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environmental nonprofit groups. >> i'm amazed they can stay upright, r tonight, the president lashing out and taking on the nba's biggest star. president trump in a war of words with lebron james, after james accused the president of using sports to divide the american people. james' supporters showing up to the president's rally tonight. and why the first lady is now getting involved. clash in the streets. tonight, far-right wing groups and counterprotesters facing off. demonstrators dressed for battle. some taking on police. tornado strike. a main street turned upside-down. plus, entire nakdz under water. the flooding threat not letting up. and buyer beware? in this tricky real estate market, the crucial new question in the buy or rent debate. rebecca jarvis with your money.
and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the war of words between president trump and nba star lebron james. president trump attacking james' intelligence. this, after lebron said in an interview that the president is using sports to divide the american people. and the new detail just emerging, first lady melania trump issuing a statement, pratzing the basketball player. president trump is in ohio tonight, james' home state for a political rally. abc white house correspondent tara palmeri is there with him and starts us off. >> reporter: president trump hitting the campaign trail in columbus tonight. but before leaving, tweeting an insult at ohio's favorite native son. "lebron james was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, don lemon. he made lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do." the president added, "i like mike!" an apparent reference to michael
jordan. earlier this week, lebron james spoke with cnn's don lemon about a school for at-risk kids he's opening in his hometown of akron. in the interview, james accused the president of using sports to drive people apart. >> he's kind of used sport to kind of divide us. and that's something that i can't relate to. sports has never been something that divided people. it's always been something that brings someone together. >> reporter: during the trump presidency, no nba championship team has celebrated at the white house. this year, the president said james' cavaliers and steph curry's golden state warriors weren't even asked. >> i didn't invite them no, i didn't invite lebron james, and i didn't invite steph curry. >> reporter: the president also rescinded an invitation to the warriors in 2017 after curry said this. >> i don't want to go. that's really it. >> reporter: at the time, james himself took to twitter, calling the president a, quote, bum. >> bum. we call each other all the time. he's not my friend. >> reporter: at a trump rally in the suburbs of columbus, ohio, there were signs in support of
lebron james. n jam is fan he would want to rally with the voters -- >> and others seem conflicted. >> i do think lebron james should probably keep his personal opinions to himself. >> reporter: the game's all-time greatest. >> what a move by jordan! >> reporter: seeming to side with basketball's current king. jordan saying in a statement, "i support lj. he's doing an amazing job for his community." and cnn's lemon firing back, criticizing the administration's immigration policy in the process. tweeting, "who's the real dummy? a man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" he added #bebest, a reference to the first lady's anti-bullying campaign. tonight, melania trump also speaking out. her communications director issuing a statement praising james saying, quote, it looks like lebron james is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation. and that the first lady would be, quote, open to visiting the i promise school in akron. >> tara joins us live from that
rally in ohio. the president making a last-minute stop to help out a republican in a tight race. a district that the president won by 11 points. >> reporter: that's right, tom. here in the suburbs of columbus, ohio, it's a republican stronghold that the president won. the republican candidate is neck and neck with the democrat. this is the last special election before the midterms and many see it as a sign of trouble for the republican party. tom. >> that election on tuesday. lot of people will be watching. all right, tara, thank you. and this programming note, speaking of ohio, george going one-on-one with ohio governor john kasich on "this week." turning now to the severe weather out there. the tornado strikes reported across new england. a tornado touching down in southern massachusetts. significant damage in webster there, also another confirmed twister in connecticut. the northeast lashed with drenching rains and powerful thunderstorms. you can see this drone footage now highlighting some of those submerged picnic tables in
