tv Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith FOX News April 18, 2018 6:00am-8:00am PDT
>> 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. she passed away yesterday
surrounded by loved ones, her husband of 73 years, former president george w. bush holding her hand. we'll have more on her life, memory and tributes pouring in. >> bill: the white house confirms president trump sent mike pompeo on a secret mission with kim jong-un in pyongyang 10 days ago. >> sandra: breaking now in syria reports that chemical weapons inspectors have been delayed near douma after gunfire at the site of this month's chemical attack. >> bill: team fox coverage now. adam housley live outside the bush residence in texas. start with the news on pompeo
and north korea, kevin -- they feel like pompeo is the right man to carry that assignment forward. the president talking about it. he is confirming exactly this, that mike pompeo met with kim jong-un in north korea last week. meeting went very smoothly. a good relationship was formed and goes on to add details of summit are being worked out now. denuclearization would be a great thing for the world but also for north korea. it comes ahead of a summit later this year. we're hearing late may, possibly into june. as that changes on the ground depending on what happens around the globe. while expectations remain real -- relatively low there are signs of cautious optimism. >> we have had talks at the highest level. we have had talks at the highest level. it is going very well.
we'll see what happens. >> we'll see what happens has been consistently the message from the president. clearly they would like to have something hammered out ahead of time so they can say whether the meeting goes swimmingly or not they have delivered on something. >> bill: a long way to go. what is the trump administration's response on that? >> well listen, there is an old saying, if you don't know what the message is, pass on any questions about it. they would like to have something hammered out whether it's north korea, syria, russian sanctions, but you don't want to get in a situation, bill, where one side is saying something and the other side is saying something else. in this case larry kudlow sort of kicked a hornet's nest by suggesting that nikki haley had a bit of confusion when it comes to the possible timing of russian sanctions, additional possible sanctions for their support of assad regime so yesterday in answering a
question kudlow said she may have been a little confused about the timing of the roll-out. that didn't sit too well with the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley telling our dana perino, with all due respect, i don't get confused. now, kudlow did call to apologize but it is also important to point out the administration has not rolled out new sanctions publicly. if they do they promise they'll be on the same page. >> bill: thank you, the day is just starting there in florida. thank you very much. >> sandra: the nation mourning former first lady barbara bush, an out pouring of love and support from all over the country. her oldest son former president george w. bush and laura sharing memories with maria bartiromo this morning. >> warm and wonderful until you got out of line. she wasn't too warm and wonderful. she was awesome. >> she was funny and fierce and said her mind. it's a great role model for me
for sure. i learned how to be a first lady. >> were you able to say goodbye? >> yes, in person and on the phone. laura and i went over to see her a week ago saturday and we had a wonderful visit. she was strong, lucid. >> funny still. >> she and i were needling each other. the doctor came in and said do you want to know why george w. is the way she is? because i drank and smokeed when i was pregnant with him. she is funny. she had great faith. she truly believes that she is -- there is an after life, that she will be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving god and therefore did not fear death. as a result of her soul being comforted on her deathbed, my soul is comforted. >> sandra: wonderful memories shared by her eldest son. adam housley is live outside
the bush residence in houston this morning. good morning. >> memories being echoed by so many whether they knew her or had a chance to see her as a college speaker or saw her on television. remarkable woman she was memorialized around the globe. all sorts of remembrances coming in. we have a live look now at the funeral home where the flag is at half staff across houston and the country the flags are flying at half staff in honor of the former first lady. we have more details, too, coming this week in regards to her services. mrs. bush will lie in repose at st. martin's in houston on friday. funeral services saturday at the church and burial at the bush presidential library, her final resting place buried next to her daughter, robin. who passed away at a young age. the first lady a relentless proponent of family literacy
passed away at 92. survived by her husband and held her hand until the very end. five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. amazing remembrances somg in from people across the aisle as well. the obamas with a statement saying we'll always be grateful to mrs. bush for the generosity she showed us for our time in the white house and living her life, former president bill clinton tweeted barbara bush was a remarkable woman. she was fierce and feisty. she showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. hillary and i mourn her passing and bless her memory. barbara went home on her terms, with her family on her terms until the end and the love of her life. what i life it was. we'll learn more about that
throughout the week and more memories are coming in from people all over the globe. whether people knew her personally or from afar. back to you in new york. >> sandra: what a life. >> bill: want to bring in newt gingrich, former speaker of the house. good day to you. i hope my mother was listening to that comment about smoking and drinking while pregnant. might explain a lot about me. kidding. i felt a lot of nostalgia last night and again today. what is your reaction on the passing of barbara bush at 92? >> she really did become america's grandmother. of all the first ladies that i've known of, she had a unique role partly because she was the wife of one president who had also been vice president and then she was the mother of another president. so the length of time she was in public life and the way she handled herself with the kind of dignity and humor but also a
firmness. she represented a generation, the greatest generation that fought world war ii, she and george hw bush waited to get married while he went to the navy. the youngest naval pilot in the war. was shot down and rescued by an american submarine. almost a fairytale story in some ways. i think that came through to people over time so she became a part of the very fabric. we were watching earlier this morning the coverage on fox and friends and how unlike almost any other first lady she became part of the fabric of american life because we saw her for so many years and she was consistently barbara bush. she was never anybody else. she never worried about being anybody else and she was happily a spouse, mother and public figure. >> bill: her funeral is saturday. a lot of remembrances over the next several days.
a lot of news to get to. the syria inspectors have been fired on from the u.n. i imagine that's not much of a surprise to you. a cat and mouse game in syria and iraq. that's yet to be settled. the north korea story mike pompeo going there easter weekend. why do you laugh about that? >> first of all thinking about the democrats in the senate now wrestling with whether or not to vote for pompeo to be secretary of state. this is a guy who graduated first at west point. graduated first at harvard law school and just proved he is capable of quiet diplomacy by going as the c.i.a. director to sit down with the dictator of north korea. i believe that there is a very real chance that the trump policy of firmness is leading kim jong-un to decide that he actually wants a deal. i think that would be remarkably historic and i think that having willingness to meet with him, going through this
process really opens up possibilities that are very important. and i think frankly puts pressure on the senate to confirm pompeo as secretary of state. it is absurd they're being slow about this. other people, hillary clinton, john kerry, got anticipated by republicans by huge margins because they didn't politicize approving secretary of state. i would hope today with this news that democrats would recognize that mike pompeo can be a good diplomat and that he is very prepared to negotiate even with the toughest dictator on the planet. >> bill: appreciate your comments. hope to speak to you again soon. barbara bush code name in the white house was tranquility which is probably where she is now. my favorite quote. i married the first man i ever kissed. when i tell this to my children they just about throw up >> sandra: 73 years of marriage you need a good sense of humor.
another california county taking a stand against the state's sanctuary laws. >> today marks the day that we sent a clear message to governor brown. enough is enough. in san diego we're committed to putting our public safety first. >> sandra: why governor jerry brown says low life politicians are to blame for the backlash. >> bill: also president trump's pick of the supreme court siding with liberals to strike down part of a deportation law. we'll talk about that with mike mccaul out of texas. >> sandra: terrifying moments inside a southwest airplane after the engine explodes in the air. what we are now learning about what may have caused this tragedy. >> as the plane was going down we were felt like we were falling from the skie. i looked to my left and the engine is totally done.
