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gameo much. i understand what the yankees-red sox rivalry is all about.ar you talking about two franchises that have played together almost 120 years. viewers ono to our public television here in america and around the world. donald tru is sticking by saudi arabia even if the crown prince did know about the killing of journalist jamal khashoggi. in a stament constantly merica first," the president defended ties with the kingdom despite international condemnation of khashoggi's murder last month. mr. trump says mohammad bin salman could have known about the killing bute called saudi arabia a steadfast partner. chris buckler reports. chris: the cia now believes it has a deta happened when jamal khashoggi
entered the saudi consulate. thef names oe so-called saudi execution team who flew into istanbul to carry out the murder, and an audio recording t killing inside the consulate, which president trump says he has refused to listen to because it was in his words, so violent, vicious, and terrible. it has been claimed that the intelligence agency believes that despiteis denials, crown prince mohammad bin salman ordered the murder. today in a stement, president trump seemed to simply dismiss that, saying "ouintelligence agencies continue to process b assess all information, but it could very wethat the crown prince had knowledge of the tragic event. maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" pres. trump: i'm not going to destroy the wod economy and i'm not going to destroy the economy of our country by being foolish with saudi arabia. chris: what many people will find shocking is that president trump at one stage refers to t ct that some inside saudi arabia referred to khashoggi ase my of the state.
he does go on to say that this was a terrible and indefensible crime. nonetheless, it gives you the sense that president trump is that intends to put american interest first sec. pompeo: the united states will continue to have a relationship with the kingdom of saudi arabia. they are an important partner of ours. that is the commitment the prident made today. pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. chris: today president trump was taking part in a presideial tradition, pardoning a turkey before thanksgiving. away from the cameras, critics say he has been making excuses for saudi arabia, granting the country something approaching forgiveness. he washington post," which employed jamal khashoggi as a columnist, said president trump's response was a betrayal of american values, and that surrendering to what they lled a state-ordered murder only made to the world more dangerous. chris buckler, bbc news,on washin our chief international
correspondent lyse doucet is in the saudi capital, rie dh, and i sp her a brief time ago. how are the saudis responding to this warm embrace an endorsement by president trump despite the murder? lyse: well, laura, i think there will be huge sigh of relief for saudi's, -- saudis, particularly the saudi leadership. but in some ways it is what they would expect, and itheonfirms whatsaid from day one even before the trump presidency began, that president trump would be a loyal ally ana very usted friend of the kingdom no matter what.it now seems even siding with the kingdom over what is reported to have been the assessment of his own intelligence agencies. the president did mention and saudis know that there will be pressu from members of the ths. congress who don't want the president to tak kind of standa, -- stand, and there
will be continuing criticism from human rights groups and pressure from other countries who will continue to d greater clarity. since i have been here in the kingdom, so many saudis have expressed to me how upset they are by what they call a deicable act. many don't believe that the crown ince himself personally ordered the assassination. but they ait that his big question and this dark cloud is going to hang ov not just the kingdom but over those t individuals, are are many saudi individuals who travel abroad, that this will continue to plague the s kingdom fe time to come. laura: lyse, that is the key question tonight, how damaged is the saudi crown prince himself by this. key members of congress say he c has lost adibility. bse: i think you also have to make a distinctiween saudi arabia's image abroad, and it will matter a lot to tdi elite, their image abroad, but
also theroader map of saudi citizens, many of whom don't travel abroa many of whom have been criticizing all of these stories coming out from the consulate, all of these accusations against the crown prince. we saw yesterday when king salman opened ansent out the agenda for the year ahead, he did notec dy mention the murder of jamal khashoggi, although there may have been some hints in there. which thething in crown prince will still enjoy a lot of popular support, but there will be many who also regret that whoever ordered this act has causda great, great ge to the reputation of the enngdom and will have an impact on foreign investhat saudi arabia does need if it is going to create jobs for its citizens anadvance the development of saudi arabia and also its standing in the world community.
