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politics but maybe you guys can make it one. that does it for us tonight, thanks for being with us, we'll see you again tonight, now it's what is going on? you see it, you don't believe it, 400 million in cash! being flown in an airplane to iran. >> the only bit of news that is relevant on this is the fact that we paid cash. the reason cash was exchanged is because we don't have bank relationship with iran. >> i wonder where that money really goes, by the way, right? i wonder where it really goes. who can authorize, even in terms of a president, who can authorizeauthor i authorize $400,000 in cash. >> this wasn't some nefarious deal. we do not pay ransom for hostages. >> hillary clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with
national security. in fact we're both supposed to be briefed in the not too distant future. and i'm saying you can't brief her. >> just listen to what mr. trump has to say and make your own judgment with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage things like our nuclear triad. >> and i'm afraid the election's going to be rigged, i have to be honest. >> of course the elections will not be rigged. what does that mean? >> it's a crooked system. it's a rigged system. we're running against a rigged system. >> but this will be an election like every other election. sometimes folks if they lose they start complaining that they got cheated. but i've never heard of somebody complaining about being cheated before the game was over. >> president obama, on the record, in a wide-ranging news conference touching on topics from donald trump's readiness to be commander in chief, to isis, and about that $400 million in cash sent to iran. plus new poll numbers out this morning paint a clear picture.
the campaign before, and after the convention show donald trump on a deep slide. and house speaker paul ryan weighs in. >> we just came out of our convention and yeah, he's had pretty strange run since the convention. you would think we ought to be focusing on hillary clinton, and all of her deficiencies and it is distressing that that's not what we're talking about these days. >> it is just past 5:00 a.m. here on the east coast, 2:00 a.m. out west, this is "way too early." good morning, everyone. it is friday, august 5th. i'm alex witt. the weekend begins with a startling slide in the polls for donald trump. the newly released nbc/"wall street journal" poll puts him at a disadvantage of nine points to hillary clinton. % to 38% in a two-way match-up
and clinton ahead 43% to 34% in a four-way match-up. lib tearian gary johnson at 10%, and the green party's jill stein at 5%. clinton's nine-point lead is larger than any measure by the nbc/wsj poll in the 2012 race and the biggest since barack obama's ten-point lead in mid-october 2008. this as a mclatchly/marous national poll shows a 12 point swing in clinton's favor since last month suddenly creating a 15-point gap between her and trump 48% to 33%. and a new suffolk university poll in florida shows clinton ahead by six 48% to trump's 42%. donald trump is taking his campaign to green bay, wisconsin, today. but the state's three highest profile republicans, governor scott walker, senator ron johnson and house speaker paul ryan all say they won't be attending trump's rally. meanwhile both donald trump and mike pence are downplaying reports of a fissure between the two after pence endorsed paul
ryan in his primary race. >> he called me the other day, said do you mind -- because he likes paul ryan. paul ryan's a good guy, actually. no, he's a good guy. so mike called me, and he said, yesterday, and he said would you mind if i endorsed? i won't do that if it's going to cause any complications or problems i would absolutely not -- he's the greatest guy. he's the greatest human being. and he said that. but i like him, he's a friend of mine. would you mind if i endorsed him? and i will not do it if you say know. i say mike, you like him, yes, go ahead and do it 100%. and he endorsed him. >> of course i support john mccain and kelly ayotte and all of our republican incumbents. donald trump and i are -- are in constant communication and we talked a little bit yesterday. i told him that paul ryan was my friend of many years. he's a strong conservative leader and i told him i intended to support him and he strongly encouraged it. >> now pence initially did not
explicitly endorsed senators mccain and ayotte when asked leading to something of an uproar. but at this point trump has declined to endorse both senators. meanwhile ryan is standing by his endorsement at donald trump though he did hint at a possible future reversal during radio interviews yesterday. >> would there ever be a bridge too far where you have -- >> i've always said of course there are moments i'm not going to get into the speculation or hypotheticals. none of these things are ever blank checks. that goes with any situation in any kind of race. but right now, i just think it's important that the voters, you know, he won the delegates. he won the thing fair and square. it's just that simple. >> donald trump took his campaign back to maine yesterday. it was his second visit since winning the republican primary in hopes of picking off a state that hasn't voted for republican since 1988. the beginning of trump's speech was disrupted by protesters holding up pocket constitutions, a nod to gold sr father cas irchan's gesture at the whoemt convention when he asked if trump had ever read the
