tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC July 7, 2017 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
>> thanks for joining us. bye bye. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump and vladimir putin, face to face. the handshakes, the president telling putin it's an honor to meet you. but then president trump brings up russian meddling in the u.s. election first. how putin responds. and hours later, melania trump sitting next to putin at a dinner. also breaking, the growing protests. cars set on fire, police clashing in the streets. nearly 200 officers injured. our correspondents standing by. here at home tonight, the hostage standoff inside a bank. employees trapped. the suspect calling our abc station in atlanta. his demands. you will hear the audio, and how authorities moved in.
the apartment building and shopping complex up in flames. walls collapsing. a crane out of control. tonight, arson investigators now on the scene. and the flight from the u.s., and the fight that breaks out in the front of the plane. the pilot declaring an emergency. tonight, the new images coming in now, as we hear from passengers describing the chaos. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a friday night. we begin with the face to face meeting. president trump, and vladimir putin. it was president trump who did not ignore the elephant in the room, russian meddling in the u.s. election. they would shake hands several times. the president telling him it was an honor. putin's response to the president when he brought up russian meddling was far different. and all of it played out as protests filled the streets. about 200 officers hurt. images coming in at this hour. but first, putin saying he did not hack the u.s. election, and president trump appearing ready now to move on. cecilia vega, traveling with the president.
>> reporter: it was only supposed to last about 35 minutes but president trump and vladimir putin had so much to say, their meeting went on and on, for a full two hours and 16 minutes. the cameras allowed in briefly to witness that high-stakes face to face. president trump reaching out to shake the hand of the man accused of meddling in america's election. there was smiling and small talk. before they got down to business, there was even a back pat. but even before president trump brought up russian election meddling, he said this. >> president putin and i have been discussing various things and i think it's going very well. we've had some very, very good talks. we look forward to a lot of positive things happening for russia, for the united states. it's an honor to be with you. >> reporter: and vladimir putin returned the compliment, saying
he was pleased to meet president trump, hoping their first meeting would have positive results. just 24 hours earlier, the president said election meddling could have been russia, it could have been others. but today, when the doors closed, the white house says it was president trump who raised the issue right out of the gate. what happened next, each side tells a different story. secretary of state rex tillerson was in the room. he says the president repeatedly pressed the issue and that putin denied russia's involvement. >> the president at this point, he pressed him and then felt like at this point let's talk about how do we go forward. >> reporter: so the president stopped pressing. >> there was not a lot of relitigating of the past. >> reporter: tillerson's russian counterpart, foreign minister sergei lavrov, was also in the room. he says president trump heard putin's denial and accepted it. the white house tonight says that is not the case. the two moving on from the election meddling, which the president's own intelligence
community blames squarely on russia. they say vladimir putin ordered it, motivated by animosity toward hillary clinton. secretary tillerson saying today the issue may remain unresolved. and the senate's top democrat today called that disgraceful. the marathon meeting went on so long, at one point, first lady melania trump entered the room trying to get them to wrap it up. they went on for another hour after that. but the two men, not the only ones who seemed to hit it off. just hours later, cameras capturing these images of the first lady and putin chatting and smiling, and seated together for dinner. >> and cecilia vega with us live from germany tonight. democrats outraged the president appears ready to move on. the russians saying the president accepted putin's response that he didn't do it. and pointing out an accomplishment, a cease fire in syria? >> reporter: exactly.
a cease fire, previous deals like this haven't lasted very long. it remains to be seen whether this will stick. >> and president trump was also asked on the world stage with mexico's president right beside him, whether he still expects mexico to pay for the wall? >> reporter: his first meeting with pena nieto since taking office. and his answer, absolutely he expects mexico to pay for the wall. behind closed doors, mexico's president says the wall never even came up. >> cecilia, thank you. and all of this happening amid the frightening scene, battles in the streets, protesters setting fires in germany. clashing with police. hundreds of officers in riot gear, now injured. james longman on the scene in germany. >> reporter: tonight in hamburg, rage against world powers. protesters lighting flares, to
set vehicles on fire. breaking windows, thick smoke filling the streets as police douse the crowds with water cannons. protesters and police have been out for hours. the call to protest goes out on social media. people assemble like here near the port. but the police are here because they know this is a city on edge. they are here with a range of grievances. >> i don't think three fascists who arrived yesterday have the right to be in my city. namely trump, putin and erdogan. >> reporter: and some are here to provoke. people are expecting things to get much, much more tense. as you can see, police pushing through and running up towards the protesters as they run away. rows of police lining up with protesters linking arms as the two sides face off. protesters arrested, some dragged away.
