tv First Look MSNBC September 1, 2017 2:00am-3:00am PDT
>> the storm has claimed at least 38 lives as rescue teams search for more survivors. plus, it's a new month, and it could be a pivotal one for president trump with smuft biggest legislative obstacles ahead. he is feeling restricted by his chief of staff. as the russia probe continues, attorneys for the president have reportedly met with robert mueller, trying to make the case that president trump did not obstruct justice
when he fired james comey. a number of communities remain in the very real threat of danger. the roads choked off, and first responders in search and rescue mode. in beaumont the coast guard hacked away at a roof with an ax to rescue a mother and her four children. also in beaumont, power is out for many, and the water supply has failed. the 120,000 people who lived there have no clean water. the national guard spent thursday evacuating baptist hospital. plus, all eyes are on crosby, texas, where there are concerns about more explosions at the
archema chemical plant. the evacuation of people living within a mile and a half of the plant. meanwhile, there are signs that help is on the way from the president and the administration. fema says they have already approved 100,000 requests, totaling $15 million of individual assistance. two republican congressional sources tell nbc news that the trump administration is likely to ask for $5.5 billion at first. that is expected to be split between the fema disaster relief fund and a small business loan fund. there was hope that passing a bill could be included with the debt ceiling, but sources say that fema is burning through the cash they have so fast they may not be able to wait until late september for more help. yesterday the vice president toured corpus christi, and even helped clear brush. he assured texans more help was coming. >> i think karen and i today were most inspired by the
volunteers. to see the outpouring of compassion and concern was deeply inspiring to us, and every american should know that even in this difficult time, this disastrous storm, the very best of the people of texas and the very best of the people of america are shining forth. >> the president also pledged $1 million of his own personal money to the relief fund. joining us now from southwest houston, gary haake here. i understand some marnl roads have reopened. in fact, some people are starting to return to their homes.
>> people have been able to start coming back to their homes and start this long brutal process of getting back to work. everything in some of these one story homes was ruined. they need to restart and rebuild their lives. believe it or not, these are lucky people. if you are living in that addisad addicks or barkers dam area, they still have 10 or 15 more days as they continue to discharge the water out through the dams and into the bayou. those folks have a longer way to go. the houston harris county area flood control folks say the worst of this is ip deed behind them. they're getting rid of this water at a record pace. even though they've got something like 136,000 structures around the area of damage.
enough to fill the astro dome, they say. more than 3,000 times over. >> incredible. ear going to talk more about the weather and the long road to recovery ahead. we'll check back with you in a bit as well. thanks. also in houston, the george brown center has been serving as a massive shelter. that's where we find marianna attencio. the water is finally starting to recede in some parts of houston. people are finally starting to head home to start the recovery process. >> that's exactly what you are seeing here. this is the city's biggest shelter, and we've seen a drop from its peak when it had 10,000 evacuees to 2,500. the last red cross estimate as of last night, 1,750. that means that the people who
are still here are the most vulnerable. people who don't have a home to go back to who are still trying to locate missing relatives. if you walk in the hallways, you see still flyers for missing people. people who need mental health assist yabs, medical assistance. yesterday i was with garrett haake watching some of the foels who are trying to get back home, and the roads are still very hard to access. the homes are hard to access, and that just means that the road to recovery here in houston will be very long and difficult for many of the people here. >> all right. bill karens joins us. harvey still possibly making trouble. i don't know, but we're also now
talking about irma. >> i'm going to focus mostly just on harvey now. there's still flash flood warnings out there and flash flood watches. this storm is still with us. yesterday wasn't too bad around the memphis area. it did pour. there were a lot of flash flood warnings. i didn't see anything that was really extensive damage-wise. no water rescues or anything like that. you can still see the spin of the storm. it's over it is top of nashville, tennessee. there's still a heavy rain field e shield up through kentucky. yesterday, we had tornadoes. there were numerous ton tornadoes in areas of alabama. we could even get severe weather on this little -- you see this line of thunderstorms here. that moves into georgia. we could get additional storms there. reason this area of red, it's bone green, kentucky. just north of nashville. the whole area is under a flash flood warning. law enforcement has reported there is water on the roads.
