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>>>I FELT THIS WAS A MESSAGE BEST DELIVERED IN PERSON. SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TALKING ABOUT IT AND PRESIDENT PUTIN MAY VERY WELL WANT TO ADDRESS.>>RIGHT, THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN AT THEIR HISTORIC BILATERAL SUMMIT. THAT WRAPPED UP ABOUT 45 MINUTES AGO. LATER ON, WE WILL SHOW THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU RIGHT HERE ON NEWS NOW. THIS WAS A MEETING THAT HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IT LEADING UP TO IT, ESPECIALLY THE DEMOCRATS, WHO WERE URGING FOR THE PRESIDENT SAYING YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS MEETING.>>THERE REALLY WAS NO INDICATION HE WAS GOING TO GO ALONG AT ALL WITH WHAT THE DEMOCRATS WANTED HIM TO DO IN THAT REGARD. THE QUESTION WAS, HOW FIRM WILL HE BE ON PUSHING BACK AGAINST RUSSIA AND THEIR INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION. IT IS NOT GETTING A LOT OF TALK, BUT ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PERSPECTIVES OF ALL, I THINK, CAME OFF OF CHRIS WALLACE’S SHOW YESTERDAY. HE HAD AMBASSADOR JOHN HUNTSMAN, WHO I DON’T KNOW WHY HE GETS THE TOUGHEST ASSIGNMENTS OF THE WORLD, HE WAS THE AMBASSADOR WITH CHINA AND WE’RE LOCKED IN A TRADE WAR WITH THEM. NOW, HE IS THE AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA. THE TENSION LEVEL CLEARLY IS DROPPING. PRESIDENT TRUMP, ONE OF THE BIG QUOTES THAT CAME OUT OF THE MEETING TODAY, RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRY, WHICH HE POINTED OUT, THE WORLD’S BIG SUPERPOWERS HAS NEVER BEEN WORSE BUT CHANGED ABOUT FOUR HOURS AGO. THAT IS GOING TO BE HIS ARGUMENT THAT HE CAN REBUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP.>>SURE.>>THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE BACK IN WASHINGTON, INCLUDING, I DON’T WANT TO PUT WORDS IN THEIR MOUTH, ANY MINUTE NOW, WE’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM MARCO RUBIO, REPUBLICAN, AND SENATOR MARK WARREN, DEMOCRAT, TO HEAR WHAT THEY WANTED TO SAY. SOME FEEL THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT STRONG ENOUGH IN HIS PUSHBACK AGAINST PUTIN. HE WENT INTO THE MEETING TO DETERMINE THE THAW ALMOST THE FE IN THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. AMBASSADOR HUNTSMAN SAID WE’LL HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD PRETTY QUICKLY BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ELECTION IN A FEW MONTHS. IF RUSSIA CONTINUES TO INTERFERE, THERE WILL BE NO RELATIONSHIP YET. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE THE RESPONSES COMING FROM CAPITOL HILL IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.>>SENATOR MARK WARREN, IS HE GOING TO GIVE THE OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE? IF YOU WATCH THE STATE OF THE UNION, THEY HAVE THE OPPOSING TWO MINUTES OR THREE MINUTES REBUTTAL.>>MAYBE IT SHOULD BE RESPONSE TO MARCO RUBIO STANDING NEXT TO HIM. RUBIO HAS BEEN STRONG TALKING ABOUT THE NEFARIOUS ACTIONS OF THE RUSSIA GOVERNMENT AND KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON VLADIMIR PUTIN. RUBIO HAS BEEN STRONG IN THAT REGARD. I WOULD THINK WE’RE GOING TO GET STRON PUSHBACK FROM BOTH THE REPUBLICAN AND THE DEMOCRAT. AS I HAD MENTIONED, YOU’RE ALREADY STARTING TO HEAR FROM A NUMBER OF KIND OF LEADING PEOPLE, INCLUDING LINDSEY GRAHAM. HILLARY CLINTON TWEETED, YOU CAN IMAGINE, RIGHT? WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW THE RANK AND FILE FEELS THIS WENT. I DO BELIEVE THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE SERIES OF THE MEETINGS HE HAD OVER THE WEEK TO RESET THE RELATIONSHIP GOING FORWARD. LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS DONE, EARLY ON HE WENT TO CHINA AND MET WITH XIXIPING. HERE, YOU HAVE THE MEETING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN. IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS TRYING TO REACH OUT AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR BIGGEST, IF YOU WANT TO CALL THEM ENEMIES, I THINK HE CALLS THEM FOES, COMPETITORS, THIS WILL BE HIS ATTEMPT TO RESET THE RELATIONSHIPS. WE’LL SEE HOW WASHINGTON RESPONDS, AS THE HOURS UNFOLD. I KNOW THERE IS NERVOUSNESS, FRANKLY IN EUROPE, BECAUSE VLADIMIR PUTIN WENT INTO CRIMEA. THE WHOLE REASON WE DON’T HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA BACK TO THE OBAMA DAYS BECAUSE OF THE INVASION OF CRIMEA. THAT IS WHY IT WENT FROM THE G8 TO THE G7. IT WAS AN EFFORT TO LOCK RUSSIA OUT OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE WORLD’S COMMUNITY. