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world news tonight" is next. >> i'm dan ashley. tonight, the stunning departure. the acting pentagon chief is out. defense secretary patrick shanahan withdrawing his nomination, amid reporting on his family and alleged domestic violence. tonight, did president trump know? what was the vetting? and now, several top spots at the pentagon still have not been permanently filled, amid tensions with iran and the u.s. sending an additional 1,000 troops to the middle east. meantime, president trump launching his re-election campaign tonight. thousands lined up in the rain in florida. the president now threatening to deport millions. but what he said today when he was asked why senior officials in his own administration said they had no idea there was any such plan. the horrific images tonight. the police officer dragged. authorities say speeds reaching 60 miles an hour. the officer pleading for his life. millions from colorado to the east coast tonight bracing for storms and possible severe
flooding. and the tornado watch. ginger zee is standing by. another american tourist dead in the dominican republic. what happened this time, and the tourist was just 55 years old. and the alarming sight right off new jersey tonight. the close encounter with a great white right beside the boat. the major bust right off the east coast tonight. what was discovered worth $1 billion? and the former nfl player missing tonight. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin with that explosive headline today. the sudden and unexpected departure. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan abruptly withdrawing from the confirmation process. shanahan disclosing a history of domestic violence incidents involving his family, and now questions tonight about the vetting process. did president trump know? the decision to step down comes amid growing tensions between the u.s. and iran and just 24 hours after the pentagon announced it would be sending an additional 1,000 troops.
abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz leading us off. >> reporter: acting defense secretary patrick shanahan delivered the stunning and unexpected news to the president in the oval office this morning. he would be withdrawing his name from the confirmation process. although the president did offer to defend him. >> he's a terrific person. and it's a difficult time for pat. but he's going to take a little time off for family service and for working things out. >> reporter: and it is his family that is at the center of shanahan's resignation. the acting secretary saying in a statement, "i believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family's life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal." a "traumatic chapter" involving charges of domestic violence less than ten years ago. "the washington post" reports
police were called to the shanahan house to find him with a bloody nose. both shanahan and his then wife, kimberly, accusing each other of physical violence. police only arrested shanahan's wife. he later dropped the charges. >> i'd like to acknowledge my three children who have accompanied me here today. >> reporter: in 2011, an even more alarming incident involving his then 17-year-old son, will, in a violent altercation with his mother. abc news obtaining the arrest report, which described will "grabbing a baseball bat" and "striking the back of her head." police say she attempted to defend herself by "firing his air gun pellets" at him. the incident left her unconscious on the floor "with a bloody head wound, fractured elbow and fractured skull." sn wrote a memo to a family member in support of his son at the
time of the incident, which said "use of a baseball bat in self-defense will likely be viewed as an imbalance of force, however, will's mother harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident." shanahan telling "the post" he now regrets that statement, saying he didn't know the extent of his ex-wife's injuries and was trying to keep his son out of jail and does not believe the attack was self-defense or justified. tonight, the president facing questions about when he knew about these incidents and why they didn't come out in the vetting process for the acting defense secretary. >> i had heard about it yesterday for the first time. we have a very good vetting process. and you take a look at our cabinet and our secretary is very good. but we have a great vetting process. >> reporter: the white house naming a new nominee, the widely respected army secretary, mark esper, who will need senate confirmation. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight.
martha, with mark esper now moving to the acting defense secretary role, there are a number of top positions, as you know, at the pentagon, that have not gotten senate approval. >> reporter: there are several big positions, david. in addition to the defense secretary, there's the deputy defense secretary, the air force secretary and the chief management officer. of course, it comes at a time of escalating tension with iran. shanahan just approved those 1,000 additional troops yesterday to the region. but the president tried to assure everyone today about the situation in iran, saying the administration, david, is very well set. david? >> it is still unsettling timing, all of this. martha raddatz leading us off. martha, thank you. and of course, all of this unfolding as president trump officially launches his 2020 re-election campaign tonight with a major rally in orlando. in fact, thousands have been lining up in the rain there. the crowd filling the amway center. and ahead of the rally, the president now saying he will deport a million undocumented immigrants next week. but what he said today when asked why officials in his own administration said they had no
idea there was any such plan. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl is in orlando tonight. >> reporter: it looks like more >> reporter: it looks more like a movement than a campaign. >> go trump! >> reporter: some started camping out yesterday. by the rainy afternoon today, the line was extending as far as the eye could see. >> america first! >> reporter: before taking off for florida, the president took to twitter with a message aimed directly at his diehard supporters, saying, "next week, i.c.e. will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens." it's unclear what the president is talking about. a senior administration official told abc news that the deportations described by the president are, quote, not imminent. >> immigration officials say they don't know anything about a planned roundup of millions of people -- >> well, they know. they know. and they're going to start next week. >> reporter: despite the hardline rhetoric on immigration, the president's signature campaign promise -- >> who is going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> reporter: -- remains unfilled.
