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ninth winning ninth circuit and your tax dollars going to clinics that provide abortion. for fbi employees peter stzrok lisa page. we will to you what they say including a relationship between a new york times reporter and the fbi, trey gotti is here to weigh in. welcome to fox news at night. we begin with correspondent kristin fisher who is following the late breaking news on iran tonight. >> the world is waiting to see how donald trump responds to iran shooting down this unmanned us drone. democrats say any military action against iran must first be approved by congress but many republicans argue that is not necessary, time is of the essence and if the president does not respond it would send a dangerous message to iran and other adversaries all around the world.
>> is what i believe about donald trump. is trying to avoid conflict but this is a defining moment for him. they are testing him. they need to do so at their own peril. if they get away with this god help us with north korea and throughout the world. >> the president may not intend to go to war but we are worried he and the administration may bumble into a war. >> top congressional leaders, republicans and democrats convene in the white house situation room for classified briefing. afterword mitch mcconnell suggested a measured response would likely be coming soon. donald trump was asked point blank how will you respond, he said you will find out. he said iran had made a big mistake. he also said he found it hard to believe the strike was intentional and suggest maybe a
road officer was responsible. >> i said i want to get out of these endless wars. i campaigned on that but this is a new wrinkle, a new fly in the ointment, shooting down the drone, this country will not stand for it, that i can tell you. >> the pentagon insists this us drone was international airspace over the strait of hormuz when it was shot down by an iranian missile. iran says it was over iran. tensions escalate, many democrats are blaming donald trump for pulling out of the iran nuclear deal. elizabeth warren said trump provoked this crisis and his reckless foreign policy by tweet will only worsen it. milligrams is the president is not the problem, the ayatollah is an iran should prepare for severe pain inside their country. >> thank you very much. what is the president's thinking on iran. after white house meeting with top lawmakers and administration officials late today. let's discuss it with congressman who sits on the house armed services committee and tennessee republican who sits on the house homeland
security committee and afghanistan and iraq war veteran. thank you to you both. i want to play something the senate minority leader had to say today? >> the president does not intend to go to war but we are worried the administration may bumble into a war. shannon: what do you make of that assessment? >> it is unfortunate that is the position they are taking. we need a measured response. the world needs to see smoke and fire. kim jong un needs to be smoke and fire. there is an attack on the us military and if we don't respond we are incentivizing future attacks, time to act. shannon: you heard what senator graham said and what congressman greene said that if we don't respond in some way, others around the globe may think they
can get away with it. >> we have to respond the question is what is the appropriate response and what is the role congress in a situation where it could be a war. kinetic action against iran would be an act of war. maybe i started it but you are in that situation. that does require congressional involvement in that process. >> do you both feel that way? >> i don't. i think the war powers act is pretty clear. when an attack happens against the us military the president can respond. >> it is a defense if response. it has been a day and a half since the drone was shot down. we are into what is a normal -- if any wars normal, response to an action, this is requiring in our view and authorization by
congress and it would be wise for the president to seek that because it would have support of congress and we do represent the entire -- >> i assume you have information i do not have. are you convinced -- it was in international waters and not in iranian airspace. >> the appropriate criteria, it was shut down by iran and it doesn't have to be in media. there has to be a response whether it was a kinetic response or another response there's time to do that and also time to rally our allies, we should not be in a situation -- iran -- it rises to that level. how do we respond to that? think it through. rally our allies. >> give donald trump some credit. he has had a measured response. he gave them an out with
potentially a trigger-happy guy. the president is doing this very measured response and i think it is clearly in his authority to respond. >> senator graham talking about a, quote, red line. >> my red line is more disrupting of shipping in the strait of hormuz, if there's any more attack on american interests, go after the iranian's, they will feel pain. >> a response from you both. >> clearly that is a response and that is a clear war, no doubt about it. is that a measured response? i think not. as i said earlier a response can come in many different forms. certainly the sanctions are in place. is that enough? probably not. things be done? measured somewhat equal? all those things should be on
the table, he should come to congress and this is how we should be responding to that. shannon: i want to read a tweet from a colleague of yours, congresswoman ilhan omar said aggressors are using this pretext to
beat the drums of war. the media is taking these claims at face value, just as in iraq children will are, american allies we lost in the world will be less safe. no war with iran. final word to you as a veteran of the iraq war. >> nancy pelosi acknowledged today in the press that this was an international waters, international attack on a military. we have to respond. if we don't respond we are putting a men and women in uniform in that theater right now at risk. there will be more attacks. we have to respond.
