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we have. do they have it? house republicans peacing together a new obamacare replacement. and new indications that bill o'reilly's scandal is not over. allegations are even more extensive than what we have right now. here to join the press conference with the italian prime minister, we have kelly o'donal. and my colleague kasie hunt who somehow managed to escape the capitol billion, along a former member of the clinton campaign. now director for sirius xm, and finally, rick tyler joins us as well. ted cruz' former campaign spokesman. this happens about 3:30 in the east room. the president with the prime minister of italy. there are so many questions that could be asked. any idea where you think this is going? >> with, first, i think you may be able to their roar of the
motorcycles. we believe the italian leader is about to pass behind us making an entrance to the white house. there is a color guard here for quite a while. a very ceremonial welcome for this event today. big questions of course, will deal with issues relating to north korea, syria, global affairs a big part of early phase of this trump presidency at a time when there have been some unexpected factors around the world and those unplanned events can often shape a presidency. especially in the first 100 days. we've seen the president use mit power, we've seen the parameters of what the u.s. is prepared to do blunt the transitions, and to be blunt with nato partners. certainly italy plays a role in a voice of europe that is really important to hear at a time when
the president needs to build relationships with the differing view to russia and aggression from that part of the world. so expect they will ask two members of the press corps frafing from italy and of course the white house press corps to ask questions. sometimes it is layered and more than the just one question. but it is an important opportunity for the president to be asked about the events most reasonly with north korea and expectations of the ongoing efforts of the kim jong-un jeep to expand its nuclear capability. at the same time we saw the failed miss test. there were questions about why did it fail and does it give us any insight about what's wha happening with the north korean relationship. so there is a considerable
italian press corps waiting for that as well. a moment where there is a bit of passage tgean pageantry. >> we'll watch this play out live. coming in in an unusual way, on the north side of the white house. you see president trump greeting him there. let's pause for one moment. all right. president trump greeting the
italian prime minister. they're about to have some meetings and around 3:30, we're told to expect them -- excuse me, 3:50 in the east room of the white house. we'll have a joint xroempbs between the two word leadeleade care. explain to us what's happening? i know a couple different congressmen floating proposals. >> so i would say that i think this is more about the trump administration wanting to be abe to claim an accomplishment in the first 100 days than about real legislative progress at this point. these conversations have been ongoing all the way along. in this case we're talking about one member of the tuesday group, the moderate group of republicans in the house, talking to congressman mark meadows.
the freedom caucus, the conservative members that threw a wrench in the entire -- that brought the whole thing to a stand still. there is an inthe centive to try to get something done but it is not clear if they can find a middle ground for the moderate members who are up for re-election. they have been arguing all the way along that this health care bill accepted the basic '48 work of the affordable care act. this proposeal that they're floating is what they've been talking about. it would allow satellites opt out of certain provisions of the aca under certain conditions of the it wouldn't let people opt out of that pre existing condition requirement. it was suddenly being talked about right before congress left for recess. and would it generate a lot of negative headlines. >> when you say limited waivers,
that is what you're talking about. states can kind of waive out of certain things. >> that's the key controversial part of it. had the freedom caucus had gone after this list of things that obamacare requires insurance plans cover. they require that you pay for maternity care, for emergency room servis in every plan. some say if you're a man you don't need maternity care but everybody pays into the same pool so it covers costs for everybody of that would be the flip argument. we should all pay for these maternity care things. maybe only half the pool ends up needing. but at the end of the day, i don't think this will be enough and our leadership sources are telling us there is no sense, there are 215 people to pay for it. >> part of the sticking point in the previous debate over the health care reform bill was that they needed time read and it
review it before they scheduled the vote. and the same thing is happening. >> we can't count who would be before or against it. >> when katie talks about states can opt out of certain parts, it gets in the weeds rae quickly. we're talking about the standard benefits. get there health plans that states can opt out of some of that. ment on out of way they change it for people with pre existing conditions. put them in a special pool. will any of that fly with moderate republicans? >> i don't think so. but we have a template of what it plays out. the original obamacare bill has that in terms of medicare expansion. you saw many states with had republican governors who least
respond to the pressure of their could not is it the twoents expand medicaid. you'll have a scenario in which republican states will opt out and the more liberal leaning stlats provide these benefits on their constituents. the bottom line is there is a lot of good in obamacare people won't want to take away and that problem is not addressed by this bill or the previous one. >> is the problem that they're trying on satisfy everybody at the same time? when i read the summary this morning, you're giving some things to the freedom caucus but also to moderates. how do you do that? how do you find a solution that pleases everybody? >> that has been the challenge. they're trying to do this without any democrats at you a. even if they do get this passed off in the house, it is like i to get rewritten in the senate. for the speaker, this is a particular conundrum. if you're going on ask moderate republicans to pass something
lets states stop covering something with pre existing conditions. that's a difficult to be to be in. they're trying to walk away from those headlines who said republicans want to get away to. allow insurance companies. again, not sure this is an agreement that gets the votes. >> is it upon that the administration wants this so badly that they do and just anything to make it work in the next seven days? >> that would be the only reason. the conversation is during in the building behind me. it should be during in the country with people. the only way you get large scale change is there has to be a political movement behind it. you have to explain where you're going. what your vision is and how it will be better than obamacare. they didn't done any of that groundwork so i don't know how they'll cull together something to go pr 17 first last time they tried this to something substantially better.
