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>> they have 31 pandas born in 2018 and this was their big birthday bash. >> overrated. overrated animals. let's face it. that's not my favorite bear. my favorite bear is coming up right now. hi, brett. >> bret: hi, greg, thanks. elijah cummings light the fuse on another explosive discussion of race in america. the president 's top intelligence officials on his way out and democratic presidential contender kamala harris takes a pounding from her fellow candidates over her vision for medicare for all. this is "special report." ♪ good evening, welcome to washington, i'm bret baier. president trump is once again coming under intense criticism for tweets many consider racially-motivated about a democratic lawmaker. this time the target maryland's elijah cummings, who as chair of the house oversight committee has been instrumental in the
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onslaught of investigations targeting the president and his administration. the president is also whipping cummings' baltimore district with some harsh attacks. we have fox team coverage. doug mckelway is in baltimore with how this is playing in the congressman's home city. we start off with chief white house correspondent john roberts live on the north one. good evening, john. >> good evening to you. just days ago president trump was criticized for what were seen as racist weeds about the four congresswoman known as "the squad" ." today was deja vu all over again, even as the president presided over a rose garden ceremony to help people still suffering from the attacks of 9/11. >> our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay. >> president trump today honored 9/11 heroes signing a bill to permanently fund the 9/11 victims compensation fund, but be on the rose garden, the controversy over the president's attacks over congressman
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elijah cummings gained momentum. >> needless attacks by the president is not just an attack on representative cummings. if it's not just an attack on baltimore. it's an attack on everybody in the united states. >> on saturday the president tweeted that cummings' district is a disgusting rat and rodent-infested mass. no human being would want to live there. cummings has long been a thorn in the president's side. his oversight committee investigating president trump. but what really lit up the president was when he saw this exchange from july 18th between cummings and the acting dhs secretary over conditions of the border. >> you feel like you're doing a great job, right? is that what you're saying? >> we're doing our level best. >> what does that mean? what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower? come on, man! what's that about! speak of the president's tweets were widely criticized as racist, including by house
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speaker nancy pelosi, of whom the president rode "so many please explain to nancy pelosi, who was recently called racist by those in her own party, that there is nothing wrong with bringing out the very obvious fact that congressman elijah cummings has done a very poor job for his district and the city of baltimore." the president also pointed out that in 2015 candidate bernie sanders was critical of baltimore. >> anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation. if you would think you're in a third world country. >> with chris wallace on on "fox news sunday," acting chief of staff mick mulvaney insisted the tweets were not racist. >> the president is attacking mr. cummings for saying things that are not true about the border. and i think the president's right to raise that. it has absolutely zero to do with race. >> the number of democrats supporting impeachment proceedings against the president grew by 4 over the weekend. 107 now support the idea of a of
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a majority of the democratic caucus. >> my personal view is that he richly deserves impeachment. he's violated the law six ways from sunday, but that's not the question. the question is can we develop enough evidence to put before the american people. >> president trump today met with 20 inner-city pastors, one of them came on until the media he does not believe that the president is a racist. still, black virginia lawmakers say that they will boycott a presidential event tomorrow in jamestown to mark the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly in the world. bret. >> bret: john roberts live on the north one. thank you. team coverage as promised. let's get some insight from chairman cummings maryland district. doug mckelway is in baltimore this evening. >> amidst the baltimore riots in the spring of 2015, congressman elijah cummings took to the streets urging calm. more than four years later, the
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epicenter of the riding remains as it was during that time, boarded up buildings, vacant lots, homeless and jobless roaming about. for many, the president's incendiary tweet has all been heard before. >> mr. president, your reprehensible comments are like water off a duck's back when it comes to this community. it just washes over them. >> outside twitter and the washington echo chamber, many people here had not even heard of the controversy. lauren baylor is one of the few who did. >> just because the neighborhood -- it has nothing to do with the people and their personality, their beliefs and their upbringing. >> the seventh district is not just burned out buildings. it encompasses the revitalized inner harbor once held as the model for industrial waterfront of element around the world. it also includes johns hopkins university and hospital, one of the finest in the world. it is home to above average college education rates and home prices and a mix of urban and suburban areas. all of that left out of the president's tweets. one resident question the
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president's perspective. >> he is a rich white man, so i don't even -- it is what it is at that point. and he's never been down here in the community to see how cultural and beautiful it is here. >> so far this year baltimore has seen 180 homicides on pace to exceed 300 for the fifth year in a row. the worst murder rate among any of america's largest cities. the transition from safe to insecure is often just a question of a few feet. next to john hopkins lies douglas holmes, where the reverend and chambers have the resident jury advisory board. if she has seen many changes to this once vibrant tractor town. >> all that's going overseas. all of that has changed but we do have -- we have a sitting that i consider that cares about people. >> as for the president to foster this comment that the city is rat infested. well, it is according to the 500 radiused cities, baltimore comes
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in at number nine, while behind washington, d.c., at number four, the president's hometown of new york city ranks number three, chicago the nations rattiest city. >> bret: of negotiations between u.s. and china over trade resumed tomorrow in shanghai. steven mnuchin and trade representative robert light hazard are due to meet with a delegation led by the chinese economies are. if the u.s. wants china to cut its trade surplus and stop its efforts to get american technology. china is demanding u.s. remove all punitive tariffs. the most recent talks broke off in may. stocks were mixed today. if the dow gained 29, the s&p lost five, the nasdaq dropped 37. another key player on the president's team is out tonight. dan coats has clashed frequently with the president. state department correspondent rich edson reports on what has been a difficult relationship.