>> the fact is america has 10 to 11 million people that are here and they are human beings, they have families, it's very important that they be integrated in a humane, intelligent way. but instead it's just an inflammatory football that very low life politicians like to exploit and i think it's shocking, it's despicable. >> bill: that's the governor jerry brown from california
ramping up the sanctuary state laws. san diego county voting to join the trump administration's lawsuit against sacramento making it the largest county to back the effort. michael mccaul is here. good day and good morning. welcome back here. you had a lot of pockets of orange counties, towns of population 8,000 to 12,000. they went first about a month ago. but san diego county is a big deal and i'm just -- i get the sense the backlash is growing. what is your sense? >> beyond that. san diego county one of the largest. i met with the orange county sheriff as well to try to find a way to get around this defiance of federal law. if anybody is playing politics i think it's governor brown defying federal ice detainers put on criminal aliens and not allowing ice to receive them at the jails but rather have to find them in neighborhoods, putting everybody in danger. this is really -- i was a federal prosecutor before and
after 9/11, joint terrorism task force. the goal is to work federal, state and local together to remove dangerous people from the country. and bill, you know, a lot of times we couldn't prove a terrorism charge but most of the time we got them deported on immigration charges. what he is putting is putting the people of california and the united states in great jeopardy the and danger. >> bill: the point to be made here is san diego is across the border from tijuana and exposed to a major border crossing. watch to see what imperial county does and see if they follow suit. you have judge gorsuch siding with liberals talking about crimes of violence written-in-law. it's too vague. i assume the suggestion is that folks like you and congress have to fix it, right? >> well, of course it's very disappointing that president trump's pick has gone this direction. i think he is going to make it
more difficult now to deport criminal aliens saying it's a vague and arbitrary and doesn't fall in line with due process. chairman goodlatte and i. i had the border security bill. goodlatte has fixing the legal loopholes and addressing daca. i think it puts more urgency on congress to act now to get this bill passed in the congress and signed into law. >> bill: here is the president's comment on that. congress must close loopholes that block the removal of dangerous criminal areas aggravated fellons, a public safety. house and senate must pass a fix to insure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society. is congress ready to do that or not, sir? >> congress has to be ready for this. i put a lot of pressure on my leadership in conference to get this done. time is not on our side.
the clock is ticking. i think with the supreme court decision now it puts a deadline on congress which congress has to have deadlines to act unfortunately. i'm pushing my bill very hard. >> bill: 40 minutes you have a hearing about the serial bomber in austin, texas. what did the boston bombing teach you how to catch him? what did you learn? >> you remember covering the boston bombing when i was first chairman. the oversight hearings. a lot of flags were missed. he was on the radar. the boston police commissioner knew nothing about the fact he had a terrorist in his own backyard. we fixed a lot of problems between the f.b.i. and local law enforcement after those hearings we had with the boston bombing. and i think in a lot of those changes have helped in the austin case where you saw 500 federal agents deployed to austin working hand in glove with state and locals, very different from the boston
episode. and we apprehended -- he blew himself up at the end but it was a great success story. >> bill: we'll watch that hearing at 10:00 a.m. thank you for your time today. appreciate you coming in. sandra, what's next? >> sandra: james comey summing up his beef with president trump like this. >> he tweeted at me probably 50 times. i've been gone for a year. i'm like a breakup he can't get over. he wakes up in the morning -- [applause] >> sandra: james comey continuing his media blitz, this time taking it to late night tv. is it harming the agency he left behind? some agents think so. we'll speak to one of them. >> bill: also reflecting on the life of barbara bush, brit hume on the first lady he has known for nearly four decades. >> 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
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ah. oh hello. that lady, these houses! yes, yes and yes. and don't forget about them. uh huh, sure. still yes! xfinity delivers gig speed to more homes than anyone. now you can get it, too. welcome to the party. somewhere out in this audience may be someone who might follow in my footsteps and preside over the white house as the president's spouse and i wish him well. >> sandra: that was just one of the memorable moments at her time as first lady delivering a speech in 1990. she loved being first lady and took pride in making the most
of the role as she saw it. my next guest new the former first lady for nearly 40 years. joining me now by phone is fox news political analyst brit hume. good morning. your thoughts as we look back at this incredibly special person to our country's life. >> the nation has lost a woman who was remarkably beloved and uncontroversial despite she had strong opinions and high standards. she managed to be that way and yet beloved and basically non-controversial, which is a remarkable achievement in this age in which we live. >> sandra: it was amazing to hear from her son, george w., the former president even this morning a few days ago still had her sense of humor and it showed up in the commencement address we showed you where she
took a moment to tell those graduating students how important it is to find the joy in life. listen to this. >> find the joy in life because as ferris bueller said on his day off, life moves pretty fast and you don't stop and look around once in a while you are going to miss it. [applause] i won't tell george you clapped more for ferris than george. >> sandra: such a strong and funny woman. >> she had a sense of centeredness about her that was quite clear. she used to say when she was first lady, what happens at your house is more important than what happens at the white house, which is a reflection of her view of the prime nature of family relationships, time with family, as a central feature in
your life. you can't see in that photo that was just on the screen with me and kim, my wife, at the bush library in college station, texas. it was december 2016, pearl harbor remembrances. the bushes sitting there towering were doing what they were always doing when i saw them together time and time out and especially recently. they were holding hands. and the closeness of that relationship was something to behold. this is a 73 year marriage. a remarkable thing. there you see that? there you go. remarkable thing in today's age and it was a marriage i think that set an example for the country. old-fashioned values. older people committed to one another for a very long period of time with an exceptional family around them. >> sandra: a beautiful story of love as well and not without hardships. as we all know they lost their
daughter, robin, at a young age. she hadn't quite reached their fourth birthday and she died of leukemia. >> she did. i received quite a lot of sympathy from the bushes when my own son died some years ago. and he once said to me that he and barbara, bar as he called her when he wasn't calling her the silver fox, another one of his nicknames for her. had felt a certain sympathy for me on the loss of a child because they had been through the same experience. what a family they had. exceptional people all of them. >> sandra: they certainly were. she was a woman unlike any other. brit, wonderful to have you share your thoughts and look back at her life with us this morning. thank you. >> bill: there will be a lot of reference to the hand holding, too, in the end. chief of staff at george w. bush's office in hudson reports he held his wife's hand all day
on tuesday while being at her side while she died. >> sandra: her family was reading to her all the way through the last days and hours. that is what she wanted. >> bill: more coming up on that. in the meantime there is a lot of reaction now about a secret meeting between the c.i.a. director mike pompeo and the north korean dictator kim jong-un. ed royce has more on that coming up live in a moment from the hill. >> sandra: plus an explosion on a southwest flight leaves a mother of two dead. how the airline is responding and the story passengers are telling about the terrifying moments miles up in the air. >> it felt like we were at our highest altitude. we heard a large, loud bang on the left side of the airplane. and learned later it was the engine that blew. hello, aloe.
