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n: this is "bbc world news america." is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursolutions for america's neglected needs; and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan.
so much for diplomacy. president trump berates britain's ambassador to washington the special relationship is under strain. thear u.s. labor secris facing calls to quit over the epstein sex president trump is defending his men. pl, the texas billionaire and american presidential candidate ross perot has died. lweook back on his life and political legacy. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news amica." president trump has lashed out at britain's ambassador to washington yet again, callinghi a stupid man and pompous fool. just a month ago sir kim darroch had organized president trump's visit to buckingham palace to
but leaked documents showed him calling the white house in net an inept and dysfunctional. here is nick bryt. nick: a lavish banquet in washington last night, where t president gladhanded diplomats from qatar but cold-shouldered k. ambassador, sir kim darroch disinvited after mr. trump announced to the white house with no longer deal with him. this morning, another twitter errade that was not just incendiary, but bone thermonuclear. "the wacky ambassador that the u.k. foisted on the united states is not someone we are erthrilled with, astupid guy, and on brexit, i told her o theresa may how toe deal, but she went her own foolish way and was unable to get it done. a disaster. i don't know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fosi." kim darroch, the man entrusted to preserve the special relationship, is in the midst of a diplomatiwhirlwind. while the u.k. embassy this
morning was said to be in keep calm and carry on mode, his residence feels besieged. sir kim was set to be in a meeting with ivanka trump and liam fox. we understand he decided not to attend because he did not want to put the president's daughter in an embarrassing situation. liam fox and ivanka trump were renewing an acquaintance made in happier times during the recent state visit to london. during their 45-minute meeting, i'm told, the diplomatic row did not come out in conversation, nor did dr. fox offer an apologt for wh ambassador said about the present. tonight a u.k. meeting at the u.s. commerce partment was canceled. a clash of diaries is claimed,th than a further clash of niends. >> there will be prime minister and a couple of weeks and that will be an opportunity to hit the reset button. i imagine the new prime minister will travel to washingirly soon in his tenure and try tobo forge a ne with the
president. nick: donald trump started his relationship with theresa may with a gentle tap on the hand. he is ending it with what feels like a kick in the teeth. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. laura: for more on the controversy surrounding the british ambassador, i was joined g,earlier by thomas pickerho has been the u.s. ambassador to russia, the u.n., and israel over his 40-year career. ambassador pickering, what is your reaction to the president caiding sir kim darroch a st guy and pompous fool? thomas: i think one has to expect that from president u trumortunately. i sympathize with the ambaador. he was telling his government in the narrowest, apparently, of channels what he really thought .was going on in washingt that is what he gets paid for and where his loyalties are. the other part of his job is tod conduct ful relations between the united states and united kingdom. but if somebody is putting out what he is saying in private to
his own vernment, he is more left hanging. that is sort of where he is today. laura: can the ambassador stay on in his job now the president is publicly disinviting him from events? thomas: one wonders. there are two answers to that. one is political. no entry to the white house is not something that any british ambassador would yearn for. it finishes his capacity to represent u.k. ideas to the united states and have the top-level relationship that bay ador would yearn for in washington. the second question is there is a process by which the ambassador is sent home. it is called in latin personno grata. president trump has done everything but send the official note from the state department to the briti fact that the british ambassador is now persona non grata.po tically he is hanging out in that particular area. to keep him on would be
something that the united kingdom government would want to consider very carefully in terms of their relationship with president trump. that's a diplomatic statement. laura: speaking of the special relationship, it is rather unde stran't it. thomas: it is under a great deal of strain if the principal representative here of the special relationship with the united kingdom has not through his own fat -- one has to emphasize this -- he has been a brilliant ambassador here and a strong one, has been tumbled into a terrible briarpatch from out of which on his own there seems to be no way of esping, and which is now something that people will have to consider in london, the prime minister and the foreign secretary, as tot what they do nth respect to this particularly difficult problem.ur you have been an ambassador, you have written candidly about foreign governments. what does this do to the ability of diplomats to be honest? thomas: if in fact thioing
rd practice, and one devoutly hopes it doesn't, because i've been in this position not nearly as deeply but occasionally in the past, y you have to ter own government what is true and what you believe to be tr, and suggest how they should operate, or you are useless. you are not somebody representing your government effectively. you have to maintain the confidentiality of that, so that in fact your own government, which is sometng that is happening now since his material in theands of his own government has seemingly escaped control and beme public knowledge, is putting him in a terrible position. laura: ambassador thomas thank you for that analysis. thomas: thank you, laura. laura: there have been calls on capitol hill and elsewhere for the u.s. labor secretary to step down for his role in sex crimes case involving jeffrey epstein back in 2007.
