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muir is next. >> for all of us here we tonight, the president lashing out. after his new attorney rudy giuliani revealed that the president reimbursed michael cohen for the money paid to stormy daniels, the hush money, the president today now appearing to take aim and giuliani saying he'll get his facts straight and what the president has to say about this moment on air force one. when he told the american people he knew of no such payment. the warning at this hour from authorities after earthquakes and the volcano eruptions in hawaii. they're saying the air is an immediate threat to life and the new life quake moments ago. the urgent manhunt after an atf agent is shot in the face. authorities saying it was an ambush. what we're learning.
the severe weather threat more than three doze reported tornados already. a tornado watch in new york. united offering refunds to passengers because of this flight attendant and what she's accused of. tonight the apology. >> announcer: this is "world news tonight" with david muir. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy friday night. several developing stories. we begin with president trump firing back today after rudy giuliani went on several cable news programs and said the president did reimburse that hush money paid to stormy daniels. the president beginning on the white house lawn today saying giuliani is new to the job and adding that giuliani with get his facts straight. are we any closer to knowing when the president knew about the payment made just days before the election? abc's cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: president trump walked right up to reporters at the white house, ready to vent. >> i'll tell you what?
rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago. >> reporter: actually, rudy giuiliani, the president's lawyer leading negotiations with special counsel robert mueller, started two weeks ago. but today the president publically cut him down. >> he's learning the subject matter. he'll get his facts straight. he's a great guy! >> reporter: it comes after giuliani went on a media blitz, revealing the president reimbursed his attorney michael cohen for the $130,000 payout to porn star stormy daniels. giuliani said the president used money from a personal account. >> it's not campaign money. no campaign finance violation. >> so they funneled it through the law firm? >> they funneled through a law firm and then the president repaid it. >> oh, i didn't know that. he did? >> yep. >> reporter: giuliani insisting it had nothing to do with the campaign. >> it wasn't for the campaign. it was to save their marriage -- not their marriage as much as their reputation. >> reporter: but just minutes later, he suggested the hush
money was, indeed, about the election. >> imagine if that came out on october 15th, 2016 in the middle of the last debate with hillary clinton. >> so to make it go away, they made this payment? >> cohen didn't ask. cohen made it go away. he did his job. >> reporter: facing mounting questions about own his inconsistent story over that payment to stormy daniels, the president today lashed out. >> virtually everything that has been said has been said incorrectly, and has been said wrong or it's been covered wrong by the press. i say you know what, learn before you speak. it's a lot easier. >> reporter: he wouldn't offer any details, but with the white house facing a credibility crisis, giuliani attempted to clarify. saying in a statement, the payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president's family. it would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not. giuliani also seemed to walk back his claims that the president only recently learned he had reimbursed cohen for the hush money.
just two weeks ago president trump offered a crystal clear denial. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. what else? >> why did michael cohen make it if there was no truth to her allegations? >> you have to ask michael cohen. michael is my attorney and you'll have to ask michael. >> do you know where he got the money to make that payment? >> no, i don't know, no. >> reporter: today, reporters challenged him on those statements. >> mr. president, why did you change your story on stormy daniels? >> we're not changing any stories. all i'm telling you is this country is right now running so smooth and to be bringing up that kind of crap, and to be bringing up witch hunts all the time, that's all you want to talk about. >> well, you said on air force one that you did not know anything about the payments. >> excuse me, you take a look at what i said. you go back and take a look you'll see what i said. >> you said no when i asked you, "did you know about the payment?" >> excuse me, excuse me, you go back and look at what was said. >> cecilia vega joining us live from the white house tonight.
president trump saying go back and look at what he said on air force one. we pulled the transcript. it was 30 days ago. when asked, he said he didn't know about the payment to stormy daniels and he didn't know where michael cohen got the money. did he clarify any of this today? >> not at all, david. the white house maintains when he made that statement you're talking about on air force one he didn't know at the time the money had gone to stormy daniels. this is despite the fact he had started making the payment shortly after the inauguration and the money came from his own accounts. the president said today he would release a timeline soon. we're waiting. >> we'll stay tuned for that. >> the other major development, cecelia, the president was also asked if he was willing to sit down with the special counsel
robert mueller. here's what he said. >> i would say this -- i would love to speak. nobody wants to speak more than me. against my lawyers -- i have to find we're going to be treated fairly. everybody sees it now. it's a pure witch hunt. >> cecelia, president trump once again saying he would be willing to sit down with robert mueller which is what he's told our team before. he added today if he's treated fairly. >> he said he would do it if he'll be treated fairly. he would override his lawyers for this sitdown. you said it. despite the fact he said 100% he would agree to a sitdown. now he's giving himself some wiggle room. >> thank you, cecelia. president trump at every stop today expressing his anger at the scope of the special counsel's investigation. today we heard that frustration from an unlikely source, the judge at a hearing for paul manafort, his case involving tax and bank fraud charges. that judge also asking about the scope of the mueller investigation, something the president pounced on. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: former donald trump campaign chairman paul manafort arriving in federal court today.
