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>> no deal with the chinese. president trump ordering new tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of chinese exports. more potentially on the way. so on this saturday, get ready to pay more for everything from baseball mitts to bed sheets if they come from china. good news on this saturday, i'm leland vittert, nice to be with you. >> i'm molly line, and the tariffs, the president says, will bring far more wealth to our country, but now there are new signals that there's still a deal to potentially be made. our david spunt has the story. >> good afternoon, the things
are constantly changing and things are at a stalemate. by dinner time, negotiators will continue to talk in bea beijing china in the coming weeks. those tariffs went from 10 to 25% on 200 billion in chinese goods and leland mentioned there, you see some on the screen. these are some of the goods affected. a couple of hours ago, president donald trump took to twitter to calm the fears of americans. easy way to avoid tariffs make your goods or products in the good old us of a. >> some are watching this closely. it's possible the united states is not finished with china yet. trade representative robert lighthizer who was negotiating with the chinese put out a statement, the president also ordered us to begin process of
raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from china which are valued at approximately $300 billion, end quote. on friday after just a few short hours of talk. leo was spotted at the willard hotel having touch, the chinese env envoy. he says the talks with continue and he says it's up to president trump and chinese president xi to work it out. we have not spoken to them, but the president says he received a letter from chinese president xi and they may speak by phone. china says they're preparing to retaliate for the move made by the trump white house. it appears that both sides will continue those talks. leland and molly. leland: all right, david spunt with us there. a lot more on what this means for the pocketbook later in the show. meantime, house democrats have been ramping up their investigation into president trump, issuing subpoenas to
treasury secretary steve mnuchin and the irs commissioner demanding six years of the president's tax returns. ellison barber live from the lawn of the white house as the president spends the weekend here in the d.c. area. hi, ellison. >> hi, yeah, the department of treasury, they have the subpoena. the officials are telling that the department's legal team is reviewing it. the subpoena is for six years of his personal and business tax returns. the department of treasury and irs have one week to comply. the chairman of the house ways and means committee tried to obtain the returns initially by using a provision of the federal tax code that dates back to the harding administration and the teapot dome scandal. and steve mnuchin rejected that request. he will not comply because it quote, lacks and political purpose. and in a statement richard nielsen says he didn't make this
decision lightly. upon advice of counsel i issued subpoenas. i believe this action gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested material. the committee's pop republican disagrees. >> this is a very dangerous precedent to be setting. the president is exactly right to be fighting this because if they-- if democrats can obtain the president's tax returns for purely political renes, nothing can stop them from obtaining any americans, obtaining and makes those returns as well. >> no word on whether or not secretary mnuchin will comply with this request, but since he rejected it in the past, it seems unlikely that he would go with it this time. in the past president trump vowed to fight all subpoenas. and the white house has told former, don mcgann not to comply
with subpoenas for testimony. sources for fox, officials reached out to don mcgann to publicly say that he did know the believe the president obstructed justice. mcgahn at the time refused to do it. and his attorney seems to confirm the report, telling they did not view the ask as something sinister, but it was quote cordially made. they want to hear from mcgann and if he does not comply with the subpoena and testify before house democrats, that they will begin proceedings to hold him in c contempt. leland: the president is at his golf course this afternoon. we'll see if he tweets about it. thanks, ellison, molly. >> for information on this, let's bring in california congressman and house judiciary committee member, tom mcclinton. congressman, thank you for being here today.
>> thanks for having me. >> we had a chance to listen to ellison's report and pointed out the effort to get the president's tax returns and richard neil, and the court famously refused to give them earlier. some say it's a-- >> and we're seeing the weaponizing the irs, we saw that with lois lerner, and with those individuals trying to participate in the politics. and i know some will not do so anymore for fear it will bring the wrath of the irs. the law does give the ways and means chairman, the power to demand those documents, if the president resists ultimately it's going to be row solved in the courts. >> i'm going to ask, what are
the chances that this is the way these documents come to light? >> i'm sorry? >> what are the chances that this is the way these documents come to light? >> well, i mean, we've already seen a number of the president's past tax returns leaked to press against his will. and if they can do that to him. they can do that to anybody they disagree with. all of the tax returns are subject to politicalization if this precedent is allowed to stand. >> and it's been busy on the democratic side as far as these investigations are concerned. quite a few movements, but democrats would like to hear from mueller. there was an initial date of may 15th they were toying with and seems to have fallen away a bit. do you think that mueller will ultimately testify and would you like to see that? do you have questions? >> oh, yes, i have a lot of questions for him, among them, why did he pack his investigating team with the most partisan group of investigators we've ever seen in one
investigation? how far into the investigation did he realize there was absolutely no truth to this lie that the president or his campaign were colluding with the russians and why didn't he reveal that then? i've got a lot of questions for bob mueller so i do hope he comes to testify. >> and just looking at the other side of this, the g.o.p. intelligence committee subpoenaed donald trump, jr. looking into questions of previous testimony before investigators. and here is the president on that. >> my son is a good person. my son testified for hours and hours. my son was totally exonerated by mueller, who, frankly, does not like donald trump, me, this donald trump. >> a lot of digging going on. what are your thoughts what's happening there regarding senate side? >> i don't understand richard burr at all. when you look at the 25 million dollars during the mueller investigation during the 22
months of inquiry. when you look at the investigations going on bipartisan democrats on the house side, this is the most investigated administration in the history of the country, but the senate republicans have the opportunity to ask other questions that are of great importance to this country. the politicalization of our intelligence agencies, how did the steele dossier we know was phony, be used by the justice department, by the fbi, and by the intelligence agencies to intervene in our american election to try to influence the vote when they failed to do that, to use it to undermine the constitutionally elected president of the united states, i think that would be of great interest. >> you're a member of the judiciary committee. >> if i could finish my point, that should be questions for the intelligence committee. those are questions that need to be asked and they're not asked
on the house side. >> looking ahead the judiciary committee has been very, very busy. can you give us insight what to expect in the next week or two? >> more of a circus and a complete charade and i think the american people will watch this carefully and ask themselves with everything confronting our country, is this the way they want their congress behaving? and if the even is no, they're going to have a chance to change that in the next election. >> i was thinking when you mentioning that, there's an election on the way. thanks for chatting with us today. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. leland: americans carry 870 billion in credit card debt often at high interest rates.
alexandria ocasio-cortez says she wants to solve that for you. >> we have the laws in half the states in america the 1970's and they work. it's really these banks that are trying to push the limit on how much they can extract out of the backs of working people. leland: all right, with that we bring in democratic illinois freshman congressman, member of the house committee. nice to see you as always. you were a ceo back in the day. would you have liked it if the government started regulating how much you could charge your customers, what you could charge them, how and why? >> well, look, there's a huge problem in this country with consumer debt and stay tuned r student loan debt and i think it's appropriate for us to have that conversation. i'm certainly not a big fan of putting on caps on rates, that opens up a pandora's box, what's the spread and the treasury rate going forward.