that c.i.a. director mike pompeo met with kim jong-un, the secretary of state nominee laying the ground work for an upcoming summit with president trump in north korea. trump acknowledging the meeting this morning on twitter saying mike pompeo meant with kim jong-un in north korea last week. meeting went very smoothly. a good relationship was formed. details of summit are being worked out now. denuclearization will be a great thing for world but also for north korea. we're joined now by chairman of the house foreign affairs committee ed royce. thank you for joining us this morning. could you give us any more information on that meeting that we're just now learning about? >> yes. the meeting that mike pompeo had with kim jong-un is a meeting to establish sort of our understanding going into this arrangement and make certain kim jong-un is there at the table in order to talk
about denuclearization. let me make this point, in the past the north koreans have used talks in order to extract concessions, in order to buy time as they've continued to build up their nuclear weapons program, their missile program. it's the desire of this administration to apply maximum pressure and not to allow that to happen, but to get in agreement which we can verify. and so this is just part of laying the ground work. >> sandra: so as the president's tweet mentioned this meeting took place last week, we have gotten confirmation from the white house this meeting took place over easter weekend, which would have been april 1st. perhaps the president was referencing back in time but it was a couple weeks ago. is there any further details on the date and time of that meeting? this was the goal of mike pompeo going over there to work some of these details out. >> what i can just share with
you in terms of the calculus here, i'm the author of the legislation to put the sanctions on north korea, is that it's our desire to continue to apply this ounce by ounce and to stay steadfast with our allies in the region, with south korea, japan and with the international community that all seek not only to apply the sanctions that we have put in place, but also the sanctions that nikki haley got through the security council. and we believe that that maximum pressure strategy is working in terms of getting north korea potentially to the table here for an agreement. >> sandra: you say potentially, mr. chairman. at this point in time is it your expectation that the meeting between the president and kim jong-un will happen? >> we will see. but we are taking the steps
that are necessary. and let me share with you and reiterate what i think that primary strategy has to be, which is to continue to ratchet up that pressure, not to back down in any way in terms of application of the sanctions against every financial institution, shipping company, any country that attempts to circumvent the sanctions. this is our surest way to a desirable result. we want a peaceful resolution to a problem that otherwise is a great threat to our country and to the world. and that would be to have kim jong-un develop the capability to miniaturize one of these atomic weapon he was with a missile. with the range those missiles have that's a threat everywhere. that's the intent.
>> sandra: meanwhile i know you'll be chairing a hearing this morning. u.s. policy toward a turbulent middle east. syria will come up. there is news this morning the syria chemical weapons inspector visit has been postponed after gunfire. do you have any further details on what is happening there? >> we've had great reluctance on the part of the syrian regime. but i can tell you there are 35 examples where we have found evidence -- hard evidence that they have used gas. and what i can also tell you is that in terms of the gas factories that existed, we hit those factories, along with the british and the french, with the support of turkey and other countries in the region, that want one principle to stand, and that is after 100 years of international agreement that chemicals are not to be deployed and especially not
against civilian populations, and especially from our standpoint when u.s. troops are fighting isis there on the ground in syria, we do not want assad to be using chemical weapons. and now some of that capacity at least, the capacity we know about, has been taken out. and i think that sends a very strong message. we expect assad to make it difficult for us to sort of do the follow-up work on the ground in terms of the chemical weaponry. we've seen plenty of evidence in terms of what was dropped out of those helicopters. >> sandra: chairman, we thank you for your time this morning and know you'll be chairing that hearing that starts at 10:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. we'll look for an update from you and your committee. thank you very much, sir. >> thank you very much. >> bill: breaking details now on that southwest flight whose engine exploded midair at 30,000 feet. a woman nearly sucked out of the plane after a piece of
shrapnel broke her window. julie, what more have they learned about this. >> this morning we're talking about two women, the female passenger who was killed in yesterday's southwest flight and the female pilot hailed as a hero for saving the rest of the passengers in an emergency landing. the deceased passenger is jennifer riordan from albuquerque, new mexico described as a wonderful woman and wells fargo banking executive. a woman was partially sucked out of a window after shrapnel broke the window she was sitting next to. it has been confirmed this morning riordan was that passenger. >> engine went out and had a window go out. the lady go out the window. and we couldn't pull her in, we got her pulled in and tried to resuscitate her.
>> the southwest airlines pilot who called for emergency services to be prepared on scene upon the plane's landing is being hailed as a hero for successfully landing the plane without more passengers being injured. schultz was one of the first female fighter pilots for the u.s. navy and started at the airline in 1994. southwest airline ceo says she and the flight crew handled the situation magnificently and did their job superbly. aviation experts tell me what occurred is an uncontained flowing a fan blade, a rare occurrence but it does happen on occasion. this exact same thing happened in 2016. look at these pictures side-by-side. same engine, same airline, and same damage short of that window puncture. look at this photo of the engine aboard a southwest flight in 2016 compared to the one that failed yesterday. the pilots, crew and passengers
worked together to survive the flight. ntsb says the investigation with last 12 to 15 months. >> bill: julie on that story today. more breaking news that you have, so many people involved had social media accounts that are keeping track and they are eyewitnesses to these stories each and every time. remarkable stuff in that story. >> sandra: a top republican lawmaker calling for an investigation to a concerning level of coordination between justice department and the f.b.i. during the clinton email investigation. we'll dig into all of that. >> bill: also james comey soaking up the limelight. next stop on the media blitz tour late night tv. a former f.b.i. agent will react to the latest interview coming up next. >> did it feel like you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised that you got whacked? >> why would you fire the f.b.i. director who is leading the russia investigation? >> because you are leading the russia investigation.
