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crazy communist dictators or tune into the others that deal in with fake news and how much of a nothing-burger the russian story continues to be. elizabeth: as congress prepares to hear from fired fbi director james comey, could they use executi executive direction against comey marchers on the streets today. live on the ground with what's firing them up. >> and the white house asked the supreme court to weigh in on its controversial travel ban, executive order, which so far has been knocked by lower courts. we're going to get reaction from one of the biggest gateways to america. ♪
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and happy saturday. welcome to news headquarters. i'm elizabeth prann. leland: i'm leland vittert. congress is getting back to work next week with a full plate, including the testimony that everyone is waiting for. former fbi director james comey goes before the intelligence committee on thursday. this, as the white house sets up what they call a special unit to deal with various investigations into alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia. kristin fisher live on the north lawn of the white house as this war room is getting set up. >> hey, leland, the big question, will president trump try to keep former fbi director james comey from testifying by invoking executive privilege. that's the nixon era rule used during watergate and it was used by former president clinton and
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former president barack obama. the big question for president trump, what would be more damaging, comey's testimony or the way it will look if he tries to muzzle him. yesterday, press secretary sean spicer was noncommittal will president trump would try to invoke it. >> that committee hearing was just noticed and i think obviously, it's got to be reviewed. >> so that's not a no? >> i'm just saying i don't-- it literally, my understanding is the date for that hearing was just set. i've not spoken to counsel yet. i don't know what that-- how they're going to respond. >> in addition to the comey hearing, there's another huge hearing on capitol hill next week, the day before comey's appearance, a senate panel will hear from the nation's top intelligence officials, including the nsa director, intelligence chief, fbi director, the attorney general who signed off on the special counsel. now, we're also learning that that special counsel, which is investigating possible ties between the trump campaign and russia, is expanding and it's
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expanded to take over a separate criminal probe involving former trump campaign manager paul manafort. so, with all of these stories, all of these leaks, all of this potentially damaging testimony coming out of capitol hill next week, you can see why this white house has been scrambling to set up a communications war room of sorts. the two names we've been hearing the most about in terms of potentially leading this so-called war room are two former campaign officials, david bossy and cory lewandowski. what's different now, fox learned the war room will now be run outside of the white house as a co 1, c-4 nonprofit organization. and the idea behind this is to try to keep the russia stuff, everything with the special counsel and the congressional investigation into whether or not there was russian meddling into the u.s. election, keep that separate from the day-to-day operations that are happening within the west wing so they can try to move forward
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with some of the president's agendas and policies. leland. leland: hence those two outside names you brought up. kristin fisher on the north lawn. thank you. liz has more. elizabeth: let's break this down with florida congressman francis rooney. thank you for joining us, i know you're getting back to work next week. we're talking a lot about the fact that we expect to hear from former fbi director james comey. what are your expectations for this week? it's not the only hearing that we're going to be watching for this week? >> you know, given the absence of factual data that surrounds all of this russia talk. all we really know they bugged the dnc and couldn't bug us. it's this alleged this, alleged that. i hope we get it all on the table, have a full vetting so we can get about doing the things that the american people expect us to do. elizabeth: that's what i was going to ask you. as a lawmaker, are you concerned about having a summer without any tangible accomplishments as
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far as legislation is concerned? yes, health care was passed through the house, those rumors, it's not going to get skraen where in the-- anywhere in the senate. we're talking about the russia investigation. >> yeah, i mean, the whole process is a little slow to me coming from the business world, but we've got so many problems facing our country and that we really need to move forward on health care reform and obamacare. i hope the senate will pass our bill or something close to it. tax reform to deal with, simplify the rate and stop the capital entitlement. and entitlement, welfare reform and put work in it. elizabeth: and pushing back, we saw sean spicer directing ought russia related questions with the press pool to the outside counsel. he wants to focus on the president's agenda.
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does that help as a lawmaker, listen we want to focus on our agenda as well? >> we have got a big thing coming up in the house this week, the choice act to repeal almost all of dodd-frank, to get back to where small and medium sized banks can survive and we can get some lending going to small and medium sized businesses in our country. elizabeth: you talk about the act and i want to expand on that, we've been talking so much on obviously, tax reform and health care. one thing that we really can't ignore is that the budget needs to be agreed upon by december. that is something that we can't push down. the president provided his blueprint. do you see taking anything out and submitting it to the commit. >> i like a lot of things in the president's budget. the budget originated in the house and it's an initial guide or his viewpoint. there are important reductions in there that cut out government
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waste. elizabeth: keep in mind you have to get 60 votes in the senate and you have to keep that in mind, appease democrats on the aisle. are you going to be able to take the skinny budget and incorporate what democrats want as well. >> there's a thought that we have to pass the best possible conservative spending plan that we can in the house and hopefully the senate realizes they can't keep breaking the country and will be close to our bill and there can be, what did you call it, there's a process for that, the committee to resolve the differences between the two bills. elizabeth: yes. and that's what i was going to ask you. when we talk about the budget coming up, and there's been so much talk that the president's blueprint is something that's not sustainable. are we going to bridge this together. when you talk about health care and tax reform, that can be pushed down the aisle, the president wanted that in june
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and jewel. and that's not negotiable. >> people have to realized what happened in the election, parts of america rose up and said we're tired of being spent to death. tired of $20 trillion in death twice what it was in 2008 and tired of our companies leaving the united states and the jobs going with them. elizabeth: congressman, i wish we had more time. but there's a lot going on this week so we expect to have you back, sir. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me on, elizabeth. elizabeth: appreciate it, leland. leland: duelling rallies in washington today. one supporting president trump's decision to withdraw from the paris pac and another calling for a thorough investigation into the collusion between the trump administration and russia. for both sides of this, fox news correspondent garretty joins us with the march for truth. a boisterous crowd behind you. >> a couple hundred folks
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gathered for the rally will, called the march for truth. the truth they're referring to is regarding the relationship between the trump campaign and russia. the marches today are across the country and they have several goals they're looking for. they are looking for not just the special counsel to be established, but for an independent commission to conduct an investigation. for charges to be brought, if any criminal wrongdoing is found, and they're also calling for the president to release his tax returns to show any connections in what his business relationships are with foreign entities, including russia. this rally is one of dozens across the country today, including several earlier in new york, in new jersey, but there was also a pro trump rally outside the white house earlier where his supporters showed up to say, thank you for leaving the paris climate accord. >> it's unfortunately-- >> and the media that's making and other leftist groups, but the reality is people do support