document. trump spoke of the threat of terror through immigration. invoking the boston bombings and suggested danger among maine's growing somalian refugees. >> the most important issues facing civilization right now is radical islamic terrorism. we've just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time. and as maine knows, a major destination for somali refugees. we admit hundreds of thousands, you admit, into maine, and to other places in the united states, hundreds of thousands of refugees. and they're coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world. the boston bombers, remember the boston bombers? what a horrible thing that was. arrived through the political asylum process. the younger brother applied for
citizenship and was naturalized on september 11th, 2012. the older brother had a pending application for citizenship. oh, that's wonderful. we take 'em, right? we take 'em. how violent and how vicious and how horrible was that? okay. and if they're not here, we don't have that incident. hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. just remember. this has nothing to do with politics, folks. this is a whole different level. this has to do with pure, raw stupidity. okay? >> president obama used yesterday's news conference at the pentagon to fire back at his critics over the united states' $400 million payment to iran saying, claims the money was ransom for four american hostages held by tehran defies logic. >> some of you may recall, we
announced these payments in january. many months ago. there -- there wasn't a secret. we -- we announced them for -- to all of you. josh did a briefing on them. the -- this wasn't some nefarious deal. we do not pay ransom. we didn't here and we don't -- we won't in the future. precisely because if we did, then we would start encouraging americans to be targeted, much in the same way that some countries that do pay ransom end up having a lot more of their citizens being taken by various groups. >> now the president's defense didn't stop donald trump from attacking the payment at a rally in portland, maine, yesterday, where he repeated his claim of seeing video of the money being uploaded from a plane. >> and how stupid are we? how stupid are we? to allow this to continue to go on. to see what's happening, and you know it was interesting because a tape was made. right? you saw that with the airplane coming in, nice plane.
the airplane coming in and the money coming off, i guess, right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranians. and you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. they want to embarrass our country. and they want to embarrass our president. because we have a president who is incompetent. they want to -- they want to embarrass -- they want to embarrass our president. i mean who would ever think that they would be taking all of this money off the plane, and then providing us with a tape. >> a trump spokesperson had clarified to "the washington post" yesterday that he had seen footage on tv on wednesday, which he believed was the money transfer. that video, which you see here, was actually three of the four american hostages released from iran arriving in geneva, switzerland, back in january. the president also talked about the expanded military fight against isis yesterday the
pentagon released new video of a u.s. warplane taking off from a carrier in the mediterranean headed for targets in libya. according to officials the operation successfully disabled an isis tank. the president says the u.s. will continue to support efforts against the islamic state but repeated his past claim that military might not be enough. >> even as we need to crush isil on the battlefield, their military defeat will not be enough. so long as their twisted ideology persists and drives people to violence, in groups like isil will keep emerging, and the international community will continue to be at risk in getting sucked into the kind of global whack-a-mole where we're always reacting to the latest threat or lone actor. that's why we're also working to counter violent extremism more broadly. >> hillary clinton took her campaign to las vegas yesterday where she continued to tout her jobs plan, and criticize donald trump. at one point, though, she was interrupted by a group of animal rights activists.
secret service agents rushed to the stage and after a few seconds clinton addressed the hecklers. >> keep talking, you handled it. >> okay, here we are. >> keep talking. >> okay. we'll keep talking, and we'll -- and apparently, these people are here to protest trump. because trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals. so thank you for making that point. >> later in the same rally clinton once again went after donald trump and tried to reach out to some of his supporters. >> somebody wants to be for trump because they're anxious, they're fearful, maybe they're angry because there's a lot to be concerned about. we need to talk. we need to talk. because we don't want you being sold the same bill of goods that the students who signed up to go to trump university were sold.