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS HIM BACK IN. THERE COULD BE THINGS THAT GET ACCOMPLISHED WANT TO THE TWO NATIONS THAT COULD IMPROVE THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM THAT MIGHT, YOU KNOW, LEAD TO A THAWING OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. WHAT ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE CONTINUING INVESTIGATION? HE DIDN’T THROE HIS INVESTIGATORS UNDER THE BUS, BUT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT ALL I CAN DO IS ASK THE QUESTIONS AND PUTIN RESPONDS. HE WAS STRONG IN HIS DENIAL. A LOT OF CREEDENCE HAS TO BE BUT INTO OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK TO INVESTIGATE HOW DEEPLY INVOLVED THE RUSSIANS WERE.>>AS WE GET CLOSER TO ANOTHER ELECTION IN NOVEMBER AND 2020, THEY WILL WANT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. AT THE END OF THE NEWS CONFERENCE, WHEN TRUMP WAS ASKED ABOUT MEDDLING IN THE ELECTION, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID WHAT ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON’S E-MAILS?>>HE DID GO BACK TO THAT. THAT A.P. REPORTER MAN, I WILL GIVE HIM CREDIT BECAUSE PEOPLE SPECULATED IF HE HAD DIRT ON DONALD TRUMP. HE SAY NO, I DUD NOT KNOW HIM WHEN HE CAME TO RUSSIA. THE QUESTION GOT ASKED. WE’LL SEE. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THERE WILL BE KIND OF A CONTINUING SERIES OF MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES BUT ALL OF THAT IS GOING ON WITH THE BACKDROP OF THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, MEDDLING INVESTIGATION NOWHERE CLOSE TO BEING DONE.>>WE ARE WAITING FOR, SHOULD BE COMING UP ANY MOMENT WITH SENATOR MARCO RUBIO AND SENATOR MARK WARREN DOING A RESPONSE TO WHAT WE JUST SAW. AS SOON AS WE GET THAT, WE WILL BRING IT TO YOU ON NEWS NOW. WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SHOT WE HAVE FOR YOU OF OUR TOWER CAM SHOWING DOWNTOWN PHOENIX IN THE DISTANCE IN THIS, SOMEWHAT CLOUDY DAY. EARLIER THIS MORNING, RON, YOU GOT A GEM OF A PHOTO HERE. I DON’T KNOW WHY IT IS NOT MOVING.>>LET ME UPDATE YOU.>>IT IS NOT RESPONDING THERE.>>LET ME TRY ONE MORE TIME. IT IS ALMOST LIKE THE SHOT IS FROZEN. WELL, THIS IS WHAT WE WERE HOPING, FOLKS, IF YOU SEE THE PICTURE ON THE LEFT RIGHT THERE, THAT IS THE ONE WE WANTED TO BRING UP FULL FOR YOU. IT IS BEING GOOFY.>>SO YOU HAVE SUNRISE ON SATURDAY AND FOOTBALL TIME WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTER.>>THAT IS BREATHTAKING.>>I’M GOING TO GO TO THE BOSS AND PITCH THIS AS THE NEW BROCHURE PHOTO. WELCOME TO THE FOX 10 STUDIOS.>>WHAT TIME IS THIS?>>THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AT 5:45 THIS MORNING. SORRY WE CAN’T BRING IT FULL SCREEN BUT IT IS ON MY INSTAGRAM PAGE.>>WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH TY BRENNAN AS HE HEADS TO FLAGSTAFF. THEY GOT HIT WITH SOME WEATHER.>>YOU HATE TO SEE THE PICTURES OF THE FLOODING, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, CORY, ACTUALLY LOCATED A WEATHER REPORTING STATION, A RAIN GAGE OUTSIDE OF WILLIAMS WHERE THEY GOT OVER 5 INCHES OF RAIN. I WONDER IF THAT IS ON TOP OF BILL WILLIAMS MOUNTAIN. THERE IS A LOOKOUT IN THAT AREA. REGISTERING OVER 5 INCHES OF RAIN, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE FLAGSTAFF AREA AT 4 INCHES. PEOPLE HAVE LITERALLY BEEN PRAYING FOR THE DROUGHT TO COME TO AN END AND SO FAR, THIS HAS BEEN A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE MONSOON.>>IT REALLY HAS, ESPECIALLY LAST WEEK IN THE VALLEY. WE ARE GETTING FOUR IN A ROW DAYS WHERE IT WAS 4:00 OR 5:00 SPARKING UP.