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and hopefully as he moves along his agenda, people will see that he really has the best intent n intentio intentions. >> those supporters were mets by folks that were not happy to see them there and that led to some heated exchanges. >>, [crowd yelling] >> and as we mentioned, several dozen of these march for truth rallies were scheduled to take place across the country and they will be keeping an eye on all of them, and talking to folks earlier, it's interesting, they said they were pleased to see the appointment of special counsel robert mueller, but said they would not necessarily accept his verdict if he came back and said there was no criminal wrongdoing in the election in relationship between the president's campaign team and russia. leland. leland: got to think about that one for a minute. back to you, garrett, as news warrants. thank you. elizabeth: well, the trump
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administration is asking the supreme court to immediately reinstate its temporary ban on travelers from six majority muslim countries. one of president trump's more controversial executive orders. joining us with more. >> hey there, liz. the travel ban, as far as controversy and protest across the country and it now winds up in front of the highest court in the land, which could bode well for the trump administration. keep in mind, this is the second version of the ban president trump has called for a 90-day travel ban from iran, sudan, syria, libya, somalia and yemen, but the ban has never been enforced after the 4th circuit court of appeals ruled that it likely violated the constitution, a ruling that the administration steill strongly disagrees with. >> the president is not required to admit people from countries from sponsor or shelter terrorism and until he determines they're properly
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vetted and do not pose a threat or risk to the united states. >> the first travel ban which went into effect without much warning smashed protests across the country. since then, president trump has appointed neil gorsuch to the supreme court bringing the court back to full strength and giving it a conservative tilt. adding it up and on friday, mike pence told fox and friends he believes the court is going to rule for the administration. >> they're going to recognize the right of the president in the constitution and statutes in this country to control i immigration in a way that puts the security of our country first. >> the administration is asking for the supreme court to let the ban go into effect immediately. at this point there's no timetable when the supreme court may make that decision. liz. elizabeth: will, thank you very much. leland: analysis and insight now with robert driscoll former
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deputy assistant district attorney, a friend of the show. we start with this, lawyers don't like to lose, especially those who argue before the supreme court. which side would you rather have on this one. >> i'd frankly rather have the administration side. although trump's policy may be unpopular in some circles, the broader principles are on the administration's side in terms of immigration really being an executive order and talk, we have a government of laws not men. that works both ways. i mean, the plaintiffs in this case admitted that if it was another president, this very order would be constitutional. but it's what was running through trump's mind as they posit when it was signed that makes it unconstitutional. so we're really saying it's this man that's unconstitutional, not the law. leland: in what the plaintiffs cited throughout their course, when they challenged both of the executive orders, the first one rescinded and then the second one, they cited the campaign rhetoric, both from the
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president and from some of his staff. let's read from the 4th circuit court of appeals now, what their ruling said. the evidence creates a compelling case that the executive order's primary purpose is religious, then candidate trump's campaign statements revealed on numerous occasions he expressed anti-muslim sentiment as well as his intent, if elected, to ban muslims from the united states. that said, it only bans muslims from six countries and leaves out the most populous of all muslim countries, indonesia, leaves out saudi arabia, leaves out egypt as well. so, how do you square that sir circle from what the 4th circuit said? >> it's hard to to. -- to do. general time you pick a country with enhanced measures on that country will have a religious majority. you can't conclude-- if the intent was to ban all
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muslims, he did a poor job of it. he left out the most populous muslim country in the world and to provide information. >> in the case of iran, supports-- and what you said brings up an interesting question. when you choose to enhance security and at the same time there are countries predominantly christian, with whom we have, shall we say, lackser security. you don't need a visa if you come from london, but you need a visa coming from tel aviv. could you say we're discriminating against jews over christians? >> the problem with the muslim executive order, finding a limiting principle why that wouldn't apply to exactly what you're talking about. visa waiver programs, other less controversial security measures are done differently by country and all of those countries have a majority religion. leland: that's why they call it
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the supreme court. president obama lost 9-0 when they tried to rein in the executive action. it was a conservative court and justice scalia was still there. never the exact man as neil gorsuch, but cut from the same cloth, if you will. do we read into that or not? >> i don't think. if you do that as a 9-0 loss, could you view it as fidelity to the statute and constitution. the court would find that president obama was acting outside the staut statutes and the constitution. and here, it clearly delegates to the executive. i don't think that that president obama lost 9-0 is predictive. the entire narrative of president trump challenging the system is coming to a climax as we hit this fall, if the courts decide. leland: you think that we're three months away when you say fall? >> i think, well, it would be expedited is what the government
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is asking for. i think with briefing over the summer and the court will hear it when they get back in session in the fall right away. the other question, whether or not they leave the ban in place during the pendency of the appeal. and those two decisions will happen in the next couple of weeks and interesting how the justice will be on that and people will read the tea leaves. leland: all the justices have been thinking about this since it began last january. we appreciate it and you never send us a bill. >> i know, my favorite. leland: liz. elizabeth: coming up after the break. after a series of high profile missile tests, a stern warning to north korea. . >> president trump made clear the era of strategic patience is over. as a matter of national security, the united states regards the threat from north
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korea as a clear and present danger. elizabeth: the new jersey governor race to replace chris christie, we'll check in on the race. and one state devastated by mother nature gets some help from president trump. as the midwest gets ready for more rough weather. we'll have an update for you after the break.
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>> california republican darryl ice -- issa speak ice -- issa speaking out to his constituents. he's one of the critics and he's with the former chair, rather. and we've seen a lot of town halls that get fairly contentious. some of the residents there are making their voices heard. right now at the town hall in his district. the congressman endorsed president trump last year. he won his o tow reelection narrowly by about 1600 votes. we are going to keep an eye on this and bring it to you live if news warrants. and finally some good news for those hit hardest by the flooding, that damaged more than 1200 homes. president trump announcing yesterday, a major disaster
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declaration for 48 counties in missouri. historic flooding began april 28th and it left counties with at least $58 million in damages to roads, infrastructure and emergency response costs. residents can now apply for federal aid to help with home repairs, temporary housing and replacement of household items. local government and businesses will also be getting money for aid to clean up long after the water goes. elizabeth: and speaking of extreme weather, the month of m may has seen wetter than normal conditions. if you're hoping for drier and warmer weather, you may have to wait longer. let's bring in the meteorologist from the weather center and adam, can we expect more rain? we've had a lot of rain here? >> t yah, i ls incredibly soggy cross the country.
