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president trump lashes out at denmark's prime minister over after his interest in buying greenland. he took issue with how she turned the idea down. primetrump: i thought t minister's statement that it was absurd, a that it wabsurd idea, was nasty. sophie: also today, the trump administration moves to extend how long migrant children can be detained. democratic criti call it appalling and inhumane. and first it was the iceberg. now bacteria is threatening one of the most famous ships in history. w the titanic is disappearing from the ocean floor. sophie: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, we."ome to "world news ameri president trump ramped up his attacks on denmark today, turning what was initially a
punchline into a full-scale international dispute. at issue was mr. trump's interest in buying greenland, which denmark controls. the prime minister called the prospect absurd, which sparked an angry rction from the american president.t that is je of the issues coming from the white house today. nick bryant starts our coverage. nick: its resources rich and strategically well-placed, and america's property tycoon president has long seen greenlande as a prime pi geopolitical real estate. but even though he jokingly tweeted that he promised not to build trump tower on this landscape, the danish prime minister said his interest in buying the territory was absurd. no longer did the presidency the funny side, an announced via twitter that he was canceling a next mgeth's visit to copen . pres. trump: i thought it was
not a nice statement the way she blew me off. she should not to the united at that way -- she said absurd. that is not the right word to use, absurd. nick: the invitation to visit denmark had come from the well -- royal household, which said it had been completely blindsided by the president's late-night announcemenle the new cent prime minister sounded dumbfounded. prime min. frederiksen: it isan with regresurprise that i receive the news that president teump has canceled his s visit to denmark on the second and third of september. i had been looking forward to the visit. our preparations were well underway. nick: this was the reaction of her mild-mannered competitors. >> i heard it was because he couldn't buy greenland. so he is that stupid? i think it is good he isngot co greenland people and nobody else. nick: it all has the feel of aso summer silly sstory, but the ongoing trade war with china
is more serious, and today prompted this extraordinary c presidentiim. pres. trump: somebody -- excuse me -- somebody had to do it. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. i am taking on china. i am taking on china on trade. you know what? we are winning. because we are the piggy bank. nick: but even the president of the united states do not have owdivine pers, and right now he is finding it hard to been the -- bend the world to his will. s he cmon his green helicopters at a moment's notice, but is finding it much harder to get his hands on greenland. ni bryant, bbc news, washington. sophie: my colleague katty kay s has beaking with democratic congressman gerald connolly. he sits on the foreign affairs committe katty: let me ask you about the president canceling his trip to denmark. all of this seemed a bit like a joke, a bit silly, until
suddenly last night s not silly anymore because denmark is a key nato ally and this reflects on america's reputation and image around the world. rep. connolly: initially i couldn't believe that it was actually true. maybe donald trump thought t eenland really was green and it would be a grace to have a golf course. but i agree with you, it has now become a serious matter. it is an insult to an ally, the kingdom of denmark, and the people of greenland. th is not real estate for sale. this is a sovereign nation, ofere real people live real lives and are prouheir heritage and nationality. he showed no respect for any of that. tty: you sit on the foreign affairs committee. what doeit do to america's standing in europe when the keesident cancels a visit this for this reason? rep. connolly: i think it makes him look petty.
i think it further diminishes his sense of any kind of respectability or power or influence. and it diminishes, frankly, american influence. katty: do you hear the blowback from things like this when you i'lk to american allies, 'm sure you do often, in allied countries?he rep. connolly:i go to nato meetings, most of our allies are very careful, very diplomatic, very respectful. so most of these conversations about ep concern occur sort of in the corners sotto voce. they are not expressed in public settings. and i sort of appreciate that, but the level of concern continues to rise. katty: congressman, at the same me president trump is canceling a visit to denmark, a nato ally, he is suggesting that russia should be invited tthjoin g7.
