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newscast at 11:00 a.m. >> that's all for us this morning. we'll be back at 7:25 with a live look at the local news updates. >> have a great monday morning. good morning. breaking overnight, full speed ahead. the fbi interviewing the second woman who accused brett kavanaugh. this morning, how deep will this investigation go? and we're hearing from the senator who single-handedly stopped the confirmation vote. >> if judge kavanaugh is shown to have lied to the committee, nomination's over? >> oh, yes. i would think so. >> just ahead, the fbi's next steps. total devastation. the death toll skyrockets overnight to nearly 900 people from the massive earthquake and tsunami in indonesia. the wall of water wiping out entire communities.
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rescuers now struggling to reach the hardest-hit towns and fearing the worst. we're live from the disaster zone, straight ahead. car explosion mystery. authorities now calling this deadly blast that led to panic in pennsylvania a criminal incident. three people killed. the question this morning -- what caused it? all that plus shark attack. a 13-year-old boy being treated for serious injuries after an attack off of california. >> the shark ripped open everything on the back. it's compromised. facebook hit by a massive new cyber attack affecting 50 million users. even ceo mark zuckerberg a victim of the attack. and pink power today. the inspiring effort to bring smiles to those fighting for their lives as we kick off breast cancer awareness month,
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with a special surprise on our plaza. today, monday, october 1st, 2018. >> from nbc news, this is "today," with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everybody. welcome to "today." nice to have you with us on a monday morning, october 1st. breast cancer awareness month. you look good in pink. so does our plaza. >> our plaza is decked out in pink. we have a lot planned for the ladies and gentlemen out there. it's a great way to help survivors out. our top story, the fbi getting to work on its investigation into sexual assault claims of supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. we have complete coverage. we'll start with peter alexander. peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the background investigation into brett kavanaugh now under way.
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investigators have now spoken to kavanaugh's second accuser, deborah ramirez, a classmate from yale. multiple sources tell nbc news the fbi is limiting this probe. the fbi has been, quote, handcuffed. the white house is disputing that. but some democrats are warning those restraints could turn the investigation into a farce. this morning we're getting a clearer picture that some of those the fbi is talking to, in the race to meet friday's deadline to complete the background nomination into brett kavanaugh. christine blasey ford's legal team telling nbc news, dr. ford has not been contacted by the fbi. but on sunday, the fbi did speak to deborah ramirez. a source familiar with the conversation says ramirez provided a list of witnesses that can corroborate her allegation that kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party, an allegation kavanaugh denies.
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the fbi will be talking to chad ludington who says that he was deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by brett himself of his drinking at yale. adding, when brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. president trump insists the white house isn't putting limits on the fbi. >> they have free rein. they will do what they do. >> reporter: tweeting on saturday, i want them to interview anybody that is appropriate. the fbi has received no new instructions changing the limits imposed by the white house counsel office on the investigation. according to a senior u.s. official and another source familiar with the matter. those limit the sources include a specific witness list that does not include julie swetnick, who came forward through her lawyer, michael avenatti, accusing kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school, an allegation he denies. top democrat dianne feinstein
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sent a letter to white house counsel don mcgahn and fbi director christopher wray. she wants the marching orders given to the fbi. the president's team claims the white house is not interfering. >> the white house is not micromanaging this process. the senate is dictating the terms. >> reporter: on "60 minutes" jeff flake, a crucial swing vote, and chris coons, say they are awaiting the report. >> if judge kavanaugh has lied to the committee, nomination is over? >> oh, yes. i would think so. >> reporter: president trump is tweeting that the democrats find the time and scope is not enough. for them it will never be enough.
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don jr. weighed in. >> the people that are the victims of these things, when it is so obviously political, it diminishes the real claims. >> there's been so much talk, including kellyanne conway saying she herself had been a victim of sexual assault in the past. >> reporter: this was unexpected. it was a deeply personal disclosure from kellyanne conway. while she did, conway said that the judge should not bear the weight of the #metoo movement. she said she had experienced it firsthand. >> i feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape. that -- i'm a victim of sexual assault. i don't expect judge kavanaugh or jake tapper or jeff flake or anybody to be held responsible for that.
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>> reporter: kellyanne conway said victims should be heard. and in this case, judge kavanaugh should be able to defend himself. >> peter, thank you. let's get more on how the fbi investigation is set to unfold. for that, we turn to nbc justice correspondent, pete williams. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> the investigations are getting under way. we know some of the people who the fbi is planning to talk to. how do we know this information? >> this is different. the fbi usually investigates crimes. they follow the investigation. this is not a criminal investigation, the fbi is reopening the background investigation into brett kavanaugh. in that sense, the fbi is acting like a private eye and the client is the white house. and that's true when it looks at the background of a presidential nominee. we know that agents are interviewing three people, where
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christine blasey ford was at that house where she said she was. and unlike in a criminal investigation, the fbi cannot legally require anybody to respond to questions. but it appears that they're going to cooperate anyway. >> you know how these things work, pete. one person answers a question and that raises five other questions. how far can the fbi then go to follow up leads it gets after the interviews? >> i think it can go far if it gets permission. the white house says it's not restricting the investigation. but our assumption and the fbi's, as well, that it will need to get approval from white house counsel if it wants to go further and expand the reach of the people they're investigating. the results, they will go to the white house that passes them on to the judiciary committee. that's the normal procedure. there's no reason to think it will be different this time. >> pete, thank you. the u.s. and canada reaching a last-minute deal that salvages
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nafta, the north american free trade agreement that the president threatened to get rid of. hallie jackson has these details. and the president is up and talking about this deal this morning, hallie. what can you tell us? >> he's thrilled about it. talk about down to the wire, right before midnight deadline. the president is calling this an historic transaction. all three great nations, in his words, are closer to competition with the rest of the world. the president has blasted nafta for years. this is a new version. same countries, different name. the united states, mexico, canada agreement. canada will make some concessions on dairy. that was a huge sticking point in these talks. it will be easier for u.s. farmers to get into the dairy market in canada. in return, the united states will dial back the threats of auto tariffs.
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this agreement will come for review every six years, which the administration is praising as significant leverage to make sure this deal is what it wants. as for next steps, all three leaders have to sign this thing and it goes to congress for approval. >> big story happening overnight. hallie, thank you. another major story this morning, the rising death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in indonesia. it stands at more than 800. and rescuers have yet to reach all the affected communities. janis mackey frayer is in indonesia with the developments. janis, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. access to the worst hit areas remains hard. most flights were canceled because of this. hundreds of people blocking the runway, pleading to get out. the chaos delaying delivery of aid that is desperately needed.