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>> director of national intelligence dan coats is out. in his letter to president trump he writes "as we have previously discussed, i believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life. he says he's leaving august 15th, ending a tenure that included intelligence assessments sometimes at odds with president trump's and surprised after learning the president invited vladimir putin to washington. >> vladimir putin. >> did i hear you? >> yeah. >> okay. [laughter] that's going to be special. >> he thoroughly defended the intelligence community's assessment russia interfered in the 2016 election to help the trump campaign. testified north korea north korea was unlikely to dismantle its weapons and joined other intelligence officials testifying they believed in iran was not developing a nuclear weapon. president trump called those intelligence officials passive and naive and suggested they should go back to school.
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the president announced he would nominate texas republican congressman and former federal prosecutor john ratcliffe days after his aggressive questioning and condemnation of special counsel robert mueller. >> can you give me an example other than donald trump or the justice department determined that an investigative person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined? >> i cannot, but this is unique. >> i'll tell you why, it doesn't exist. >> minority leader chuck schumer charges ratcliffe blind loyalty securing the nomination. "if several republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position requiring intelligence expertise and nonpartisanship, it would be a big mistake. senator ron wyden adds "congressman what ratcliffe is the most partisan and least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as director of national intelligence was prepared secretary of state mike pompeo points out he made a similar transition from congress to the intelligence community. >> he's very smart. i'm very confident he'll do a good job. i remember people saying i'd be
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soup political to be the cia director too. >> richard burr says once the president submits his nomination, his committee will work to move quickly through the senate's process. back to you bret. >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. thanks. the top republican in the senate is defending himself against accusations that he's helping russia interfere in u.s. elections. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell gave a fiery speech on the senate floor a short time ago after critics called him out for blocking democrat-sponsored election reform bills last week. >> it's like an inflationary crisis, but without rage instead of dollars. these people have worn out the volume knob so badly that they have nothing left but the most unhinged smears. welcome to modern-day mccarthyism. >> bret: mcconnell also called the obama administration's feckless for failing to intervene in russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election. minority leader chuck schumer
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responded saying mcconnell has not done enough to help protect u.s. elections. utah republican congressman rob bishop says he will retire at the end of his current term. he is the for the republican to announce he will not be running for reelection over the past two weeks alone. he joins paul mitchell of michigan, pete olson of texas and martha roby of alabama. democratic presidential contenders are getting ready for a second round of debates this week in detroit. tonight they're getting a look at senator kamala harris' plan for universal health coverage without a big middle-class tax hike. correspondent peter doocy tells us from detroit it is a vision not everyone can see clearly. >> to try and stop her from stealing the show at the second debate lectured at the first, rival campaigns are coming for kamala harris. >> today the california democrat is being called out for distancing herself from this.
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>> insurance in favor of a government-run plan? >> because even though she raised her hand to get rid of private insurance, her new health care plan lets people keep private insurance, or buy into medicare. >> people don't want government or anyone to take away their choices. >> joe biden's deputy campaign manager responded with a blistering statement. "senator kamala harris just released health care plan that both backtracks on her long-promised but then hedged support of bernie sanders' medicare for all legislation while at the same time committing to still unraveling the hard won affordable care act that the trumpet ministrations trying to do nomadic undo right now. the bernie sanders campaign manager piled on. "call it anything you want, but you can't call this plan medicare for all." sanders wants medicare for all in the u.s. and drugs priced lakes in canada, which he fitted with a bus full of american diabetics this weekend.
