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>> go see ainsy. >> if you have something to do in 10 seconds watch or listen to the brian kilmeade radio show. >> you can see it facebook live. >> bill: good morning, everybody. breaking news from overnight. major provocations between israel and iran on the rise at this hour two days after the president pulled the u.s. from that nuclear deal. israel launching a massive missile strike on dozen of iranian targets inside syria. brand-new reaction from the white house moments ago defending israel and warning tehran to stand down. more on this coming up inside of "america's newsroom." however, we begin now with an overnight story about a hero's welcome for three american prisoners freed by north korea. president trump greeting them at the tarmac joint base andrews 3:00 in the morning as we learn that a planned summit with the president and kim
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jong-un will take place in singapore early next month in early june. that was a lovely sight. a good reason to be up at 3:00 in the morning. >> sandra: what an image it was for this country. good morning. >> bill: welcome back. do you feel fresh? >> sandra: you know what? a little bit. a lot of news. >> bill: a couple days can do that. >> sandra: the president and first lady boarding the plane just before 3:00 a.m. to personally greet the three american men. the president celebrating their release saying it bodes well. >> president trump: i'm very honored to have helped the three folks. they're great people. i got to speak to them on the plane. these are great people and been through a lot but it's a great honor. the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons. >> bill: we're covering this
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from all angles. rich edson, congressman mike mccaul has reaction and kevin cork, what is the white house saying? >> what a night and day it has already been at the white house. on the one hand they're saying this is a good faith effort on behalf of the regime in pyongyang and they're calling it a blessed and long overdue welcome home for some people who have been through a lot. an emotional moment unfolding live on national television overnight at joint base andrews. three men back on american soil after a harrowing ordeal in the hermit kingdom. the president thanked the leader of north korea and sounding upbeat about the planned summit between the two that could take place in singapore sometime in early june. >> president trump: we have a meeting scheduled in a very short period of time. you'll be hearing about it soon. we have the location set and we
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will see if we can do something that people did not think was going to happen for many, many years. >> want to take you to twitter. this from sarah sanders the white house press secretary, a night we will all remember. thankful to live in america. i think that tweet says volumes. now of course this is all happening after the bilateral overture by secretary of state pompeo and mattis said it was a result of maximum pressure. >> with north korea served certainly their capability concerns us on the military side. however, we see there is some reason for optimism. we said all along it was a diplomatically-led effort backed up by military force. i think there is reason for some optimism that these talks could be fruitful. >> striking to hear mad dog mattis even say it could be fruitful. we'll find out together.
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don't forget after the intel briefing for the president today he has the big rally coming up in indiana tonight. i can imagine it is going to be a bit louder than usual. >> bill: we mention the summit in singapore. how soon with the white house confirm that? >> we've been talking to senior administration officials on the record and off the record and no one wants to get ahead of the president on a circumstance like this. i don't think there is any doubt we're likely to find out before the end of the week. they should have it buttoned up. they're working on minor details. what we can tell you singapore would present a very unique back drop. it's a unique geographical location and certainly the president and all the leaders in the region would have reason to know that that would be the place that perhaps history could be made. we'll be watching carefully. bill, back to you. >> bill: what a morning already. thank you, kevin, from the white house today. >> sandra: what's next for the released hostages and what role to secretary of state pompeo play in this? we talk to rich edson in the
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state department. >> the three americans are at walter reed medical center now. when they boarded the plane to come back to the united states physicians were there as well. secretary of state mike pompeo say they appear to be in good shape since north korea arrested two of them a year ago and one in 2015. kim dong khaoul, tony kim and kim hak-song said we would like to express your deep appreciation to the united states government, president trump, secretary pompeo and the people of the united states for bringing us home. we thank god and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return. god bless america, the greatest nation in the world. beyond that the state department has divulgeed view details about the men's condition and their plans. they want to protect their privacy. a u.s. official said it was unclear secretary pompeo would return with the prisoners or who he would meet with on the trip. he spent 90 minutes with kim
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jong-un and returned to his hotel. reporters then asked pompeo if he had secured the prisoners' release. he only responded with crossed fingers. shortly after a north korean u.n. government representative arrived and imformed the u.s. that kim jong-un had granted the release of the three americans. the trip was focused on establishing the conditions for that meeting between president trump and kim jong-un but pompeo says the achieving success for this summit goes a long way now that these prisoners have been released and it would have been much more difficult if they were still detained in north korea. >> bill: for more on this want to bring in texas republican mike mccaul chairman of the house foreign affairs committee. tell us why this happened. why did kim do this? >> i think maximum pressure campaign is working. the president is negotiating out of strength, not weakness
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as we saw the previous administration. and i know mike pompeo very well. he is a colleague of mine in the house. we traveled overseas several times to the middle east. i've seen him in his diplomatic capacity. i think he probably laid the predicate to say look, if you want this meeting and summit you'll have to show some good faith here. i think the first place to start is to release these american hostages, these prisoners, return them to the united states. >> bill: i was quite struck by one of the north korean officials told mike pompeo as it was reported to us. the quote now. you should make care they do not make the same mistakes again talking about these three men. this was a hard decision. and if we think north korea is undergoing some sort of conversion, we may not want to go there so quickly. what do you think of that? >> i tend to agree. i would urge caution.
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they've been very deceptive. they're a brutal rej -- regime. we know otto warmbier died when he came back to the united states. we have to be really eyes open, wide open about who we are dealing with. they deceived the clinton administration, the bush administration, and i think -- but i think president trump and mike pompeo and bolton, that team is a very good team. they're skeptical, which is a good thing to do when you go into these negotiations. so this is going to be negotiating out of strength and i think these sanctions actually have worked quite well. i think put kim jong-un in a position he knows he has to negotiate with us. let's not fear to negotiate out of fear but let's get a good deal, not a bad deal like what we got with the iran deal. >> bill: the sanctions are
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working because the chinese are going with it. i think we can agree on that. >> i think the chinese played a big role. >> bill: the israelis hit iran answer in syria. when you think about the retaliation over the past 36 hours you have suddenly a very insecure northern border in israel between lebanon and syria. what is your thought on that now? >> well, i was over in israel last fall, talked to prime minister netanyahu. he warned us about iran being the biggest threat to him. these rocket manufacturing plants in lebanon and the iron dome. now we know the iran is able to penetrate that iron dome. they fired 20 missiles, some of them actually got through the iron dome. israel responded with a very strong retaliatory response against iran in syria. it's important to note iran is in syria and in iraq and in lebanon and that's where
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they've taken the money from the sanctions. >> bill: thank you for your time. immediate reaction there on two major stories. thanks. the family of otto warmbier reacting on all this. the college student out of virginia died from brain damage days after his return to cincinnati, ohio. the family saying in a statement, quote, we're happy for the hostages and their families. we miss otto. president trump also acknowledging the family this morning about 3:00 on that tarmac. >> president trump: i want to pay my warmest respects to the parents of otto warmbier, who is a great young man who really suffered and his parents have become friends of ours. they are spectacular people and i just want to pay my respects to them. >> bill: that was necessary especially for fred and cindy, the mother and father back in ohio watching this from afar thinking of if only our son could have been one of them.