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it is a sea of debris, mangled buildings and sorrow. rescue workers are racing against time and a lack of equipment to find survivors lost in the rubble. this man says he tried to dig out his family but couldn't and had no help. early this morning, a woman was found alive, days after the massive quake. how many more are trapped or were swept out to sea by the tsunami that roared ashore is unclear. but the number of confirmed dead is surging, with hundreds of bodies being buried in mass graves to stave off the stench and disease. areas closer to the quake's epicenter and more than 250,000 people are cut off. >> the bridges and the roads are damaged. it's difficult. >> reporter: the twin disasters were swift and powerful. a pilot shot this video of what he called a strange wave. later, he learned the air
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traffic controller who stayed to ensure the takeoff, lost his life. he is being hailed a hero. the tsunami brought a wall of water. waves as high as 18 feet that crushed the coast. >> it's unusual for an earthquake, which generates a tsunami, to be so close to land. >> reporter: nearly 50,000 people are displaced here. but the biggest concern is finding survivors. relatives and friends, in a desperate search for the missing. check shelters and scouring makeshift morgues that line the streets. getting to the hard-hit areas by road takes about 24 hours. but it's the only way they're going to get the heavy equipment to lift the debris. the death toll has already surged. it's expected to spike even further. and the delays could add to that. back to you. >> thank you so much.
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we bring in craig, who is following another big story this morning. >> there's a deepening mystery surrounding a fatal car explosion in pennsylvania over the weekend. authorities now saying it was not an accident. nbc's morgan radford with the latest on the investigation. good to see you, morgan. >> good morning. it is still a mystery. three men were killed when the car exploded in allentown. police have not released their names or a motive. but police believe this is a crime and the suspect among the dead. this morning, authorities are sifting through what's left of this car, trying to figure out what caused it to explode in a fireball, taking three lives. the blast saturday night, rocked downtown allentown, about 60 miles northwest of philadelphia. mike hunter heard the boom and thought it was a terror attack. >> it was horrific. it's crazy. something i've never seen
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before. only see stuff like that on tv. >> reporter: he pulled out his phone and started recording. >> half of the car, the middle area was on fire and exploding. >> reporter: desiree said the gruesome aftermath left her traumatized. >> i saw a leg by the car and i ran away. >> reporter: first responders came on a chaotic scene. investigators donned protective suits to go through the evidence, including the bodies killed, blown apart by the force of the blast. the atf heading up the investigation, along with the fbi and several other law enforcement agencies. >> we believe this is an isolated incident. we can't get into the details. we're following up on a lot of leads. a lot of witnesses and information for us to follow up on. >> reporter: the district attorney calls the explosion a criminal incident. but authorities say they're not searching for any suspects. >> we have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.
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>> reporter: they sealed off the area. authorities do caution that once their identities are known, this investigation could still take some time. >> bizarre story. morgan, thank you. now to a big shakeup in the works at tesla, the electric car company headed by elon musk. the s.e.c. cracking down on the company and the man behind it, over a tweet that musk sent to his followers. jo ling kent has more on this story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. it was the tweet heard around the world, elon musk declaring he had the money to take his company, tesla, private. that landed him in hot water with investors and he and tesla are paying the price, big-time. and there's questions whether tesla can survive this.
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elon musk stepping down as chairman of tesla and giving up control. he agreed to step aside for three years and pay a $20 million fine. tesla is also forking over another $20 million. all that money going to harmed investors. the punishment, one of the most severe by the s.e.c., is from this tweet in august, when musk declared, i'm considering taking tesla private at $470. it sent tesla shares spiking. >> elon musk creating chaos with a single tweet. >> reporter: the s.e.c. called his tweet misleading. >> rounding up to $420 because of the significance of that number in marijuana culture and his belief that his girlfriend would be amused by it. >> reporter: the settlement comes after the s.e.c. sued musk for fraud last week, threatening
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his future as the creative brains behind his car company. so far musk has not reacted to the punishment on his famous twitter feed and for good reason. tesla is putting in place additional controls and procedures to oversee musk's communications. this comes as the ceo becomes increasingly unpredictable. musk did a live interview appearing to smoke pot, sending tesla stock plummeting. >> what are you doing smoking weed? >> reporter: and he is facing a lawsuit after suggesting the cave diver who rescued the team is a pedophile. he told "the new york times," he's working 120-hour weeks and sleeping over at the factory. and more pressure may be around the corner, as rivals as
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mercedes-benz, audi, porsche, and jaguar moves ahead in the luxury vehicle space. the future of tesla, uncertain, without the man who helped make it what it is today in the driver's seat. this agreement is all subject to court approval. and musk will remain the ceo of the company. as for tesla itself, last night marked the end of the third quarter. so production and delivery figures for all those cars could be released as early as this week. in an e-mail obtained by cnbc, musk is telling his employees that the company is very close to finally turning a profit. at the moment, that might be the closest thing we have to a crystal ball on where tesla goes from here. >> all right, jo. thank you. 7:18. mr. roker over at the weather wall. what is shaking? >> hey, guys. good morning. thank you for getting your first weather from us. unusual situation where we have a pacific hurricane affecting
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the continental u.s. this is a tropical storm. it's rosa. it has 50-mile-per-hour winds. it's moving to the northeast, at 12 miles per hour. you can see rainmaking its way into the southwest. it's going to continue to push to the northeast. there's another system coming in that will be affecting california today. lots of rain there. and then, as we move into tomorrow, this continues to spread north, bringing a ton of rain for the southwest. for example, flagstaff and phoenix will be see more rain through wednesday than they do for an entire month. this moisture continues to push up and causes heavy rain from southern california all the way into the southwest. isolated totals up to five inches. and big rip current problems, large swells from rosa all the way from pismo beach to laguna. waves 6 to 12 feet and dangerous rip currents. a situation going on in the southwest and southern california. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. the ♪
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today 76 in napa. >> and that's your latest weather. hey, summer's not quite done yet. >> what do you mean? >> we'll have the details coming up. >> that's a good tuesdaease. >> you have to wait. coming up, a california beach closed after a 13-year-old boy was attacked by a shark over the weekend. we'll have the latest on his condition and the witnesses sharing dramatic details. the new cyber attack affecting 50 million facebook users, including mark zuckerberg. how to tell if your account was hacked. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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with mostly cloudy skies but high humidity and warm air for the inland valleys. high todays reaching into the 80s for the south bay and triral v trivalley. the coastal area 60s. watching out for rain in the north bay with scattered showers later this morning into early afternoon. going into tonight that rain starts to get heavier as it works its way inland and we could see some of this rain by tomorrow morning's commute or pain parts of the bay area. let's check in with mike. >> things are looking good. watches for changes with the change in the weather tomorrow, right now dry roads. we have a smooth flow of traffic. an early issue on the dumbarton bridge has cleared to the palo alto menlo park side. more folks are traveling south on 880 going down to 237. plan for that.
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getting into the city smooth but slowing towards the fremont street exit. back to you. >> another local news update in a half hour.
