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tonight, the combative scene at the white house. president trump declaring his white house is a fine-tuned machine. after firing his national security adviser, mike flynn, the president praising him today, instead, blaming the leaks. saying those responsible are going to pay. and our correspondent asking about reports that several people close to trump communicated with the russians before the election. >> can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the russians during the campaign? and on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks? also tonight, the russian spyship on the move. just 30 miles off the american coastline. what's going on, and how did the president react to that today? the two girls discovered in the woods. authorities asking for your help tonight. their last snapchat, and the
image of a man authorities would like to talk to. and the phone wars heating up tonight. three more carriers with major deals. it's your money. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with president trump's nearly 0-minute news conference today. he unleashed on the leaks, the intelligence community and the press. the president blasts reports his administration is in chaos, calling it in his words, a fine-tuned machine. saying he doesn't think there has been any president who has been done as much as they have in just 28 days. he was pressed b about reports his aides were in contact with the russians before the election, and he was asked about his fired national security adviser. the president defending him and his actions. instead, blaming the leaks from the intelligence community, and vowing they will pay for it. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leading us off. >> chaos? what chaos?
>> reporter: president trump summoned the news media to the east room of the white house to declare his presidency off to an historically great start. >> i turn on the tv, open the newspapers and i see stories of chaos. chaos. yet it is the exact opposite. this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. >> reporter: as evidence, he pointed to the soaring stock market, his executive orders cutting regulations and the smooth roll-out of his supreme court nominee. >> i don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done. >> reporter: he said he inherited a mess, but in just 28 days of the trump presidency, there's been a year's worth of tumult and drama. the firing of his national security advisor. his travel ban struck down by the courts. his labor secretary nominee withdrawn under a cloud. today the president blamed it largely on the press. >> we have to talk about it to
find out what's going on because the press honestly is out of control. the level of dishonesty is out of control. >> reporter: as for the growing controversy of his former national security advisor's conversations with the russians, and reports of his campaign advisers' contacts with russians, trump dismissed it all as fake news. but we pressed him. i want to get you to clarify this very important point. can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the russians during the campaign? and on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks? >> well, the leaks are real. you are the one that wrote about them and reported them. the leaks are real. you know what they said. you saw it. and the leaks are absolutely real. the news is fake because so much of the news is fake. >> reporter: but was his campaign in contact with the russians? the first part of my question, the context. can you definitively say nobody -- >> well, i had nothing to do with it. i have nothing to do with russia. i told you. i have no deals there. i have no anything. >> reporter: later, ap's julie pace pressed again.
was anybody on his campaign talking to the russians? >> no, no, nobody that i know of. >> so you're not aware of any contacts during the course of the election? >> look, how many times do i have to answer this question? >> do you have to say yes or no on it? >> russia is a ruse. i have know you have to get up and ask the question. russia is a ruse. i have nothing to do with russia, haven't made a phone call to russia in years. >> reporter: once again today, president trump touted his surprising win in november, making a remarkable claim about the electoral vote. >> we got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before. that's the way it goes. i guess it was the biggest electoral college win since ronald reagan. >> reporter: the problem, that's not even close to being true. in fact, president obama, president clinton and president george h. w. bush all won with more electoral votes than president trump. as another reporter pointed out, trump's numbers were wrong. >> i was given that information. i was given -- actually, i've seen that information around.
but it was a very substantial victory. do you agree with that? >> you're the president. >> thank you. good answer, yes. >> jon karl with us live at the white house tonight, and jon, this press conference initially was going to be about the president's new nominee for labor secretary, alexander acos acosta, but the president spent less than a minute making that announcement, and you were in the room, and it became clear he had other things on his mind he wanted to get off his chess. >> reporter: 17 different reporters asking questions, and this was only his second full blown press conference since july, and he has avoided tough questions, and limited interactions with the press, and he has been calling on conservative outlets. he seemed to relish in this, especially taking on the hard questions, and i'm told by his senior staff he was energized and she say he will do more of these. >> jon karl leading us off. jon, thank you. you heard the president
defend the national security adviser he just fired, general michael flynn, and said today, flynn was not forthcoming with the president, about a converad with the russians, and more on what he told the fbi and what he didn't. abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas with what he has just learned. >> reporter: tonight, justice de are intensely reviewing why former national security advisor michael flynn made misleading statements to the white house about his conversation with russia's ambassador to the u.s.e tell abc news flynn was le than entirely forthcoming in an interview with the fbi in the days just after the inauguration, but apparently did not cross the threshold of intentional lying. today, president trump continued to praise the man he fired. >> mike flynn is a fine person, and i asked for his resignation. he respectfully gave it. >> reporter: flynn came under scrutiny in the intelligence
community after white house officials, including vice president-elect mike pence saying sa saying repeatedly, he did not discuss sanctions with the russian ambassador. the fbi and intelligence community knew otherwise because they had recorded the conversation. in a dramatic move, justice department officials told white house officials that flynn had blackmailed by the russians. the white house even as it criticized flynn for misleading officials there, has argued that flynn broke no laws.lear the pr continues that view. >> he was just doing his job. the thing is he didn't tell our vice president properly and then he said he didn't remember. so either way it wasn't very satisfactory to me. >> reporter: trump even going so far today to say, "he was fine. with flynn talking to the russians about sanctions." certn okay with me if he did it. i would have directed him to do it if i thought he wasn't doing it. i didn't direct him, but i would have directed him because that's his job."