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>> a few minutes from the american border, she is going to be paying one 12th of the price you pay in the united states. >> former obama chief of staff rahm emanuel's warning democratic contenders don't risk your chances in the general by being too progressive in the primary. he writes "before our party promises health care coverage to undocumented immigrants, a position not even take end of the talk, let's help the more than 30 million americans who are a single illness away from financial ruin." so will senator harris heed rahm emanuel's warning? >> what is your mission in this debate specifically? >> to not mess up. [laughs] sorry. a little too much sugar. >> harris is far from the front runner, but now she is attracting attacks from democrats who are known better than she is and who are polling better than she is, something they likely would not be doing if they did not consider her a
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legitimate threat to capture the nomination. bret. >> bret: peter doocy in a windy detroit, thank you. investigators near san francisco are trying to piece together the events that led to the death of three people plus the shooter at a popular food festival sunday. correspondent jeff paul has the latest tonight from gilroy, california, . >> it sort of a nightmare that you never have to live in reality but unfortunately we find ourselves in the circumstances where we have to live this. >> the nightmare happening sunday during the final moments of the gilroy, california, gilr, an annual three-day food for about 30 miles south of san jose. cell phone video shows a chaotic scene as police a 19-year-old began firing an ak-47-type rifle into the ground shortly after 5:30. >> like a semiautomatic going awfully close and people screaming and hiding and ducking. >> people just running.
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running for any exit they can get out of the park. everyone was just running, screaming, running. it was just crazy. >> police say the festival have tight security, including metal detectors, the shooter cut a hole in a perimeter fence. officers responded within a minute and killed the suspect buried >> we have thousands of people there in a very small area and it could have gone so much worse so fast. so i'm really proud that they got there as quickly as they di did. >> but not before a dozen people were injured and three others killed, including a man in his 20s, a 13-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old boy. because i think any time a life is lost if the tragedy. but when its young people, it's even worse. >> as investigators continue to look into whether there was a second person involved, they're also trying to find a motive. >> our principal concern at this point is motivation, ideological
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leanings. it was he affiliated with anyone or any group? >> the police chief says they know the suspect purchased his assault-style rifle legally back on july 9th in the state of nevada and he says despite his officers being "outgunned," they managed to stop the suspect using their handguns, likely preventing further deaths. >> bret: jeff paul live in gilroy tonight, thanks. up next, new video of iran's confrontation with a british warship in the strait of hormuz. ♪ is here. five days. five deals. for fifteen dollars get a different deal every weekday til six pm like endless shrimp monday admiral's feast tuesday four-course feast wednesday and more. five days. five deals. fifteen dollars. see you before six. fifteen dollars. you wouldn't accept from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances.
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♪ >> bret: new british prime minister boris johnson is insisting he will not hold brexit talks with european union leaders unless the block lifts its refusal to reopen the existing deal. johnson became prime minister last week after winning a conservative party leadership contest by promising the u.k. will leave the e.u. on the scheduled date of october 31st with or without a divorce deal. another indicator tonight of just how serious the economic problems are in venezuela. the international monetary fund, the imf, says the cumulative decline of venezuela's economy since 2013 will surpass 2%.
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that puts it among the deepest five year contractions the world has seen over the last half-century. the imf says it's unprecedented in the hemisphere and it is the only one of top global five year contractions that is unrelated to armed conflicts or natural disasters. where getting a look tonight at video released by iran showing his confrontation with a british warship as iranian commandos seized a british flag commercial vessel in the strait of hormuz. this comes as a new fox poll indicates 60% of those surveyed feel iran is a national security threat to the u.s. correspondent ellison barber reports tonight for my middle east newsroom. >> a new video released monday by the iranian revolutionary guard, voices are heard warning worship. it's reportedly a radio conversation between revolutionary guard forces and a british naval warship which was
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in the strait of hormuz escorting a british flag oil tanker. >> internationally recognized with a merchant vessel in the vicinity conducting passage. >> the tanker and its crew are still in iranian custody. the revolutionary guard seized the british tanker on july 19th, presumably in retaliation for the british navy's role in the seizure of an iranian tanker off the coast of gibraltar. roughly 24 hours before the revolutionary guard released its video, u.s. and israeli missile defense agencies released this one. israel says it shows the arrow three reference system successfully intercepting ballistic targets outside of the atmosphere. prime minister benjamin at yahoo watched a video of the test, which took place in alaska and worn to iran and all of israel's enemies. >> we will overcome them both
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defensively and offensively. >> iran met the remaining signatories of the iran nuclear deal in vienna. >> we will continue to reduce our commitment to the deal until the europeans secure iran's interests under the deal. >> iran is planning to restart activities at a heavy water nuclear reactor that according to an iranian news agency, heavy water can be used to make plutonium, a fuel used in nuclear warheads. bret. >> bret: ellison barber in our middle east newsroom. thank you. up next, to american teenagers accused of killing an italian police officer. we will look at the evidence. first, beyond our borders tonight. if canadian police are urging people in a remote roman town to stay inside and lock the doors as officers hunt for two teenagers sought in the killings of three people. 19-year-old cam macleod and 18-year-old briar are suspects in the fatal shooting of american and australian boyfriend.