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maybe not everybody is seeing rain, but lots of areas we're tracking rain shoes the south and upper midwest and in new england. plenty of sog so spots. what i want to focus on the next couple of days, even though there will be multiple areas of rain, if i take you into the upper midwest into the great lakes region, we could see severe weather, today running into sunday as well. beginning to see showers rnounig through portions of wisconsin and see another wave of energy move along and across theo brea lakes region, those are spots we could see heavy rain, damaging winds and perhaps even a couple of isolated tornados here. in the next 48 hours or so, the severe weather outlook and i ls highlighting at least a portion of today, getting into portions of wisconsin and the u.p. as well. we'll see severe weather as we see the heat of the day here within the next couple of hours, 4, 6, 7, 8:60. and tomorrow we'll see the severe weather shift right along theo breat lakes, portions of upper ohio and eventually into
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areas in pennsylvania and then an towards new york as well. here it is, hour by hour forecast and there is your future radar. you see your time stamp up in the corner. this is the area of severe weather lifting down from areas running you through canada and then running across, yes, michigan, across theo breat laks and it will be rnouning out her to the coast in the next couple of days. so, tha ls the sast item we're going to be paying very close attention to. now, all the way through your sunday and then i obviously pointed out folks where you'll see rain along theo bulf coast. there are areas where it's warming up a little bit. and today, it's rnouning up to fargo, close to 90 dentoees. so some folks feeling like summer, but, yes, that rain, spring-like rain, those showers are sticking with us the next couple of days as well. elizabeth: all right, adam, appreciate it. >> you're welcome. elizabeth: leland, what's coming up? >> secretary of defense mattis is halfway across the globe strengthening relations with our
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asian allies. and on the home front, two state races are heating up for the governor's mansion in new jersey andir irginia are just days awa. could be big keys for 2018. >> ♪ you don't let anything
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mattis says china's pressure on north korea is encour dainod bu does not make up for the chinese military buildup in the south china sea. secretaemp of defense is in singapore, reassuring asian allies about president trump's foreign pouslicy daenda. ellison barber here with the latest, big words from james mattis, clear and present danger. ^ whhat'riot, when it comes to and mattis' eyes, there are highs and lows. the secretaemp of defense says they're not pleased with the actions in the south china sea as you said. the therere encouraged by some china's actions in regards to north kore bui here is mattis seeking two representatives from more than 20 countries at that aa oual international security conference in singapore. >> as a matter of u.s. national security, united states recorns the threat from north korea as a
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clear and present danger. ultimately, we believe that china will come to recognize north korea as a strategic lia warlity, not an asses wh ^ whhat'northinaorea is carempi missile launches more frequently than in the past and china is the regime's closest ally. the security council voted to expand targeted sanctions daainst northinaorea and took weeks to negotiate. what they pass is noteworthy the first time since president trump tooso,office, and they want the to rein in north korea, but that rinoesn't mean the therell over the manufactured islands in the south china sea, part of a long territorial dispute. and mattis says it disregards military law.
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and global order and the using. decision to withdraw from the paris agreement. the u.s. says it's committed to its ally and made reference to a winston churchill quote. bear with us, once we've exhausted all positive ath kernatives, the americans wl do the right thing. leland: they don't call him the waturior for nothinpat elile obeth: switching gears, after the historic election in 201here all et ys turned to rinown-ballot races and some we seen as predictors for the mid terms. experts have their et ys in two primaries. in new jersey, voters will replace governor chris christie, who had been seen as an ancoming republic republican, but tlooay his ratings are lowest in the country. will it hurt the front runner here? to break it down here, uva center for politics, larry sa
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about. -- sabato. thank you for joining us. >> tha? you. elizabeth: do you think the low g.o.p. rating will hurt the ls governor of the state? >> yes, it's inevitable. she's tied to chris christie, being his ls wh governor. by the way, the first lt. governor in history in new jersey. they just recently created that position, but because she is so tied to christie and christie is so unpopular, inevitably sheout suffer somewhat. eighths long time to november and wulall see how the democratc epuandidate does. elizabeth: right. >> probably phil murphy, who has never rnou for osheice before, major office before. elizabeth: i do want to ask you, t'secause she has-- she spen as w t ys, she's spent seven years in the circuit but if i'm not mistaken, lfer al reports say she's fairly pn,ular with business owners yes, she's been in his shadow, th: t he ma
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not be popular, but we have an improved economy and you look at phil murphy, he doent thhem hace ebalerience and hulas spending ton of money, a lot of it, his own money. epuan you buy yourself an en if you hacee no political experience. >> well, you can, we've seen lots of people do it. t'sut i thi? what she has to d is have people focus on her. she has to create an image and a reality that enables her to shake off both chris christie's popularity there and president truthey. and she's got to make it about her and phil murphy. rigme t now phil murphy is a frt rnouneake but it's a long time until november. elizabeth: as weo bet to virginioff we heard j wan bideny this is the single most important state that they should win, wyes, s is new jersey so rstheyortant? >> i don't know why. i could make an argument that it's vithinia. youinanow how politicians are.
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elizabeth: i bought it. >> and theyo bo into a state an it's the most importans wh elizabeth: i bought it. and everybody looked at it and say it could be a predictor for the mid terms. we're seeing two democratic candidates that look at bernie sanders and if you dig into it it's fascinating. >> this one is not only fascinating. rs ls close and competitive and it's really going to depend on which one of these candidates is able too benerate the largest turnout among their supporters. rs donheminanow that i ls sanders versus establishment, as much as it's national democrats versus state democrats. elile obeth: and all the nation democrats are supporting the lt. governor. rss that cotureclizab ^ wh> no, the national demfer r are supporting the former one-term congressman. wyes, s are they doing thatpub hulas more liberal.
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he is the sanders people choice, a lot of obama aides hacee endorsed him. the president hasn't, although periello has an add up when he was in conntoess and obama visited him and endorsed it. it kind of looks like obama endorsed him for the race, th: -- they know him, he's been lt. governor and they think hulas more ffer used on state issue. elile obeth: a non-career politician and one canvassing the state. rs ls interestinpat jnoue 13th is the primary, all eyes will be on virginia. tha? you, latury, we appreciat rss wh >> you're more than welcome. leland: president trump turning an the heat on iran, where president rouhani is weeks into
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his second term and he's facing a tougher united states. walid phares with what the next plays are. and a city iso brieving and coming together to find some peace. a memorial concert in manchester. ^ whhat'and considering whether he iouldo bo back or not. as a community, as part of the process, the healing prfer ess, thins wiit's itheyortant that w that as a community, as a ♪ there's nothing traditional about my small business. i count on my dell small business advisor for tech advice. with one phone call, i get products that suit my needs, and i get back to business. ♪ yet up 90% fall short in getting key nutrients from food alone. let's do more. add one a day 50+ a complete multi-vitamin with 100% daily value of more than 15 key nutrients. one a day 50+.
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streets across venezuela as the death tousll rises now to at let 60. the protests are in opposition to nicolas maduro and have been ongoing more than two monto c, insitring at least hundreds of people. venezuelans have been outr daed by the presiden ls term where they've seen triple digit inflation and widespread short daes.