>> and let's remind everybody what we're looking at next week when congress comes back. the senate returns on monday, april 24. the house reconvenes the next day, tuesday, the 25th. that friday, a week from tomorrow is the deadline to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. so rick, what are the odds that we're facing a government shounshoun shutdown? >> i think it is pretty narrow. they are in charge of everything and it would be a strange thing to try to explain to your constituents that we shut down our own government which we run. i don't think getting a health care plan done within the first 100 days, the way they're going about it, is realistic. will it be a political hit? sure. it will look worse if they fail twice. >> some other news, jason chaffetz indicating he might not even finish out his house term.
he said my future plans are not yet finalized. i haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early. what's going on? >> clearly, i think jason chaffetz has decide that had the place he has in the house is not the place he wants to be. it is a little bit difficult for members of congress who announce they're not running for retloeks continue to stay in the place they are. that applies generally. however, i think in this particular case, chaffetz is a person every time president trump does something that makes headlines, he is asked, are you going to investigate this? >> he is chairman of the house oversight. >> and he is someone who wants a long term political future in the state of utah. president trump is not at all popular in the state of utah. so the more types jason chaffetz has to be in this difficult position of commenting on president trump, he is jammed where he needs to be as a national politician and as a state politician.
if his goal is to be governor of utah, that's a potential damage point every time it happens of the. >> and you don't think there's anything more? conspiracy theories are rampant of the. >> i want to know. i have all kinds of theories. he had famously said that ted investigations lined up, had the election gone the other way. it is, to see that now president trump is in office, well, i don't want to be oversight chairman. because people are demanding oversight. >> let me bring up one other thing. again today, the president goes after canada of all places. because of a trade dispute impacts dairy farmers in the u.s. he mentioned it in wisconsin and we were all looking it up why. is he going after canada? >> i think when you look at the comments of president trump, that you can see some of the
people have been in his recent or previous company can have some real influence. and wisconsin from countless conversations, is dairy country. when you have any concerns that relate to a state like wisconsin. winter of unpredictable victories for donald trump. it is important to note that was a state where scott walk here had not been a big friend. it is the home of paul ryan and chief of staff reince priebus. wisconsin is a unique place in the severe of donald trump. when you're talking about dairy and trade, even with a friend like prime minister trudeau. the president who is not afraid on throw an elbow occasionally, even in the eye of a friend and a eye like canada, is listening to the people of wisconsin who really came through for him in the november election in a surprising way. so the president, when you consider how his victory lifted
up ron johnson who many thought would not win re-election. so dary king in wisconsin. so the president is not concerned about trying to give aly home feed advantage. >> if you were in that press conference this afternoon, what do you need to get asked? >> is that to me? >> yeah. >> well, one thing to look at is the g-7 coming up in italy and what kind of influence that trump would like to have over the g-7. the second is, is he going to be put under pressure by the italian prime minister to stein paris accord? he made it a campaign promise that he would so we'll see what happens. >> thanks so much to all of you. coming up, tipped off why. carter page's trip to moscow got the fbi's attention. hey allergy muddlers
a new report from the "new york times" revisa when former campaign aide carter page visited the white house, it prompted the fbi to launch its investigate into the campaign. ever since fbi investigators discovered in 2013 that a russian spy was trying to recruit an american businessman napd carter page, the bureau maintained an occasional in are in mr. page.
