at the white house saying i don't get confused. what that is in response to. the nation mourns of loss of an icon. react sun pouring in from around the globe this morning as we
>> i told her i loved here is the thing. she had great faith. she truly believes that she is, there is an afterlife. that she will be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving god and therefore did not fear death. and as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted. ainsley: moments ago former president george w. bush weighing in on the death of his mother and her legacy in that exclusive interview. steve: dana perino, you know her, she served as press secretary to george w. bush,
close personal friend of the bush family, joins us live. you worked in the administration of george w. bush. >> yes. >> what would happen when his father came to town? >> when 41 came to down, 41 would come over to the press secretary office and would say, is the boss around? he loved to catch up on the press, a little gossip a little bit. but i also remember my good friend, jeanie momo, she ran media affairs for us. she asked barbara bush when she was in town would she be willing to do a literacy psa, to recall that. she got a call, barbara bush is not feeling well, she has the flu. i totally understand. she is coming. she is feeling a little tired. we'll be there. we're going to do it. she cuts psa, jeanie says, ma'am, thank you so much. i'm afraid i'm going to get fired because i had you do this while you had the flu. barbara bush, said, jeanie, don't worry, he may be the president but i'm still his mother. ainsley: that is good.
i was anchoring "fox & friends" on the weekend, tony snow had just passed away. she called, barbara bush called with her husband, president bush and they said we're lying in bed. we just learned the news by watching "fox & friends" and they wanted to remember tony and say some nice things about him. you ended up getting the job after that. what was that experience like? >> it was, tony snow was such a remarkable press secretary in many ways but a wonderful human in every way. people that knew him as i did, as a colleague or him as a father, an amazing father and a terrific friend to lots of people. and barbara bush and george bush had a very wonderful way of making sure that everybody felt special. they had amazing capacity for love. she wanted to be known as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. but she is so much, she is so much more. i think you see that today. it is, wonderful to see in today's day and age. everyone lifting up the memory
of barbara bush and a life of such great consequence. brian: great-grandmother. by the way, president bush 43 spoke about the last time he spoke to his mom. had kind of a funny story with maria. >> there is a lot of condolences pouring in. laura and i and our entire family are very grateful for people's prayers and sympathies. it is, it's the end of a beautiful life. we had a wonderful visit. she was strong, lucid. >> funny still. >> funny. she and i were needling each other and doctor came in and she turned why to the doctor you know why george w. is the way he is. the doctor looks surprised. because i drank and smoke when i was pregnant with him. steve: the story in houston, apparently on the deathbed surrounded by her family with bourbon. >> george w. bush used to say, with all due affection. i got my daddy's eyes, my mama's
mouth. both things used to get him this trouble. both barbara bush and george w. bush very close. he is stalwart. they're dignified. this is a family he is willing to show his emotions but i do think that underneath he is roiling inside. he was the fir born son. he was there when robin, his little sister died, which was so traumatic for the family. they have gone on to do amazing work for public service and taught me a lot about loyalty and how it goes both ways. >> best story, best memory that comes to mind? >> she came to do a mentoring event of mine in houston. i asked her to do it. why would you want me? i never work ad day in my life? she was kind of joking. all she did she never earned a paycheck. when she was there, she talked to george and to me. loyalty goes both ways. brian: great insight 2:00. and "the five."
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>> bill: continue to send your remembrances of barbara bush. >> god bless the bush family. may she rest in peace. >> bill: good morning. 9:00 here in north korea city. we're learning about a face-to-face meeting with the c.i.a. director mike pompeo and kim jong-un, the reclusive north korean leader while reports of gunfire in syria blocking u.n. inspectors from reaching the site of that chemical attack and also this morning america says farewell to an icon and former first lady barbara bush. what a life and sense of nostalgia we gathered last night when the news came to us. i'm bill hemmer, sandra, good morning to you. >> sandra: a beautiful morning looking back at her long life. those who knew her best are praising barbara bush for her devotion to the nation, her faith, and her family.