to get this one case thrown out. inside the courtroom, justice t.s. ellis asking what this has to do with mueller's primary mission investigating whether trump's associates colluded with the russias. trump's prosecution or impeachment. ellis told prosecutors that what you're really after. ellis said this is really intended to get manafort to quote, "sing" or become a cooperating witness. the government arguing the special counsel's mandate includes looking at manafort's financial work overseas. several hours later the president gave his verdict praising that judge. >> judge t.s. ellis who is something very special i hear. >> reporter: the president quoting from the judge's
statements in court. >> "how does this have anything to do with the campaign" the judge asks. let me tell you folks we're all fighting battles. but i love fighting these battles. it's really a disgrace. >> pierre thomas with us live tonight. the judge did not rule on whether manafort's case will move forward. despite what he said in court, judges often do this. they don't let you know. it could still go either way. >> that's right, david. sources tell us the judge's challenges are not often a sign how he rules. >> pierre thomas, thank you. we have breaking news. word of an earthquake, another one. that volcano on the big island on hawaii officials say it's an immediate risk to life tonight. mount kilauea sending ash and pouring lava down its sides. bubbling up and spewing toxic gas. hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate and we're told the air in their neighborhood is too dangerous to breathe. abc's marci gonzalez in hawaii
tonight. >> reporter: tonight, fountains of lava engulfing neighborhoods on hawaii's big island after multiple new eruptions from the kilauea volcano. flames and lava shooting a hundred feet in the air, forcing at least 1,800 people from their homes with just minutes to spare. >> we could hear the lava exploding from the house. you know, is the house still gonna be there when we go back over there? >> reporter: the actual volcano crater miles away from the vents in the ground where the eruptions are exploding. >> my house is on stilts so the whole house actually shook. >> reporter: officials say at least two homes have been destroyed. witnesses comparing the sound of the eruption to a jet engine. >> we were a half a block away from where it was happening, but you could feel the heat, feel the power of the eruption. >> reporter: a line of lava spewing from a crack in the earth, spilling out onto the streets. plumes of thick, pink smoke rising high above the island.
the smell of toxic sulphur dioxide and burning trees hanging in the air. >> all around is a sulphur smell. i think we're one street over from the lava right now. >> reporter: officials say the air quality is an immediate threat to life. the governor declaring a state of emergency. >> it's a difficult thing to watch. the lava flow is unpredictable. not exactly certain what course it will take. >> reporter: thursday's eruption came hours after a 5.0 earthquake jolted the big island. on monday, one of the craters collapsed, triggering at least 600 smaller quakes. >> stunning imaging coming in tonight. marci is with us live from hawaii.wew e haee hund of earthquakes in the area. they don't know how long these eruptions will continue. >> that's right, david. that quake registered a 5.4 magnitude. officials say they have no idea when the eruptions could stop. we're told days, weeks, months
before evacuated residents are allowed back in their homes. the good news is there are no serious injuries, any injuries, but there are concerns about the sulphur dioxide gas levels in the area. >> we'll continue to monitor that. the tornado watch for northern new york and vermont. severe weather for 25 million people from ohio all the way to maine. after 38 reported tornados across six states already. look at this. in iowa winds up to 60 miles an hour. images coming in there. lawn furniture blowing by windows of this hotel. around detroit powerful winds knocking out power to 230,000 people taking the life of one man trapped under a tree. let's get to rob marciano tracking it for us. hey, rob. >> hi david, this system actually intensifying as it spins up to canada. a rare moderate risk area in new york. it includes burlington. there's a tornado watch out for the same area that extends to northern vermont and a severe
thunderstorm watch back through pennsylvania. these storms moving quickly with winds in excess of 60 miles an hour. they should dissipate as they get closer to the coast line. it will be cooler and quieter tomorrow. more seasonable. >> rob marciano with us tonight. thank you. we're monitoring the release of three u.s. citizens detained by north korea. the president saying stay tuned. this comes as we learned that a date and location for the summit between the president and kim jong-un is now set. for late developments here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight the proposed summit said the president is now a certainty. >> we have a date and location. we'll be announcing it soon. >> reporter: no further details yet. the president said in the last week he favors the dmz as a location. this comes as expectations rise
that the three american detainees will be released soon. 24 hours ago the president's new lawyer said their release was eminent. >> we got kim jong-un impressed enough to be releasing three prisoners. >> reporter: the president tweeted stay tuned. still no word on timing, but the president trump said -- >> a lot of things have been happening with respect to the hostages. as i said yesterday stay tuned. >> reporter: two of the detainees arrested last year, the third in 2015. they have reportedly been moved to a medical facility from the labor camps. reports out of south korea say the release could come as early as this weekend. no confirmation of that yet. david. >> martha, thank you. from chicago tonight police working with atf agents before dawn suddenly ambushed. one atf agent was shot in the face triggering a desperate rush to save their lives. you will hear their calls for help and the manhunt.
abc's alex perez in chicago. >> reporter: in chicago tonight, an all out manhunt to track down suspects who unleashed gunfire on undercover agents. >> we have shots fired on 45th and hermitage. get us some units over here. >> reporter: the brazen ambush happening just after 3:00 a.m. federal and local authorities part of a special task force aimed at tackling chicago's gun violence. carrying out an operation to intercept illegal guns when the suspects, possible gang members, open fire. striking one atf agent in the face. >> i need an escort to a [ bleep ] hospital right now. officer hit, we need escort to a hospital now. >> reporter: more than 100 federal and local officers combing the area for suspects, but no luck. >> you think we're going to take this lying down? this is the fourth law enforcement officer in a year that's been shot over there in that area. you think that escapes us? because it doesn't. but i got a message for them. we're coming for you. >> reporter: tonight, authorities say the injured agent is expected to make a full recovery. david.
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>> neighbors who live at the apartment complex tell me the suspected shooter was a recluse and kept to himself. according to the sheriff a possible motive for the shooting an impending eviction. >> it was a long painful day. >> reporter: pi lar lives in one of the nine units. and knew one of the victims. >> she loved pets. i have a dog too. we were just talk. i could see her walking her dog. she could see me. we just had a not a very close relationship, but we were good neighbors. >> reporter: a 71 year-old tenant. is suspected of shooting his landlord. over a pending eviction. >> really sweet guy. couldn't ask for a bter laetter landlord. considerate