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>> he tweeted at me probably 50 times. i've been gone for a year. i'm like a breakup he can't get over. he wakes up in the morning -- i'm out there living my best life. he wakes up in the morning and tweets at me. >> he needs to move on. >> it is not okay for the president of the united states to say a private citizen should be in jail. not normal, not acceptable and not okay. >> bill: james comey last night with stephen colbert and the ongoing feud with him and the president. former f.b.i. agents are criticizing comey and they are now public including this man, ron hosko, former f.b.i. assistant director. ron, how are you and good morning. welcome back to our program. tell me about the issues that are created by a book and what will be in the end perhaps dozens of interviews?
>> well, first every f.b.i. agent knows that the ideal witness is the witness who has made one statement, sticks to that statement. there are not multiple iterations of it. and so there is a belief that every additional statement -- relevant statement here creates additional risk if jim comey is to be a witness in the future by bob mueller or somebody else. the other part of it here is -- it goes to jim comey as entertainment. i think that a lot of the retiree -- f.b.i. retired workforce and current workforce has great concern about the -- what is expected to be the dignity of the person, of the office they occupy, the f.b.i. director. and now it is kind of devolving into entertainment. i saw some of your clips earlier on colbert and frankly
some of this is -- should not be a laughing matter. the f.b.i.'s -- the criticisms of the f.b.i. that jim comey and the organization was involved in helping decide the election is troubling. and the notion of the f.b.i. as entertainment now on the back end of that a year later is, i think, very concerning to men and women who work so hard to preserve the f.b.i. as an independent organization. >> bill: how well do you think you know james comey? >> i worked for jim comey for eight months. he took over for bob mueller. i worked closely with jim. i liked him. >> bill: back up a little bit and answer your question. why do you think he is approaching it this way? >> you know, good question. if you look at the history here of the july 5th press conference that was extraordinary. and had i done that as a senior executive in a similar way, i would have feared being fired
for it and expected to be fired for it. >> bill: the press conference about hillary clinton's email investigation, right? >> that's right. and then you go forward to the leaks later that year again shocking to those of us who have been in the organization. very, very troubling. and as you know, the f.b.i. is looking actively for leakers, andy mccabe was just terminated from his position for lying about handing information or directing briefings to the media. and so another act that is very unconventional. writing a book within a year of being fired, again very unconventional and now in effect entertainment. so all those things i think are of great concern to the workforce in an organization that is typically very conservative. these are beyond our norms. >> bill: has been, yeah. quickly if i could in 30 seconds or less mitch mcconnell told neil cavuto that he will
not bring up legislation that would protect bob mueller. he said the president has not indicated he will get rid of bob mueller. do you think that's the right call? >> i would have to understand the law first. i know there is a balance of power between the different branches of government. can congress make that move prematurely? i think that will be the claim. i think bob mueller's investigation needs to reach its logical conclusion and troubling to hear the president threatening that. >> bill: i hope you come back. ron hosko with us out of washington, d.c. >> sandra: president trump weighing in on the latest claims from former porn star stormy daniels and what she says this man did to keep her quiet. h time for this man to take a bite of turkey. but for cyber criminals it's plenty of time to launch thousands of attacks. luckily security analysts and watson are on his side. spotting threats faster and protecting his data with the most securely encrypted main frame in the world.
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close more than 8,000 stores for one afternoon next month to conduct racial bias training after two black men were arrested at a philadelphia starbucks who refused to leave while waiting for their friend. it went viral and sparked days of protest. 26,000 stores, they will close 8,000. >> sandra: president trump -- daniels unveiled the sketch on the view of the man she says confronted her in a las vegas parking lot back in 2011. laura engel joins us live with this. >> president trump weighing in on stormy daniels appearance on the view yesterday. this is where daniels and her attorney talked about the alleged suspect and offered a reward to help find the man who she says threatened her. she was asked a lot of pointed questions about her alleged one-night sexual encounter with the president in 2006 but the
sketch was really the newsmaker because it was the first time we've seen this. earlier this morning president trump tweeting a sketch years later about a non-existent man, a total con job playing the fake news media for fools but they know it. and there was more action in the case of president trump's personal attorney michael cohen who appeared in court monday with his legal team to turn over a list of his client names and press a federal judge into allowing them to view all the items seized from his home, office and hotel room last week. prosecutors also told the judge they would let her know today how long it will take to make copies of everything for cohen's team to look over for any possible attorney/client privilege conflicts. the judge said she wanted both sides to submit a list of special masters, neutral parties who they would be okay with to look through the documents if she decides to appoint one and late last night cohen's team submitted that list with four names. that has been turned in. and one last development.
stormy daniels has granted another interview. reportedly to penthouse magazine and says that she will donate the $130,000 she was paid by cohen for what she calls hushed money to planned parenthood and mr. trump in cohen's name if she wins her legal case against them seeking to void the non-disclosure agreement she signed but trump didn't. >> sandra: laura, thank you. >> bill: did you hear about this? a top secret meeting between the c.i.a. director mike pompeo and north korean dictator kim jong-un that occurred over easter weekend. so what are we learning about that coming up. also remembering the life of barbara bush. more on her legacy both as first lady and a mother to america.