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voting is a fundamental right. it is the only way in our democracy to have a say in the issues we care about. essentially, it's our stake in our children's future. >> that, of course, is former first lady michelle obama. she was in miami on friday. she's back in the political spotlight. she is urging people to register to vote. >> and this morning, we are announcing she will be here for a live event on our plaza, thursday, october 11th, the international day of the girl. and mrs. obama will sit down with us for a live conversation about the importance of education for girls around the world. >> we'll talk to her about life after the white house. and she's going to make a big
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announcement. that is not all. to celebrate the international day of the girl, we have kelly clarkson, jennifer hudson, meghan trainor. they will be here for a live concert. they're going to perform in front of an audience of girls. craig, you can come, too. right here on our plaza. it will be cool. >> come down, bring your >> a heck of a party. looking forward to that. let's look at the headlines this morning. new details surrounding the investigation of brett kavanaugh. christine blasey ford's legal team says dr. ford has not been contacted by the fbi. but one of the three women accusing kavanaugh, deborah ramirez, did speak to investigators on sunday. she says that kavanaugh exposed
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himself to her at a party. the fbi will be talking to kavanaugh's former yale classmate today. ludington came forward sunday night saying, when brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. today marks the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting of an outdoor concert on the las vegas strip. people gathered and prayed at a makeshift memorial for the victims of that massacre. 58 people were killed and 800 hurt, when stephen paddock opened fire from his hotel room in the mandalay bay hotel room. tonight the strip will go dark when resorts turn off the bright marquees in honor of the victims. newly released video shows the dramatic rescue efforts by navy sailors in the moments after a commercial plane crash happened in micronesia on friday. you can see the sailors walking on the wing of that partially submerged plane and then entering the cabin. the air new guinea flight
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crashed into a lagoon when going for the airport. this weekend, it was revealed that one passenger was missing. six people remain in the hospital in stable condition. also this morning, a 13-year-old boy is hospitalized with serious injuries after he was attacked by a shark near san diego over the weekend. nbc's joe fryer is here with the latest on that. joe, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. a second shark bite incident in as many weeks off of the california coastline, after a boy diving for lobster sustained a deep bite just below his neck. kayakers who pulled the boy out of the water said the shark was stalking their kayaks. it was early morning, the first day of lobster season, off of the coast of southern california. >> we heard a kid scream. >> reporter: a 13-year-old boy in the water attacked by a shark. he had been diving for lobsters.
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he was rescued by kayakers, including a lifeguard, who pulled him on to their boat. >> he ripped up the clavicle, and got his cheek. >> reporter: the boy was air-lifted to a trauma ward. his family asked the media not to reveal his name. >> this is a rare injury. in the ten years i've been at this hospital, i had not seen an injury like this. >> reporter: the boy is expected to survive though is still in serious condition after undergoing surgery. >> a small bite from a big shark can do a lot of damage. but having good first responders nearby has been the difference between people living or not. >> reporter: the beach, near encinitas, closed over the weekend, but is expected to reopen today. >> we're having guards coming into the beach in to the water, to let people know we had a nonfatal shark attack. we're advising them to stay out
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of the water. >> reporter: the attack follows a fatal encounter off of cape cod, massachusetts, the first shark-related fatality in massachusetts in more than 80 years. just last year, two victims were badly injured. >> the fact that we have so few shark bites tell us about shark behavior. they're just not interested in people. but accidents occasionally happen. >> the kayaker who rescued the boy was in the right place at the right time. >> chad hamil said he was out there with two friends. they heard screaming. they thought someone was excited because they caught lobsters. and they heard the kid say, i was bit. they put him in the kayak. they said the whole way back, the shark was coming after them. >> thank you, joe. let's switch gears and go to mr. roker. a check of the weather? >> summer is trying to hang in there. big area of high pressure, dominating the eastern seaboard. new york city, unseasonably warm.
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we're going to see temperatures seven degrees above average. pittsburgh, 78. indianapolis, ten degrees warmer than usual. tuesday, we head to the west, little rock, six degrees warmer at 87 degrees. new york is around 80 late week. detroit, in the mid-70s. mid-80s in nashville. and we finally see temperatures dropping back a bit. that's what's going on around good morning. i'm kari hall. it's going to be a cloudy and muggy day with spotty showers possible for the north day today, especially this afternoon. looking at our forecast we'll see our highs in san jose reaching 80 degrees. 82 in livermore. today in santa rosa, 74 degrees. looking at rain across the bay
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>> reporter: now, zuckerberg is in the hot seat again, less than six months after testifying about data security in front of congress. >> it will be hard for us to guarantee that we're going to fully stop everything. >> reporter: in the latest attack, hacker s exploited a feature called view as, when people look at how their profile appears to others. many users understandably shaken. >> so much has gone down with facebook that my trust in the site is kind of scrapped. >> you would think facebook would have securer firewalls to prevent all that. >> i feel like any website, i wouldn't trust fully, because there's a chance it can be hacked. yeah. that's scary. >> reporter: according to zuckerberg, whose own account was compromised in the latest breach, the vulnerability has been patched. and all the affected accounts were logged out. all you have to do is log back
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in. >> and we will notify these people in a message on top of their news feeds about what happened when they log wac back. >> reporter: it's been a tough two years for the social media giant that was investigated by the ftc and the fbi, when cambridge analytica gained access to the data of 87 million users. that prompting an apology from zuckerberg to congress. >> it was my mistake. and i'm sorry. i started facebook. i run it. and at the end of the day, i'm responsible for what happens here. >> reporter: this morning, a new blow to facebook, as it struggles to regain the trust of its users again. >> miguel, is facebook going to get into trouble for this latest breach? >> reporter: they face a $1.6 billion fine in europe. and there's a class-action lawsuit under way here in the states. >> all right, miguel. thank you. just ahead, how the brett kavanaugh hearings have consumed
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because of their first accident. liberty mutual insurance. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty ♪ welcome back. 7:48. the hearings and now the fbi investigation of brett kavanaugh have consumed and captivated the country like nothing we've seen out of washington in years. >> this is a cultural moment. and here with perspective on where we are, nbc's harry smith. we like to call you in at a moment like this. >> friday night, everybody is talking about tailgate on sunday, after church. it's nonstop. one thing everybody in america is talking about, ford and kavanaugh. our airwaves and our editorial pages have been filled with opinions all weekend. and by the time saturday night rolled around, we were ready for a good laugh. >> i'm going to start at an 11. i'm going to take it to about a 15 real quick.
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>> reporter: was it comic relief or ridicule? if you were not convinced of the depth of the divide in america, you needed to wait a while. kanye west coming to trump's defense in an unaired speech at the end of "snl." he appeared to receive something less than a standing ovation. >> a white person is about to say, how do you like trump, he's racist? if i would have been worried about racism, i would have moved out of america a long time ago. >> reporter: what happened in the hearing room on thursday was riveting. it was raw. >> i never sexually assaulted anyone. >> reporter: a drama that was all very un-d.c. we watched, 20 million or so on tv. millions more online and on the radio. and what we heard depended a lot on our politics. >> i am here because i believe
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it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me. >> this is a circus. the consequences will extend long past my nomination. >> reporter: polar opposite reactions to the people involved. one person's truth was another one's fiction. kavanaugh and ford were both hero and victim to those who found their stories credible. maya angelou wrote, there's no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. from shakespeare's "king leer," i am a man more sinned against than sinning. in a week we will know the results of the fbi investigation. one wonders if any revelation would sway public opinion or the senators who will vote. i was in iowa, class reunion, central college, class of '73, football game and all that stuff. it depended on who you talked to. people were predisposed to believe ahead of time. you ran into some moderates that said, let's see how this plays out.
