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thankful for everything they do every day, your sacrifices, many of them and sunk but we notice and we salute you every day. you put your lives on the line for all of us and spend time away from your homeland and your friends and family. we thank you for everything you do. happy thanksgiving. >> donald trump keeps up his war of words with the top justice on the supreme court. it is the most unusual thanksgiving for thousands displaced by the northern california wildfire and generally look at the democratic field for the 20/20 presidential campaign. this is special report. good evening and happy thanksgiving. donald trump is taking no
holiday from his twitter habit tonight, continuing his criticism of the federal judiciary in general and supreme court chief justice john roberts in particular on thanksgiving holiday when the president expressed his thanks to the troops while staying close to home. the president's florida resort in west palm beach tonight. >> reporter: happy thanksgiving, the president spending this thanksgiving evening having thanks giving dinner and spending time with his family, something he began by thanking those who were not as lucky. >> i don't want one. they look very big, 5000. >> reporter: a time-honored thanks giving tradition for the commander-in-chief, extending gratitude to the american people to those who serve and protect, donald from doing so today in person and by phone. >> i want to express our
profound gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices you make to defend our nation while you are away from your families and loved ones. >> reporter: visible outpouring of appreciation from mister trump but in stark contrast to his predecessors. president bush paid a surprise visit to us troops in iraq over the thanksgiving holiday in 2003. president obama met with troops in 2010 and again in 2014. donald trump's comparative absences drawn sharp criticism from some, even sparking speculation he simply doesn't want to go. jim atis rejected that notion adding security is always a concern. the president is the commander-in-chief and he decides where he needs to go. there are times i don't want them in certain locations. the president did hint today and earlier in the week he does intend to visit american troops abroad, there was no ambiguity about his feelings on border security saying again today he authorized american troops in the us-mexico border to use
lethal force if necessary against an approaching group of migrants while also threatening to close the, quote, whole border if it means protecting american safety and sovereignty. >> if they have to they will use lethal force which i have given the okay. i hope they don't have to but you are dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals so i'm not going to let the military be taken advantage of. >> the president was active on twitter this thanksgiving day including a pair of missiles aimed that chief justice john roberts and the ninth circuit court of appeals with which the administration has sparred over a number of, they feel, commendably motivated legal challenges to the trump agenda including border security and asylum policies. >> chief justice roberts, john roberts has been speaking about it. we have to use some common sense.
everybody knows they are totally out of control, a disgrace, frankly and they are legislating, saying what to do. >> it is important to check out there are plenty of reasons to believe the president will follow through on his threat to shut down the, quote, whole border. it was on monday when the port of entry was shut down for several hours amid security concerns. >> kevin cork, many thanks. republicans trying to tie up. sends before they lose control of the house planning to go out with a political bang. lauren blanchard tells us they are selling two of the top justice department officials from the obama administration for one last growing. >> reporter: a thanksgiving surprise, house judiciary committee hearing subpoenas to james comey and loretta lynch. the committee wants to question the two on their decision the fbi and the doj during the 2016
presidential election, confirming the subpoena, quote, i will resist a closed-door thing because i have seen enough of the selective leaking and distortion. let's have a hearing and invite everyone to see. and attorney for comey said this is a way to promote a, quote, false narrative calling in a political stunt adding mister comey embraces and welcomes a hearing open to the public but the subpoena issued yesterday represents an abuse of process, divergence from house rules and the presumption of transparency. republicans have wanted to talk to comey and lynch to determine if there was any anti-trump bias that affected their agencies when it came to the clinton email case and the trump russia collusion case. comey previously offered to testify as long as it was public, sentiment shared by many democrats. >> the idea of an 11th hour subpoena about things that happened years ago that have
been litigated, we know what happened, a big stretch. >> reporter: republicans including the chairman of the committee, bob goodlatte insisted on closed-door. >> it is not appropriate for mister comey to try to turn this into a public performance on his part to sell more books. not sure what his motivation is. >> reporter: the timing comes as gop control of the house judiciary is nearing a end. the current top democrat on the committee and likely next chairman has reportedly called the subpoenas unfortunate and came out of the blue. the fbi director has been asked to appear on december 3rd before the closed session. lynch was asked to appear next month. thanks a lot. many residents of california spending thanksgiving with
people they did not know even a month ago, among the thousands who cannot be home this holiday because of the massively destructive wildfire that has become the deadliest in the state's history. >> crowds and crews working around the clock but there is a different operation underway involving focus on healing. no one envisioned this thanksgiving. >> roller coaster ride. >> patty wrote like thousands of others in paradise, california, one of 13,000 houses burned to the ground during the campfire but she is thankful. >> this was day with me the rest of my life.