i think it's a fair conversation to have and we've had this conversation on payday lending, about the average consumer understands the full scope of fees they're charged. there's the headline rate and then-- >>. >> i guess this goes back to a question though that's becoming a split in the democratic party. is government here to help everybody or is government here to save everybody from themselves? you seem to be in the camp of the former, but there is so many among you-- of the democrats who really put it in the latter and say, we're going to, you know, really interfere in the way that the consumer interacts with american businesses. >> well, i wouldn't characterize this as a split. i think-- >> you just laid it out for us. >> no, i think you can have reasonable conversations with people who, you know, we all want to get to a world where people are not under the burden of consumer debt. we may have reasonable differences of opinion how to get there. at the end of the day, i think that government regulation works best when it alliance, profit
incentives with public purpose. there are some who think that we're better off having mandates and some who think that the pursuit of profits is by its nature aligned with a public purpose and that's not always the case. leland: do you worry about the law of inintended consequences. you start capping interest rates, they have a simple, we're not going to lend to texcept to most credit worthy among us. >> these are two separate questions. leland: we can go back and play the sound bite from alexandria ocasio-cortez, a 15% cap on interest rates. >> i'm saying what i said. we had the cfpb chairman before us and as katie port er she coud not explain the apr. interest rates are just, but one input into that and when we are sitting there saying, we have an
obligation, you know, as congress to provide oversight, the cpfd has an obligation to protect consumers and the head has said she believes her job is to protect both consumers and-- >> it brings up a reasonable question, is congress and is the american government doing enough to protect consumers? here is tucker carlson last night on that issue. take a listen. >> no doubt many republicans in the congress will oppose this bill if only because of who sponsored it. bernie sanders and alexandria ocasio-cortez are obviously demagogues, but on this one issue, they are absolutely indisputably right. credit card debt destroys people. leland: if it destroys people, you interested consumer credit become ago real issue for people. why not flip it this on its head. should they regulate about what they can do to buy credit.
we worry about you buying this new sophia and there you don't buy it? >> we created this out of dodd-frank to make sure that consumers were protected because consumers in general do not have a seat at the table. under mick mulvaney and now the cpfd, their role of protecting consumers and lenders. i do not believe there is a problem with predatory consumers. there is a problem with predatory lenders. we've got to make sure that that agency is staff fulling fulfilling the mission. we have a role as congress to step in offer oversight. >> an interesting point when you talk about mick mulvaney, acting chief of staff at the white house. appreciate it as always, enjoy springtime in chicago. there's no better city for about eight weeks of the year. >> happy mother's day. leland: glad you got that in.
and we'll get that in for you. a lot more on the buzz, howard kurtz and the panel will break down the media coverage of the democrats and how they're looking into president trump and fox news sunday, chris wallace will be on with white house economic advisors larry kudlow. he was on our show last week and fox this week. and see that panel. >> there's a growing air threats from iran. >> the department of defense did say a battery is headed to the middle east. the move comes in response to iran pre positioning missiles across the region that they say could constitute tangible threats to american troops. the pentagon released a statement after acting secretary of defense patrick shanahan
approved the deployment. they say, the united states does not seek conflict with iran, but we are postured and ready to defend u.s. forces and our interests in the region. the patriot missile battery is a long range, all-weather air defense system used to shoot down ballistic missiles and other aircraft. the u.s.s. arlington will transfer from europe to the mideast and swap out with another warship already in the region. it's used to transport marines and aircraft to support amphibious assault, expeditionary warfare and special operations. the arlington joins the u.s.s. abraham lincoln carrier strike group and the u.s. air force bomber task force already in place. all this follows several long days of escalating tension between the u.s. and iran, fresh on the heels of the one-year anniversary of president trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. the secretary of state in london this week had said that so far, iran's tough talk has all pretty
much been bluster. >> we'll have to wait to see what iran's actions actually are. they've made a number of statements about actions they've threatened to do in order to get the world to jump. we'll see what they actually do. >> secretary pompeo said this week the u.s. isn't seeking war with iran, but acting in self-defense. he said for 40 years iran's been killing american soldiers, attacking american facilities and taking american hostages. moves that require constant military vigilance, molly. >> it's clear the pentagon has been putting out a lot of information on this in recent days. >> every step of the way. >> thanks, gillian, we appreciate it. leland: deluges of rain across the south, these aerials from texas. adam klotz with why it's not over yet, hi, adam. >> hey there, leland, this is not over yet. we've been seeing rounds and rounds of heavy rain across the mississippi delta. this rain on the move. where is it heading next and is it on the way. i'll have those details on my
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emergency, opening the way with i allowing to spill into the gulf of mexico. and hundreds of homes in houston are dealing with knocked out power to thousands. leland: the threat of severe weather continues across parts of the missouri valley. heavy rain expected in the south and central united states. meteorologist adam klotz in the fox extreme weather center. boy, rain is not what these folks need. >> it's not what they need at all. they've seen so much in the last several days and the last couple of weeks. more in the next several days. the warm and air cold air are bumping up against each other. 50's in northeastern texas and suddenly jump up to the 70's and 80's and where the warm and cold air meet, we're seeing this through the weekend. this is our last 48 hours and you're seeing the rounds of very heavy precipitation.
waterlogged at times heavy rain. this is the radar of precipitation over the last week. everything in these deep reds, again, from mississippi back across louisiana into texas. widespread and already on the way. that's on the ground, the ground saturated and trees will start to come down. no surprise here, we've got big areas under flood watches and warnings. and especially the mississippi river where there's been flooding, a little farther to the north working farther south. it's becoming a mess across some of the areas. here is our future radar, most of the system does begin to linger into the southeast and eventually up into the mid atlantic and the course of the weekend to early monday. it brings more and more rain and this is the precipitation into next wengs. wednesday. and plenty of spots three to four inches in the next five days, nowhere for that rain to go so folks are going to struggle with it. leland: molly and i were commenting how unbelievable some of the pictures are, you realize
each home is a story and a life destroyed for so long. real quick, how long do we get more rain before it's catastrophic versus bad? >> with the amount of rain we're coming probably not until june until we get back to normal levels. if you're dealing with it already, it could continue to get worse here for a little while. leland: add dam klotz tracking. molly. molly: looking at heightened tensions with iran. another war ship and a missile defense system will join units already there in the middle east. we will be joined by retired four-star general jack keane to discuss. is that net carbs or total?...