laura: lyse doucet in riyadh. for more on president emump's stt on america's relationship saudi arabia, expert brief time ago to niall , white house columnist at "the" hil not for the first time the president goes against the assessment of his intelligence agencies a is standing with saudi arabia. what is the political fallout? niall: it is an extraordinary situation. he has this à la carte attitude to intelligence findings. the political fallout is trickyn this ixtraordinary situation he the -- we have here the president of the united instates is essentially ar that business interests gives to gives de facto immuni to a government that may have murdered a citizen. laura: senator lindsey graham says that when we lose our moral voice, we lose our strongest asset. he is losing sompeople who usually back him on the hill.
niall: donald trump built so much of his appeal on the idea of american strength, and he is still claiming that here, america first and so on. but to many people, including senator graham, th seems the opposite of that, because you are essentially saying that yther interests can pardons or avoidance of consequences. laura: there could be consequences with congress on this one. germany has stopped arms salto audi arabia for the moment. do something similar if it disagreeenwith the pre's assessment? niall: it can do so if it gets the majority. we have seen a lot of timesis during the admation republicans talk a good game as far as is standing up to president trump is concerned and been a lot more reluto follow through. is this going to be different eccause it goes so directly to issues of nationality? maybe, but i wouldn't bet on it. laura: you were on the south lawn when the president took off
this afternoon. the president says i don't have any incoming dealings with saudi arabiaho will incomine democrats want to know the answer to the question? niall: i'm sure they will. the fact that they have subpoena power to look into his affairs is potentily troublesome for the president and the general rationale he used on the south lawn, petrol prices, extraordinary to people. laura: we learned from the president's lawyer rudy giuliani that mr. trump has submitted written answers to questions from special counsel robert mueller. we knew the president was brking on this, but what is the significance of thng submitted? niall: one is that it seems pretty final that the president will not submit to an son interview with robert mueller. there were fears among his own camp that he would walk into a perjury trap. we don't know what mueller has asked, but the fact that the answers have been submitted does suggest we are moving towards finally an end. laa: those questions were about collusion as far as we know, but not obstruction of justice?
niall: we are not entirely sureh e was a previous set of questions released.y if ttch those, then the emphasis is on collusion. orbut it is widely rd that mueller is looking into obstruction, and that could be where the greater peril lies not just for the president but for his administration.ia laura: stanage, thank you for joining us.nt as the presieaves for his thanksgiving break at mar-a-lago, the issue of the caravan of migrants ming large. a federal judge has blocked his order stopping migrants crossing the sohern border illegally from claiming asylum. mr. trump cited national security conrns, but he has faced criticism from civil rights groups. in a moment we will hear from aleem maqbool in san diego, but first to will grant, who has been to the border city of tijuana in mexico. will:ug idyllic tthe beach is ajuana looks, it
fortress. only the birds free to come and go as they please. for everyone else, the u.s. border patrol is on hand. the migrants already knew they were in hostile territory. the main migrant camp lies in the shadow of the border wall. the u.s. almost their grasp. sto reach it, migrant rig groups are helping them register through e tangled asylum process. "president trump is serious about keeping us out, but all we want to do is work," says has she waits to at her name to the list. a good work ethic alone won't get them into the u.s. they may have more chance success if their lives are in danger.>> y ex-husband threatened to kill me every time he saw me on the street.d he s would take my son and i would never see him again.
will: as they walk thrgh mexico battling through the heat, the migrants are aiming to reach here, the busiest border crossing in the world. yey such is the fear of these tired and dusty migrants that nie u.s. shut it for one m this week. it is the last few hundred meters that may prove the tohest for the migrants to complete. for those who have not turned back already, ey face potentially months of legal limbo trying to gain asylum in the united states. some may choose to settle here in tijuana, but others may try legallys the border instead. aleem: here in the u.s., the white house has called this massive movement of people ansi in, an assault on the southern border. as such, the president has asked that thousands of troops be deoyed here. but these are not soldiers lined along the border with their weapons poised. the army refused to accept a combat role.