lancaster county, pennsylvania. river flooding still a threat tonight. sam champion now with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, these images from a destructive tornado as it strikes webster, massachusetts, leaving homeowners stunned. >> oh, my god! >> surveillance footage captures the moment of impact, sheets of rain barreling across this parking lot. >> a tornado came right through here. >> reporter: the twister littering main street destroying at least two buildings. the windows of this business blown out. recovery crews working to clear downed trees and power lines. and building debris. >> the roof was torn completely off the first building, and a lot of the damage from that building landed on the middle building, and damaged the backside of that building. so it's structurally unsafe. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: this just one of 124 reof eme weaer in with over 40 million people from maryland to maine at risk for flooding this weekend. water as far as the eye can see in southern pennsylvania. entire neighborhoods in
lancaster county flooded. this is the baseball field in dushore, after four inches of rain. and in albany, new york, drivers struggling to navigate swamped streets. some forced to just abandon their cars. >> so many communities dealing with that flooding. sam champion joins us now. the flood threat is still going to linger. >> it's been a rough 12 hours. it will take some time to drain that water. tom, look at this rain in last 12 hours moving from really kind of pennsylvania all the way through to the cape. we still have a few scattered showers over the next few hours in northern new england. if you feel like new york was targeted, look at this, it was. 5 inches of rain in this line of storms that moved through. we got to get west, excessive heat warnings are out for the area. these are going to spread. look at this heat. 92 to 98 in fresno on sunday. watch these numbers go up by the time we get to monday. 96 to 100 in the same area. by tuesday, we'll have from las vegas to palm springs, 113
degrees. it's very dry heat. continues the pattern. it's bad news. >> sam, thank you. we turn now to a city on edge. high tensions on the streets of portland. police ready for everything as far-right groups square off against counterprotesters on the left. this isn't the first time they have clashed. abc's marcus moore is right in the middle of it. >> reporter: tension in portland tonight as hundreds of demonstrators and counterprotesters converge on these downtown streets. the protest moving swiftly. working its way down the street here in portland and you can see police are holding the line there with hundreds of counterprotesters gathered here. they far outnumber the people are gathered for the original political rally. at one point, police using flash blanks to break up people along portland's river front. all of this started with the far right group patriot prayer holding another summer rally in support of its pro-trump candidate for senate. and drawing scores of supporters.r people
that have the same attitudes that i have, who like trump. >> reporter: but also, counterprotesters. among members of antifa donning helmets and masks. a similar demonstration in july turning violent. police declared a riot. at least one person was seriously hurt. tonight's demonstration comes after a full year after the deadly protest in charlottesville. >> marcus right in in the middle of protests there. we have seen the images. even right now, police are still trying to keep those two sides apart? >> yes, that's right. even the crowd is thinning here, there are still scores of people participating in that political rally. the hundreds of counterprotesters on the other side of the street. and you see the police officers there. that buffer, trying to keep these two sides apart and keep the peace, tom. >> marcus moore for us tonight. thank you. now to the latest on the hundreds of migrant children
still in government custody. separated from their parents in that zero tolerance policy enacted by the trump administration. now the judge rejecting the administration's having aclu. abc's stephanie ramos with more. >> reporter: these were images that sparked outrage across this country. migrant children held in processing centers. thousands of them separated from their parents by the trump administration. and now, the government suggesting in a court filing that nongovernmental organizations like the aclu use their "considerable resources" to establish contact with those parents who were deported without their kids. saying that state department officials are working with foreign governments. the aclu responding, they will do whatever they can to help locate deported parents. a federal judge declaring it's the "sole responsibility and burden" of the government to reunite those families. according to the aclu, the department of homeland security has no potentially viable addresses for about 120 parents.
some of are listed only as calle sin nombre, street without a name. so far they have reunited more than 1500 children with their parents. but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are questioning the policy that separated them to begin with. >> did any member of this panel say to anyone, maybe this isn't such a good idea? >> we raised a number of concerns about any policy which would result in family separation. >> reporter: tonight, 572 children remain in u.s. custody, including 410 whose parents had been deported without them. that federal judge warning for every parent that's not located there will be a permanently orphaned child and that is 100% the responsibility of the administration. a top democrat on the senate judiciary committee asking a panel of five administration officials -- >> who here thinks that zero tolerance has been a success?
