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they impeach me, the markets will crash. trump fires back on all fronts as talk of removing him from office gets louder. he even takes aim at his own attorney general. we go live to washington for the latest. also coming up, u.k. government tries to reassure citizens in case britain crashes out of the eu without a deal. new guidelines that some are calling survival plans. and we talked to the captain of a german aid ship standing trial in malta after he landed 230 rescued migrants there. it is good to have you with us. u.s. president donald trump is firing back at opponents are calling for his impeachment. it has been two days since his black tuesday, when two of his aides were convicted and one,
his former attorney accused trump of ordering him to commit a federal crime to influence the outcome of the 2016 residential election. trump went on fox and friends on fox news to declare that he had not broken any campaign laws. failing to show loyalty and take control of investigations. here is what trump had to say in response to questions about his future. >> if i were got impeached, think the market would crash. i think everybody would be very poor. because without this thinking, you would see numbers that you would not believe. >> we want to take the story to washington. our beer achieved is on the story. good evening. we heard trump use the word impeachment, extraordinary for a
sitting president to do that. is he issuing a threat here? >> it sounds like a threat, like a warning, don't you dare do that, otherwise you are going to pay the price. that is trump's usual strategy to attack, to bully his critics, his opponents, to threaten them and to make up stories. this is also a message to the republican voters, to his supporters, in a hope to mobilize them, to drive them to peoples by this prospect that the president may be in political peril and he is sending this message saying you have to vote for me in the midterm elections to prevent democratic party from taking over the house, because if that happens, it is possible that we are -- or very likely that we will see impeachment proceedings starting.
brent: this interview comes on the heels of that plea deal by michael cohen over hush money paid to an adult film star over in a legend affair. let's listen to what trump had to say. >> he made the deals. by the way, he played -- he pled to two counts that are not a crime. i watched a number of shows, sometimes you get good information by watching shows, those two counts are not a crime. there were not campaign-finance. brent: michael cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations among other charges. you have trumped their saying that this is not a crime. but we supposed to make of this -- what are we supposed to make of this? alexandra: the president is arguing that there was no crime because the payments were made with his own money, but that does not exonerate him, because
the law is quite clear. you have to disclose any campaign expense whether it is coming from campaign funds or a private account. brent: then there is attorney general jeff sessions. he has lashed back at trump today, saying that justice will not be influenced by politics. how significant is this? alexandra: it is very significant. not the fact that trump is criticizing sessions, but the fact that sessions this time hit back. normally, he would not respond to the president's criticism. he would just continue his work at the justice department. the fact that now he is pushing back is very significant. we have to remind ourselves that sessions was one of the earliest and most high-profile supporters of president trump.
he might now be in jeopardy. there are some republicans already talking about that the president might fire sessions after the midterms. brent: alexandra on the story for us tonight in washington. thank you very much. keep calm and carry on. that is the message from the u.k. government as time starts to run out for agreeing on a deal to withdraw from the european union. should britain crash out with no deal, the government has published guidelines for businesses on how to prepare for it. the administrator says he is confident that in agreement with the eu will be reached. 25 sets of guidelines for different industries were published today. there will be 50 more by the end of september. >> the message is loud and clear, don't panic. britain's brexit minister
emphasized the guidelines are a contingency plan in the event of a no deal. >> i am confident that a deal is within our sites. that remains our top priority and our overriding priority. we have got to consider the alternative possibility, that the eu does not match our indigent and pragmatism, that we do not reach a deal. let me be clear, it is not what we want and it is not what you expect. but, we must be ready. >> he was at pains to stress that even if there is no deal, it will let the chaos in britain. despite ongoing negotiations between the eu member states and the u.k., a no deal scenario could have wide reaching consequences. without a trade agreement, britain's relationship with the eu would be governed by the rules of the world trade association. customs checks would be ranch
reduced, which would lead to massive queues. those rules do not cover air traffic. planes would not be permitted to fly from the u.k. into eu airspace and vice versa. that would have a knock on effect, disrupting the delivery of food. u.k. supermarkets could feel the pinch. he was eager to l.a. feels --eager to allay fears. >> you will still be able to enjoy a elt after brexit and there are no plans -- a blt after brexit and there are no plans to deploy the military. >> citizens in the european union could lose access to their u.k. bank accounts.