from the louisville area to bowling green, that's the area of greatest concern with harvey. we will track with some of the clouds and that rain today towards west virginia and a little piece of energy that's rainfall too around the d.c. area. that won't cause too many problems out there. again, just mostly kentucky. it's probably the phenyl flash flood warnings we'll have with the storm. we've been having flch warnings now for five straight days because of harvey. >> all right. we'll talk about irma later on in the program. i know a lot of people are thinking about that as well. let's switch gears and talk about politics. what could be the most pivotal month of the trump presidency yesterday. he continues a summer slide in the polls. now, while his disapproval gradually rises, this as the washington is hurdled towards the deadline to keep the government operating and out of default. and the lejs lav calendar is short. all of this has to get done. past tax cuts, fund a border
wall that the president says mexico will pay for, and now administer disaster recovery in both texas and louisiana. now, amid all of this, a new report of friction inside the white house from the washington post saying the president is chaffing at john kelly's moves to reign him in. several anonymous feel told the post that kelly's actions run counter to his love of spontaneity and brashness. because they consider him strict and morally superior -- friends of the president said he seems to pine for the days when -- his boasts -- he boasts about his president in superlatives, but he has sudden and dark moods. the president is already at work trying to diswade special counsel robert mueller from bringing certain charges. in fact, the "wall street journal" reports that in
documents and meetings trump's attorneys have presented mueller's team of arguments that the president did not obstruct justice when firing fbi director james comey back in may. according to the report, people if familiar with the matter said that one memo laid out the case that trump has the inherent authority under the destruction u constitution to hire and fire people as he sees fit. >> you may recall in an interview with lester holt two days after firing comey that the president said he took action because of the justice department's russia investigation.
>> there was no good time to do it, and in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself. i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they could have won. >> he weighed in about the trump legal team's reported memos tweeting there may never be any charges. defense lawyers don't usually waste time on preemptive memos responding to frivelous theories of guilt. president trump is reportedly considering ending yet another obama era program. according to reports, the president may announce as early as today that he will pull the plug on the program known as daca. it is allowed 8,000 undocumented imgrapts to receive work permits and deferred deportation. vice president mike pence says the president is not rushing to
a final decision. >> president trump has said all along that he is getting very careful consideration to that issue. when he makes his decision, he will make it, as he likes to say, with big heart and i know that he will. >> the question is on deferred action against arrivals, and my position today is that the administration is still reviewing the policy wrv file decision on that front has not been made, and when it is, we will inform everybody in this room. >> hundreds of business leerz are speaking out. the ceos of apple, amazon, facebook, and google join roughly 300 business leaders urging president trump to keep the program in place. in a joint letter to president trump along with congressional leaders, they write, in part, i "dreamers are vital. they are part of why we will
continue to have a global competitive advantage. still ahead, the obama administration had planned to take andrew jackson off the $20 billion, but that idea may have hit a roadblock. later, defense secretary jim mattis dismisses talk that he has disagreed with president trump over north korea. those stories and much more coming up next. ♪ ♪
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again. >> let's dive into the irma stuff because you're going to be hearing about it for the next ten days. it's going to go on for a while. this storm is so far out here in the atlantic. in the cape verde islands. it's just starting its journey. >> the latest forecast, the national hurricane center it's taking you through your sunday, monday, labor day, tuesday. it's due here on wednesday at 2:00 a.m. they have the surge almost approaching and almost getting into the northern leeward islands here. you think where is it headed to? then they were a long ways away.
you may not even know until maybe monday until we get a better idea where it's headed. this area of high pressure called the mid-atlantic bridge, this is over the ocean and especially as we go throughout the summertime. it can be very strong and weak. when it's very strong and building close to us, that's when we get the heat waefsz up in the east coast wrr if it's a weaker state, it will occur harmlessly out to sea, and you never have to worry about it. the problem is it's supposed to be a little stronger over the next week, and it's going to steer it a little further towards the west. it will be somewhere north of hispaniola and about five days from now it could either turn northwards or go into the southeast. we'll have to see. no one knows if it's going to be a big issue or not.
>> now i think it's just because it's coming on the heels of what we saw with harvey. everybody is on edge. >> it reminds me with 2004 and 2005. a lot of fear. there's not much we can do reason. we have to wait. >> thanks for that. treasury secretary steve mnuchin is raising -- mnuchin avoid an answer when asked about it in an interview with cnbc. >> secretary lu, before you, your predecessor, supported the idea of removing andrew jackson from the $20 bill and putting harriet tubman on. do you support that idea? >> let me just comment on, you know, ultimately we will be
looking at this issue. it's not something that i'm focused on at the moment. the number one issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting. >> certainly there are cultural assets as to who is on what bills, right? >> people have been on the bills for a long period of time. this is something we'll consider. right now we have a lot more important issues to focus on. >> president trump actually praised andrew jackson in the past and has said removing him from the $20 bill would be pure political correctness. still ahead, the buckeyes avoid an upset as college football returns, and a last second blockbuster deal just before baseball's trade deadline. sports is next. (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything so we know how to cover almost anything. even a swing set standoff. and we covered it, july first, twenty-fifteen.