we'll see what jack keane thinks about that. the retired four-star general in a minute. and meantime, kitty logan joining us with more details. hi kitty. >> hi, leland. so the president made the remarks at politico. and said quote, these are standard stuff. he was talking about the short range missiles flew about 180 miles before landing in the sea. that though was the second round in just over a week, and by north korean leader kim jong-un saying the country wants to boost its capacity to strike. it's unclear how all of this leaves negotiations with the u.s. which of course stalled since the last direct talks between president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un. those talks broke down without agreements, but the president says the relationship between the two leaders is still strong and he wants to continue
negotiations when north korea is ready and keep the options open for future direct talks. it's not clear either how north korea-- or if i should say, north korea intends any launch of longer range missiles. stop its nuclear omised program, but there is no solid agreement in place for it to do that. the government in pyongyang wants the u.s. to lift sanctions, that the u.s. refused to do until it gets that firm commitment from north korea over the nuclear disarmament. these tests, the short range missile tests are worrying for the region. north korea could, for example, target south korea where u.s. troops are also based and the hope is, leland, that talks will resu resume. leland: and noteworthy is the kind of missiles in the test. kitty, thanks.
molly. molly: for more insight as promised we're joined by retired four-star general and strategist analyst, jack keane. >> good to be here, molly. molly: and we heard kitty say that it was worrying for the region, but the president saying not a breach of trust, you thoughts. >> ever since that kim jong-un left hanoi without what he want the, particularly sank relief, u.n. resolution sanction relief. he's been trying to do two things, save face, very important in the asian culture in that part of the world and gain leverage again so he can get a summit, once again, with president trump who he believes the two of them can put a deal together. obviously. kim jong-un's perspective, that's favorable to him. the meeting with putin trying it gain leverage with president trump. short range tactical missiles, operational missiles and short range ballistic missile, all for
the same purpose, to motivate the united states and get summit number three in play. molly: the missiles tested bear a resemblance to russian designs, widely copied and the russians trying to sell them for years. your thoughts on russian fingerprints on the tests? >> no doubt about it. russia provided military arms to north korea for years. the long-range ballistic missiles that they've fired look similar to the chinese. and the russian missiles are solid fuel and mobile and considerably more difficult to detect. molly: in shifting to iran, there are indications, intelligence that the iranians are essentially ramping up, could be preparing to threaten u.s. forces or a threat to our assets in the region as well. now a ramp up of the pentagon sending additional assets.
your thoughts? >> what iran is trying to do here, the united states imposed sanctions on iran having a crippling effect. their currency devalued significantly. the economy contracted 6% and civil unrest is growing in the country and recently designated rigc, the main weapon they use to impose control and domination to the middle east as a proxy, and the iranians strategically in the region, our allies, that's the target, that iran is still a country that is a power and influence and we will not, from the iran's perspective be intimidated by the united states. that's, i think, what the pushback is about. what the united states is doing, they likely have very good intelligence here, we're trying to demonstrate to iran, we will respond. that's why we're being see
public about it. you're showing a carrier strike group going through the suez canal. we normally don't do that, telling we are a moving patriots back, patriot missiles back, missiles designed to defend facilities. so, the united states clearly is telling the iranians, look it, we have resolve and determination here, whatever you're going to try to do, what we're going to do is worse. molly: here is president trump on the iranian issue earlier this week. >> we have one of the most powerful ships in the world that's loaded up and we don't want to have to do anything. what i'd like to see with iran, i'd like to see them call me. >> i'd like to see them call me, your thoughts on that. and opening up, that seems to be an invitation for open communication. >> ever since the president walked away from the nuclear deal. i think is right for the united states. and the pressure has been on to bring them back to the
negotiating table so we can put together a deal that makes considerably more sense than the one that the obama administration negotiated which clearly was not an answer to the united states in the region. the objective is not to change iran's regime or fight a war with iran. the objective is to change iran's behavior and negotiate a much better deal in the future. molly: i guess the big question, what could potentially be the iranian response. what should we be looking for? >> well, we have considerable bases. but the major bases are a navy air base in djibouti, a major naval base in bahrain. three military bases in qatar, multi-him in iraq, special forces in syria. commercial u.s. shipping back and forth. straits of hormuz. navy ships around. drones, the target, the sea
traffic could also target ships that are parked. the pt boats, small boats coming out that are armed and also target them. and then a terrorist attack on land. all of those things that we can deal with, to be quite frank about it. >> general jack keane. thank you so much. you offer such concise, great information so quickly, thank you for your insight. appreciate it? new information about how americans see the opioid addiction crisis, but there are potential unintended consequences to the president's get tough policy, especially for patients who legitimately need pain medication.
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the second shooter, a minor went before a judge. authorities say the two teens were armed with handguns when they opened fire inside the stem school holidays ranch on tuesday. investigators have offered no motive and have not said how those students obtained their weapo weapons. weapons. >> the nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic with c.d.c. reporting on average 130 americans die each day from an opioid overdose. accidental drug overdose is now the leading cause of death, surpassing car crashes and gun violence. for more insight let's turn to former associate director at the white house office of drug control policy and the vice-president for institute of family, community and opportunity at the heritage foundation. charmaine, thank you for joining us. >> hi, molly.
molly: yes, on this mother's day there are mothers who are suffering through this epidemic as well as their children. this was an enormous effort at the beginning of the trump administration and an important one, it was a big part of the campaign and continues to be as we start to watch the presidential races unfold across the country. can you talk about the beginning of the trump administration, the effort pit into this and where the efforts are today? >> i think it's really important to recognize that the president used his bully pulpit to declare this a national trouble emergency which set the tone across the administration. so, it's so important with an issue like this, it has so many different facets to it to be sure that we're making public-private partnerships, that we're engaging across the administration horizontally. you see this with this administration. the first lady making the opioid crisis part of the be best campaign. and hhs. and kelly anne from the west
wing. and talking about it prevention and resources and then you have the efforts down at the border. i don't think there's enough attention being paid to the fact that the president talks about the fact that drug policy goes into border security. that's a really essential point as we move forward and look at mobilizing all the resources for all the different facets of the crisis. molly: one of the things that can make it so challenging politically as well. and the impact of this overall epidemic as its gone on. the opioid deaths climb, and look at the next graph, more than 70,000 deaths, prescription or illicit drugs. there's no indication that we'll see a drop for the 2018 numbers that we're still awaiting
official numbers on that. your thoughts how to hit this and begin to get that drop to happen? >> i'm so glad you said that because it's so tempting in a situation like this to try to be optimistic and say, now, here is a vision and we're moving toward it and it's important to maintain hope that we can move forward positively and we can, but you also have to put at that together with being realistic how difficult it is to tackle something like addiction. so at the heritage foundation, one of the things that we emphasize is the importance of community. you see it on both sides of this issue. on the one hand when you look at prevention, one of the key issues that is most important in keeping kids away from drugs, is their sense of connection to community. the data is very clear on that. when you look at the other side, when you're dealing with someone who is caught in the grips of a very perverse addiction, the thing is getting the community mobilized to put support and infrastructures around them that really are the most effective things in terms of helping them.
molly: and since the centers or disease control apublished thei guidelines, doctors prescribing opioids. >> right. molly: and for a variety of reasons know the just that, pharmacies denying prescription, and what does that mean for someone with chronic pain or a cancer sufferer if they're challenged in getting medication they need? >> i'm so glad you brought this up. opioids are meant for acute pain and there are other approaches better for long-term chronic pain. most of us have someone in our lives who is dealing with chronic pain. and we're so lucky to live in this day and age for options addressing that. we want to emphasize for people struggling with chronic pain there are solutions out there for them. sometimes opioids are not the best own -- answer and when you
start with the people dying every day from addiction, we have to walk the fine line, addressing the pain, but not leading people into having a double problem that they're having to deal with. molly: thank you for talking with us today. and keeping this on the forefront. we appreciate it. >> thanks. leland: the president says he has a simple solution to keep the tariffs from crushing your household budget, but is it that simple? we'll be right back.