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but to me, everyone's minds are made up. >> i don't feel we're not going to get anywhere. the fbi will provide information. you'll see that through the lenses that you choose to see it. >> you use the information to argue your case, which is an open mind is vanishing. pink power "today." we'll have a special hour ahead. coming up. that's next. this is amazing. with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, are you okay? even when i was there, i never knew when my symptoms would keep us apart. so i talked to my doctor about humira. i learned humira can help get, and keep uc under control when other medications haven't worked well enough. and it helps people achieve control that lasts. so you can experience few or no symptoms. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers,
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the things that matter most happen one morning and one cup at a time. (roosevelt)smoking just messed thaup your lungs. i never thought that at only 45 it would give me a heart attack. my tip is; do your heart a favor, and quit now. (announcer) you can quit. for free help, call 1-800-quit-now. good monday morning. i'm kari hall. right now we're tracking light rain for the north bay and we're seeing it on stormranger with spotty showers for parts of northern sonoma county. we will see some heavier rain arriving later tonight but still mostly in the north bay.
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the rest of the bay area from san francisco to the peninsula and spotty showers towards the south and east bay, we'll see that make it here tomorrow afternoon and still some rain chances as we go through early wednesday as this muggy air continues and this disturbance moves through. our temperatures today heading into mostly the upper 70s and mostly low 80s. san jose 80 degrees. for tomorrow scattered showers off and on. then it dries out and warms up in time for the weekend. by saturday we're back in the mid 80s. let's check out the roads with mike. >> we have a crash cleared from the east shore freeway. they had to have a traffic break to clear the debris. traffic now getting down towards the berkeley area, very slow over west 80. west 80 continues to build and slow from treasure island. recovery 880 towards henderson from an earlier crash. back to you.
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>> thank you very much. happening now, the battle over access to martins beach near half moon bay may reach the end of the road. the u.s. supreme court this morning decided to leave in place a state appeals court ruling ae choiri requiring acce. jacks are in place to ease the load of two steel beams. fremont street is still closed. get more on our twitter post. have a great morning. area. meteorologist kari hall is tracking the storm and where the wet spots will be. plus -- repairs continue at the transbay transit center. what you need to know before you get caught up in a traffic nightmare. join us tomorrow from 4:30 to 7.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, under pressure. the fbi racing to complete its background investigation into supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. >> they have free rein. they're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. >> this morning, confusion on who the fbi can talk to and who is speaking out. we're live at the white house. then, "pink power today." we're kicking off breast cancer awareness month as a sea of pink takes over the plaza. rita wilson talks about her battle. and gwyneth paltrow ties the
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knot in a private ceremony over the weekend. we'll have all the latest, and the photos she posted, that has people talking today, monday, october 1st, 2018. good morning to my hero, my mom. >> five-year cancer survivor, sending love to my girl, kendall. >> to all my fellow fighters, we got this. ♪ >> we love our moms. >> and we'll keep fighting pretty. >> for all those out there battling cancer -- >> you are beautiful. >> here in honor of our mom, nan nancy. >> coming together for "pink power today." >> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "today." we are bathed in pink. it's a special monday morning, the 1st of october. and it's breast cancer awareness month. >> a lot of great energy on the plaza. we're doing our part with the return of "pink power today."
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all month, we'll be showing our support for the millions who are battling breast cancer. >> love hearing rachel platten singing the fight song. those volunteers are hard at work, making care packages that will be shipped all around the country. we'll let you know how you can lend a hand and more on that effort. everybody little bit helps when you go through something like that. >> we're going to roll up our sleeves, as well. >> we are. let's get to your news at 8:00. the fbi has started interviewing witnesses as part of its investigation of misconduct allegations against supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. but there's some confusion this morning about how far investigators are going to be allowed to go. nbc national correspondent peter alexander is at the white house for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. this really has become an explosive conflict. that fbi background investigation into brett kavanaugh is now under way. investigators have spoken to kavanaugh's second accuser, a
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woman named deborah ramirez, a classmate from yale. mostible sources tell nbc news, the white house is limiting the probe. one senior official telling us that the white house has been handcuffed. the white house is disputing that. but some are warning those could turn the investigation into a farce. this morning, we're getting a clearer picture of some of those the fbi is talking to, in a race to complete its background investigation into brett kavanaugh. christine blasey ford's legal team telling nbc news, dr. ford has not been contacted by the fbi. but on sunday, the fbi did speak to deborah ramirez, kavanaugh's accuser from his days at yale. a source says ramirez provided a list of witnesses who she says can corroborate her allegation that kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party, an allegation that kavanaugh deniedenies. nbc news has learned that the fbi will be talking to chad
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ludington today. he said he became deeply troubled on what is a blatant mischaracterization of his drinking at yale. adding, when brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. president trump insists the white house isn't putting limits on the fbi. >> they have free rein, doing whatever it is they do. >> reporter: tweeting saturday, i want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate at their discretion. the fbi has received no new instructions changing the limits inposed by the white house's counsel office in the investigation, according to a senior u.s. official and another source. the limits, the sources say, include a specific witness list that does not include julie swetnick, who came forward through her lawyer, michael avenatti last week, accusing kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school, an allegation he denies. dianne feinstein sent a letter sunday to white house counsel
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don mcgahn and christopher wray, asking for the marching order the white house sent to the fbi. >> the fbi is not micromanaging this process. this is the -- the senate is dictating the terms. >> reporter: on "60 minutes," jeff flake, a crucial swing vote who called for the investigation, and democrat chris coons, say they're awaiting the fbi report. >> if judge kavanaugh is shown to have lied to the committee, nomination's over? >> oh, yes. >> i would think so. >> reporter: the white house is emphasizing the fbi's work is not meant to be a fishing expedition. but chris coons says, there ought to be multiple investigations because there's multiple allegations before the judiciary committee right now. he says there is not likely 50 but it has to be more than 5. >> peter, thank you. the u.s. and canada reached
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a last-minute deal sunday to salvage the north american free trade agreement that also includes mexico. canada will give dairy farmers access to its markets. president trump says it will reduce u.s. trade deficits and give american companies less incentives to move their plants to mexico. a massive relief effort is under way in indonesia, where a death toll from earthquake and tsunami soared to nearly 900, and that number is expected to go up. the quake generated waves as fall as 20 feet that smashed into coastal towns. emergency officials are under fire for failing to provide more advanced warning, as well. they later acknowledged that a system of buoys designed to protect against tsunamis has not been working for years. california is the first state to require that publicly traded companies have women on their board of directors.
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jerry brown signed the bill into law. companies must have one woman on the board by the end of next year. and that number would gradually increase. the governor admits that legal challenges may doom this law before it takes effect. you have the news covered? let's do a little "boost." you have to be tough to be a u.s. marine. you also have a tender side. this is a marine after a six-month deployment. his wife was there to greet him and for the first time, he met his newborn son. he took them both into his arms. well, you can see what happened there. the rest of the family gave them a minute to enjoy before they piled into the scrum. oh. but the sweetest. oh. >> all right. this will give you a boost, too. look outside. >> all right. >> right now, we have an as assembly line of volunteers. >> that's a group called fighting pretty. it's an organization that mail
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special care packages to those battling breast cancer. and there's a way we can all get involved. >> right? >> that's right, craig. you can send the messages of support. we're going to include it in one of these boxes. use #pinkpowertoday. you can comment on our facebook and instagram pages. and instagram pages. we'll share y so, you'll be here and instagram pages. we'll share y to help protect my car? state farm will be here. okay, what about here? yup. nice! my screen didn't crack. thank goodness. what about... obviously. here? i don't think so. that makes sense. what about here? here too. awesome. that wasn't my fault. go with the one that's here to help life go right. state farm. (christine) i didn't think i but i still got oral cancer. and it came back twice. my tip is: if you smoke, you're a smoker.