>> that goodness coming from strangers who are cooking and serving people like patty, driving 16 hours to make this thanksgiving possible, others off of the fire lines. >> to be able to serve them. it is humbling and an honor. >> reporter: josé andres's cooking skills. >> at the beginning something very beautiful. >> it is who we are. the best of america shows up. >> reporter: in a community with so many hurting, food is the best medicine. >> reach out and take care of your neighbor and show support. we are the greatest country in the world. we should show it to one
another. >> reporter: despite the thanksgiving holiday authorities say 800 police officers and firefighters spent the day sifting through the wreckage, 80 people killed in the camp fire and hundred still unaccounted for. >> i love the compassion of those volunteers, thanks a lot. donald trump is defending his decision to not punish saudi arabia over a saudi journalist and some backup for justifications. benjamin hall fills us in. >> reporter: iranian rockets capable of hitting us bases across the middle east according to a top iranian general. one reason donald trump chose to maintain close ties with saudi arabia and as if on queue today the iranian validate his claims saying of americans in the region moved they would strike. the president cited mike pompeo saying it is a mean and nasty
world, the middle east in particular. this is a long historic commitment that is vital for america's national security. about the kingdom and the killer. have hundreds of thousands of jobs. and give up hundreds of thousands of jobs, and we wouldn't be able to have anybody as an ally. >> reporter: there have been repercussions, denmark and finland announced they would be halting military equipment to saudi arabia. principally because of the worsening situation in yemen. they follow germany in doing so. saudi arabia has spoken out for the first time since donald trump's statements appearing on the bbc, the foreign minister denying involvement of the royal family and warning criticism of crown prince mohammed bin selman is a red line. looks like the crown prince
could meet turkish president erdogan later this month. turkey insists the killing happened at the highest level of the saudi government and this would be the first time the two leaders have met since. the jamal khashoggi case is far from over, there's a policy with the republican party. many feel the outcome was the right one, they wish it had been more nuanced. >> thank you. donald trump's upcoming meeting with his chinese counterpart could be more contentious than either of them planned partially because of increasing tension between the us and china over trade. katherine herridge tells us national security is becoming a major issue in the relationship. >> for the first time in 25 years the asia-pacific summit ended without a formal joint statement. among the 21 l china was apparently the holdout over trade disagreements. >> reporter: and the president's
words china has taken advantage of the united states for many many years in those days are over. >> reporter: the chinese president addressed the strategic dilemma. >> translator: we have reached a crossroads. which direction should we choose? cooperation or confrontation? >> reporter: after the us china class attention is focused on the upcoming g 20 summit in argentina where trump and xi jinping are expected to meet, citing cyber security legislation, the president laid down a marker. >> china what'ss to make a deal. the things they are willing to do which was a large list, just not acceptable to me. >> reporter: china is the biggest national security threat long-term this country will ever face, number one, number 2, number 3 priority when it comes to intelligence gathering is america. when it comes to china. >> reporter: bob anderson, former assistant fbi director specialized in hacking, spying and economic espionage.
he said the bureau is badly "outnumbered" by china. >> think of it as their fbi without any rules. 35,000 men and women in the fbi, 400,000 in the ms as. >> reporter: the justice department indicted a member of the nss for allegedly targeting us aerospace and aviation technology. earlier this month the department took the unusual step of singling out a chinese state-owned company after a 20 month investigation. the fbi has chinese economic espionage cases in 50 states. the independent commission on intellectual property found the damage could run as high as $6 billion annually. anderson said it doesn't stop there. >> with china and russia there have been alliances between them. we have to look at that with a wary eye. two countries of that magnitude with the amount of intelligence
organizations they have it is unbelievably significant. >> reporter: in response the chinese embassy provided a 70 page document that alleges the current administration stigmatizes china by accusing it of intellectual property theft and in the allegations that are gross distortions of the facts. >> thank you. up next, it is never too early to talk about those 2020 presidential campaigns. here is what our fox affiliates are covering tonight. fox 5 in san diego, the passing of the us military survivor of the attack on pearl harbor. ray chavez died in his sleep wednesday, visited washington in may, over memorial day services. chavez was 106 was fox 5 in new york, frigid temperatures and blustery winds buffeted bystanders, giant balloons able
to take off on one of the coldest thanksgivings in decades. it was 21 °, this is a live look at a much warmer orlando from fox 35. one of the big stories there and across the country tonight, shoppers getting a jumpstart on black friday sales, many stores are open right now. don't go yet, wait for the show to end. and saving on big items, a live look outside the beltway. we will be right back.