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>> welcome back. it's the bottom of the hour. let's start with the morning's top stories for you. president trump is set to return to texas this weekend with the first lady to get a closer look at the damage left behind and the daunting recovery that looms ahead. some 100,000 homes are believed to be affected, and people in houston are gradually returning home to take stock of what can be salvaged. still ahead -- still, i should say, in other parts of the water is high or even rising like in port arthur. chemicals have leaked into the floodwaters in some spots. at the same time the rescues continue. people being airlifted in places like texas near beaumont. new stories emerge that show just how perilous the circumstances have been. video of police officers on board a pontoon getting caught flipping over in the middle of the rushing water. all the while the death toll continues to mount. now it stands at 38 people found dead. joining us from southeast houston this morning is nbc
sarah. good to have you with us. let's talk about the visit of the vice president. how did that go on the ground as texans began the recovery process in some areas? >> good morning. just after -- just under a week after harvey made landfall vice president pence was here on the ground. he went to rock port. that was an area that was hit particularly hard. it's just outside corpus christi. he toured some of the damage, and then he went into a church to meet with some of the residents who were affected by the storm and offer them reassurances. skbro we are with you. the american people are with you. we are here today. we will be here tomorrow. we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before. [ applause ]
>> it's a long way to go. it's not months, but it's years. the challenges will be great, but we know that the generosity and the prayers and the faith of the people of texas and the american people will be greater still. as the vice president said, it is a long road ahead. some residents able to return to their neighborhoods, and it was shocking for many to see their homes for the first time. 100,000 homes estimated damaged. many people don't have flood insurance. only about one in six do. as little as an inch of water can cause $20,000 in damages. >> sarah live for us in texas this morning. also in houston, nbc news correspondent maranna. even as the cleanup process begins, i know that you have been talking to people who are, in fact, just starting to seek
shelter. >> there are more than hatch a million undocument people in the city of houston according to the pew research center. it is the third largest city with the biggest undocumented community in the country. as you can imagine, many of these people were very afraid to show up to the shelters in the first couple of days after the storm hit, but you had the houston mayor sylvester turner coming out and saying there are absolutely no raids happening in shelters and that nobody will be sort of in any legal trouble for showing up and seeking help if they don't have the proper paperwork. there is still a lot of fear. even with the people that were showing up yesterday. i spoke to a woman by the name of patricia nunez. she was undocumented for many yoerz, and she told me sort of what the community is talking
about and what they're afraid of in seeking help. let's listen. >> what do they tell you the people in your community about possibly seeking help in a shelter? >> they don't really want to do that because they're afraid if they ask you for documents and you don't have any they're going to put you in a different group, and then afterwards they can be -- they can give you the help right now, but afterwards they're going to turn you into ice. we heard by the mayor of houston that not to be afraid because nobody is going to be asking you for documents, but our community is so afraid, they don't trust what people are telling them because they're going through a lot. >> we spoke to the red cross here. they assured us there are no raids happening in the shelters, that they do encourage people to show some form of id when they come in, but nobody is being turned down. they aren't being sort of
separated or put in any groups. i spoke to at least half a dozen people yesterday who are undocumented, and they told me they were very welcomed here, and they were treated just like everybody else. given the political climate here in texas, you can't help but understand sort of the fear with the undocumented community here. >> oh, yeah. absolutely. it's one of the things that in the immediate aftermath of hurricane harvey on-line, i know there were a lot of people concerned saying they were checking people's id's. i'm glad the word has gotten out, and these beam are getting help as well. thank you. well, the trump administration is hitting back at russia for cutting u.s. diplomatic staff in moscow. the state department has ordered russia to close its consulate in san francisco and some offices here in new york and washington d.c. we're told the decision to close facilities as opposed to cutting actual diplomatic staff was made by the president himself. this is the latest back and forth in response to russia's meddling in the u.s. election. the punishment for that was sanctions.