>>EVEN OVER THE WEEKEND WHERE THINGS SETTLED DOWN IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. WE HAD OTHER PARTS IN THE NORTHERN VALLEY WHERE THEY GOT HAMMERED AS WELL. WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU START TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON TO THE SKIES, RIGHT, BECAUSE YOU’RE WATCHING THE NEXT SYSTEM. FOX 10 WEATHER APP IS AMAZING. YOU CAN TRACK THE STORMS AS THEY BUILD, AS THE AFTERNOON GOES ON AND AS THEY START TO WORK THEIR WAY INTO THE VALLEY. YOU CAN KNOW ALMOST IMMEDIATELY WHEN IT IS RIGHT ON YOUR DOORSTEP.>>THAT IS THE WAY TO CHECK IT OUT. ALWAYS WITHIN THE APP, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. LATER TODAY, RON, WE’RE EXPECTING THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL TO BE TALKING ON THE EVE OF THE ALL-STAR GAME THAT WILL BE PLAYED ON FOX 10. THAT IS ALWAYS A GREAT SUMMERTIME CLASSIC.>>IT IS. THIS YEAR IN WASHINGTON, D.C.>>IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL.>>HOME RUN CONTEST TONIGHT. THE ALL-STAR GAME ITSELF AND, YOU KNOW, ONCE AGAIN HERE IS FOX, WHERE WE HAVE BECOME A BIG SPORTS NETWORK. I THINK THEY DID A GREAT JOB COVERING THE WORLD CUP, AS WELL.>>FINALLY WRAPPED UP.>>OVER THE WEEKEND, YEAH, WE’LL HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT.>>SURE, THE STATE OF BASEBALL IS WHAT IT IS BEING CALLED, KIND OF THIS DIALOGUE. YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THERE ARE TWO BIG THINGS GOING ON IN BASEBALL. ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN DISMAL IN SOME OF THE PARKS.>>TRUE.>>SOMETIMES THE GAMES ARE SO LONG, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT YANKEES AND BOSTON. IT IS LIKE FIVE AND A HALF HOUR GAMES. THAT IS TWO TITANIC MOVIES.>>THAT PUTS IT IN PERSPECTIVE. THAT IS A CROSS-COUNTRY PLANE RIDE AND YOU HAVE TO SIT ON THE TARMAC FOR A WHILE. YEAH, WELL, IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE THE DIAMONDBACKS ARE HAVING A PRETTY GOOD SEASON THIS YEAR. PLUS, THEY HAVE DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB WITH THE EARLY PROMOTIONS WHERE YOU GET THE WHOLE FAMILY IN FOR A FEW DOLLARS.>>I KNOW. I KNOW.>>THEY ARE NOT HAVING THE PROBLEM WITH ATTENDANCE BUT OTHER BALLPARKS ARE. WE’LL WAIT AND SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE TO DO TO SPEED UP THE PACE OF THE GAME. WE’LL SEE.>>HAVING THE WORST ATTENDANCE RECORD, TAMPA BAY, SOMETIMES THEY’RE AVERAGING 7,800-8,800 A GAME. WHEN YOU LOOK INSIDE THE STADIUM, IT IS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.>>BASEBALL SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED UNDER A CONCRETE ROOF.>>IT DOES NOT LOOK GOOD.>>IN SEATTLE, THEY HAVE THE THING THEY BUILT AND IT WAS A CONCRETE ROOF. IT IS LIKE WALKING INTO A BIG EMPTY WAREHOUSE OR SOMETHING. THAT’S NOT A GREAT PLACE.>>YOU SHOULD NOT SIT DOWN FEELING BAD TO START A GAME. IF THE FANS DON’T LIKE IT, THE PLAYERS PROBABLY DON’T LIKE IT.>>>WE WILL HAVE A LOT ON NEWS NOW. WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED FOR YOU.>>>ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY, WELCOME BACK BACK TO NEWS NO YOU. TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE FLOODING IN FLAGSTAFF. TAKING A GOOD SHOT OF THIS. WE’RE LIVE WITH TY BRENNAN WHO IS HEADED UP TO FLAGSTAFF.>>Reporter: HAPPY MONDAY. WE MIGHT LOSE CELL SERVICE BECAUSE ANYBODY WHO TRAVELS THE I-17 KNOWS, IT SKETCHY WHEN IT COMES TO CELL SERVICE. WE’RE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AS WE HEAD NORTH ON THE 17. THE VIDEOS WERE IMPRESSIVE YESTERDAY. ACCORD FOG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THEY GOT AN INCH OF RAIN IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. WE WERE HEARING STORIES OF FOLKS GETTING STALLED OUT IN SOME OF THE INTERSECTIONS THAT GOT FLOODED. MINOR FLOODING TO BUSINESSES AND HOMES. A LOT OF THIS WAS CENTERED JUST SOUTH OF THE DOWNTOWN FLAGSTAFF AREA. SO THE ONE VIEW THEIR SENT THOSE IN, SHE IS A GREAT FRIEND OF FOX 10, CHRISTINA CANTU. I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO HER THIS MORNING. SHE SAYS IT IS CLEAR BUT THEY ARE GETTING READY FOR THE POTENTIAL OF SEEING