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tv   Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith  FOX News  July 27, 2018 6:00am-9:00am PDT

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the >> sandra: good morning. i'm sandra smith. a u.s. military plane carrying the remains from north korea to south korea comes on the 65th
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anniversary of the korean armistice. each of the cases was draped in the flag of the united nations. >> bill: what more do we know about this, greg? >> we first told you about this yesterday, frankly we weren't 100% sure it was going to happen but indeed it did happen. the return is believed to be the remains of those 55 u.s. service members killed and missing in the korean war. transport caskets, wooden boxes with those remains were picked up by an air force cargo plane this morning korea time from north korea where they were handed over. brought back to a u.s. air base in south korea draped in the u.n. flags as that was the command the american troops were fighting under at the time. u.n. honor guard and u.s. military greeting them. the remains will be examined at the base. in the past north korea has passed off other remains as
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americans and then they will be sent next wednesday to hawaii for further final dna identification, forensic identification. it could take months or years to get back to the families. >> bill: what does it mean for the peace process? >> very significant as you folks have noted that first of all this happened on the 65th anniversary of the armistice which ended the fighting in the korean war. that was noted at the dmz between north and south korea today. president trump went on to tweet after so many years this will be a great moment for so many families. the white house noting that there are still 5300 americans still missing in the north from the war but as north korea also noted this day, the white house also said we are encouraged by north korea's actions and the momentum for positive change. trump administration is under a lot of pressure to come up with
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some deliverables from the summit with kim jong-un last month. not too many of those. the return of the remains was one of those things promised. it is hoped that more will come on the main issue at hand denuclearization in north korea. >> bill: greg palkot from london today. >> sandra: president trump adding fuel to his feud with former lawyer michael cohen this morning following the latest claim that the then-candidate donald trump knew about the campaign meeting in 2016 with a russian lawyer offering dirt on hillary clinton. the president doubled down and giuliani slammed cohen as a liar. >> they demonstrate lies by him a year and a half ago including his fooling people, hiding tape recordings, telling them they weren't recorded. lying to their face. breaking faith with them.
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taping his client, a disbarable offense. i don't see how he has any credibility. >> sandra: rick leventhal is live in the new york bureau. >> the president said he didn't know anything about the meeting with june operatives in june of 2016 but cohen is ready to testify mr. trump was aware before it happened. the "new york post" reports cohen claims he was in the room when donald trump junior made the offer to the future president and says then candidate trump approved it. but cohen reportedly has zero physical evidence like audio tapes to prove his claim and this morning the president tweeted this. i did not know of the meeting with my son, don junior. sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam. he even retained bill and crooked hillary's lawyer. i wonder if they helped him make the choice.
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during the 2016 meeting trump junior, jared kushner and paul manafort joined four russians and a lawyer with ties to the kremlin. if the president knew about it, it would question who if anyone, lied to investigators. >> i expected something like this from him. >> he has zero physical evidence to support the claim. it could be his word against the president's. >> sandra: yesterday we learned more about where the probe might be headed. what do we know on that? >> the "wall street journal" is reporting that prosecutors issued a subpoena to the chief financial officer of the trump organization described as the most senior person in that organization who is not a trump. a spokesperson for the u.s. attorney's office told us since grand jury proceedings are
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secret they don't comment on whether anyone was subpoenaed. he did not know about the payment to porn star stormy daniels but did agree to give cohen a $35,000 monthly retainer after the lawyer provided records showing expenditures he made on behalf of mr. trump. prosecutors have more than 100 recordings. no one knew cohen was taping them on his iphone. >> sandra: the latest on that. >> bill: 30 minutes from now president trump set to address the economy after spending the week promoting his free and fair trade plan in the heartland. >> president trump: basically we opened up europe and that's going to be a great thing for europe but it will be a great thing for us and a really great thing for our farmers. you have just gotten yourself one big market that really
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essentially that never existed because you just had a problem. >> bill: marsha blackburn is running for senate in the state of tennessee. how is the economy in tennessee and your feeling on the strength of things now with the gdp number? >> in tennessee the economy is doing great and we hear it every day. tax cuts are working, economic growth is happening and people are enjoying the benefits of the trump economy. >> bill: so he is stumping every day this week and he is going to parts of the country that are real toss-ups. your race itself in tennessee is said to be a toss-up. what is the strategy now at the end of july knowing how much is on the line come november? >> we know that there is a lot on the line but tennesseans will tell you they are very encouraged by the appointments to the federal bench, the federal court, supreme court, they're hopeful for a quick
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approval for brett kavanaugh, getting him to the bench. they want to see more tax cuts and we're working on tax cuts 2.0. they were encouraged yesterday. i've talked to some of our good tennessee farmers, the best in the world, they're ready to compete and they are encouraged by the agreement with the e.u. yesterday and i'm telling you, bill, repeatedly the issue comes back to immigration. securing that southern border and making certain that we end sanctuary city policies and that we are doing everything we can to make certain that we are dealing with these sex traffickers, drug traffickers, labor traffickers and gangs. getting them out of our communities. >> bill: that's the issue in tennessee or across the country? >> i think it's a little bit of the issue across the country because as democrats are on this abolish ice and my
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opponent as governor gave driver's licenses to illegal aliens and gave them driving certificates. people don't like that. they want to end illegal immigration and they want to make certain we build a wall and that we ban sanctuary cities. they do not want to do anything to embolden this abolish ice movement. they know that ice is the one that is securing the border, that keeps out terrorists, that keeps out drug and sex traffickers and they think that we need to take care of that border. >> bill: that's an issue for the far left. moderate lefts don't want to hear about this issue. it's the wrong thing to run on. >> but if you are supporting their leadership, then you are emboldening that agenda that they are pushing forward. >> bill: last question here. one of the most underreported stories of the week is where
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the president is choosing to go. big house races in the kansas city, missouri area, kansas side. dubuque, iowa. he is picking his points. tampa next tuesday. it shows how much is on the line in november as i mentioned a moment ago. what does washington look like if nancy pelosi is the next speaker? >> if nancy pelosi were to be the speaker and chuck schumer were to be in charge of the senate they told you what they are going to do is to repeal the trump tax cuts. they are going to push for government-run single payer healthcare. they are going to push to abolish ice. and that is something that tennesseans do not want to see happen. they want to make certain we get more of the trump agenda, not less. >> bill: we'll watch your race. right now it is a toss-up. we'll reach out to your opponent and hopefully he will join us, too. have a great weekend. >> you, too.
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>> bill: going to be hot, right? i think the campaign is underway right now. you can see it unfolding before our eyes every day. >> sandra: speaking of the economy in her state, below the national average, the unemployment rate. 3.4%. much below the national unemployment rate. >> bill: tennessee is cooking. >> sandra: breaking news out of california for this morning. a wildfire has killed at least one person as a wall of flames continue to take down everything in its path. the latest on the fire fight there. plus this. >> president trump: they don't care about crime. they want to get rid of ice. democrats, how about the new one? they want to get rid of ice. >> bill: doubling down on his support for ice as hundreds of migrant families still wait to be reunited. we'll talk to a border patrol agent to find out what's going on at this hour. >> sandra: calls for impeaching rod rosenstein hit a wall.
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>> sandra: we are are awaiting the president. he is expected to speak at any moment now from the white house. this shortly after the announced gdp number from the second quarter, 4.1%. this was in line with analysts' expectation. the president would be happy with any number that had a four in front of it. he will take a bit of a victory lap here. we'll bring you his comments when he begins. >> no, i do not. i don't think we should be cavalier with this process or term. number one, number two, i don't think that this rises to the
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level of high crimes and misdemeanors. that's a really high standard. >> bill: paul ryan reacting to some conservative members of the house including congressman mark meadows opting to -- going after contempt charges. matt gaetz on this. good morning to you. i guess contempt is still on the table. you will shelf it for now. how come? >> we filed articles of impeachment. if we don't receive the documents and witnesses we need absent unnecessary redactions it's my expectations that meadows, jordan and myself will seek a vote on impeachment when the congress returns for its next session. >> bill: what you're trying to figure out. giving rosenstein a last chance to comply and i understand the oversight. if you push him too far would you get less cooperation from the doj? >> imagine how hard to get less
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cooperation that we get documents months late and redacted from stuff that's embarrassing to the f.b.i. personal relationships with judges or the cost of furniture in their offices, and i don't think there is anything that could be less cooperative than having the deputy attorney general of the united states sign a fisa warrant to spy on people that were associated with the trump campaign based on opposition research from the democratic party. to me that's the most cavalier thing of all that he would do those things and then write the memo suggesting the firing of james comey and then he believes he can oversee the investigation to determine whether or not that firing constituted obstruction of justice. there are conflicts of interest everywhere. in more than a year now we haven't gotten the answers from rod rosenstein that we would expect and i think it's time for him to be fired or impeached. >> bill: why do you think you are getting the pushback from republican leadership? >> they aren't very bold people when it comes to oversight.
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we continue to set deadlines and we allow the deadlines to lapse and make concessions and set deadlines and have more meetings. i'm new to the congress. it seems like low-energy oversight. if democrats took over the documents will be produced by noon and your impeachment will be in an hour. i think we need more oversight. >> bill: why not just have the president release these documents? >> he should. >> bill: smart legal minds say he can do that. >> he can. i would call on him to do that. specifically the documents that would reflect on investigate activity before july 31. peter strzok and rod rosenstein wouldn't answer questions about potential intelligence collection and spying before that date and it goes to the president's claims and he should declassify those documents. >> bill: do you think he will?