is it time to have russia back in the club of nations? rep.onnolly: absolutely not. russian behavior has not improved. russia continues illegally to cupy and annex crimea. russia has troops that are killing people as we speak in the eastern ukraine. it occupies parts of georgia and moldova. it violates nato airspace in the baltics.ge it has challus in our own airspace in alaska. it has documentarily interfered with our election in 201acand rding to robert mueller is continuing to do so for next year's presidential election as well. this is no time to reward the russians by welcoming them back into the family of nations in an organization like g7.ka y: finally, i want to ask you about the democratic party and jewish voters who vote for the democrats. sterday the president suggested that they were tpatriotic, disloyal.
what would you sjewish voters who vote for the democratic party? rep. connolly: i think it was a profound anti-semitic trope by the president. i think he owes an apology to americ jews. and i thin going to backfire. american jews are smart, they are independent, they care a lot about social justice, and theyin are to vote their consciences, not be intimitrted by donalp. katty: we covered a lot of news, the president made a lot of news. congressman connolly, thank you for joining me. rep. connolly: my great pleasure, katty. sophie: also today, the trump administration a eounced plans end the amount of time officials can detain migran t families a children. under the current policy, they can only be held for 20 days. house speaker nancy pelosi says the plan codifies child abuse, pln and simple. it is likely to face opposition in the courts. the bbc's chris buckler has been
following the issue and he ained me a short ti. explain what they want to do. chris: the trump administration has never hidden its frustration about what it cas a crisis at the southern border, and has been very frustrated by the number of migrant families who have been coming. under the current rule, the flores agreement, children cannot be held for more th 20 days, and by extension, migrant families cannot be held for more than 20 days it is felt by some officials that some parents ve been bringing their children or taking children with them to ensure a quick release. what this new regulation that has been proposed will do is essentially means that they can be held for longer than 20 days. as you mentioned, there are many people who feel that is not appropriate in the case of childr: . sophu say longer. indefinitely? chris: until their asylum claims are heard. of course that is indefinite, and what is a real concern for people is that that is takingme months and in ases years for those cases to be heard. there is no doubt that doctors have warned that placingnt children in den can have an effect on them physically and
mentally. listening today to the acting homeland security secretary kevin mcaleenan, he was extremy clear that as far as he is concerned, they will be treated with dignity and respect. he talked about these campuses, family detention centers, where there is access to services and mental health help, and also they would get education. but as you mentioned, nancy of the house,e democrats saying this is not acceptable, sh codifying child abuse. she has been mentioning what doctorsho feel about this idea. sophie: strong reaction from democratic quarters, but this was also likely to be challenged in the courts. chris: and certainly if you take a look at previous attempts to trle and change the surrounding the detention of migrants, there has always been legal challenges. i think in this case you'll see noone, but several attempts to challenge this in the courts.
sophie: when is this likely to take affect? atchris: the trump adminisn would like to do this in 60 days. the reality is i don't think it will be as quick as that partly because of the new challenges. but what they want to do is seng a meout that they are being tough about the issue of illegal immigration. this has been a focus for president trump and it will gntinue to be a focus as to next year's presidential election. sophie: he has also been talking about birthrightdaitizenship chris: yeah,am so thisas a bit of a surprise. it had been talked about before. the trump administration looking to take away the rights of anyone born in america to be an american citizen. this has been issued because there are families arriving here, pregnant women among them, who have children there who have theo rightmain inside the country. president trump has time and time again said that that is something he feels should not be thcase. today he said it was ridiculous and something he was seriously looking at. sophie: chris, thanks very much. a look at some other news. the u.s. national security
advisor has venezuelan president's claims he had approved months of back channel talks between caracas and the trump administration in washington. thhn bolton said the officials had reached out fosole purpose of discussing how to remove nicolas maduro from office in order to hold free elections. greece has refused to helpn he irannker that was recently detained in gibraltar on suspicion of shipping oil to syria. the tanker listed its destination as a poor in greece but the u.s. hasne threate sanctions on any country that allows it to dock. violent protests have continued into a third day in indonesia. more than 1000 security personnel were sent in after the country's easternmost prov ce saw buildings torched and street battles between police and demonstrators. the anger was triggered by allegations of racism against papuan students. eathe r of new zealand's parliament took on the role of babysitter presiding over a
