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tonight, the stunning ending to the summit here in hanoi. president trump coming before the cameras earlier than expected to say he had just left kim jong-un, declaring sometimes you have to walk. the white house saying no agreement reached, and breaking news tonight, just a short time ago. the north koreans now responding to president trump. after that table set for a working lunch with the president and the north korean dictator was left empty. also tonight, president trump's controversial words defending kim jong-un in the case of otto warmbier, the american college student who was sent home brain dead. there is also a breaking headline as we come on tonight involving the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, and his security clearance. the state of emergency back in the u.s. tonight, and now a new major storm moving across the country. tonight, the families trapped
with water up to their windows and rooftops. and new pictures just now emerging of that 131-vehicle pileup. the urgent manhunt tonight in new york city. the gunman opening fire on a crowded sidewalk. a little girl wearing a backpack in the line of fire. the airport horror. a 5-year-old girl pauled by a pit bull inside the airport. the owner saying the dog is an emotional support animal. tonight, the well-known actor rushed to the hospital. was it a stroke? known for his roles on "beverly hills 90210" and "riverdale." and tonight, we take you to a place right here in hanoi that so many american heroes travel 8,000 miles to see. and good evening tonight from hanoi, where we witnessed the abrupt collapse of talks today between president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un. president trump saying sometimes you have to walk.
tonight, his critics asking, why did he put kim jong-un back on the world stage, allowing him to sit across from an american president without know what was going to happen? before it all fell apart, there was the dinner last night, then the meeting today. the north korean dictator even took a question from a reporter on denuclearization, something he's never done before. but a short time later, the announcement. the working lunch was canceled. the table empty. the white house revealing no agreement. and tonight, the north koreans, just a short time ago, taking on the president with their own version of what happened here. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl here in hanoi. >> reporter: just hours after the two leaders sat down, the high stakes summit took a dark turn. with the table already set, the formal trump/kim lunch abruptly canceled. reporters hastily summoned to a news conference. >> sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times. >> reporter: there had been flashes of hope. kim jong-un even took questions from the western press, a first
for a north korean dictator. >> chairman kim, are you ready to denuclearize? >> if i'm not willing to do that, i won't be here right now. >> good answer. wow. that might be the best answer you've ever heard. >> reporter: the president had hoped to parlay his new friendship with kim into an historic nuclear deal. instead, he left vietnam with nothing. not even a joint statement. >> he's quite a guy and quite a character, and i think our relationship is very strong. but at this time, we had some options, and at this time, we decided not to do any of the options. >> reporter: the president said kim simply demanded too much. lifting all sanctions in exchange for dismantling north korea's largest and most important nuclear facility, but not shuttering the entire nuclear program. >> basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that. >> reporter: but tonight, north korea insists that's not true, they said they only asked for some of the sanctions to be lifted.
at a press conference, another first, two top north korean officials told reporters this kind of opportunity may never arise again, saying kim jong-un, quote, "may have lost the will for future dealings." back in washington, nancy pelosi said the president had been played by the north korean dictator. >> he was the big winner, kim jong-un, in getting to sit face-to-face with the most powerful person in the world, the president of the united states. >> reporter: even after the collapse of talks, the president defended kim over the death of 22-year-old american college student otto warmbier, who had been convicted in a show trial. >> please think of my family. >> reporter: and marched out of court in handcuffs for the whole world to see. more than a year later, he was flown back to the u.s. in a coma, dying just days later. the president seemed to absolve kim of the any blame. >> i don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen, just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen.