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♪ >> bret: to american teenagers are in an italian jail tonight accused in the slaying of a police officer. a picture of one of the suspects blindfolded and handcuffed has gone viral. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg has details tonight from italy. >> they applauded as pallbearers took his casket into the church, the same church where he got married just 43 days ago. gratitude for his service as a member of italy's military police, grief for the young widow who adorned his coffin with mementos. >> he worked hard as a volunteer helping others, helping the
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poor, helping the week and simply performing his duties. if that duty in her today. >> police say to american teenagers from san francisco have confessed to killing him after a drug deal went wrong in the early hours of friday morning. the teams allegedly stole a bag from dealer or a middleman who called police for help retrieving it. he responded. 19-year-old allegedly stabbed 11 times. when he confronted him. according to an italian judge, elder says he was acting in self-defense. he says he feared, who was in plain clothes at the time, was strangling him, but the judge said he didn't have any marks on his neck that would backup his account. now a leaked picture of him blindfolded and handcuffed in police custody is causing a stir. find folding a suspect is illegal. the officer involved said he was just trying to keep him from seeing some information on a
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document. the murder has shaken italy. >> what happened really moved us and touched our hearts. i don't know what to say, but we want justice. >> some italians worry that the leaked photo of the suspect could lead to a miscarriage of justice, something many italians believe was the case with another american in italy, amanda knox. bret. >> bret: andy kellogg -- amy kellogg in milan. thanks. the woman next in line to be puerto rico's governor is saying tonight thanks but no thanks. this comes as the territory of austria's embattled current governor begins as final week in office. phil keating looks at the search for a new leader in a very troubled place. >> puerto rican protesters demanded political change and they got it with the person who's supposed to become the island's new governor, doesn't want the job. in a tweet sunday, secretary of justice wanda vasquez reiterated that and urged the current
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resigned. puerto rico's constitution" success. succession on the secretary justice, vasquez, who doesn't want the job. the line of succession then goes to the treasury secretary, francisco perez, but i 31 years old, he is four years too young to be governor. >> so that it would go to the secretary of education, but all the questions of political mystery can be avoided if a new secretary of state is approved by friday and the senate president thomas rivera has indicated he at least is interested. confusing? si. >> bret: phil keating in miami. looking live at the senate floor, the senate has just failed in a bid to authorize a series of vetoes issued by president trump along the trump administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. the president's decision to sell those weapons in a way that would have bypassed congressional review infuriated lawmakers from both parties.
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♪ >> the president is attacking mr. cummings for saying things that are not sure about the border. i think it's right for the president to raise the issue. it has absolutely zero to do with race. >> he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color. he doesn't refer to any of his
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other opponents or critics as invested. >> i can't talk about what he did what he did but i'm very disappointed in the people like congress and cummings come stomach was attacking border patrol agents that are trying to do their job. >> he is a racist president. none of us want to be here having to talk about that and yet if we just allow these comments to go, we risk normalizing that kind of conduct. >> bret: here we are after a weekend of reaction to president's tweets. this is exactly what he tweeted on saturday. "representative elijah cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men and women of the border patrol about conditions of the southern border when actually has baltimore district is far worse and more dangerous. his district is considered the worst in the usa, as proven last week during a congressional tour, the border is clean, efficient, well-run, just very crowded. cummings district is a disgusting rat and a rodent-infested mass. if you spend more time in
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baltimore, maybe you could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place." elijah cummings tweeting "muster president, i going to my district daily. each morning i wake up and going fight for my neighbors. it is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch, but it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents." what about this? we are with the panel now. let's bring them in. matthew continetti, editor in chief of "the washington free beacon." susan page, washington bureau chief at "usa today" and fox news analyst and hoax know my coast of fox news media buzz howard kurtz. we go through these cycle and the outrage happens and it does absorb a lot of news coverage but this one seemed to get a lot of attention. >> this came a portion in the wake of the president 's provocative tweets about the four congress woman of color, telling them to go back for more they originally came from, so it is part of a theme that has been striking for some time and it
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puts democrats in a little bit of a bind because i think they would prefer to talk about some other things, but it is impossible i think, they think to not respond to these comments from the president that they describe as racist and offensive and here's a question, are we going to have another year of this? is this going to be the tone of the presidential campaign in 2020? >> bret: right. speaking of 2020, one of the candidates had a sound bite from before, bernie sanders, about baltimore and it was referenced by the president this weekend. >> america is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but anyone who took the walk that we took around his neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation, you would think you're in a third world country. >> bret: the president took to that and said crazy bernie sanders recently acquitted the city of baltimore to a third world country. based on the statement i assume bernie must be labeled a racist just as a republican would be if we use that term instead.