most of the troops are reforcing the border fence putting up barbed wire. we did catch a glimpse of border police clearly preparing to use force against the migrants if they felt it wasecessary. but we also met someone taking matters into his own hands, driving slowly around the border looking for illegal immigrts. >> you can see where that goes up the hill over there -- aleem: he has two teardrops tattooed on his cheek -- he says for the times barack obama was elected. he is determined no immigrant p will gt him. >> they are invaders.ju i can'e whether they are criminals or not, but right now fey are invaders. they are trying ce their way into this country. aleem: what if they present themselves and they claim asylum and go through the legal channels at the border? >> that is a means of doing it legal. i however disagree with it. i thk it should be done away with.
aleem: vigantes have been inspired to take action by the rhetoric from the white house. across the border, migrants have already shown they are prepared evetake any risk to ac their dream. aleem maqbool, bbc news, san diego. laura: the complexn picture the u.s. southern border. at least people have been killed 43 and 60 injured in an explosion in the afghan capital, g kabul. accord local authorities, the blast took place at a meeting of clerics who were gathering at a wedding hall to m mark the prophammad's birthday. it is one of the deadliest attacks on the afghan capital in recent months. shares have fallen on wall street as some of the world's largest technology stocks plunge.wo investors are ying about slowing growth and the impact of u.s.-china trade tensions. shares in ape are the core of that cause of concern now that iphone ses have leveled out. six people trapped in a falling
lift in chicago say they thought they were going to die as they plummeted 84s flo the ground. the group fell from the the 11th for of the skyscraper. they were eventually freed and unharmed after a three-hour ordeal. you are watching "bbc world news america." still come on tonight's program, we speak to the actor brown about becoming unicef's youngest ever goodwill ambassador. airbnb says it is removing all properties in israeli settlements in the occupied west bank from its listings. the u.s.-based accommodation website says settlements are at the core of the dispute between israelis and palestinians. the move has been welcomed by palestinians, but israel has called it shamefulnd threatened legal action. reporter: israeli homes in the
occupied west bank. the jewish settlement welcomes holidaymakers. this property is listed on airbnb and rented out for shorty a source of income for the owners. but now airbnb says it will not allow such properties on its website. it says settlements are at the core of t dispute between israel and palestinians. and that has provoked a furious reaction from israeli officials. >> it is uetting because the idea behind airbnb is to get people to meet people where they actually live, to understand their surroundings, to dunderstand their needs, maybe understand their dreams. it igiving into extreme peop who don't have any intention of promoting peace, by bringing people further away from one another. reporter: settlements are built on land that israel captured and occupied in 1967 middle east war. they are seen as illegal under international law, although israel disagrees.
tourism is an important source of income for palestinians, who have long campaign for airbnb te ction in the west bank. >> we very much welcome this decision and we believe this decision is very, very important. we hope that all companies, all travel companies will do the same as soon as possible. reporter: israeli authorities iby they are looking at po legal action. about 200 properties are due to accommodation rental website in the coming days. laura: one of central america's most activeolnoes has erupted for the fifth time this year. stthe lalareup has forced the evacuation of thousands of people and is similar to a
deadly eruption in june which killed almost 200 people. reporter: molten lava against the night sky -- this isa' guate's volcano of fire. it is living up to its name, currently spewing out ash, lava, and gas. officials have issued a red alert. nearly 4000 people have been evacuated from a nearby town which is close to the country's capital. half of those taken to safety were living within a 10-kilometer radius of the volcano. evacuations are becoming close to routine for the town of fuego. in june more than 190 people were killed when the volcano erupted. this is the fifth eruption this year. the latest was just last night. -- just last month. involcanic eruption atemala. millie bobby brown is an emmy-nominated actorio with 10
mifollowers on instagram, all at the tender age of 14. the star of the netflix sers "stranger things" has been named a goodwill ambassador for icef. she spoke to nada tawfik about her new role. millie: it is an incredible honor and privilege, but i'm doing this for the children who needed to be heard. nada: you are such a roleodel for so many children, so what do you think it means to haveomeone their own age advocating for the? are theyot only inspired by me, they are inspiringev my day, which is really unheard of, because everybody's like "well, yes, i am a role model," but you are my role model. o every child es through difficult times, she inspires me to do what i am doing. as i stand here now, millions of children do not have access to
education. millions don't have food, vaccines, or clean watereao keep them hlthy and strong wil. nada: you have been getting celebrities to gblue and landmarks like empire state building to go blue. what do you hope it inspires? millie: to impact children's rights. i know you are busy, but go blue. >> ♪ iant to see everything in blue ♪ >> let's run that one more time. orla you are the best. nada:g kids are grow with so many additional pressures largely because of social medi t you say one things you want to stop is bullying. why is that so personal to you? millie: that is true. a lot of bullying through school and also through cyber bullying online.