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♪ it's like sugar ♪ we are back with the return of "pink power today," as we mark national breast cancer awareness month. in the days ahead, we're going to share with you about the treatments and those in the fight. we' we have a lot to get to today. a lot of volunteers filling care
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packages for those with breast cancer. we'll talk to them in a moment. but first, we'll look at where this stands. 200,000 americans are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. more are surviving thanks to better diagnostic tools and therapies. breast cancer will claim the lives of 40,000 women this year. it is the second in leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the united states. early detection is key. the american cancer society recommends that women ages 45 to 54 get mammograms to screen for cancer. and encourages regular self-breast exams. it is a message serena williams is helping spread in a new public service announcement. serena's voice is one of many joining the fight. some of hollywood's favorite actresses have battled breast cancer. julia louis-dreyfus, the star of
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"veep" and "seinfeld," shared her diagnosis last year on social media saying, one in eight women get breast cancer. today, i'm the one. she shared her journey to help others. and rita wilson, actress, singer, song writer and waif of tom hanks shared her diagnosis in 2015. today, she tells her story and spreads awareness in the bat official a exercise that impacts so many. we're happy rita wilson is with us now. you just released your third album, "bigger picture." we'll get to that a little later. hi. >> hi, hoda. >> it's been three years since you battled breast cancer. i remember for me, i've been ten years. i remember the day i knew -- >> congratulations. >> thank you. the day i knew i was getting better when it wasn't the first thing i thought of when i woke up in the morning. >> yes. >> for you, is it the number one thought? >> no. that diminishes. when you're going through treatment where you're getting
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your diagnosis, you're really focused on that. and when things ease off, i had a delayed reaction. that's when i thought, what just happened to me? mindfulness meditation is helpful to get through that period. in time, it diminishes when you get more years under your belt of being clean. >> what's interesting about yours is, you went in for a checkup. they said you were fine. you had a bad gut about it. a friend encouraged you to get the second opinion. that's a good message. if you don't feel like they got it right, go back in. >> and it's not just a second opinion. it was a second opinion on my pathology, which i had never heard about. and my friend who told me, she was a breast cancer survivor twice and said, you should get a second opinion on your pathology. and that was critical because it came back that i did have breast cancer. >> what you touched on is important. once you're done with it, people are like, good for you, you're
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all done with that. and later you have feelings like, is it coming back to get me? a little more detail on how you battled that part. >> i think mindfulness m meditation was extremely helpful. doing things you love. music for me has been an incredible way to just -- it's like therapeutic and at the same time, creatively satisfying outlet. i would listen to music. i would listen to music. music can change your mood. anything and everything. i mean, at that time, i was doing a play with larry david here called "fish in the dark." and taylor swift's album "1989" came out. i was listening to that. and i was listening to jason reeves. he has a great album, as well. i think getting the music that makes you feel good and puts you in a good space. >> let's talk about the music for a second. "bigger picture," it dropped this weekend. you have to feel good about this
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song. it's so personal, for you, isn't it? >> the whole album is a musical scrapbook because i have a physical scrapbook. >> can we listen for a second. ♪ and i opened it up to find who i am ♪ ♪ and who i was >> come on. it's really your life. >> it is. >> i'm a scrapbook collector. at least i was and photo albums. i think sometimes as human beings, we forget or lose track of two who we are. you look back at the scrapbooks of your life. i can be incredibly happy and love everything i've seen. and sometimes i'm sad from the people we've lost. >> you're going to be singing at the grand old opry. congrats on that. you talked about the support of
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tom, your awesome husband. i couldn't help but looking, i was on facebook and i saw your husband as mr. rogers. i was like omg. what do you think of that look of his? >> well, since i am going to have to visit his neighborhood, i just hope he finds a place to store that look. i mean, we all love mr. rogers. >> rita, you are awesome. thank you so much. you're going to stick around for our fourth hour. and later, you will have a performance of that song, we heard a snippet of it, called "bigger picture." let's head over to carson. >> so much for my halloween costume. here's what's going on? the orange room is the pink room. our mission with the organization fighting pretty. we asked you to send
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we're coming on the air to bring you president trump's remarks to reporters at the white house. the president will be speaking in the rose garden about a la - last-minute deal reached last night with canada on trade. we will go to the free trade agreement. >> some people say the swamp, but i will not say that today. i refuse. this is too important. one of the most important deals and the most important trade deal we have ever made by far. i want to thank joni ernst for being here. thank you very much. i'll be in iowa very soon. we'll be doing something very important in iowa. but this is maybe more important than all of it put together. i want to thank you for being here.
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congressman holding, congressman row, congressman newhouse and congressman, meadows, thank you for being here. you have been very instrumental. thank you. [ applause ] i'm thrilled to speak to the american people to share truly historic news for our nation. and indeed, for the world. i want to thank vice president pence for joining us this morning. we have completed negotiations on a brand new deal to terminate and replace nafta and the nafta trade agreements with an incredible new u.s./mexico co, canada agreement. it's called mca. u.s. mca.
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that will be the name, i guess, that 99% of the time we'll be hearing. it has a good ring to it. i have long con tenned that nafta was the worst trade deal ever made. since nafta's adoption the u.s. racked up $2 trillion and it's a much higher number than that with canada and mexico it lost vast amounts of money and lost 4.1 million manufacturing jobs and even more auto jobs. throughout the campaign i promised to renegotiate nafta and today we have kept that promise. but for 25 years as a civilian, as a businessman, i used to say how could anybody have signed a deal like nafta. i watched new england and so many other places where i was just the factories were leaving
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shs the jobs were leaving, people were being fired and we can't have that. so we have negotiated this new agreement based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. to me, it's the most important word in trade because we have been treated so unfairly by so many nations all over the world. we're changing that. we just signed a much better deal with south korea. we had a horrible, horrible deal and we just signed that at united nations and that's worked out well. they are happy. we're happy. it's good for jobs. it's good for a lo lot of things. they said 250,000 jobs will be given by signing this transaction. they were right. i have saud it before. they were raooigt. 250,000 jobs to south korea. not to the united states. so that's changed. very much for the better. this one is a brand new deal. the agreement will govern nearly $1.2 trillion in trade which
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makes it the biggest trade deal in history. i want to congratulate u.s. trade representative bob. lighthouser who worked. nobody understands how hard he's worked. if i ever do this, i want to get him to represent us because he felt the way i did. and the entire. team at the u.s. tr standing behind me and some right here in the audience, i want to thank you all. fantastic job. thank you all. thank you. fantastic group of people. they love our country. i want to thank secretary ross,
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secretary nielsen, secretary purdue, jared kushner and the united states ambassador to canada kelly craft. thank you. i also want to thank presidethe president of mexico. i really like him a lot. he may like me, i'm not sure. but i think he's a terrific person. he will be leaving soon, but he's really done a good job. a wonderful person. and the mexican president-elect lopez oberdor, who has given his support for this agreement and we're developing a really good relationship, which is important for our country and for mexico. and so they work together on this. this was done by both. i said, look, i don't want the to sign an agreement and a new president comes in and they don't like it and we have difficulty.