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donald trump after the midterms, and double work against a white house that has shown no respect for the rule of law and no interest in bringing the country together. another billionaire outsider thinking of getting in, tom stier who will soon start hosting townhall's and recently shifted away from platform focused mostly on impeaching donald trump and more focused on the environment and the economy. >> we need to redefine what it means to be free in the 21st century. to make sure we all have the same chance to earn our fair share of america's prosperity. >> reporter: not just billionaires in 2020, several lawmakers are already hiring staff or visiting early states. congressman eric smallwell and john delaney, from the senate, kamala harris and cory booker who plan to campaign for the democratic candidate in mississippi's senate election and senators jill the brand,
elizabeth warren and their colleague who just won big in a red state, sherrod brown. >> i won my election because i talk about the dignity of work. >> reporter: among former officeholders thinking of challenging trump, joe biden, terry mcauliffe, duval patrick, eric holder and the soon to be former congressman who raised more money and a quarter than any democratic senate candidate ever and continues getting the treatment, but o'rourke. >> sound like you might be open to it. >> i haven't made any decisions about anything. >> reporter: bernie sanders is going to jump into the democratic field he has to register as a democrat. he got more than 13 million primary votes but is officially an independent and the dnc changed the rules so only people with a d next to their name can play in their primary. >> one thing many democrats would like to change is how americans pick their president. molly line tell us about the
latest efforts to get rid of the electoral college. >> we citizens -- >> reporter: in recent years the last critics decrying the electoral college have been democrats particularly after hillary clinton won the popular vote but lost the election in 2016, second democrat after al gore to deliver such a blow, no legal challenge with cross partisan backing to tweak the system and change the winner take all used by the vast majority of states. >> the existing system that would benefit small states benefits the battleground states, national popular vote would benefit the largest state. >> the lawsuit started in red and blue states, texas and south carolina, massachusetts and california. this includes democrat and republican voters. harvard professor lawrence essig explains. >> the solution we are looking for which is proportional allocation would benefit every voter in every state that has an
opportunity to swing the electorate of a presidential candidate. >> reporter: the group argues proportional allocation would encourage candidates to campaign across the country the on swing state and the votes cast would not be discarded because a voter is not in the majority. for instance, in texas, 4 million votes were cast for clinton but all 30 electoral college votes went to trial. in massachusetts trump did not collect any of the state's 11 electoral votes, 1 million base voters voted for him. massachusetts secretary of state william galvin is fighting the suit. >> many people are frustrated that the popular vote winner is not a person in the white house the casting more uncertainty into the process by having this irrational system of percentages does not make sense. >> reporter: the plaintiffs hope to see the case reach the supreme court prior to the 2020 presidential election.
>> thanks a lot. up next, why some veterans are having a tough time making ends meet because the government is falling behind. the european union and britain have agreed on a draft declaration about the future of political regulations after brexit. representatives from all 28 eu countries tomorrow. the uk and the eu agreed on a 585 page document ceiling the terms of britain's departure. nissan motor company fired carlos gone as chairman after his arrest for alleged financial impropriety ending his two decade rain at the japanese automaker. the leaning tower of pisa is not leaning so much anymore. after two decades of efforts to straighten it out engineers say the tuscan belltower has recovered an inch and a half and
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veterans affairs department is way behind on education reimbursement payments to america's heroes. national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells us the culprit is not a person but a machine. >> a 50-year-old computer system at the department of veterans affairs is shortchanging post-9/11 veterans registered in undergraduate and graduate school programs under the g.i. bill facing mounting unpaid housing subsidy bills. some even taking on debt as a result of the technological glitch which many on capitol hill predicted in july. >> the trumpet ministration promise to clear up bureaucratic incompetence and based on this testimony today and other hearings i don't think they made difference. >> reporter: that from mike coffman during a heated house veterans affairs subcommittee meeting as lawmakers try to understand why veterans were not receiving subsidies with tuitions.
825 students have waited longer than two months. they could be missing in the range of $1500-$6000 or more in expected payments. in october alone about 1000 students under financial hardship call the va hotline for immediate. >> these guys will have real hardships, even personal family crazies as a result of this. >> we gave the va everything they asked for so it is frustrating to be here. >> how many veterans have outstanding payments greater than 30 days? >> 10,000 from 31 to 60 day mark. >> the va says none of the g.i. bill students were made homeless as a result of the glitch and some news reports suggested adding the agencies working hard to find any affected veterans. they are being moved for immediate action.