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tough stuff there. >> sandra: meanwhile c.i.a. nominee gina haspel defending her record yesterday on capitol hill. >> i believe, as many people, directors who have sat in this chair before me, that valuable information was obtained from senior al qaeda operatives that allowed us to defend this country and prevent another attack. >> sandra: several lawmakers critical of her tenure running a black site prison where terror suspects were interrogated. did she do enough to win them over? we'll ask a lawmaker who was in the hearing room, republican senator james risch. >> bill: the list is growing on a number of policies reversed, how the president is leaving his mark on america. >> president trump: i would advise iran not to start their nuclear program. i would advise them very strongly. if they do, there will be very severe consequence, okay? thru l.
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chris stirewalt, that's my phrase for on and on she goes. what do you think about how he is doing this? fulfilling promises, executive order. is that the way government runs right now? >> well look, it was enough for democrats that barack obama undid george w. bush. that's what they elected him for and what they wanted him to do to end the iraq war and do those things. to unbush bush. obama found late if his administration that he was not able to actually be president in the constitutional sense, right? he was not able to use work within the separation of powers to have congress work with congress to create new laws so he penned and worked his way through that stuff and did those things saying we can't wait to have neutrality. we can't wait for this and that and he did it all and it's now all being undone. for republicans, much as it was
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for democrats with obama, it's enough that trump simply undoes obama and for now that's okay. we'll find out in the coming weeks and months whether or not trump and the republicans are able to make law or are they just able to undo? >> we'll see how the american people feel in november. paris agreement, cuba travel, transgender troop ban. it goes on and on. >> if you live by the pen you'll die by it. one of the things that liberal people in america have tended to believe for a long time is our system of government does not allow enough flexibility for the government to respond to things in an urgent way. one of the reasons obama was complaining was that he said that he didn't have enough -- he didn't have the politics worthy basically of him and his ideals and didn't want to work through the system. and as it turns out, that's not a good way to do it because you end up with your successor doing the same thing but in reverse. >> bill: they're writing about this in the "wall street
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journal." the title is it's trump's iran deal now. it's been familiar defaults with or without its partners the obama/iran deal is about to be revised and renamed. it is your deal now. bob dylan used to have a line saying you talk to her, she is your lover now. you own these things right now and you have to figure it out. >> this is true. we have a terrible congress that's not good at its job and hasn't been for some time and especially on foreign policy. it is beyond pitiful the way the american congress operates and we'll find out very quickly whether or not they're capable of actually doing anything other than raising money and running back to their districts. >> bill: if we go back to the north korean hostage release at 3:00 in the morning. put the pictures up in a moment. you think about what mike pompeo has done since he has been elevated. this is really a sign from the chief executive who wanted people to work for him who were
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like minded whether it's john bolton, mike pompeo. tillerson wasn't giving him that and pompeo accelerates that and the fruits of his labors in the middle of the night. >> we'll find out. this is great for those three families. we're getting ready to find out. there is a lot to unspool on this sucker. i'm very happy for these families but i'll be waiting and watching. when you are dealing with the north koreans, take nothing for granted. >> bill: step at a time on that point. go crank up some bob dylan. you talk to her, she is your lover now. >> sandra: all right. well, brand-new reaction this morning from vice president pence on the mueller investigation. why he says the probe has carried on far too long and needs to end. plus the white house taking action to help military spouses. will the president's new executive order get more of our
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encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion. >> bill: it's been about a year's time. >> sandra: that's a message being sent there loud and clear. president trump signing an executive order yesterday pushing federal agencies to hire more military spouses. also he says the unemployment rate for veterans fell to 3.7% in april. >> president trump: we're also taking action to expand employment opportunity for our military spouses. i know what you've gone through. the competence is so high and yet it's so difficult. that's not going to happen anymore. military spouses have already shown the utmost devotion to our nation and we want to show you our devotion in return. [applause] >> sandra: joining us is
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shannon hough special project matter for concerned veterans of america. good morning to you and thank you for your service and your family's service. you're a navy veteran yourself. a military family. you're currently a military spouse. what does this move by president trump mean for your family? >> it's a great opportunity for my family, for me, for a lot of my friends who every two years pack up their household belongings and change jobs and change their resumes. the ability to have a president behind us is greatly important. the unemployment rate for military spouses is higher than most demographics and so the president has really made it a huge step and a huge priority for him to continue taking care of our military families. >> sandra: the numbers are quite staggering and really shows why this white house has decided to identify this as a huge problem and target that problem. the unemployment rate, this is
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the latest numbers from the u.s. chamber of commerce. they reported that for 2017 military spouse unemployment 16%. as we just mentioned veteran unemployment has dropped to 3.7% below the national average. that's a huge double digit number. why is that? what's the biggest challenge for military spouses? >> well, we move every two years. a lot of times employers think that we're unreliable because we have so many different jobs on our resumes. sometimes we're over qualified for the jobs that are available where we go in different communities. and we just have different priorities. our spouses are deploying. we're taking care of our families. so we take the jobs that aren't as up to date with what we're educated for. you know, i have two masters degrees. i have friends that have degrees in chemical biology can't get a job unless it's at a mall. it's not a bad job to do but when you don't have that ability because you are
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constantly moving it does become a problem and i think when more employers realize that military spouses have a lot to offer, that rate will go down and i think that comes with deregulation. working on occupational licensing and the tax reforms the president has signed have helped and employers will start noticing military spouses have a lot to offer as well. >> sandra: you are an example of a big military family. not only are you a military veteran and spouse but children with active duty military and military spouse. your family stands to benefit from this. do you see the president's plan here working? will it actually bring down that overall unemployment rate of military spouses? >> i think it can definitely help. i think, you know, giving us the chance to find more federal jobs and really pushing that understanding that we have a lot to offer and that we have given a lot as we support our
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spouses and our children, i think what ivanka and the administration is doing to continue that narrative and push that narrative that military spouses are very educated we have a lot to bring to the table is definitely a step in the right direction. >> sandra: we need to take care of our military men and women and their families and spouses. this research shows the estimated military spouse earns about a $12,000 less each year than other workers because of those constant moves that you talked about. so a huge effort by this white house. all the best to you and your family and thank you for your service and thanks for coming on this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> bill: good luck, shannon. a new request for more troops on the southern border and more national guard. that's not all they're asking for. we'll talk about it with homeland security chairman ron johnson. >> sandra: israel and iran trading fire after the u.s. announces its withdrawal from the iran nuclear deal. general jack keane on whether