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>> i don't know. he is in a very difficult position because he is the subject of the investigation and we're now living in a world where the people making the ultimate decisions at the top of the executive branch were elected by nobody. >> bill: last question. it's been a big tug-of-war. what do you think the department of justice is hiding if you have that strong feeling? >> i believe money was paid to people to collect intelligence on the trump campaign and that crosses a line in this country. when you've got folks that are collecting intelligence not as a consequence of a true investigative basis but based on, instead, this dirty dossier, this dnc information, and then going and spying on a rival political campaign. i think the records we're asking will evidence that and i would love to be proven wrong. i would love to know that didn't happen in this country but i have suspicion it did. >> bill: thank you for your time today from district one in the sunshine state.
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>> sandra: we are a few minutes away from the president's remarks on the economy after the announcement this morning that gdp reached 4.1% in the second quarter. the number living up to the president's expectations. >> president trump: if it has a 4 in front of it, we're happy. these are unthinkable numbers. if i would have used these numbers during the campaign, the fake news back there would have said he is exaggerating. >> sandra: the president will tout the numbers on the south lawn of the white house in a few moments. we'll bring that to you live when he begins. >> bill: also question for you how this prisoner ended up on the roof of a patrol car? a story behind that dramatic video and a story how it ended, too, right? thanks to new tena intimates overnight
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>> bill: awaiting president trump on the white house and we're learning while speaking at a press conference moments ago vladimir putin invited donald trump to visit moscow. but was ready himself to go to washington for talks if there are appropriate conditions for work. a week ago the president invited vladimir putin to d.c. and that was pushed off until after the mid-terms into next year 2019. so putin with some words a moment ago from moscow. here in new york city now. >> president trump: we'll do awfully well. nobody felt we would be this great. we've already hit 3.2%. when i took over those numbers were bad and they were heading in the wrong direction because of regulation. really the taxes were too high. people were leaving the country, companies were leaving
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the country, jobs were forget it, being abandoned. >> sandra: president trump set to speak any moment from the white house after the news the u.s. economy grew 4.1% in the second quarter. the highest since 2014. the president just tweeting great gdp numbers just released. will be having a news conference soon. here to talk about it is adam shapiro. the number had a 4 in front of it. the president said he would be happy with that. likely we'll hear that from him. the markets didn't rally, why? >> the number fell firstly because people who trade on wall street are never happy but the real issue, this number is somewhat inflated because a lot of the trade that would have taken place in the current quarter, the third quarter, was pulled forward. example, soybeans. soybean exports in may increased 50% year-over-year as china and other trading partners tried to get ahead of
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the tariffs and bought more than usual. >> sandra: are you suggesting it could be a one-off thing and it isn't real, sustainable growth? >> i'm not suggesting. smarter people are saying 4.1% is great but in the third quarter we might be back into the 3% because we pulled forward the sales that would have taken place in the -- >> sandra: i put on my business journalist cap and i called a bunch of economists and used to go down the line ahead of the numbers. fun to do so and collectively they will not take away from this being a good number. >> they shouldn't. >> sandra: even though tariffs played a part and artificially pumped up the number and purchases might have happened faster than they had. >> we haven't even had 3gdp growth in a quarter on a regular basis before 20 146789 >> sandra: can the president feel vindicated >> he should take a victory lap.
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it's a great number. economists are saying is it sustainable? 4% perhaps not. 3%, remember, we weren't getting 3% gdp for how many quarters. >> sandra: not the new normal that president obama suggested of 2. >> it's a good number and people should be happy today. >> bill: market will open any moment. watching the opening bell as the gdp number rolls out. the president will hold a news conference, what he tweeted out from the south lawn in a matter moments. >> sandra: what the trump administration is doing to free an american under house arrest in turkey. >> president erdogan and the turkish government release pastor andrew brunson now or be prepared to face the consequences. [applause] voice. carl? lowest price, guaranteed.
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the day. a flat open. we're learning the u.s. economy is moving, 4.1% second quarter. the last quarter it doubled from the previous quarter. the biggest move since 2014. four years growth. the president is about to brag about it for good reason. the american economy is moving. south lawn of the white house, live picture. we'll see the president come out there -- i think we're a little bit away from that. normally we'd see a few more reporters there. hot day in d.c. coming up on all that. facebook took a face plant yesterday. >> sandra: speaking of an update of stocks. amazon is hitting an all-time hit as well as google. amazon is on track for its 50th record close. up 25% since december. keeping track. >> bill: facebook lost $119 billion in value. market cap in one day.
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zuckerberg took a $15 billion. twitter is going lower, too. >> sandra: i think it's bouncing back a little bit today. >> if turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to america, the united states will impose significant sanctions on turkey until pastor andrew brunson is free. [applause] >> sandra: that's vice president mike pence sending a message to turkey. the trump administration is trying to free an american pastor under house arrest, they arrested andrew brunson in 2016 facing espionage and terror charges. the president is threatening sanctions if the turkish government doesn't release him. tony perkins joins us now. first off, who is pastor brunson? >> well, pastor brunson is a native of north carolina.
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he has been ministering the turkey for over two decades. loves the turkish people. has a church not from from ephesus. but yet after the failed coup attempt somehow they wanted to wrap him into that. they presented no evidence to suggest that he was involved in that but yet they've been holding him in prison for over two years. i was there yesterday when the vice president made those remarks. i've known the vice president for over 20 years. rarely have i seen him so forceful and i know he doesn't get out in front of the president. this is the president and this administration is sending a message to the tyrants in turkey that it is time to let pastor brunson go. >> sandra: by the way, we got the two-minute warning at the white house. we'll go to the when he begins speaking. are the threats of sanctions by the administration, including mike pence and the president
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himself, is that a good idea? >> i think it is. in fact, you have a letter, bipartisan leders from 66 members of the senate calling for that going back to april. restrictions on turkish officials trying to come to this country. this week foreign affairs committee and the senate that would restrict international loans to turkey. of course, the ndaa probably signed into law next week has restrictions on military hardware. the president is not acting alone. you have a bipartisan majority in the senate as well as in the house that are supportive of the president speaking out on behalf of an innocent man held by the tyrants in turkey. >> sandra: how do you expect turkey to respond? >> i think they're responding to the pressure. they put him on house arrest. there are concerns about his safety and security there because of the government oftentimes there turns a blind eye to those that would act
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against people of minority faith. turkey is becoming increasingly a dangerous place for religious freedom and the fact that the ministerial here in washington focused on the advancement of religious freedom had a focus on pastor brunson sent a strong message and part of why he was released from prison to house arrest. >> sandra: you have long advocated for protections on religious freedom. how is the president doing on this? >> the president and this administration gets an a plus. this week's ministerial first ever they'll be doing it every year. 84 representatives from 84 different governments coming here to talk about religious freedom. not just talk, solid action steps coming out of yesterday's ministerial gathering of foreign leaders and so when you look at what they're doing domestically combined with foreign policy, we're making great advancements in giving
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every human being the freedom that they've been granted by god to choose or not to choose a faith. >> sandra: we continue to see this administration ramp up its pressure to release pastor brunson. we're following this story and we'll continue to do so. tony perkins. thank you for coming on the program this morning. >> have a great weekend. >> bill: we should see the president on the south lawn of the white house. nice day in washington, d.c. a good day to be in the swamp, right? >> sandra: here we are. about six minutes after markets have opened and this was a highly anticipated gdp number. it normally is, but what was different this time was you had the white house ramping up the excitement around this because they were anticipating this to be a strong number, which it was. it was directly in line with analysts' expectations. what normally happens when you meet or miss expectations sometimes the market goes down and why you aren't seeing the big spike.
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maybe the strong growth was already baked into the u.s. stock markets. the dow up 26 points now. we expect the president to step out in the news-announced news conference and just take a victory lap on the economic growth. >> bill: it's something else when you look back over the previous four years i mentioned. in the early 2009 we were in the depths of the economic troubles then. you look back to the first quarter, president obama was dealing with a 5.4% negative gdp. so we've been climbing out of those numbers ever since. since president trump has been in office we've seen a steady up tick. there was a lot of optimism that we could reach a 4% number because as a country we really seem to be used to that 2% number. it was quarter after quarter after quarter and a lot of economists said it's not good enough to maintain 300 million
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people to keep it active and vital and keep the economy stimulated. so this is going to help some things right now. we mentioned the tariff deal with the e.u. all that can be factored in to what we're analyzing now. the bottom line when you are three months away from mid-term election and people saying the economy is the most important issue, this is a strong number. >> sandra: some critics want to take away from the strength of the number talking about the pre-tariff positioning meaning for example there was a pickup in soybean exports to china in front of the tariffs to kick in earlier this month and so there is an argument to be made this could be a one-off surge in growth. nonetheless, there are ripple effects from this type of growth, bill hemmer. 4.1%. the fastest growth this country has seen economically in four years and consumer spending was a big part of that. 2/3 of our economy is consumer
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spending and it was strong and it led to this economic growth that we're seeing. >> bill: a big message, too. we saw the president in dubuque, iowa and florida. the tax plan is helping things along and so today's numbers will help with that argument. >> sandra: in addition to the second quarter gdp growth 4.1% the first quarter was revised up. it had originally been announced 2.0%. it has been revised to 2.2%. the first quarter was stronger than what was once reported. the president's economic advisor larry kudlow has been talking about this being a strong number. the president himself was believing this would be a strong number. they don't get a look at it before it comes out. they were very confident we'd see this type of growth before this number was announced this morning and the dow seems to be
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climbing a little bit here 10 minutes into trading. >> bill: i'll make you a wager. i say we end up in positive territory today. i'll say triple digits. the number was good. not a disappointment. you met it. you've talked about it for weeks. heck, you campaigned on this number. remember candidate trump saying 2% is not good enough for america? you put me in there i'll get you back to 4 and we'll grow to 5%? you cannot be satisfied with the current trends? that's what he campaigned on. >> sandra: chevron, exxonmobile. they're waiting on the dow on the lower-than expected earnings shaving a decent amount off the dow at this moment. the gdp strong. the president should be out to speak in a few moments from now. >> bill: we need to check the watch at the white house.