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they worked very much together on it. i appreciate it from both. i have to certainly give my highest regards to prime minister of canada justin trudeau. a lot of stories came out about justin and i having difficulty together over the trade deal, but i'll tell you it's turned out to be a very, very good deal for both and a very, very good deal for all three. it puts us in a position that we have never been in before. it's very good when you look at the world and what the world is doing and when you look at the unfair trade practices that countries are using against the united states. this is a terrific deal for all of us. once approved by congress, this new deal will be the most modern, up to date and balanced trade agreement in the hus ri of our country. with the most advanced protections for workers ever
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developed. if you look at the reviews, people that would normally not under any circumstances say good things because automatically they have to say bad. even some democrats say that's amazing. we had some -- they haven't been given the sound bytes yet, but actually you had some democrats say this is really amazing if he really got all of that. but by tomorrow, i would suspect they will change their tune, but that's okay because people know how good it is. it's an amazing deal for a lot of people. like wise, it will be the most advanced trade deal in the world with ambitious provisions on the digital economy, patents, very important, financial services and other areas where the united states has a strong, competitive advantage. mexico and canada have agreed to strong new labor protections, environmental protections and new protections for intellectual property.
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so important. this new deal is a great victory for our farmers. they have been taken advantage of by everybody. prices have gone way down and we're working on some other deals that are going to make them very happy also. this is a very, very big deal for our farmers. mexico and canada will be opened up a lot more than they are now. and i think there will be a better spirit between the three countries. the agreement will give farmers and ranchers far great er acces to sell american grown produce in mexico and in canada. the deal includes a substantial increase in our farmers' opportunities to export american wheat, poultry, eggs and dairy including milk, butt. er, cheese, yogurt and ice cream to name a few. i want to be very specific.
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[ applause ] and many other products, but those products were not really being treated fairly as far as those that worked so hard to produce them. thooz measures will support hundreds of thousands of american jobs. this is also an historic win for american manufacturers and american auto workers. we have lost so many jobs over the years under nafta. under the current new deal, if you look at the current nafta deal, the new deal is taking care of all of these problems because nafta, foreign companies have been allowed to manufacture many of their parts overseas, ship them to mexico and canada for assembly and send their foreign-made cars into the
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united states with no tax. so we let all our people go, we fire everybody. they make cars, they make everything in another country. they send them into the united states with no tax. and the cost is very little different. sometimes it's more for people that like to talk about cost. with this agreement, we are closing all of these terrible loopholes. they are closed, they were gone, they were a disaster. for example, we're requiring a large portion of every car to be made by high wage workers which will reduce foreign outsource i ing, which was a tremendous problem. and means manufacture auto parts and automobiles will be manufactured inside the united states. we will be manufacturing many more cars. and our companies won't be leaving the united states, firing their workers and building their cars elsewhere. there's no longer that unsentive. before under the nafta deal, they had that incentive. they have the opposite incentive now.
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we're not going to be losing our companies. to me, that was the most important thing. i don't want to see our companies leave and fire our workers, and our workers never get. jobs to replace those jobs. those days are over. this deal will also impose new standards requiring 75% of every automobile to be made in north america in order to qualify for the privilege of free access to our markets. that's what it is. it's a privilege. we don't take it as a privilege. we don't take it as a privilege. it's a privilege for them to do business with us. and i'm not talking about mexico. i'm talking about everybody. everybody. it's a privilege for china to do business with us. it's a privilege for the european union, who has treated us very badly, but that's coming along, to do business with us. japan, every country, it's a privilege for them to come in
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and attack the piggy bank. in this, we will have a result of much more happening right here in the united states. it means more than anything else, far more american jobs and these are high quality jobs. there are also strong provisions to enforce what's called the rules of origin requirements. this will incentivize u.s. made automobiles. once approved, this will be a new dawn for the american auto industry and for the american auto worker. they will see. they understand. they voted for us in large numbers. even though their leadership always goes democrat. a couple o of them said i don't know how i can do it again. many of them, the leaders would back democrats and would tell me you're going to get most of the vot votes. we got most of the votes from workers period.
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but the american auto worker was behind what we were doing. it will transform north america back into a manufacturing power house. if you remember the previous administration said we're not going to have manufacturing jobs anymore essentially. we're not going to make things anymore? no, just the opposite. we're going to be a manufacturing power house and allow us to reclaim a supply chain that has offshored to the world because of unfair trade issues. we also provide brand new intellectual property protections for buy logic drugs, which will make north america a haven for medical innovation. we want our drugs to be made here. when you talk prescription drugs, we don't like getting them from foreign countries. we don't know what's happening with those drug, how they are being made. too important.
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this will send cash and jobs pour iing into the united state and into north america, good for canada, good for mexico, instead of jobs leaving for overseas they will be returning back home. we have already had it. we have many, many car companies. i was with prime minister abe of japan. he said we have sent many car companies to the united states over the last year. and very importantly, he said many more are coming. because they have an incentive now to be here. people want to be back in the united states again. as they say, the united states is respected again. but it's also respected as to trade and industry. this is a truly extraordinary agreement for the united states, canada and mexico. it's so important that the president and i have developed this sort of a bond.
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a bond on trade. he's done a very good job for mexico in terms of trade. and prime minister trudeau, they love their countries and want to do right for their countries and that's what they have done. if you look at this agreement, we formed a great partnership with mexico and with khcanada. and i plan to sign the agreement by the end of november. by then we'll submit it for approval to congress where in theory there should be no trouble, but anything you submit to congress is trouble. no matter what. it's the single greatest agreement ever signed. they will say trump likes it so we're not going to approve it. but it will be sent to congress pursuant to the trade promotion authority act.
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this agreement follows on the heels of our successful completion of a new and balanced trade deal with south korea. a tremendous difference in that deal from what it was. it was a disaster, as i said. to improve the old deal that killed so many jobs, it also follows in our announcement the last week of a new trade negotiation with japan. japan would never negotiate with the united states. they said we're not going to negotiate. they told the previous administration we're not going to negotiate. i said, you don't have to negotiate, but we're going to put a very, very substantial tax on your car if you don't. by the way, without tariffs, we wouldn't be. talking about a deal. just for those babies out there that keep talking about tariffs. that includes congress. please don't charge tariffs. without tariffs, you wouldn't be -- we wouldn't be standing here. bob and all of these folks would not be standing here now. we're totally prepared to do that if they don't negotiate. but japan is wanting to
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negotiate. they called about three weeks ago and he's a terrific man. just had a tremendous victory. and they said we'd like to start negotiations immediately. india, which is the tariff king, they called us and they say we want to start negotiations immediately. when bob said what happened, he would never do this. said we want to keep your president happy. isn't that nice? isn't that nice? it's true. they have to keep us happy because they understand that we're wise to what's been happening. india charges tariffs of 100%. if we want to put a tariff of 5 25%, people will call from congress. that's not free trade. i'd look back to people and say where did these people come from? so because of the power of tariffs and the power that we have with tariffs, we in many
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cases won't even have to use them. that's how powerful they are. and how good they are. but in many cases, we're not going to have to use them. in many cases, countries that are charging massive tariffs are et lim nating those tariffs. as you know, we have $250 billion at 25% interest with china right now. and we could go $267 billion more and china wants to talk very badly. i said it's too early to talk. can't talk now because they are not ready. they have been ripping us for so many years. it doesn't happen that quickly us. and if politically people force it too quickly, you're not going to make the right deal for our workers and for our country. but china wants to talk. we want the to talk to them. we want them to help us with north korea. we want them to continue to help us with north korea. that's very important. the european union, it's been very tough on the united states.