>> two people are dead and at least four injured after an explosion at a gas station in virginia. it happened late friday morning at south river market north of buena vista. the victims' names have not been released and several others are reported missing. virginia state police say the explosion does not appear to be suspicious. suspicious. >> markets this week have been rattled amid uncertainty over a u.s.-china trade agreement. the latest talks between the world's two largest economies have ended without a deal. the latest round of tariffs will impact thousands of chinese imports, including handbags, electronics, clothing, furniture, luggage, baseball mitts, the list goes on and on. what does it mean for you.
and tax management, rebecca, good to see you. average families get hit with $800 worth of tariffs. another word for tariffs is a tax. can the american people afford that right now? >> you know, leland, i don't think that anyone feels like they can afford additional $800 even though the economy is doing very well. the problem is we have to look at long-term. yeah, short-term it will be painful, but longer term it's in the best interest in my opinion. leland: when you say longer term, that assumes that the chinese eventually cave. do you know something that we don't? >> only that we absolutely must get a deal with china. the made this china 2025 program is literally sort of the end of the american consumer using chinese goods as we know it at a cheap rate and so, we have to get a trade deal that stops that in its track, at least as refers to america, if we don't we're in a deep world of hurt. leland: that assumes the chinese
live up to any deal they make. >> that's true. leland: they've not exactly had a great track record on that. this morning from the president, make or use goods products made in the good old us of a. i suspect that many would disagree with that. >> what happens in the '80s and '90s we shipped our manufacturing jobs overseas to cheaper labor and less restrictions and protections. and we've enjoyed the cheap chinese goods all of that time and now they're using that exploit america. it's been going on and so that's what we're talking about the long-term strategy of yeah, if we could bring those backs and still have cheap goods, that would be the solution. they're more expensive to produce in america. leland: be great if you could have your cake and eat it, too. >> right. leland: the dow this week responded here to these talks and they did not like that up on wall street. you look at the dow down
significantly and especially during the times there were rumors there was going to be no deal at all and the talks were continuing, the dow crashed. the question is is this. you've got the tariffs announced when they're hitting bottom lines or mid line, if you will. how long do you think wall street gives this before having to bake in tariffs and the second round of higher tariffs into their earnings estimates and therefore into everybody's 401(k)'s? >> it's not going to be a quarter, leland. it will effect people in less than four months. so it will be less than a quarter and certainly, americans might-- it might take time for the americans to feel it in their wallets. they're getting passed down by the business, but it's going to affect it, but the bigger issue question is if we don't get a deal, leland, a 25% or greater stock market problem. so, we have baked in this deal getting it done. leland: it seemed like the markets right now predicting that things are going to work
out okay in some way or another, thinking that the president isn't going to hold that hard of a line with the chinese. the question comes if there's a miscalculation between the president and the chinese, you run the risk as you said of more than 25% of a bear market. what do you-- are people starting to hedge that yet and your clients starting to hedge it? >> no, i think that we-- the market was upset this week obviously. this was a surprise the fact that the chinese basically redlined the entire agreement. the last 11th hour was a surprise and it was a surprise, but we still do not believe that the deal is not going to get done after over a year of negotiations and it's been since last year, ten months. so, you know, the market is still optimistic, believe it or not, even though we had this bad week. they were surprised yet optimistic and it's somewhat baked in. if we were to get the news today that there's no deal or there will never be a deal, it would be a massive selloff and you would have some-- you'd have a massive problem
with the market and we would have to figure out a new way forward because. leland: noteworthy. >> it would be ugly. leland: noteworthy the chinese seemed a little contrite, a little bit over the past couple of days. rebecca with us today. we're glad to have you. >> thank you, leland. leland: all right. molly: congressional democrats ramping up their investigation into president trump and his associates. we'll tell you how the administration is responding to a new wave of subpoenas next. as not safe drivers! ah! that was a stunt driver. that's why esurance has this drivesense® app. the safer you drive, the more you save. don't worry, i'm not using my phone and talking to a camera while driving... i'm being towed. by the way, i'm actually a safe driver. i'm just pretending to be a not safe driver. cool. bye dennis quaid! when insurance is affordable, it's surprisingly painless.
♪ ♪ >> the world's two largest economies going head to head in an emerging trade war with the u.s. imposing new tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of chinese exports. i'm mollyline. leland: finally, a nice spring saturday here. rainy down south. i'm leland vittert. get ready to pay more on everything, bed sheets, electronics, baseball gloves. first, david butted joining us with -- spud joining us with how the chinese seemed to walk back their hard line just a little bit. >> reporter: the trump administration is not ready to confirm a date for future talks, but officials are hinting they will likely happen. chinese state media reports u.s.
negotiators will fly to beige ginning in the come -- beijing in the coming weeks. you see some of the goods right in that you mentioned and some additional ones as well. now, just a few hours ago president trump took to twitter to try to calm the fears of americans about tariffs. we've been talking about this tweet all day. quote: such an easy way to avoid tariffs, make or produce your goods and products in the good old usa. it's very simple, end quote. the vice premier left the first day of negotiations pessimistic on thursday. >> translator: china believes raising tariffs in the current situation is not the solution to the problem, harmful to china, to the united states and to the whole world. >> reporter: it's possible the united states is not finished with china when it comes to these tariffs. trade are representative robert lighthizer put out a statement.
i want to read it to you in part. quote: the president also ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on, essential hi, all remaining imports from china valued at approximately $30 billion. on friday -- $300 billion. on friday the vice premier said, quote, talks would continue and they went, quote, fairly well. now he said it's up to the two presidents, meaning trump and president xi, to talk directly and work this out. as of saturday the two have not spocken, but trump said on thursday that he received a letter from president xi, and he expected to speak to him at some point by phone. china has already made it clear they are preparing to retaliate for this move by the trump white house. no word yet on the specific measures, but it appears these conversations will continue next time in a few weeks in beijing. leland: david, thanks.