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we were told two minutes and it's more than two minutes. squeeze in a break. we'll have the president right after this. come on back.
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>> bill: we'll see the president come out here in a moment. he has a lot to brag about. he ran on the economy as a candidate. said he could do better as president and we're starting to see the results with the gdp number today. best number since 2014. >> sandra: the president tweeted out after the release of the growth number great gdp numbers just released. will be having a news conference soon. wall street, main street have been enjoying the changes in this economy, the gains in growth, a drop in the unemployment rate, the rollback of regulations by this president, the cutting of taxes. you are likely to hear a lot about that in a few moments from this president who is highly anticipating this to be a strong economic growth number.
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>> bill: steve mnuchin and wilbur ross. here we go with the vice president and president trump. >> president trump: good morning. moments ago the numbers for america's economic growth or gdp were just released. and i am thrilled to announce that in the second quarter of this year, the united states economy grew at the amazing rate of 4.1%. we're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years and i will say this right now and i'll say it strongly, as the trade deals come in one by one, we are going to go a lot higher than these numbers and these are great numbers. during each of the two previous administrations, we averaged just over 1.8% gdp growth. by contrast, we are now on
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track to hit an average gdp annual growth of over 3% and it could be substantially over 3%. each point, by the way, means approximately $3 trillion and 10 million jobs. you go up one point. it doesn't sound like much. it's a lot. it's there are 3 trillion and 10 million jobs. if economic growth continues at this pace the united states economy will double in size more than 10 years faster than it would have under either president bush or president obama. perhaps one of the biggest wins in the report -- it is indeed a big one -- is that the trade deficit very dear to my heart because we've been ripped off by the world, has dropped by more than $50 billion.
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$52 billion to be exact. it has dropped by more than 50. the trade deficit has dropped by more than $50 billion. and that's added -- and adding one point to gdp. that's a tremendous drop. we haven't had a drop like that in a long time. you have to go back a long time before you find it. by increasing growth to 3% over the next 10 years, that would mean 12 million new american jobs and $10 trillion of new american wealth, at least. and that's not including the fact that since i was elected, we've created approximately $7 trillion of new wealth. the year after i came into office private business investment grew at only 1.8%. last year it jumped to 6.3%.
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that was my first full year. we had to do a lot of things to get it to grow. this year it's growing at 9.4%. so that's a very tremendous increase. there hasn't been an increase like that in many, many years, decades. and i think the most important thing and larry kudlow just confirmed to me along with kevin has ert, that these numbers are very, very sustainable. this isn't a one-time shot. i happen to think we're going to do extraordinarily well in our next report next quarter. i think it is going to be outstanding. i won't go too strong because then if it's not quite as good you won't let me forget it. but i think the numbers will be outstanding. we've accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions. when i came into office, 1.5 million fewer prime age
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americans were working than eight years before. we had lost almost 200,000 manufacturing jobs under the previous administration and you all know they say well, you have to lose manufacturing jobs, it will get worse and worse. manufacturing jobs are obsolete, no, they aren't, they're the greatest jobs we have. more than 10 million additional americans had been added to food stamps in past years. but we've turned it all around. once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world. when i meet the leaders of countries, the first thing they say invariably is mr. president, so nice to meet you, congratulations on your economy. you are leading the entire world. they say it almost each and every time. america is being respected again and america is winning again because we're finally putting america first. everywhere we look, we're seeing the effects of the
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american economic miracle. we have added 3.7 million new jobs since the election. a number that is unthinkable if you go back to the campaign. nobody would have said it. nobody would have even in an optimistic way projected it. we're in the midst of the longest positive job growth streak in history. new unemployment claims have recently achieved their lowest level in almost half a century. the african-american unemployment rate has achieved the lowest level in recorded history. african-american unemployment is the best it's ever been in the history of our country. the hispanic unemployment rate has reached the lowest level likewise in history. the asian unemployment rate has recently reached the lowest
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level again likewise in history. women unemployment rate recently reached the lowest level in 65 years. and soon that will be in history. give it another two or three weeks. veterans unemployment is at its lowest level in 18 years and that number is rapidly going up. on top of which we just received and won from congress choice where veterans can go out and see a doctor if they can't get service, the service that they deserve. unemployment for disabled americans has hit a record low. lowest in history. more than 3.5 million americans have been lifted off food stamps, something that you haven't seen in decades. 3.5 million americans have been lifted off food stamps. that's because they are able to go out and get a job.
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and they are going to love their jobs. 95% of american manufacturers are optimistic about their company's outlook. that's the highest level also in history. that's an old survey. been around a long time. manufacturing wages are expected to rise at the fastest rate in over 17 years. business and consumer confidence has reached historic highs. so far this year, american exports are up nearly 20%. i've only been here a little more than a year and a half. over the same period in the year before i took office we had become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time since 1957. gotten rid of tremendous amounts of regulations which allows us to do things and we
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still have tremendous regulations on clean air, clean water, the environment. that's very important to me and everybody. we had unnecessary regulations that were hurting our economy and hurting our country. we have eliminated a record number of job-killing regulations and with the help of republicans in congress, we passed without one democrat vote, the biggest tax cuts and reform in our history. as you know, the democrats want to end that and raise everybody's taxes. that would be a disaster for our economy. as a result, more than six million americans are now enjoying new bonuses, better jobs, and far bigger paychecks. yet every single democrat voted against the tax cuts. every single one. we didn't get one vote. they voted against working families, they voted against small businesses. not good. in the first three months after
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tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back into the united states from overseas. we think it will be in the end when completed over $4 trillion will be back into our country. apple alone is bringing in $230 billion and they are building them and say we
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don't get along too well with that country. they said whatever you could do. it's something that was very important to me. many people have asked that. i've asked the vice president and others to just pay a special tribute and they will do that. we honor the sacred memory of every incredible american patriot who fought and died in that war. in everything we do, in every action we take, we are fighting for loyal, hard working patriotic citizens of our blessed nation. we're making our country great again. we're respected again all over the world. our military will soon be stronger than it's ever been by far.
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that in itself will produce thousands and thousands of jobs. nobody makes equipment like we do, nobody, whether it's planes or missiles or any form of military equipment, we make the best in the world by far. we're making it possible for our allies to buy that equipment quickly where they don't have to wait for two-year approvals and more. we're doing great and i'm very honored to see that 4.1 number. perhaps i'm more honored to see that deficit shrink. the trade deficit shrink so much. with that i would like to ask kevin has ert and my very good friend larry kudlow if they could both step forward and say a few words. thank you all very much. it's a great day. [applause] >> thank you very much, mr. president, and thank you for your leadership and for the faith that you put in me when
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you offered me this job. and thank you for standing up for our veterans. my father and my uncle both fought in the korean war. you can't imagine how much it means to those veterans that you didn't forget their cam rads. as an economist it is my duty to make sure we shouldn't make too much of one number but when i think back to the first time i met with you and we talked about your vision how to make america great again you might recall that in the end i agreed that stuff really ought to work. and the fact is that if we look at the data today that we can see the proof in the pudding. that the president's policies are working and not just on the top line but in the details. so the president said that if we deregulate the economy and have tax reform there will be a capital spending boom because the factories will come back to america. if you look at the data the factories are booming again. the president said that if we emphasize energy production here in the u.s. we could
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become a dominant energy economy even an energy exporter. if you look at the data today, one of the reasons why the data are so strong drilling and mining activities skyrocketed in an almost unprecedented way, and the thing that at times you have looked at me and smiled about whether i really agree with you. you said you would bring the trade deficit down and you have. the $50 billion reduction in the trade deficit proves if you stand up for america's workers and let our allies knows that deals that aren't resipry call are not acceptable you can make a lot of progress. thank you for your leadership and your faith in me. >> president trump: thank you. good job >> i'll be as quick as i can. i want to reiterate what the president said and my pal kevin. we've had a pro-growth agenda. it has been in place for a short while. it is already beginning to work. low tax rates, rollback of
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regulations, unleashing energy and trade reform to fix a broken world trading system. i just want to note in the numbers and this is becoming a trend, business investment is booming. 9 to 10% growth in the first half of this year. i believe that's going to continue. why do i talk about business investment? well, that's the key to productivity which is the key to growth which is the key to rising real wages and very strong jobs. a point that kevin and i made during the campaign a million times and we continue to make it. these tax cuts particularly on the business and investment side are going to be boosting wages, livelihoods and jobs for middle american ordinary working folks. and it's starting to take effect. that's why i agree with the president, this is a boom that will be sustainable frankly as
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far as the eye can see. this is no one-shot effort. so that's me. thank you, sir. appreciate it very much. >> president trump: thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> bill: that was something. big victory lap at the white house and for good reason. the president selling his economic policies in a big way calling that gdp number amazing saying each point on gdp means $3 trillion and 10 million jobs. a lot to talk about on that. >> sandra: a word he used a lot. sustainable and you heard his economic advisor larry kudlow reiterate that. this is sustainable. the president is forecasting that we'll go a lot higher than these numbers. 4.1% growth is already up there. >> bill: we have america's a-team lined up. mike warren. the juan williams, there he is. welcome back, sir. and charlie hurt, editor of the
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washington times and fox news contributor. here we go. >> sandra: charlie, what did you think? the white house taking a victory lap. >> shocking to see the president taking a victory lap over the gdp number. >> sandra: did he earn it? >> yeah, he earned it. we were talking about it outside. i don't know i've ever seen any president hold a press conference over a gdp number. obama didn't have the opportunity but even before that i don't know of a united states president whoever held a press conference about this. but what's so smart about it is he did boil it down -- he knows that percentage points don't really matter to people. what matters is one point equals $3 trillion and 10 million jobs. when voters hear that. they may not know that much about percentage points, they know what that means. >> he is talking about it because it's the best story he has now. 4.1% is really good. a lot of other problems and
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issues the administration and president is facing. a great story for him to talk about. i was interested as well in the terminology of sustainability. they kept insisting. that's predicting some of the criticism that they may be getting from some outside economic analysts who say this is a boost from good tax cuts but that it may not be sustainable. they're trying to push back against that. >> sandra: the pre-tariff positioning. buying rushed in here that could have bumped up the number and led to a one-off situation. the white house clearly is trying to say that's not the case, juan. >> well, all of this is really mid-term election positioning. >> bill: no question. >> what you've seen in the last week is the president go out to illinois, iowa, to say to people being impacted by the tariffs you mentioned, hold on, we know we have some problems here, we're going to offer you some subsidies to the farmers and the like. my policies, and aggressive trade policies will pay off. this morning -- i don't know if
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i would agree with charlie it's well deserved. he thinks it's all about donald trump this boom. as you heard from the president himself we've had the longest sustained number of months of growth in the history of the country. so i think a lot of people deserve credit including president obama. but let's put that aside for a second. the growth has continued under president trump and he deserves credit for that. >> bill: it's one of the most under reported stories in the country right now. this mid-term election is well underway and charlie, you look at the spots he has picked to speak this week in kansas city, dubuque, iowa, southwest illinois and tampa. they have tight election races in all these districts. >> the economy is the thing that will determine every single one of them. if it's rolling, if it's good and positive, trump and republicans are going to do very, very well. if there is a problem they won't do very well. one thing about the concerns
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about the escalated trade war, escalating trade war, the way i see it either way it's good news for the trump team because either those concerns are baked into the current number, or as we go forward and this trade war is not realized. i don't think they -- deep down the white house doesn't want to escalate this. if they don't, then you really could see that number sustained and perhaps even go higher. >> sandra: something else unusual from the white house talking about interest rates. the president was concerned about the rising interest rate environment. it will come into play if you continue to see the stock market rise and the gdp growth. fed might keep hiking. >> that should concern the white house. >> sandra: could be concerning the markets. we aren't getting a rally. >> i think it goes to the sense this is baked in a little bit from the tax cuts and also sort of as you were saying sandra before the tariffs come in.