>> you have a lot to way, the white house is undoubtedly burning the midnight oil tonight, donald trump, spanish-language tv interview, reportedly insists hispanic voters support his immigration agenda. trace gallagher is tracking late breaking news from that interview.
>> even though the so-called latinos for trump campaign rollup will happen to stay in miami this is a national effort to win over latino voters that will include using top republicans as surrogates to canvas their home states trying to influence latinos. the trump campaign believes because of record low unemployment, curbing illegal immigration and a tougher stance on china. hispanic voters will lean toward the president and as the left keeps moving towards socialism the trump campaign thinks latino voters with ties to leftist countries like venezuela will be turned off by democrats. on the flipside democrats believe the president's
incendiary rhetoric about hispanics during the 2016 campaign will continue to hurt him in 2020 and during his first spanish-language interview tonight the president and anchor josé diaz had this back and forth over the president's about to deport illegal immigrants, with the president arguing hispanic voters want them deported. >> they want me to do it. they are here illegally. >> they do not. >> they don't want to lose their jobs. they want to keep their salaries, their wages up and they don't want crime. where people come 3 you have ms 13 coming through. >> in 2016 mister trump beat expectations by getting 28% of the hispanic vote, not the same as mitt romney in 2012 that way below the 44% who voted for george w. bush in 2004, still some analysts say democrats have to be a bit concerned because in 2020, 32 million hispanics will be eligible to vote, the largest
number of minority and if the president can boost his numbers it could be decisive in states like florida, nevada and new mexico and even texas where gop domination has faded. it is little the tuesday night rollout of latinos for trump comes one day before miami also hosts the first democratic presidential primary debate. shannon: we will be taking fox news at night on the road for the debate, thank you very much. mayor pete buttigieg responding to the officer involved shooting in his hometown of south bend indiana. and epic an american man was killed sunday by sergeant ryan o'neal who says logan approached him with a knife after he was investigating reports of a man breaking into cars, the 2020 democratic candidate demanding answers about how police interact with the communities they are sworn to protect.
>> no place for racists in any police department and certainly in the south bend defeat police department but if anything actionable comes to our attention we cannot tolerate any racism in the application of police powers. >> another 2020 news, joe biden hit back at fellow candidate senator cory booker for suggesting biden should apologize for praising the ability of segregationist lawmakers to be civil while working on capitol hill. that was in a fundraiser tuesday night. biden said booker should apologize to him. freshman democratic socialist congresswoman alexandria ocasio cortez is siding with booker. for the record cory booker does not owe joe biden an apology for pointing out waxing nostalgic about working with segregationists is insensitive. he knows better. what is better? to stay quiet about it? planned parenthood stands to win
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coming up with a couple foreign-policy experts. we build into that more, more news breaking on iran all the time. the trump administration scores a big legal victory from an unlikely source today and bad news for planned parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions or refer patients for them and hope to get your tax dollars in the form of family-planning grants. the decision devastating. >> more than devastating. hard to underestimate how significant this is. this ruling allows the trump administration to turn off of family-planning money to any medical facility that not only provides abortion but any facility that provides abortion counseling or abortion referrals. title x of the government family-planning program and a lot of the $260 million a year goes to planned parenthood which calls the trump administration's policy a gag rule.