when he became a foreign policy adviser and gave russia friendly speech at a moscow institute, it soon caught the bureau's attention. this comes after last week's news that the fbi got a fisa warrant to monitor his communications on the suspicion that he was a russian agent. page has denied any wrongdoing and that there was any possibility of him being recruited to spy for russia. mark, good to see you. you wrote this report. so the key thing here, break it down. this trip of carter page sort of promise everything happening last summer. >> yeah. i want to be careful and say it is not the entirety of reason the fbi opened its counter investigation last july. as we said today, it was a significant factor. one question has been since james could thmey last month and that they launched this
investigation into the suspicions around russia and trump aides, the question was why? certainly the page trip was one. in part, there is been this mystery around the trip. who he met with. what he did when he was there. and he has, you know, refused to answer some questions about that trip. and as you said earlier, there was a previous case in 2013 where the fbi was looking at russian intelligence officers in the u.s. and there had been some contact with page. it should be said in that case, the fbi did not think the fbi had wittingly done anything wrong and even now he has not been accused publicly of any actual crimes. so it is an ongoing story but it is something the fbi is still digging into. >> does your report indicate that page didn't know that he was communicating with someone
potentially an agent of the russian agency? >> yes. he basically believed that he was unwitting in that case. as we said, he was occasionally an interest for the fbi. since last spring donald trump announced him as one of the foreign policy advisers. he traveled in early zwroul give the speech in moscow. the question has been, what was the purpose of the trip beyond the speech? who did he meet with? he was officially an adviser. the campaign is now, the administration has done a fair bit to try to distance themselves from page of the but certainly that trip, that few days, and also the events that informed in that month remain a period of particular interest to this investigation. >> and the investigation continues in full force. >> it continues in parallel with the investigations in the house and senate intelligence committees that are also looking
at this same set of issues. so everyone expects that these will go on for some time. and there will be some time before we get some clear answers to the questions that we've been looking at. >> mark with "the new york times." we'll put that piece out on my twitter. new details emerging about the departure of bill o'reilly following allegations of sexual harassment and reported multimillion-dollar payouts. in a statement about his departure, he dismissed the allegations saying in part it is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. for more on o'reilly. julia, let me start with you. what do we know about how much money blill o'reilly stands to make from departing fox in?
>> in terps of his contract, he is going to get up to $25 million or about one year's pay as part of terms of his contract. so it was extended by four years earlier this year and the terms determine if we to leave under these circumstances, he would get up to one year's pay. >> extended by four years. when they knew that these allegations were out there, they knew "new york times" was working on a story? >> i think that's one of the things that has people shaking their heads at this. how could fox after roger ailes was ousted, promise then would it change the corporate culture and knew of two other claims that women made that were paid out and re-signed o'reilly. they had a clause that said if he was involved in any controversy that harmed the network, they could terminate his contract. but this has really put this company at risk.
in part because it is trying the buy sky tv. it owns 39%. it is trying to buy the rest of it. a $14 billion deal and that has to be approved by a regulator in the uk. >> it is a british tv channel. >> right. it has to be shown that he the company is fit and proper to run that channel. you have to ask questions. this is the second big sexual harassment scandal at this company within a year. and has it learned its lesson? >> to julia, gabe sherman was on the "today" show this morning. he said he learned overnight that the law firm, paul weiss, told the murdoch family that there are more women. that the allegations are even more extensive than we know. what do we know about that? >> yes. i saw that report as well. what i know is that it is not uncommon for a situation like this when there are very public lawsuits for more people to come
out of wood work. people feel more comfortable. that now that he's not there, they're more comfortable discussing it. fox was run by roger ailes. he walked away with $40 million. he was pushed without the allegations but he walked away with the $40 million. i think there is seen that this is the environment at fox. and now fox is trying change that reputation. i wouldn't be surprised if in the meantime there are more allegations that emerge. >> i know you had a chance to speak with gabe sherman. are we talking about more lawsuits? >> his sources were telling him it is not just sexual harassment claims. the women are coming forward with. they're also coming forward with racial discrimination claims so this is a scandal that is growing. >> in addition on what we knew. >> so it is multiplying. i think the other question you
have to ask is, look, this went beyond two men. this went beyond ailes and o'reilly. somehow these men were enabled to do this for a very long time hooflt else was involved in keeping this quiet? >> you're starting to hear people talk out loud about the culture. thanks so much. appreciate it. we're keeping an eye on the east room at the white house where we're expecting to hear from president trump and the italian prime minister. brian williams picks up our coverage on the other side of this break. i was wondering if an electric toothbrush really cleans... ...better than a manual, and my hygienist says it does. but... ...they're not all the same. turns out, they're really... ...different. who knew? i had no idea. so, she said look for...