there have been only 45 miles of wall built, all of it in areas that already had a barrier. there has been no new wall built in areas that did not already have a wall or a fence. what about the wall? are you disappointed that's not built yet? >> no, i mean, it's getting built. i mean, if the dems would just knock it off, we would have had the wall by now. >> reporter: the number of illegal border crossings have skyrocketed, hitting a ten-year high in the month of may. but his supporters here are very much still with him. what's it going to take for him to win? >> what's it going to take for him to win? more crowds like this. and he's doing the right job. >> all right, let's get to jonathan karl, with us live from inside the president's rally there in orlando. and jon, this is a long way out, we know, but a new poll tonight does seem to show a challenge for the president in florida, up against several democratic candidates. let's look at the numbers here. joe biden leads him in florida, 50% to 41%. bernie sanders, ahead 48% to 42%. elizabeth warren out in front, too, 47% to 43%. and jon, you don't need me to tell you, florida, of course, is an all-important state for
president trump. >> reporter: well, he won in florida last time around. it's a big part of the reason that he is president today. and david, if he is going to get re-elected, he is almost certainly going to have to win again here in florida. that's a big reason, big part of the reason we see him launching his campaign right here in orlando. >> rally starting right there. jon karl with us live. jon, thank you. next tonight, the frightening scene in orlando. a police officer dragged and injured during a traffic stop. authorities saying the car was speeding up to 60 miles per hour. and the officer could be heard telling the driver, "you're killing me." here's abc's steve osunsami. >> sir, how much weed's in the car? >> there's no weed in the car. >> reporter: the driver pulled over in this traffic stop with expired tags, and suspected of having pot in his car, is in jail tonight on much bigger charges, accused of trying to murder this police officer with his car. >> all right. i see a little bit of shake right there on your center console, all right. >> reporter: that's orlando police officer sean murphy. you see him convince 25-year-old zavier askew to get out of the
car on may 9th. the driver, now suspected of a drug-related probation violation, runs back to the car, puts it in gear -- >> stop! stop or i'm going to shoot you. >> reporter: -- and races off with the officer hanging out of the window, holding on for dear life. >> officer. officer. >> dude, you're killing me. stop, stop. this is attempted murder. >> reporter: the police report says he was driving at 60 miles an hour and refused to stop. >> it's a dead end. you're going to crash. >> reporter: he does crash, into a parked car. >> [ bleep ], dude. you almost killed me. >> reporter: the officer was able to tuck his legs into the car and avoid any serious injury. he is back on the beat again tonight. david? >> and that is good news. steve, thank you. now, to the deadly storm slowly moving across the country tonight, from colorado all the way to the east coast. heavy rain and flash flooding, in fact, across several states. a tornado touching down in kansas today. a powerful thunderstorm hitting abilene, texas, that was this morning. and this system hovering over
the northeast until friday. several days of this. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee doing double duty along with me all week long. hey, ginger. >> reporter: david, you can see it right now, this persistent rain, the low clouds that are covering the bridge behind me. there have been up to 3 1/2-hour delays, and that's just the annoying part, not even the dangerous part of this storm. let me take you straight through it. the flood watches that extend all the way back through west virginia, ohio, pittsburgh, pennsylvania. the severe thunderstorm watch that includes washington, d.c., baltimore, all of delaware. then it's all along this tropical moisture riding on that front that is stationary. that's what it means, right? it doesn't move much. it's got a tornado watch for much of kansas. wichita to topeka. the severe storms tonight, that threat moves east, nashville, memphis, dallas, all included tomorrow, david. so, we'll be here, watching the same storm system. >> all right, i'll see you on "gma" in the morning. ginger, thank you. we are learning more tonight about the death of another american tourist in the dominican republic. he was found dead in his hotel room after telling friends he wasn't feeling well, and at least nine american deaths have now been reported in just the last 12 months.
