u.s. president has stormed out of a meeting with a democrat leader. as in the white house after they refused to back his plans for a border wall in a tweet he described wednesday's talks as a total waste of time trump said that when the house speaker nancy pelosi refused to approve funding for his border wall he told her quote bye bye now the night before the president used his first televised address from the oval office to defend his plans prompting democrats to accuse him of holding the country ransom democrats in congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis president and my staff are holding nothing people hostage might stop manufacturing a crisis stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration and must we open the government the federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only because democrats will not fund border
security no president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down senator chuck schumer has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past along with many other democrats they change their mind only after i was elected president meanwhile the us government shutdown is now in its nineteenth day artie's kilmartin takes a closer look at how donald trump's demands for a wall have left the republicans and democrats at an impasse. we've heard the highly anticipated prime time address from the president of the united states donald trump now in the speech trump tried to make his case for the five point seven billion dollars he needs to build his border wall now he emphasized the flow of drugs into the united states furthermore he made reference to the m.s. thirteen criminal gang and also highlighted crimes committed by people who had
entered the country illegally from did stop short of calling for the national emergency as many people had anticipated that he might do but he did call on people in the united states and american citizens and viewers to call their congressional representatives and ask them to fund his wall in order to end what he called a cycle of suffering why do wealthy politicians build walls fences and gates around their homes they don't build walls because they hate the people on the but because they love the people on the inside the wall has been a very big part of donald trump's political identity it was mentioned all throughout his presidential campaign and sense he's taken office building the wall we're building the world from the building a big beautiful powerful wall a great great wall and it's going to be a real war it's going to be i was going to be beautiful it's going to be a one year mission would build the greatest one you have ever seen there was also
a rebuttal from democratic party leaders nancy pelosi and chuck schumer they did respond to the president's remarks they accuse the president of engaging in quote government by temper tantrum and of holding the nation hostage at the moment there seems to be a pretty big political gap in the united states with many people enthusiastically supporting the president's call for a wall and many people enthusiastically opposing it and the two not really seeing eye to eye on anything and not really being willing to compromise when it comes to the funding issue. with less than three months to go until the u.k. is due to leave the european. union prime minister theresa may has been dealt yet another setback by parliament artie's honest as he has more. twenty nineteen the year one brags it is finally supposed to kick in after over two years of torture and negotiations and where we are now is less than three months away from that march twenty ninth deadline and it's quite clear that which she writes it is going
to be taking continues to be anyone's guess with uncertainty and chaos really still reigning over westminster now we saw at the first prime minister's questions at the house of commons today two recent may was traditionally grilled by those opposing her deal but she continues to insist that it's still the best deal possible despite being met with quite a lot of resistance the prime minister has been wrecked to see wasting time holding the country to ransom with a threat of no deal in a desperate attempt to blackmail m.p.'s to vote for good hopelessly unpopular deal he opposes any deal that the government is negotiating with the european union the prime minister says that it's the only deal of the ball if that is the case why wasn't it put to a vote on december the eleventh. why isn't it july five weeks on this deal is dead is the deadest. president anymore dignities can this prime minister in june before
she realizes that she is the biggest part of this problem and for. just. well the last month of course if you remember theresa may had already had to postpone a meaningful vote on her deal to avoid facing the humiliation of a defeat because it was clear that her deal would not pass in the house of commons now that vote again is supposed to take place next week on tuesday january fifteenth and now this wednesday was the first day of five days of a quite heated. taking place again at the house of commons on the grounds that with accusations flying around including directed at this speaker of the house who is meant to be impartial on this whole issue we've all noticed in recent months a sticker in your car making derogatory comments about. this is a serious point about patiala see how do you drive a car with
a sticker that sticker on the subject of bricks it happens to be affixed to or in the windscreen of my wife's car yes i'm sure the owner move gentleman wouldn't suggest for one moment. there's a wife is somehow the property or chattel. meanwhile a new poll by the u.k. in a changing europe think tank has found that as many as seventy percent of m.p.'s think theresa may did a bad job in terms of negotiating back that which of course is not a good sign for her ahead of this vote and we have to also keep in mind that just to d. m.p.'s had voted on an amendment which forces the government to bring forward a plan b. within three days in case to rescind means deal is rejected and it seems that many