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the factors baltimore can be brought back, maybe even to new heights of success and glory, but not with king elijah and that group when the leaders in baltimore want to see the city rise again. i am in a very beautiful oval-shaped office waiting for your call. matthew. >> he's also the president of the united states and i think what's missing from some of the tweets was any kind of plan for how baltimore might be improved. you have definite negative criticism of the political representation that is failed to solve a lot of baltimore's problems over the decades, but the president in 2016 gave a speech called a new deal for black america. very, very little follow-through and some regression. i think it's up to the president to propose solutions. and i was chaired by mark meadows, who is no democrat, no liberal, saying maybe the wrong target was elijah cummings and he also offered to go to baltimore with the president so they can discuss how to improve the situation. >> bret: elijah cummings defendant mark meadows in one of those hearings.
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let us tweeting that both elijah cummings and president trump are friends, neither of them are racist. if you look at the stats of baltimore, the murder rate second-highest behind st. louis, 180 homicides, violent crime rate, unemployment rate higher, individuals below the poverty line, 22%, population 602. also the numbers. obviously a lot of the people living there are constituents of elijah cummings and donald j. trump. and ben carson, who is from baltimore. there is no secret -- like many other in his is, entirely fair to blame that on its congressmen as opposed to the corrupt local leadership were two of the three previous mayors resigned under a cloud of scandal. president knew full well they would bring -- attacks on the congresswoman and today expanded to al sharpton, who does have a
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checkered racial past. at the same time the president believes this kind of divisive politics benefits him, riles up his side and by using over-the-top language, no human being would want to live there. al sharpton hates whites. the congresswoman hate america. he knows this won't be a one or two day story. indeed, this is been a raging story for more than two weeks now. and despite the cost of the criticism, that's where the president wanted. >> bret: cnn anchor covering this, take a listen to victor blackwell. >> the president says about congressman cummings district. that no human would want to live there. you know who did, mr. president? i did. from the day i was brought home from the hospital to the day i
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left for college and a lot of people i care about still do. there are challenges, no doubt, but people are proud of their community. i don't want to sound self-righteous, but people get up and go to work there. they care for their families there. they love their children, who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you, sir. they are americans too. >> bret: your thoughts on that? >> i understand victor blackwell being very emotional as a baltimore native about that. that was a genuine moment that's really gone viral but he is a news anchor on a network that has a lot of anti-trump commentary and i just question whether that is the role of a news anchor, that wasn't even legal commentary and he's been made into the uriel because many people in the media agree with his portrayal of the president as being racially insensitive. >> bret: we are not robots. everybody has emotions and thoughts about things but we are supposed to cover it fairly and he put his emotions out there, susan. your thoughts on that?
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>> it's true. it seemed sincere. do you think it was sincere? >> absolutely sincere but he is not a commentary or pain in person and i wouldn't not blink. >> i guess i think the question would be if it had been labeled as personal commentary as opposed to a new show. we are supposed to cover the news and sometimes that's a struggle. if that's a struggle every time there's a mass shooting. that's a struggle from times when you're covering politics as well, although the stakes are lower than with a mass shooting, but that is our training at our responsibility. >> i think you see in that clip the dangers of going down this political strategy of ratcheting up the talks on race. race is a fundamentally -- problem for american society and it's something a lot of people hold very deep personal views about and so by emphasizing in you really are polarizing this country. there is a downside politically. if you think about it, donald trump very won independence, by four points. if you look at the polls, the group that hates these tweets
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the most are independents. might be able to rally your side to the cause of these tweets but you are turning off others. >> bret: he goes to these rallies and says lowest african-american unemployment rate and says to african-american communities, look, you're doing much better. but yet, does he lose, because of these tweets? >> also the prison reform movement. helps african-americans. i think this makes it very unlikely that he's going to be getting african-american support and the risk for him is that it will drive up african-american turnout for democrats. >> it's a risky strategy but it's a deliberate strategy and what he ought to do is go to baltimore and talk about what he can do for cities like baltimore, but that doesn't seem to be in the playbook right now. >> bret: the next up, another key member of president trump's team, we will look at that. ouch, okay. huh, boring, boring, you don't need to see that.