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last year and for many years they have lost in the vicinity of $150 billion a year. they have massive trade barriers. and they didn't want to come. they didn't want to talk. jawn claude, a great business person, head of the the european union. i say, we want to make a deal. he goes, no, no, we are very happy. he said you may be happy but i'm not happy because we have one of the worst deals of any group. we have one of the worst deals with the european union. and they just didn't want to come because they were happy with the deal. but we're not happy with the deal. and finally, after going through a whole process, i said, look, we're going to put a tax of 20% on all of the millions of mercedes and millions of cars that they us sell here that they won't take over there. farm product that they won't take because there are barriers.
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you're not allowed to sell over there. much of their products, most of them. and so i announced that we're going to put a 20% tariff, could be 25% on their cars coming in. and they immediately called and said we'd like to start negotiations. we're having a successful negotiation. we'll see what happens. who knows. i always say, who knows. but we'll see. i have a feeling we'll be successful. a pillar of national security is economic security in trade. national security is not where we lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year. over the last five years, we have averaged $800 billion a year loss on trade. how dumb is that? $800 billion. this group doesn't know about those numbers. i don't even want the them to hear those numbers. but the united states and its trade deals have lost on average almost $800 billion a year.
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that's deal iing with china, dealing with european union, with everybody, japan, mexico, canada, everybody. and we're not going to allow that to happen. but we have to have a strong manufacturing base and manufacturing sector. we need a thriving economy. those are all really essential ingredients to national security. we can't allow what's been happening over the last 25 years to happen. we're building our military like never before. it will be the strongest it ever was and all of those jets that are made and rockets and missiles, they are all being made in the united states. our economy is booming like never before. jobless claims are at a 50-year low. the stock market is at an all-time high.
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think of that. over 50% since my election. people for the 401(k)s and they were dying with them for years. now they are so happy. i was telling the story i often tell of a policeman in new york came up. his wife was always very upset with him as an investor. he wasn't doing well with the 0 401(k)s. now he's a genius because the numbers are so crazy. we're up over 50% since the election. and you have heard me say this many times. african-american unemployment, asian unemployment, hispanic unemployment is at record lows. in history, not for the last two years, the history of our country african-american, asian, hispanic, young people without high school diplomas, all at historic -- that's a very
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important sector. all at historic lows. the lowest in history. it's really something that's great. this is helping so much with people to get out of prison. we have a tremendous problem. people come out of prison and can't get a job. employers don't want to hire them. the economy is so good they are hiring them and turning out to be incredible workers. they are given a second or third chance in some cases. but i have had numerous employers come up and say i have taken poem in prison and we have hired them. he wouldn't have done this in a normal economy or bad economy. only in this kind of an economy. and now he's like the big. e -- biggest fan. most of them have been unbelievable or you could ask, but most have been unbelievable. that's a great thing. that's a really great thing. it gives them a chance.
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so before we take questions, i want to extend our condolences to the country of indonesia. friend of mine, we're going to be calling up the leader, who is a great leader. they us got. hit by a giant snastsunami. it's the worst of all. you look at the tornadoes, hurricanes, all of the different natural disasters. a friend of mine who studies natural disasters, i don't know why he does that, but he does. he says the tsunami is the worst of all and they got hut very hard. probably thousands of people killed. we have already sent a lot of first responders and military and others to help, but it's a really bad, bad situation. and finally before closing, i want to send our thoughts and
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prayers to the victims of the las vegas shooting. that was a horrible, horrible time in the life of our country. took place exactly one year ago today. all of america is grieving for the lives lost and for the families they left behind. so to all of those families and to the people of las vegas, we love you. we are with you. we are working with you very hard. that was a terrible, terrible event. so thank you very much for that. i want to ask bob lighthouser, who is just a terrific individual as well as a man that knows a lot about this subject to come up and say a word about the u.s. mca, the new agreement. if you have any questions, we'll take some questions after that.
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bob? >> thank you, mr. president. >> a last-minute trade deal with canada now once again. bringing back mexico, u.s., canada in a unified trade deal. not nafta, but u.s. mca. the president saying it will bring many more jobs to this country and allow more manufacturing jobs in this country. he a vocal critic even as a candidate. the man that negotiated all this, we expect to hear the president make some comments in a moment. we want to bring in hallie jackson, she can tell us more about what this trade deal enb tails and how it may differ from the existing nafta. >> let's talk about what's in this u.s. mexico canada agreement and what's not in it. it is for the president a
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promise made, promise kept. he talked about ripping up, tearing down nafta on the campaign trail. this is still the same countries that were in nafta. it's a revised agreement here. so let's talk about it. one of the midgetest things is it opens up the dairy market for u.s. farmers. they should have an easier time getting dairy products into canada. that's a big deal for farmers in places like wisconsin, where the president did pretty well in the 2016 election. that's significant because dairy had been the biggest sticking point for weeks here in the negotiations led by the man at the podium there, the u.s. trade representative. in return the u.s. is giving a little bit and conceding on the threat of auto tariffs. the president had been threatening that against canada for awhile. the u.s. is going to ease up on that, although the details are still being worked out at least at this point. here's what's not in this deal.
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mention of the steel or aluminum tariffs. canada, the prime minister has not liked that. that continues to be ab issue. but it's not addressed in this piece of the deal. that said this allows the president to have a win heading into the midterms. he has to sign this along with the leaders of mexico and canada. you heard him say he spoke with those leaders. that should happen by the end of next month. then congress has to give the green light. the reference in congress in his view, but congress will need to sign off on this. the president had been given the green light by congress to go ahead and try to renegotiate nafta. that's happened. there's also a provision that allows for the u.s. to re-examine this every six years. the administration believes that is a significant point of leverage for the u.s. in order to make sure that this remains the agreement that the u.s. wants to see. now the president notably is expected to take questions. you heard him mention that. that's significant because i expect that from my colleagues in the rose garden there you'll
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not only hear kwaes quest about nafta but the other major story dominating head looibs in washington. the future of judge brett kavanaugh as the fbi continues its investigation. the supplemental background investigation into the accusations raised against the supreme court pick. i imagine he wants to talk about that. >> we're going to swing back to that in a moment. let me bring in john from cnbc. trade deals, a lot of ups and downs and consequences. some unintended. what's the reality of the job picture? does it create as many jobs as it might potentially lose? >> there's some potential for additional job creation and higher wages among american auto workers. that's because the significant portion of this deal raises the amount of north american content that has to be in cars in these three countries that are sold without tariff. and also the sets a minimum wage rate for a certain percentage.