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politically it's interesting that the president is going to these places where i think his base is, right? he seems to be approaching this as a base turnout election. it will be interesting to know what would happen. >> bill: i would take issue with that. i don't think this is necessarily where his base is but where you find the toss-up battles for control of the house in november. >> i disagree. i think it's in suburban districts. >> bill: kansas two and three, these are very close elections right now. >> you also have close elections in the suburbs of pittsburgh, some of the suburbs of southern california. these are elections -- districts that hillary clinton won and republicans control. that's i think a tough place for the president to go to and that's why you go to more of the industrial midwest states and districts rather than suburban districts which might get hurt from a trade war that raises prices on consumers. as well as i think the
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president has a problem and the republican party has the problem with suburban women. what if they tried to take the fight so some of those districts. >> sandra: larry kudlow is coming up. he met with concerned gop lawmakers yesterday who walked into the room and said what is your long-term trade strategy? they brought the concerns of their constituents in the room. i don't know they got a lot of answers. >> there is no answer apparent to anyone. i read weekly standard, i read the "wall street journal" and you can see that conservatives are free trade people and they are somewhat puzzled what is going on with the president and free trade. where is the payoff? even this week in his meeting with the leader of the e.u.'s market he said i came out with a deal. we don't know exactly the dimensions of that deal. the president says everything will work out. it seems as if to come back to your point, bill. what he is doing running up to
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the mid-terms i won't aggressively engage in a trade war right now. i'll slow it down. he is getting negative signals from republicans on capitol hill. secondly, i'm not going to have vladimir putin in here before the mid-term elections. >> sandra: it could be part of his strategy, too. >> you talk about a president unlike other presidents has a long, long-term strategy i believe in terms. he brings up these things like the tariffs and he likes to point out he is convinced even larry kudlow that using tariffs as a tool is a very effective way to get countries to do what you want to do and, of course, let's not forget he ran a campaign on the notion that we're already at a trade war at least with china and have been -- they've been at war with us for a long time and taking advantage of us. that was a very, very effective thing for him. but i do think that, bill, he is clearly going for those middle voters whether it's a base election or whatever, he
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is clearly going for those middle of the road voters when he talks about african-american unemployment at its lowest ever, he is desperately trying to appeal to those voters. when he talks about 3.5 million people now off of food stamps and in jobs, jobs i know that they love, you know, he is clearly going for non-republicans. >> bill: african-american unemployment record lows. we've eliminated regulations, the business community loves that. they've been strangled for eight years. tax reform passed. no democrat voted for it. political implications and the obamacare penalty is gone. >> he never lets that one go without mentioning no democrats voted. >> he wanted that package to be the number one issue that the party was running on in the mid-terms, tax cuts. and the benefits of those tax cuts for the american worker. instead what we see is that it hasn't played out. it has been a dud in terms of --
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>> sandra: what hasn't played out? >> has the tax cut resulted in wage hikes for american workers and resulted in increased capital investment by american corporations? has it resulted in -- >> how can you look at that number and make that argument and call it a dud. >> no, no, i'm just saying if you look at the polls, over half of american workers say we haven't seen any change in our wages as a result of that. >> sandra: that's what larry kudlow ended with. he made the point the president did about business investment and that is his goal talking to the president about his strategy and getting those wages back up. >> that would be good news if you see business investment. that's why he is going after powell, the chair of the federal reserve. he is talking about nobody has ever seen a press conference. nobody heard the president attack the chairman of the federal reserve. >> that's the concern. investment could be curbed if trade actions cause these
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companies to sort of pull back. >> bill: from his lips to your ears. the economic envy of the entire word, the united states. hang on. >> sandra: we'll have much more on today's big numbers showing a red hot economy. larry kudlow, the president's chief economic advise hor who you saw speaking a few minutes ago he'll join us live on "america's newsroom" next hour. >> bill: president trump firing back on michael cohen after he made more claims against the president. andrew mccarthy is on deck coming up next. >> i've always thought that if mueller believed that cohen was somehow the key to proving a collusion case against trump, there is no way he lets that case walk to the southern district of new york. so i would be surprised if this links up to anything that is serious.
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impeachment. think about this, to impeach you need a simple majority in the house and a 2/3 super majority in the senate to remove the official, right? if they get thumped in the house it suggests that congress is not all that interested. >> sandra: why were they doing it? >> i think it's got to do with the politics and i'm probably less adept at dealing with that than the legal stuff. >> bill: i think they're ticked
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off they can't get cooperation. they feel an obligation of oversight and fighting for the piece of paperwork over and over again and they reach a point and they get frustrated. >> bill: you don't get to death con 1. i said myself in the last number of weeks, we even talked about it, you are running a farce if you aren't using your power as a tribunal to compel the production of information. so if they don't get the documents they ask for and people thumb their nose in testimony and don't answer questions, redact documents without justification, hold them in contempt. and i think contempt is something that everybody can get behind because you are making a farce out of the tribunal. you don't jump to impeachment >> bill: that's still on the table. matt gaetz was on with us last hour. we asked what do you think the department of justice is hiding?
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>> i believe money was paid to people to collect intelligence on the trump campaign and that crosses a line in this country when you have folks collecting intelligence not on a true investigation but based on this dirty dossier, this dnc information and then going and spying on a rival political campaign. i think the records we're asking will evidence that and i would love to be proven wrong. i would love to know that didn't happen in this country but i have suspicion it did. >> bill: a man and woman fighting for this stuff, that's what they think. >> the government pays for informational the time. i think it's a bigger deal if they monitored a campaign in this country without a real basis to think that there was an espionage conspiracy with a foreign power. if they used that in order to use their counter intelligence powers for political purposes to monitor a campaign, that's the major scandal. whether they paid money in addition to that is interesting
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and could make it worse but i think to keep your eye on the ball that's what the scandal is. >> bill: apparently michael cohen is ready to say that the president knew about this meeting at trump tower in june of 2016. is that right? and the president went right after him this morning on twitter he sent out this tweet i did not know of the meeting with my son, don junior, sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jab. back on the record again. >> what's really interesting about this is the case against cohen is involved in is a standard law enforcement investigation, right? the president, who also is dealing with an investigation, is not dealing with a standard law enforcement investigation. he won't be indicted.
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his concern is impeachment not a criminal investigation. the interesting thing about this is impeachment is a political remedy, it is not a legal remedy. the way you have to fight it because you never have an impeachment unless the public so supported it that 2/3 of the senate would support removing someone, right? you have to fight that in the court of public opinion. so there are positions you take when you your concern is impeachment that you would never take in a legal situation because anything you say if your concern is prosecutors, anything you say can get used against you in court. so, you know, if you give a version of events and then down the line new evidence emerges that blows up your version of events, they can use that against you in court. the president is not worried about that. he is worried about impeachment and that means he has got to fight this out in public, not in a courtroom. >> sandra: there are things you can say and tweet that can get you in trouble. what do you make of the report
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that robert mueller is looking over the president's tweets now as part of the investigation? >> we don't have an eyeball into what special counsel mueller is doing. >> sandra: a lot of people wish at this point we did. >> you and me both. here is the thing. we need to recognize and understand what we don't know. just because we're hearing now that mueller may be looking at the tweets, mueller is a very competent prosecutor and he came into this to try to prove an obstruction case after comey was dismissed. they've been looking at the tweets from the beginning. so the fact that we're hearing about that now doesn't mean that this is not something that has been going on for over a year. >> bill: you believe that giuliani and the president are focusing too much on the cohen matter. how come? if you know they're street fighters from new york and they'll push back when someone comes after them. >> the only rationale for doing
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this is they're fighting it out in the court of public opinion. you would never handle a normal investigation like this. because again, anything you said. now bill, you turn -- the only thing that should matter is the trump tower meeting is not evidence of an espionage conspiracy. legally that's what matters. if you fight every single thing about the tape. it's a one week story, what does the tape say? did he lie? the tape doesn't prove a crime. >> bill: trump tower final question. to have the meeting is not illegal. >> right. >> bill: to lie about it is not good you aren't under oath. that's not a crime. where is the crime here? >> well, in the narrow meeting at the trump tower there is no crime. the question is does it fit in within a context of proving an espionage conspiracy between the trump campaign and russia which is the rationale for the
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investigation. i don't think it does but we don't know everything. >> bill: thank you, sir. >> sandra: good to have you on set this morning. >> bill: a good guide post. >> we settled it now. >> bill: where we can go and where we can't go. twitter facing fire for shadow banning. >> i want to know what is your process, be transparent. you owe it to your users to let us know our voices will not be suppressed because you don't like what we think. >> bill: our a-team weighs in on a twitter firestorm today. >> sandra: north korea returning the reported remains of american soldiers lost in the korean war. reaction from the white house next. hey there people eligible for medicare.