those prisons are rough. they're rough places. he felt badly about it. i did speak to him. he felt very badly. he knew the case very well, but he knew it later. he tells me that he didn't know about it and i will take him at his word. >> and jon karl with us tonight from hanoi. and jon, as we know, the president on his way back to the u.s. and to face yet another challenge. his former fixer, michael coe on, and his testimony, behind closed doors again today on capitol hill. and jon, you made news with what you asked the president here in hanoi. he actually acknowledged watching michael cohen from here. he called you a liar, a conman, a racist. what's your response to michael cohen? >> well, it's incorrect, and, you know, it's very interesting, because i tried to watch as much as i could, i wasn't able to watch too much, because i've been a little bit busy. he lied a lot, but it was very interesting, because he didn't lie about one thing, he said, no collusion with the russian hoax, and i said, i wonder why he didn't just lie about that, too, like he did about everything
else. he lied about so many different things. and i was actually impressed. >> so, jon, the president now goes home to deal with this summit collapse and with michael cohen. >> reporter: in fact, david, michael coalen spent another eight hours on capitol hill behind closed doors with the house intelligence committee today. he will be back again next week and, of course, cohen has revealed that there are further criminal investigations from the southern district of new york, the u.s. attorney there. the bottom line, david, the president's michael cohen problems are far from over. >> all right, jon karl with us here in hanoi for days now. jon, thank you. there is also a developing story tonight involving the president's son-in-law, jared kushner. a report in "the new york times" breaking late today, saying the president intervened in the security clearance process, ordering his former chief of staff to give his son-in-law a top secret security clearance. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight on what we know so far. >> reporter: tonight, "the new york times" reporting that president trump ordered his
former chief of staff, john kelly, to give his son-in-law, jared kushner a top secret security clearance. at the time, kushner's application had been stalled since the inauguration. according to "the times", both the cia and former white house council don mcgahn recommended that he be denied top secret clearance. but tonight, the paper reports that last year, kelly wrote a memo saying the president had, ordered him to clear kushner's path. in an interview with "the times" just last month, the president told a very different story. >> did you tell general kelly or anyone else at the white house to overrule security officials? >> no, i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. but i wouldn't -- i wouldn't do it. jared's a good -- i was -- i was never involved in his security. >> reporter: and ivanka trump recently told "the view's" abby huntsman there were no strings pulled for her or her husband. >> there are a lot of people that question whether you were given special treatment by the president, overriding other -- >> absolutely not.
>> -- officials. can you speak to that? >> there were anonymous leaks about there being issues. but the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance, zero. >> reporter: tonight, just a six-word blunt statement from press secretary sarah sanders. "we don't comment on security clearances." as you just heard, the president himself said he didn't pull any strings for his son-in-law. david? >> pierre thomas tonight. pierre, thank you. now, to the storm moving across the country. we're watching that right now. and the state of emergency unfolding in california. deadly flooding, evacuations, entire communities cut off tonight. thousands of homes and businesses under water. and this evening, high water rescues are under way, and abc's will carr is there. >> reporter: tonight, crews are searching for trapped residents, after these floodwaters turned fatal. navigating search boats down streets that are now rivers. have you ever seen the water this high? >> no. i've never seen the water this high. >> reporter: more than 20 inches
of rain pounded sonoma county in just three days, turning towns into islands. the russian river swelled and then flooded more than 2,000 homes. it crested at more than 45 feet, the highest it's been in more than two decades. this is what the town of guerneville looked like before, and now this week, drenched in water. >> oh, my god. i didn't think that structure would get bent over. >> reporter: residents forced to escape by boat. the damage spread across wine country is extensive. tonight, the sun is out and the water has started to go down, but the bad news is, there's more rain in the forecast this weekend. david? >> all right, will, thank you. we're tracking those rains and this new storm moving all the way across the country and to the east coast this weekend. ginger zee tracking it all for us. jimmer? >> reporter: david, philadelphia and washington, d.c. will get snow overnight. they're in a winter weather advisory. it comes at an inopportune time, right at drive time. then we go west. as we head watching that rain t and then it will be snow for
anyone from memphis to pittsburgh on sunday night. david? >> ginger, thank you. we're going to turn next tonight to an urgent manhunt for a gunman opening fire on a busy sidewalk in new york city. this is the surveillance showing a young girl standing just feet away from her, running for her life when the suspect begins shooting. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a manhunt tonight following these ten seconds of terror, as a man opens fire on this new york city street, narrowly missing a young girl. you can see her here wearing pink pants and a backpack as she turns and runs into an open alleyway. >> i heart dropped when i saw the little girl running for her life. >> reporter: it happened in the bronx last friday afternoon. police say the suspect approached a 19-year-old male pulled out a gun and fired three rounds. that little girl running up the stairs to escape the gunfire.po. but eye now asking for the public's help in identifying
this man in what appears to be a blue hoodie. police are desperately trying to track this man down. he is wanted in connection with reckless endangerment. david? >> linsey, thank you. now, to the horror at the airport involving a 5-year-old girl who was mauled by a pit bull. the owner saying the dog is an emotional support animal. abc's kayna whitworth tonight, and the images are difficult. >> reporter: tonight, the parents of this 5-year-old girl mauled by a pit bull at an airport gate, suing alaska airlines, portland's airport and the dog's owner for allegedly letting a dangerous emotional support animal into the airport without a carrier. gabriella gonzalez's parents say the incident back in 2017 left their daughter severely injured, in court documents, claiming it happened because the airport "allowed a passenger into a secure area with a pitbull that was not a trained and registered service animal." we've seen incidents involving support animals turn into airport brawls.