as the administration and china work to negotiate a trade deal, it is u.s. farmers that are caught in the middle. here's what the president of the illinois farm bureau said earlier this morning. >> there's great concern out here now. a year ago, yes, i think that assessment of the rock solid standing behind the president would have been true because we do understand there are trade issues that need to be addressed. but we also received many promises from this president that trade wars are easy to win, this will be quick. leland: marley hard hitting -- particularly hard hitting in kansas, the tariffs are not slowing down the 35 bankruptcies in kansas, one of the highest numbers in the country. joining us to discuss, member of the house committee on agriculture, roger marshall. good to see you, sir. boy, it's like déjà vu all over again of you and me talking about this, worried about farmers. >> yes, sir.
leland: those words by the president, that trade wars are quick and easy to win, do not seem to be aging well in the midwest. >> you're right, leland. i've never seen it so tough. we've tried to do a couple town halls every weekend, and the typical story goes something like this, a fourth generation kansas farmer is working 6, 0 80 hours, he's got a job in town, his wife's got a job in town, his health care costs have doubled. just talked to a banker last week, seven bank foreclosures in the past year, more than his swire career, so it's tough times, you're right about. that. leland: how much longer are they giving the president on this? >> that's a good question. certainly, we need relief. we need to get uscma done. that's probably more vital than this right now, that nancy pelosi would bring that to the floor. i've talked to thousands of farmers, and not one bad word about the prime minister it
amaze if -- the president. it amazes me. they're hanging in there, but it's tough teems, and we need some relief. leland: the $12 billion that the white house promised back, i believe it was in september, in farm aid, has that made a dent at all, or are people having the tough times you're explaining even with that help? >> oh, even with that help, leland. we still have crops on the ground from two years ago we haven't sold. so right now farmers are borrowing money to put this year's crops in. we got some pretty devastating floods that's washed out a lot of the corn crop we planted some that was a drop in the bucket. a penny a bushel for some corn. we're going to need more relief if we're not going to get this deal done soon, and, again, we should talk about usmca, how important it is to get that through the house as well. leland: one other thing the president tweeted out as an idea, if we bought $15 billion of agriculture from our farmers,
we would have more than $85 billion left over fur for infrastructure. the president then went on to say they'd send some of that agriculture to purchases, do countries that needed the most help. i've got a degree in economics, and i couldn't quite figure out the logic on that. can you? >> well, i think i certainly understand the goal of the president. and, again, that may be the relief that we have to go to. we were selling about $20 billion worth of agriculture goods to china two years ago, last year $10 billion. so that's probably what we're going to need just to keep us open for business -- leland: yeah, but, boy, you know kansas farmers better than i do, i know missouri farmers and against farmers, none of them want government handouts. >> exactly. not one farmer has ever asked me for that, before or after. that's not what we want. we want access to markets. we've got to jump in there and get that deal done with japan,
the european union. if china doesn't want to deal with us, so be it. the president's going to have to help out the farmers. let's move on. i just want to encourage everybody to stop buying anything from china. if their not willing to negotiate in fairness, then it's time to move on from them. it's just a sad day. leland: i can hear the pain in your voice especially as you talk about some of these stories that you're hearing e. brings up, though, an important question which is how long until people fuelly is to vote with their pocketbooks and no, as you said, with their patriotism? >> yeah. i think that we have to hang on. we have hope in this president. we think that he can get us a better deal. we've all lived through the problems with china. just two quick examples, leland. we've not been able to the sell beef in china for 15 years we need unlimited access to their markets just like ours --
leland: real quick. >> otherwise my kids will be working for china. leland: that is a warning, if i've ever heard one. real quick, you heard from david that there appears to be a very little bit of softening in the chinese position. do you view that in good fearkts or do you think they're just trying to rope-a-done for a little bit more time? >> i think that china's having a lot of discord in their own political process and who's leading what. enjoy eating your iphones, okay? we have good wheat here from kansas, good beef, and i'm ready to tell people to stop buying iphones from china. leland: congressman, we appreciate it. if you decide to smash your iphone or anything like, that go ahead and send us a video. >> yes, sir. i just may go do that. leland: or run over it with a tractor. thank you, sir. >> yep, leland. thanks for having me on. molly: a top house democrat issuing subpoenas to treasury secretary steve mnuchin and irs
commissioner charles roedick for six years of president trump's tax returns. ellison barber has the latest on this live. >> reporter: the department of treasury and irs have one week to comply with that subpoena. the department of treasury has the subpoena in their position, and fox news is told their legal counsel is currently reviewing it. the chairman of the house ways and means committee initially tried to obtain the returns by using a provision of the federal tax code that dates back to the harding administration, but treasury secretary mnuchin rejected the request earlier in the week. the secretary says it lacks a legitimate legislative purpose and, as a result, went against the supreme court precedent. chairman richard neal said he believes, quote: this action gives us the best opportunity to succeed and obtain the requested materials. the committee's top republican is urging against it. >> i sent a letter to chairman neal today essentially cautioning him against trying to
compel those, the president's private tax returns either by subpoena or by lawsuit. again, this is a very dangerous precedent. >> you want to take president trump to court over getting his tax returns. >> i think we have some sort of decision by tend of the week, that's for sure. the options are pretty narrow now. the last eight presidents have voluntarily' leased their tax forms -- released their tax forms, and i think we're trying to remain consistent with the principle that previous presidents have developed. >> reporter: president trump has vowed to fight subpoenas like this one. no word on whether or not secretary mnuchin will reply, but at this point, molly, seems pretty unlikely that he would go with it this time around. molly: ellison barber, always so much to coffer there, thank you. -- cover there. congressman jerry nadler, ted deutch and eric swalwell are introducing a bill that essentially would halt the statute of limitations on crimes
committed by a president. joining us for more insight, criminal defense attorney and constitutional law expert ken bell kin. ken, thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. molly: i want to talk about this move that's being made by nadler and his colleagues there, essentially working towards -- here's just one of the arguments. this made by congressman swalwell. while i disagree with the legal opinion, congress can step up right now and change the law to insure any president can be held accountable for crimes. he goes on a little bit, but then he says president trump is living proof of the urgent need to close this loophole. what do you think of the overall effort and also, i guess, some people might say a bit of an attack on the part of congressman swalwell going after the president in that way. >> look, the first thing we've got to understand here is this is an attack on the rights of the accused, all of the accused. we have statutes of limitations specifically to protect the rights of the accused. now additionally with the
president, in the constitution in article ii, he has a pardon power. he has unlimited pardon power except p p in circumstances of impeachment which, you know, could extend -- it's never been decided whether or not thats ner happened, but many think it would a amy. not only are they trying to initiate the pardoning power -- molly: man, there has been so much talk about what is appropriate as far as the constitution is concerned, are we in a constitutional crisis, what are the oversight powers the congress, which brings me to tax returns. the ways and means committee chair, richard neal, he's seeking six years of the president's tax returns. the president not releasing those publicly. your thoughts on this effort to get the document. >> look, the president is under no legal requirement to release his tax returns. certain presidents have done so in the past, they did it
voluntarily. he's under no requirement to do so, and this guy is a businessman with a lot of interest. i doubt highly anyone would even understand his tax return without possessing an mba or a cps. molly: now -- cpa. the house judiciary committee voted to cite a.g. barr for contempt of congress, there's been this argument made that congress has oversight responsibility and that they're being forced to take these steps in an effort to do that. your thoughts on this being the constitutional crisis that some have been discussing and also just on the back and forth over holding attorney general barr in contempt. >> i mean, look, attorney general barr testified for five hours the other day. he doesn't want to testify further because, number one, he believes that some of the testimony could stray into potentially privileged materials under executive privilege and secondly, that the questioning that congress is proposing right now is that he be questioned not