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soldiers from the korean war exactly 65 years after the fighting ended. peter doocy from the north lawn of the white house has more on this. peter, good morning. >> good morning. a c-17 cargo plane carrying 55 cases of service members' remains left north korea last night bound for the air force base in south korea and from there the cases will head to hawaii for final identification. >> president trump: mike pence, our wonderful vice president, will be there to greet the families and the remains, and i want to thank chairman kim for keeping his word. we have many others coming. but i want to thank chairman kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise that he made to me. and i'm sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search.
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>> the white house thinks things agreed to in singapore are starting to come to fruition and getting new word from the pentagon where james mattis announced that u.s. troops may go back into north korea to look for more remains. >> it was coordination effort over the last month determined where they would deliver the remains to. where our plane would fly in. where they would be taken to for the initial review. so all of that went well and i think when you have that sort of communication going on, it sets a positive environment, a positive tone, for other things more important things in terms of international diplomacy, but this humanitarian act is a step in the right direction. >> this is seen as a good faith gesture by the kim regime. secretary of state mike pompeo insisted earlier this week the main goal with north korea is a full and verified
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denuclearization of the peninsula, bill. >> bill: a lot to talk about. back with our a-team. mike, juan and charlie. a couple ways to look at this. remarkable day for the families, 65 years later, mike. >> absolutely. the prisoner of war, missing in action, a small but important part of the president's own electoral coalition. something he delivered on that he promised he would do. of course, secretary mattis just pointed out, it is the big questions that are still remaining. in many ways this is an easy one for kim and the north koreans to do this, to allow this to happen and it's the north koreans, we should verify if there are remains. >> sandra: it could take years before we find out the results of that. >> there are still bigger issues. denuclearization is such a big ask. this is a much smaller, easier
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ask and maybe sets it on the right path. >> sandra: should it calm some of the president's critics that nothing came out of the meeting with kim jong-un. >> for america it is a good moment. the war is long over beyond my lifetime, beyond yours for sure. i think all of us have a sense that when men and women go out and fight for us, we stay with them and we want to bring them home and we owe that to the families. i say owe, but it is part of who we are so i like it a lot. and i think for president trump, who loves individual relationships, it must signal to him something positive about what is going on with kim jong-un because what i've read in the papers is that he has been frustrated at the lack of progress in terms of secretary pompeo at the state department being able to negotiate and bring to fruition the bigger picture on denuclearization of north korea. >> but to answer your question, nothing will calm his critics.
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they'll keep it up. i don't think you can overstate the importance of something like this. we talk about in washington all the time people talk about how fast -- you can't keep up with the news. they are going very fast in the political world but on the global world, things are going at hyper speed right now and i know that donald trump sort of makes people a little bit nervous because sometimes he says things that aren't exactly right or he has missteps here and there, but he is a game changer and he is willing to throw things in the air and see where they land and try to reorganize things. to me that's the most appealing thing about the guy on the global stage. a willingness to go and sit down with kim jong-un. see what happens. and yeah, it's a little uncomfortable but my goodness, if you stand still and don't do anything you're toast in this world. >> bill: my feeling on the singapore thing you had to restart this relationship. if you are going to take small
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steps here and small steps there, well eventually they can lead to big things. i'm not saying that north korea is going to give up its nukes someday. it may never come to that. but you don't have -- you don't have any more testing. no more missiles are fired. it seems like a red hot situation has been cooled for now. >> cool for now. i think that's an accomplishment in and of itself. the question ultimately to me is will the administration's own stated policy of complete denuclearization ever come to fruition? have these steps moved us closer to that? i don't think we have a good answer on that. i think the small steps are certainly good at cooling from where that really hot moment was about a year ago. but the nuclear program for north korea is so fundamental to its own conception of itself as a state that it is not going to be easy.
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>> going back to his grandfather. let's talk about twitter, shall we? >> sandra: shadow banning. is this a legitimate concern? the president has been tweeting about it. >> bill: there is no doubt about it. i think the social media organizations are admitting that it is a problem. although -- >> sandra: twitter said they're changing their policy. >> bill: what is it? >> it has to do when you are searching for somebody who is a conservative and or republican and it makes it more difficult to find. >> sandra: if their name auto pop later or not. they say if you're a conservative like jim jordan or ronna mcdaniel their name doesn't populate in the search. >> this is grievance policy. no shortage of conservative -- i'm going to say, if it was the case that they were saying we're blocking some conservative leader i would say
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that's terrible. what this is, as you describe, a dropdown bar and algorithm. >> sandra: it is social media picking and choosing who you have access to. >> bill: -- >> if you were saying to me i don't like these conservatives. that's not what happened. >> the terminology is confusing. shadow banning is the idea when you post something in a public forum you are the only one who can see it. somehow they have manipulated the algorithm. it is not exactly what happened with twitter. it is a problem with terminology. it has been appropriated to mean you don't show up. i agree with you, juan. the other thing is there have been far left folks that have also not popped up in the search bar. it seems to me that twitter's algorithm picks up people who are controversial. i'm not saying it's right. twitter has a problem against hate speech, bullying, harassment.
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>> to your point, it is no shortage of conservative sites that are easily accessible and conservative commentary. >> sandra: ronna mcdaniel took issue with it and she expressed her frustration. >> i think they still have more work to do to clear up why were conservatives being banned and why using shadow banning and this is important to all users and our political -- the thought police of silicone valley shouldn't determine whose voices get through. >> sandra: shadow banning prominent republicans not good. we'll look into this practice at once. many complaints. >> i'm glad to hear you, juan, have a problem with grievance politics. we can agree. if we can just do away with it all together. the larger issue is -- i've never been on facebook and try not to go on twitter because it's appalling. when you go on there and see
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the way they aggregate news it is egregious how reliably left wing or out of touch, out of touch with mainstream regular americans those feeds are. it is completely useless. >> sandra: you are on twitter? >> i'm on there but -- i'm on there defensively. >> bill: he is a lurker. >> maybe you can look at this is other way and say maybe it will prompt these people to stay off twitter. no good can come from being on twitter. you waste time at work and all those things. >> i'll tweet you now. >> bill: amid all the talk about russia since the trump, putin summit. officials saying china must be a bigger concern. >> sandra: roseanne sits down with sean hannity for her first
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>> here is what i have to say. let's talk about it. let's really turn this into a teachable moment. we need to talk about race and everything that is connected to it, including not knowing that someone who looks like me, her skin tone is like mine, and i'm brown, i didn't know she was african-american. >> sandra: that was roseanne bar sitting down with sean hannity apologizing -- i guess you could call it that for a
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racist tweet she now calls a big misunderstanding. carley shimkus is here. i say it like that because it is being perceived in many different ways this morning. >> sure is. what she said yesterday was her tweet wasn't racial or racist, it was political. she claims she was calling valerie jarrett out for her involvement with the iran nuclear deal. this was a big moment for roseanne, a lot was riding on this interview. and she is kind of a wild card. you never know what you'll get with her. yesterday we got somebody who was apologetic, tearful at times but also somebody who feels like she has been misunderstood. >> bill: the interview airs again tonight. i think the second part. that was an hour last night, too. she had this tweet, right, that pretty much cost her a series that looked to be off to a great start. >> absolutely. >> bill: this is how she pretty much said she lost it all because of it. watch. >> it cost me everything.
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no, i wish i had worded it better, but i'm not going to let them tell me what i meant. i know myself and i will speak for myself and i won't have any people who don't share my culture tell me what i meant. they called me racist on the left for a long time ever since i said the jewish people have a right to live in their ancestral homeland. that's racism to the far left, of which i used to be one of. >> bill: very interesting to hear her. >> a little anger there, right? she has been through hell and back through this thing. she also said yesterday her kids took her twitter privileges away. one of the last tweets that she wrote, i want to read to you. she said i'm disgusted the read all the support for james gund's pedophile joke and they black listed me for a twitter
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they didn't understand. he was fired over old tweets. she is bringing up the double standard in hollywood. maybe there is, maybe there isn't. i think this is a great example from james gun to roseanne bar, watch what you say. these jokes aren't funny and they live on social media forever. we all need to take a step back and calm down. >> bill: to be successful in her world you have to take chances sometimes. and you never are quite sure how they will be perceived. when she did the national anthem? >> she addressed that national anthem controversy yesterday. one of the players, i think it was a pitcher, told her to spit and do whatever she did. she learned a lesson, never take comedy advice from a baseball player. >> sandra: she talked about how comedy is personal. i tell more jokes about myself to everybody else. >> she misses the mark a lot of
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times, too. a tweet that was generated where she made a racist comment about susan rice. a lot of people who are not so willing to forgive and forget are bringing that tweet back up and saying really? you really didn't know she was white? what about this? >> bill: part two airs at 9:00 eastern time tonight. the guns falling silent in the korean war 65 years ago today. a brave vet who risked his life for our country and we honor the remains of who we believe are those who made the ultimate sacrifice. we all want to know about the new thing.