alex acosta insisted prosecutors did the best they could at the time with now new york prosecutors are pursuing a new sex trafficking case against epstein involving minors. for more, i was joined earlier by edward-isaac dovere, staff writer at "the atlantic" magazine. can alex acosta survive this? edward-isaac: he certainly could survive this. he only has to resign if he tochooseesign or president trump says he should resign, and theai presidenttoday he feels badly for secretary acosta, which does not seem on the face of it to be the predicate to asking him to resign. on the other hand, we have seend timegain in the trump administration that the president will say he has confidence in someone and wiin a matter of hours the person is out the door. laura: isn't the president really seeing which way the wind blows? far it is mostly democrats who are calling for mr. acosta to quit. edward-isaac: and jeffrey epstein, it should be noted, is an old friend of donald trump's.
he spoke about -- trump before he was preside spoke in 2002 about how epstein has a lot of women he is with, many young women, too. there is se question about what the president's own personal relationship with epstein is. it seems like his initial reaction in almost every case where a man is accused ofvi be towards a woman that is problematic to illegal, whether it is this or roy moore or other cases, that the president's first instinct is to believe thc man and give hdit for it. laura: does the white house have to approach this carefully, given that a long time ago donald trump did know jeffrey epstein? edward-isaac: it seems like that would be a factor, but it has not at least visibly guided whao they hav so far. i don't think anybody was really expecting the politic response to the jeffrey epstein indictment was to say "i f al bad for alsta."
laura: turning to another subject, billionaire tom steyer announced she is running for president today even though he said he would not join the crowded democratic field. ve been on the phone wit him. is impeachment his pitch? it doesn't seem to be from the video. edward-isaac: it does not seem to be, anddo in't seem to be from the conversation i had with him. he seems to be running on c corporations arupt and have destroyed america and he wants to say he has the savvy fromirst being a very successful investor, one of the most sucssful investors in american history, to take on wingorations, but also k from running local campaigns over the last 10 years since he retired and what it is to take on corporations that way. laura: where is he going to fit into this very crowded democratic primary? rd-isaac: fantastic question. it seems like a lot of what he is talking about is inwith what elizabeth warren has been talking about, the corrupting power of corporations. i asked him about that and said why not just support her if you
think she is talking about the right things, and he talked about how he thinks it is not about theory, but he knows how to actually make change ppen and other people talk about things and they have good ideas but i know how to get done. now, that is a tough case to make. it is a tough case to make getting into the race now, a race that has 25 other candidates it. we will see if he can do it. on the other hand, he has $1.6 billion of a fortune to put into this. he has already said he will start with $100 million and it doesn't seem like he has any reluctance to spend money. laura: edward-isaac dovere, thank you so mush for joining edward-isaac: thank you. laura: iran was warned by israel's prime minister that it is in range of israeli aitrikes. it comes after iran said it would enrich uranium beyond thel limits of the r deal. though the u.s. has pulled out of the deal, it has vowed to prevent ir from developing a nuclear weapon. for more on the white house strategy, i was joined by the
u.s. special representative for iraq and senior policy advisor to the secretary of stian hook. thank you for joining us, brian hook. tell us what the u.s. is going to do now that iran is enriching uranium beyond theclimits of the r deal. brian: tomorrow at the international atomic energy agency in vienna, the u.s. ambassador to the iaea will be calling a special meeting of thr board of grs to discuss iran's expansion of its nuclear program. there will be a call for them ti return tts which are respected by the internationalit comm what we are talking about is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. and anytime such a state as iran e expanding its nuclear program, we think tire world has an interest in having them go back to the sort of commitments that they have made. laura: but china is blaming what it calls american bullying for the iran crisis. how do you respond to that,
given the u.s. pulled out of thd iran nuclel first? brian: in the case of the iran hanuclear deal, everything iran is doing now is permitted under the deal when it expires. we have pulled forward essentially the expiration date of the deal so we can get to a new and better deal.wh thosadvocate the deal have never been able to talk about what plan they have in md for when it expires. if we wait 10 years or longer, iran will be much stronger. economically, their proxies will be stronger. we have put in place the kind of economic pressure that is needed to accomplish our objective of denying iran a inclear weapon. laura: are you hthat if you keep sanctioning iran it will eventually come to the negotiating table? brian: that is the lesson of history. if you study the last 40 years of this regime, as we have,