he research we breaking, a federal court just allow the title x gag rule to go into effect. this is a devastating glow to the 4 million patients to obtain birth control, cancer screenings and other essential care through title x. donald trump made defunding planned parenthood a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign and this is seen by many as an important first step in that fight. earlier this week announcing his reelection bid the president made clear abortion would be a key part of his 2220 campaign as well. >> virtually every top democrat now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth, ripping babies straight from the mother's will. leading democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. >> it is noteworthy as you point
out where this victory for the trump administration came from, the west coast ninth circuit court of appeals. a normally friendly venue for those opposing the president and his policies. >> we have this other case in missouri, the state saying it doesn't want to grant a license to the state's last abortion clinic, there are a number of potential violations. where do we stand on that showdown tonight? >> we are learning more about how the state of missouri wants to shutdown that planned parenthood clinic. they allege the clinic performed three, quote, field abortions that require additional surgeries and led to life-threatening complications for the mother. planned parenthood alleges state officials made all of these facts public in violation of patient privacy laws. antiabortion group operation rescue puts health department records on its website before a circuit judge sealed them
because of the threat to shield confidential information. a spokesperson for the republican governor verify the accuracy of those documents, usa today reports the clinic is going to define the state requirement of 2 separate pelvic exams on women before having abortion saying it is not medically indicated and, quote, deeply traumatizing and inhumane for their patients. >> there is a lot more to that story, we will try to unpack in the next 24 hours or so, thank you very much. let's talk about the ninth circuit ruling in favor of the trump administration, planned parenthood calls of an attack on its patients. 2020 democratic contender called a violation of human rights. we are joined by health and human services secretary alex azar. essentially what this does, the trump administration has a regulation that reroutes money away from clinics that perform abortions, send that money to
other clinics, critics say the patients are in danger. saying they won't stand for this attack on millions of people across the country and news out of the ninth circuit this morning is devastating for the millions of people who rely on title x health centers for cancer screenings. hiv tests, affordable birth control and other critical primary and preventive care. what happens to those people? >> let me be really clear, donald trump and mike pence and i are part of a pro-life administration. we stand for protecting the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. part of that is this regulation you mentioned that prevents these title x family-planning moneys from going to supporting the abortion enterprise. for too long that money has been used to subsidize the provision of abortion contrary to statute. congress has said you cannot support abortion as a method of family-planning. we are finally enforcing it.
>> you hear what planned parenthood is saying, they are not referencing abortion, what about cancer screenings and other things? senator gillibrand, one of the 2020 contenders says this, the trump demonstration's title x gag rule and others debate about calling it that will deny access to basic reproductive health care for millions of people. i call that a violation of human rights, we will fight back. >> i'm not going to talk about her as a candidate but it is completely incorrect to say this impede service delivery for women or others at family-planning clinics. we have full range of services, we funded this at $400 million, planned parenthood represents 13% of clinics that provide family-planning services under title x. interestingly over the last eight years planned parenthood which talks so much about cancer screenings and everything else, cancer screenings and preventive services are down 60%. we actually have federally qualified health centers and
various affiliates outnumber planned parenthood by 20-1 giving a broader reach of services in moral areas, better depth, providing care, cancer treatment, hiv treatment etc.. we are ensuring a broad range of services. planned parenthood is a grantee under our regulation if they maintain fiscal and fiscal separation as the law requires and other protections donald trump has imposed here. >> you signed a letter to congress trying to tell them how dire the situation is at the border, the need for funding to help people who are ill, to help children and others. the letter says we experience a humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border of the united states, the situation becomes more dire each day, we cannot stress enough the urgency of immediate passage of emergency supplemental funding.