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pen,le hacee been rioting in th streets almost actually calling for maduro's removal. ^ wh> the new york times now reporting the cia has named a new station chief for iran, and using the person's ally sed rea name on the front page. we have decided not to identify this person in any way. the times claims that appointing someone of this person's level is a clear warning to tehran that i ls not business as usual. here to discuss walid phares, middleees experts, former advisor to president trump. there are two issues, the naming and outing on the front page, we'llo bet to that in a minute. this individual has a storied past with the daency. putting them in this position, is that a clear message to the ayatollah? >> pagsolutely. t'sut let me by sin by saying t you could criticize an iran policy at will, if you donhem daree with the de twadministrar
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the congress in that matter. and when you name operational pen,le in chathe with ry sard t iran, that's kind of a breach to our national security and deupponed legally, but pousliti speaking, you're sending a message to the ayeeetolleee. leland: wulall deal with it in reverse order. new york times addresses that, the ne ote, new york times is naming, name redacted, identity was previously published in news repor ra and name de redach ted daainst iran. i've spent a lot of time in the middle east. people in this position's lives depended on secrecy. this is a bold move by the times. >> i ls a bousld move, we need to ask more opuestions and congres needs to ask more questions
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because this has to do with our national security approach to the country which is on our list of teturor. leland: an iraniano bro an captured an agent and killed >> and with hnubolleee hacee be , thlling servicemen in iraq. we're in a confrontation with the iranian regime. ãlihe problem is once yought ada name, it's not just a name, it's the team that will work with that person, iame,s also the impach t on people inside iran d the region who would want to whice c with theghtnited states now, iame,s going to be a littl bit more difficult. leland: mateee, now, makes you tion, at acone recruited by this person or other members of the ci iran hey, look, if you cm keep your pen,le's names secret, how are you going to keep my name secret. ãlihat will deal with the times moving forward. and iran, how bold they've becommak not onlyinaillingght.s
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servicemen in irore, in syria they've moved some of their forces, militias close to the u.s. trainers in syri iran and those dropping leaflets. they dropped 90,000 leafle ra onto the area that these tron,s had all gathered, that from the pentagon they put out the leadeaets toghts and move, and tran poate the arabic for you, f you come any closer to the base, wulall saiew that as hostile an weapl attaic . is this the iranians trying to test theghtnited statesnd: >> iame,s bts aond this, this i iranian regime applying their strategy of creating a land ayidge between iran and iraq into syria and this piece of the desert we're operating on isis is the area that they want to shanize. they would see that the united states would destroy isis and thts a want to take over the la. leland: when does this wore of
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words and brinksmanship turn into a real war between theghti. forces on ground in syria, special forces there and these iranian militiasnd: >> we need to be clear about it. the battle of raqqa is going to t'se eng daed soon. we and our allies are could manying from the north. the area we're tal, thng about from the jordanian border all the way to the north. if we are fast eno boost. it's about moving forward, not back.
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raqqa. >> . elizabeth: tomorrow, ariana grande will return to the stage
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in manchester, england, in memory and support of the 22 rickets and the dozens injured in the terrorist attack at her concert. justin bieber, katy perry and miley cyrus and other popular performers will be joining her for the concert. ♪ but perhaps some of the cutest performers of the night will not be the a-listers flying in, but a manchester school choir will be performing at the soldout event with the 12-year-old soloist leading the u.k. quire-- choir, singing alongside the pop star. i think it's great that everyone is gathering together in a soldout concert saying they're not afraid. leland: the brits have a history of saying we're not afraid, to other bombings, it's sad as unusual.
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beach. leland: and not only reallying them in and playing with them. what if the shark decides i'm not that happen with them. elizabeth: back to the future's delorean may not be that far off. no one is look the at one in traffic. and after a decade of dreaming japanese engineers are working to make flying cars reality. the company is backed by toyota, working to complete a test model by 2020 with hopes to light the olympic torch using a flying car at the opening ceremony in tokyo. their vision it to make a flying car commercially available to the public by 2050. i would have appreciated it this morning because you don't think there's traffic on saturday morning, but when you have an hour commute, occasionally you get traffic. leland: didn't the jetsons have that already though? >> they did, but i'm not sure if that was quite reality. leland: it was back when i was watching. elizabeth: all right, coming up in the next hour of america's
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news headquarters, former fbi director james comey prepares for his first public appearance since being fired. what to expect from the white house regarding testimony. and country music car larry gatlin joins us to discuss how the heartland is responding to the trump administration.
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leland: america's news headquarters, hour two marching on from washington. glad we're spending saturday together. i'm leland vittert. elizabeth: and i'm elizabeth plan. here's what's -- elizabeth prann. former fbi director director comey set to be testified thursday. we're live at the white house. leland: plus, the battle over the budget with two months to go before the august recess. will congress make any headway, or will members be gridlocked as ever? susan ferrechio here to talk about it. elizabeth:9 and a new round of deadly bombings in afghanistan, even a funeral wasn't safe from terror. we're going to have the latest. ♪ ♪ elizabeth: and former fbi director james comey will make his first public appearance this week since being fired by president trump. comey will testify before the
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senate intelligence committee, a widely-anticipated event, about alleged collusion between the trump campaign and russia. this as the white house sets up a special unit to handle investigations. kristin fisher is live at the white house. kristin, i'm curious, what are you hearing? will the president really try to stop the former fbi director from testifying? >> reporter: "the new york times" is reporting that two senior administration officials said on friday president trump will not invoke executive privilege. but yesterday at the briefing, sean spicer said that he didn't know what the president was going to do. so here's the pros and cons. if president trump does not invoke executive privilege, then he runs the risk of his former fbi director saying potentially some very damaging things about him. republican senator lindsey graham explained it like this -- >> director comey was fired by the president, and anytime someone's fired, you've got to realize that they're probably upset about it. here's what i worry about, that he'll just focus on his conversation with the president
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and not answer any other questions because of the investigation. that would be a hit job on president trump, and i hope that hearing doesn't become a hit job on president trump. >> reporter: but if president trump does invoke executive privilege and does try to muzzle comey, well, that just looks bad. it looks like he's trying to hide something as democratic senator edward markey alluded to last night. >> the president attempts to invoke executive privilege, that would just continue to raise the question of obstruction of justice which the very firing of jim comey has raised in the minds of the american people. >> reporter: and don't forget, executive privilege first became well known when it was used by former president nixon. now, it has since been used by several presidents including former president bill clinton and barack obama, but that name, executive privilege, is synonymous with watergate, and that's a comparison that president trump probably wants
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to steer clear of. elizabeth: right. when the president was traveling overseas, we heard a lot of talk about setting up a war room. what's the latest on that effort, obviously, to fight all the leaks and negative reports stemming from the russian investigation. >> reporter: this has been in the works ever since president trump first returned from his first foreign trip, if not while he was on that first foreign trip. you know, at first we were hearing that this communications war room might be set up in the executive office building right next door to the white house, but now we're hearing it will likely be set up outside the white house, likely as a 501c4 nonprofit. now, the two names that we have been hearing over and over talked about as the two people that would potentially lead this effort are two former campaign operators, david bossie and corey lewandowski, kind of aggressive outsiders who don't always play well with others. that's part of the reason that they'd likely be operating outside the west wing, but
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that's also the reason that they'd likely be brought in to begin with, that these are people who don't mind aggressively going after the president's adversaries against all of these negative reports and, of course, all of those leakers. liz? elizabeth: all right. of kristin fisher with great reporting at the white house. kristin, thank you so much. leland: a little bit more on this with jenna johnson of "the washington post." jenna, always good to see you, thanks so much. we'll start where kristin did on this issue of executive privilege. what is the calculus that the white house is going throu is it an optics issue? is it a legal issue? >> well, it's a little bit of both. optics wise chances are they would love for comey to not testify at all -- leland: good luck with that. [laughter] >> there are a lot of things that could be very embarrassing about the president that could come out in this testimony. and so optics wise they would love for this -- leland: i heard one comment that was quoted this morning, someone
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saying pro tip that if you want to invoke executive privilege, don't fire the person. it makes it a lot easier. >> exactly. comey doesn't work for the government anymore -- leland: and even if they invoke executive privilege, conceivably he could come out and hold a press conference or give an interview, i'm available. i'm sure you are as well. >> exactly. and there are people around him who can share information, and we've already seen that happen. we've seen people close to comb come out and tell reporters what happened between the president and comey. allegations that the president asked for his loyalty, asked him to stop looking into flynn and all this russian investigation. leland: it is different, though, when you hear it from the man himself after he has raised his right hand and sworn to tell the truth. how worried is the white house about what happens this week? >> well, i think in a lot of ways they're waiting to see what happens. they're waiting to see what comey does when he gets on the
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stand, and they're also kind of going after his credibility a little bit, pointing out that the last time that he testified he bungled some details. that was one of the reasons that they pushed to fire him in the first place. and so i think there's kind of also a lot of waiting and seeing. when it comes to these russia allegations, a lot of this was happening before many people who are in the white house right now were in the inner circle. and a lot of times the first time that they're hearing about these things is when it's coming out in the news, when it's coming out in testimony. leland: yeah. we saw kellyanne conway using some of the same talking points you just discussed. we'll quickly get to what happened on thursday with leaving the paris accords. sound bites. >> as of today, the united states will cease all implementation of the non-binding paris accord. >> if washington's not going to do it, we will.