there is no historic precedent mr iran coming to the negotiating table erating its behavior without diplomatic isolation or economic pressure, and we have put in place both in abundance. laura: are you concerned that tehran might see the u.s. as being weak after the president called off the planned airstrikes against iran? brian: i think quite the opposite. was in the gulf and was paris and in london, and in all of my stops around the stddle nd europe, there was unanimous praise for the president's decision to show restraint.te we have since ified our sanctions. today the treasury department announced new sanctions on three key hezbollah figures. we will continue to impose pressure on the regime to deny it the revenue it needs to conduct its expansionist and violent foreign policy. we think that is the right tactic to get iran to come back to the negotiating table. laura: brian hook, tfor being with us. brian: thanks for having me on.
laura: in yemen, a child under the age of five is dying from preventable causes every 10 minutes.ac that irding to the united nations. with the civil war in its fifth year, many sick children have no chance of being evacuated. but our international correspondent orla guerin has been following the case of one little girl who has been given h nece of life. >> look. is good? again. orla: hand-painting a new future. for this six-year-old, not just child's play. her careful brushstrokes are loring an artificial eye. >> excellent. orla: just like the one she is about to reive. it is the last stage of months of life-saving treatment at e king hussein cancer center in jordan, all funded through donations. she has come smiling through, surviving an aggressive tumord
which claimeher left eye. spialists now hoping to hi her scars and heal her trauma. her reaction says it all. and doctors say she has been a tonic for them >> when i see her, i try tgivesh her love, bugive me first with smile and a hug. she likes life. wonderful girl. beautiful girl. if you look to her smile, only her smile, will be happy. if you are tired, you will be relaxed. vely girl. i love her. orla: it was a very different picture last october when we met her and her family in war-torn yemen. they were sheltering in a disused shop in the capital, sanaa. she desperately needed treatment abroad, but was trapped by a
saudi ban on civilian flights. after we highlighted her case, several organizations came together and managed to get her to jordan. she has been in the best of hands there, and her surgeon says she is now ncer free. but she has a genetic condition, so follow-up checks are being arranged in yemen. he worries about her future in a war zone. >> this is what breaks my heart. we cannot solve the issues.o weat as medical doctors we can do.e and we hopd wish for her the best. orla: for this one yemeni child, there was a way out, an escape from war. but not forever. is was her last visit to the park before swapping the playgrounds of aman for the
battleground that is yemen. her devoted mother all too aware of the risks. >> when a missile lands nearby, our tents are torn to pieces, and we lie on the ground to avoid the debris there was an airstrike next to us. i frightened to go back. am orla: but with her treatment completed, it was time to pack up suitcases almost as big as she is. she is now back in her homeland surrounded by her extelyed fa she is a pint-sized study in courage. but in yemen, every day is a fight for survival orla guerin, bbc news. laura: an inspiring battle to stay alive. you are watching "bbc world newr a." still to come on tonight's
program, the medfal benefits o gene silencing. howell pioneering drug is bringing hope to those with rare conditions. antigovernment protesters in erng kong say they are not reassured by thetory's leader carrie lam describing a controversial extraditn bill as dead. the bbc's rupert wingfield-hayes has more. rupert: it has been ni month of st, unprecedented scenes on the streets of hong kong. again and again, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people have come out demanding the government withdraw a widely re mostly peaceful, there has also been violence, with radical student groups storming into hong kong's rliament. after another huge demonstration last weekend, today hong kong's chief executive finally came out to face the music and make what
initially looked like a stunning climbdown. ms. lam: there are still lingering doubts aveut the ment's sincerity or whether the government will ssrestart the prond the legislative council. so i reiterate here, there is no such plan. the bill is rupert: the bill is dead. it certainly sounds like an onion big u.s. -- unambiguous climbdown by hong kong's chief executive, but the devil is in the details. carrie lam has said she has suspended the bill indefinitely and it will die at the end of the current legislative session. wh she is not saying is that she will withdraw the bill now. that is what protesters are to many. potion politicians of every should have immediately jumped in to make cle that carrie lam's statement is not enough. >> i don't know why it is so ordifficult for her tr the word "withdraw."