brent: our correspondent joins us tonight from brussels. good evening. i read that the european union had already put together its own document on how to deal with a brexit no deal. now we are hearing that the brits are doing the same. what do eu policymakers make of this? do they believe britain is ready? barbara: at least britain is acknowledging that brexit is going to be highly complicated. in brussels so far, there was a sentiment that the british side completely underestimated what brexit means. the complexity of the issue, all of these things that concerned the supply of food, the whole supply chain of industrial production. the flights, access to bank accounts, this whole complex web
of modern life is going to be torn apart if there is no deal. that is a thought that nobody at the british government seemed to entertain. finally, they are going to make contingency plans, and so brussels gets the feeling that they are looking at reality now and they might in the next -- they might be ready to move again. brent: if you have always said that a brexit with no deal is not an option, then why would you publish these guidelines? but despite that, you have the u.k. brexit secretary raab saying he is optimistic that a deal will be reached. from brussels perspective, do you think this kind of optimism we are hearing in london is well-founded? barbara: optimism is certainly misplaced, because from the eu
perspective, what needs to happen is that the british side needs to move again. the reason may has put her latest proposal on the table -- the so-called checkers paper -- it is something she cooked up with her cabinet. the eu looked at it and said what she says about frictionless traffic, customs unions, and a market for goods, it is not palatable for us. that is against our rules. now brussels is waiting for further compromises or britain taking a different tack. however, nothing is to be seen. in brussels, when they are meeting each other and negotiations are continuing, is just running in circles. optimism is misplaced at the moment. brent: what about the likelihood of the no deal brexit? how is that seen in brussels?
barbara: the problem with the no deal brexit is the timing. the timing works for it. because theresa may has a party conference in early october, the for that she cannot make a move, because the hardliners are out for battle against her. if she survives the party conference, she has six weeks until the end of november to get negotiations in brussels going again and make further compromises, figure out in agreement. that is a tight timeframe. almost impossible. the more the weeks race down to the end of november, the more likely a no deal scenario is. brent: i don't know if you are hungry, but mr. raab assured brits that they would be able to continue enjoying their bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches no matter what. would brussels stand in the way of a blt even in the event of a
no deal? barbara: basically not, but some of them are even made in northern france and that won't happen after brexit. if the brits don't mind it wilted lettuce and old tomatoes, they will continue to have the blt because fruit will be stuck in trucks. however, maybe for britain, it is the best idea to go back to the good old british porkpie that might be in the future of the united kingdom. we know brexit is all about missed algebra and the old times. brent: i don't know how hungry i am after that. despite that, thank you and bon appetit. thank you. how about you, are you ready for dinner? >> not anymore, i'm afraid. brent: let's talk about something more palatable. tit for tat on global trade. >> i am not sure it is.
the u.s. has slapped a tariff on imports from china, potentially cutting off another food source. this is a second round of tariffs in response to what the trump administration calls beijing's unfair trade practices. china reacted swiftly, putting tariffs on over 300 american products as the trade war continues its dangerous downward spiral. >> new negotiations could not prevent the latest turn of the screw. the u.s. and china have imposed import duties on goods worth about $50 billion u.s., now companies are getting uneasy. >> we thinking about the uncertainty that the conflict rings. that is not good for business. it limits your ability to invest in new developments in a country, impact your ability to hire new staff. >> u.s. president trump is not just attacking the trade
deficit, he has fired shots at beijing's industrial policies, accusing the government of paying high subsidies to companies in the tech sector, like robotics and artificial intelligence. the sectors hit by tariffs are starting to hurt on both sides like at this market in beijing. many have stopped ordering agricultural products in the u.s. because they have become too expensive. the new duties also affect items like turbines. china's tariffs hit products like u.s. gas. >> if this prewar leads to engines slowing down or shutting down, that can be a disaster. >> despite strong resistance in his own country, trump is threatening new sanctions on chinese goods worth $200 billion, taking effect as early as next month. helena: we asked our
correspondent on wall street if the duties would backfire and see the u.s. consumers footing the bill. >> i think that is the opinion that many people have here right now. i would like to see what the watchdog of the american economy is saying, the federal reserve bank and they have been repeatedly warning of the negative impacts on the american economy when it comes to these ongoing trades. -- trade dispute. economies -- economists warn that these tariffs could hurt global trade by .5% and that is something that everybody is worried about here at the moment. we are at $1 billion right now. 50/50 from both sides if the next round, the $200 billion worth of imports being targeted for new sanctions from the americans, they could hit
consumers really hard and the consumers are an important engine for growth of the economy, so this would probably make everything even worse. helena: british airways and air france will no longer be flying to iran, saying they are concerned about profitability. the announcement comes after the united states imposed fresh sanctions on the country. airlines are the latest and a string of european companies pulling out. others include carmakers. it apart or of those companies reducing the demand for flights. -- departure of those companies reducing the demand for flights. ryanair has reached an agreement with the union representing irish pilots. no further details are known, but europe's second-largest airline has been negotiating with pilots and cabin crew in several country over working
conditions and pay since last year. the biggest strike two weeks ago caused chaos at the airports. the new deal in ireland may be used as a model for agreements in other countries. and back over now to brent. brent: thank you. we'll go to malta. the trial of the captain of a german aid ship that rescued more than 200 migrants in the mediterranean. that trial resumed today, only to be postponed for three weeks for procedural reasons. originally, officials allowed the ship to dock, but then impounded it and charged its captain with failing to properly register the vehicle. the captain insists that he is done nothing wrong. dw met with him in his home in southern germany. >> klaus had a comfortable life in bavaria but he did not want to be complacent, so he became a
captain aboard a search and rescue ship in the mediterranean. that is now why he is facing legal proceedings in malta. >> of course this is an unpleasant situation, but i go to court with my head held high. we did not do anything wrong. on the contrary, we saved people's lives and i gladly take responsibility. >> at the end of june, he and his crew aboard the ship lifeline rescu more than 200 refugees. after that, their own odyssey began. the lifeline was not allowed to dock anywhere and had to sail aimlessly for days. it ended up in malta, where the ship was impounded. he was taken in for questioning by the police under the accusation that the vessels papers were not in order. >> it is very strange that we are not talking about saving people's lives but about the boats registration. this would mean we could not
sail under the dutch flag, even though it clearly states this on the significant -- on the certificate. nader: at home in bavaria, he uses his time between court appearances to keep in touch with his network of supporters. a lawyer is providing legal advice. he cannot comprehend that rescuers are being treated like criminals. >> as a lawyer, i thought, this case is unusual. a person who has rescued people has been detained. for a dubious reasons, in my view. -- four very -- for very dubious reasons, in my view.