the first lady forced to stay in for part of the day, missing a boat tour, hemmed in by the chaos. as night falls, the scene intensifying. tonight, things have gotten a lot worse on the streets. a water cannon hitting protesters behind us. they continue to throw things at the police. more skirmishes, as thousands fill the streets. a second night of fire and turmoil. >> let's get to james longman with us from germany tonight. you have quite a scene behind you. about 200 officers have now been injured, and they're bracing for a long night ahead? >> reporter: yes, you can see, the atmosphere is still very tense. a standoff between police and protesters. helicopters overhead. and remember, there's still a day to go of this summit. david? >> james, thank you. back here to other news at home, and to the hostage situation near atlanta. employees trapped for a time. the suspect calling our abc station wsb with demands. and you will hear him, before
s.w.a.t. teams moved in. here's steve osunsami now. >> reporter: this was the terrifying scene at a wells fargo bank in the suburbs north of atlanta. inside, a man claiming he had an explosive in his backpack was holding hostages. outside, a small army of snipers had their guns aimed at the bank. >> a lone male subject went into the bank and advised that he had a quantity of explosives on his person. >> reporter: we're learning tonight the suspect had a history of mental health issues and called our partners at atlanta station wsb tv, with a list of demands. he told them he was brian easley, and was a former marine who served two tours in iraq, that he was about to become homeless and had a disagreement with his local v.a. >> i'm going to be out on the street. and i'm not going to have money for food or anything. i'm going to be homeless, and i'm going to starve. >> reporter: a bank employee, being held hostage, was also on the phone.
>> anything you can tell us about him? >> he's been very kind, very respectful. >> reporter: three hours later, the bank employees inside ran out. the s.w.a.t. team ran in, and the man was shot and killed. investigators say it's not clear if he had explosives at all. david? >> steve, thank you. now to a flight taking off from the u.s., and the violent fight breaking out in midair. the pilots declaring an emergency. a passenger accused of punching a flight attendant. how they fought back as he attempted to open the door, midflight. here's david kerley now. >> reporter: tonight, the trashed jet cabin, and federal charges after the violence that broke out 45 minutes into the delta flight to beijing. >> it's going down in here. they're taking some guy off with security, everybody's filming. they getting wild. >> reporter: in court today, 23-year-old joseph hudek of tampa, who allegedly tried to open an exit door in first class. a flight attendant stepping in and the man, allegedly punching her twice. >> the real hero, i think, was the flight attendant.
>> he was quite violent. >> reporter: other passengers step in to help. two wine bottles grabbed by the flight attendant to hit the suspect in the head. one of them breaks. he's subdued. >> the amount of bruising and blood on the, on the passengers who helped and the poor flight attendant. it was a pretty serious incident. >> reporter: with the man zip tied, the pilot decides to return to seattle. >> delta 129 with emergency. we're coming back. >> reporter: the flight attendant and passenger sent to the hospital with severe facial injuries. david? >> david, thank you. next here, the severe weather moving in tonight just as we start the weekend. millions in the path of deadly storms from kentucky to pennsylvania. wind gusts nearly 90 miles an hour blamed for killing a homeowner. knocking a large tree on to his house in michigan. flash flooding washing away streets and submerging cars in cape cod, massachusetts. here's gio benitez now. >> reporter: tonight, powerful storms racing east.
intense rain snarling new york's morning commute. roadways flooded from new jersey to massachusetts. some shut down. this is a major street here in new york city, going right through central park. but today nothing is going through here. subway stations turned into waterfalls. this after more than 200 severe weather reports in the last 24 hours. powerful winds slamming the great lakes region as the squall line moved through. >> it sounded like a jet engine, a jet plane was just parked on my deck. it was so loud. >> reporter: gusts above 90 miles per hour in parts of west michigan. a security camera catching a flying trampoline landing on a car. in grand haven, a 72-year-old man killed when a tree crashed onto a home. those storms knocking out power for 140,000. and david, those storms brought torrential rain falling at over an inch an hour to new york city they're firing up again from pennsylvania to kentucky. it's going to be a rough night. david?