>> prre thomas with us live from our washington bureau, and sources telling abc flynn was less than forthcoming, and they haven't found an i deceive, so he is less likely to face criminal charges here? >> reporter: the flynn investigation and review could take more time to locomplete, b our sources are saying that proving someone intentionally lied is a high bar. david the. >> thanks to you tonight. all of this was p today as a russian spyship was on the move about 30 miles off the american coastline. among a series of provocative military moves and the president was asked about it today. abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s. navy is tracking this russian spy ship, last seen off the coast of virginia. the ship now my south after a stop near a connecticut submarine base. abc news got an up close look in 2015 when it docked in havana. the ship is loaded with radar, a 30 mm cannon, anti-aircraft guns and electronic surveillance.
equipment that can intercept communications and help russia sp trump refusing to say exactly what he'd do about it. instead offering this quip. >> the greatest thing i could do is shoot that ship that's is shoot that ship that's 30 miles off shore right out of the water. everyone in this country's going to say, oh, it's so great. that's not great. that's not greporter: last russian jets buzzed a navy destroyer in the black sea, and russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile. a move that would violate an arms treaty. the president today pressed about the provocations. >> you mentioned the vessel, the spy vessel off the coast of the units. >> not good. >> reporter: there was a ballistic misse test that many interpret as a violation of an agreement between the two countries; and a russian plane buzzed a u.s. destroyer. >> not good. >> reporter: can we conclude there will be no response to these particular provocations? >> i'm not going to tell you anything about what response i do. i don't talk about military response. >> all right. cecilia vega with us here in new
york ght, a heard the president there talking about what he could do, shoot the ship, but said he is not going to do that. what are we wearing from military sources? >> reporter: right now, they are not too concerned, but they are monitoring this ship closely, and they have used this route before, and it's abo miles off the coast in international waters. >> great to have you here in person tonight. we move on now, and at one other moment making headlines tonight from the president's news conference. at one point, the president asked a reporter to help him set up a meeting with the congressional black caucus. the question came as a surprise to members of that caucus that said they had already reached out to the president. not to mention, asking a reporter to set up the meeting. abc's mary bruce on e tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill tonight, heads shaking over president trump's response to this question. >> go ahead. >> are you going to include the cbc, mr. president in conversations with your urban g ould.e the
tell you what. do you want to set up the meeting? >> no. i'm just a reporter. i know some of them, but i'm sure they will right number. >> i would love to meet with the black >> reporter: watching, members congressional black caucus in shock. >> had man is clueless. >> reporter: congressman emanuel cleaver in disbelief he would ask that reporter to set up the meeting. >> because there was a black woman in assumption was that some way, somehow, in spite of the that is correct she was a reporter, she had a connection with us. >> you don't think he would have asked another reporter to set u? >> i don't think he would have asd meeting with the congressional black caucus. >> mary bruce with us tonight from the hill, and mary, the congressional black caucus says they rea
president a monthago? >> reporter: the cbc sent a letter to the president saying they hope to work together, but they never received a response, and tonight, we're told the white house is working to setth controversial travel ban, and ed it,nd presidentng he will ro next week that aims to address the concerns that caused a federal judge to sus pentd the ban in the first place. there were protests and walkouts across the country today aimed at demonstrat@ing immigrants' impact on this economy.rest raupts were closed and it comes after a week of sweeps by authorities and hundreds of arrests. abc app clayton sandell from denver. >> reporter: tonight, around the country restaurant kitchens are empty. factories are deserted. and schools quiet. as thousands take to the streets in cities like chicago, minneapolis, and
charlotte. a show of solidarity organized on social media. the idea? to demonstrate what life in this country of immigrants might look like without them. even at the pentagon food court, some restaurants were closed. this beverly hills doctor is juggling patients without his staff. >> i support it because i think it's necessary that we do thing to resist the kinds of changes brought upon us by the trump administration. >> reporter: immigrant workers in the u.s. number nearly 30 million. many, 12 million, in restaurants. one immigrant reform group says in 2014, legal and illegal workers paid about $329 billion in state and federal taxes. the protests are gaining traction as ice agents step up raids. a crackdown critics say is targeting non-violent undocumented immigrants like jeanette vizguerra. after 20 years, in the utarget for deportation. enver now seeking sanctuary in church, hoping she won't be torn away from her kids. vizguerra says she
will remain in this church until the day the u.s. government she knows that day could be a longay off. david. we turn overseas now and two devastating bombings by sigh isis. in pakistan, attac shrine, and 200 wounded. in baghdad, a car bomb exploding an auto dealersh more than 60 wounded and they were targeting shiite muslims. back in this country, the fbi making an assist tonight, in what they say was an attack to a synagogue here. a man with supremacist ties bought a pistol from an undercover agent, and he did it in the spirit of dylann roof, and heurdered nine african-american worshippers at an african-american church. he had a picture of a myrtle beach synagogue with threatening
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