debate it the father of three himself was looking after the baby boy of an mp, attending his first debate in house after returning from maternityea. the death of financier and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein in prison in new york this month -- including prince andrew. the bbc hasnt seen court docu ai which the pilot of epstein's private jet has d the prince traveled with him and with virginia roberts, a 17-year-old who accused epstein of trafficking her. buckinghamalace said that the court documents or inconsistent, and emphatically deny that the prince had any form of sexual contact relationship with virginia roberts. reporter: one set of relationships, so many repercussions. arm aroundhas his virginia roberts, 17 at the
time. it was her court case against delaying maxwell -- gh ghislaine maxwell on the right that onbrought the allega at the heart of it, this businessman, jeffrey epstein, who took his own life in detention 11 dayshego. was convicted in 2008 of sex offenses. epstein was alleged to have trafficked underage girls both for himself and for his circl here he is in 2010. here is prince andrew in epstein's house just two years after the businessman's criminal conviction. epstein was a high flyer with a private jet. in court documents seen by the bbc, the private jet's pilot says that several times, prince andrew traveled with virginia roberts and jeffreypstein. the pilot gives dates and locations. curious company for the queen's
second son. the palace has pushed back hard. the statement submitted, it said,f "shows a number inconsistencies between the duke'ss alledge location and actual location. in some cases he is on different continents. itph is ically deny that the duke of york at any form of sexual contact or relationship with virginia roberts. clanm to the contrary is false and without foundation." the fact that some of the das s and locati this are wrong does cast out over the claim. it is also not evidence that has been put into court of law with cross-examinationt . whens released, it came with something of a health warnin but there are more papers to come, and alongside the video released earlier this week, today's allegations are a reminder of at best a terrible
error of judgment. sophie: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, from lowbrow to higher drama and hing in between. we speak to television critic and author emily nussbaum about how tv has changed. sophie: the bbc has been looking at older workers and why companies are trying to keep hold of them. today we are heading to silicon valley, where the workforce at tech companies is often so young, people can feelth marginalized ir 30's. our technology reporter dave lee has this report. dave: steve reinhardt has more than 20 silicon valley.ce in getting work here used to be at dawdle, en things started to change when he turned 50. he was applying for jobs for which he should've have been an extremely strong contender.
iould say 85% of the time those jobs went to people who were 10 to 15 years younger than me. you start blaming yourself, and you start to question your own abilities. dave: he probably shouldn't blame himself. across silicon valley, the average age of employees is strikingly low. according to independent research, the average worker at facebook is 29. at amazon, it is 30. but there is a movement helping those who want to stay relevant and fulfilled in silicon valley firm this is a meeting called the modern elders, a community of older mostly tech workers who come here toleetwork and arn how to adapt their skills. >> there is a lot of fear. people feel like they have put a lot of time and energy into a company, extremely dedicated, and all of a sudden you are obsolete. dave: chip connolly founded the group and literally wrote the book on the benefits of experience and wisdom in the
workfoe. at 58, he is much older than any of his coworkers at airbnb, where he is head of strategy. >> we are all living longer, and most of us are going to work longer, some by choice, some by necessity. therefore we have to figure out how do we help these modern elders to have a continuing role in the workplace. dave: dave lee, bbc news, in silicon valley. sophie: the way we describe television has changed in recent years. what was once the boob tube can now be prestige tv. wasting hours on the couch is considered binge watching. a guilty pleasure is often applauded instead of mocked. how did we get here? emily nussum writes about tv for "the new yorker" and won the pulitzer prize in 2016. her new book is called "i like to watch."
she joined me a littleew earlier fromork. you write about how you used to consider tv junk, a waste of time. is that still the case in any way what would y say? emily: honestly, i still run into people who do talk about it that way, but the role of tv has changed so much. t only has it radically expanded, but it has moved so much to the center of the ure as an artform. it used to be the kind of thing that people would consider garbage and something that was bad for you, and i feel like its position is very different now. phie: you have talked about and observed, obviously, the relationship between television and society over the years. how do you think that has changed? t has reflected society, does it affect it as well? emily: this is a book that ises ntially about extending the -- expanding the type of tv that is talked about. it is about exploding the notion that the only pe of tv that can be taken seriously are antihero dramas and things like that.
