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kate snow is filling in for lester holt. >> bye. tonight, a summit surprise after meeting in the oval office with kim jong-un's right-hand man, president trump reveals that historic face-to-face meeting is back on. >> we'll be meeting on june 12th in singapore. >> but is the president tamping down expectations? the unemployment rate the lowest in years but there are new concerns tonight about that trade war with our allies that could cost you more on everything from food and beer to computers and cars. a deadly ride on the highway in denver. >> our caller is on -- an uber driver, he shot a passenger. >> at least ten shots fired. that uber driver
behind bars. what happened in that car? the president swings back at samantha bee, why hasn't she been fired he wants to know after that vulgar attack on ivanka. and late word tonight, could "roseanne" be coming back without roseanne. and our salute to the class of 2018. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm kate snow in for lester tonight. the u.s./north korea summit is on, once again. president trump at the white house this with kim jong-un face-to-face just 11 days from now. it's a dramatic reversal from last week when the president cancelled the summit after a north korean official made disparaging comments about vice president mike pence. today when a top north korean official arrived at the white house for a historic visit, the president invited him inside for a lengthy talk and now the president expressing hope that the summit on june 12th could start a negotiated end to
north korea's nuclear program. we begin tonight with kristen welker at the white house. >> reporter: appearing together after a nearly 80-minute oval office meeting, president trump and kiyong cho announcing the on again/off again summit is again a go. mr. trump dialing down expectations for the first face-to-face between an american president and a north korean leader and saying there could be more meetings to come. >> we're going to start a process and i told him today, take your time. we can go fast, we can go slowly, but i think they would like to see something happen. >> reporter: the announcement ending a summit cliff hanger after president trump abruptly cancelled it last week citing kim jong-un's anger and hostility and days of diplomatic drama with kim yong chol personally delivering a letter from the north korean dictator. but steep hurdles remain. is north korea ready
to get rid of its nuclear weapons? >> i think they want to do that. i know they want to do that. >> reporter: mr. trump saying the north korean sanctions are staying but he has no plans to impose new ones or ramp up the maximum pressure campaign. >> i don't want to use that term because we're getting long. >> reporter: the president signaling the high-stakes summit could stretch beyond the north nuclear program. >> we're talking about the end of the korean war. you're talking about 70 years. >> what's the biggest challenge now? >> the most important thing is for the two leaders to go into quiet mode, no tweeting, no propaganda statements and focus on policy deliverables for singapore on june 12th. >> kristen, there is the summit will be historic, but there are still significant ris risks, right? >> reporter: there are significant risks. as we talk about them, a little bit of
breaking news now. we're getting the first glimpse inside the oval office at that meeting today between the president and kim jong-un's right-hand man. you see that letter being delivered to the president. the white house saying no surprises in the letter, not revealing the contents, though. as for those risks, the white house says it remains clear-eyed about north korea's history to keep the -- it's word for years. the country lied about the program and kate, perhaps the biggest hurdle, while the u.s. wants immediate denuclearization, it wants a process that could take decades. >> the new jobs report is out and it is stronger than pe223,000 jobs in may and unemployment falling to 3.8%, the lowest in 18 years. but that news was overshadowed before the jobs report came out breaking with
decades of presidential protocol. this as trade warfares escalate and threaten to cost american jobs. nbc's tom costello has that story. >> reporter: the fuel for today's 219-point rally on wall street, that robust jobs report. >> we've reached yet one more historic milestone with 3.8% unemployment announced. >> reporter: wall street got advanced notice when at 7:21 a.m., and told tcohe itted to moving the markets. >> this is very important, no one revealed the numbers to the public. meanwhile, the growing concern from democrats and americans will pay the price for a looming trade war with china, mexico, europe and canada. paying more for everything from smart phones to computers to cars to beer. >> if you head down a path toward a trade war, it tends to be an environment that is higher in inflation, so higher costs for lives.
>> reporter: as u.s. farmers are targeted in retaliation includes exports of orange juice, peanut butter and alcohol. the cleveland whisky and canada and europe may dry up. >> it's not about bluster, it's not about bullying. it's not about striking out. it's about doing good business and having worldwide relationships. that's important. >> the president today -- >> they are allies but they take advantage of us economically. >> our soldiers that fought and died together on the beaches of world war ii. >> reporter: justin trudeau in an exclusive interview the united states is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable. >> president trump argues that u.s. tariffs on imported steel will boost u.s. steel production but many economists warn a full trade war could threaten a quarter million american jobs and send prices higher at the store. kate? >> tom costello in washington.