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>> the only voices that are saying pull out are a handful of coal companies, and right now the head of the u.s. environmental protection agency, which is an incredible irony. leland: so sean spicer, a couple of days ago -- i think on friday, yesterday -- said he didn't know if this was a close call for the president, how his mind worked, how when he was really weighing things was it this and this or was it this. do you know? >> it must have been a close call, because on the campaign trail this was something that the president said again and again, that he would pull out of paris. this is something that he didn't agree with. and then he took the time to listen, and there were a lot of people on his own staff, within his own family -- leland: right. >> -- who were arguing for him to not do this, that it wasn't going to do the things that he was saying that it was going to do. but again, the white house not really revealing any details about what happened behind the scenes, not even saying if the president believes in climate change or not. leland: yeah, we saw that
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exchange yesterday. how much of this was that they wanted a win? you've got a distracting week coming up as it relates to comey, you've got a tough week as it relates on capitol hill in terms of health care and budget and taxes. how much of this was they just wanted a win, and steve bannon, his crowd, said, hey, this is something we can get a couple of days out of? >> i think that's exactly what it was. and the fact they did this in the rose garden, a place usually reserved for the biggest announcements, the biggest celebrations. they wanted something that the base could rally around. and we're seeing that today. there's a pro-trump rally going on, a pittsburgh not paris rally today in support of the president on this. leland: you know, we've seen that, definitely, the base come out in support. we've also seen a lot of folks who are going to be helped by this come out and support it as well. jenna, appreciate your insights. thanks so much. >> of course. thank you for having me. leland: liz? elizabeth: well, a battle over
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the budget is brewing on capitol hill. >> a budget that looks like it was written by people who believe working families and seniors who are walking on an economic tight rope have life too easy. >> i believe more realistic than a number of budget proposals that we've seen in the past, particularly some that came from the previous administration. elizabeth: well, president trump's proposed budget will likely be a hot topic when congress gets back to work this week. washington examiner chief congressional correspondent susan ferrechio is here to discuss what's next. thank you for joining us. >> great to be here. elizabeth: the vacation is over, congress is getting back to work, and i'm curious, when you look at administrations past, have you ever seen an incident where a president's blueprint has been a blueprint for congressional leaders when they go to draft their own budget? >> well, they -- the party hates to denounce its own president's budget, so you hear them
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carefully wording their view of the trump budget on the republican side, and you hear democrats denouncing it. it's all to be expected. as you say, you know, historically congress never takes up the president's budget. president obama's budget in 2016, for example, was defeated in the senate by a vote of 99-1. and it was taken up a few other times, too, and failed with margins in a very similar way. so presidents' budgets are never popular. they're looked at as, you know, as one republican described to me, as press releases. but there are things in them that republicans definitely like. for example, trump's budget balances in ten years. this is a longstanding goal of the republican party, to balance the federal government. it curbs domestic spending, another thing, another goal of the republicans, and it institutes pro-growth tax cuts. so you heard republicans talk about, look, these are great goals. the problem is when you put a budget forward that actually does cut the budget which
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democrats talk about a lot, it's harder to actually get done because that involves scaling back programs that are popular in many states such as low income heating assistance, the national institutes of health, meals on wheels. we heard a lot of talk about that when the budget -- elizabeth: pbs, big bird -- >> exactly. it gets really hard when they get in chief and it's time to actually -- in committee and it's time to actually make these cuts. that's why the president's budget will probably not really be incorporated much in what congress finally does when it puts out their spending measures later this year. elizabeth: that sort of brings me to my next question, because if we remember in the beginning of may, omb director mick mulvaney came out, he was talking to a lot of folks in the press pool saying, listen, we need those 60 votes in the senate, we need this to be a bipartisan bill, but what part of this skinny budget is going to pass? >> well, when you look at parts of the budget that incorporate the tax cuts, congress is separately working on tax cuts that would be part of their 2018
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budget proposal. so that's realistic. there will probably be some kind of attempt to pass tax cuts in the budget. there's that. republicans have also talked a lot about reforming welfare and other social services. you heard paul ryan, the house speaker, make this part of his budget, he talks about it all the time. president trump has incorporated work requirements for food stamps. i wouldn't rule out seeing that in a budget. what you probably won't see though, elizabeth, is these big cuts to, you know, some of the safety net stuff like the low income heating assistance. that's not going to fly. also, president trump's budget makes really big cuts to medicaid, $600 billion which now on the republican side they want to make entitlement reform too, but they're more interested in social security and medicare. and that's a whole other issue. so they're on opposite sides on that. trump has said he would never touch those things, and he doesn't in this budget, yet they share the goal of wanting to
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trim entitlements. it's how they do it. elizabeth: you know, we talk about the process and the regular order. obviously, the fiscal year ends at the end of september. it has to go to committees, it has to pass resolution before it goes to appropriators. at the same time, if you look at the headlines over the weekend, all we're talking about is the fact that people in congress are looking forward to testimony of former fbi director james comey. no one's talking about the budget. and september, it's not really that favre away. >> yeah, it's true. and they'll tell you, look, this is distracting lawmakers on capitol hill, but it's not stopping us from what we're doing on getting a budget together, spending bills. for example, the house appropriations subcommittees are meeting, working on individual spending bills that will need to be out the door before the fiscal year ends, as you say, on september 30th. they're working on health care reform in working groups that are closed to the public, but they're happening every day of the week over in the senate. tax reform is happening in both chambers. a lot of this stuff's not out in the public, but they're doing it. so they're not sitting around
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doing nothing but talking about comey and russia and this and that. a lot of it's the media asking them about it in thing hallways, and that is distracting. elizabeth: we can talk about tax reform and health care, those things can feasibly be pushed, but the budget has to be passed or else then we talk about a shutdown. >> well, the budget is a spending blueprint. what they really need to pass without a shutdown is spending bills. those are 12 separate appropriations measures that are now churning through congress. they're way behind on this. it's likely we'll end up with another big so-called omnibus spending bill. the problem of not passing a budget is you're not setting a spending level, and it's harder to do. however, it's not impossible. it happens with greater frequency because of the partisan divide in congress and the difficulty in getting together on these spending issues. it's all very complicated, but ultimately what it will involve is them getting these spending bills together which are separate from the budget by the end of the year. elizabeth: okay. susan, thank you so much. >> great to be here.