>> russia's foreign ministry said it would study the move before deciding how to respond. well, the trump administration is planning steep cuts in how obama care is promoted and marketed for enrollment. it puts the stability of the program in jeopardy after the republican controlled congress failed to repeal the 2010 law and passed an alternative. department of health and human services officials say that advertising for obama care signups will be slashed from s $is00 million in 2017 to just $10 million. funding for consumer helpers called navigators will be reduced from 62.5 million in 2017 to 36.8 million in 2018. now, by 12.2 million people signed up four subsidized private health insurance under obama care during the open enrollment period from 2017. the only 10.3 million completed
the process as some drop out for not making payments or when they find private insurance through employment. meanwhile, governors john kasich of ohio and john hickenlooper of colorado are leading a bipartisan effort to stabilize the health care system. >> it meets all the philosophy. if you want to keep obama care, keep it. if you want to change things and design something that fits your population and your state, you can. just within certain limits. >> defense secretary james mattis pushing back at the notion that he and president trump aren't on the same page when it comes to the posture to deal with north korea. on wednesday secretary mattis appeared to disagree with comments by the president that a diplomatic solution involving talking with pyongyang was no longer on the list of options. mattis said his remarks were in no way contradictory to the president's.
>> we're want talking no north koreans right now. >> there are no contradictions. i agree with the president. we should not be talking right now to a nation that's firing missiles over the top of japan an ally. i was -- he said we're not talking to him. i agree 100%. >> all right. joining us now live from seoul, south korea, nbc news correspondent ron allen. u.s. military officials in the region are justifying yesterday's military exercises with south korea's show of force against north korea. give us your sense in terms of how pyongyang spoke out on the matter. >> good morning. well, predictably, they are responding with outrage, anger. calling the u.s. military exercise a wild military act.
u.s. military commanders say the flyover was completely justified. it was a huge perhaps unprecedented military operation. with some of america's most sophisticated war planes flying along with fighter jets from japan and south korea. a huge simulated bombing exercise. that's loud and clear. u.s. officials say that some of the exercise was purposely flown very close to the north korean border so the rebelling i'm could see exactly what was happening. now, china and russia have condemned it all. they said that war is not the answer. they have called for negotiations. finally today in japan there was a massive air preparedness civil defense drill that happened in the northern part of the country where that north korean missile flew over on tuesday. japan's prime minister was even there to show how serious the situation is and how concerned he is about what's happening.
another day here. more indications of how uncertain and how tense things remain. >> indeed they are. ron allen live for us in seoul, south korea. still ahead, much more on the aftermath of hurricane harvey as residents in texas begin to pick up the pieces. we're going to have a live report from houston and how politics in washington may determine just how quickly the area gets back on its feet. bill karins is back with us to take a look at where harvey is causing problems as it moves further north. stay with us. ♪
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cry. you just move forward. >> the vice president who visited texas and even helped clear some brush says help from the federal government is on the way. back with us from southwest houston msnbc correspondent garrett haake. i know you're in texas, but your heart really is near congress. at least you cover congress for us. lawmakers there returning from break next week with another immediate item on their to do list, now with all of this hurricane relief fund discussion. >> reporter: sources at the white house and in congress tell nbc that they expect the administration to ask for anywhere betwe$5.5 billion and billion. probably as soon as congress gets back. they'll put in a formal request for that sort of first big pot of money. a lot of it will go to fema just
to make sure they can continue to fund the cleanup and recovery efforts out here. has to pass and has to pass in a hurry to help real people trying to recover down here in texas. there's been some early signs that some groups, particularly on the conserve side, might push back against that and try to keep the debt ceiling part of this separate from this aid package that has to get done in a hurry. >> speaking of that, the roughly $5.5 billion or so that may come from congress, how is that going to play out with the ordinary folks that you have been talking to that are in desperate need of this money? i mean, how soon will they get this money, you think, and what
is that recovery process now looking like for a lot of these people? >> well, the sense we got from hearing from the white house officials yesterday is a lot of that money is going to go to help sustain housing efforts and cleanup efforts. you look at some of the houses behind me. these are folks who are sort of the lucky ones in houston. they are homes were damaged. the water is already gone here. these folks still need to find someplace to stay. these shelters that have been popping up. local officials say these are temporary solutions. they want to get people into places where they have their own bathrooms and their own living rooms and their own ability to be alone with just their families. those are the kinds of needs that would get addressed. that's not going to be all of this. i think it's pretty clear that congress is probably going to have to take a couple of bites at this apple as we learn more as the waters recede just how bad the damage is. not just in places like houston, but all the way up the gulf coast. >> there's no doubt that money can't come soon enough for the people that are trying to rebuild their lives. thank you. as people in texas continue to assess the damage left in
harvey's wake, the storm is now causing problems in other parts of the country. in nearby mississippi this storm is moving out after dumping several inches of rain yesterday. that led to flooding across the stace. >> harvey is moving further inland, but still leaving a path of devastation in its way. >> those tornadoes yesterday, some were pretty large tornadoes. overnight we are still watching flash flooding problems in areas of kentucky. it's been six days in a row now that we still have every single hour have been watching some area of our country having to deal with harsh weather conditions from harvey, and now that it continues, in between the louisville area and bowling green, that's the heaviest rainfall as the storm is located just oh the top of nashville. we do have the flash flood warning in and around the bowling green area of central and west central kentucky.