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>> they are short-range missiles in my relationship is very good with chairman kim and we will see what happens. >> north korea will seek to retain its wmd capabilities. it is unlikely to complete would give up its nuclear weapons. >> i haven't even thought about it. >> time for the gentleman from indiana has expired. >> bret: the dni, dan coats resigning and the president nominating republican from texas john ratcliffe. you'll remember him from the mueller hearings and also from here on "special report" after those hearings. back with the panel. matthew. >> i don't think dan coats is going to be getting a retirement president dominic present from the president of the united states. amazing he's lasted as long on the job as he had. i do think there are some dangers for the congressman, i think back to when the president george w. bush nominated republican congressman porter goss for the cia position after he won reelection in 2,000 for them because he was coming from
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outside he faced massive resistance from the internal intelligence bureaucracy. mike pompeo was able to clear that hurdle. >> bret: he had the same comparison. >> we will see with ratcliff whether he's going to be able to face the challenge. >> bret: obviously pompeo, susan, shined at the cia and went on to state, where he is now. >> if that's the risk for the commerce when coming as the risk for the present. dan coats, whether the president liked him or not was willing to tell the president hard truths, willing to dispute what he thought he believed about russia, iran, north korea. that is something a president needs. will the congressman, assuming he is confirmed, will mr. radcliffe be willing to fill that role when he thinks it's necessary? >> bret: the big moment was in the mueller hearing when he questioned mueller. >> can you give me an example other than donald trump or the justice department determines that an investigative person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined. >> i cannot, but this is unique. >> you can't -- time is short,
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i've got 5 minutes. let's just leave it out you can't find it because i will tell you why, it doesn't exist. >> bret: came here on "special report" to expand on that, the standard used in that second obstruction of justice part of the report. this, we are told, is with the president said that's my guy. >> is more than that because what we didn't know at the time by the very aggressive interrogation of mueller is that days early he and the president had discussed the possibility of him becoming the director of national intelligence, to hit something of a hidden agenda there. maybe perfectly natural he actually believes what he was sort of auditioning for a job that he got days later. as far as dan coats, i knew his days were numbered and so did everybody else in washington after the president tweeted i believe last year that is intelligent chiefs -- that his intelligence chiefs were naive and should go back to school. this after the kind of being at odds, as we saw in those clips on north korea, on russia, in both cases dan coats taking a more hard-line and the president
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is entitled to have somebody who in grace with him and apparently who performs well in hearings. >> bret: a long tenure in indiana as a senator, well respected on both sides of the aisle and arguably is dni at both domestic well respected on both sides of the aisle. with that one moment in aspen, told the vladimir putin may be coming to the white house where he said oh, joy or something like that. >> that will be special. >> what happens in ashman should say dominic stay in aspen. kind of consulted and also integrate a position. you take in all the agencies and try to coordinate with them. you need someone of that type of structure. this is donald trump getting the foreign policy team that he has wanted and it's a team without any ties to the republican establishment. >> bret: and it could be setting up whatever we are from the ig for the attorney general about the investigation of the investigators. >> only five people have been dni, director of national intelligence, since it was created. congressman ratcliff is cut from a slightly different cloth.
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thanks for inviting us into your home tonight, that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. "the story" guest hosted by sandra smith tonight starts right now. >> thank you, bret. good evening, everybody, i'm sandra smith in for martha maccallum and this is "the story." president trump wanting a three day full throated attack against democratic congressman elijah cummings and the city of baltimore creating yet another moment for 2020 democrats for the to make the 2020 election about race. >> is trying to divide the country, trying to say it's us versus them. >> a racist who makes ever more outrageous racist remarks. >> he engages in what's known as racial priming. >> a racist president to attack people because they are african-americans, that is a disgrace that is why we are going to defeat this president. >> sandra: those 2020 candidates responding to a presidential