>> that message to trump supporters comes as the clinton campaign launches a broad effort to recruit potential republican converts. at the same time, in a sign of confidence, we've also learned the clinton campaign is slated to pause its television ads in virginia beginning next week. the campaign recently pulled its ads in colorado, as well. vice presidential nominee tim kaine did not hold back when it came to criticizing donald trump yesterday. accusing the republican nominee of discrimination. senator kaine spoke at the national urban league conference yesterday and kaine, a former civil rights lawyer, went off trump and trump's father over a 1973 civil rights case for allegedly violating the fair housing act. >> in 1973, "the new york times" reported that the justice department had filed suit after donald trump and his father for refusing to rent apartments to african-americans. it was one of the largest federal cases of its kind at the time. when federal investigators spoke with trump's employees, they said they were instructed to
mark rental applications from african-american people on the back of the application with a "c," "c" for colored, so that they would know who they wanted to rent to and who they didn't. this was a huge lawsuit. the government took action and filed a lawsuit to stop discrimination, not just at one or two, but at 39 different properties owned by the company. >> now the urban league says it invited trump's campaign to speak but the campaign declined. his campaign pushed back on senator kaine's claim citing the previous statement from trump's attorney, quote, there is absolutely no merit to the allegations. this suit was brought as part of a nationwide inquiry against a number of companies and the matter was ultimately settled without any finding of liability and without any admission of wrongdoing whatsoever. overseas, police in london have ruled out any terrorist links to a stabbing attack that claimed the life of an american. but that is little comfort for the family of 64-year-old darlene horton. the only one killed in wednesday night's stabbing spree in london that left five others injured.
her husband is a psychology professor from florida state, teaching in london for the summer, and it was their last night in the city before returning home. as for the 19-year-old suspect, police say he's a norwegian national of somali origin who was mentally unstable. >> whilst the investigation is not yet complete, all of the work that we have done so far increasingly points to these tragic incidents as having been triggered by mental health issues. >> and police say the victims of the attack were apparently chosing at random. protective custody for jailed shooter dylan roof is not foolproof. he was beat up yesterday while showering. an inmate slipped out of his cell, went down a flight of stairs before insulting roof. the inmate hit him in the face and body before officers stopped him. >> i think he was all in a defensive kind of posture. i don't think that it was a back and forth fight, so to speak.
i think he was defending himself from the blows, surprise attack kind of situation. >> and now the sheriff is trying to figure out what went wrong since cell doors to all the other inmates are supposed to be checked to make sure they're locked before roof goes to the showers. but according to officials at the time of the incident one officer assigned to the cell block was taking a break. another was busy getting toilet paper for another inmate. the accused inmate is expected to be charged with third degree assault but the sheriff says roof and his toerns say they do not want to press charges. roof is still awaiting trial for the murder of nine people at mother emanuel church in charleston in june of last year. still ahead here on "way too early," one of the toughest questions on the campaign trail. yesterday it came from a 11-year-old at a town hall with mike pence. we're going to show you how the republican vice presidential nominee answered it. plus donald trump's policy proposals on immigration now brig new attention to his wife's imbrags journey. is the story of how she emigrated to the u.s. going to withstand scrutiny?
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athletes from russia's original entry list following a world anti-doping agency report that details a state-sponsored doping program at the sochi games back in 2012. all right let's turn stateside now to the nba where oklahoma city has a new favorite son russell westbrook officially signed his contract extension with the thunder a three-year deal worth more than $85 million that feels good. yesterday was officially declared russell westbrook day. the five-time all-star fielded questions from the media at a press conference yesterday and even discussed former teammate kevin durant who's now a member of the golden state warriors. >> did the fact that not only kevin left but it was to golden state did that make it sting even more? >> sting for who? >> you. man i understand free agency. i understand you know, have an opportunity to go wherever we
need to go. but, once that happened, i toast them what's next. to me that's just my mentality to be able to find out now what's the next thing we need to do to help our team win and that's all i'm worried about is to be able to find ways for us to come in and figure out how we can be a great organization. >> russell westbrook easily gliding into that leadership role there. >> yeah. i'll tell you some cool cats right at the top. we have hope, we have russell. cages unflappable. still ahead what a difference a convention make. we have the latest polling showing hillary clinton surging and donald trump slipping. and later a trip to the orange bowl. on the vice presidential plane and pressing questions from the press corps led to this moment with mike pence. and we're going to explain when "way too early" continues.