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elizabeth: we appreciate it. have a great day. leland: at least six people are dead, 87 have been wounded after suicide bombers attacked a funeral in afghanistan. that ceremony was being attended by a group that included senior afghan government officials. john huddy with the very latest on what this all means from our mideast bureau. hi, john. >> reporter: well, leland, today's -- this latest attack today sends another pretty clear message that no one and no place is safe in kabul in afghanistan including, tragically, horrifically, a funeral. after a began officials say three blast -- afghan officials say three blasts went off, the son was one of four people killed during protests friday in kabul. several high-ranking afghan officials who were also in attendance when the explosions erupted were unharmed. afghan police say that one was an ied and two were carried out by suicide bombers posing as mourners among the crowd of
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about 1,000 people. this latest attack really shows the chaos and the violence gripping afghanistan, again, after wednesday's truck bombing in kabul's diplomatic corridor killing 90 people and wounding more than 450 others. yesterday, friday, more than 1,000 protesters called for the resignation of the afghan president after what they say is the crumbling security situation in afghanistan and in kabul. the clash with police who fired upon the crowds, and today another smaller protest was held at the site of wednesday's bombing. but, again, this continues. people concerned and people calling for the resignation of the president and upset about the security situation. and, leland, while no group has claimed responsibility for these attacks, government officials say that it was the work of the taliban jeopardizing peace talks that were scheduled to start in kabul on tuesday and creating a very vicious and bloody start to
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the muslim holy month of ramadan. leland? leland: you have to think there's going to be more violence coming. john huddy in our mideast bureau, thank you. liz, what's coming up? elizabeth: after the break, president trump's major moves to jump-start america's energy jobs. we're going to tell you the industries that the white house says will benefit by the u.s. getting out of the paris climate accord. plus, we're going to be sitting down with country music superstar larry gatlin on whether he thinks president trump is keeping the promises he made during the election. ♪ elizabeth elizabeth and protesters as well as supporters of president trump are out in force today on the streets of washington and beyond. you're looking at live pictures from chicago right now. our own garrett tenney is in the middle of it right here in washington. hi, garrett. >> reporter: liz, as you say, there are more than 100 of these marches scheduled across the country today, but earlier with some of the supporters trying to gather outside the white house, that led to some heated exchanges. we'll show you after the break. ♪ ♪ (vo) gentlemen,
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♪ ♪ leland: dueling rallies here in washington today, one supporting president trump's decision to withdraw from the paris pact and another calling for a thorough investigation into the collusion or alleged collusion between the
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trump administration and russia. the march for truth is expected to be held in more than 100 cities around the world. fox correspondent garrett or tenny live from the -- garrett tenney live live from the rallyn washington. the truth for what? >> reporter: leland, that's initially what the goal of this was, to expose truth, they believe, of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. right now you can see a few hundred of those protesters behind me are gathering for an aerial picture spelling out "investigate trump." and that's really what this was all about when it was initially organized, was to call for an independent commission to investigate that. it was before the appointment of special counsel robert mueller. even now they are calling for more investigations and more information to expose what they believe is collusion between the trump campaign and russia, and that's why across the country hundreds of these marches are taking place today. >> that the russians were involved in our democracy, and
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they still are through this connection that they have in the white house. it's pathetic. and we really need to do something about that. >> reporter: now, for a lot of folks here and around the country, this is also about protesting president trump's policies as a whole including climate change. but earlier outside the white house some of the president's supporters held a rally of their own to say i thank you for leaving -- to say thank you for leaving the paris climate deal, and that -- some of the protesters didn't like that when they came by. >> pittsburgh, not paris. job, jobs, jobs. pittsburgh, not paris. jobs, jobs, jobs. >> reporter: you can see some of that confrontation that took place there when the protesters came upon the trump supporters. later today hundreds of rallies are scheduled to take place including several targeting trump properties, we're told.
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and we're going to be keeping an eye on all of this. leland? leland: garrett tenney out on the mall here in washington. thank you. liz? elizabeth: all right. after the break, the political fallout continues over president trump's decision to pull out of the paris pact. we're going to have a fair and balanced debate on on whether or not this was a good decision. and some help for families of law enforcement who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. what the president is now doing. >> we are here today to reaffirm our unbreakable support for the american heroes. they keep our streets, our home ands our citizens safe. ♪ ♪ managing blood sugar is not a marathon.