>> gio, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, tracking the storms. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. finally in a dry spot in new york, but it's not going to last very long. heavy rain across eastern new england. over 4 1/2 inches of rain in less than two hours through cape cod. storms tonight, in through cincinnati, dayton, indianapolis. watches up through 11:00 p.m. tonight. it should weaken after midnight. but tomorrow morning, just some leftover storms across the east. west, heat advisories continue. more advisories and warnings out. las vegas, phoenix, and palm springs. 122, we'll see more of those numbers, more records falling tomorrow. david? >> rob, thank you. in the meantime, new developments involving baby charlie, and his parents, now at the center of an international tug of war. should his parents be allowed to
take him out of the hospital where he is? tonight, there's new legal action. and the mother just speaking out. here's linsey davis tonight. >> reporter: renewed hope tonight for baby charlie. his parents locked in a fierce legal battle to keep their son on life support, and alive. >> he's our own flesh and blood and we don't have a say in his life whatsoever. >> reporter: 11-month-old charlie gard's parents making that emotional plea on british television today. their son can't move or breathe on his own because of a genetic disease. british doctors and multiple courts agreed treatment would only prolong charlie's suffering. but his parents aren't ready to give up. >> as you can probably see on our t-shirts, if he's still fighting we're still fighting. and he's still fighting over there. >> reporter: president trump, even the pope lending support. to no avail. but tonight charlie's doctors, asking for a new hearing, after two hospitals offered experimental treatment. one of them, new york presbyterian, which would admit charlie or send the new medicine to his doctors in london. >> we're hopeful and confident that charlie may get his chance now. >> reporter: that new hearing is expected on monday. david?
>> linsey, thank you. there's also news tonight about the american economy. the u.s. adding 222,000 jobs last month. this marks 81 straight months of job growth in the u.s., about 15 million jobs added since 2010. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the alleged kidnapping caught on camera. the suspect forcing a woman into the back of a mini van. the desperate search for the suspect and victim. police do need your help. also, the new surveillance video release of the deadly crash involving venus williams. what it could now mean for the tennis star. and the apartment complex burning. arson investigators on the scene. we have much more news ahead. we have much more news ahead. complex burning. arson investigators on the scene. we have much more ahead. with aleve, you can stay strong longer because only aleve has the strength to stop
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>> reporter: tonight, that inferno being investigated as possible arson. >> it's certainly a concern to us. >> reporter: it erupted early friday morning. a seven-story building complex under construction, burning so hot it peeled away the complex's facade, and sent that giant crane spinning in the smoke. >> when the crane takes on that much heat it starts to spin. >> reporter: with concern it could collapse, engineers now working on dismantling it. fire crews hitting the blaze from every angle, the heat so intense it registered in space. nasa measuring it at 900 degrees. so hot at street level, bystanders had to run for cover. over 100 residents evacuated. but no one was hurt. officials believe there's a serial arsonist on the loose. today marks the fourth building under construction to go down in flames in the past year alone in oakland. a $100,000 award is offered for any information leading to an
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>> reporter: 17-year-old mikey mcquaid. his mother and father are co-founders of the team. coach mike mcquaid sr., welcoming a new team member. >> for them to be a part of a team is unbelievable. >> reporter: they wanted to give their son and others just like him a chance to swim free. >> the goal is to get the kids in the water, let the parents know these kids can do something. that's a big thing for us, because a lot of these kids don't have friends >> there you go. swim. >> coaching a special needs team versus a regular swim team, it's night and day. every kid in the pool is different. >> reporter: it's paid off for his son. >> underwater, i swim like a fish, really fast and all. >> reporter: the hammerheads
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