other times people have claimed animals like this peacock were for emotional support. several major carriers since refining their rules, as a result, delta even banning all pit bull-type dogs. alaska airlines saying they are heartbroken by this incident. portland's airport now requires emotional support animals be kept in their carriers. david? >> kayna, thank you. we turn now to virginia tonight. first, it was the governor under fire, tonight, the first lady of virginia is now facing a backlash, accused of being racially intensive, giving out raw cotton and asking some black children to imagine being slaves. abc's stephanie ramos in virginia. >> reporter: virginia's first lady, pam northam, under fire tonight, after handing out raw cotton to a group of students, some of them black, during a tour of the governor's mansion, telling them to imagine what it was like to be a slave. but the mother of one of those eighth grade students outraged, in etr that black students were singled out, writing, "why would anyone
ask children to imagine something like that, let alone african-american children?" mrs. northam's office denies singling anyone out. in a statement, the first lady says it was intended illustrate "a painful period of virginia history." this comes as her embattled husband, democratic governor ralph northam, tries to reconcile with the black community after admitting to wearing blackface at a dance contest. mrs. northam standing by her husband's side, stepping in when it appeared he considered demonstrating the moonwalk. >> my wife says that's inappropriate. >> reporter: a spokesperson for first lady offered to convey her apology in person to the young girl and her mother, but she has not received a response. david? >> stephanie, thank you. and with that new storm brewing that ginger mentioned, our first look tonight at a record pileup on i-41 in wisconsin from the last system. 131 vehicles involved.
and here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: dispatchers could hear it happening. >> there's a huge pile up. people are -- >> ma'am? ma'am? ma'am? ma'am? >> help! >> reporter: car after car, trucks and semis, a tangled smashup unfolding in whiteout chain-reaction chaos sunday on this wisconsin highway. >> which car? >> reporter: rescuers scrambling over icy wrecks find people trapped. >> okay, i'm coming to you, okay? hold on. >> reporter: in one pileup, 131 wrecked cars. 71 people taken to hospitals. one man was killed. >> this is my 27th year, and that was the worst conditions i've ever seen. >> reporter: officials say if you are stuck in a crash like this, the safest place is in your car. and this weekend, more potentially dangerous cold and snow is headed from the plains to the northeast. david? >> all right, clayton, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the well-known actor rushed to the hospital. was it a stroke?
the actor known for his roles on "beverly hills 90210" and on "riverdale." we have news on his condition tonight. and the new headline about robert kraft what his team is now saying about that charge of solicitation. and big news involving baseball star bryce harper. a new team, a record-breaking contract. it's making news tonight. a lot more news ahead. stay tuned. "slow turkey." along with support, chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix. you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away if you have changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions, seizures, new or worse heart or blood vessel problems, sleepwalking, or life- threatening allergic and skin reactions. decrease alcohol use. use caution driving or operating machinery. tell your doctor if you've had mental health problems.