with kim jong-un over easter weekend as the administration moves forward with plans for what would be an historic summit between president trump and the north korean leader. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. from the category of things that never fail to surprise, right, we get this. the news breaking only hours after president trump said the two sides were holding talks at quote extremely high levels. that reaction in florida yesterday. newt gingrich last hour on "america's newsroom" saying the meeting bodes well for denuclearization. >> i believe there is a very real chance the trump policy of firmness is leading kim jong-un to decide that he actually wants a deal. i think that would be remarkably historic and i think that having a willingness to meet with him, going through this process really opens up
possibilities that are very important. and i think frankly puts pressure on the senate to confirm pompeo as secretary of state. >> bill: this is intriguing at so many levels. rich edson live at the state department. good morning there. the visit with kim jong-un must have happened before the confirmation hearing of last week, correct? >> it did, bill. about a week and a half before that confirmation hearing. and leading up to the hearing aides close to pompeo were telling us he was directly involved in the discussions for this potential meeting between president trump and kim jong-un. now we know how involved he was. so at this hearing last week he is sitting there fielding questions about north korea from senators having just sat down with kim jong-un the north korean dictator in north korea about a week and a half before. in that session, he said that the united states refused to rule out the idea there could be a military action against north korea, though he stressed there is a lot of diplomacy before then. also he said the u.s. does not want regime change in north
korea. what is unknown about the summit that's upcoming between the president and dictator is when, where and where will north korea have that summit and are the u.s. and north korea willing to give up certain things? what will north korea give up and the united states give up as a result of all this? >> we've been snuckered before. there is a risk here. i'm certain the players are aware of that. in the meantime, rich, you have the two koreas talking about an end to the korean war something that has been waiting 70 years to be settled. >> that's right. before president trump is scheduled to meet with kim jong-un the south korean president will meet with kim jong-un in a summit in korea. what's the question there? reports saying can they get to an armistice. they're talking about it on levels below the leadership level now. this is an ongoing discussion
since 1953. they might get to it next week. >> bill: rich, thank you. a lot to track there. rich edson from the state department today. thank you, rich. >> as important as your obligations as a doctor, a lawyer, a business leader will be, you are a human being first. and those human connections with spouses, with children, with friends are the most important investment you will ever make. [applause] >> sandra: that address back in 1990 at wellesley college. america and the world are remembering the former first lady barbara bush and celebrating her life and legacy. she died last night in houston with her family beside her. her oldest son earlier with maria bartiromo recalling a dinner conversation at the white house. >> mother and i, we occasionally would argue. not argue, we would debate.
different opinions. and we were having a theological discussion and, you know, i was basically saying what the new testament said about going to heaven and mother said what about her friend mustafa and we went back and forth. she said i'm going to call billy graham. >> she was the first lady and she could and did. >> billy is on the phone and we explained the issue and he finally said look, you two, i agree with the new testament but i want to remind you two, you don't get to play god. pretty good lesson for today, by the way. >> sandra: special moment earlier. marc thaoeson, fox news contributor. your thoughts as we look back at the life and legacy of barbara bush this morning. >> i didn't have the privilege of knowing her personally but i worked for seven years for her son but i benefited indirectly from her wisdom and good
parenting. she was a remarkable woman. example of grace and leaves a beautiful legacy behind in the family she raised and presided over. it is interesting you played that clip from her speech at wellesley college back when she was first lady, a lot of people -- everyone talk about the wonderful family she left behind. a lot of people on the left attacked her and huge protest over her speaking at wellesley college because she was only a wife and mother and her fame came from being march aoefd to a man. she told those students and gave a beautiful commencement address the quote was at the end of your life you will never regret having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or closing one more deal. you will regret time not spent with a husband, child, or parent. she didn't die with those regrets and a wonderful example to america. >> sandra: she held her husband of 73 years all the way to the end, the moment she died. meanwhile, it is an incredibly busy news day, marc.
and we're looking out across the globe and still so much uncertainty over in syria and north korea. now that we have learned that mike pompeo the c.i.a. director secretly met with kim jong-un. what do you make of the timing of all this? we've now confirmed this happened over easter weekend before his confirmation hearings. >> just as jesus went to hell on easter saturday mike pompeo got to go to north korea which some would say is also hell. the reality is it's not surprising that mike pompeo went to pyongyang to meet with kim jong-un. most presidential summits with world leaders high stakes like this are usually the result of months, if not years of diplomacy conducted at the cabinet level before the two leaders meet. we haven't had these kind of diplomatic contacts with north korea for many years and a lot of work needs to be done in order to have a successful summit. i think that despite mike pompeo is a very good work in pyongyang we need to go into
this summit with very low expectations. first problem is that kim jong-un isn't going to give up his nuclear weapons. he saw what happened to qaddafi and ukraine. he is not planning to be the third person to suffer from that. and what he wants to do is he wants to extort money from the united states. he wants to separate us from our allies. and so we need to go in with a eyes wide open what he is trying to achieve. >> sandra: the president confirming that meeting took place in a tweet this morning but also saying that the north korea and south korea have his blessing the try to end the decades-long war. mike pompeo met with kim jong-un in north korea last weekend. good relationship. details of summit are being worked out now. denuclearization will be a great thing for the world but also for north korea. what do you think about the north and south coming together and potentially ending this war? >> it's a show.
the truth is the north's objective and internal propaganda is all about north korean reunification. the reason he is pursuing these weapons is because he wants to forcibly reunify north and south korea and hold american cities hostage so he can tell the united states if you interfere, then we're going to -- i'll nuke los angeles or washington or new york. so he is not seeking to give up his nuclear weapons. trying to isolate the president, trying to isolate the united states. he wants to come out of this senate with the u.s. to blame for the failure to reach an agreement or he wants to have a fake agreement like his father had with bill clinton where he promises to give stuff up but then ex torts a lot of money from us and goes ahead with his plans anyway. >> sandra: thank you for joining us this morning. more ahead on barbara bush. two members of the george w. bush administration a former speech writer and press
secretary dana perino will be joining us. >> bill: you wonder kim jong-un over the past several decades have wanted the americans to be at the table. he has mike pompeo at the table. what will we get for it? we're about to find out real soon. >> sandra: both sides have to give something up. >> bill: fox news alert. why the investigation into hillary clinton's email service now mark meadows says he has uncovered intelligence suggesting a high level of coordination between the justice department and the f.b.i. when it came to the clinton matter. okay. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge. a lot of intelligence in there. good morning to you. what have you found out about this alleged connection? >> thank you, bill. good morning. according to the letter obtained by fox news newly uncovered emails and text messages raise new questions about james comey's congressional testimony and public statements there was no coordination between the f.b.i. and justice department about his decision and statement to
recommend against criminal charges in the clinton email case. in july 2016 he took the unusual step of announcing at this press event he was recommending against criminal charges for the mishandling of classified information for clinton's use of a personal server for government business. comey said at the time and later testified that the decision and the statement was made independently. investigators working for republican congressman mark meadows say texts between strzok and page suggest something else. those texts were sent july 1 just four days before comey's announcement and in those texts they discuss a leak to the "new york times" that attorney general loretta lynch would except comey's recommendation. he looks like hell. appear choreographed. all major networks accepting f.b.i. director's recommendation. awful timing. nothing we can do about it. what i meant was, did d.o.j. tell us yesterday they were doing this?