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good afternoon from our new york headquarters. brian williams with you, ostensibly coming on the air to bring you the bilateral news conference that's coming up in about 20 minutes. in the last few minutes we've learned we have breaking news to focus our attention to briefly at least. a shot, a report of shots fired along the champs-elysees in
paris. our reporter is in the london bureau and he's been monitoring what is known including the european news conference. this is just a few minutes old. >> reporter: that's right. part of the champs-elysees is closed off. you can see the pictures there. reuters reporting that one policeman has been kid and that a person who fired on police officers has been killed. we have been speaking to officials in paris. our producer there has been told to stay inside, to stay safe but only conif i wering with the police there that there is an incident on the eighth, around the champs-elysees. of course, this will be raising fears in paris after that terrible terrorist attack in 2015 in which 130 people were killed. as it looks right now, according to reuters, it appears that two
people have been hit by gunfire. a police officer which we are reporting killed and another person killed, possibly someone who has fired on police. this is just breaking news now. so there is limited information coming from the french. i suspect the french police are trying to figure out what has happened here. >> i'm tempted to ask how much the french are supposed to take as far as violent crime. this is highly unusual. it is not unusual to hear reports of shots fired in major american cities. sadly it has become less unusual to hear of police officers dying in the line of duty. but had for this very, very famous street in a beautiful city, this is an unusual report, correct? >> it really is. and i guess it is important not to extrapolate too much from the
small details that we know at this staining. just if you look at that reuters report, if it is correct, that someone has fired on police, then in such a high profile place. that will raise concerns about what the motive was. there can be many motives for someone choosing to target police so we don't want to rush to that kind of a judgment. we can say for certain that france has been on a high alert for some time. not just from the 2015 attacks but also, of course, the terrible attack in nice in which a vehicle was used to kill many people. more recently, the attack on the charlie hebdo magazine offices. there are now, i'm afraid, a long list of attacks in france. if it is the case that two people have died, as appears to be the case, according to reuters. that will not be as dramatic as
we've seen in the past. and we don't know what the motive is. police have been clearing the area. it is evening there. you can see the same scenes that we've seen across european cities on many occasions. of course now anyone will be thinking the worst. we simply don't know at this stage why this happen, what has happened. again as you rightly say, you know, it will raise concerns because of the nature of the place. the champs-elysees is a world famous place where there will be tourists, many crowds. we've seen in most hours, this is a place that can be sxakd there will be many people who are frightened there right now.
>> thank you especially for reminding us that this could just be a localized urban city crime involving a firearm, sad reply has become a fatality that we're covering here. because of where it is, it has our ntion. theong time correspondent who these days isorei editor of the daily beast based in paris. first of all, i am imagining the city is full of tourists because of spring school recess in so many countries right now. >> sure. and it's april in paris. i'm overlooking the champs-elysees right behind me. and you can see, you can their
sirens going by. there's a sense of urge ency if not emergency in the city because of the shooting. >> and we don't know any extra details. for those unfamiliar with the champs-elysees, this is an unusual crime, a gun used in the commission of a crime and fatalities along the champs-elysees. >> well, sure. it is the fifth avenue of paris. a lot of best shops in paris are on the champs-elysees. a lot of movie theaters. it is very crowded. so it is a very dangerous moment to be firing guns at anybody. this could be a crime. some kind of holdout. these things do happen in paris, even on the best shopping streets. but we also have to look at the precedence.