>> thank you. the inspector general says the agency needs to do a better job practicing claims involving service related als known as lou gehrig's disease. the study found such cases at high risk for improper payments with an error rate of 45% resulting in an estimated underpayment to $750,000 and over payment of $649,000 to a total of 230 veterans. the report blames the complexity of the claims. donald for breaches out to the troops on thanksgiving and also firing back at the nation's top judge. we will talk about it with the panel when we come back. ♪ let's talk about that when you get here.
light on the ninth circuit. chief justice roberts, john roberts, has been speaking a little bit about it. we have a lot of respect for him. i like and respect him but i think we have to use some common sense. the ninth circuit, everybody knows is totally out of control and what they are doing, what they are saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement. can't believe the decisions being made by these judges. >> reporter: donald trump expressing frustration with part of the federal judiciary this thanksgiving day and looks at immigration laws and the president hinting at the possibility the commander-in-chief could visit troops sometime soon. >> we will see you in the united states or even over there, never know what will happen. i have seen it in a lot of forms but i have seen what you have to go through and you can do it.
>> the commander-in-chief calling troops and visiting with coast guard folks in person. michael warren, senior writer at the weekly standard, alex wayne, white house editor for bloomberg news and tom rogan, commentary writer for the washington examiner. your thoughts on the commander-in-chief. he has not been to a war zone. is he going soon? >> he is going soon, we will see that before christmas but potentially in the next couple weeks. afghanistan is the natural place he will go. one of the interesting things with the president we have seen with chief justice roberts, separation of powers, notion of constitutional powers, the president was speaking to a naval officer about nuclear physics ugly. it was striking to see and this is where you see donald trump having a good rapport with the military and 4-star generals.
he does have a difference to their expertise. he likes the fact that their job is to close with and destroy the enemy but at the same time, it is to the president's credit he has a way with the military, he defers to better judgment but also has respect for and is willing to listen. the earlier discussion with the nuclear physics guy there was a disagreement. you don't see that with other people. the opportunity for the white house to go to a war zone is to say as george w. bush was in becoming so. >> george w. bush going to war zones, president obama made several visits, your thoughts on this president ever white house editor on the panel. >> by this point in his presidency barack obama had gone to a rack once, afghanistan
once, just a couple of weeks, december 3rd of 2010 barack obama went to afghanistan for a second time. is not clear why trump hasn't gone. jim mattis that he advised him not to go to certain places, but perhaps things are worse in afghanistan than the public understands at this point, not save enough. >> this gets to a complication with any trip to a combat they own in the middle east which the president himself stated his opposition to united states military being involved in afghanistan, quote kicking and screaming by advisers to continue engagement in afghanistan. he is frustrated with the way that has gone since he agreed to the south asia policy as he did last year. the same in syria. would a trip to visit the troops
and the mixed message, be perceived as an endorsement? very sort of public relation conscious, interesting to hear him tease that but i'm skeptical he will follow through. >> what do you make of the back-and-forth between the president and chief justice? >> not the first president to grumble about a court ruling against him. the public way he is going about it and the personal way he is taking this. he talks about this judge was appointed by obama. and justice roberts feeling like he has to defend impartiality of the judiciary. maybe nominated by presidents of a certain party but ideally we are that president's guy on the bench.
neil gorsuch, the president's, very early moving against the president on immigration. you see these judges rule against them. the president takes it too personally. >> this president has upset so many norms and expectations, one of those is challenging institutions his predecessors would never have so publicly challenged. the courts are one, the federal reserve is another. he has repeatedly criticized the federal reserve and the chairman of the fed personally for raising interest rates. you don't hear that from previous presidents. there are some consequences. he risks shaking confident in those institutions by criticizing them. >> your thoughts? >> analytically look at the traditional role of the
judiciary in terms of constitutional separate but equal, chief justice roberts had to stand up for the court. there are political ideologies with different judges but the principle, there must be equal justice under the law but it was striking today, donald trump very presidential in an unusual step, quite normal in the sense he was having a disagreement but also said i respect the guy. there was no animosity you normally see. with trumpeters like he is tweeting and he comes back in and thinks about it. as long as someone has the respect of the president it doesn't make it personal. >> in the brief time left in our segment i want to get the house judiciary republicans calling laura lynch, attorney general and james comey to the hill. >> what they should have done and what will happen is an open and closed session. some of it is very classified
but comey has a point that there is a political agenda, do both open and closed. >> i'm a big fan of james comey, have a public hearing instead of closed door interview. >> if it is closed there will be leaks from republicans and democrats, no one would agree what was said. >> is it too late? should they have done this before the midterms? >> yes, i think so. jim comey doesn't do himself any favors getting ahead of his lawyers statement making this tweet here. it ultimately makes him look petty. the lawyers -- becomes himself. >> stay with us. next up democrats prepare to fight it out for the 2020 presidential nomination.
