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tonight, breaking news. our reporter with president trump, asking the president how will he pay for what the white house claims will be the biggest tax cut in american history. how the president answered. also tonight, we now learn the pentagon is investigating fired national security adviser michael flynn. they want to know whether he asked permission to accept money from russia, from foreign governments. the deadly standoff. the gunman accused of killing a state trooper. today, the images coming in, as authorities blew up this home wide open, the shootout that follows. major news on united tonight, after that passenger was dragged off the flight. after the ceo told us changes were coming. tonight, news of a major settlement. and what the airline might now pay you, if you get bumped off.
and the warning tonight about the superbug here in the u.s. authorities say it can live for weeks on hospital beds and for months on your skin. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on thursday night and we begin with president trump and the promise of the biggest tax cut in american history. our reporter asking the president how he would pay for it. it comes 24 hours after the plan was released. some on capitol hill asking, what about the deficit. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: in the rose garden today, president trump, making a surprise appearance for take your child to work day. and as he signed autographs, abc news asking the president how he will turn his tax plan into reality, amid estimates its massive tax cuts could balloon the deficit by trillions of dollars. >> anything about paying for the
tax plan? >> growth, wait till you see the growth. the growth is going to pay for it. >> and how soon is at that growth going to happen? >> it will happen quickly. >> reporter: the president says he will provide more details on the plan "very soon." that single-page, double-spaced outline revealed yesterday about 200 words long is short on specifics. on "gma," the treasury secretary, pressed repeatedly for answers. >> can you guarantee that no one in the middle class is going to pay more? >> that's our objective, absolutely. >> is it a guarantee? >> i can't make any guarantees until this thing is done, and is on the president's desk. but i can tell you, that's our number one objective in this. >> reporter: no firm promise there, so we asked again at the white house. >> why is it that secretary mnuchin today could not guarantee that no one in the middle class will pay more under this proposal? >> i think everyone in the middle class should know that this president's plan is going
to make sure that they have more in their pocket. >> so there is a guarantee from the white house that's the position of the white house right now that middle class americans should not worry. >> the position of the white house is that the goal of this thing, of this president's tax plan, is to provide them and lower income people with more money in their pocket and a tax credit, yes. >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer conceding there's a long way to go before this blueprint becomes reality. >> we've got a lot of work to do with congress and i think it's moving in a very positive direction. >> reporter: the plan would reduce the number of personal income tax brackets from seven to just three, slash the corporate tax rate by more than half, and eliminate all deductions except for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions. that means deductions for state and local income taxes will no longer exist, a potential blow to many americans in high-income, high-tax states, including several east coast blue states and california. today even some republicans raising concern. >> do you feel like this could hit your district harder? >> oh, sure. i mean, obviously when you talk about losing a deduction like
that, that is something -- we want to make sure if there is a better way to achieve this tax policy i'm open to that. that's the conversation we're going to have. >> let's get to cecilia live at the white house tonight. the president telling abc there he'll reveal more details on his plan very soon. we also heard he was very adamant with our reporter, growth will pay for these major tax cuts and revenue. >> no explanation for how the growth would pay for it. his 100-day mark is right around the corner, on saturday. he's expected to play up tax plan at rally. david, they're ready to hear some details. >> all right, cecilia leading us off tonight from the white house. next tonight here, pressure mounting on president trump's fired national security adviser, retired general michael flynn. flynn was let go after just 24 days on the job. whether flynn failed to seek
approval to receive money from foreign entities. abc's mary bruce on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, the investigations are piling up. the pentagon's top watchdog now examining whether the president's first national security adviser, michael flynn, broke the law. at issue -- >> his ties to russia and his lack of honesty with the american people. >> reporter: the pentagon telling congress it has, "initiated an investigation to determine whether flynn failed to obtain required approval" before accepting thousands of dollars in business from a "foreign government." payments including the $45,000 he received to attend this moscow gala in 2015, even shaking hands with president putin. today, democrats released this letter from the military, showing that the year before that russia trip, flynn was specifically warned that "foreign compensation requires advance approval." >> lock her up! lock her up. that's right.