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>> president trump: this is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early. it was very important to me. i really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. if anybody would have said that five years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would have said that's not possible. so a lot -- i will say this, a lot of very good things have happened. >> sandra: president trump striking an optimistic tone on the planned meeting with kim jong-un after north korea's release of three american prisoners. fox news has learned the summit is expected to take place in
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singapore next month. the president says the full details will be announced this week, within the next couple of days. general jack keane, chairman at the institute for the study of war and fox news senior strategic analyst. good to see you as we awaiting on further details and specifics on the possible meeting, that planned meeting at this point. but what did you think overnight, general, of that visual of the president in the middle of the night while most people are sleeping greeting those three american men on u.s. soil, bringing them back home? what were your thoughts as you looked on at that? >> it's a very positive image and stands in stark contrast to bringing otto warmbier home in a stretcher with an i.v. in him in a coma and dying four or five days later. we can't forget the horror that goes on and the repression on a daily basis of mostly north
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korean citizens but also japanese abductees and for years imprisoning americans. kim jong-un wants to start this summit off on a good faith effort here. i'm sure director pompeo told him if you want to have a summit, you'll have to release these three americans before that summit begins. i suspect strongly that's what he said. it was a condition to get this thing moving in the right direction. the north koreans stepped up and did the right thing here. >> sandra: as we await the details allocations do point it will happen in singapore in early june. three days or so is what we're told for a public announcement as far as further details on the upcoming summit. do you go into that skeptical? i'm hearing from you, general, that eyes wide open. can't trust this regime. but by all means this is progress. >> it definitely is. this thing feels totally different than what has taken place in the past here. some of the verbiage is the
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same but the fact it has been moving so quickly, a little over 90 days, a huge sense of urgency here. there is a real pot -- potential here. i was talking to japanese government officials this week. they clearly -- their number one foreign policy concern is north korea, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. they also believe strongly that there is a huge potential and opportunity. and they will tell you straight out as they told me, there is only one reason why this is happening. they use one word, trump. and they are absolutely very pro-trump. they told me that their president, their prime minister has had 22 conversations with president trump since he became president and two visits as well. so they're very much into this. yeah, there is opportunity here. we have to see kim jong-un's full cards. we haven't seen them yet. they keep them close to their chest. president trump will see all the cards in a few weeks and we'll know what will happen.
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he has one condition. that's what the president has. he wants this guy's nuclear weapons. he is either going to give them to the president or the president is going to take them, one or the other. that's what this deal is all about. >> sandra: by all means the president saying to quote him, you know, this could maybe not happen. he is going into it with that sort of attitude saying everything can be scuttled but he does remain pretty optimistic heading into it. i have to ask you this. do you believe the timeline of things when you look at us pulling out of the iran nuke deal, do you think that helped with negotiations with north korea here? >> i absolutely do. the critics of the president are saying this has adverse impact on north korea makes no sense to me whatsoever. we've got two rogue states in the world. one is iran and one is north korea. this president has taken a stand different from previous presidents. what he is simply saying so the american people can understand it, he is not going the let
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iran have nuclear weapons and the deal that president obama made provides them a path to those nuclear weapons. secondly, he is looking at north korea and he is going to take their nuclear weapons. they'll either voluntarily give them up to us or we'll take them from them. that's what this president is saying. the nuclear deal that he has done, the fact that he has torpedoed it and said i'm going to stop iran from having nuclear weapons. that's why he is blowing up the deal. it gets iran a nuclear weapon. that helps him with what he is doing in north korea. they're getting the message this president is not fooling around and is dead serious. >> sandra: i have a few seconds left. the actions on the part of israel saying it struck nearly all the iranian infrastructure sites in syria. your thoughts. >> this is iran's behavior in the region. they're conducting a major build-up in syria. they're consolidating their gains in that country and
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encroaching on the sovereignty of israel. they want to put rocket and missile bases in syria so that syria will not be able to defend against them given the proximity those bases would have to israel and also what they would do is fire them from lebanon. that is what this is all about. netanyahu is not going to stand for it. every time he figures out where the iranians are putting in an asset he will take it down and that's what he did last night. >> sandra: great to get your perspective this morning as always. thank you. >> bill: deadly southwest flight that made an emergency landing a month ago are giving their first interview. they are speaking to 2020 on abc. they made an emergency landing after the plane exploded and one of the passengers died on board. the pilots say it was so loud inside they used hand signals to communicate with each other. >> we were passing through
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32,000 feet when we had a large bang and a rapid decompression. we had a very severe vibration from the number one engine. it was shaking everything and that all happened all at once. >> we had to use hand signals because it was loud and there was -- it was hard to communicate for a lot of different reasons. >> sandra: wow. >> bill: the training worked in order to save the lives of others. unfortunately one woman died on board but those folks did great work. >> sandra: staying calm, cool and collected. they did that. c.i.a. nominee gina haspel sparring with democrats over the agency's controversial program. james risch in the hearing room joins us next with his take. >> bill: good news for republicans locked in a bitter
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but i'll tell you this, i would not put c.i.a. officers at risk by asking them to undertake risky, controversial activity again. >> bill: there you have that answer. c.i.a. director gina haspel facing questions during that hearing. senator james risch is with me now. i have a simple question. we watched all this yesterday. will she be confirmed? >> probably. i think that -- first of all, most people who deal in intelligence matters recognize gina has somebody that has been dedicated for over 30 years, come up through the agency from the bottom. she started as a covert agent and has worked all the way through management. she is the right person for this job. i think most people recognize that. >> bill: i think if you were to summarize what she said about the controversies of the past, i think you would probably
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suggest something like i have no apologies for what happened before but i vow not to return to that position or that policy. fair enough? >> fair enough. she nuanced it a little differently than that. look, these are things in the past, they are programs that i've been here 10 years, these programs were long gone by the time i got here. she recognizes that after 9/11 that the intelligence community was asked to do a very tough job. not knowing what was coming next. they did the best they could at it and after those things were done obviously the committee i was on when i got here did an investigation of that. that's been published. we changed the law. those things are illegal anymore. i know gina personally and have every confidence that she is not going to do that. >> bill: joe manchin up for reelection, here is what he said about her.