by members of congress, by members of the committee staff and by outside counsel. i don't see why an attorney general should subject himself to outside counsel questioning. molly: and just to get a little listen from to opposing side, this is speaker nancy pelosi. take a listen. oh. sorry about that. i'll just kind of briefly tell you, in essence, what the speaker was saying. she was arguing that the president is almost self-impeaching because he is every day demonstrating, showing more obstruction of justice and disrespect for congress' legitimate role to subpoena. so she's really pushing back directly on the president on these issues. your thoughts on kind of that back and forth. is there a bit of a power struggle? in a sense, our government is set up that way, but to see it blatantly playing out when we're talking about various subpoenas going forward. >> there is supposed to be a process in which the executive branch can comply with subpoenas. negotiations are held and a
compromise is reached. some things congress is not entitled to see, and that's just the reality, and the president has every right to assert privilege in those aspects. but at the end of -- molly: oh, i was going to thank you for your thoughts, but you had one final thought. what were you about to say? >> you know, if some of this stuff is privileged, congress is allowed to petition the courts to have it, you know, disclosed to them, and they should go through the courts to decide that. we have remedies in place. this is not a crisis. they have an avenue that they can pursue through the federal courts, and if they really feel there's something there, they should do that and let a federal court judge make the ruling. molly: we will likely see a lot of action in the courts coming soon. ken, thank you for your insights today. >> thanks for having me. leland: new information this saturday on the massive show of military force being sent to the middle east to counter what the administration calls an iranian
threat. gillian turner with us. the more we get into this story, the more it seems as though there was specific intention. >> absolutely. and as the days have worn on and that tension has ratcheted up, more and more sources are pointing to specific documents that exist. so right now the pentagon is building up a deterrent force to potentially use against iran, dod announcing yesterday that a warship and a patriot antimissile battery are headed to the middle east in response to iran prepositioning missiles across the region and several days of rapidly escalating tension between washington and tehran. acting secretary of defense patrick shanahan approved the deployment but clarified these moves in a statement. the pentagon writing: the united states does not see conflict with iran, but we are postured and ready to defend u.s. forces and interests in the region. the patriot missile battery is a long-range, all-weather air defense system used to shoot down ballistic missiles and aircraft. the u is ss arlington will
transfer from europe to the mideast and swap out with another warship already in the region. that ship is used to transport marines and aircraft to support am friendship fib yous assault -- amphibious assault and special operations. the arlington joins the uss abraham lincoln carrier strike group and a u.s. air force bomber that's already in place. fresh on the meals of the one-year -- heels of the one-year anniversary of president trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the secretary of state this week saying so far iran's tough talk has amounted to bluster. >> we'll have to wait to see what iran's actions actually are. they've made a number of statements about actions they threatened to do in order to get the world to jump. finish we'll see what they actually do. >> secretary pompeo also said the u.s. isn't seeking war with iran, but acting in self-defense. he said for 40 years iran's been killing american soldiers, attacking american facilities
and taking american hostages. moves, leland, that obviously rear self-defense. leland: unusual and not a coincidence that there is video of the u.s. aircraft going through the suez canal. jill yun turner, thanks so much. growing numbers of migrants are crossing the southern border causing the mayor of one arizona town to face new, historic illegal immigration -- he calls it a crisis. he's going to tell us about the help he's received or lack thereof when we come back. geico makes it easy to get help when you need it.
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molly: a toxic gasoline product pouring out into the houston ship channel and forcing the partial closure of that waterway on friday. multiple vessels collided that afternoon, spilling this unknown volume of the product which, by the way, is colorless, flammable to the touch, can't inhale it, of course. officials since responding with the city saying the chemical was not detected in the air. ♪ ♪ leland: on this saturday, acting secretary of defense patrick shanahan travel dog the southern border. he's going to receive an update on the current border crisis from the front line personnel. meanwhile, apprehensions of family units in the border town
of yuma, arizona, have increased close to 300%. you can see the numbers there on the bar chart continuing to go up. here to talk more about that, republican mayor of yuma, arizona, douglas nichols. good to see you, sir, appreciate it. you have declared an emergency in your town. how bad is it? >> well, the numbers just keep going up, and it's far exceeded our capacity of our shelter system. so good nonprofits, they do everything they can to still provide for everybody in the shelter, but at some point physical room's going to be gone, and people are going to be, you know, out in the streets trying to fend for themselves at some point. so we're trying to prevent that part of the emergency from actually happening, that we can keep the crisis -- get things addressed before we get to -- leland: so we understand, the people that are, for lack of a better term, overrunning -- we understand it's not really their choice -- but flooding into your
shelters are people who asked for asylum and then the i.c.e. let out. >> yeah. actually, some of them haven't even asked for asylum. as they come through as a family unit, they make sure they see a judge by the court rulings, and so that's why they're in the system. and it could be anywhere from a year the three years to see a judge on their current status. leland: so you getting hundreds, if not thousands of people every month into yuma, arizona. what do they do all day? do they just sit at this shelter and get fed? are they able to provide some kind of services? do you have companies that are able to hire them? where do they go? >> they don't have the right to work, so their at the shelter, and they do clean up, do some of that stuff so they're actually contributing back to the shelter that's providing services to them, but there isn't really anything for them to do until they get their transportation out of town, which is what the ultimate goal for them is here in you ma. leland: you talk about
transportation out of town. for a while the white house was talking about and there was a back and forth about, essentially, busing a lot of these undocumented emigrants north to larger sanctuary cities who said more immigrants are ready rather than a small city like yuma that's so strapped for resources. forget the federal government for a minute, is there a time where your town council's going to start buying people greyhound tickets? >> actually, we've been working to bring people up to the phoenix area which isn't a sanctuary city, but has a shelter system more robust than others. and there's been other discussions about funding to other communities. but at this point really need to have a receiving agency on the other end can and not just drop people off randomly. leland: we'll put up the numbers from april, they've continued to rise there. washington has not been able to exactly come up with solutions
here. from your viewpoint on the ground, any quick fixes here to this problem? is there a way to try and slow the tide of folks coming over? because building a wall's going to take a while even if you funded it tomorrow. >> right. and that's true. really it's going to be about seeing judges quicker. as soon as you can make a status call on whether they can stay in the united states or not, then they can be returned back to their home countries. and if you have that happen within 2-3 days of crossing the border, then that starts the flow going back the other way, and people are discouraged from actually making the trek themselves. leland: i'm going to ask this question delicately but expect a direct answer for it. what's happened to crime in yuma, arizona, with these overflows in the shelters, and how's your police department dealing with it? >> well, the police department's been very diligent about watching the shelters and making sure there haven't been any major issues. we'ved had some trespass issues
and we've had just some general concerns, people suspecting things. but the shelter system requires people to stay within the program, and if they lee the program -- which none of them have -- then they're out on their own. they don't get the services of the shelter. so we've been able to contain the crime issue quite well. leland: all right. interesting note there. mayor, we wish you luck. come back and talk to us as this develops. doesn't seem as though washington's going to have a solution anytime soon, sir. >> well, we've i tried. we met with the president last week, and there are some things moving, but it takes a while. so thank you. leland: all right. douglas nichols, the mayor of yuma, arizona. talk to you soon. >> thank you. molly: several democratic candidates hit the road this weekend, president trump is focusing in on front-runner joe biden. our panel will join us to break down the latest news in the 20 to 20 race to the top.