you can just raise your hand if you it's been a success. who thinks that the family separation policy has been a success? raise your hand. >> reporter: not one of them did. >> all right, stephanie ramos joins us on set. lawmakers are also raising concerns about the conditions at some of those detention facilities and allegations of abuse to some of those kids. >> absolutely, tom. allegations of abuse at some of these centers. cases where some of these kids have been given drugs to calm them down without the consent of their parents. both democrat and republican lawmakers said that children kept in federal custody should be treated with basic human dignity and respect and should not be subjected to any type of abuse. breaking news out of venezuela. liz hur has theup date. >> reporter: an apparent assassination attempt on
venezuelan president mudoro. moments later, hundreds of soldiers in the parade seen running for safety. broadcast live on state-run tv before suddenly cut off. mu mudoro is safe. venezuela has been rocked against anti-government protests in recent months. opposition groups blame the president for chronic food shortages. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. next to the desperate attempt to save a baby's life. that child choking. a police officer stepping in and what he did that may have made all the difference. abc's adrienne bankert picks up the story. >> reporter: the video is disturbing to watch. a baby choking on its food. 14-month-old lucia was eating one of her favorite foods,
chicken nuggets, when a bite got caught in her throat. >> she was looking at me scared. i just knew at that moment that she must be choking because she wasn't doing anything. >> reporter: ana graham pulls lucia from her stroller and turns her face down and pounds lucia on her back. palm beach gardens police officers robert ayala and rafael guadalupe were at the right place at the right time. >> i remember someone approaching me from the side. his presence was so calm. i was just like, thank god he's here. >> reporter: officer ayala grabs the baby, turns her face down and begins striking her on her back. he tries to clear the food from her mouth by hand. when that doesn't woa ris harder and the piece of food dislodges from lucia's throat. and this photo says it all. the little girl whosli was spared, pictured with her family and the officers all smiles. the city honored both officers, praising them for their heroic actions. lucia made a quick and complete recovery. her mom is taking a group of
friends to the local hospital for a first aid class. >> big thanks to that quick-thinking officer. adrienne, thank you. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- campus uproar. a young black student confronted by police because an employee called, saying she seemed, quote, out of place. what that college is saying tonight. plus, buyer beware? the dilemma for so many americans tonight. is now the time to buy or rent? rebecca jarvis with options. and protesters at the nra demanding action right on their doorstep. we'll take you there. stay with us. fact is, there are over ninety-six hundred roads named 'park' in the u.s. it's america's most popular street name. but no matter what park you live on, one of 10,000 local allstate agents knows yours. now that you know the truth, are you in good hands? metastatic breast cancer is relentless, but i'm relentless too.
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here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: sometimes good-bye comes with tears. as it did for a cop named duane ledoux, when his chief came on the radio the other day. >> charlie one to officer ledoux. >> roger. >> reporter: back in headquarters, saying thank you. >> after more than 31 years of service to the town of southbridge, officer duane r. ledoux, badge 1041, is retiring and giving his final code 5. >> reporter: code 5. that's what cops in this department say when they've just wrapped up a scene. and here, a career. >> 10-4. i thank you and -- too much to say. but thank you to everyone in my family, everyone i've served with, and, to my boys. >> reporter: his boys, nick and nate. what he did not mention, is that nick died in a car accident years ago.
but then, another voice came over the radio -- >> 348 to all units. >> reporter: and the look of surprise, it's because it's the voice of his son nate, who had just flown in from across the country to do this, publicly. >> it is my honor to acknowledge this code 5, to set free a man who has sacrificed so much of his time for all of us. dad, you are officially code 5. >> reporter: that clapping. duane didn't hear it. >> it love you. >> reporter: but yeah, this was his good-bye -- a good-bye with tears. and now, day one of the next chapter. >> time to go home. it's time to go home. thank you. >> reporter: john donvan, abc news. >> we thank him for his service. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas, "good morning america" and "this week" first thing in the morning. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.