i think that is why i am so excited to work with unicef in violence ngd cyber bullnd bullying in general, because not only does it mean something personal to me , but i know that other children are going through that, too, and is why i'm using my platform and voice to end this, because that is enough. ata: i know you are aro avoiding spoilers, but is there anything at all you can share about the upcoming season of "stranger things"? millie: it is the summer of love, a lot of relationships, and that twist that "stranger things" the kind of slogan we arer usig is season is "it's spreading." and we don't know what it is. but you will have to find out next year. laura: millie bobby brown the. baseball's biggest names, and now he has gone to london to promote the sport.
alex rodriguez was a new york yankees star and he is in england for the first game there between the yankees and the boston red sox. he speaks about life and baseball. reporter: i have to confess, i don't know a great deal about baseball. i imagine many of our british audiences are in the same boat. tell us what it is we need to know and why it is importanto bring it here. alex: in many ways it is like a religion for us back home. in 25 years, i don't recall going to fenway park and not being a sold-out crowd withst ding room only.re weoming here after 10 or 15 years of thinking about it, llprocessing it, and rwi wanting to lea our best, and major league baseball has done exactly that. new york yankees, 27-time wndld champions,oston red sox, the current world champions. reporteryou retired from
baseball in 2016, but it is no surprise they picked you for this role. wh are you doing to bring brand to the u.k. and across the world? alex: i enjoy it because i love the game so much. i am a yankee and i understand what the yankees-red sox rivalry is all about. you are talking isout two fran that have played together almost 120 years. over 2000 matches against each other. i played for a quarter of a century. i love london, i love major league baseball. i think the only regret i have if i can give you one, is i wish i was a player.m i' upset. i am kind of bummed.si we are m out, right? reporter: i have to pick you up on some comments you made to a british television host this morning saying that you are r.nching above your weight with your wife, jenni i don't think you are being fair. alex: very subjective. thank you. must be the pinstripes. no i'm punching above my weight
in ery way. you are talking about one of the greatest people in the world. she represents a lot. she is from the bronx. she came from nothing. and has created what we call the american dream. there is so much opportunity for people, and because we are so fortunate and grateful, oures birole is what i am doing today. baseball saved my life. and girls club saved my life. i come from a single parent. my mother worked two jobs. she served tables at night. if it wa't for the boys and girls club and baseball, i wouldn't be here talking to you. reporter: alex rodriguez, thank you for your time. alex: thank you. laur a-rod there. it is that time of year. thanksgivi is fast approaching, and with it the white house tradition of pardoning a feive turkey. 1947 u.s. presidents pardoning e birds. today it was the fate of carrots
peas laid in the hands o donald trump. mr. trump could not resist a few quips about the midterm elections. joked that carrot refused to concede and demanded a recount. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching "bbc world news america >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so y u can swipe your way through the news of the daand stay up-to-date with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. at>> funding of this presen is made possible by the frman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutionfor america's neglected needs. >> a new chapter begins. >> now you can access more of your favorite pbs shows than ever before, berh pbs passport, a m benefit that lets you binge many of the latest shows and catch up on your favorites. >> we really are living in the
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, a forecast for rain in california. residents to get relief from fires only to brace for potential floods and mudslides. then, "maybe he did - maybe he didn't." the prident signals that the united states will not hold saudi arabia accountable in the murder of a journalist directed by the saudi crown prince. plus, we take a look at how some teachers and schools are re- thinking the way they teach thanksgiving. >> there's a tendency to be overly critical or blindingly patriotic and i really think we would move ourselv tremendously forward if we could oo both together, side by side. >> wuff: all that and more on tonht's pbs newshour.