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just listen to what mr. trump has to say and make your own judgment with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage things like our nuclear triad. >> with respect, sir, it suggests that you're not competent. >> well, as i recall i just answered a question about this a couple days ago and i thought i made myself pretty clear and i don't want to just keep repeating it or a various of it, i -- i -- i -- obviously have a very strong opinion about the two candidates who are running. one is very positive, and one is not so much. >> president obama during his
wide-ranging news conference where the presidential election was front and center. it comes as new polls continue to show donald trump losing ground against hillary clinton. we're going to show you where things stand right now. plus new questions over melania trump's immigration story. why some say that story is not adding up. it's 5:30 here on the east coast, 2:30 out west. this is "way too early." good morning, everyone. it is friday, august 5th, i'm alex witt. this weekend begins with a startling slide in the polls for donald trump. the newly released nbc news/"wall street journal" poll puts him at a disadvantage of nine points to hillary clinton 47% to 38% in a two-way match-up and clinton ahead 43% to 34% in a four-way match-up. libertarian gary johnson coming
in at 10%, the green party's jill stein at 5%. clinton's nine-point lead is larger than any measured by the nbc/wsj poll in the 2012 race and the biggest since barack obama's ten-point lead in mid-october 2008. this is a mcclatchy/mar us poll shows a swing and a new suffolk university poll in florida shows clinton ahead by six. donald trump is taking his campaign to green bay, wisconsin today, but the state's three highest profile republicans, governor scott walker, senator ron johnson, and house speaker paul ryan, all say they will not be attending trump's rally. donald trump and mike pence are downplaying reports of a fissure between the two men after pence endorsed paul ryan in his primary race. >> he called me the other day, said do you mind because he likes paul ryan. paul ryan's a good guy, actually. no he's a good guy.
so mike called me yesterday and he said would you mind if i endorsed. i won't do that if it's going to cause any complications or problems. he's the greatest guy. he's the greatest human being. and he said that. but i like him, he's a friend of mine. would you mind if i endorsed him? and i will not do it if you say know. i say mike, you like him, yes, go ahead and do it 100%. and he endorsed him. >> of course i support john mccain and kelly ayotte and all of our republican incumbents. donald trump and i are -- are in constant communication and we talked a little bit yesterday. i told him that paul ryan was my friend of many years. he's a strong conservative leader and i told him i intended to support him and he strongly encouraged it. >> now pence initially did not expolite usly endorse senators mccain and ayotte when asked leading to something of an uproar. john kasich strategist john weaver tweeted remember traveling with john mccain to travel to indiana to campaign
for a desperate mike pence shame on him #karma. pence eventually spelled out his endorsement. trump has declined to endorse both senators. speaker ryan is standing by his endorsement of donald trump though he did hint at a possible future reversal during a radio news interview yesterday. >> would there ever be a bridge too far where you have -- >> i've always said of course there are moments i'm not going to get into the speculation or hypotheticals. none of these things are ever blank checks. that goes with any situation in any kind of race. but right now, i just think it's important that the voters, you know, he won the delegates. he won the thing fair and square. it's just that simple. >> mike pence has been racking up the frequent flyer miles on the campaign trail lately during a town hall event in north carolina yesterday he was put on the spot by an 11-year-old in the audience. >> my name is matthew i'm 11 years old and i've been watching the news lately, and i've been noticing that you've been kind of softening up on mr. trump's policies, and words.