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you are thinking the president misjudged the ramifications of his decision this week. >> yeah, i really do on a policy matter. let's start with the politics. the politics of this is very much about a base play. the president and steve bannon have made the determination that fulfilling a campaign promise is going to appeal to a very small sector of the american electorate, but a vocal sector in favor of the president. i think that's what this is about. the policy ramifications on a global scale and our ability to continue to work with our allies around the world has certainly been put in jeopardy. but if we're looking at the politics, you can sort of understand why the president did what he did even though i think long term it's a very, very poor strategic decision. elizabeth: okay. i want to bring sean in because you're going to have experts who say this was fundamentally a bad deal to begin with. >> well, it was a very bad deal, and i think the majority of americans understand that. i mean, although the polling may show that they agreed with staying with the paris accord, i think as they learn more about this and that they understand what the ramifications were,
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they're absolutely going to be supportive of being out. and it's more than a small base that's supportive of the president right now. this is across the country. this goes back to when he was campaigning, you know, hillary skipped michigan. instead she sent ted danson in to talk about climate change. he was talking about real economic issues. it tells you the inside the bubble disconnect with the american people is real, and they don't quite understand why it is that the president would do this. but it's because they don't understand middle america and the importance of the economic problems that they face. elizabeth: okay -- >> that this did nothing for. elizabeth: i'm curious, because we see players such as elon musk resigning from the white house economic council, and i assume you think that's a good thing, but, blake, what do you think? >> i think it's a very, very bad thing. some of america's most influential corporations have come out and opposed the president's decision. what the president is communicating is right now we're
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going to do nothing on climate change, and doing nothing puts not only americans at risk as all of these companies have -- elizabeth: i don't think in the rose garden he said we were going to do nothing. i don't think that's -- agree or disagree, i don't think it's fair to say -- >> well -- >> not only that -- >> when you pull out of the paris accord, your position is right now we're going to do nothing. there's no -- >> no, that's fundamentally not true. [inaudible conversations] elizabeth: okay. >> we have not heard a plan b from this president yet. >> the paris accord was not even a plan a, because it was just a bunch of elites that thought they could come up with something to sound like they're doing something about climate change. the studies out of mit show even if we implemented all of this in all of the countries, met their goals, it wouldn't change -- it would only change the temperature globally by .2% -- elizabeth: but those countries didn't even have to meet those goals in the near future. if i'm not mistaken, it was like 2030 before the countries who were the biggest emitters had to
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meet those -- >> this was a bad deal for the united states, exactly. elizabeth: blake, you said he's not willing to do anything, but he said, listen, i'm willing to renegotiate, i'm willing to talk to democrats, i'm willing to do whatever we need to do. >> renegotiate with whom? countries have already come out and said there's nothing to renegotiate. states are stepping up, cities are stepping up, companies are stepping up, colleges and universities are stepping up. they're committed to combating climate change. this president won't even tell us whether he believes in climate change. and i think that's a real, significantish i shoe as well. -- significant issue as well. elizabeth: sean, the president obviously said, you know, he would argue -- as he did argue -- that jobs are lost under this particular accord. going forward when you see the reaction, do you feel like small businesses are saying, yeah, we were restricted by this. >> oh, absolutely. i think there's no question that electricity rates are going to go down. small businesses will benefit.
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all of the economy will benefit. this was slated for us to lose more than six million jobs by 2035, and i think that what the president recognized was this is unsustainable for the united states. it's a bad deal for us, it does nothing to help the environment. and that's the real important key. honest brokers in this debate have to understand x they do understand, this really was just the elite internationalists thinking that they could come up with something that made them look good. and it didn't. it doesn't do anything real for the environment. so we need to get serious about what it is that we're going to do to make the economy work and protect the environment at the same time. elizabeth: all right, blake -- >> it's not an if or or. elizabeth: blake, i know you have arguments that this didn't, in fact, hurt economically. >> no, this didn't hurt economically. we're continuing to transition to a green economy in the united states, and what this did was define america's position and leadership in the world on green issues. there's no evidence that this was going to hurt the economy
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save for a heritage foundation report. the president misunderstood the mit or report. but we have economists all over the world saying we have to do something about climate change because the economic ramifications are significant. that is what the paris agreement did. but what's funny here if you want to talk about jobs, the president emphasized coal jobs. we have 67,000 coal jobs in america. we lost 70,000 retail jobs last year alone. so i think we have to put all of this in perspective when we're talking about jobs affected. certainly, the coal industry is the most affected by our effort to eradicate -- to rid ourselves of a coal-driven economy and co2 emissions, but at the same time we're seeing innovations in so many other areas. it's why general electric and coca-cola and dow chemical are in favor of this plan. elizabeth: all right. we're going to have to leave it there. blake, sean, thank you so much for joining us. appreciate it. >> great to be here. >> thanks for having me.
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elizabeth: keep it right here on the fox channel for the latest on the fallout from the president's announcement. former campaign manager corey lewandowski joins howard kurtz on "media buzz" to talk about the coverage. that's tomorrow at 1 is a.m. eastern -- 11 a.m. eastern. and don't miss "fox news sunday," chris wallace has an exclusive interview with epa administrator scott pruitt about what happens next. he will also talk to former vice president al gore who called president trump's actions reckless, as you probably know. check your local listings for time and channel. and tomorrow on this show spokesman for vice president mike pence will join us with more on the administration's take, that's at 1 p.m. eastern, of course. don't miss it. leland: we'll see you then. meantime, the president wants law enforcement agencies to hire veterans, can and he is putting our money where his mouth is. under the american law enforcement heroes act signed yesterday, priority for federal grants will be given to federal and state law enforcement
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agencies that hire and train veterans. >> every single day america's law enforcement officers, firefighters, first responders and their families make tremendous sacrifices for their communities and for their nation. when a home is threatened, when danger visits our doorstep, when innocent lives are on the line, americans turn to their courageous offices of law enforcement because we know they are here to serve and to protect us all. leland: a second measure signed by the president aims to speed up justice department processing of benefit claims for families of public safety officers killed in the line of duty, long a complaint of many families. elizabeth: right. well, our continuing coverage of the world reacting to president trump's decision to withdraw from the paris climate accord, what exactly is the impact? we're going to take a look at president trump's energy policy straight ahead.
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and a special dispatch from nashville. country music legend larry gatlin, an early supporter of president trump, is going to be here in studio. we're going to get him to grade president trump's first few months in august and maybe pick up a little tune for us. ♪ ♪ for millions of people who suffer from lower back pain
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we're having a big opening in two weeks. pennsylvania, ohio, west virginia, so many places. a big opening of a brand new mine. it's unheard of. if many, -- for many, many years that hasn't hatched. i'm going to try to go. leland: nick guliano joins us now. nick, big picture here, is the president right that his energy policies -- controversial or not -- have started to jump-start this industry? >> i think it's a little too soon to say. i mean, we've seen, you know, the mine that's opening he mentioned, but we've also seen still coal plants are continuing to shut down. you know, coal especially has a lot of pressures on it. it's not just epa regulations -- leland: so is "the washington post" wrong? >> i mean, i can't speak to this one particular story in "the washington post", but overall trend is it's still not necessarily boom times for the coal industry. cheap natural gas is their biggest problem --
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leland: well, let's zoom out to all of energy that you've covered. north dakota, wyoming -- >> the industry is certainly happy. i mean, we saw interior secretary ryan zinc key in alaska just the day of the announcement, the day before the announcement, this week sometime -- it's been a bit of a whirlwind, but he was up in alaska. he said, you know, he's going to look for ways to expand drilling up there, more production in anwar, that's been something we haven't talked about in a while. we'll see whether any of that takes root. leland: back to the coal industry in a moment, but to where you are with ryan zinke and anwar, ordinarily the environmentists would be going nuts, and we haven't heard a peep because they're so focused on the paris withdrawal, which is largely symbolic. >> yeah, that's right. the paris decision has really sort of overshadowed everything else in the conversation. you know, i think as we were saying during the break, paris itself is mostly symbolic. it's a way for him to say, look,
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i'm not going along with the rest of the world on this, i'm going to focus on america. but the things he's actually been doing, he's been doing since day one, and that's revisiting calf a fay standards for cars and -- cafe standards, trying to look for new ways to open up offshore drilling. lee he it seems like the industry is taking note. i had on yesterday the ceo of the new coal mine that is opening. granted, the decision to open the coal mine was made back in august, but he said it's turned out better than he thought. he said, basically, the epa's boot is off our neck, and then he said this -- >> we're thrilled with making the decision that we did. we were one of the first person to decide to open up a new mine to serve the steel industry back in august. and along the way we've got several milestones that had to be checked off. all of those have been checked off. we're thrilling that president trump may be attending the grand opening, but more importantly, we're thrilled for our employees and the community. we'll be adding 70 direct jobs to our company.