so comey added that language. page texted back, i think we had some warning of it. i know they sent some statement to comey's chief of staff because he called andy. that's a reference to andrew mccabe. last night the chairman of the house government oversight committee says he wants a formal investigation by the justice department's internal watchdog. >> i'll send it to the inspector general and send it to the department of the f.b.i. to the extent that there is an allegation that false testimony was given, congress is not the entity to investigate that. i think it fits most neatly with horowitz is doing nou, looking at just how unprecedented this investigation was in 2016. >> we reached out to the f.b.i. and justice department last night and no immediate response. if we get something new we'll bring it to you. >> sandra: breaking news on the ground in syria. brand-new reports that the u.n. inspectors have not been able
to access the chemical attack site due to gunfire in the area. we'll bring you the latest on that. >> bill: also james comey cranks up his feud with president trump. another interview now and why a journalist said the f.b.i. director has more in common with the president than he cares to admit. what's that about? >> sandra: we're learning more about the harrowing moments on board a southwest airlines flight forced the make an emergency landing because of a blown engine. >> we rushed to grab that lady to pull her back in. she was out of the plane. he couldn't do it by himself. another gentleman came over to help get her back in the plane and they got her. she was pretty much out of the plane and they pulled her back in.
>> sandra: right now the house foreign affairs committee holding a hearing on turbulence in the middle east as it is reported gunfire at the suspected gas attack in syria has been delayed -- delayed the arrival of chemical weapons inspectors. tom rogan writes on foreign policy for "the washington examiner" as we continue to learn what is happening on the ground there in syria, now we know there is a delay with those inspectors getting in there, tom. >> there is only a delay because the russians want there to be a delay to continue to clean up the site, which is to say remove any evidence of a
chemical weapons strike which we knew occurred there. we know they're cleaning up the site. president trump should declassify that information and get nikki haley to confront the russians at the u.n. they are playing games over the bodies of dead children. >> sandra: what needs to happen as far as sanctions on russia? are more necessary? >> i think they are. look, i understand that the impulse towards dealing with russia should be based on a constructive basis, punishment where necessary and practical engagement where possible. but in this case where we see in the aftermath of both the u.s. strike and the original incident the russians still playing games. they know we know they're doing this. there has to be a response that signifies look, all right, if you want to escalate as they are in hiding the truth, we have to escalate as well. i think we should introduce
sanctions specifically targeting those military and intelligence officers at the lower levels who are responsible here and sending the message it won't be forgotten. >> sandra: if and when those inspectors are able to get in there with asked senator rand paul what he thinks they'll find. listen. >> i think this is a real question. i think that assad is either the dumbest dictator on the planet or he didn't do it. you think about it. they've been winning the war for over a year. the only thing that galvanizes world opposition to the assad regime is the use of chemical weapons. >> sandra: your response. >> i just honestly think it's embarrassing he knows better -- rand paul is a bright guy and goes to his briefings on the senate foreign relations committee and knows that's not the case. as a senator he is entitled to privileged information. i wish that he would talk to some of his colleagues on the intelligence committee. perhaps then he would get a better insight. it is simply not true. again, the reason that assad
does this with putin and why they'll do it again is that they think there are no feasible consequences to it. fortunately president trump has taken more steps than his predecessor in dealing with it. until you impose costs for this kind of activity, then it will continue. the final point here is ultimately it is not about those dead children as tragic as that is. it's about the principle in the 21st century that chemical, biological, one day nuclear weapons are absolutely unusable in terms of both civil and military situations. if you don't enforce that, well get ready for the whirlwind in the coming years. every other nation will say why not use it and terrorize and kill those who we wish to terrorize and kill. >> sandra: the briefings on syria, lawmakers are in disagreement whether or not the president had the authority to act without congress with that air strike. and there are reports defense secretary jim mattis wanted some sort of congressional approval or notification.
we're not quite sure at this point. that seems to be coming out of that meeting before that strike happened in syria. and he was overruled. have you been able to dig into this anymore? >> well, i don't know specifically what jim mattis position was, as a marine commander, he wants clarity of command and president trump i think in terms of authorizing this strike in pretty rapid order with allies did that. constitution nallly both in the letter of the law and the precedence defined by previous presidential conduct and the supreme court willing to take that up. article 2 section 2. the president is the commander-in-chief. trump is absolutely within his authority and it is not that much of a debate. >> sandra: interesting stuff. tom rogan. the hearing is underway. the house foreign affairs committee. we had ed royce on earlier. our involvement in syria will
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>> sandra: this just coming into the newsroom. a key democratic senator bob menendez from new jersey, he is going to oppose president trump's pick for secretary of state c.i.a. director mike pompeo. he has been critical of pompeo and the white house's lack of strategic vision when it comes to foreign policy. so the key dem senator says he will vote no to mike pompeo. we'll have more in a bit. >> leaders make the hardest decision by looking to some reference point. for some it's religious tradition, logic, as far as i can tell his reference point is entirely internal. what will fill the hole in me and get me the affirmation i need? >> former f.b.i. director continues his media blitz with stephen colbert slamming the president yet again and pushing his feud with the president further with each interview.
bill mcgurn, how are you doing? your paper has an editorial today. in part it reads the following. mr. comey reveals in his excessive self-regard that he is more like mr. trump than he cares to admit. mr. trump's narsism is crude and focused on winning. mr. comey's is on vindicating his -- there is a ralph waldow emerson quote the louder he talks of his honor the faster we counted our spoons. some of that applies to mr. comey. not just on the conservative side but a lot of people who have had dealings with mr. comey find him very sanctimonyous and holier than thou. he looks around washington and people don't measure up to his standard of morality and i don't think it's very appealing. >> bill: there is a lot of
reaction on this from former f.b.i. officials. a lot of reaction from the hill. trey gowdy was on with martha last night and characterized it the following way based on what he has heard from the book and interviews. >> i think what's most perilous for jim comey is he has written a book about morality, ethics and truth and has engaged in more relativism than any book author i've seen in a long time. he said president trump lied and therefore unfit for office. he is proud of the fact his wife and daughter supported the other candidate who also has trouble with the truth. >> bill: that was something revealed in the interview. >> it's not good for former f.b.i. directors to go on colbert to reveal all the stuff and talk about the elections in the context of a decision on an investigation. this is not stuff that enhances his reputation. and i should say it's not just republicans. a lot of democrats are -- don't like mr. comey, too. they believe he threw the
election to mr. trump because of his last-minute announcement about the investigation. of course, that was because of the july grandstanding. >> bill: lanny davis went off this morning on exactly that topic. he did not hold back on james comey. >> it is incredibly egotistical. at one point if you remember the old tales we grew up with about george washington, i cannot tell a lie, i did it with my hatchet. mr. comey writes them about himself. i'm the only man who could rescue the integrity of the f.b.i. and justice department? to write those words you really have to wonder. >> bill: you spent two years in the white house as a speech writer. a lot of time around the bush family. >> right. >> bill: the news was -- i characterize it as a nostalgic moment for america last night with the passing of barbara bush. >> i didn't know her well.