nader: although claus gets a lot of simply for his work, he sometimes has difficult conversations. >> this is what i experienced at an ice cream parlor. a man made me ask him if he favored letting people drown, and he said yes. if you were the captain, he would run over people in the sea. you can't reason with someone like that. nader: before his next court appearance, claus is working on a minibus that was donated for his team. activists are now collecting the nations for a new ship. the do not want to wait until the authorities release the lifeline. together with the captain, they want to head back to see as soon as possible to save more people. brent: we hear some of the other stories that are making headlines around the world now. protesters in nairobi marched to
demand the release of a lawmaker. protesters put out the call to free bobi wine, a popstar turned lawmaker. he was charged with treason in a civilian court thursday. a leadership crisis could topple the prime minister who has promised to quit if enough members of his liberal party vote for a fresh leadership challenge on friday. turnbull has described the move as internal interests and -- internal insurgency to push his party further to the right. migrants were pushed back to morocco after breaching a border fence this week. shelters are currently at double capacity. human rights groups have criticized spain for sending migrants back before checking their asylum claims.
a british aid worker has been temporarily released from jail in iran. they had been sentenced to five years in jail, convicted of plotting against the iranian government. she has been given a three day reprieve divisive her family. british authorities are pushing for her permanent release. the new soccer season kicks off in less than 24 hours. the defending champions will take on germany. there are -- they're embarrassing exit from the world cup has left soccer fans wondering if they are in crisis. >> the new season is upon us. ready to treat fans to another glut of emotions.
germany's shocking world cup campaign is still fresh in focus, as well as the poor performance of clubs in european competition last term. internationally, german footballers going through a bleak. -- a bleak period. they made the semifinals last season and have little competition. under a new coach, they expect their rain to continue. >> we want to make sure we want to make sure we're champions again for a seventh time. we also know that the others will not make it easy. we want to try everything to take the crowd of us. their dominance is dangerous. the title race can only be competitive if other clubs boost their spending, that due to the 50 plus one role, investors cannot complete takeover bundesliga clubs.
french heavyweights simply cannot be matched. some teams have spent 73 million euros on new players. after a tribute few months, there is hope for a revival. >> we are in a situation where a lot of questions have to be asked. i am a long way from saying that everything is bad. of course, we know that we have to raise our performances so we can once again treat our fans to proper football. >> the bundesliga is becoming a development league. they still want to challenge for the championship. hoffenheim have invested heavily, but their coaches of be for his final season. >> every team wants to be champion. we are giving everything to have
a successful season and we will see what comes at the end. >> a more exciting season, that is what all german football fans are excited for. there has been a backlash as the bundesliga becomes increasingly commercialized. yet, without increased cash flow, the league would fall further behind. it is a balancing act that the bundesliga must achieve in the upcoming season. brent: earlier this month, scientist in siberia made a sensational find. a mummified foal between 30000 and 50,000 years old. it is the world's best preserved prehistoric horse. it was found in a remote crater known by locals as the gateway to the underworld. here's a reminder of that top story, u.s. president donald warned that markets would crash
if he were impeached. he was going on the offensive as to removing him from office and got louder two days after his former lawyer implicated him in campaign-finance violations. the united states and china have slapped a second round of tariffs on each other, both chat -- both targeting $16 billion worth of goods. you can always get dw news on the go, just download our app. that will give you access to the latest news from around the world and push notifications for any breaking news. you can use the dw app to send us photos and videos when you see news happening. you're watching dw news live from berlin. after a short break, i wouldn't back to take you through the day. -- i will be back to take you through the day.