here in westminster believe that a plan b. she does not have with that pressure mounting british politicians and journalists are running a gauntlet of public disapproval on their way to work archivists frustrated at the handling of the u.k.'s exit from the e.u. have been turning up increasingly outside parliament to confront m.p.'s including a high profile incident this week. meet on a subaru she's a conservative politician and a vocal opponent of bragg's it but this week some of her opponents came to westminster and got more vocal than her. right with a clear you know if you were offended by wireless i just think this is astonishing this is this is what has happened to our country something has happened the debate over how britain's departure from the e.u. should look or whether it should take place until now has turned rather ugly this is the palace of westminster is where british politicians work and the area around
it is a public street as you can see anybody can walk down here there can be demonstrators as well and it's not unusual on any given day to see a politician maybe a member of parliament or even a senior minister simply walk out of here and towards abingdon green here where they might be taking part in a t.v. debate or an interview but that practice is increasingly under threat as the atmosphere here turns increasing in times over the impending gregg's that day and the fact that there is no agreed plan of action in place this was an a subaru trying to leave after the interviews. that you are going to lose if you win it and the politicians aren't the only ones getting abuse from agitated members of the public sky news anchor kay burley was heckled by pro brags that protestors while live on air. oh yeah her world was
a little harder for her motherhood and owen jones a left wing journalist and author was taunted by a group of right wing protesters i believe everything to go with very little coverage surely this situation outside parliament has now become an issue for parliament to deal with i must tell you to the house that it is. frankly didn't. if members of parliament and journalists. go about their business in fear. this situation cannot stand over sixty politicians have written a letter to london's chief of police warning of the deteriorating security situation around parliament and demanding better protection some of the systems have said that a certain degree of abuse or heckling simply comes at the territory of being a elected politician or just a public figure in
a functioning democracy but the police here now have the right moment difficult task of balancing the freedom to protest of some with protecting the safety of others including mine. the u.k. historian told us so that whatever happens in the budget process voices from all sides need to be heard. we have always been divided as a society our politics is divided. our courts are divided if you look at our parliament it's actually two rows confronting each other but what's new is now you have a generation of a very thin skinned snowflakes the whole are professionally insulted then you get also trying to exploit this division to put your point of view delay briggs's and so on so so we are good journalists are to blame for playing this round rather than
actually serious minded people say they're women we can always have fun we can always sort of tried to ridicule each other's ideas but we'd be civilised with now it's a school aged beyond actually any mission and that's a lesson for everybody that you should not law when you opponents be virtually at the very be abused we should all stand up and say yes we have freedom of expression but also freedom to express our views without being insulted. a member of the alternative for germany party who was beaten up on monday evening and has regained consciousness he described for us the attack that sent shock waves through the country's political sphere. i was it a need function organized by the way as a korean newspaper i left the party shortly before six and went to the car park to my car i took a short cut through an area i don't really like and that was
a mistake i went through the square next to the city theater there are normally no people them the only people that were the were two laborous who were loading their car i went bust them the around thirty meters away is still came the point at which i was knocked unconscious when i came round i realized i was lying in the street and someone was shaking mom and asking for my wallet and mobile phone were still in me that person done prop me against a wall block was running down my face someone called the police an ambulance that was frank magnet speaking earlier to our team police had initially called the attack politically motivated with party colleagues of mr magnet to scribing it as a dark day for democracy however investigation hasn't yielded anything conclusive to establish whether politics played any role artie's possibly or has been following developments for us. well the investigation is still ongoing the incident itself happened on monday evening in the northern german city of women and as you heard there mr frank magnet sixty six year old politician from the far right