regardless of party, what is congress getting done or not getting done, what you need? >> this is not political, this is body ministering relief. we have kids coming in this country twice the number is last year. we are out of money starting at the beginning of july. congress has got to ask to give us this many orchids will get backed up at the border. the good news is the senate has been working on a bipartisan basis to get supplemental appropriations through, the house is working on that. we got to get this done immediately, not a time for gamesmanship, not about immigration policy, however broken immigration laws are. this is about taking care of kids when they are handed over to us to shelter them until we can place them with family members are already here in the united states. >> i want you to respond to some anonymous reporting and get your take on this. in political the headline is they are fighting him, trump aids far with all secretary, disputes over medicaid, tissue research, duplicated work on the drug pricing priorities and better personal attacks, they cite a number of people without
naming them, your response? >> absolute nonsense. this team works well together. i have an extremely productive relationship with the president, vice president and senior members of this administration. the president is a great leader. what do great leaders do? you getting together to bring together different viewpoints, uiq things out, bring everything together and at the end of the day man sitting in the oval room in the chair makes the call and you know what we do then? we salute and implement that he brings all of us together and that is what we do. that is good leadership, good decision-making. contrary would be a problem, we get on well, professionally, implementing the president's agenda. is the one he got elected, not any of us and we are here to serve him and implement his agenda across the board. shannon: what is the number one challenge hhs is facing right now? >> number one challenge we are facing is getting drug prices down, the president wants to get
drug prices down for the american people and we are getting it done. last year drug prices went down for the first time in 46 years. we saved to the american taxpayer $26 billion in spending on drugs just from january in july 2018 and we have much more we are working on. >> great to have you with us on fox news at night. did the president approve military strikes on iran and slam on the brakes tonight? more on that breaking news report up next. i can't believe it. that karl brought his karaoke machine? ♪ ain't nothing but a heartache... ♪ no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. ♪ i never wanna hear you say... ♪ no, kevin... no, kevin! believe it! geico could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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this is all coming from a single report in the new york times but it is a stunning report. what it says is donald trump at approved military strikes against iran but pulled back at the very last minute. according to senior administration official planes were in the air and ships were in position but now missiles had been fired when the word came to stand down. officials told the new york times the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of iranian targets, things like radar and missile batteries, the strike was set to take place just before don friday in iran in an effort to minimize the risk to iranian military were civilians. in this report, there are a ton of questions. they say it's not clear whether donald trump simply changed his mind or the administration altered course for some logistical or strategic issues. another question, not clear
whether the attack might go forward. that is a huge question for the next few hours, days, even weeks. asked about the plan for a strike and the decision to hold back the white house declined to comment as did pentagon officials but this is an important point, no government officials asked the new york times to withdraw the article. at some level does the trump administration want the iranian regime to know that they were this close to striking some very sensitive military targets? bottom line, as of as late as 7:00 pm, just about 41/2 hours ago military and diplomatic officials in the united states were expecting a strike after all of these intense discussions and debate at the white house that we've seen taking place all day today and the times reports,
we have been talking about who was pressuring donald trump to strike, who was advising them not to strike, the times says the secretary of state, national security adviser and the cia director had all favored a military response but top pentagon officials cautioned such an action could really escalate tensions in the region and pose a harm to us troops as well. >> we talked about this balance between a president who talked and talked about again today that he campaigned on getting out of what he called endless wars and he said publicly he does not want to go to war with iran and there have been reports that he had been telling the hawks in his administration to tone it down, that he doesn't want to escalate this but as you earlier on the show we had two from either side of the aisle house members talking about the fact that there had to be some kind of response, there's been so much discussion in washington
today about the fact that there has to be some message sent to iran with a bolton other powers to do these things. do we know how much that may have influenced the president, this idea of finding a varied measured and precise response but not letting this go unanswered? >> republicans and democrats agree that iran is responsible, iran is behind this but where it seems to differ is what the response should be and how quickly. of the us is response, how quickly a response should take place. the key distinction is democrats say that donald trump needs to come to congress and seek authorization and get approval before taking military action, many republicans like senator marco rubio say that time is of the essence and that sort of authorization is not necessary