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>> this lady is the real deal. i'm telling you, we hit her with everything we could. answered and didn't flinch. she has done everything she can to protect us and keep us as safe as we possibly can and i feel very comfortable with her and encourage all my colleagues to sincerely vote for this lady. she is the best. >> bill: manchin is a yes, a few other democrats might be yeses. rand paul i don't know where he is ultimately. >> i don't -- i don't know exactly where the votes are right now. i think just the feel is the momentum is there and i am pretty confident she is going to be confirmed. >> bill: you think about 33 years at the agency going back to 1985. i thought her comment about after 9/11 i didn't run for the swiss embassy in geneva. i was out there on the front lines of this. john mccain weighed in from arizona. miss haspel's role -- her
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refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality. that's a no vote. how do you think of john mccain? >> he is a good friend and he is on the armed services committee. come at things differently. i have the highest respect for his opinion. i respectfully disagree with him on this and i don't know how well he knows gina. i've worked with her for 10 years. i've been with her out in the field overseas and seen the work that she does there. she is just the right -- on the intelligence committee, we hear things every day that make us sleep not very well at night. i'm going to sleep a lot better knowing that gina is running this country. >> bill: senator tom cotton from arkansas said some of the democratic senators voted for john brennan with policies in line then. >> she and john were there at the agency at the same time and the other thing -- >> bill: the suggestion it was
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hypocrisy. >> that is the suggestion. look, all of these directors, both republicans and democrats that precede her are supporting her. in addition to that we work daily -- i work daily with people from other countries that are involved in the intelligence gathering methods and working with our c.i.a. and they are just delighted that gina haspel will be running this agency. >> bill: thank you for your time. james risch the republican from idaho on the hill. we'll speak about. >> sandra: our coverage of gina haspel's road to senate confirmation continues in our next hour. dr. james mitchell, who helped develop the c.i.a.'s enhanced interrogation program joins us at 10:40 to discuss haspel's 30-plus year career at the agency. >> bill: always an interesting man, right? based on the experience he has. that's next hour. >> sandra: we'll chat with him shortly. students at the university of
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michigan are being watched closer than they might think. more on why the college is encouraging them to report on their peers. plus this. >> bill: hawaii's volcano still spewing lava and producing gas in the air. there were fears things could get much worse in a hurry. check it out. >> my kids are safe and our dogs are safe and we have each other but we don't have a home. it comes down to that. we don't have a home. hey shrimp fans - this one's for you. it's red lobster's create your own shrimp trios. pick 3 of 9 new and classic creations for just $15.99. with new creations like savory crab-topped shrimp, and parmesan truffle shrimp scampi you better hurry in before shrimp trios is gone.
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i thought after sandy hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. it has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. dianne feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new assault weapons ban. say no to the nra and yes to common-sense gun laws. california values senator dianne feinstein >> sandra: get ready for this one. a bias response team is now in place at the university of michigan. it encourages students to report on their peers if they feel they are a target of bias.
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the college then investigates. here is their explanation. bias comes in many forms. it can be a hurtful action based on who someone is as a person. the most important indication of bias is your own feelings. joining us cabot phillips, media director for campus >> the college is concerned with feelings. i wish they were more concerned with freedom of speech and expression. this is another example of universities doing more to capitulate to people's feelings and perceived grievances. they should be teaching students how to cope with things that make them uncomfortable not teach them to rat out their friends anonymously. it feels like a witch hunt. report your friends and students are able to know if someone is reporting them who is doing it so you can have a chance to defend yourself, but many students are being taught
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the wrong message. free speech only goes so far as feelings don't get involved. >> sandra: university of michigan major american university, big university but this isn't the only one. more than 200 american campuses have established similar administrative offices. this is not new. >> i wish universities were more concerned with the bias going on in the classroom from professors and less concerned with the bias from students on campus talking. we report all the time over 200 bias response teams people saying what is a bias, what does it consist of? many times it's just up to a whim of an administrator or student to decide what makes them feel biased. we reported some cases students were punished for using patriotic imagery and maybe students not of american dissent. people saying the american flag was it biased against students who didn't considered to be
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americans. >> sandra: a lawsuit has been filed saying it's against the first amendment. >> it has. students have constitutional rights and they don't have to check them when they go to school. lawsuit can be the way to hold the school responsible. >> sandra: student found responsible for a bias incident face discipline from training sessions to suspension or expulsion. what do they have to say when they're found responsible for a bias incident? >> the university punishes students. the most controversial ideas will be the ones that are least present. overall it's conservative ideas not present. it will be conservative students facing the blunt of this and any student. doesn't matter affiliation. no student should have to fear bringing up ideas that may make people uncomfortable. how can you have a university and environment fostering discussion if students are saying i don't really want to
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go there in this conversation even if it could educate people because they are worried about getting reported by their peers and getting this trouble. >> sandra: do you think there will be a big fight against this? >> legally the university i have a feeling will have to capitulate and bow down to this because they will have to protect constitutional rights of students and due process. but around the country i think many students are starting to get fed up with the way that universities are treating them and it will take students beginning to realize we have rights, we aren't going to let the university take them away from us. >> sandra: the bias response team. that's unbelievable. cabot phillips. thank you. >> bill: wonder if they do that at miami of ohio or lsu. we need to check it. >> sandra: we'll check on that. >> bill: if michigan are doing it and other schools are doing it that we know of. >> there is a lot more. >> bill: how do you define bias. >> that's the thing. >> bill: israel and iran trading fire hours after
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president trump's withdrawal from the iran nuclear deal. watch that story and this one. three americans are back home free from north korea, returning. quite a moment in the middle of the night. what is next for them coming up? playing a little hide-n-seek. cold... warmer... warmer... ah boiling. jackpot. and if you've got cut-rate car insurance, you could be picking up these charges yourself. so get allstate, where agents help keep you protected from mayhem... me. mayhem is everywhere. are you in good hands?