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are untrue. the health emergency comes just a day after fox announced a reboot of the show "beverly hills 90210." the hit show from the 1990s made perry famous in the role of dylan mckay. >> i need you to know -- >> reporter: but a new generation now knows perry in his current role as archie's father on the hit show "riverdale." tonight, an outpouring of love and support from his former co-stars. 'yan ziering posting, "let us all say a prayer for a speedy recovery." and david, tonight, we've learned that perry was unable to sign on with that 90210 reboot because of his commitments to "riverdale," which was just renewed for another season, which so many are pulling for him to recover tonight. david? >> paula, thank you. when we come back here, news coming in tonight about patriots owner robert kraft and that sligsation charge. and we take you to a place right here in hanoi that americans travel 8,000 miles to see. americans travel 8,000 miles to see. welcome to monowi, nebraska,
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finally tonight here, the reunion here in hanoi. we have journeyed here before, to what's left of the prison known as the hanoi hilton. where john mccain and so many other americans were held prisoners of war. the rain pouring as we walked through. the prison cells, so little light. the bars on the windows. the concrete floors and narrow beds. john mccain was 31. an enemy missile would tear one of the wings off his bomber. he ejected. the sheer force of that moment breaking both of his arms and one of his legs. >> what is your name? >> lieutenant commander john mccain. >> reporter: and in what's left of the prison now, we discover a book. you can see here some of the american pilots who were arrested between 1964 and 1973. the faces of the prisoners from all over the u.s. and outside the hanoi hilton today, the men of foxtrot 21. marines who fought in vietnam. their battalion became known as
the ghost battalion, because they lost so many. more than 50 years later, a reunion here in vietnam. with help from the greatest generations foundation. lieutenant colonel james page is here from florida. who remembers operation harvest moon, a battle that still haunts him. >> i lost 12 marines that day. i was the company commander and that has bothered me ever since. so, i hope to go down and get piece when i two stand on the battlefield. i want to bury that. >> reporter: americans visit every day here. remembering a polarizing time in america, and determined to remember those who served, too. >> we all lived so much of that, so, to come here and almost, you know, remember some of the young men that we grew up with. it's important. >> reporter: joann walker's husband served in vietnam. >> we talked more about it when we got here than we had ever. and it's emotional, because it was difficult, in lot of w repo veterans here ing elsehat was
important to getting the chance to meet some of the soldiers who they once fought against here in vietnam. all of the men together, through shared pain. and tonight, through shared peace. >> it means a lot to us, it's closure for us. we lost a lot of people over here and we got some great people here today and just means a lot to us. >> we thank them for their service and we thank them for sharing that moment with us today. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. night.ght. this is abc 7 news.
i'm wayne freedman on the russian river where the waters finally began receding today. ousands of homes damaged. >> the top of a trailer. >> this is what's keeping people from coming into guerneville. >> there's a long way to go. >> wait for the water to go down. a long way. agonizing wait. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. i'm ama daetz. >> you're looking at sky 7 video of guerneville, monte rio and sebastopol where the russian river is still high. >> governor newsom declared a state of emergency in sonoma county, mendocino counties and lake and glenn and a.m. dore because of the damage from the storms. the level of the floodwater from the swollen russian river is going down in guerneville, slowly as you can see in the side by side images from sky 7. the pictures on the left were taken 11:00 yesterday morning.
the ones on the right 11:00 this morning. the most notable difference is that the safeway in the center of town. the red car on the left-hand side surrounded by water, today, however, it is not. >> still a lot of water, though. we have team coverage of when the water is expected to recede. >> wayne freedman has more. >> reporter: good evening. welcome to monte rio. we were here yesterday in front of the theater and where we were standing yesterday, we would have been underwater. this is a street in the area. that's the way to guerneville from here. the water is still at roughly 40 feet. it's still very tough going. in flooded guerneville, there were two ways to get around. one small, the other large. in these circumstances, neither ideal. we're on an army national guard truck seeing firsthand how floods make strange bedfellows. as the russian river began