A COUPLE OF RAIN SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON. SHE SAYS IN THE YEARS SHE HAS LIVED IN THE FLAGSTAFF AREA, SHE NEVER SEEN IT COME DOWN THAT HARD TO CAUSE THAT MUCH FLOODING UP THERE. THERE IS A COUPLE OF PHOTOS I HAVE BEEN SEEING AS WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE WAVES COMING DOWN FROM THE ROADS TURNED INTO RIVERS IN A MATTER OF SACKEDS, SACKEDS, — SECONDS. WE ARE HEADING NORTH UP TO FLAGSTAFF, HOPING TO TALK TO RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THIS. AS I MENTIONED, MINOR FLOODING ISSUES WITH SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS. SO WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT COMING UP TONIGHT ON FOX 10.>>TY, THE VIDEOS ARE SO IMPRESSIVE HERE. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS IT IS HAPPENING ON A SUNDAY AND NOT WHEN OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FLAGSTAFF AREA WERE GOING TO WORK, SAY IT HAPPENED TODAY.>>Reporter: YEAH, EXACTLY. THE SILVER LINING IN ALL OF THIS.>>RIGHT, RIGHT. ALL RIGHT, TY, BE SAFE AS YOU GET UP THERE AND WE APPRECIATE THE UPDATE AND WE’LL BE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPORT LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON.>>Reporter: YOU BET. WE’LL SEE YOU IN A BIT, MIKE.>>SO THANKS AGAIN TO TY BRENNAN FORGIVING US A LIVE UPDATE AS HE IS GOING TO BE GETTING CLOSER TO INTO THE FLAGSTAFF AREA. YOU ARE TAKING A LOOK HERE AT SOME OF THE OTHER VIDEOS SENT IN HERE. THIS IS FROM ANGELINA MARTINEZ. SHOWING US WHAT IS HAPPENING YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AS FLAGSTAFF REALLY GETTING SLAMMED AND GETTING THE BRUNT OF THE MONSOON STORMS. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE. THE WINDS WERE PICKING UP IN FLAGSTAFF AS WELL. A LOT OF ACTIVITY GOING UP THERE, UP NORTH. THIS IS JUST LIKE HOW WE WERE GETTING SLAMMED EARLY LAST WEEK. THEY GOT IT ON SUNDAY THERE. THANKS TO TY BRENNAN ONCE AGAIN FORGIVING US THAT LIVE UPDATE HERE. ALL RIGHT, EVERYONE. THIS IS A SHOT RIGHT NOW. WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. AS SOON AS THAT STARTS UP, WE’LL BRING IT TO YOU AND WE’RE WAITING ON CAPITOL HILL SHOT RIGHT HERE AS WE ARE EXPECTING, AT ANY MOMENT, SENATOR MARCO RUBIO AND SENATOR MARK WARREN TALKING ABOUT THE RUSSIA INTERFERENCE ALLEGATIONS ON THE 2016 ELECTION. WHILE WE DO WAIT FOR THAT, LET’S SHOW YOU SOME OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE RUSSIA PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AS THEY WRAPPED UP THEIR SUMMIT IN FINLAND.>>ANALYZE THE CURRENT STATUS. IT TOOK EVERYONE FOR THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP IS GOING THROUGH A COMPLICATED STAGE AND THE IMPEDEMENTS, THE CURRENT TENSION, THE TENSE ATMOSPHERE ESSENTIALLY HAVE NO SOLID REASON BEHIND IT. THE COLD WAR IS A THING OF THE PAST. THE ERA OF AN ACUTE IDEOLOGICAL BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES IS A THING OF THE PAST. TODAY, RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES FACE A WHOLE NEW SET OF CHALLENGES, THOSE INCLUDE A DANGEROUS ADJUSTMENT FOR MAINTAINING SECURITY AND STABILITY, REGIONAL CRISIS, THE CREEPING THREATS OF TERRORISM AND INTERNATIONAL CRIME. PROBLEMS IN THE ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS AND OTHER CHALLENGES. WE CAN ONLY COPE WITH THESE CHALLENGES IF WE JOIN THE RANKS AND WORK TOGETHER. HOPEFULLY, WE WILL REACH THE UNDERSTANDING WITH OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS. TODAY’S NEGOTIATIONS REFLECTED OUR JOINT WISH WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REDRESS THIS NEGATIVE SITUATION. OUTLINING STEPS TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP TO RESTORE THE ACCEPT ABILITY LEVEL OF TRUST AND GOING BACK TO THE PREVIOUS LEVEL OF INTERACTION ON MUTUAL INTEREST ISSUES. AS MAJOR NUCLEAR POWERS, WE BEAR SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAINTAINING INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. IT IS VITAL AND WE MENTIONED THIS DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE FINE TUNE GLOBAL STATE AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WE SUBMITTED OUR AMERICAN COLLEAGUES AND A NUMBER OF SUGGESTIONS. WE BELIEVE IT IS NECESSARY TO WORK TOGETHER TO INTERACT ON THE MILITARY AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION, THIS INCLUDES THE EXTENSION OF THE RESTAURANTIC OFFENSIVE ARMS TREATY. IS THE A DEFENSE SYSTEM. IT IS AN IMPLEMENTATION WITH THE I.M.F. TREATY AN AGENDA OF NONPLACEMENT OF WEAPONS IN SPACE. WE FAVOR THE CONTINUED COOPERATION AND MAINTAIN CYBER SECURITY. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT SPECIFICALLY THAT OUR SPECIAL SERVICES ARE COOPERATING QUITE SUCCESSFULLY TOGETHER. THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE IS THE OPERATION WITHIN THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WORLD FOOTBALL CUP. IN GENERAL, THE CONTACT AMONG SPECIAL SERVICES SHOULD BE PUT TO A SYSTEM WIDE BASIS AND FRAMEWORK. I REMINDED PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT SUGGESTION TO RE-ESTABLISH THE WORKING GROUP ON ANTI-TERRORISM. WE MENTIONED THE PATH OF THE ORIGINAL CRISIS IS NOT ALWAYS OUR POSTURE EXACTLY, BUT OVERWHELMING AND MUTUAL INTEREST, WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR POINTS OF CONTACT AND A VARIETY OF INTERNATIONAL FORUM. WE MENTIONED THE REGIONAL CRISIS IN SYRIA. AS FAR AS SYRIA IS CONCERNED, THE TASKS OF ESTABLISHING PEACE AND RERECONCILIATION AND RUSSIA AND UNITED STATES CAN TAKE ASSUMED LEADERSHIP IN THIS ISSUE AND ORGANIZE THE INTERACTION TO OVERCOME HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS LEVEL, WE HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED COMPONENTS. BOTH RUSSIA AND AMERICAN MILITARY REQUIRE USEFUL EXPERIENCE OF COORDINATION OF THEIR ACTION ESTABLISHED THE OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES OF COMMUNICATION, WHICH PERMITTED TO AVOID DANGEROUS INCIDENTS AND UNTINGSAL COLLISIONS IN THE AIR AND IN THE GROUND. ALSO, CRUSHING TERRORISTS AND SOUTHWEST OF SYRIA, SOUTH OF SYRIA SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE TREATY OF 1974 ABOUT THE SEPARATION OF FORCES OF ISRAEL AND SYRIA. THIS WILL BRING PEACE TO GO AND HIDE AND BRING MORE PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SYRIA AND ISRAEL AND BRING SECURITY TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL. MR. PRESIDENT PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM THAT RUSSIA IS INTERESTED IN THIS DEVELOPMENT AND THIS WILL AT ACCORDINGLY. THUS FAR, WE WILL MAKE A STEP TOWARDS TRADING LASTING PEACE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REPRESENTATIVE RESOLUTION OF 338. WE’RE GLAD THAT THE KOREAN PENINSULA ISSUE IS STARTING TO RESOLVE. TO A GREAT EXTENT, IT WAS POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE ENGAGEMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO OPTED FOR DIALOGUE INSTEAD OF CONFRONTATION. WE MENTIONED OUR CONCERN ABOUT THE WITHDRAW OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE J.C.P.O.A., OUR U.S. COUNTER PARTS ARE AWARE OF OUR POSTURE. IRAN BEGAN THE MOST CONTROLLED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. IT SUMMITED TO THE CONTROL OF IE EA. IT STRENGTHENS THE NONPROLIFERATION REGIME. WE PAID SPECIAL ATTENTIONS BY AGREEMENTS BY CRIMEA. UNITED STATES COULD BE MORE DECISIVE AND NUDGE THE LEADERSHIP AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO WORK AND PAY MORE ACOMPETITION TO ECONOMIC TIES, IT IS CLEAR THAT BOTH COUNTRIES ARE INTERESTED IN. AMERICAN DELEGATION WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST DELEGATIONS IN THE ST. PETERSBURG ECONOMIC FORUM. IT FEATURES OVER 500 REPRESENTATIVES OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES. WE AGREED, ME AND MR. TRUMP, WE AGREED TO CREATE A HIGH LEVEL WORKING GROUP TO BRING AMERICAN AND RUSSIA BUSINESSMAN. THEY KNOW HOW TO SPECULATE THIS SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS COOPERATION AND WE’LL LET THEM THINK AND MAKE THEIR PROPOSALS AND SUGGESTIONS IN THIS REGARD. ONCE AGAIN, PRESIDENT TRUMP MENTIONED THE ISSUE OF THE SO-CALLED INTERFERENCE OF RUSSIA WHEN THE AMERICAN ELECTIONS. I HAD TO REITERATE THINGS I