not so much nice, not so much charlie hebdo, but just a few weeks ago there was an attack at the louvre where a man with a machete attacked some soldiers who were guarding the louvre who were on patrol there and wound up being killed himself. then more reasonedly there was an attack at one of the paris airports where a man ran up to a woman soldier, tried to take her gun and was shot and killed. so immediately, police are looking at this and saying, is this another one of those kinds of attacks? and this is exactly the kind of thing that the authorities have been worried about. >> a much watched election. set the stakes for that election.
what should went? >> i think what you have to know is that there are four candidates only separated by the margin of error in the polls. three are very pro russian and fairly anti-american. two of them are from the extremes. and either of them, or both of them corks get into the run-off election two weeks from sunday that will decide the president of france. the most famous of them is marie lepen who is the head of a very r right party that believe me, there exploit this to the maximum if the shooter, the man shooting on the champs-elysees turns out to be an immigrant or the child of immigrants or a muslim of any way, shape or form. she is running a very anti-immigrant campaign and always has. some would say it is racist. many people say it is racist but
it builds on the divisions in this society. >> so her election would further spark that really started with brexit. a spark people looking at the global situation include the election of donald trump. there are fears about angela merkel's successor in germany. that would be a piece of this whole, correct? >> the far left candidate is also against the european union as we know it. so if either or both of them, we could have far left and far right as the only choices for the french people two weeks and some days from now. both want to get out of the european union and weaken nato. they are very pro russian. speak to that sounds like an
echo of things we've seen in the united states, to some extent heard in britain, it is. and it would be really the nails in the coffin of the european union and very likely nato as well. >> long time correspondent. we had planned to hear from the white house in about ten minutes. the visiting italian prime minister went in a few minutes before going on the air. we received this report of shots fired on the champs-elysees involving one or more police officers. we have keir simmons standing by in our london bureau. you have fresh details? >> reporter: that's right. we're now hearing through the reuters news agency which says that it has spoken to french police and is now reporting that at leaf two attackers he were involved in this shooting in
paris, and that one of them has been killed. meanwhile, the bbc in the uk saying that it understands that two policemen have been wounded in this shooting. as we mentioned earlier, reuters earlier reporting that one police officer has been killed in the shooting. so we're beginning to build a picture of an incident that is not potentially just one or two shots. this does appear to have been some kind of an exchange of fire. and again, crucially, just in the last few minutes, this report from reuters that the police and france believe at least two attackers were involved in this shooting, and one of them killed. what this report doesn't say is what has happened to the second suspected attacker. whether that person is under arrest or whether they are still on the loose, if you like.
and our producer who spoke to, in paris, who spoke to french police, was told to stay inside. to stay safe. you can see those pictures from the center of paris. then you can see from those, police closing down the area around the champs-elysees and pushing people away. moving people away. it is clearly a worrying and serious scene right now as you can manning. we've reported on these things a number of times. >> 9:42 p.m. in paris. a fairly late night in the european capital. this means people are en route coming out of dinner. champs-elysees is dotted with restaurants and movie theaters, and this being april in paris, as he reminded us, the weather
is mostly temperate. a lot of vacationers are there. and you are so correct. this kind of police presence, even the picture of the champs-elysees shut down on a week night because of a police involved shooting. that's very rare. >> that's right. and there will be many people from around the world who will be frightened. they'll be in paris. this comes just weeks after the attack in london that happened in the heart of london in westminister and that included people from overseas, including one american. so the kind of attack like this, honestly, if that is what it turns out to be, is not just aimed at the french. it is aimed at many, many people who will be in paris to enjoy paris in the spring time. it will be very nervous hours
ahead for the french authorities. again if these reports from roiters that we're getting turn out to be correct, one possibility is that the police themselves were deliberately targeted here, rather than civilians making their way around the french capitol. if that is is the case, many police officers are armed and it does appear that there was fire from the french police that has killed at leaf ost one person suspected of attack the police. it is possible that this is an incident that was already under control. it is possible. we do not know. if it is the case that there were two attacrs involved, what has happened to that second attacker? >> all right, kier simmons continuing to follow. this let's go back to paris. to chris, if i might, we're six