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>> bill: on this day 65 years ago today the signing of an armistice that ended the fighting in the korean war. north korea returned what are believed to be the remains of dozens of u.s. troops. we're honored to welcome on the show today one of the brave vets who fought that war, bill served on the destroyer as a petty officer third class out of cincinnati, ohio, age 85. you look fantastic. thank you for being here. you've got an awesome story. how do you feel today being recognized, the forgotten war 65 years later knowing the remains of some of your fellow soldiers appear to be coming
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home? >> you got the wrong guy because what i did was a server. when i got to pearl harbor this was in 1952. when i was there i had to mess cook it for a while. i think it teaches you humility. but then we served -- i did, the guys that were on the tug boats pushing the carriers into the dock and later on after that stint i got to go to base operations office but it teaches you to be obedient when you first get into any place like that. >> bill: i was reading where the thing you miss the most are the guys you served with. >> matter of fact, i think the biggest mistake anybody makes is you don't get their addresses when you are in service. by hunting and pecking around. the internet has been great because now we've gotten up with 10 or 12 guys just around the country, just like yesterday that you can still
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talk and communicate with them and bring up old ideas again what happened. >> bill: i want our audience to know that you are about 18 years old. you took a train from cincinnati, to san diego. never saw the ocean before. that was the first time. >> ohio was the biggest body of water >> bill: you meet your wife a week before you left. you stayed in touch, came home and married her. still together today. >> let me back off on that. the first two years i was in pearl harbor and then the last two years i got on the ship and that's when i met her just before -- i came back from pearl harbor. i had to stay at pearl for two years. i didn't get to go home at all. i missed my parents, family, you lose contact but when i came home for leave, i met mary at a whistle dance down at the center down there where we all got together and met her on the last whistle dance there and i
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thought found out she was catholic and i said boy, god is intervening right here. i was sold on her right there, let me tell you that. >> bill: you worked at g.e. for 33 years. went back to college to get your degree at age 52. it's an amazing american story. today you'll be honored at g.e. with 80 others. how does that feel, bill? >> it's like -- doesn't make any difference if you're in the marine, navy, air force, whatever it was. i hope i mentioned all of them and also the coast guard but they're like brothers. if anybody needed help we all blended together. each one had a job. some that couldn't swim said they didn't want the navy. when you went in you did what you were told and obedient and you did the job and you depended on each other to do their job. the same way at g.e. i was under the direction of many, many people that were in
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the service and that was a great thing, too. they understood what we went through. >> sandra: sir, this is sandra smith. thank you for your service and i know the audience is loving hearing your story. it is a beautiful one. >> let me ask one thing. i just want to thank g.e. for this opportunity an the urology group, too. they cared just like the people cared bringing those guys back from north korea. those are the ones we salute today. thank you. >> bill: thank you for your service. good man, thank you. >> sandra: we'll be right back. larry kudlow coming up. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, ... with reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques. and the otezla prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring.
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visit cancercenter.com/breast appointments available now. >> sandra: top of the hour, fox news alert. president trump touting what he is calling incredible economic growth after a big boost in gdp. i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. how cool is bill knepp at 85. thank you again. u.s. economy grew by 4.1%. second quarter in 2018. the fastest pace we've seen in nearly four years edging stocks a bit higher at the start. the president calling the latest numbers amazing while looking forward to even more progress coming up soon. >> president trump: i am thrilled to announce that in the second quarter of this year, the united states he connie grew at the amazing rate
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of 4.1%. we're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years and i will say this right now and i'll say it strongly, as the trade deals come in one by one, we are going to go a lot higher than these numbers. >> sandra: larry kudlow joins us now, director of the president's economic council. great to have you on the program. thanks for coming on "america's newsroom" this morning. it was a big number. >> it was a great number. you know what? i don't think this is the end of the numbers. i was watching some tv this morning and people are saying well, you know, they got one but it is not sustainable. it is sustainable. it is sustainable. we've lowered tax rates, unleashed energy, moving to fix the broken world trading system. you can see big numbers on capital spending, business investment, productivity will come from that.
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higher wages for ordinary working folks throughout the country. it's a good story, a solid story. my hunch is it's going to go on for quite awhile. it is not just one quarter. >> sandra: of course, it was that pre-tariff positioning you're talking about that some folks who were looking for a reason to criticize this number before it came out who said well, those that wanted to get in and buy ahead of the tariffs, that might run the gdp number up and it could be a one-off thing. that's not the case? >> i don't believe so. and how people work with tariffs remains to be seen. my thinking is it will even out over time. look, we're making progress on fixing the broken world trading system. i mean, this is very important. the president has argued again and again no tariffs, no non-tariff barriers, no subsidies, free trade. we have to get rid of the unfair trading practices. china is the worst offender.
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we're building a deal with the european union that we got done two days ago. that's terrific progress. a confidence builder. listen, the guts of this report -- i know, everybody wants to nitpick and do ankle biting. basically the private economy has grown better than 4% and virtually no inflation. the inflation numbers came out at that time 2%. let me give you the precise number. 2.2% the core deflateer, 2% or 1.9. strong growth, no inflation, last point lots of business investment. money is coming in. here is the key. money is coming into the united states from all over the world. we are the hottest economy and they know it. >> sandra: is there anything that you're seeing that concerns you? that might not lead to this being sustainable-type growth? you talk to the guys in the
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markets. they're worried about the flattening of the curve. there is some concern when you talk to guys on wall street there might be some indication of a turnaround here or unsustainable growth. >> look, i try to follow and track all those things. they are legitimate issues and important variables. now that we're in the weeds -- i love it that you're asking me a yield question. 10 years just about 3% now, 10 years, the 3-month treasury bill, the original model is 2%. that's 100 basis points wide. that was the original model. that's fine. it's not a recession at all. it's okay. we should look at that. gold is soft, that's good. the dollar is firm, that's good. the yield is firm, that's good. the economy is growing, that's good. heck, we might want to try this
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again? maybe tax cuts 2.0, who knows? >> sandra: is 4.1% sustainable? >> we'll see. a great debate with my friends, 4% could be. people told me you couldn't get 2. we've already gotten 3. we're trending at 3. we have a got quarter at 4.1. my hunch is the third and fourth quarter will be very strong as well. i don't want to hang a number on it. is 4% sustainable? some people say no. i'll say yes. i think the incentives in the economy and loosening of the regulatory, the confidence, the profits. i'll take 3. everybody told me it couldn't be better than 2. all i'll say is we haven't had a good prosperity boom in so many years. you have to go back to the late 90s, sandra. i believe we have entered the first prosperity boom in 20
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years plus. the millennials have never seen it. they'll see it and grow in confidence. this is so totally healthy for america. we'll wait and see. i'm very optimistic about this story. >> sandra: that's really something. considering 4.1% in the second quarter was the fastest economic growth for the united states in four years. i wonder, larry, why the markets aren't reacting? i think the dow is flat on the day. >> markets have a lot on their mind including facebook. i'm not a market prognosticator anymore. i was in that business but i'll just say quote, unquote, my old boss ronald reagan, the fundamentals are very good. the trump policies are working. somebody someplace should give potus some credit for dropping regulations and energy and so forth. the policies are working. they haven't been in place that long. give this thing a chance.
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it will surprise everybody on the up side is my take. >> sandra: when you were speaking next to the president a few moments ago, larry, you said this is sustainable as far as the eye can see. and the president saying we are the economic envy of the world. do you worry a little too much about setting expectations too high? even the white house came out ahead of this number and you yourself said it will be a good number. the president touted this would be a big number. what about expectations? >> well, okay, i'm going to try to keep them around 3. you know me, i'm an optimist. on the newsroom, on the floor of the newsroom of another network down through the years they used to call me the happy warrior. i'm still there. i just believe if you have the right policies to unleash enterprise and individual initiatives, limited taxes, limited regulations, limited government, steady currency and
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better trading system, it will allow americans to exercise their god-given talent, every american. everyone benefits when the economy rises. 155 some odd million americans working. everyone benefits from this. so i will just say we've entered a period of entrepreneurship, the president is rewarding success. he is not trashing business. he is working hard for the middle income folks. give this thing a chance. what's the right number? i don't know. let's start with 3% and build upwards. i'll play it from the optimistic side. i love what we're doing. give the president 100% credit. >> sandra: hard to take away from that number. it is a big one. 4.1% economic growth in the second quarter. you say it's sustainable. that's something that americans can surely look forward to and hope for. larry, great to have you on the program. i hope you come back and visit us regularly. >> i certainly will, sandra.