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>> sandra: fox news alert on two arch enemies on the brink. israel and iran firing missiles at one another days after president trump officially withdrew the u.s. from the controversial nuke deal. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: good morning. nice to have you back, too. i'm bill hemmer. this could go wrong very quickly. watch it. the white house condemning the response on behalf of iran. iranian forces firing rockets from syria into the golan heights. the key strategic high ground. america's closest ally in the middle hitting back hard launching waves of air strikes. it is one of the biggest we have seen in years. david lee miller is live on the
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golan heights here and israel has struck iranian military assets before. how was last night's strike different. david lee? >> you make a very good point. this was one of the largest strikes in years. how much so? this was the largest amount of military israeli action we've seen in syria since the end of the yom kippur war in 1973. israel rarely acknowledges any type of military action but now we are seeing israeli military make an exception for events over the last 12 hours. israel is saying its fighter jets destroyed the iranian rocket launcher that iran's elite al qud force used hours earlier and caused significant damage to the iranian military infrastructure in syria, specifically hitting a logistics headquarters, warehouse and a war monitoring
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group is saying that there are 23 dead, 18 of whom are foreigners, that is non-syrians. as for iran, they are not commenting on the israeli attack. syria, though, saying one of its own radar bases was hit along with a weapons depot and its air defense system. at this hour, bill, here on the golan heights, things are quiet but very, very tense. people here know the situation can change literally any minute. >> bill: what is syria's role in iran's attack against israel? >> well, what's noteworthy here is the israelis say it was the iranians that launched this attack but did so from syrian territory. preliminary reports now suggest that the regime of assad is trying to distance itself from the latest iranian military aggression. fox news learned that european sources have been told assad
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and senior syrian leaders had no knowledge and did not consent to the attack led by the iranian al qud force and its general. sources say that their commander used fury and military resources in the latest attack against israel without damascus. he comes as a free agent. there is no accountability whatsoever to damascus. so this seems to underscore that there is a lack of awareness on behalf of the assad leadership about what the iranians may be doing on the ground in their very own country. lastly, bill, it's worth noting that time and time again israel has said it will not tolerate any iranian military presence on its border in syria and the latest events underscore that point. >> bill: you have to watch hezbollah operating in syria, hezbollah operating in lebanon
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as well. suddenly the border has become very tender. david lee miller golan heights. >> sandra: along with a summit are kim jong-un president trump welcoming home three american prisoners released by north korea. they arrived at joint base andrews in maryland in the early hours in the morning where the president was ready to meet them. >> president trump: my proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula. this is what people have been waiting for for a long time. >> sandra: bret baier is anchor of special report and joins us now. what a moment that was 3:00 in the morning. i know many of us were up and following this minute by minute and what a moment this was for our country but for this administration to see the president there greeting these three men as they walked off that plane. >> it was a major foreign policy win but it sets the
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table obviously for what is to come. and there is a healthy dose of skepticism that they will be able to get everything across the finish line but this was a major moment and obviously was something that the president clearly wanted to tout as a foreign policy victory. i think there is, sandra, some thoughts on capitol hill that they are setting this up so that it is going to go down one road and if they don't get it, how much are they willing to give up to make north korea get to the finish line of whatever is going to happen at the end. >> sandra: there is the what happens next. we look forward to that summit now. as you are correctly stating, the president has given himself an out. this might not happen. the whole thing might go away. he has warned the american people of that. meanwhile all indications point to some details of the meeting. he said we'll get it in the
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next few days. singapore, early june. and as we await more details on that meeting and we look forward to that, that is the what's next, right? >> that is. and it will be fascinating to see how much ground work goes into the administration officials who work with north korean officials about the specifics. you know, it all comes down to the details. the devil is in the details afterwards. if denuclearization is going to happen. it will happen with inspections and a setup that takes time. one of the things that you saw secretary of state pompeo and some of those officials apparently meeting about in pyongyang for his time there. >> sandra: meanwhile we're seeing the escalation israel launching massive air strikes against iranian targets in syria? >> that's the biggest story of the day. it's under reported and david lee miller depicted how
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significant those strikes are. we're talking about dozens of israeli strikes on iranian military facilities inside syria. and this is going to probably escalate. it is probably going to go into lebanon. and you are going to see something that is developing that frankly is the result of inaction by the u.s. for the past eight years on concern about the influence of iran and russia inside syria. >> sandra: meanwhile gina haspel. many in congress making the case for or against her. she faced a grilling in the senate confirmation hearing yesterday. does she appear headed for confirmation? >> it looks like joe manchin has said he was going to vote for her. i would expect you get a couple of other red state democrats who vote for her especially with the backing of some of those intel officials both from democratic and republican administrations. but i think what worries the white house and others on
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capitol hill shepherding this nomination is that john mccain statement and how much that may influence some people who look to john mccain on this particular issue as being a leader and we'll have to do the head counting on that. yesterday's hearing largely seen as a success for her but i don't know if she moved some of those no votes to yes. >> sandra: we're getting word dianne feinstein said she is a no, bret. >> not a surprise. she had a real problem with especially the destruction of those tapes of interrogations. i think that her, haspel's support from intelligence officials is really what will get her across the finish line. it may be close. >> sandra: we'll be watching it and you tonight on special report at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. bret baier, thank you. >> bill: another story breaking today top republicans in the house, devin nunes and trey gowdy go to the justice department today. classified briefing on
