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tonight, the war erupting inside the white house. the explosive new headline as we come on the air. the phone call to a reporter who what was said. amid the tension between these two men, the new communications director and the chief of staff. tonight, the white house is pressed. what does the president think of the fighting in public? the deadly accident at the ohio state fair. the young man just 18 who had just signed up for the marines. tonight what we have learned about what happened, and that same ride now being shut down at fairs across the country. the murder at sea. the fbi on that cruise ship. passengers interviewed and what we now know after a wife and mother is found dead. the mystery illness. what is making the officers sick while driving their suv and patrol vehicles? and the plane crash on the interstate.
now the 911 calls for help. >> there's been an airplane crash on i-15. >> what authorities are saying tonight. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with now reporting breaking at this hour revealing a war brewing inside the west wing. the brand new communications director and a phone call he reportedly made to a writer at "the new yorker." their conversation shedding new light on what we already knew. there is major tension between these two men, that communications chief and the chief of staff. tonight, it's turned very ugly. just moments ago, that communications director, anthony scaramucci tweeting, sometimes i yooz colorful language. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: the death stare. a portrait of a white house staff at war with itself. chief of staff, reince priebus, facing off against new communications director anthony scaramucci in the oval
office. their relationship fraught from the start. priebus opposed scaramucci's appointment. still, on day one, scaramucci called him a dear and personal friend. >> we are a little bit like brothers, where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers. >> reporter: but today, that brotherly love took a dark turn. >> some brothers are like cain and abel. other brothers can fight with each other and get along. i don't know if this is reparable or not, that will be up to the president. >> reporter: overnight, scaramucci seemed to suggest priebus leaked his financial disclosure form to a reporter, that he is a bleeping schizophrenic. saying they will all be fired by me. i fired one guy the other day. i have three or four people i'll fire tomorrow. he hints he has information on white house aides, telling "the new yorker," i have nailed these
guys. i have digital fingerprints on everything they have done through the fbi and the bleeping department of justice. they will get prosecuted. scaramucci says priebus himself was doing the leaking. tweeting, in light of the leak of my financial disclosure, i will be contacting fbi and the justice department. he deleted the tweet insisting he wasn't blaming the chief of staff, but when reporters disputed that, scaramucci issued a talent on live television. >> they are all making the assumption that it's him because journalists know who the leakers are. if reince wants to explain he is not a leaker, let him do that. >> reporter: the out in the public sniping has alarmed some of the president's closest advisers. >> i think scaramucci's full of himself. it's totally unhelpful to have someone going around starting family fights in public, and i
don't think it's helpful to the president. >> reporter: the president said he likes to see his top aides spar with each other. >> i think the president as always enjoys healthy competition and conversation, and he sees that as such. >> does the president have confidence in his chief of staff? >> if the president doesn't then he'll make that decision. we all serve at the pleasure of the president, and if he gets to a place where that isn't the case, he'll let you nop. >> reporter: as for priebus, he has been silenced. nobody in the white house defending him. he is the second top administration official left twisting in the wind by the president. the other one of course, attorney general jeff sessions who broke his silence today on the president's continued attack. >> you have seen the president's criticism of you. do you think it's fair? >> well, it's kind of hurtful, but the president of the united states is a strong leader. he wants all of us to do our jobs and that's what i intend to do. >> so let's get to jon karl at the white house tonight, and the white house press secretary wouldn't say whether the president has confidence in his
chief of staff, but you're learning from your sources tonight that the president's closest advisers are discussing replacements? unfortunately, we have a problem there, but we will move on now to a new vote. so far, the effort to repeal and replace obamacare has not passed as you know, and the effort to simply repeal it went down in defeat. tonight, the republicans are moving forward with a skinny repeal. just in tonight, one leading republican furious saying skinny bill as policy is a disaster. abc's mary bruce back on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the senate is barreling towards a vote. >> i think we need to get something done, get it started. >> it's gonna be a narrower bill than i would have supported, but it's a good first start. >> reporter: first, they tried to repeal and replace, but that plan failed. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: then just repeal, worry about replacement later. that didn't have the votes either. what's left? a pared-down plan being called
the skinny repeal. but tonight one leading republican is blasting the plan. >> the skinny bill as policy is a disaster. the skinny bill as a replacement for obamacare is a fraud. >> what do you say about this being a far cry from what you promised? >> everybody ought to be able to explain why this is a step in the right direction, and it is. >> reporter: the peared down plan is being called the skinny repeal. it would only roll back parts of obamacare. like the mandate that all americans buy insurance. but that could leave 15 million more americans uninsured over the next decade. and cause premiums for some to jump by 20%. eager for a win, the white house is stepping up the pressure on holdouts like alaska senator, lisa murkowski. yesterday, the interior secretary gave her a call and reportedly threatened to pull support for key projects in her state. >> this is the most difficult conversation, and what i told
the president, what i have told the president since he was elected was i'm here to help the people of my state. >> mary bruce with us live tonight from the hill, and mary, as we saw in your reporting there, some republican lawmakers have some pretty serious concerns about this so-called skinny repeal, and might not vote for it? >> reporter: this senate bill is meant as a place hold tore buy more time to negotiate a better overhaul with the house, but some senate republicans are deeply concerned this could become permanent, and they are demanding that will not happen or else they say they will not vote for it, david. >> mary bruce with us live on the hill den tonight, thank you. and after president trump's tweet after a sudden and betweening ban on transgender people serving in the military, what the joint chiefs and top general are saying, no action, no changes until they hear directly from the white house what this policy is. here's abc's chief global
affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, the nation's top military leaders say transgender americans will not be expelled from the armed forces without further guidance from the commander in chief. president trump catching them by surprise with his twitter announcement that, "the united states government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the u.s. military." since then, he's offered no further detail, refusing to answer questions. our reporter at the white house trying -- [ applause ] . >> what about your policy on transgender people in the military? >> you go ahead. she's very rude. >> reporter: today, the president's top military adviser, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, this statement. there will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.