♪ ♪ leland: one way, perhaps, to look at the democratic horse race is by e whom president trump deems worthy of a nickname x this weekend we have a new member of that club in the more than 20 democrats, the president has a new name for democratic mayor of south bend, indiana, mayor pete buttigieg. christina coleman on her first live shot of the network the tell us what the nickname is. hi, christina, welcome. [laughter] >> reporter: hi, leland, thanks for having me. mayor pete buttigieg dismissing president trump's new nickname for him saying he, quote, didn't get the reference. trump boxed buttigieg in a pretty -- mocked him yesterday afternoon caring the 37-year-old south bend, indiana, mascot to the longtime mad magazine. when asked about the insummit, mayor pete said he never even heard of that character and had to google it. he went on to say he was
surprised the president of the united states wasn't spending more time trying to salvage his trade deal with china. buttigieg, scheduled to speak at the human rights campaign gala in las vegas tonight. minnesota senator amy klobuchar touching on an issue that the president has said is one of his strong points, infrastructure. klobuchar touted her own $1 trillion infrastructure plan in a meeting with teachers unions in new york yesterday. she says trump failed to deliver. >> you have a president right now in the white house that claims he wants to build up infrastructure, right? he says it, he said it on election night, how can we forget that night? he says this and he hasn't done anything about it at all. >> reporter: meanwhile, another contender planning to throw his hat into the crowded field this week, montana governor steve bullock. posting on twitter -- or posting a teaser, rather, on twitter this morning, the democrat -- very popular in his home state,
winning his second term in 2016 as trump carried the state by 20 points. other democratic hopefuls on the map today, new york senator kirsten gillibrand will host a meet and greet in new hampshire in about an hour, and senator klobuchar is in puerto rico meeting with that territory's outspoken governor. leland: christina, thanks so much from los angeles. molly has more on, perhaps, the new nickname. molly: perhaps. president trump telling politico that it would be, quote, appropriate for him and attorney general bill barr to discuss investigating his potential 2020 rival, joe biden, or his son hunter over their connections to ukraine. pretty complicated, but here to discuss, democratic strategist antwan seawright and democratic strategist max burns. thanks so much for joining us. kicking things off with that complicated subject, looking into ukraine. it seems like ukraine may be a
bit more in the news. there was so much russia talk, and now we've shifted a little bit towards ukraine. your thoughts on this conflict of interest argument being made against former vice president joe biden as he begins this presidential run, max. >> i think it's dangerous at this point for donald trump to be engaging with ukraine any further than he has. when your campaign manager is serving a prison sentence in large part because of shady dealings with crew -yard line, it seems like a dangerous gamble to invest even more of your white house staff in doing more shading dealings around ukraine. molly: there was a thought that rudy giuliani was going to head over there kind of on a fact-finding mission, and he has chosen not to make that trip. antjuan, your thoughts. >> even though he's chosen not to make the trip, the fact of the matter is he still put the notion out there that that's what they want to do, and he -- meaning as the president's lawyer. what that means, it's almost
like for me the equivalent of trump hinting or flirting with russia about displaying hillary clinton's e-mails. we'll just have to see how this plays out, but it's a very dangerous game, and i think it should be political malpractice with the republican party and leader to engage in this type of behavior. molly: it's been fascinating to see the topics coming out in recent -- let's shift gears and talk more about the field now. we see vice president biden getting out there campaigning, and he's doing very, very well. this is the mop mouth university poll out of new hampshire, shows him with a very solid lead, some 36%. next closest being bernie sanders, and then mayor pete, pete buttigieg, elizabeth warren, kamala harris, they're kind of trailing into the single digits. and also just on a national stage he's also doing very well. the real clear politics average saying he has that the solid lead. generally, when you first announce, you get a little bump.
is that that early bump biden's enjoying or something he could sustain, max? >> i think this shows you couple of important things, the first being that bernie sanders' support is a lot softer than people thought, and interest around joe biden extend around the democratic base. the base that moves a little bit to the left of joe biden has criticized him on a few points, i think validly, but it shows there is a democratic party that still likes joe biden, still has good memories of barack obama, and that's going to be a challenge for other candidates to surmount in the coming months. molly: antjuan, i want to get you in, but before i do, take a listen to president trump. this is president trump on bind drawing a bit of a comparison. actually, this is from "the politico" interview. he says maybe i look at it like my race. if you remember, from the day i came down the escalator until the day of the primaries, i was in the number one position, i was center stage every debate, and nobody came close.
i had a big lead pretty much from the beginning, and it went along as people started dropping out. a fascinating comparison being made by the president as he's beginning to hook at the vice president's race just kicking off here at the beginning, making a comparison to himself. your thoughts on that, antjuan. >> well, that's par for the course to make anything about himself -- [laughter] that's number one. ing number two, it is comparison to 2016 in this regard: hillary clinton was the front-runner in 2016 in the democrat primary, and so there was a robust effort by the republican party to wear and tear her down so she could be bruised and limp across the finish line first. so what i see donald trump doing is throwing hints at the republican party and even some of his strong supporters to go after joe biden by any means necessary to bruise him up if he was to make it across the finish line as the democratic nominee. so what that says for democrats is we have to be very united, and we can't get in the business of tackling --
molly: we're not going to be able to talk about pete buttigieg if i don't get this n. alfred e. newman, responding he literally had to google that, saying he guessed perhaps it was a generational thought. max, your thoughts on the nickname and mayor pete's response. >> i think if this is the best donald trump has got, mayor pete strapped on a gun on his back and deployed overseas. think he's faced a little bit more than a snuck name, and it's going to take a lot more than that to knock him off his game. molly: thank you both so much for joining me today, appreciate it. >> thank you. leland: all right. so what are you going to pay more for at wal-mart and other stores because of the tariffs? we investigate when we come back. ♪ ♪ (ding) hey, who are you? oh, hey jeff, i'm a car thief... what?! i'm here to steal your car because, well, that's my job. what? what?? what?! (laughing) what??
