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breaking news tonight. a crushing defeat for president trump. facing a devastating loss the president and paul ryan pulling the republican health care bill minutes before the vote. moments ago, the president responding. and saying obamacare will explode. >> we learned a lot about loyalty. >> president trump also announcing his next move. we have team coverage. severe storms on the march. heavy rain and hail moving in this weekend. 14 million americans in the path. missing signs? new information revealed about the london terror suspect.
street inferno. cars in flames. one leaking gasoline igniting a fire line. and runway scare. for the first time harrison ford's exchange with the control tower, right after missing a passenger jet. good evening. i'm tom llamas. in for david. we begin with president trump suffering his biggest defeat since winning the election. forced to pull the republican health care bill minutes before the vote in the house, where it was certain to fail. just minutes ago, the president announcing obama will explode. the lack of votes forcing president trump to retreat on one of his biggest campaign promises. and the president sounding humble when he described how it all played out. >> we all learned a lot, about loyalty, about the vote-getting
process. we learned a lot about some very arcane rules in obviously both th house. so it's been certainly, for me a very interesting experience. but i think in the end, it will lead to even better health care plans. >> the decision a huge blow to paul ryan conceding, obamacare is the law of the land. president trump and speaker ryan reluctantly saying it's time to move on. mary bruce on the hill starts us off. >> reporter: tonight on capitol hill, the stunning acknowledgment, republicans have failed to deliver on their promise to the american people. >> i don't know what else to say other than obamacare is the law of the land and will remain until it's replaced. we didn't have the votes, and we'll be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future.
>> reporter: the day began with an all-out push to get enough republicans on-board. publicly, the party leaders optimid-morning, it was clear. conservative republicans are stan grou nnd. >> the'negotiations.done? not >> yes, so the only on >> reporter: as an olive branch trump aged insurance companies would no longer be required to cover some basic services. but that was still not enough to get conservatives on-board. but that gave republicans a serious case of the jitters. more and more coming forward to sighld but the closer in chief is playing coy. >> we'll have to see. >> do you think it will pass? >> w what orter: o alrea hmocrats railing at they
were calling trumpcare. >> there's only one option, and that is to vote no. >> reporter: as the hours kicked by, it became increasingly -- that this bill would not pass. now as the president and speaker had lunch, the white house press secretary told reporters the vote was moving forward. >> the leader and whip are doing vote counts debate is ongoing. we're proceeding with a 3:30 vote as scheduled. >> reporter: but it was not to be. later, at 3:31 p.m. as the vote was expected to begin, the announcement. >> further c of cus achieving area i? repeal and re replace obamacare, but it appears's ne you. hite heard from president trump,
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finally tonight, "america strong." a marine veteran wounded in afghanistan, making history by become a police officer. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: his world turned upside-down in 2011. stepping on an ied, instantly losing both of his legs. >> i didn't know if i could continue to have a normal life. >> reporter: taking more steps forward, leading him to this. tonight, he becomes the first
double amputee in the country to become a police officer. what kept you going? >> i think it's my wife, daud daughter, family friends, the staff and my class. it's hard to fail when someone is pushing you the whole way. every time his name was called out, there was this roar. >> very proud of him, happy for him, and excited. this is his dream. >> reporter: tonight, showing us nothing can stop a hero. gio benitez, abc news. >> thanks so much for watching this week. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us, good night.
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