minutes away from hearing from the american president, the visiting italian prime minister, because we have been talking europe, because europe is going through something right now, perhaps a preview for us. what should we know about the italian prime minister and the issues that are important to the italian government right now and the italian people? >> well, as he care taker prime minister. his predecessor lost his job after gambling on a referendum to reform italian constitution which fade. italy is in a very unstable political situation. but it is made even more unstable by its biggest concern, which is a huge influx of immigrants. all those immigrants coming up through africa, from north africa through libya, through
teen easte tunisia, desperately trying get through europe. many refugees but also economic immigrants, they've been landing in italian territory by the tens and then hundreds of thousands. so italy would like a lot of help dealing with this. and it really hasn't found as much support from the european union, the fellow members of the european union as it had hoped for. and i manning that would be one of the subjects that they would be talking on president trump about and trying convince him on. and as we know, president trump often does listen closely to people when they're talking about these tragedies. >> thank you for that. the viewers just joining us. we're in a split screen afternoon where we're covering a breaking news story that we have not yet fully sorted out. that may be sometime. that is this report confirmed of shots fired on the champs-elysees in paris, france,
involving one or more police officers. in the east room of the white house, the visiting had italian prime minister gentiloni and president trump. we are presuming that one or both in what is usually expected to be an opening statement will reference the trouble going on in paris, though more is not known than known at this hour. and we are presuming that in keeping with format, they will each take two questions, two from the visiting italian press, two from the white house correspondents. this is most of the comment we get to hear. most of the press opportunities to ask the president a question have come from events like this. he's only had one full blown news conference since being president. but this is the eighth or ninth
bilateral meeting with news meeting, with a visiting dignitary or head of state. jeremy bash is with us. the former chief of staff to the director of the cia. the former chief of staff to the pentagon secretary. and jeremy, you know, here we are covering breaking news with a french election coming that's getting a lot of attention with a very strange feeling in the air in much of europe and these two leaders meeting at the white house. >> when shots ring out in the political heart of paris, in the beating heart of that country which has endured so much terrorism on, a beautiful spring thursday night one begins to wonder whether or not terrorism was involved. it is far too early to tell at this juncture based on the facts we know. but kier simmons just noted, citing aer reuters report, that
two attackers were involved. that gets our gears thinking there could be a cell of individuals looking to attack either individuals or an iconic target. for that reason, the local police in paris together with the counterparts and the intelligence and security services in their country, as well as other allied intelligence services, including those folks in northern virginia in the that washington, d.c. suburbs who are responsible for counter terrorism, will begin to look at who the perpetrators were and whether or not they had any connections at all to any terrorist kres. i want to caveat this by saying, it is far too early to know at this hour whether or not this attack has any nexus to terrorism. but you point out a larger issue. here comes to rotating president of the g-7. the italian prime minister to the white house. to meet with the president of the united states at a time when europe is on edge. europe has been the subject of isis attacks, these massive
influx of immigration, transatlantic ties are strained. not just because of the brexit vote but some rhetoric that the president of the united states has talked about in terms of getting to russia. these are issues that enfoinfor the context of the meeting of the g-7 presidency and as you look at this split screen if you will and look at the violent in paris. you will want to understand whether or not this is another example of terrorism in the streets of europe. brian, you and i had this conversation on the 27th of march when an individual drove his car down west minister bridge and plowed in the crowd and shot individuals and of course, five innocent people lost their lives that day including the police officer and attacker was killed as well. it would not be unusual for law enforcement public safety and intelligence officials to wonder
at this hour whether or not this scene we are seeing unfolding in terrorist, it is far too early to know. >> these are sad pictures when they call paris the city of light, it is not supposed to mean blue strokes. this is a blanket coverage by law enforcement responding to shooting, one of the best known, one of the most photographed and iconic thorough affairs on planet mark. the remarks have been placed on the podium and we are ready to hear the visiting italian prime minister and the american president in the moments before they come out, we could have two or three minutes here wihile we look at these pictures in paris, i want to read to you what nbc news is reporting right now. the spokesperson of paris city hall confirms there is there is a shooting on the street earlier
of opened fire of two police officers and they fired back. one was killed and the other is injured in the shooting cht t. the assailant is dead. the press officer says he does not have details on that. >> police have been evacuated from that part of the city. they are asking peopleo stay away from the area. if you are in paris, it would be best to stay away from elysees. one of the attackers are skilled. you see the aggressive law enforcement presence in paris.