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documents they've been wanting with regard to the russian matter. what led to this classified briefing? they were looking for documents forever. why today? >> what we understand is limited because we're dealing with classified records. we know that at some point today the republican chairman of the house intelligence and oversight committees will go to the justice department for a classified briefing related to the russia investigation. we don't know a lot about the records because they are classified but fox news understands the records relate to a new line of inquiry on the f.b.i./trump investigation. intelligence used to renew at least one of the surveillance warrens for a trump campaign aide. the classified briefing today is a direct result of a meeting at the white house on tuesday between deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, his deputy and white house chief of staff john kelly. sources familiar with the situation tell fox news after the meeting the three held a conference call a speakerphone call with nunes and gowdy and told them they would try to work with the justice
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department to see if they could satisfy that request for records, bill. >> bill: the justice department saying the records thus far, what have they said? how have they characterized that? >> according to the may 3 letter from the justice department the original decision to withhold these classified records was made not just with by them but the office of director of national intelligence, the group that overseas the 17 intelligence agencies as well as the f.b.i. and white house and the department of justice. and the letter states, quote, consistent with law and longstanding executive branch policy, it is not for the department's are not in a position to provide information responsive to your request. that was the request from congressman nunes regarding a specific individual. disclosure of responsive information to such request can risk severe consequences including loss of human lives, damage to relationships with valued international partners. and just within the last few minutes we've received a response from the justice
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department. they told us that they are hopeful and glad to be hosting the meeting today and that they can find some way to satisfy this records request that does relate to a specific individual and their role in the russia investigation, bill. >> bill: interesting stuff. thank you. >> sandra: i'm curious for sure. >> bill: it will be interesting to see what gowdy and nunes have to say. we're on stand by for that. >> sandra: candidates. republicans target red state democrats. >> the request for hundreds of more national guard troops goes out, senator ron johnson will tell us why next. >> the department of homeland security is now referring 100% of illegal southwest border crossings to the department of justice for prosecution. and the department of justice
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>> sandra: homeland security now asking the pentagon for 700 additional national guard troops along with helicopters and other equipment to help secure the border with mexico. wisconsin senator ron johnson is chairman of the homeland security committee and a member of the senate foreign relations committee and he joins us now. mr. chairman. thank you for your time this morning. why are the additional 700
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troops needed at the border? >> it's primarily to free the custom border patrol agent to do their jobs on the border to apprehend these individuals. i completely support dhs's request for this. the problem is our laws. as long as we continue to have laws and precedents and loopholes that pretty well require dhs. they'll follow the law. if they're dealing with an unaccompanied child to apprehend those children, process them and disburse them through america. 3 1/2%, 200,000 since 2013, are ever returned. that's a huge incentive for more unaccompanied children. if you're an adult and go up the border and have a credible fear of persecution, it sets up a process of hearings and we've got such a huge backlog because so many people taking advantage of our laws. so until we actually fix the law that creates incentives and sets up the process where we
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apprehend, process and disburse we'll continue to have more people come to this country illegally. >> sandra: all this as we learn about the d.o.j. zero tolerance policy announcement this week. here is jeff sessions talking about that. listen. >> if you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. it's that simple. if you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. if you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. and that child may be separated from you as required by law. >> sandra: are we seeing a tougher approach by this administration? >> we absolutely are. it is required. the former dhs secretary when we had a surge of illegal immigrants from brazil stopped the flow by returning those illegal brazilian's back to brazil and it stopped the flow.
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end the incentives for people coming to this country so we reduce if not stop the flow. i have no doubt about jeff sessions and this administration will prosecute to the full extent of the law but follow the law and again we have so many legal loopholes that create these incentives that allow people to stay. the criminals will be prosecuted and returned or they will be jailed but again if you are an unaccompanied child from central america, processed and disbursed and stay in this country until we change those laws. >> sandra: if i could circle back to the details of this additional dhs request, 700 additional troops, helicopters, other equipment. mattis has authorized up to 4,000 troops to participate through the end of september. do you see us getting to those numbers? right now there are 1600. 2,000 have been approved. now we're talking about 700 more seeking approval. that's 2700. are we going to get to 4,000 at
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the border? >> i don't know. my guess is they will only bring in the ones they actually need to do the apprehension. that's just the first step. we can apprehend. as long as our legal loopholes and laws force us to process and disburse and we have such a huge backlog of people coming to this country because of the incentives. all the apprehensions and border patrol won't stop the dmroe. that's the goal of our policy is to stop the flow. >> sandra: do you like what you're seeing from the white house on these issues. >> i do. quite honestly the deterrent effect of prosecution worked well in the beginning of the administration but people are getting wise to the extent we still have these loopholes and so now the flow is beginning, which is increasing the need for more border patrol but again they'll apprehend, we have to process according to our laws and we'll disburse and that's the whole problem. >> sandra: thank you for your time this morning. >> bill: wow. 19 past. later this hour we'll talk to
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dr. james mitchell. he is the one that the c.i.a. turned to to help craft this controversial interrogation program. we will get his take coming up. always an interesting guest here. plus this on a fox news alert. roll it. lava and destruction on hawaii's big island is not slowing down. what geologists think may happen next. how american companies are listening and helping the american worker. mr. elliot, what's your wifi password?
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volcano for nearly a week. no one lives in the immediate area of the summit but 2,000 residents ordered nearby have been ordered to leave. some have not. >> president trump: we have a meeting scheduled in a very short period of time. you'll be hearing about it soon. we have the location set and we will see if we can do something that people did not think was going to happen for many, many years. >> bill: this is quite a moment. you might have been sleeping. breaking overnight three americans return now in the dead of night. president trump and the first lady there to welcome them home. that move raising hopes of another diplomatic breakthrough after the second meeting between mike pompeo and kim jong-un in about a month's time. greg palkot spent a lot of time in south korea. what more do we know about the captivity and the details of those americans being held in north korea? >> wonderful stuff, bill. horrible stuff at the same time.