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give a hug to my pal, bill hemmer. you are terrific and he is terrific. i appreciate your time. >> sandra: thank you, sir. >> bill: thank you, larry. i'm waiting. >> sandra: there you go, buddy. >> bill: all right. fox news alert. north korea making good on one of its promises made during last month's historic summit in singapore returning 55 american soldiers from the korean war. president trump talking about that last hour, listen. >> president trump: they're coming back to the united states. these incredible american heroes will soon lay at rest on sacred american soil. >> bill: let's go to greg palkot watching the story live in london. what do we know? >> hi, bill. we first told you about this yesterday but frankly considering north korea's track record we were not 100%, but it has happened. the return of the remains of what is believed to be 55 u.s. service members who were killed
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and missing during the korean war. wooden boxes with the remains inside were picked up by an air force cargo plane and brought to a u.s. air base in south korea draped in u.n. flags. that was the command the americans were fighting under in the 50*s. a u.n. honor guard and u.s. military greeting them. the remains will be examined at that base. north korea has passed off other kinds of remains as americans in the past. then they'll be sent wednesday to hawaii where there is a forensic center for final dna identification. that could take months, maybe even years. finally, they will be returned to the families waiting all these decades for them. this as ceremonies took place along the dmz on this day, which happens to be the 65th anniversary of the armistice which ended fighting in the
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korean war. president trump also tweeted after so many years this will be a great moment for so many families. the white house noting, however, this 5300 americans still missing in the north from that war. but north korea also marked the day, they call it victory day. the white house also said we're encouraged by north korea's actions and the momentum for positive change. remember the trump administration is under a lot of pressure to move things along in the main denuclearization issue. we haven't seen too many deliverables from the summit last month in singapore. the promise for the return of the remains came from kim jong-un. now the white house is hoping more will come. >> bill: thank you, sir. >> sandra: president trump slamming former attorney michael cohen over reports that he will accuse the president of knowing in advance about a 2016
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meeting between donald trump junior, campaign officials and a russian attorney. "fox news sunday" chris wallace gives us his take on the back and forth next. >> bill: economy is a big deal today. the president celebrating the latest numbers and also saying it will last. so how long? what is the impact on november? karl rove analyzes that coming up shortly. >> president trump: these numbers are very, very sustainable. it isn't a one-time shot. i happen to think we'll do extraordinarily well in our next report next quarter. i think it is going to be outstanding. better. actually, it's bulkier. always discreet quickly turns liquid to gel, for drier protection that's a lot less bulky. always discreet.
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>> bill: here we go. word from moscow a short time ago vladimir putin talking about coming to the u.s. and vice versa. the president coming to moscow. sarah sanders saying president trump looks forward to having president putin in washington after the first of the year and he is open to visiting moscow upon receiving a formal invitation. that's a quote. let's see when the invite comes from moscow and vladimir putin. stay tuned on that. 16 past the hour. >> sandra: fox news alert. president trump reacting to reports that michael cohen is prepared to tell robert mueller, the special counsel, then candidate trump knew in advance about the 2016 meeting involving his son, don junior and russian officials. let's bring in chris wallace. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> sandra: what do you make of the president's latest firing back at this latest cohen claim?
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>> well, the president is sticking to his story which is what he said a year ago when it first came out this trump tower meeting had happened, that don junior and jared kushner and paul manafort. when it came out the president said he didn't know about it until afterwards. he didn't know about it until the public learned about it. which always struck me as a little hard to believe the idea that this idea of a kremlin-connected lawyer would come to trump tower in the middle of the campaign claiming to have dirt and nobody would have told donald trump about it. but in any case that was the story. now michael cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, is saying no, in fact, as a lot of people suspected, back when the meeting happened in may of 2015 -- or 2016,
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rather, that trump was told about it. and now supposedly cohen is willing to tell that to the special prosecutor, special counsel. the significance i don't know. it seems to me the worst that you could say assuming that cohen is telling the truth now is that donald trump lied back in 2017. but so what? it's not admirable. you would hope he wouldn't. but it is not breaking the law lying to the media. he certainly wouldn't be the first president, if he did, who had done so. and even the meeting itself, while it certainly doesn't seem praise worthy that american political candidates or their team would be meeting with a russian lawyer to try to get dirt on hillary clinton that was being offered to them. that goes a long way -- falls a long way from any hint of collusion between trump and the kremlin. so yeah, it would be embarrassing if it turns out to be true. it isn't helpful to donald
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trump, but it doesn't seem to me it really hurts him in a legal sense. >> sandra: the president's tweet saying i did not know of the meeting with my son, don junior. sounds like someone is trying to make up stories to get out of an unrelated jobs. he even retained bill and crooked hillary's lawyer. i wonder if they helped him make the choice. the president's attorney rudy giuliani is questioning cohen's credibility and called him a pathological liar. >> i would say calling somebody a pathological liar is a strong way of questioning credibility. and a story, we don't know if it's true, that cohen doesn't have any proof or evidence, doesn't have a tape. so -- of the fact that supposedly in 2016 donald trump knew about this and cohen was a witness to donald trump being told of it. so if that's true, then it just becomes cohen's word against trump's and that wouldn't put -- look, in the end this is all
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messy and unpleasant but really what matters is there any evidence that cohen can present that puts donald trump in any legal jeopardy? and his claiming without any proof that donald trump knew in advance of a meeting that wasn't against the law would seem to me to have no legal ramifications, legal significance at all in terms of the mueller investigation. >> sandra: michael cohen was spotted briefly this morning. they tried to ask him about the president's tweet. he did not answer. that's what we can tell you as an update for that story. chris wallace, great to see you. thank you for coming on this morning. >> it will be interesting and i will say certainly michael cohen doesn't come out of this looking very good in the sense that he is now flipping apparently on donald trump. that he apparently secretly taped his own client. i never heard of a lawyer doing that. you have to say whatever michael cohen is, donald trump picked him to be his lawyer and
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his fixer. i'll let you draw conclusions about that. >> sandra: thank you very much, good to have you on this morning. we'll see more of you this weekend. you'll have more on michael cohen, the mueller investigation when rudy giuliani joins chris wall as this week on "fox news sunday". don't miss it. check local listings for times. >> bill: 21 past now. the remains of 55 american servicemen leaving north korea and finally heading home. 65 years after the fighting ended in korea. nancy pelosi, controversial comment about 9/11 which she argues today about immigration next. >> when we had the 9/11 incident and the commission was formed and they made their recommendations, they made recommendations to protect america. but the republicans would never take them up.
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flag of the united nations. during the korean war he had the u.n. command. general brooks incharge of u.s. forces korea is also in charge of the u.n. command. that's important from the north korean respective because they fought the u.n. >> bill: you were expecting the stars and stripes to be on the boxes, that's your point. >> we'll know after they do the dna analysis in hawaii. >> bill: we did our own analysis an hour ago. the again consensus is this is the easy part. >> yes but there were very few issues in the statement but remains was one of them. we should get an accounting for
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prisoners of war. there could be americans -- we know there are south korea prisoners of war who are there. >> bill: you saw what james mattis said today, right? he suggested that american troops could go into north korea and look for more remains. >> that's important because there are perhaps 5300 sets of remains the pentagon has estimated. >> bill: how many? >> 5300 sets of remains we estimate are still in north korea. the north koreans say and been telling us for quite some time they have 200 sets of remains. they returned 55 today. the other important number is 7,697. that's the unaccounted for americans who are either missing or perhaps prisoners of war. >> bill: about a week ago they disassembled the missile test site. did you see that as significant? >> it is significant because it's a first step at secretary of defense mattis says. this is one of two sites they
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have. we have not really degraded their capability. what they did they disassembled obsolete facilities. but you have to start somewhere and this is where progress starts. it's not the end of the game by any means but it is important that we're making those steps and at least we have a north koreans moving in the right direction. >> bill: do you agree with the argument that's what singapore was all about? you have to have a starting point for a relationship? >> yes, there is a lot of disappointment about singapore. it doesn't matter if it was a good or poor start. the important point is it was a start. this is going to be a process that will take some time. what we have is we want to make sure we take away every nuclear weapon, missile, all chemical and biological agents and a list of other things we need. it's a big agenda. but you have to start somewhere. >> bill: you're a great guest. thank you. gordon chang in new york. thank you. 29 past the hour.
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>> sandra: the numbers are in and they're giving the white house plenty of reason to celebrate as the economy grows at its fastest rate in four years. how sustainable is it and what could it mean for the mid-term elections? karl rove will join us on that next. >> president trump: once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world. when i meet the leaders of countries the first thing they say invariably is mr. president, so nice to meet you, congratulations on your economy. you are leading the entire world.
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>> president trump: we are now on track to hit an average gdp annual growth of over 3% and it could be substantially over 3%. each point, by the way, means approximately $3 trillion and 10 million jobs, think of that.
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>> bill: president trump praising the u.s. as the economic envy of the entire world. reason to brag, too. 4.1 gdp number. single best quarter we've seen since 2014. karl rove former white house deputy chief of staff and fox news contributor. how are you doing? good day to you. let's react to the number and sort of size up what you think it means today. >> well, it's a very good number. this matches the level we had in 2014. very good number particularly since the forecasts were when trump came into office that the economy was going to crater. and we are likely to have another good quarter ahead. take a look inside the number. larry lindsey and his smart people dug into the numbers. one of the interesting things we had six quarters of falling inventories and the point is that at some point you have to rebuild the inventories and it looks like we're to that point.
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so we'll have extra growth next time around already baked into the cake. 4% a strong number. >> bill: gordon chang was just leaving the studio and during the commercial he said what's important about the number china is growing at half of our rate and that gives us leverage in the tariff war. what do you think about that? >> well, i think that's true to some extent. we don't really know at what rate the chinese are growing because they cook their books. but they have -- we're their biggest client. we do have -- they do have some exposure us to. we have exposure to them as well. tariffs are a tax. and the tax is primarily paid by the consumers in the country levying the tax and workers in that country. president went to granite city, illinois, to herald a steel plant that came back in adding a couple hundred extra workers. earlier in the day he was in iowa where iowa farmers and
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north dakota and missouri farmers who grow soybeans are suffering because the price of soybeans has declined as china retaliated against us by cutting off soybeans. what i found this week in the good news. in the president's statement with the e.u. he announced the e.u. and u.s. would be working together through the wto in order to rein in china. that's the best way to do it and the unheralded news of the president's news conference in the rose garden with the commissioner of the e.u. >> bill: larry kudlow talking to sandra on this and how he characterized today and going forward. >> i don't think this is the end of the numbers. i was watching some tv this morning and people are saying well, you know, they got one but it is not sustainable. it is sustainable, bulletin, it is sustainable. it's a solid story and my hunch
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is it will go on for a while. >> bill: you are all over the country working on the senate mid-term deal and a half eye on the house as well. "wall street journal," could any trump nominee get past a democratic majority? examine this from a political sense, karl. when you think about a strong economy and how republicans and the white house are trying to sell the majority and maintain in november. how do you know bake this into that message? >> well look, this is a difficult think. it may sound like they got great news on the economy. all you have to do is go out and herald it. doesn't work. what happens when the economy gets good is people's concerns are no longer the economy as much but other things. so the president does need to go out there and herald this. he needs to explain it is the result of regulatory changes and tax reform and put money back in people's pockets. if you look at this 4% growth, that's where it is coming from.