be careful driving. a lot of the roads do have water on them. no reports of any water rescues or anything like that. then your flash flood watch continues through 1:00. your heavy rain is over with. your threat is just about over. same for memphis. here's the timing on the rain. harvey, although it's not going to cause a lot more issues as far as life-threatening stuff or even damage, it is going to dampen a lot of people's weekend. as we go through 11:00 p.m. today, everyone traveling i-95, rain and thunderstorms in areas of north carolina and virginia, this is is some leftover rain. by the time we track through saturday morning, then we watch the rain around washington d.c. it is going to be a cool, cloudy, start to the labor day weekend. all through the beaches in the midatlantic areas. not exactly what the businesses wanted to hear from harvey pretty much shutting that down. temperatures in the 60s in d.c. on saturday. that's unheard of for the beginning of september. then on surnd that rain is still
lingering in the northern half of new england. where he finally clear it out. the mid-atlantic region. then you clear out after that. it's in total contrast to the rest of the country. areas around sacramento are going to be near 110 for three or four days in a row. as we go into saturday, we watch heat throughout all of the wrest. salt lake city at 94. by the time we get to sunday, much of the west from denver all the way to areas of interior california excessive heat. i think we have something like 33 million people under excessive heat warnings in the western u.s. that would be getting a lot of attention if it wasn't for harvey this week. >> we were talking about this about ten days ago, and you said this particular weather system will stay with us for well beyond a week. it's incredible. >> still having this lingering effect. thanks a lot, bill. >> still ahead, a growing
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say would be a position that would not need senate conversation. the former sheriff told politico he would talk about his future plans next week. this comes after clark announced his resignation as sheriff. it was reported that he would take a homeland security job but that has yet to happen. >> in georgia a police officer will be out of a job after racially incomments made a community in a year agriculture. he. >> the video shows a cobb county police officer talking to a woman in a car. she's worried about getting shot. >> but you're not black. remember, we own kill black
people. >> though it happened a year ago, the video is just now the coming to light. the officer but using the passenger's own statements. it's unacceptable. >> i don't know what's in his heart but i certainly know what came out of his mouth. the recommendation is to terminate his employment from the cobb county police department. >> the date stamp on the video, and as shocking as the georgia video is -- >> remember, we only kill black people." >> we have hope here that we are
serious about bringing this department to be one of better ones in the community. >> pete williams there reporting. a study released in may recommended cobb county do more. according to his lawyer he is retiring. coming up, the latest on the recovery officials follow harr about husband as trump decides the future of "morning joe, everyone, just moments away.
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president trump heads back to texas saturday with the first lady, this time visiting houston. a judge will decide today whether more than a dozen penn state fraternity brothers will stand trial after a pledge there died. investigators say 19-year-old timothy piazza died at a frat party after drinking exsencessi amounts of alcohol. >> the unemployment rate is expected to told at its lowest level in 16 years at 4.3%. >> that does it for us on this friday morning. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside my good friend bill karins. "morning joe" starts right now. >> i think karen and i today are
most inspired by the volunteers. to see the passion and every person should know, even at this difficult time are. >> that was vice president mike pence, of course in flood ravaged texas yesterday assuring the storm victims that the government is there with them and that southeast texas is going to come back. but as those waters slowly start to recede, the incredible scope of that recovery is just beginning to be realized. we're going to go live to texas where the storm has claimed at least 38 lives so far and rescue teams are searching for more survivors. also today, a lot of breakin