alternative for germany party a if he had just accepted a local theater where he had attended a new year's celebration he was making his way home when he was attacked by three unknown assailants now those three men are still at large mr magnet is still in hospital where he has been recovering from a serious head wound now this is not the first time that members of the have been threatened with violence but certainly this brutal assault marks a new low in that level of violence. are going to bone deep laceration to more injuries to my left. one of the weighbridge three individuals have been walking behind me for some time so they were conspicuous because they were. covering their faces i didn't see them now but despite mr magnets version of events the police have published the first results of their investigation they've been talking to eyewitnesses and they've been looking at surveillance material which
they say contradicts the claims that there was some kind of wooden being or the instrument or object that was used instead they say what happened is that he was followed by two minutes from behind there was a third man behind them they then attacked him and as he fell to the ground they fled the scene now the incident has been denounced by politicians across the german political spectrum there's also been a statement that has been issued by the f.t. parliamentary caucus and they have called this and assess a nation attempt saying that part of the blame must be borne by mainstream politicians and the media. russia's foreign ministry has summoned to the japanese ambassador over statements coming from tokyo about the status of the disputed southern kriol iowans with more on the latest flare up between. two countries here. with commentary the paradox is that russia and japan are still technically at war there's been no peace agreement since world war two when
nats germany and their allies japan were defeated a group of tiny islands that are just one thousand kilometers north of tokyo became territory administered by russia under international law japan though still considers the islands their all land so what really annoyed the russian diplomats was some of what the japanese prime minister just said she told japanese t.v. that tokyo has no intention to resettle the russians living on the island which is a rather quirky statement given that we heard nothing close to a decision for a handover and the olens are still russian territory it was also about tokyo's idea to drop all discussions on issues surrounding possible compensations so first of all we know that one of sergei lavrov step bts told the japanese ambassador in
moscow that any discussions on the fate of the south coral islands must be based on japan's acceptance of the outcomes of the second world war here's more of what russian officials had to say such statements the essence of the agreements between the leaders of russia and japan on speeding up the negotiating process based on one thousand nine hundred fifty six joint declaration and misinform the public of the two countries about the content of the negotiations such statements can only be interpreted as an attempt to deliberately magnify the problems of a peace treaty and impose on the other side his own scenario for a sense women's the south korean are really a thorny issue but nowadays it may seeing that russia and japan. i have never been closer to sorting out the issue vladimir putin and shinzo call each other friends they need several times
a year but these kind of diplomatic scalpels really aren't helping the process. the european union has expressed anger over a diplomatic downgraded for its officials in washington this is no way to treat badness especially as neither the u. high representative nor the u.s. was formally notified of this change as would be expected on to customer diplomatic practice i.v.e. use washington basser became aware of it at the funeral of george h.w. bush when the usual pecking order of those being seated was altered traditionally the u.s. state department calls up the longest serving officials first with the david o'sullivan expected to be among one of the earliest to be called he wasn't artificial dubinsky picks up a story for us of a seemingly growing divide in the e.u. u.s. relations. this comes as you say it difficult juncture in the relations between the e.u. and the usa president trump has made no bones of his criticism of the e.u.
suggesting at times that the body is just too bureaucratic and even more criticism was heaped on the e.u. when the secretary of state might pompei i recently visited brussels even our european friends sometimes say we're not acting in the world's interest is the you ensuring the interests of countries and their citizens are placed before those bureaucrats here in brussels these are valid questions the u.s. is also even threatens a trade war with the european union suggesting it wants to slack on tariffs to products that it imports from the european union so all of this is quite difficult for those relations now in terms of what the european union has said not very much the u.s. of course is an important trading partner for the book but we did have some strong words from general to ask last year.
but frankly speaking. europe should be grateful. if you knew that and. you will find at the end of your. well that statement was back in may of two thousand and eighteen off to the us decided that it was going to withdraw from the rainy and new clear accord and since then the e.u. has been pretty timid in the way that it is just scribed the administration over donald trump two thousand and eighteen a very difficult rocky relationship between the two it seems that those transatlantic relationships are going to remain sour in two thousand and nineteen as well. all right so as charlotte just said there are the e.u. has so far downplayed the latest spat the spokesperson for the block has stressed that despite policy disagreements transatlantic ties remain strong greek m.e.p. still u.s. kolo glue told us that he is concerned by the u.s.