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the latest round of tariffs on chinese goods impact more than $200 billion worth of things bought every day at a store near you. jacqui heinrich at harold square in new york city. are consumers talking about this yet? >> reporter: yeah, they sure are, leland. we're not seeing price hikes just yet because existing inventory was already purchased before those tariffs went into effect, but as new orders come through, we can expect retailers to pass off some of that increase ared cost to consumers, and that means american shoppers could be in for some sticker shock. last year president trump began taxing $200 billion at 10%, but as of yesterday that tariff increased to 25%. the majority of those products are things that manufactures buy like raw materials but about $40 billion worth of consumer items are also affected, things americans purchase willingly. at the grocery store, seafood, vegetables, shellfish, eggs, nuts and paper products, and at
department stores things like handbags, electronics, clothing, furniture and hardware will also cost more. american shoppers have mixed feelings about the standoff with china. >> there's a lot of little people that are really going to be affected by the fact that they can't afford these things that were affordable yesterday. >> overall, if it would help, i would be okay. i would probably just stop spending as much. >> if i have to take a hit to improve our country in that way, then i'm happy to do it. >> reporter: the president has stressed that the strategy will ultimately be good for america and told retailers in a tweet, build your products in the u.s. and there are no tariffs. there is, of course, a chance this could be worked out before the retailers are forced to jack up prices. items that left china after 12:01 a.m. friday will be subject to the tax rate. there is a window of time for negotiations to happen before
retailers are forced to pass off that cost to the consumer. of course, the president has not yet pulled the trigger on his last remaining card which would be to tax all remaining chinese exports at that 25 rate, that's about $325 billion worth of goods. leland? leland: yeah. already some manufacturers domestically talking about how to pass on the raw material tariffs to their customers as well. jacqui heinrich in harold square, thanks so much. molly? molly: making history in maryland. we will talk to two of the women from the first state national guard to be led by an all-female command staff. coming up. ♪ ♪ little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. otezla is associated with an increased risk of depression.
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leland: we even have an animation for y. official reminder, mother's day is tomorrow. president trump giving a very special address ahead of mother's day, speaking to military moms at the white house's celebration of military mothers and spouses event yesterday. >> military moms are the backbone of america. i want to express our incredible appreciation to all of you, the moms serving our nation in uniform, the mothers of our great heros and the moms with spouses who serve in the armed forces. your unwavering dedication and
support strengthens our entire nation. today we honor you, we celebrate you, we salute you. leland: president trump also issued a presidential proclamation friday for military spouse day, expressing, quote: our deep appreciation for all they do. we add our thanks as well. molly: the maryland national guard marking a historic first as the first state national guard to be led by a command staff of all women who are also all mothers. joining us now are two of those command staff members, major general linda singh and sergeant major perlissa wilson. it's wonderful to be able to talk with you both. i think you assembled your team, the how did this come to be? >> well, so first, it's based off of competency. when i look at the number of leaders that the i have in the organization, we were fortunate to have some female leaders that were all coming into place at
the same time. so it's, it takes a long time to be able to get a general, and it takes a long time to be able to get a sergeant major. so when you think about that, it really is an amazing, to me, an amazing occurrence. molly: i mean, clearly this is about qualifications, being the best person to fill the job and to do your job. sergeant major, what is it that is the best thing about being part of this team? >> well, first of all, i have a long item standing history with working -- longstanding history with working with major general singh, she was actually my company commander many years ago when i was a specialist. so we have history together. but she's a phenomenal leader. i've admired her for many years, so to be here working side by side with her is, it's a complete honor. molly: and i do want to say the names of the other members, janine burkehead and april
vogel, that is that four-person team. and one to have to other remarkable things are that you're also mothers. this is mother's day weekend, so we want to thank you for your service and also, you know, thanks for being great moms. what does it take to balance this, you know, really a demanding job defending us from our mennies and also -- enemies and also being a mom? >> i think the first thing you have to recognize is that there is no such as balance, right? [laughter] you have to prioritize things. and sometimes that means that, you know, we've missed pretty amazing school events or missed things in our children's lives because we were you have off doing other things. and so just trying to insure that when you do get the time, that it's quality time with your family and just cherishing every single moment that you get. molly: sergeant major, your thoughts? >> yes, i completely feel the same way. so i have a 7-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son and, yes, when i spend time with them, i do my best to enjoy the time and
just make sure that i am acknowledging them for who they are and who they are to me. and i let them know that every day that i serve so that they can have a better opportunity. molly: and major singh, when you're talking to your kids about this, why you're away, how do you explain this, this patriotism, that this is necessary for our nation? >> well, my -- my kids are a lot older. my oldest daughter is 36, and my youngest is 25. [laughter] so they definitely know. but when they were younger, having to be away from them especially my first deployment with my youngest one going to school, i couldn't be there when she was being bullied, and the only thing i could do was to be this on skype to be able to talk her through some of those challenges and to reminded her, you know, that mom is there with her even though i'm not there physically, i'm with her there in spirit. so you really have to take different tactics to be able to kind of show up.
molly: army major general lindasing, sergeant major wilson, thanks for your sacrifice, thanks for coming in here to sit with us, and happy mother's day. >> and happy mother's day to all the women that serve. >> yes, absolutely. leland: indeed. all right. so how did this four-legged friend end up in an arkansas yearbook? we'll be right back. for years i've trained dogs for the marines like me, some of these dogs have seen many tours of duty. and for the past 15 years i've been a navy federal member. thanks to their fast approval process, when it came time to buy a new car, we got everything we needed to transport my wife's little bundle of joy... ...who i just adore.
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♪ ♪ leland: in an earlier segment talking about emigration in arizona, we talked about -- immigration in arizona, we talked about a dramatic increase. we mistakenly showed a graphic that showed a limits amount of that information, want to let you know we regret that error. molly: this special edition to one arkansas high school yearbook might make you do a double take. no, this isn't a student, but a k-9 police tag. maya is listed alongside faculty members as a school resource officer. she began working at the school last year as a narcotics dog, but while students are looking forward to summer vacation maya, of course, will be hard at work helping police in the coming months. leland: feels like maya should at least get a weekend at the lake. molly: she doesn't get the
summer off, what's up with that? leland: all right. news continues from new york. don't forget tomorrow "fox news sunday," larry kudlow on. great conversation about tariffs coming up. molly: thanks for watching, thanks for joaning us, everybody. leland: happy mother's day. ♪ ♪ eric: well, a top house democratic upping the ante for his demands for president trump's tax returns, now issuing subpoenas for six years of documents and giving a deadline of may 17th to get them. but, you know, administration officials are pushing back, saying that request is out of bounds as washington on this saturday braces for yet another showdown. hello, everyone, i'm eric shawn. >> and i'm alicia acuna. richard neal sending subpoenas to the heads of the irs and treasury department within the last 24 hours after a