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wonderful stuff that these three american citizens are back home in the united states after their captivity in north korea. they arrived at joint andrews base early this morning with secretary of state mike pompeo, who was a part of this process. greeted by president trump a part of this process. they had been held in north korea as long as 2 1/2 years. stop-off in alaska coming back from north korea one asked to get out of the plane briefly. it was daytime. they hadn't seen daylight in a very long time. in fact, the american citizens khul was -- 2015 and the other two in 2017. they seemed to be in good health but we'll be checking that out. all three were accused by north korea of subversive acts. kim dong khul was sentenced to
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10 years of hard labor. he said he had to do a lot of labor. he was sick and treated again. they are being checked out now at walter reed medical center. >> bill: what role has the trump administration played in the released? >> we're seeing new images of it as well. secretary of state mike pompeo a part of this. he was there for 13 hours in pyongyang. he had a 90-minute meeting with kim jong-un. kim jong-un didn't say anything at the time about this release of the detainees. secretary of state went back to his hotel and learned that they would be released. also part of talks with kim and his other north korean officials that planned summit upcoming with president trump and kim jong-un probably going to be happening in june, possibly in singapore. we heard from vice president pence today he said, north korea has taken steps to
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indicate this may be an opportunity for breakthrough. may be. for those three american citizens this is enough of a breakthrough. they released this statement. we would like to express our deep appreciation to the united states government, president trump, secretary pompeo and people of the united states for bringing us home. to quote one of them. it is like a dream. we a very, very happy. >> bill: so you wonder what card kim is playing, right? all the missile tests have stopped for now. maybe forever, maybe they don't. what got him to the point where he would change his calculus entirely? i don't know if we can answer that just yet. >> sandra: general keane talked earlier to us about the influence of donald trump and what he hears around the world. >> bill: you're right about that. you wanted the sanctions on the
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chinese border towns. if you're cutting off trade with northern koreans it will have a debilitating attack. it is down to 10% now if there was 100% before. >> sandra: we await the upcoming summit, where and when, details coming soon. perhaps by tend of the week. several republican candidates who backed president trump picking up wins and flashing warning signs for democrats. are all those predictions of a blue wave premature perhaps? our panel takes that one up. >> bill: he ran on the slogan make america great again. more than a year into the white house what moves has the president done to make america just that? we'll show you coming up. >> president trump: i will be signing a buy american and hire american executive order. this action we are sending a
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>> sandra: a fox news alert. israel strikes iranian targets in syria retaliating for an iranian rocket barrage. iranian forces fired first prompting israeli defense forces to fight back. they took down dozens of military targets this morning. this happening one day after president trump announced his withdrawal from the nuclear deal with iran. >> mr. president, if you're watching right now let me tell you your tweet was huge. >> bill: well, we are looking back on these primaries buried
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a bit yesterday. patrick morrissey the a.g. there won. embracing president trump's agenda after winning the republican primary for the senate and will face manchin in november. braun in indiana. one in indiana and one in west virginia. doug schoen and charlie hurt. good day to both of you. i thought the morrissey comment was very interesting. he is going all in in a state that the president won by 40 points plus. >> if you look at the other races this week, all the people that won in republican primaries were similarly trying to draft off of trump and doing everything they could if not get his endorsement they were certainly trying to pretend like they were the most trumpian candidate. in particular what was interesting is in ohio where you have john kasich, the original never trumper part of
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the resistance movement within the republican establishment, you had both of those candidates actually running away from john kasich and towards donald trump. and, of course, dewine wound up being victorious there. >> he is in a rematch. trump won ohio eight points over hillary clinton. doug, you heard from morrissey the a.g. in west virginia. this is mike braun who defeated two sitting members of the house in indiana. he is a businessman. a quick clip on what he said the other night. >> when i saw him clear the field back in 2016, i thought well, maybe we can get more of us in the senate. >> bill: there is a businessman talking, doug. he meaning donald trump. go ahead. >> look, there are ten seats upheld by democrats where trump won, five of which where i think hillary was under 40%.
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26 democrats are up. 9 republicans. so the field is really set for the republicans i think to hold the senate and mike braun is absolutely right among republican and republican-leading independents trump has a lot of sway. the butt is the electorate is broader than that. i think the republicans will hold the senate. everything i've seen in the house suggests that democrats have at least a 50% chance, if not a little better, bill, to win the house. so i'm predicting we'll have divided government. >> bill: could be. let me come back to that point. charlie, karl rove is writing today. tuesday was a bad night for congressmen looking for promotions. you think about that, right? sitting congressmen in indiana or north carolina. and west virginia with evan jenkins. they were turned away. what is happening that we need to understand? >> i think what is clear from all of that and karl rove is right about that, is
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anti-washington fever is still running pretty high in the country. that is -- can be problematic for republicans here in washington trying to find good candidates. but -- we've seen it is a problem for donald trump who also wants to sort of steer people towards candidates that they think will be a lot more palatable in a general election. but overall i would say it's a good thing because the message -- if these republicans run on the message -- the platform that donald trump ran on, which is a very anti-washington, very pro freedom, pro independent sort of campaign, they will do just fine. they can win on that. but they have to stick to that stuff and they can't get into some of the other stuff that i think just distracts people. >> bill: i think it's fascinating. the evaluation got lost on the north korea news. this is why we wanted to talk about it today.
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doug, you wrote a piece at fox your headline. you say west virginia, ohio, indiana, north carolina primaries offer november clues, warning signs for democrats. explain. >> the democrats had taken the good additional initial polling in states like nevada and arizona to say we can win the house, we can win the senate. with the outsiders that charlie was speaking of correctly emerging with trump's popularity increasing, i see that the democrats are really in a tough position, as i suggested in the senate. but also the generic vote for house and senate is narrowing to under five points. so all the movement is against the democrats and if they are running on impeachment combined with guaranteed jobs, redistribution of wealth, i think that the trump agenda, if
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articulated as charlie suggests as an outsider message of change can have the republicans do better. >> bill: you have 6 1/2 months to figure it out. you have the tax plan to sell. if the economy stays good you have that to sell as well. and if you have a smooth summit with north korea, not saying everything will be solved, charlie, by that time but if you have a smooth motion and smooth path and north korea doesn't fire off any more rockets or missiles or nuclear testing, you can tell people that we've got a handle on this. we can manage this. >> i think your point is exactly right. we are talking about a smooth path here as opposed to some sort of resolution. and the difference is -- the important thing here it shows the president and shows republicans supporting this president doing serious things trying to get things done. when you have people something
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like gina haspel hearing yesterday and democrats carping about those things that aren't so important and they're playing politics and you look at that meeting with north korea, wow, that's a pretty clear distinction. >> there is a message from 82 that ronald reagan used. stay the course. i urge republicans to go back, check the clips, check the history books. >> bill: thank you, doug and charlie. >> sandra: news coming from from the president. he fired back at his democratic critics moments ago after pulling out of the iranian nuclear deal writing this. chuck schumer fought hard against the bad iran deal going at it with president obama and voted against it. now he says i shouldn't have terminated the deal. he doesn't really believe that. same with comey. thought he was terrible until i fired him. plus this big news just coming in a few seconds ago from the president in another tweet. the highly anticipated meeting between kim jong-un and myself