now to the new fallout about that vulgar remarks about ivanka trump. the president demanding to why comedienne samantha bee has not been fired for making it. the controversy erupting after comedian roseanne barr lost her show over a tweet but it could come back in some form without roseanne. nbc's ann thompson has the latest. >> reporter: comedian and department critic samantha bee in the president's cross hairs. the president tweeting why aren't they firing no-talent samantha bee for the horrible language used on her low-rating show. a total double standard but that's okay. that language a profane slur about his daughter ivanka. >> do something about your dad's immigration practices you feckless [ bleep ].
bee did not back down. we spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word. when we should have spent the day that as a nation we're wrenching children from their parents. one bad word was used deliberately, written and taped in advance. yet her fate different from roseanne barr's for a racist tweet some say because of their employers. >> tbs turner is not the walt disney company. they don't make kids cartoons and have family theme parks. >> reporter: tbs did not respond to the president's demand to fire bee. in 2016, his language about women became a campaign issue. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> reporter: as for barr, she's in utah. >> i believe in one law for all people. i love all people. >> reporter: backing out of a scheduled pod cast today as reports surface about discussions with abc to revive the show again. this time around the character roseanne's daughter in an effort to save hundreds of
jobs. casualties in a war of words. ann thompson, nbc news. there is new cause for alarm in hawaii tonight. new cracks in the earth and lava invading a neighborhood as authorities plead with people to leave their homes, even as some continue to refuse. nbc's gadi schwartz is on the big island with the latest. >> this is fissure 8, a thundering column of lava as big as a 20-story building, tearing through the streets around the clock. this is one of the most active fissures around and it's feeding the fingers, cutting off all kinds of roads back here. this is the reason this whole area is under evacuation. the eruption creating tornados and clouds of ash. >> tornados. from here on out, if people don't leave, they may be forced to face the furry of the lava on their own and anyone caught trying to reenter the evacuation zone could be arrested. some are defiant saying they will stay as long as they can.
>> the most impressive thing is how can something so beautiful be so destructive. >> reporter: others who heeded the evacuations have lost everything. >> if i had known that was the last time i would have seen my house, i would have done things differently. >> reporter: their daughter turns 5 tomorrow. all presents burned. >> my toys got ruined. >> reporter: in the coming days, more residents will be leaving their homes forever in the face of an unstoppable wall of fire and rock consuming everything in its path. over the last few days, residents, local residents here like these have been allowed past the check points to go back to their homes and get everything else they can out of their homes before the lava sweeps through. that ends tonight with authorities saying the situation has gotten way too dangerous to send rescuers in if something goes wrong. kate, back to you. today marked the official start of the new atlantic hurricane season and it is expected to be an active one but puerto rico is still reeling from the last one,
hurricane maria which devastated the island and now a new warning from officials, the island cannot with stand another hurricane. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. >> reporter: in the mountains there are signs of desperation, literally. parts of puerto rico have been without power for nine months. communities here were cut off after hurricane maria washed a bridge away. woodrow reyes is now terrified of what another hurricane season might bring. we're american citizens, reyes says and we feel like we've been forgotten. he showed us his 85-year-old father manuel sick, bedridden without air conditioning. heartbreaking for granddaughter nicole. you're here without power, sometimes without water. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: do you have hope? >> no. i had it but. >> reporter: so why are you still here? >> my parents.
my brothers. i can't leave them here. >> reporter: fema plans to have 3,000 staff members on the island this year, compared to 46 before hurricane maria. >> yes, we're ready. we're in a much better place than we were last year. >> reporter: fema now says it has four supply warehouses like this across the island but the biggest challenge this hurricane season might not be a lack of supplies. can this electrical grid withstand another hurricane? >> i don't think so, no. i'll tell you right now, no. that is the weakest link right now. >> reporter: the power authority says 99% of homes have electricity and late today woodrow told us his lights finally came on. he doubts they will stay on when the next storm roars through. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, puerto rico. still ahead, deadly uber ride. police say a driver shot and killed a passenger on a busy freeway. could your driver be armed on your next uber ride?
back now with that deadly ride on a highway in denver. an uber driver is behind bars, accused of fatally opening fire on a passenger. investigators are trying to figure out what happened insideat car. here is nbc's miguel almaguer. >> an uber driver stating he shot a passenger. >> reporter: the early morning shooting shut down i-25. 29-year-old michael hancock an uber driver shot and killed a man that appeared to be the passenger. it happened as the car was on the busy
stretch of freeway. >> it appears to be a conflict between the uber driver and passenger. the passenger did suffer a gunshot wound or wounds and was transported at the hospital. >> reporter: according to a court document, at least ten rounds were fired. the victim hit multiple times, found lying on the floorboard of the front passenger seat. a witness telling investigators the suspect claims he was attacked by the passenger. tonight, uber says it's deeply troubled by the events. the company's firearm policy prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using the app. nbc news spoke with the father of the driver who says the suspect is licensed to carry a concealed weapon in colorado. though police would not confirm it. tonight, the uber driver a young father of two and a college student is behind bars. miguel almaguer, nbc news. back in a moment with our annual tribute to the class of 2018 and some of the best advice they have gotten as they move onto the next exciting chapter in life. >> congratulations.