that's right, lock her up. >> reporter: during the campaign, flynn was a steadfast trump supporter, insisting hillary clinton belonged in prison. now, democrats are accused the white house of covering up for him, asking why the trump administration is refusing to turn over documents surrounding his hiring. >> it makes the american people think the white house has something to hide. there is obviously a paper trail, ladies and gentlemen. there is a paper trail that the white house does not want our committee to follow. >> i was frankly taken back by his comments today because they're frankly not true. >> reporter: today, white house press secretary sean spicer seemed to blame the obama administration, saying they're the ones who ran flynn's most recent security background check. >> so, why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the department of the defense intelligence agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance? that's it. >> reporter: but the obama administration also pushed flynn out over concerns about his
performance. and tonight, it's unclear whether the trump team did any additional vetting, before appointing flynn to the powerful post of national security adviser. >> they today were pointing back to the obama administration, saying that michael flynn's last clearance was granted under the obama adminstration, seeming to suggest that the vetting didn't fall on them for his clearance. >> of course the vetting fell on because here's a man who is going to be privy to the top secrets of our country and advising the president. >> reporter: even after he fired flynn, trump still defended him. >> michael flynn, general sflin a wonderful man. i think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media. >> reporter: but asked about the general today, the president didn't bite. >> any regrets about michael flynn? >> thank you very much. >> mary bruce with us live tonight from capitol hill. mary, we're hearing from general flynn's lawyer tonight and he's insisting that flynn told the pentagon about that visit to
russia. >> he briefed them before and after that visit to moscow. but they've seen no evidence that he asked for approval or disclosed that he received thousands of dollars. >> mary, thank you. next tonight a major new development involving united airlines and what the airline might pay you if you're bumped from your seat. just as we learned about a settlement now with that passenger who was dragged off the plane. also tonight, following another incident abroad another plane. the plane continued to sit on the tarmac a passenger asking to use the bathroom. then everyone had to get off the plane. here's rebecca jarvis. >> after that united airlines inincident seen around the world, the airline late today agreeing to a settlement. paying the passenger dragged off that flight, dr. david dao an
undisclosed sum. calling it an amicable resolution. abc news was the first to sit down with united airlines ceo. telling us changes are coming this will never, can never happen on an united airlines flight. >> reporter: and tonight, they made good on that promise -- introducing ten new sweeping policies, including never removing a passenger unless there's a safety or a security concern and authorizing employees to offer up to $10,000 to passengers who voluntary give up seats and releasing this apology. >> we're working harder for the privilege to serve you. >> reporter: all of this putting airlines front and center as a new video abroad another airline surface zbrs i haven't done anything. i've paid for this ticket. >> reporter: hamilton was on this flight, delayed 30 minutes on the tarmac, he was asking to
debroad after using the lavatory. passengers attempting to hold airlines accountable, several filming the altercation on their phones. >> we need to speak with you >> i don't understand why i have to get off this plane. >> reporter: the flight ultim e ultimateultimat ultimately returned to the gate with all passengers abroad. delta telling abc news that it's imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flights. as for that kicked off delta passenger he was refunded for half of his ticket and took a different airline home. >> rebecca jarvis with us tonight. united airlines ceo making good on that promise. now other airlines following suit. >> southwest airlines, for example which bumped the most passengers from their planes last year today saying they will not overbooked future flights. they cited united for that. and jetblue say they will not
and do not overbook their flights. passengers with their phones have a lot of power here. >> they're documenting it all. we do move on now tonight to that siege we told you about last night. a suspect killing a delaware state trooper and then barricading himself in a home. today, we watched as authorities blew the home wide open. abc's gio benitez on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, this destroyed home, windows and doors blown out, siding torn off, is all that's left after a dramatic day-long standoff in this delaware neighborhood. police say 26-year-old burgon sealy jr. shot and killed 32-year old state trooper, corporal stephen ballard, a father, and eight and a half year veteran, before barricading himself in this home for nearly 21 hours. it all started wednesday just after noon. corporal ballard, approaching a dodger. >> set up a perimeter.
>> reporter: sealy flees to this home, firing shots at the officers outside. by 8:22 p.m., police detonate explosives on the front door as they evacuate the neighborhood. >> they said get in your car and leave now. >> at 9:17 a.m., the armed suspect exited the residence and engaged police. >> reporter: sealy killed at the scene. now ballard's family, and authorities from all across this state, bidding a final farewell. >> i stand before you with a heart that aches for corporal ballard, his wife, his daughter. >> you can see that house behind me, investigators are still there to see what led to that initial shooting in first place. a memorial fund has been set up to help corporal ballard's family the battle against isis in afghanistan claiming two more american lives. the skirmish in the same valley where the u.s. dropped that bomb two weeks ago zblfshlts also overseas, a frightening scene
from london. a new terror scare right near parliament. abc's linzie janis from london. >> reporter: armed officers taking down a suspected terrorist in the heart of the british capital, pinning him against a wall just steps from the houses of parliament. moments earlier, wrestling the man to the ground in the middle of a crosswalk, discovering knives in his backpack. >> i think there were about five knives there, up to seven maybe. >> reporter: authorities calling the arrest part of an ongoing counterterrorism operation. the suspect, a 27-year-old british citizen, on their radar. this is where police took down the suspect. you can see it's packed with tourists. the prime minister's residence just a few hundred yards that way and over there, the houses of parliament -- security in the area stepped up after last month's attack. khalid masood driving his car at pedestrians on westminster bridge, killing four and injuring dozens, then stabbing a police officer to death.
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>> it is time to the highest levels of government in country. a fascist regime in the white house ramping up deportation. and we will protect one another and we will love one another. >> opposing views in berkeley today as crowds gathered to protest on the day conservative speaker ann coulter was supposed to appear on campus. some protesters seemed to put aside their differences, hugging it out and shaking hands while others appear to be gearing up for a fight. >> all the while, a heavy police presence both on and off the cal campus. want to give you a live look at the scene right now. this is from sky 7 over at civic center park and it's a pretty large gathering of people there this afternoon. good afternoon, welcome in. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm alma daetz. the protest began around 10:00 this morning and had remained calm. we had team coverage on the protest today. >> abc 7 news reporter wayne freeman was on campus. we start with laura anthony in
civic center park in berkeley, laura? >> reporter: hi, larry this event still going strong here. this event two hours into it as we speak. as you can see behind me, there is a crowd gathered up on the platform there. the speech has been going on for the better part of and standing up they say the hate speech, now at a time there were maybe 2 or 300 people representing a variety of groups some self-described as alt-right. many of them told me, came here from southern california. they include oath keepers and bikers for trump. several explained they were here as a reaction to the cancellation of coulter's planned speech and there were a number of speakers including, again, many from southern california. the police presence was initially large and visible and many of those who came to the rally wore helmets,