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will take place in singapore on june 12th. we will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace. the president tweeting away right now and now finally some details. singapore june 12th. >> bill: that's a tuesday and that will hold the world's attention, too. part of the reason they didn't want to go to the dmz it's a small location and there is a lot of interest globally. the point about chuck schumer is well taken. you think about the iran deal. chuck schumer had a long, lengthy, detailed explanation as to why he was voting no and when he came to the cameras a couple days ago it was -- we can't do this. you wonder why the conversion happened within two years and maybe the possibility is that you have a republican in the white house. that's the way congress works. >> sandra: certainly a sense of frustration from the president on that tweet there. he brought james comey back into the picture and the changing views that he noted
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from chuck schumer on that as well. but lots of news there. >> bill: big headline. it will go down in singapore in june 12. brand-new reaction from the hill on the c.i.a. director nominee gina haspel facing intense scrutiny from some over the enhanced interrogation program. is her record being misconstrued? how do she explain it yesterday. we'll talk to a man in a moment to help create the program for the agency. he is next. the former vice president dick cheney on this topic. >> the agency is in a difficult position. congress has acted. they have changed the law. and the agency has to and will operate by that statute but there are a lot of monday morning quarterbacks in the terrorism business. what makes this simple salad
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>> if this president asks you to do something you find
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morally objectionable, even if there is an olc opinion, what will you do? >> my moral compass is strong. i wouldn't allow c.i.a. to undertake activities that i thought was immoral even if it was technically level. >> do you believe the previous techniques armed with hindsight. were wrong? >> i support the higher moral standard we have decided to hold ourselves to. >> sandra: senate democrats getting tough with c.i.a. director nominee gina haspel over her role in enhanced interrogations following the 9/11 terror attacks. haspel coming under repeated fire despite vowing not to restart that program if she is confirmed. dr. james mitchell is the author of enhanced interrogation. he helped develop the c.i.a.'s enhanced interrogation program. he joins us now. thanks for being here this morning. if i could, sir, first to get
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you to weigh in on that exchange that you saw at her confirmation hearing yesterday. >> well, it seems like the questions are based on an alternate reality that i didn't experience. gina repeatedly said yesterday she did not run that program. i was an interrogator in that program during the most controversial time and i know who my boss was. it was a man. i talked to him this morning. she didn't run that program. she didn't set the policy in place. she couldn't have stopped it had she chose to. it seems to me like these questions that they're asking her are based more on partisan politics than reality. >> sandra: is her record being misconstrued? this is someone you know personally and have worked with closely. >> well, i've been in meetings with her. it's hard to be in ctc and not know who she was. to me she always seemed to me to be a moderating influence. often she seemed to me to be
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the only adult in the room, you know. so i think that they have completely misrepresented who she is. she is a hero who should be put into a position where she can keep americans safer. there is a lot of talk about moral compasss but not the changing moral landscape. keep in mind in 2002 after being briefed senator feinstein said we may have to do things that historically we have not wanted to do. and senator rockefeller, after ksm was caught in may of 2003 said we may have to turn him over to a third country to be tortured to stop this catastrophic attack. where were their moral compasss pointing at this particular time? to look at the moral landscape now and make decisions about what the moral compass should have been back then when the moral landscape is different is inappropriate. and the reason for that is that
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moral conflicts do not occur independently. they do not occur one at a time. let me finish this one point. the balance the necessary saving of american's lives with a temporary discomfort of a bunch of detainees and sometimes you have to make the best bad choice. >> sandra: it's interesting because a former v.p. cheney. he was speaking earlier on the fox business network and he made a very similar point. listen. >> they did a good job. they got the intelligence they needed. and we were safe from further mass casualty attacks on the seven years on our watch. now people want to go back and rewrite history. if it were my call i would do it again. >> sandra: dr. mitchell he said the agency is a difficult decision and the c.i.a.'s controversial past. what do people need to know?
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>> well, i think they need to know that it is the c.i.a., not the p.t.a. that organization exists to provide intelligence to the people who have to make hard decisions. and often the place where they earn their money is really where the moral conflict actually occurs. if it's an easy decision, you don't need that sort of information. i think that the situation has changed enough now that we probably don't need an enhanced interrogation program. but if they ever get a nuclear weapon we might need an enhanced interrogation program. so you can't make decisions about the choices, the hard choices that people made when we were at risk for an imminent catastrophic attack possibly involving nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. the point i really want to make to your viewers is gina wasn't a part of that. she didn't run that program. i know who ran that program. it wasn't her.
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>> sandra: all right. dr. james mitchell, we appreciate your time this morning and perspective on that. >> bill: very interesting there. 10 minutes before the hour. more breaking news. directly from the white house. direct tweet from the president. here it is. five most wanted leaders of isis just captured. that's it, just one line. we're waiting to learn more coming up after the break.
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>> coming up in seven minutes the three american prisoners back home after being released by authorities in north korea. does it bode well for a summit between president trump and north korea's kim jong-un? ari fleischer joins us. mccain opposes haspel for being c.i.a. director. "the new york times" under fire
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for a headline criticizing the secretary of state mike pompeo. howie kurtz joins us with more on that. "happening now" at the top of the hour. >> bill: the white house taking a step into the future today to host the first artificial intelligence summit. brett larson with me now. these are the big boys. amazon, facebook, google, intel, 34 other major companies. >> it's an interesting time for artificial intelligence. google is working on it, facebook and apple. we saw the fruits of google's labor earlier this week in their seemingly creepy artificial intelligence that can make dinner reservations for you. look at this. >> how can i help you? >> hi, i'm calling to book a woman's hair cut for a client looking for something on may 3. >> give me one second. uh-huh.
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>> it even knew to say and,. there is a lot being done in artificial intelligence space and all of us are taking advantage of it. if you have, it's all there and improving. we're seeing china make great strides in the space. their government is investing in it. now would be a good time for the white house to sit down with the leaders in the technology community, intel, apple, all of them, academics in the industry. we saw the video of the dog that figured out how to open the door, which is terrifying. we want to get ahead of artificial intelligence. this is the stuff of nightmares that we are seeing right here. this is how the terminator movies begin. but key can make light of it but there are ethical issues that need to be addressed. artificial intelligence can do great things. imagine being in the back of an
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ambulance hooked up to a machine that can say this is what's wrong with the guy and how you treat him. >> sgl* for the white house the challenge is to strike a balance between the benefits of computers that can spot disease and the reality that jobs or lives are at stake. >> that needs to be solved. we don't want artificial intelligence taking jobs away from people but we might want artificial intelligence to help people do a better job no matter what that is. >> bill: news anchors doing that soon. >> i hope not. thanks, bill. >> bill: you're welcome. nice to see you. >> sandra: three american prisoners released by north korea back on u.s. soil. president trump on hand to greet them. we're live at the white house. hi, i'm joan lunden with a place for mom,
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>> all right, bill hemmer. quite a few couple of hours.
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on our toes this thursday morning. the president tweeting. >> we've got the summit in singapore. the date is set. >> june 12. >> we'll be watching. we've got to roll. >> "happening now" starts right now. >> we begin a fox news alert on that landmark summit between president trump and kim jong un. coming on the homecoming of the three prisoners. >> president trump tweeting moments ago that the summit will be taking place in singapore. it will happen on june 12th, after he got a very early start this morning greeting the plane carrying three american prisoners home. the president thinking north korea's ruler for the goodwill gesture, a ease of tensions ahead of their meeting next month. >> i want to thank kim jong un, who really was


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