it is about celebrating other kinds of tv, like soap operas and sitcoms and reality television. it is true that all of them act as a mirror for society, but i'm most interested in it as a combinion of a mirror and geinely respectable and creative form. sophie: how much have things changed over the years? how much has technology had an impact on that when we see this -- the streaming club forms and so much content? emily: i to talk about television without talking about it as technology. initially, tv when it began was really just a gimmicky machine anat nobody knew how to us it was live, and the kinds of tv made were shaped by the kind of technology it was. obviously in the last five years there has been this radicalsh expansion and ting and change. at this point people watch tv oh r phones and shows come out all at once that people binge-watch.
that has changed radically the kinds of tv that getand the way that the people who make tv think of it as its capacitiesthe kinds of things that can be talked about. it's a much more visual medium. there are a lot of different things. sophie: i suppose also with the advent of soci media, people -- the viewers have a more direct relationship with program producer how has that affected your life as a television critic? everyone is their own critic, i suppose.nk emily: i that's true, but i actually don't think it is a bad thin me, the essential thing about s levision as a medium is its relationship with dience. it is one of the reasons i prefer never to compare tv to movies and books, because to me tv's distinctiveness is in the loop it has with its audience, the mass audience speaking back to tv and the people who me tv responding to what the audience does.
i think this has been true the whole time, and it is part of what i emphasize in the book. t r me as a television critic, the main thing ts changed is that there is too much to keepp with, and like anybody else i am riding the waves of the massive amounts of production. sophie: ok, emily nussbaum, u.really great to talk to thanks very much indeed. emily: thank you so much for having me. sophie: the haunting ruins of the titanic have long captured the imagination, from the first scientific exploration of the wreckage to the portrayal on the silver screen. divers have now returned to the site for the first time in more than a decade, and what they found is disturbing. the once proud ship is disappearing, due to bacteria. rebecca morelle has this exclusive report. rebecca: at the bottom of the atlantic, nearly 4000 meters down, the most famous wreck of all time. this is the bow of the titanic, still recognizable more than 100 yes after she sank.
it is the first time people have been down to see it fo emselves for nearly 15 years. but while some of the wreck is intact, other parts have disappeared altogeth n probably the most shocking area of deteriorats the starboard side where thequ captain'ters are. the captain's bathtub is a favorite image among titanic enthusiasts, and that is now gone. that whole deck house on theap side is cong. rebecca: microbes are eating away at the metal, creating stalactites of rust that dangle from the ship. amazingly, the glass in the portholes is still in place, giving a tantalizing glimpse into the titanic's past. it was the biggest shi its time, setting sail from g uthampton in 1912 on its maiden voyage head new york. but it never made it. it sank after hitting an iceberg. 1500 people lost their lives.
these incredibly ornate slippers belon' to one of the titanic' first-class passengers. a fashion buyer who was on her way to new york, she was one of the lucky ones she survived, and she brought with her this musical toy pig ththat she played to sooth children on the overcrowded lifeboats. every one of the precious artifacts at the nationaleu maritime mtell a story. but exploring the titanic is also crucial. >> i think it is still important to go down and visit the wreck. the wreck itself is the only witness we have got of the titanic disaster. all the survivors have passed away. so i think it is important to e e wreck, as it still has something to say. rebecca: the team are no analyzing the footage they are -- they have captured to assess ng before the titanic is lost to the sea. rebecca morelle, bbc news.
sophie: just before we go, a bit of news from the unique intersection bween entertainment and politics. sean spicer had to be quick on his feet when dealing with the media as president trump's press secretary. now he is gog to behi strutting s stuff in the next series of "dancing with the stars." spicer says he is looking forward the role, tweeting today that "it is time to have some fun he joins several other celebrities including basketball player lamar odom and actor james van der beek. just about it from us, but remember, you can find more of all the day's news on our website, and to see what we're working on at any point, make sure to check us out on facebook. i am sophie long. thank you for announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
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