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businesses because of tax reform are investing in plants and equipments, consumers are spending money, april, may and june have good retail numbers and we also have companies that are producing for the foreign market. but here is what the president has got to do. in order to keep the congress he has to be able to say not only isn't the economy good because of what i've done but here are the additional things i want to do to keep things going in the right direction and make things better. they have be concrete, believable, consistent and laid out over the next 101 days between now and the election so people get a sense of he is not sitting on his laurels. he is doing other things. tariffs is a dangerous place because for every 100 workers in granite city, illinois, you put back to work in a steel plant people working in a nail factory in missouri 500 losing their jobs because steel is now 25% more expensive and as a result we're in competitive in some places and other instances
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we're paying more out of the pocket for what we get. >> bill: could be tricky. >> yep, not easy. >> bill: nice to have your analysis today. thank you, karl rove. >> sandra: progress being made to reunify families separated at the border. the department of homeland security spokesperson say all eligible undocumented parents have been reunited with their children. we have the latest on this effort. casey. >> good to see you, the federal government says that more than 1800 kids have been discharged from their care out of the that number more than 1400 were reunions that have already taken place. and then you have about 380 that were released under other circumstances. for example, like two an appropriate sponsor inside the united states. >> anybody that gets separated from their parents it's very dramatic and emotional.
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they've been separated from three to six months and they haven't heard anything from them. right now when they see each other they just want to be together and they just want to be able to hold their children. >> 711 kids did not get that chance deemed ineligible for reunification by the government. it does include more than 430 cases where the parent has already been deported and another 120 instances where the parent waived reunification. so all of those cases currently under review out in that federal court, sandra. >> sandra: casey stiegel in dallas. >> bill: in a moment nancy pelosi raising eyebrows with a comment about 9/11. what she said and what it has to do with immigration in a moment. >> sandra: a whole new world when at disney resorts. what the company is planning to get rid of to help the
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>> bill: apparently disney is joining the push to get rid of plastic straws by all its resorts from 2019. part of an effort to help the environment. restaurants will have paper straws if you request one for your child. the policy change coming after starbucks and marriott announced they're doing the same thing. soon you won't have a napkin. >> sandra: well -- i don't know, let us know what you think about that. >> bill: do your kids use straws? >> sandra: the little kids with a sippy cup. they're good. >> bill: they will be outlawed soon. so if you got one, hang onto it.
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>> sandra: they're wrapping us. >> i said to some of you before that when we had the 9/11 incident and the commission was formed and they made their recommendations, they made recommendations to protect america. but the republicans would never take them up and some of it was about our borders. >> sandra: nancy pelosi calling the september 11th attacks an incident. the comments coming while she was talking about president trump's immigration policies. town hall.com editor guy benson is here. >> jihadists kills people. nancy pelosi knows that. maybe a slip of the tongue wasn't thinking about the word but trying to water down what
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happened or airbrush it is a mistake. incident was clinical. it was the opposite of that. i can see why some eyebrows were raised over the use of that word and heard it referred to as an accident in the past as well which is grossly inaccurate. so when we're talking about the worst terrorist attack on our homeland in the history of our country, we should try to be a little bit more careful about how we describe that horrible, horrible event, which was an attack, atrocity, not a mere incident. >> sandra: she tried to use a narrative that democrats are weak on immigration. she tried to turn that around and say that republicans are the ones weak on border security. what did you think of that? >> sometimes in politics the thing you hear, you go after your opponent on their strength, right and try to throw them off balance by making that sort of charge and
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they aren't necessarily expecting it. this is a stretch, i would argue, from nancy pelosi. the dnc deputy chairman was just at a rally a few weeks ago wearing a t-shirt that read, i don't believe in borders in spanish. you also have the democratic party only 18 members of the house from that party in her caucus could bring themselves to vote for a resolution -- a simple resolution praising ice, which is a major agency that actually enforces our border laws and our immigration laws, with the rest of them either voting present or no on that resolution. so i'm not sure too many voters are going to buy the argument from pelosi that it's really her crew that is really tough on the borders. if that's true, by all means let's have a clean border security vote just on the wall, just on border security. no amnesty attached to it and see how the democrats vote on that one.
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i have a guess how they would vote. >> sandra: let me ask you where the issue will stand at mid-term elections. of democrats on that issue moving further and further to the left. how does it play out, guy? >> i think it's an opportunity, of course, for republicans to paint the opposition as extreme and radical and out of touch. i think that issue could be potent in a number of senate races in particular in red states where i think democrats are going to be pressed very hard to break with the hard left of their party. we saw in a house race actually in arizona a woman who is positioning herself on a moderate on the democratic side raised her hand in favor of ice and would have voted for the resolution i just mentioned. she was booed and heckled by the base of her own party and eventually blamed that video on fox news which i thought was creative of her but it was a video. that's how it works for her. i think these are underlying fissures within the democratic
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party. whether it will be enough for republicans to exploit to hang onto majorities remain to be seen. if the democrats take back power a lot of the issues and conflicts we're sweeping under the rug now as they run as the opposition and bubble to the surface. republicans learned governing is much harder than opposing. >> sandra: for a while there i feel like we were saying there is tons of time to november. we're getting close. thank you. >> bill: there is a big emergency happening right now in the american west. things going from bad to worse. a handful of wildfires continue to spread. they've upgraded and updated. the physical structures burning now. also this fire has turned deadly. we're live with the latest on that coming up right next. phones have made our lives effortless.
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♪ >> sandra: quite the escape is colorado. a black bear getting stuck in a storm drain for an hour. workers were called in. they wanted to free the animal without tagging it. workers fired rubber bullets while others removed a nearby manhole cover. the bear got away unharmed. an open trash can likely drew it to the area. >> bill: complicated matter. the bear wins. nicely done. further west now california
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raging fire there in northern california forcing thousands from their homes. it's a wall of flames taking down everything in its path. two people confirmed dead by officials. jeff paul has more now live in l.a. hey, jeff. >> we've just confirmed at least two have now died fighting the car fire in northern california. a bulldozer operator and a city of redding firefighter from passed away. it's tripled in size and moving closer to the western edges of redding. they're telling residents to evacuate now. it has scorched more than 44,000 acres and 3% contained. it destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of a local tv station in the area. fire commanders say while they mourn the loss of the bulldozer operator and the firefighter, they're trying to focus on the unpredictable fire showing no signs of stopping. >> we also battle a fire that
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is moving extremely quickly and erratically into western redding. we can confirm that we have additional firefighters and civilian injuries. >> we also know one of the local hospitals is getting its newborns ready in the event they need to evacuate to another hospital. >> bill: that's not the only major fire burning in california. a lot to look at, don't they, jeff? >> they do. fire crews are battling wildfires at both ends of the state. in fact the governor has declared a state of emergency in areas in northern and southern california. here in southern california where we are the fire continues to grow up to more than 11,000 acres. only 3% contained and forced thousands from their homes. investigators believe this fire was intentionally set. they've arrested one man on five counts of arson. crews are battling the ferguson fire that burned more than
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45,000 acres and shut down yosemite national park. to make matters worse, forecast calls for more dry and hot conditions today. >> bill: not what they want. the winds kick in, more trouble. >> sandra: the u.s. economy grew at 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018. president trump could not be happier about it. ahead, details on what the driving economic boom and what is happening in this country. maybe not. maybe you could trust you won't have to actually talk to your neighbor. are you watching the game tonight? or... ...you could just trust duracell. ♪
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>> about an hour ago, will show you a wild ride in texas. have a look here. that is a man kicking back, the window of a sheriff's patrol car and riding on top of the vehicle as it travels down the highway. eventually pulled over, the suspect was -- wait for it, he was re-arrested. >> i don't know how you stay up there. >> there we go. >> ouch. >> that will not do well, 35
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miles an hour, folks. no. back to the slammer he goes. >> what do you think 4.1% economic growth, bill hemmer. he did make a forecast. markets were quiet and didn't react to the robust number. >> i'll bet you a dollar we'll finish up the day. >> i didn't take the other end of the bet. >> i bet we finish in triple digits. >> are you standing by that? >> staying with that. >> people go, yeah, it's the real thing, the economy is humming along and reality sets. >> great to have larry kudlow on the program today. he was adamant about this, a sustainable growth. >> uh-huh. >> he said, give it a chance, referencing the president's economic policies. we'll see. we'll see. all right, i'll take the other side. will not say it will finish lower. how about a double-digit gain, i'll go with. >> i'll take that. sure. >> we have a lot of time. >> before we go, we want to share this with you.
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these are your bare necessities, folks, this is what happens. [laughter] >> wait for it. wait for it. man, he's a big boy. have a great weekend, everybody, we have to run. >> "outnumbered" starts right now. >> president trump swiftly taking a victory lap moments after learning the u.s. economy has accelerated to an impressive 4.1% annual growth rate in second quarter of this year, that's huge. the commander-in-chief calling the nation "the economic envy of the entire world," and saying even bigger numbers are yet to come. this is "outnumbered" on fine friday. i'm harris faulkner host of. democrat strategist jessica tarlov, former analyst morgan ortagus and joining us first time in

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