is this going to be your role in this administration? >> number one, this boy's got a future. i couldn't be more proud to stand with donald trump, and we are shoulder to shoulder in his campaign, my friend. sometimes things don't always come out like you mean, right? and donald trump and i are absolutely determined to work together. >> so matthew, an incoming sixth grader, went on to tell nbc news he asked the question because he was worried about pence's role on the ticket. >> pence has been -- pence has been kind of like softening up on what mr. trump is saying afterwards. some things with the khan family, the muslim man, things like that. and i kind of worry about him and ius wantedo just wanted to make sure that he was totally loyal to mr. trump, and the republican party, and now i think he is. >> the kid's 11. still there's frustration
within the ranks of some republicans about the bad press and leaks coming out against their nominee. "the washington times" reports that the chairman of the oregon state party will petition reince priebus to discipline staff and consultants who speak out against donald trump. mean while new defections from current and former republican lawmakers alike. here's former congressman vin weber of minnesota followed by an ad from congressman mike hoffman. >> i think that the republican party has made an epic mistake. and we've nominated somebody that's going to rip the party apart over policy. we have nominated somebody that is going to alienate every emerging and enlarging demographic in the country. he is -- purely unqualified. i mean we've -- he's the least qualified person to be president we've ever nominated. if you're a serious person about -- about our country and about public policy you have to wonder about putting someone in office regardless of their temperament who has not one day experience in any branch of government. >> would you rather trump win in
november or lose? >> i would rather that he lose. i say that with great, great pain in my heart. >> people ask me, what do you think about trump? honestly, i don't care for him much. and i certainly don't trust hillary. i'm a marine. for me, country comes first. my duty is always to you. so if donald trump is president, i'll stand up to him. plain and simple. and if hillary wins, i'll hold her accountable every step of the way. i'm mike coffman and i approve this message. my job is clear, work hard and serve you. that's what i'll do. >> meanwhile, as donald trump looks ahead to his transition to the white house he was asked by a host on nbc affiliate first coast news in jacksonville about women's role in his administration. >> who you would actually put into office as one of your first female in your cabinet? >> well, we have so many different ones to choose. i could tell you everybody would say put ivanka in.
>> absolutely. >> you know that. she's very popular. you know ivanka very well. but there really are so many that are really talented people. like you, i mean you're so talented. and i don't know if your viewers know that -- >> is this breaking news? am i going to be in the cabinet? >> it really is a very talented -- >> is that a yes? >> sounds like good to me. >> oh, we're looking good. awesome. >> you may not be surprised we should note here that she once worked with donald trump. the issue of immigration rocketed donald trump to the top of the republican field last summer but a new rort raises questions about when trump's wife melania emigrated to the u.s. and whether it was legal for her to work as a model. newly released photos reportedly place her in new york in 1995, a full year before she and trump say she first arrived. trump became a citizen in 2006. but immigration experts tell politico that even years old misrepresentations could pose fresh legal problems for her. melania trump insisted on
"morning joe" in february that she followed the law. >> i came to new york 1996. i never thought to stay here without papers. i had visa. i traveled every few months back to the country to slovenia to stamp the visa. i came back. i apply for the green card. i apply for the citizenship later on after many years of green card. so i went by system. i went by the law. >> there is no public information about what kind of visa trump had when she came to the u.s. and yesterday trump released a statement blasting, quote, inaccurate reporting about her immigration status back in 1996. reaffirming, quote, i have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country, period. president obama used yesterday's news conference at the pentagon to fire back at his critics over the united states' $400 million payment to iran. saying claims the money was ransomed for four american
prisoners held by tehran defies logic. >> some of you may recall, we announced these payments in january. many months ago. there -- there wasn't a secret. we -- we announced them for -- to all of you. josh did a briefing on them. the -- this wasn't some nefarious deal. we do not pay ransom. we didn't here and we don't -- we won't in the future. precisely because if we did, then we would start encouraging americans to be targeted, much in the same way that some countries that do pay ransom end up having a lot more of their citizens being taken by various groups. >> now the president's defense didn't stop donald trump from attacking the payment at a rally in portland, maine, yesterday, where he repeated his claim of seeing video of the money being unloaded from a plane. >> and how stupid are we? how stupid are we? to allow this to continue to go on. to see what's happening, and you know it was interesting because