SAID DURING OUR PERSONAL CONVERSATIONS, THE RUSSIA STATE HAS NEVER INTERFERED AND NOT GOING TO INTERFERE IN INTERNAL AMERICAN AFFAIRS, INCLUDING THE ELECTION PROCESS. WE ARE READY TO ANALYZE TOGETHER, FOR INSTANCE, WE CAN ANALYZE THEM THROUGH THE JOINT WORKING GROUP, THE CYBER SECURITY, THE SUBJECT THAT WE DISCUSSED DURING OUR PREVIOUS CONTACT. CLEARLY, PAST TIME, WE RESTORE OUR COOPERATION IN THE CULTURE SKY HARBOR YA, THE HUMANITARIAN AREA. AS FAR AS I THINK YOU KNOW RECENTLY, WE HOSTED THE AMERICAN CONGRESSMAN DELEGATION AND NOW IT IS PORTRAYED AS ALMOST AN HISTORIC EVENT WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUSINESS AS USUAL. IN THIS REGARD, WE MENTIONED THIS PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT. WE HAVE TO THINK OF THE PRACTICALITIES BUT ALSO THE NATIONALITY AND LOGIC OF IT. WE HAVE TO ENGAGE EXPERTS ON BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP AND WHO KNOWS THE HISTORY OF THE BACKGROUND AND THAT INCLUDES POLITICAL SCIENTISTS, PROMINENT DIPLOMATS AND FORMER MILITARIES, EXPERTS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES WHO LOOKS FOR POINTS OF CONTACTS AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO PUT THE RELATIONSHIP ON THE TRAJECTORY OF GROWTH. IN GENERAL, WE ARE GLAD WITH THE OUTCOME OF OUR FIRST FULL-SCALE MEETING. PREVIOUSLY, WE ONLY HAD JUST MET BRIEFLY. WE HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I HOPE WE START TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER BETTER AND I’M GRATEFUL TO DONALD FOR IT. CLEARLY, THE CHALLENGES LEFT WHEN WE WERE NOT ABLE TO CLEAR ALL THE BACKLOG, BUT I THINK WE MADE A FIRST IMPORTANT STEP IN THIS DRIEKS. IN CONCLUSION, I WANT TO POINT OUT THIS ATMOSPHERE OF COOPERATION IS SOMETHING WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR FINNISH PEOPLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.>>THANK YOU. I HAVE JUST CONCLUDED A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN ON A WIDE RANGE ON CRITICAL ISSUES FOR BOTH COUNTRIES. THE DIALOGUE WENT VERY WELL. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THINK THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND FOR GRACIOUSLY HOSTING TODAY’S SUMMIT. PRESIDENT PUTIN AND I WERE SAYING HOW LOVELY IT WAS AND WHAT A GREAT JOB THEY DID. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR DOING SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB IN HOSTING THE WORLD CUP. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST EVER AND YOUR TEAM DID VERY WELL. IT WAS A GREAT JOB. I’M HERE TODAY TO CONTINUE THE PROUD TRADITION OF BOLD AMERICAN DIPLOMACY, FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF REPUBLIC LEADERS KNOW THAT ENGAGEMENT IS BETTER THAN HOSTILITY. COMMUNICATION IS GOOD FOR THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA, BUT GOOD FOR THE WORLD. THE DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES ARE WELL KNOWN AND PRESIDENT PUTIN AND I DISCUSSED THEM AT LENGTH TODAY. IF WE’RE GOING TO SOLVE MANY OF THE PROBLEMS FACING OUR WORLD, THEN WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND WAYS TO COOPERATE IN PURSUIT OF SHARED INTERESTS. TOO OFTEN IN BOTH, RECENT PASTS AND LONG AGO, WE HAVE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES WHEN DIPLOMACY IS LEFT ON THE TABLE. WE HAVE ALSO SEEN THE BENEFITS OF COOPERATION. IN THE LAST CENTURY, OUR NATIONS FOUGHT ALONGSIDE ONE ANOTHER IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. EVEN DURING THE TENSIONS OF THE COLD WAR, WHEN THE WORLD LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN IT DOES TODAY, THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A STRONG DIALOGUE. BUT OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS V IN –HAS NEVER BEEN WORSE THAN ITS NOW. HOWEVER, IT CHANGED AS OF ABOUT FOUR HOURS AGO. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT. NOTHING WOULD BE EASIER POLITICALLY THAN TO REFUSE TO MEET, REFUSE TO ENGAGE, BUT THAT WOULD NOT ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. AS PRESIDENT, I CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS ON FOREIGN POLICY IN A FEUDAL EFFORT TO APPEASE PARTISAN CRITICS OR THE MEDIA OR DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO DO NOTHING BUT RESIST AND OBSTRUCT. CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA AFFORDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN NEW PATHWAYS TOWARDS PEACE AND STABILITY IN OUR WORLD. I WOULD RATHER TAKE A POLITICAL RISK IN PURSUIT OF PEACE THAN TO RISK PEACE IN PURSUIT OF POLITICS. AS PRESIDENT, I WILL ALWAYS PUT WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA AND WHAT IS BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DURING TODAY’S MEETING, I ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A MESSAGE BEST DELIVERED IN PERSON. SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TALKING ABOUT IT. PRESIDENT PUTIN MAY VERY WELL WANT TO ADDRESS IT AND VERY STRONGLY BECAUSE HE FEELS STLONGLY ABOUT IT. IT IS AN INTERESTING IDEA. WE ALSO DISCUSSIONED ONE — DISCUSSED IT. I PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON MY MEETING LAST MONTH WITH CHAIRMAN KIM ON THE DENUCLEARIZATION OF NORTH KOREA. AFTER TODAY, I AM VERY SURE PRESIDENT PUTIN AND RUSSIA WANT VERY MUCH TO END THAT PROBLEM, GOING TO WORK WITH US, I APPRECIATE THAT COMMITMENT. THE PRESIDENT AND I DISCUSSED THE SCOURGE OF RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM. BOTH RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE SUFFERED HORRIFIC TERRORISTS ATTACKS AND WE AGREED TO MAINTAIN OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN OUR SECURITY AGENCIES TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM THE GLOBAL MENACE. LAST YEAR, WE TOLD RUSSIA ABOUT A PLANNED ATTACK IN ST. PETERSBURG AND THEY WERE ABLE TO STOP IT COLD. THEY FOUND THEM, THEY STOPPED THEM. IT WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I APPRECIATED PRESIDENT PUTIN’S PHONE CALL AFTERWARDS TO THANK ME. I ALSO EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACING PRESSURE ON IRAN TO HALTED ITS NUCLEAR AMBITIONS AND TO STOP ITS CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE THROUGHOUT THE AREA, THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. AS WE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH, THE CRISIS IN SYRIA IS A COMPLEX ONE. COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES. I ALSO MADE CLEAR THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT ALLOW IRAN TO BENEFIT FROM OUR SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS. WE HAVE JUST ABOUT ERADICATED ISIS IN THE AREA. WE ALSO AGREED THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCILS WILL NEED TO FOLLOW UP ON ALL OF THE ISSUES WE ADDRESSED TODAY AND CONTINUE TO PROGRESS WE HAVE STARTED HERE IN HELSINKI. TODAY’S MEETING IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A LONGER PROCESS. WE HAVE TAKEN STEP TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE AND ONE WITH A STRONG DIALOGUE AND A LOT OF THOUGHT. OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE GROUNDED IN REALISM BUT OUR HOPES ARE GROUNDED IN AMERICA’S DESIRE FOR FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION, AND PEACE. I THINK I CAN SPEAK ON BEHALF OF RUSSIA WHEN I SAY THAT ALSO. PRESIDENT PUTIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOIN ME.>>>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS WE ARE GOING TO GO LIVE OUT TO CAPITOL HILL RIGHT NOW WHERE SENATORS ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT THE RUSSIA SUMMIT THAT JUST WRAPPED UP IN FINLAND. WE’RE CLOSING IN ON SENATOR CORKER OF TENNESSEE.>>I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD DAY.>>Reporter: SOME CRITICS SAY THE PRESIDENT HAS ENGAGED IN ALMOST TREASON COMMENTS.>>I THINK PEOPLE SAY THINGS OVER THE TOP AND LOSE A DEGREE OF CREDIBILITY. I WILL SAY THIS AGAIN, IT WAS SADDENING AND DISAPPOINTING TO SEE OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ON PARODY WITH THE WORDS THAT WERE COMING OUT OF PRESIDENT PUTIN’S MOUTH. THESE PEOPLE WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT. THESE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR HIM NOT TO DEFEND THEIR ACTIVITIES TO ME WAS A SAD POINT.