>> a ticket that would look like something michael bloomberg who has the funds to self finance and someone like kamala harris, that is a ticket that would be a pretty tough ticket because you have a self funder and a woman with a really good record. >> we are just getting through the 2018 midterms whenever too early to talk about 2020. others are thinking about running. let's look at this cnn poll in october looking at the top 5 from joe biden, senator sanders, senator harris, senator warren, senator booker, booker was tied with former secretary of state john kerry. we will see how this shakes out. michael, alex, and tom. your thoughts on 2020 democrats.
>> beto o'rourke in terms of the potential, the challenge for democrats is in terms of having a candidate who can come against trump, the ability to win that in 2016. if you have a candidate talking about a lot of things republicans -- here is how much your taxes must increase and not just the rich will pay for it. how do you find the balance between being a moderate to the general electorate and someone who can appeal to the identity politics class of the democratic party like ocasio-cortez which is very real. that is the challenge, joe biden would be the best bet and kamala harris and cory booker, democrats have a challenge in terms of steering that. >> there are wildcards like tom stier who has deep pockets. look at this.
>> i grew up believing the point of our country, be free, the promise that everyone could make a good life for themselves but over time i saw big corporations by our democracy. and set rules for the sake of their profits, not the common good. corporate lobbyists rigged the system leaving the majority of americans walled off from their dreams. we need to turn this around, redefine what it means to be free in the 21st century, make sure we all have the same chance to earn our fair share of america's prosperity. >> your thoughts on a self funder like him and a bunch of democrats on the hill? >> a number of wealthy democrats like tom stier, michael bloomberg and howard schultz who are eyeing the race. we are all watching for smoke signals for many of those guys. not clear if any of them will jump in. it will depend whether somebody
like beto o'rourke catches fire among the democrat base. >> folks like eric's wall well from california, pretty good on tv, talking how you can win iowa. >> show up and listen. my brothers are cops. i worked as a prosecutor in law enforcement. i understand what they care about. i think donald trump stumbled onto a lot of these issues, people who were not seen or heard but he's not delivering for them. you don't have to insult those people, just tell them how to deliver for them. >> your thoughts? we are looking at a very crowded field. we are seeing folks try to get out early and test the waters. >> this poll shows bernie sanders second and a close second in 2016. that shows joe biden, the previous democratic vice president, he would have a very tough time winning these days.
it seems i would not sleep on tom stier. there is going to be a billionaire democrats embrace it will be him. he has been pretty savvy. when he was running for impeach the president effort, sending emails, it was never going anywhere but it did give him a nice list of motivated democrats who want to vote out donald trump. he has their years and that is someone who walked the progressive line in a way michael bloomberg hasn't. howard schultz hasn't in a way the left wing of the democratic party where all the energy is. >> do you have a most intriguing candidate you are thinking of? >> i'm watching kamala harris. she is a little bit overhyped. in california a couple months ago, what people say is people
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else. we are all about that. after this, irish cream for christmas gifts and things. all about food. >> good food and a little fire outside and some drinking. >> growing up my dad was in the state department so it was abundant drinking and irish-american ancestry but here, my grandfather, 93-year-old pacific marine, the spirit of family, very important time and better to have more debates about politics because you have to get along with your family. >> we have 23 people in our house, for thanksgiving my wife makes it look very easy. a lot of greek appetizers. my mother-in-law brings the
mushroom pie, my favorite aunt bringing of the apple pie. what are you thankful for this thanksgiving? >> family. my mother and father. >> my family, my kids, my parents, my brother-in-law. >> we think of our troops in harm's way. firefighters have been so heroic in california and think of all the people -- >> a black tie dinner tonight was my move. >> a beautiful touch from twitter. glad to know you don't work. happy thanksgiving, thanks for spending it with us. that is it for a special report. i mike emanuel, thankful for the many blessings in my life. of next a rearing of modern
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