she would have no reason to remember me but she was a gracious woman. it is -- when you are 92 and you've been married 73 years it is not a tragedy. as president bush junior put it the end of a beautiful life. but, you know, at the heart of it was unselfishness and so forth. the only reason she could do what she did was that she put other people, mostly her family, first. and she is beloved because of it. >> bill: well stated. thank you, come on back. >> sandra: she spoke her mind and lived life to the fullest. america remembering barbara bush and the legacy left behind by the former first lady. dana perino will join us with her memories of mrs. bush. >> bill: in a moment a bit of a terrifying ordeal. you could say that. jetliner engine exploding at 30,000 feet. a passenger on board is dead and the pilot is now being hailed as a hero by the passengers on board.
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in 2011 i invited mrs. bush to kick off an event in houston. she said why would you want me? i never worked a day in my life. >> she had a way of poking fun at herself. the point she was making she had never actually earned a paycheck. everything she did in her life she did for charity. all book donations and all charitable work she did not because she was working but i asked her because i thought she would have such wonderful advice for professional women that were getting their career started and she didn't disappoint that night at all. >> bill: one of the lines she gives in her speech to graduates, cherish your human connections. think about that. this was a woman who was all about people. she was all about her husband. she doesn't have the life she has without him and he doesn't have the life he had without her. >> they fell in love when she was 16 and he was 17. she happened to be on christmas vacation from the school she
was going to in south carolina up in connecticut is where they meet. fall in love and 73-year love story. she becomes the matriarch of an amazing family that yes, many of them go into public service on politics but all of them serve in some way. some charitable way. that was really important to her. she wanted to be known as a mother, a grandmother, and a wife. and as we understand it last night george hw bush 41 held her hand all day yesterday until the end. >> you write barbara bush didn't have to rule with an iron fist. one look of disapproval to melt you. you were on your toes and alert. i learned to come ready with new bit of information about what was going on in politics and television or with a recommendation on a new book she might like. >> literacy was so important to her. she loved to read. i was so honored when i wrote my book and she read it.
i wrote a lot about what president george w. bush was like behind the scenes. it was so good to read as a mother. she could see what he was like on television but to know that her son conducted himself in the way she would have wanted him to in private was really important to her. i got to be part of her literacy foundation as well. >> bill: i'm sure you'll khaer -- cherish it. >> i'm honored to know them. >> bill: i thought the interview maria had was touching. you broke news about nikki haley, a bit of a smackdown between larry kudlow and nikki haley. haley said we had more russians coming to russia. some of the white house on monday said it wasn't true. she called you and said with all due respect i don't get confused. larry kudlow has contacted her and taken the high road. is it over for now? >> i don't know exactly what happened.
maybe it is a little bit of growing pains with a new team. when you're preparing a principal to go on a sunday show you don't announce things about russia and not something you get confused about. we know enough about ambassador nikki haley from her time as governor she doesn't get confused. it went on for almost two days and she had enough and that brushback pitch was probably enough to make this end. >> bill: thank you, dana. good to see you. see you at 2:00. see you at 5:00. keep in group in line. >> on the five? pray for me. >> bill: and tomorrow on the view. tell a good story. >> hopefully it will be about jasper, the best stories are. >> sandra: thanks. it is a big day in cuba's history as the castro era will come to a close. raul castro is stepping down
today as cuba's ruler ending a reign that lasted nearly 60 years. we're live from havana with more details. >> being portrayed as a momentous day in cuba. the first time in 60 years someone named castro hasn't either been president or prime minister. the only leader about 80% of the 11 million people on this island have ever noefnlt it's a generational shift, too. the reign will be passed to the vice president. the likely next president of cuba. what this shift really means for people on the ground is a lot less clear. the likely next president has been a communist bureaucrat for 30 years and also someone who has described small business in cuba as enemies of the cuban revolution and comes at a time when relations between the u.s. and cuba are really at a low point following so-called mysterious sonic attacks targeted at u.s. diplomats here
back in september that left at least two dozen americans with some serious health problems. raul castro initiated modest reforms. internet for 5% of the people. let half million people start their own businesses. three out of four people work for the state and earn $30 a month. the next leader will have his work cut out for him. sandra, back to you. >> bill: a top republican lawmaker saying he has uncovered documents show there was coordination between the justice department and f.b.i. during the clinton email investigation. this as james comey continues to insist that he did nothing wrong in that matter. >> so i made that judgment, something very unusual. i never heard of it before but i never heard of the f.b.i. investigating one of the two candidates for president of the united states during the election year and decided that was the best chance we had of closing it in a credible way.