in the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. his words echoed by the army's top general. >> the entire force and chain of command, will, always has, will today and will tomorrow, and always should treat every soldier, sailor, marine, coast guard, with anything anity for the service of the cloth of our nation, bar none. >> reporter: so now for the 2,500 americans on active duty can continue to serve and receive the medical care to which they are currently entitled. people like staff sergeant logan ireland, the subject of a documentary in the new york times. outraged by the new ban, saying for the president to deny an able-bodied fully qualified person, the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country potentially giving their own life for our freedoms is doing this country an
injustice. during the campaign, candidate trump claimed he would be stronger for lgbt rights than hillary clinton. >> martha raddatz with us live tonight from washington, and the pentagon says it's waiting on guidance from president trump. you heard the white house press about when that's coming. >> reporter: yes. the white house press secretary sarah sanders said they are working on the details but have no time line for any of this, although she insisted they are moving forward with impleme implementation of this policy. we move onto other news tonight. the deadly accident at the ohio state fair. a popular ride breaking apart. riders sent flying. the chaos afterward. one person killed, seven injured. people waiting in line watching it all. and that victim, an 18-year-old who had just enlisted in the marines. tonight that ride is now being shut down across the country, and abc's alex perez is in columbus.
>> reporter: tonight, the hunt for answers as investigators try to pinpoint what caused this amusement ride at the ohio state fair to break apart mid-air. on the ground, complete panic. bistanders carrying away the injured while others help first responds administer first aid. julian bellinger was waiting to get on the ride. >> you heard the metal hit against it. you heard people screaming. >> reporter: brittney neal and her little sister, still in disbelief. they were next in line. you're standing there, you're watching this, what's going through your mind? >> i'm truly traumatized. i grabbed my sister right away. i said, "that could have been us." >> reporter: seven people injured. four in the hospital at this hour. 18-year-old tyler jarrell killed. the ohio native had enlisted in the marines last week. records show this ride passed a 35-point inspection. four inspectors signing off of it. tonight, the ride's manufacturer instructing officials everywhere to cease operation of the ride until further notice. while the operating company said
in a statement, we are keeping those i pacted by this tragic situation in our prayers and cooperating with those investigating this accident. >> we're going to document all the facts, basely an autopsy on that machine to make sure that we get to the bottom of why it came apart. >> reporter: and david investigators say they will be meticulously going through the accident site inch by inch trying to determine what exactly went wrong here. a process that can take days or even weeks. as for other rides like this one across the country, they have been shut down, david. >> thank you, alex. we turn next to powerful storms developing right nout out of the ohio valley. d.c., philly and new york in the cross hairs. near birmingham, alabama, this car in a creek. kansas city, missouri, knocking down a restaurant wall, and people rescued through the roof there. and let's get to ginger zee agoago along the west side highway.
>> reporter: an abnormal pattern setting up. let's watch that from indiana into ohio into the mid atlantic where we see it from georgetown, delaware, and then there's deep moisture riding up and along that front. a flash flood watch from parts of west virginia into pennsylvania. you could see two to even four inches of rain in some areas, david. >> great to have you as always. we move to a mystery in the austin police department tonight. 60 of the department's police suvs have been taken off the streets after their carbon monoxide detecters triggered alar alarms. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, the hidden danger to officers on patrol. more than 60 ford police vehicles in austin now off the streets. they may take out the entire fleet. >> my head, started having headaches, and i was like i can't read. >> reporter: sergeant zachary lahood pulling over just in time, suffering from carbon
monoxide poisoning. >> i almost hit a bus. it scared [ bleep ] the out of me. >> reporter: this terrifying video of a police suv in california barreling over the median, crossing multiple lanes. then crashing into a tree. that officer making the same claim. both now suing ford. >> over my 30 years in law enforcement that we have never faced an issue like this. >> reporter: ford telling abc news in a statement, safety is our top priority. a team is working with police customers to investigate reported issues and solve them. david, carbon monoxide detecters have been installed in vehicles and those two officers suing ford haven't been able to return to duty because of health reasons, and their attorney says they might not be able to, david. >> kayna whitworth. our thanks to you tonight. at the white house today, president trump honoring five first responders to rushed to help when that congressional baseball practice came under fire. presenting the medal of valuer to two u.s. capitol police
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custody after the emerald princess cruise ship became a floating crime scene. >> don't remember last time we had a murder on a cruise ship in alaska. >> reporter: they just said, security breach. security breach. >> reporter: the federal indictment says that security officers on the ship were called to the room of kenneth and kristy manzanares around 9:00 p.m. tuesday after passengers heard screams. finding blood on kenneth's hands and clothing. one witness spotting him trying to drag the 39-year old realtor and mother of three's body toward the balcony. when asked what happened, manzanares telling that witness, "she would not stop laughing at me." the victim's young daughter running for help. >> she was saying to my sister, i knew my dad would do this. i knew he would do this. >> reporter: the ship that had set sail from seattle, diverted to juneau. passengers held on board for hours while the fbi investigated, interviewing 200 passengers and crew. david, manzanares was arraigned
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finally tonight, america strong. and the video now seen by millions. a dad surprising his son with a baseball bat. then his son up at plate with a gift of his own. here's david wright. >> reporter: july 17th, championship game in the south philly little league. 13-year-old boom fowler comes up to bat. his big, green bat has some history. >> he wanted that bat real bad. he kept begging me for it. >> reporter: a birthday present when he turned 12. exactly a year ago, the video went viral. >> happy birthday.
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