in that case. it is unclear tonight what the final factors were to get donald trump to change his mind at the last minute according to this new york times report. >> thank you, keep digging, let us know and we will come back to you when there is additional information. let's bring in reuters white house state department official christian whitten to talk more about this. we are all watching this unfold minute by minute. we were talking about this article and something kristin picked up on, that the new york times in its reporting says no government officials asked the new york times to withhold the attack so they are setting a number of senior administration officials, didn't get response in the white house or pentagon but no one told them not to publish this report. >> that is interesting. i don't know what the interpretation of that is, new york times reporter saying we don't want blowback for having reported something that is a secret mission, a way of saying the administration wanted this information to get out. i'm not in a position to say
what that is but in the same way that some of the pieces of that story stood out, mainly the people encouraging donald trump to do this and people who were not. shannon: we talk a lot about this dichotomy between what the president is saying in the hawks advising him and him really trying -- thing but leaving some room, don't think this is intentional. and then we hear word that this was potentially a mission that was going to go off tonight. within just hours it has been dialback. >> i doubt the new york times report. the new york times does not have good access to the west wing. sounds more like mid-level officials leaking to their favorite paper the new york times. i think the president should strike iran but the timing is suspicious. we should take more time to
consult with allies and if there is to be military operation it wouldn't just be the united states but involve partners like saudi arabia and others throughout the gulf. >> plenty of skepticism about what they are reporting tonight. >> there is always a tendency to try to exacerbate divisions in the administration what if you look at the messaging and believes across this administration donald trump is not a wimp on iran. the biggest part of his campaign, mike pompeo not just laying out iranian misconduct in the last two months since they threatened to close or tampa worshiping in the strait of hormuz in mid april, this regime exists to spread war around the middle east and kill americans, they started by taking americans hostage protect their embassies, killed 200 marines and the root, took americans hostage, tortured, killed some us officials in beirut, blue up towers, killed 1000 americans in iraq. there is a long fact pattern. >> there is a lot going on, a lot of comments on iran with the two of them.
the drone being shot down by iran they call a new wrinkle and how he viewed that is the situation has developed. is what he said in the oval office today. >> i said i want to get out of these endless wars which i campaigned on that. this is a new wrinkle, a new fly in the ointment, shooting down the drone and this country will not stand for it. >> is sending a clear verbal message, but we don't know what the next step is or what the considerations are. there are going to be options whether he was starting to act on one or not, whether you wants iran to think he was acting on it or not we don't know at this point but he had a lot to say. >> he sent a few different signals, one of those was he thinks was probably a mistake. with that comment playing it down a little bit but he also with the clip you just said, i
would like to add those are some terrific reporters on the byline of that story for the new york times. i don't have that confirmed, fox news doesn't have a conference a we don't know that that's what happened with reporters on that byline are very good. >> those reporters were completely wrong about mexico and how the deal trump got after he but tariffs on, they said was nothing new. it is dramatically new so you do need to keep in mind the reporting is fairly iffy but the key point is the president does have to react. the fact that us aircraft was shot down, thankfully was unmanned but we can't allow a new precedent where you can shoot down a us military aircraft clearly marked with the us military just because it is unmanned. >> go back to the point you brought up earlier the president does not want to be seen as a person who is starting a new conflict in the middle east.
>> it is so clear during the campaign. >> there is no pretense of invasion, no pretense of democracy building or world making or making the world safe for democracy. this is like a reagan retaliating against the libyans for their interference with maritime conduct. this is a relatively minor you always have to be prepared for things to go away you don't expect that this doesn't need to look anything like iraq or afghanistan or libya. >> there is always a risk of escalation, something the pentagon is sensitive to. >> we have a lot more news trickling in on this front and we will continue our discussion after this break we will continue with breaking news on iran. ♪
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world, all of washington has an waiting to see how donald trump would respond to iran shooting down this unmanned us drone. iran said it was in iran, the us as it was international waters have united states came close to taking military action against iran. brand-new reporting, fox does not have this independently confirmed, the new york times says donald trump had come incredibly close to authorizing strikes against iran but pulled back at the last minute. according to a senior administration official, planes were in the air, ships were in position ready to go but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down. official said the president initially approved attacks on a handful of iranian targets, things like radar and missile batteries. the strike was set to take place
just before don friday in iran to minimize risks to the iranian military were civilians. the big question is whether mister trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or the administration had to alter course because of a logistical or strategic issue. another question, will be attacks go forward. there have been a lot of discussions on capitol hill about whether donald trump needs congressional approval to strike iran for what they did to this unmanned drone. democrats say he needs congressional approval, a lot of republicans say he does not. now the question is will donald trump move forward with this plan to strike back against iran? not confirmed by fox but if true this reporting shows how close we came tonight to engaging in
taking military action against iran for this shooting down of a us drone. >> not knowing if it is back in action, if there are plans to continue with this. there may be something for the pentagon but we are going to take a quick break. shaving has been difficult for me. i have very sensitive skin, and i get ingrowing hairs. oh i love it. it's a great razor. it has that 'fence' in the middle. it gives a nice smooth shave.