>> bill: president trump voicing support for an american pastor on trial in turkey. pastor andrew brunson. >> he is on trial and being persecuted in turkey. they call him a spy. hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family. he was arrested in 2016 after a failed coup attempt. supporters say he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs. he faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted. >> sandra: mark meadows is now urging the d.o.j. to release documents related to the f.b.i.'s actions during the clinton email investigation. he says what he uncovered shows -- suggests a concerning level of coordination between the department of justice and the f.b.i. throughout crucial moments of the investigation
into hillary clinton's private email server. brad blakeman a former deputy assistant to george w. bush and richard fowler a radio talk show host and fox news contributor join us now. brad, not a bad idea to take a closer look. they want a closer look at the emails and texts. why not? >> they should. it is their obligation under the constitution to have congressional oversight over the executive branch. the stonewalling of justice and the f.b.i. has to stop. subpoenas have to be issued. if they're ignored congress needs to take it to the next level maybe impeachment of some officials. one thing we know comey promised the american people that hillary clinton would be treated like any other american. she clearly wasn't. now in his book he admits that politics entered the investigation. we know that when he made his final conclusion on hillary clinton that he changed the words of the statute from gross
negligence, which is a criminal word of liability, to carelessness. the words are synonymous. they gave hillary a free pass. they were in on it and didn't treat hillary like any other person would be treated. they are wrong and congress needs to get on it. >> sandra: those are strong accusations saying the recently uncovered documents suggest a concerning level of coordination between the d.o.j. and the f.b.i. through these crucial moments of the investigation. was there bias inside the f.b.i.? >> that's a great question. that's what the inspector general of the justice department is looking into. if you look at trey gowdy, the chairman of this committee what he has said we need to forward this information to the inspector general and have him continue this investigation and the reason why trey gowdy is making this claim and why he is asserting it should go back to the inspector general. he said a couple weeks ago the intelligence committee of the united states house of representatives is like the movie mean girls. they can't stop leaking to get their jobs done. so instead of having it go to
congress, where we know there won't be a fair investigation, let's keep it at the inspector general's office and get all the information out and then from there maybe we can go to the united states congress and there can be a fair investigation. what we know right now is that u.s. house of representatives intelligence committee cannot conduct a fair investigation neither democrats or republicans. that's a problem with this particular document and why it should not go back to the house intelligence committee. >> sandra: it's interesting that the chairman of the house freedom caucus mark meadows involkswagen james comey's recent media blitz and book launch saying given the tone of his sworn testimony and his stated intention to publicly speak about the investigation to support his book, he was asked about this on late night tv last night with stephen colbert about side stepping the d.o.j. and here is how he responded, james comey. >> because it was the least worst way to close the
investigation and maintain public confidence that it was done in a competent, honest, independent way. i thought if i make my announcement separate it will maximize the chances that people have confidence in the result. >> sandra: can you make sense of that answer, brad? it was the least worst way he described it. >> you know what the best way is? you follow procedure and the law. you do treat her and her co-conspirators as you would any other american. there are people who are sitting in jail who have done far less with classified information than hillary clinton has done and with all due respect to richard, there needs to be two tracks, the f.b.i. can't be the sole investigator of themselves. let the i.g. proceed and congress proceed. we need to get to the truth. the american people deserve finally what the facts are. >> the american people deserve the truth. i'll give you that. both democrats and republicans agree comey hasn't been the best actor.
he has been a bad actor. first he said she was an issue and then days before the election we found more emails. it doesn't take away from the fact what we've seen from the house intelligence committee is the same level of sloppiness. i don't want to house intelligence committee toying around with american secrets and classified information when we know they're going to leak it. which is what their chairman said. >> sandra: brad. >> their job is to investigate. they have a separate duty under the constitution. they need to do their work and you know what if they're sloppy, they have to stay on them. they're doing a good job. >> no, they aren't. >> sandra: a debate will continue. we'll see where it goes. >> bill: a deadly disaster on board a southwest flight. this could have been much worse after a calm and quick thinking pilot reacted to save many. the praise for the woman at the controls of this plane.
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>> another county takes a stand against california's sanctuary laws. the message san diego is hoping to send to governor jerry brown plus president trump's pick for secretary of state makes a secret trip to north korea meeting with kim jong-un. how mike pompeo's visit could pave the way for a summit meeting. remembering barbara bush, top of the hour. >> window busted open, the masks came down. we were losing some pressure in the cabin and i believe that there was -- it was very scary. >> what a moment. fallout after a deadly incident aboard the southwest flight. reports of metal fatigue inside
the engine's fan blade. one passenger killed, seven injured. it could have been far worse if not for the incredible actions of a former navy pilot who was at the control. good morning to you. her name is tammie jo shults age 56. what did she do? >> first of all i want to say this is a really great day for naval aviation and we're very proud of her and what she did. the navy has just confirmed she is one of the first women to transition to tactical jets in the navy. she flew the f-18 hornet and prowler. but in this particular situation she obviously took quick command and made quick decisions. this was a complex emergency when you think about it. not only do they have to deal with a rapid loss of pressurization which at the altitudes when you're in the 30,000 to 40,000 foot range
your time of useful consciousness if you lose cabin pressure can be a matter of seconds. the first thing they would have to do is get on their oxygen masks. the masks drop for the passengers but the pilot and co-pilot need to very quickly get their oxygen masks on. that's the first thing they need to do and reestablish communications between the two of them. you hear passengers say this plane was descending rapidly. from what i gather and from pilots i've spoken with in the industry that would have been a decision, a get down below 10,000 feet as quickly as possible so that we're back down where we can breathe normally and our passengers when their oxygen runs out will be able to breathe. >> bill: she was one of the first to fly a supersonic f-18 and knows what she is doing. how does an engine blow? >> there are a number of different ways. this actually happened to me when i was flying a hornet to land on an aircraft carrier at
night. there are so many different moving parts and the temperature variants from hot to cold. there are things like metal fatigue. what we've heard so far there is a fan blade messing from this. it could have been in a compressor turbin section. if you look at fan on the ceiling spinning. imagine it spinning at 30,000 rpm. really fast. you take off one blade of that fan and stick it up in the fan it will cause parts to rip apart and in an engine like this you have fuel being dumped in so you are probably getting compressor stalls and getting pop and hung stalls and explosive action that can cause the pieces to rip off the plane. most likely she probably felt a bang, her and her first officer probably felt a bang and heard something. then all of a sudden they get the indications in the cockpit they've lost pressure and think first off have to make sure we're breathing. second get down below.
it could have been catastrophic. it could have. sounds like she made decisive actions. listening to the voice on the radio. stay calm, first step should always be a deep breath and very cerebrally go through the emergency action items. >> bill: good stuff. good to have you on and kudos to tammy jo. job well done. thanks, leah. >> sandra: amazing. new reaction rolling in as president trump confirms the secret meeting between kim jong-un and mike pompeo. what it means for his chances of becoming the next secretary of state. bring all your apps to life on a cloud that runs on premises. ♪ ♪ the ibm cloud. the cloud for smarter business. the best simple salad ever?d great tasting, heart-healthy california walnuts.
>> couple things on my mind. leah is very impressive. i learned a lot listening to here about what happened with that southwest jet. >> very proud for the navy, too on that. >> meanwhile, we're remembering barbara bush today. what a life. it's been something looking back and hearing these wonderful stories about her around her
family. >> and what makes a good couple. i mean, did not matter where they were in the world as long as they were together. >> met at a christmas dance. 16 years old. thanks for joining us. "happening now" starts right now. >> jon: and we begin with a fox news alert on new tension in the trump administration with talk of confusion and then an apology. good morning to you on this wednesday. i'm jon scott. >> good morning. i'm melissa francis. talk of new sanctions for russia with the national economic council director who is larry kudlow appearing to offend nikki haley suggesting that she was suffering from "momentary confusion" when she said new sanctions were imminent. haley firing back all before kudlow apologized. this comes amid big news on the north korean front with president trump confirming that secretary of state nominee mike pompeo met with kim jong-un over