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that will mostly affect mexico. might reduce pressure on u.s. wages. it's important to say that mostly this is a rebranding exercise of provisions that already existed in nafta or had already been negotiated as part of the tpp under president obama. the historian kevin cruze put it best on twitter. it's as if the president said i discovered lettuce, bacon and tomato and so i made a new sandwich. >> thank you. as mentioned, we're going to be waiting for questions from the president. we think us there will be a fair number about the brett kavanaugh, now the renewed fbi background check. i want to bring in our justice department correspondent pete williams. as we have been reporting, the white house is constrict iing wt the fbi can do. the white house pushing back on that.
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what do we know right now? >> i think the best way to think of this, let's use another analogy. the way to think about this is the fbi is acting like a private investigator, like a a private eye. when you hire a private eye, you tell them what you want to investigate. that's what's happening here. the white house is giving them initial marching orders. if the fbi comes back and says we need to broaden this out, then the white house would have to approve that. but for now, the fbi doesn't have the process available subpoenas to force people to talk, but it looks like people are talking voluntarily. >> let's go back to the president now about to take questions. >> question? >> thank you, sir. you have had tensions with prime minister trudeau. how did that affect your ability to get this deal done? >> i don't think it did. he's a professional, i'm a professional. we had very strong tensions. it was just an unfair deal, whether it was mexico or canada. now it's a fair deal for
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everybody. it's a much different deal. it's a brand new deal. it's not nafta redone, it's a brand new deal. i just spoke with him. we have a great relationship. we're going to work as a partner. don't forget the rest of the world is looking to take advantage of us. and as a region, you might say, and we're going to work closely together with canada and mexico because we'll be able to compete with anybody. we have things that nobody else has. we have energy that nobody else has. we have timber that nobody else has. we have things that no other part of the world has to the extent that we have. so we're going to do very well together. i think we have -- there was a lot of tension, i will say, he and i more specifically. it's all worked out. it ended about 12:00 last night. but he's a good man. he's done a good job. he loves the people of canada. >> you mentioned the $267 billion in possible more tariffs on china.
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what does china need to do to avoid that? >> we'll see what happens with china. we have lost $375 billion in trade deficits. they have a surplus of $375 billion, with a "b", with the united states. it's been that way for years. we rebuilt china. they took that money and built fighter jets, bridges, they built more bridges than we have built in the last 100 years probably. big once, like the george washington bridge, like big bridges. and i'm not going to take -- i us don't blame china. i blame our leadership. they should have never let that happen. i told that to president xi. i was hitting china hard. i looked at it and said i don't really blame you. i blame our leadership for to h. he knew exactly what i meant.
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we had had no of the top peoplen china a representative at highest came oval office. how did happen? a under. he said did anything the when put on a25% on that comes united states into china, we thought we would be rebuked. we thought it would be terrible. nobody ever called. nobody did anything. that was years ago. and we charge them nothing. we don't collect it. we do now, by the way. but we don't collect it. so they charge 25, we charge essentially nothing. but i said how did that happen? he said nobody ever called. we don't have a deal with china. there's no deal. they do whatever they want the. so we have a tremendous problem
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with theft of intellectual property with china. we have a lot of other problems with china. we have primarily trade problems. and as you know, they are having a much more difficult time now. i don't want them to have a difficult time. and we're doing better than we have ever done. everybody talked about the tariffs. tariffs ended in 1913. and they then went to a different system, totally unrelated. then in 1928 you had the great depression. for a the lot of different reasons, not necessarily our country's fault, but a little bit our country's fault. and then in the 1930s, they said we better starlet charging some tariffs. we need money to come into our country again. okay? so i'm not advocating tariffs. i will tell you this. our steel industry will be stronger than it's been in 25 years. it's taken six months because i charge for the dumpers. they were dumping steel and
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dumping aluminum into our country. i charge 25%. that's a lot. it could be more. but that's a lot. and if you look at u.s. steel and new core, they just announced a billion dollar plant, already started construction. u.s. steel is building eight or nine plants. they are expanding plants. i don't think there's any industry like what's happened to steel in the last nine months, ten months since i really started doing what i'm doing. it's been really pretty amazing. aluminum also. we need steel. we need steel for defense. what are we going to do say we'll get our steel from another country? we can't do that. excuse me. we can't do that. so we need steel and we need it badly for defense. i'm proud of what's happened
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with the steel industry. >> and then we'll get to that. >> do you think your trade deal will pass through congress? >> i think so. but if it doesn't, we have lots of other alternatives. but i do think so. if it they are fair, which is z a big question, but the republicans love it. industry loves it. our country loves it. if it's fair, it will pass. it will pass easily. really easily. it's a great deal. nafta passed, it's one of the worst deals i have ever seen. inconceivable that it was made. any other questions on trade? i'll get back to you on the other questions. >> i'd like to go forward with the kavanaugh question. >> let's do that later.
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>> i'll call you a second time. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. president. you have described india and can you explain it later? >> india charges tremendous tariffs. when we send harley davidson motorcycles, other things to india, they charge very high tariffs. i have spoken to prime minister mode and he's going to reduce them. nobody ever spoke to these people. he said nobody ever spoke to me. in other words, we have had leaders here -- i'm not trying to be overly dra mmatic. we have had presidents of the united states and trade represent i-s that never spoke to india. brazil is a another one. they charge us whatever they want. if you ask some of the companies, they say brazil is among the toughest in the world, maybe the toughest in the world. we don't call and say you're treating our companies unfairly. you're treating our country unfairly. so india is a very, very high --
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they charge tremendously high tariffs. on motorcycles it was 100%. so you send a motorcycle into india, there's a 100% tariff. that's so high that it's like a barrier. in other words, who is going to buy it? it costs you so much. now they have already reduced that substantially, but it's still too high. my relationship with india is great with prime minister mode. they are going to start doing a lot. they have called us to make a deal. we didn't even call them. they called us to make a deal, which is shocking to people. yes, sir, go ahead. >> i do have a second question on the kavanaugh thing when you get back to it if you'd take that. you'll take that now? >> no, no. >> the question on trade. does this mean the end of tariffs if you could spell that out in canada? >> no. the steel is staying where it
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is. and aluminum. but it means we probably, for the most part, won't be having to use tariffs. unless we're unable to make a deal with the country. we will respectfully put tariffs on cars. the united states will take in billions and billions of dollars into it. >> only from carl sagan. >> but it will take in billions and billions of dollars, but really what's going to happen is they will make the cars in the united states. this way they don't have to pay the 25% tax. i don't think you're going to have to use the tariffs too often, but there will be cases where you have countries that are just absolutely noting wi w to do what's fair and reciprocal. in that case, they will fapay tariffs. the united states will do very well. either way, we do well. >> will it pass in canada and mexico? >> i don't know. i can't tell you. we made a deal. the highly respected presidents,
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it and in the case of canada, the prime minister, are satisfied with the deal. it's good for canada. it's good for mexico. it's good for all three. this is a deal. this is a good for all three. and just that fact makes it good for us. but this is good for all three. this is a a much different deal than nafta and this is much more of a reciprocal deal for the united states which is really good. yeah, go ahead, peter. >> move on to kavanaugh briefly for the -- >> we'll do the kavanaugh questions. you talk about being treated harshly. we'll do that in a couple -- let's finish up trade. you have a lot of people who want to run over to "wall street journal" and start writing. i can't hear you. a mexican journalist. sure, go ahead. >> so, you're going to keep the tariffs -- >> until such time as we can do


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