a tape was made. right? you saw that with the airplane coming in, nice plane. the airplane coming in and the money coming off, i guess, right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranians. and you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. they want to embarrass our country. and they want to embarrass our president. because we have a president who is incompetent. they want to -- they want to embarrass -- they want to embarrass our president. i mean who would ever think that they would be taking all of this money off the plane, and then providing us with a tape. >> a trump spokesperson had clarified to "the washington post" yesterday that he had seen footage on tv on wednesday, which he believed was the money transfer. that video, which you see here, was actually three of the four american prisoners released from iran arriving in geneva, switzerland, this is back in january. still ahead, order in the
court. the governor of missouri called on to act as a public defender. we're going to explain and we're going to tell you what's expected when the new jobs report drops a bit later this morning. plus new data shows that donald trump's presidential run may be hurting his business empire. that and more when "way too early" comes right back. the gillette mach 3 turbo
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45 past. let's turn to business where economists are expecting some solid job growth from this morning's jobs report after a shockingly low report in may. cnbc's luisa bojesen is joining us live from london. tell us what we can expect from this report. >> yeah, good morning. i was just looking back, may 38,000 is what we had in may. june, 287,000. that blew us out of the water. this time around we're looking for somebody in between 180,000 is what most analysts are forecasting. which would be a solid trend. you're going to want to look at the dollar as well as equity market trade on the back of these numbers. the unemployment rate is
expected to ease a little bit lower as 4.8% which would be taken as potentially good news as well. of course if the number is very strong, it could mean that we're looking at good news being bad news because then the fed could be on course to hike rates before the end of this year. so, that's the big one for this afternoon. now it turns out that trump's empire is taking a bit of a hit after he announced his candidacy. let me explain this. because foursquare, a tech company, they look at people's location data, and they've been out gathering all of this data together and they found that foot traffic to trump hotels, to his golf course courses, to his casinos is down since his candidacy was announced especially the case being for women, that women in blue states, they visited trump properties less in the month of july by 29% less. people going to his properties down by 17% year-on-year for the month. >> that is really interesting. thank you for that graphic, appreciate that. have a good weekend. let's get a check on the weather with nbc meteorologist
bill karins. tonight we've got to get through that opening ceremonies. >> tonight's the big night. probably most watched. forecast this time of year down there is absolutely gorgeous. i mean they're not going to have many issues. tonight will be one of those nights that's nearly perfect, 73 degrees, clear and mild. you can see how beautiful. look at the terrain here, just gorgeous. should be fun at maracana stadium. as far as the forecast goes in areas of the east. this is the cold front today through the weekend. there will be showers and storms with this through the weekend. not so bad later today into this evening. cleveland, detroit, down through indianapolis, maybe columbus, too, isolated. at worst case scenario, it gets a little more juice with it by the time we get to saturday afternoon. a little warmer and we're going to see numerous thunderstorms. it's not going to rain out your saturday in areas of southern new england. we're talking providence, new haven, hartford, boston area down to the cape. could be a period of about a half hour where you deal with shours and thunderstorm. right back through west virginia then by sunday the storms are in the southeast.
and the temperatures they're not changing any time soon in dallas. near 102 all weekend long. but it's going to be very enjoyable. a little cooler chicago looking great, minneapolis, upper 70s low 80s and once that cold front goes through sunday will be a little cooler in areas of the east. over all pretty nice weekend alex. again, quick, shower or thunderstorm, then you can go right back to your activity. >> okay. thank you. we'll take it. let's get a check now on the morning's other headlines louis burgdorf standing by with that. >> good morning, alex. president obama is getting a lot of love in his last few months in office. yesterday the commander in chief turned 55 years old. and the free world seems to be giving him one of the greatest gifts an outgoing president can receive and that's popularity. with an approval rating around 52%. the president received an outpouring of love from those closest to him with vice president joe biden tweeting an image of a pair of friendship bracelets with their names and the caption happy 55th barack, a brother to me, a best friend forever. as of this morning it has