this time, he was just 55. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: another american family is demanding answers tonight, after yet another death in the dominican republic. 55-year-old joseph allen, a father from new jersey, found dead in his hotel room this past thursday. his sister tells abc news that her brother was, for the most part, healthy. allen is at least the ninth american tourist to die in the dominican republic in the last 12 months at different resorts across the island. the family of leyla cox, a 53-year-old radiologist from new york, is also asking questions. >> nobody can give me a solid answer on how she passed away. everything is being misdirected and mis-skewed. i get new information every single day. >> reporter: it was just two weeks ago when nathaniel holmes and cynthia day, seen here kayaking on the island, were both found dead in a d.r. resort. autopsies performed on the island said they died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. the husband of miranda werner says she died after drinking
from a mini-bar in her hotel room. officials in the d.r. say they have 2.7 million american visitors there every year and that deaths are very rare. they remain resolute, saying that at this time, there is no evidence that the deaths are connected. david? >> all right, linsey davis on this again tonight. new developments this evening in that police confrontation causing an uproar in phoenix. authorities are bracing for possible protests during a community meeting tonight. and this evening, police now releasing this surveillance of the family accused of shoplifting in a store moments before officers surrounded them with guns drawn. abc's adrienne bankert in phoenix again tonight. >> you're going to [ bleep ] get shot. >> reporter: just days after this controversial encounter with officers sparked outrage, phoenix police are releasing video from inside this store where they say a family was shoplifting moments before officers drew their guns. the video allegedly shows dravon ames taking merchandise without paying. he and iesha harper's 4-year-old daughter talks to another woman with them, who abruptly
leaves. the 4-year-old walks out with a large doll. >> we paid for the things we were getting and we left. >> reporter: but that video appears to show no one paying for anything. >> when i tell you to put your [ bleep ] hands up, you put your hands up. >> i can't put my hands up. i have a [ bleep ] baby. >> reporter: minutes later, officers stopping ames and harper, who is pregnant, and their children at gunpoint. >> when i tell you to do something you [ bleep ] do it. >> i am. i replay those images of a barrel in my face over and over. >> reporter: the couple tells us their kids are traumatized. >> she's been having nightmares and, like, wetting the bed and she hasn't done that. >> reporter: the mayor and police chief have apologized. the couple says that nothing justifies how they were treated. the investigation is ongoing. those officers are on desk duty, though the couple wants them fired. there's a community meeting with city leaders here tonight to discuss what happened. david? >> all right, adrienne, our thanks to you again tonight. and overseas this evening, an alarming piece of video tonight, what appeared to be health scare for german chancellor angela merkel. she appeared to be sick and unsteady, her body visibly shaking when she met the ukrainian president today.
very warm weather as a military band played their national anthems. merkel, who turns 65 next month, says clearly she did not drink enough water. she says she is okay tonight. and back here at home, a major settlement for victims of the deadliest wildfire in california history. pacific gas and electric agreeing to pay $270 million for igniting the camp fire that decimated the town of paradise. more than 80 people were killed, more than 13,000 homes destroyed. butte county receiving nearly $570 million total to settle wildfire claims. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the new images tonight. the close encounter with a great white shark. the huge predator right off the coast here in the northeast. and after those three shark attacks, tonight right here, one of those survivors describing the moment she was pulled under, thinking it was a family member playing. also ahead tonight, the legal victory for a father who lost his son at sandy hook, who took on conspiracy theories that claimed the mass shooting never happened, that it was a hoax.
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with your family and they, like, grab your leg under water as a joke and i was like, ha-ha, really funny. ow. >> reporter: but it was a shark. paige, who lost her leg and some of her fingers, speaking exclusively with our robin roberts. >> what has been the most difficult time? >> not really able to do all the things that i used to do. not having a leg. i'm going to be okay. i'm going to do all that stuff again. they're going to fit me for a prosthetic. i'm still paigey. just a little different. i got some pieces of the puzzle missing. >> shark didn't touch your spirit. >> it did not. >> reporter: and david, it's worth noting that last year north carolina saw three shark attacks in all of 2018. now they've seen three in just two weeks. david? >> all right, gio, thank you. when we come back, more on that major bust in the northeast tonight worth $1 billion. what was found inside. and the father who took on those who said sandy hook was a hoax. he's won tonight. this simple banana peel represents a bold idea:
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>> why? that's your first happy cry? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> i just can't believe i just did that. >> reporter: and after all that work, how did she celebrate? >> we went down to the pizza place. and we got pizza. >> reporter: a well deserved pizza, everything on it, proving she is just 10 years old, after all. she earned that pizza. what are the rest of us going to do? sela, we are rooting for you tonight. what a climb. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow and i'll see you in the morning on "gma." good night. night.
in a van. a followup that proves what a difference you can make. i'm michael finney with how you should not get ripped off the next time you get a rental. >> plus, one of the tech giants pledges to build a better bay area with a billion dollar investment. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. there was a cab driver discovered dead last night. >> his body was on skyline boulevard in san mateo county. abc 7 news reporter vic lee has been working on the story all day. he's live with the story. vic is the killer still out there? >> reporter: well, dan, as far as we know, the killer is still on the loose. the sheriff's department has been saying very little about this and they certainly have not said anything about an arrest
and by the way, we are at the apartment of a family member here in daly city. we're seeing many family and trends ga friends gather here today to mourn. >> he just pick up crazy person and, you know, we don't know did he rob him. we don't know that, what's it really like, what was happening exactly. >> abdual is the victim's cousin. abdual malik was killed sometime last night. his body dumped on a shoulder north of reid roost road. a sheriff's deputy was driving down the road shortly after 11:00 p.m. when he noticed the body. investigator tore swarmed the area looking for anything that could help find the kill >> maybe there is evidence they can