when the worst oil spill hit san francisco, first responders went to work. and mayor gavin newsom, he went to hawaii. man: newsome left the day after the spill for a four-day vacation in hawaii. the same gavin who said his job as lieutenant governor was so dull, he only showed up for work at the state capitol one day a week, tops. gavin's not gonna work as governor. back now as
promised with one of our favorite traditions around here, our salute to the graduates, inspiring words of wisdom for the class of 2018 from some folks we think you'll recognize. ♪ >> this degree you're about to get, it's a privilege. and that privilege obligates you to use what you've learned to lend a hand to somebody who doesn't get to be here. ♪ >> all of us have a responsibility to be greater than the people who came before us. ♪ >> you're allowed to be disappointed when it feels like life's
benched you. what you aren't allowed to do is miss your opportunity to lead from the bench. >> sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is and how you need to fight it. >> yes, you will make mistakes in life. you will even fail. it happens to all of us, no matter how qualified or capable we are. take it from me. [ laughter ] ♪ >> we value diversity and we share our individual gifts, our individual stories. we create the mosaic that is america at its very finest. >> the nfuture is yours, and i'm much
more optimistic today than i was yesterday. ♪ >> for us to move forward, we have to do it together all together. ♪ when we walked in fields of gold ♪ ♪ >> you've been given a piece of paper that represents a lot of hard work, your degree. roll that piece of paper up and hold it to your eye, it becomes a telescope, a le ♪ everything is all right ♪ >> as you follow your passions and discover new pursuits, be involved citizens. be involved citizens of your neighborhood, your community, your nation and the world. ♪ >> no graduate gets to
this moment alone. i want to acknowledge your parents and grandparents and friends that are here cheering you on, just as they have every step of the way. ♪ though i won't be afraid ♪ >> surround yourself with people who trust and get you, who get your demons and believe you in, not just what you have to offer them. keep them close. ♪ and darling, darling, stand by me, oh, stand by me ♪ ♪ oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me ♪ >> dream big, dream bigger, push further, faster, fly higher and never stop reaching for greatness. never stop reaching for the stars.
if i leave you with anything, i'm going to leave you with these two words. and those two words are i'm batman. ♪ ♪ just dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ can't stop the feeling ♪ ♪ i got this feeling in my body ♪ ♪ come on >> huge thanks to producer katie recommendsremshen and barry. for putting that piece together. congratulations to all the congratulations. we'll be right back. packing upy
you could argue andrea constand was part of the me-too movement before that movement had a name. she was one of the first women to make allegations against legendary comedian bill cosby 13 years ago. over time dozens of women would come forward with a range of allegations which cosby has denied. but only constand's case has led to a criminal trial and a convinc conviction. i spoke with andrea constand exclusively. andrea, you're going to be known as the woman who took down bill cosby. how do you feel about that? >> i never set out to bring down anybody, and i haven't necessarily because i'm not alone. this is a collective consciousness so i would rather say we brought down bill cosby but i just had the shoes on.
>> sentencing is set for september for cosby. his lawyers have said they will appeal. and by the way, you can watch the full hour of "dateline" tonight at 10:00 p.m., 9:00 central. >> that is "nightly news." i'm kate snow in for lester. he's back monday. have a great night.there pictu bay area skyranger. firefighters say it started when we have just learned a kite surfer in alameda is dead. live pictures of crown memorial state beach. authorities have left the scene. a lot of beach goers there. you can see a lot of action including kite surfers right now. we learned around 4:30, there were two and one of them got into trouble. the other rescued him and dragged him to shore. emergency crews performed cpr but he died. we'll continue to bring you updates on air and online.
the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening. thanks for joining us. >> it's another first for silicon valley but this is nothing to brag about. record high housing prices are leading to an exodus and nowhere in california have more people moved out than the south bay. >> the silicon valley is leading the way if hiring. scott budman is live where experts say the problem is only going to get worse. >> reporter: realtor.com says as the economy heats up, people are moving out. cashing in after a huge rise in local home prices. tech jobs bringing people in to silicon valley, astro no, ma'no housing prices are forces people out. santa clara county is seeing more people leave than anywhere in the state. kim is among them.