234,000 retweets. all right now to a political battle that could end up in court but in a way that you may not expect. missouri governor jay nixon has just been recruited to be a state public defender. the state's chief public defender has sent a letter to the governor telling him that he has to serve because the office is so short-staffed and cash strapped. the public defender michael barrett says it's nixon's fault, especially in the wake of a recent veto to cap case loads. barrett also claims the law allows him to appoint attorneys to work pro bono for the needy and nixon is his first hire. the governor's office objected to the budget cutting claims and says barrett has no right to force the governor to serve. barrett begs to differ and we'll just have to stay tuned on this one i'm sure it's not going to be over any time soon. and i got one more for you alex it's no secret at campaign -- work harder than anyone on the trail but ery once in awhile there's some down time. last night nbc's vaughn hilliard played a classic campaign trail plane game writing a question on an orange and rolling it to the
front of the plane carrying vice presidential candidate mike pence. the question, what is your favorite six pence none the richer song a reference to a band from the late nineties. governor pence scribbled an answer in sharpie. he did not choose kiss me, instead he chose christmas for two put added #hillarylovesnickelback. being one of the most disliked bands of all time. by the way alex he also had a character -- caricature drawing on there as well for good measure. >> a little going back and forth between mike pence and vaughn hilliard. thank you so much louis. still ahead, "way too early" comes right back. ♪
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a jittery london is recovering this morning from wednesday's horrific stabbing spree which we now know claimed the life of an american. darlene horton of florida was the only person killed in the attacks. but what do we know about her killer? nbc's lucy kafanov is joining us from london. what are investigators saying now about the alleged attacker's motivation? >> good morning, alex. well the investigation is still under way, but police say the early evidence points to mental illness of the driving force behind that attack not
radicalization or terrorism. the suspects we now know is a 19-year-old norwegian national of somali descent. police don't consider that relevant to the motivation. he left norway as a small child back in 2002. we don't know a lot about his life here in the uk. but the london police commissioner saying that he had mental illness issues. describing it as a spontaneous attack where the victim seemed to be picked at random. he is in police custody. we do expect him to be charged formally later today. russell square where the stabbing spree unfolded the video you're seeing now is right in the heart of london. it's a busy area. this attack, of course, rattling the people here. and of course the family of the american victim who lost her life darlene horton is in mourning today. she is the wife of a florida state university professor who was teaching in london for the summer, and, alex, it was supposed to be the couple's very last night here in london. they were scheduled to fly to tallahassee yesterday, but their plans, their lives, tragically interrupted.
>> i'll tell you that last point as if it could get any worse. thank you very much lucy cass notify. florida state university has released a statement of condolence, there are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy. and we'll be right back. she spent summer binge-watching. soon, she'll be binge-studying. now she writes mostly in emoji. soon, she'll type the best essays in the entire 8th grade. today, the only spanish words he knows are burrito and enchilada.
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the latest group that might sue donald trump for nonpayment is the usa freedom kids. this is true. now you may remember the usa freedom kids performed at a trump rally earlier this year, and their music sounded like a bald eagle marching on a casio key board. ♪ our freedom come on boys take 'em down ♪ ♪ donald trump to make america great ♪ ♪ >> unfortunately for the usa freedom kids donald trump took the free part literally. for the band's first performance at a trump rally the manager asked for a $2500 in payment. the campaign made a counteroffer, how about a table where the group could presell albums. the manager took the deal.
but when they arrived at the venue, there was no table. here with a brand-new song for donald trump, please welcome the usa freedom grown-ups. ♪ tiny hearts tiny hands ♪ ♪ what kind of monster will not pay a children's band ♪ ♪ that might be your real hair pay people what they've earned and release your tax returns ♪ >> okay. welcome back to "way too early." we're going to leave you this morning with a photo finish, if you will. a cargo plane overshot a runway at an airport this morning in bergamo, italy. it crashed right through the fencing and rested its nose on a guardrail. no doubt it became a traffic problem in the air as well as on the road and a passing motorist just had to shoot this video to document this rubbernecker's dream. fortunately no one was hurt and the airport is back up to speed. however the passengers on that plane, they may be arriving a wei bit later than planned. that does it for me and "way too
early." "morning joe" starts right now. >> what is going on? you see it, you don't believe it. $400 million in cash. being flown in in cash being fwloflown in an airplane to iran. >> the only bit of news that is relevant to this is we paid cash. we don't have a bank relationship with iran. >> i wonder where that money really goes, by the way. i wonder where it goes. who can authorize in terms of a president who can authorize $400,000 in cash? >> this wasn't some nefarious deal. we don't pay ransom for hostages. >> hillary clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with national security. in fact, we're both supposed to be briefed in the not too distant future. >> they were told these were