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leland: 70 direct jobs, they estimate somewhere around 500 indirect jobs in somerset, pennsylvania, that needs it. how much further does the energy sector, specifically coal, have to go before they're back? >> i mean, it's actually sort of an interesting thing that jumped out to me is he said, you know, they're mining coal to serve the steel industry. they're not necessarily putting this into power plants. that's getting at what i'm saying. coal has gone in the power sector from about half of electricity comes from coal to less than a third today. and that's because of fracking that has made natural gas incredibly cheap. leland: still not green though in terms of what paris or something else -- >> i mean, natural gas is about half the co2 footprint, so it's much greener in that respect. over the long term if you want to talk about getting emissions down, you would have to do carbon capture which you could add to coal plants, gas plants or, obviously, renewables, nuclear, solar, wind, etc. leland: we'll look forward to
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your report anything politico, see where the jobs come out of this. liz? elizabeth: still ahead, president trump drew big crowds when he promised to drain the swamp and make big changes in washington. are those voters still on the trump train? country music star larry gatlin joins us with how the heartland is responding to the trump administration. ♪ ♪ (vo) at miracle-ear,
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♪ ♪ elizabeth: well, as you know, president trump is facing low approval numbers just month into his presidency according to a recent quinnipiac poll, but the president is still holding his core constituents. they say he's keeping many of his campaign promises, and many are optimistic about the next four, possibly eight years. one of president trump's most well-known sporters is here -- supporters is here with us today, country music legend larry gatlin. thank you so much for joining us, sir. >> legend? elizabeth: legend. >> thank you. elizabeth: this needs to be more accurate. [laughter] before president trump was elected, i remember you had said very articulate saying, listen, i'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but i'm going to tell you who i'm voting for, and now
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that we've seen the first few months of the president in office, how do you feel about the president so far? >> i think he's done a great job. if he had done nothing except say i was not elected to be the president of paris, i'm elected to be the president of pittsburgh, i would give him an a+ rating. some of the tweets, yeah, i'm an old policy wonk, you know? and i wish that that were a little bit, you know, tempered a little bit. but that is not the way he got elected. that is his way of doing it. i know this, frank sinatra didn't become the chairman of the board by doing it other people -- ♪ he did it his way. >> so president trump did not become the president of the united states and the leader of the free world by doing it the way everybody told him. so rock on, sir. go for it. like you say, i'm an old policy wonk. i think he has got some wonderful people around him in his cabinet. i'm grateful for the fact that he has put america first. he's going to hold them by the
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nose and kick 'em in the rear overseas. so america first, i don't think there's anything wrong with that. i'm an american. he's my president, and the fact he's looking after me, my wife, my kids, my grandkids, i'm for him. elizabeth: are you hearing that a lot with some of your fans and some of the folks who come to see you when you perform, that they aren't necessarily -- they voted for donald trump, they're not focusing on every tweet, they're more looking at the bigger picture and things he said he was going to get done, and he's doing it? >> yes, they are. of course, we have the same demographic, you know, in the heartland of america, flyover country, as they call it. i have people come up to me at every show backstage when they're, you know, at the merchandise table, we're signing autographs. they said, boy, tell your friend to go for it. these are the people that he touched, that he moved, that he said -- i go through parts of rural america, and i honestly ask myself, i said, i believe he really does care about these people. he doesn't care about the money. he was famous.
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i mean, come on. i really believe he cares about those folks and wants to do the right thing. i know that he's talked to dr. art laffer, he knows that the laffer curve works every time whether the democrats think it's going to or not. you lower the tax rates, the tax revenues go up. i'm going to hire some people when my taxes go down next year. so overwhelmingly, our crowds are for him. elizabeth: you've been open about your faith, and i want to ask you is there something that you want to see more out of the administration when it comes to that? >> well, you know, his -- i don't think it's a flirtation, that cheapens it. i don't mean to put it that way. his -- the way he couched his spiritual experience was different than mine. but i was, you know, kind of truck down to the altar when i was -- drug down to the altar when i was 6 and baptized, confess your sins and all of that. his experience is different.
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but the fact that he talks about praying for folks, the fact that he says we hope and pray god will do this and he puts it in there, his experience is different than mine. does it have to be the same for me to root for him? no. i believe in everything that he has done. and he may not be like another friend, george w. bush, president bush, who said he got on his knees every morning in there. that may not be president trump's way. but so far look what he's done. the proof's in the pudding. the, for the little sisters of the poor, the things that have come up in the supreme court, the issues that have come up that relate to faith-based and all of that, he's been on the right side. he believes in protecting life. so his christianity is not exactly the same, you know, trappings as mine, but i believe it's real with him. elizabeth: we only have about 30 seconds. i know he's an old friend of yours, and you're going to see him during your visit here. what do you hope to tell him? >> go ahead --
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elizabeth: get err done? >> i'd like to say watch the tweets, but i can't -- [laughter] elizabeth: you could, i guess. it never hurts. >> it's his way. i'm rooting for him. you know, you have -- some of us -- friendship means you take people warts and all, and i've got warts too. i pray for him on a daily basis. i believe that he was the very best choice, that he loves america, and i'm glad that he's the president of pittsburgh and not paris, although i love paris. elizabeth: pretty fancy for me. mr. gatlin, thank you so much for joining us. >> mr. gatlin. [laughter] god love you. had great time. elizabeth: have fun during your stay here in d.c. leland? leland: six months after the japanese attack on pearl harbor, the war in the pacific changed. ♪ ♪ leland: and now members of the greatest generation on the 75th anniversary of the battle of midway. ♪ ♪
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we will see you tomorrow . ♪ ♪ ♪ >> fbi director james comey in the spotlight preparing to testify next week before the senate intelligence committee, but could the president invoke executive privilege and slam the door shut on his testimony about his conversations with the president. hello and welcome to a brand new hour inside america's news headquarters i'm kelly wright. >> at least one report says it's not a likely move. kelly: kristin with more. kristin.

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