sadly this era of terrorism have forced so many countries around the world to step up their response and technology they use in trying to detect us. as you see right there to step up their weapon ring. that kind of police sniper would indicate they know of someone where that weapon is being aimed, we don't. we don't know enough to report these particular officers are set up there. lets go to kristen welker and mindful of the fact that we see the secretary of state and national security adviser, we are going to see cabinet members and staff members filing into the front row seats. kristen, set the scene for us right there before we see the two leaders. >> we know, brian, that the white house is monitoring that shooting in paris that you have been reporting on. it would be surprise ing if the president was briefed about that before he comes out here. he's meeting the italian prime minister. this is their first meeting and
it comes about a month before italy will be hosting the summit which president trump will be traveling to the host of this. that'll be the forefront from this meeting. and nato, you call that president trump recently said that he no longer thinks that nato is obsolete after initially saying he's obsolete. everything from those recent provocations by north korea. yesterday, the secretary of state said that they are rhee vi reviewing the united states, is the president considering pulling out of the iran deal. he's not gone as far. he continues to criticize the deal. those are among the topics that'll be on the table when we hear from the president and the prime minister of italy just moe mo
moments from now. >> we are looking at steve bannon entering the room and reince priebus, all taking their seat in the front row. we are not taking our eyes from the east room. we won't take our eyes off of elysees. there is one person that cambridge the two events and add her voice of what we can hear about the white house. that's our correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> the italian prime minister is a pivotal picture here. it is a lead of the g-7, he hosted the g-7 meeting in italy just weeks ago just before tillerson went to moscow, he was in italy. so he's bringing back that intelligence and that read out of what the russians are saying right now about everything about north korea and european, issues
of sanctions against ukraine and nato, bringing that kind of briefing to the president of the united states. and, hoping to better inform them because there is been some push back against some of donald trump's statements of angela merkel and germany. we know it happens when theresa may is there. here we have a shooting incident as you point out right on elysees. an iconic place. so it is quite a scene there and as we see there the president is walking in. back to you. >> andrea, thanks, lets listen. >> thank you very much. prime minister gentiloni, it is
great to have you here with us today. >> that history traces its roots to the time less contributions of italy to civilization and human progress so true, stretching all the way back to ancient rome, through the ages, your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement, that continues today. from venus to florence and a great friend of mine of these
bonds and history and culture have only grown stronger as our two nations have become close partners, dear friends and very vital allies. mr. prime minister, i am thrilled that you are here today to discuss how we can make this great relationship even more productive in the years to come. on the economy, italy is one of america's largest trading partners. a lot of people don't know that. we seek a trading relationship that's balanced and reciprocal. i love the word reciprocal because we don't have too many reciprocal trading partnerships, i will tell you that. and fair, of our countries and we an work together to achieve that outcome and that'll happen. italy is a key partner in the fight against terrorism. italy is now the second largest contributor of troops, to the
conflict of iraq and afghanistan and i would also like to thank you prime minister for your leadership when seeking stabilization in libya and your crucial efforts of denying isis of the foot hole in the mediterranean, you fought hard. we are grateful for your role in the anti-isis campaign, all nations must condemn this barbaric and support this. we have more than 30,000 american service members, families and personnels who are stationed across the country. as we reaffirm for the support of historic institutions, we must also reaffirm of the requirements that every must pay their full and fair share for
the cost of e dendefense. together, we can address many challenges including of the greatly affected of both of our countries, those of large scale, migration and international smuggle smugglers, maintaining strong borders of any security policy and a responsible approach to refugees is one that seeks the return of refugees, to their home countries so that they can help to rebuild their own nations. finally, i want top say how much i look forward to visiting sicily for the g-7 as we seek to force cooperation, not only in matter of security but also science, commerce, health, and technology. our two countries have shared interest and shared value