i don't know what it is. rupert: carrie lam must be hoping that her statement will reassure the protesttys, the majorif whom are moderate. they hated extradition bill e.ly is dead, they have no reason to conti laura: a form of medicine called gene silencing has been approved for use by doctorsn england. the drugs will be used to reverse a disease which causes nerve and organ damage. baxter says -- doctors say vt is making tiews the untreatable treatable. reporter: the brothers have a deadlcadisease that es a buildup of toxic proteins in the body,, damaging nerves and weakening trt. did the disease has killed their mom and their brother. >> it has decimated our family.
my mum had five siblings and they all died. reporter: but they have been givenin avative new form of medicine called geneci sil. how does it work? instead nearly every cell of our dy, and dna creates messages. othey tell other parthe cell to make proteins. those are our body's building blks. normally these are healthy messages, and the protein producedlike this purple one, is healthy, too. sometimes the messages are unhealthy and create toxic proteins like this harul green one. gene silencing blocks the unhealthy messages. it kills them off, preventing harmful proteins frod.being create she has treated generations of the same family and seen them die. for the 10 now halt o -- but he can now halt or even reverse the disease now that gene silencing drugs have been approved in
england today and scotland in june. he says the applications are amazing. >> this is probably the first of many potentialrugs, or many potential disees, treated by ne silencing. i think this has far-reaching potential consequences. reporter: scientists are trying gene silencing in huntington's disease, and it is hoped it cod work for other dementias, too. >> you hope that someone will invent a drug that will do it. i am lucky i'm here today and am able to talk to you about that. ♪ reporter neil thinks the drug test saved his music career, as the disease was causing numbness ge his fingers. silencing has been on a long journey from pureen scice to medicine, but it is now making the untreatable treatable. laura: the outspoken texas
nd candidate for the u.s. presidency ross perot has died at age 89. mr. perot's 1992 run for the white house was the strongest showg for an independent sin teddy roosevelt in 1912. law -- long before donald trump's antiestablishment message, mr. perot was pitching himself as a populist and a patriot. ross perot shook up the 1992 presidential race by using his own millions to run as an independent, railing against excessive spending and bad management in washington. he captured 19% of the national vote, and fellow texan george h.w. bush saw his hopes a second term dashed. bush supporters blamed perot for siphoning awayepublican votes and letting bill clinton win. but history talking one support ac mr. perot: i want these young people here to start with nothing but an idea liil i did and a business. laura: born in 1930, he was an eagle scout who went on to graduate from the naval academy.
an ibm salesman, he ma fortune with his own computer services company. perot made much of his humble roots. mr. perot: i alived the american dream. ckcame from a modest background. nobody has been lur than i have been. laura: in his second run in 1996 as t nominee for the reform party, perot fared badly. but his critique of washinon, that it sold out the interests of workers to corporate bosses through bad trade agreements, has lived on. ross perot showed how a political outsider chake up the establishment. ross perot, an american original. remember, you can find much more of all the day's news at our website. i am laura tvelyan. thank you for watching "bbc world news america." announcer: f for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs;
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