president's unpredictability. even enemies i mean when there have been deplore normal diplomatic relations. in four with each other this was done in a very brutal way and this reflects the the cards or the taxes of the administration i'm afraid president i know that this than anything about to multicultural our societies he only see the things black and white and then he only cares about the money you can understand the issue for european union that the countries they were fighting each other with ten million dead you know casualties now there are states there are discussing the over a table i don't think you cuz very very clear idea what carbon the new europe during the first in the second world war or the real problem is is that we are covering a lot of things one after the other of the drug administration things aggressive
against. against anybody he thinks a certain moment he does not want you know now he he does not want the european union because his is he says you're a very good to trade and they're going to just. get former cia chief has suggested nato would have no reason to exist if it were not for russia david petraeus was speaking on wednesday and a conference in india blatter putin is the greatest gift to nato since the end of the cold war and it has provided a new reason for living if you will for nato remarks appeared to be at odds with needles official views secretary general younes stoltenberg. has repeatedly stressed the need for better relations with russia made this goal is not the new cold war we struggle for a but the relationship with russia but not in the old cold war nato does not want the new cold war. you know has boosted its military budget
this year by more than seven percent to one point four billion euros and its civilian budget has also been increased surf londres from the anti-war international action center says the alliance is using the russian threat as an excuse to spend taxpayers' money to trances comments seem to be. on her own furt conscious threat against russia warmer retired general cia director petraeus does not represent just his own personal views he represents. the u.s. role in establishing feel mongering as an essential part of every military budget of course they have to say that there is a threat on russia if they're going to get the military budget the day one and force the countries in europe the nato members to also ante up which is the pressure on them to do so. russian lawyer at the center of collusion
claims in the two thousand and sixteen u.s. presidential election has been charged with obstructing justice in a separate case natalya vessel needs isn't now wanted in america over allegations she was involved in a money laundering scheme artie's nichiren has more. the tali of us on that sky is in the news again this time with charges over this civil case being brought against her she of course became well known after she was named a key person of interest in the robot mode a probe into suspected russian interference in the twenty sixteen u.s. election all over that infamous meeting which took place in trump tower between vessel that sky and donald trump judy which was alleged to have been aimed at dishing the dirt on hillary clinton ahead of the u.s. elections well this nice guy has stated time and time again that that particular meeting had nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with russia regardless she's been bombarded with accusations of working for the russian government
something she has continuously denied or two years on and now vessel mates guy is back in the spotlight facing charges of obstruction of justice in yet another case involving the u.s. and russia she said to have made a false and misleading declaration to the judge overseeing the twenty fifteen case by stating she had not participated in the drafting of the russian government's response to the u.s. request for records however u.s. investigators have since uncovered e-mails which contradict that claim all this in its gaia talking to a russian channel said she had yet to find out the full details of the charges but suspect that they're aimed at discrediting her as a lawyer and she believes the u.s. may have various reasons why they may want to do that. i think all this aimed at preventing me from carrying out my professional activities in a way that doesn't suit the u.s. it may be connected to the magnitsky act corruption in congress and the judicial
system and my knowledge of information that they don't want to be made public. well more than two years on from the us elections if vessel needs guy had hopes that her reputation may be on its way to recovery following that miller probe well these latest charges have put paid to that. all right that does it for me i will be back with headlines in about thirty three minutes and fifteen seconds with. financial guy i don't buy it i put on a few. of the friday as i'm some of my ex from the future so crocker was kaiser.
i'm afshin rattansi we're back with a brand new season of going underground as european commission president convenes e.u. commissioners in brussels appearing to hold the fate of teresa mayes u.k. government in his hands coming up on the show straight out of the cold war playbook we ask labour's former minister for communities and local government chris williamson why there is mainstream media silence on revelations that nato m i five on my six and the u.k. foreign office or to manipulate elections in the usa and across europe and. threaten the french republic we look back at another figure it is the same with wash westmoreland who often directing the oscar winning film still alice tackles the life of one of france's most subversive novelists collette for the news find
out why the british army is going big game hunting as a u.s. backtracks for making tracks from syria all this and more coming up in today's going underground but first to our top story of the new year more revelations of a shadowy alleged conspiracy involving nato the u.k. foreign office and british intelligence to distort public perception of the world around them the integrity initiative has been identified in the past few weeks by the purported anonymous organizational collective which released this video on you tube brutal has in fact created a large scale information secret service and unit of the united states and canada which consists of representatives of political military academic and journalistic communities with a think tank in london at the head of it as part of the project britain has time and again intervened into domestic affairs of independent european states leaks about the alleged british government conspiracy concerned direct corruption in spain but from suspicious activity in the bernie sanders u.s.
election campaign. concerted plan of action against this t.v. channel r.t. drazen is government to be or to have been involved in a covert destabilization strategy that knows no borders britain is capable of conducting such operations in the following states spain france germany italy greece the netherlands live through india norway serbia and montenegro london's near term plans to create similar clusters include latvia estonia portugal sweden belgium canada armenia ukraine moldova malta czechia countries of the middle east and north africa poland slovakia rumania belgariad georgia hungary cyprus austria switzerland turkey finland iceland denmark and the usa joining me now is one of german corbin's close as parliamentary allies criswell in.