in position according to the new york times but the president backed off an immediate strike against iran as the world is watching and waiting. let's bring in doug mason and kristin whitman as we get more information. we are remarking how quiet this is for the white house. that should be a sign that something is happening. really kind of dark. >> just in case something was happening. in terms of hearing from officials there has been nothing official in quite some time. it is usually filled out pretty late. we haven't heard from him, thinking about weighing in. >> feel free to call in if you are listening. so many -- he makes these decisions but so many people are
going to weigh in and he talks about the fact that in his administration he likes that there were questions of challenges to plans and viewpoints. any administration thinks that. he talked about that recently but there are a lot of stakeholders in this thing. >> there are probably on the same page if you look at the national security adviser, john bolton has been accurate and tough on iran over the years, recognizing the nuclear program, they do not need considering they are awash in oil and hydrocarbon energy. secretary pompeo has laid out recent intransigence by iran and bad things iran has done but going over there history iran is good at getting away with things like the attack on tankers, attack on oil tankers each of which is owned by a us treaty ally, japan and norway and
operating the united arab emirates and saudi arabia but it wasn't an impact on u.s. navy ship, something that would attract a response in the united states. if you look at the fact pattern of the history of this islamic republic this is dangerous. it is not just the people in the executive branch but people saying congress needs to give approval to donald trump. shannon: we heard some republicans, mike lee sitting here last night saying he thinks the administration needs to ask me what is going on, he thinks congress needs to get involved with another authorization before there would be something involving iran. how do you think that plays? the legislative branch has plenty to say. >> legislative branch on the house side led by democrats who don't have a lot of love for the person the white house.
this would only add to concerns about democrats by this administration. you see top democrats urging restraint, urging the president not to get into a situation that could be escalated in the middle east. heather: do you think this is one of those events, this is the kind of thing where they have a hard time finding consensus, they will try to have a unified plan where they can support this president if he is acting as commander-in-chief? >> know, i think congress is out to get donald trump. people are good on iran like chuck schumer and bob menendez who in the past were good and saying things -- donald trump does not need authorization from congress to respond in an emergency to an attack on us interests. it is not just bill clinton and ronald reagan and george w. bush.
go back to john adams, our second president, exactly like this maritime dispute, nobody with congressional authorization because you don't need it. the president's inherent constitutional power as commander-in-chief. >> this bipartisan agreement iran is a bad actor. heather: most grateful you spent the evening with us. i don't want any trade minimums. yeah, i totally agree, they don't have any of those. i want to know what i'm paying upfront. yes, absolutely. do you just say yes to everything? hm. well i say no to kale. mm. yeah, they say if you blanch it it's better, but that seems like a lot of work. no hidden fees. no platform fees. no trade minimums. and yes, it's all at one low price. td ameritrade. ♪
jillian: friday, june 21st and this is "fox and friends first". happening at 4:00 on the east coast a fox news alert donald trump reportedly approving the military strike on iran. and abruptly backing off after a us drone was shot down in an unprovoked attack by the regime that claims it is fully ready for war. what is the white house doing next? what is their next move? breaking developments, stay tuned. dominican official set to speak