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED — WHAT WILL DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?>>I HAVE BEEN WITH HIM MANY TIMES WHEN HE BELIEVES THE EUROPEAN UNION WAS CREATED TO, AT OUR EXPENSE. I LOOK AT THEM AS A TRADING BLOCK THAT SHARES VALUES AND COMMON INTERESTS WITH US. I THINK WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO REALLY STRENGTHEN THE TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP. THERE IS NO DOUBT TODAY, IN A WAY, THIS HELPED TO CONTINUE TO UNDERMINE THAT TO A DEGREE. SO I DON’T VIEW THEM THAT WAY. THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, THERE IS NO QUESTION. WITHOUT HAVING THE FISCAL UNION AND HAVING THE DIFFERENCES THE CENTRAL BANK CREATES.>>FOLKS, WE’RE GOING TO SWITCH GEARS. THIS IS THE SUSPECT THERE, NICK NIKLAS CRUZ WHO KILLED SO MANY PEOPLE AT PARK LAND HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS A STATUS HEARING.>>YOU’RE LYING IN SUCH AN ORDER. FOR THE MOST PART, HANDLED BY RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, DO NOT NEED TO BE TURNED OVER. IN THE MOTION, DEFENDANT MADE CLEAR IN SOME STATEMENTS SAYING THERE IS NOTHING TO SAY THAT IS ENOUGH. WE ARE WELL AWARE OF OUR DISCOVERY OBLIGATIONS. WE CONTINUE TO TURN OVER DISCOVERY. IF YOU WERE TO COME UP WITH THE PURPOSE OF HAVING ALL OF THESE NOTES AND OTHER PAPERWORK SAVED, IT WOULD BE MOW NOT NOUSES AND UNIMAGINABLE. IT SEEMS THIS CASE IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CASES IN THE COURTHOUSE. IT IS NOT. THE DEFENDANT IS AFFORDED THE SAME CRIMINAL RIGHTS AS ANY OTHER DEFENDANT IN THIS COURTHOUSE. THERE IS NO NEED FOR PRESERVATION OF NOTES. WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO — THE EFFORT AND TIME IT TAKES.>>>WELCOME BACK TO NEWS NOW. SHOWING CLOUDY SKIES IN THE VALLEY AFTER WE GOT RAIN IN SOME POCKETS THIS MORNING. HI, EVERYONE. MIKE PACHE. BRINGING THE TOP STORIES AND HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA. WE ARE GOING TO HEAD OVER TO FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, WHERE THE SUSPECT OF THE PARKLAND, FLORIDA, HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING, NIKLAS CRUZ HAS A STATUS HEARING. LET’S LISTEN TO THIS HAPPENING IN FLORIDA.>>SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF INFORMATION THAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THEIR REPORT, INCLUDING SCULPTORRY EVIDENCE THAT WAS IN TWO CASES. I’M NOT ASKING FOR THE NOTES. I’M ASKING FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE NOTES SO SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE, I NEED THEM, I CAN COMPEL THE PRODUCTION OF THEM. IN TERMS OF THIS CASE NOT BEING DIFFERENT, IT IS NO DITCH THAN THAN — DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CAPITAL CASE BEING HEARD BEFORE THE 17th DISTRICT. CAPITAL CASES ARE DIFFERENT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE WE’RE GOING TO COMPARE A THIRD-DEGREE POSSESSION OF COCAINE TO THIS CASE. THERE IS 17 VICTIMS AND I WOULD NOT WANT TO MINIMIZE HOW THEY FEEL TO ANY OTHER CASE IN THIS COURTROOM. TO JUDGE, I AGREE THEY ARE NOT COMPELLED TO GIVE US THE NOTES AT THIS POINT, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT I’M ASKING FOR. I’M ASKING FOR PRESERVATION OF THE NOTES. JUDGE, THE STATE DOES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO REVIEW THE NOTES AND I DON’T KNOW IF THEY HAVE HAD AN TON TO DO THAT AND TURN OVER ANYTHING THEY BELIEVE TO BE SCULPTORRY. WE ASK FOR THE PRESERVATIONS OF THE CASE AND THE COURT WAS REMINDED WHERE THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ORDER THE PRESERVATION.>>YOU’RE NOT ASKING — YOU’RE NOT LIMITING IT TO A REQUEST TO PRESERVE NOTES OF THE LEAD DETECTIVE. YOU’RE ASKING FOR EVERYTHING THAT THEY ARE INCLUDING AND THERE ARE PAGES AND PAGES OF OFFICERS, WHEN I REVIEWED THIS IN DISCOVERY. THE DISCOVERY SUBMISSION WAS PAGES AND PAGES IN CATEGORY C. YOU’RE ASKING FOR EVERY SINGLE WITNESS?>>I’M ASKING FOR EVERY SINGLE WITNESS AND HERE IS AN EXAMPLE. I REVIEWED POLICE OFFICERS WHOSE STATEMENTS ARE TWO PARAGRAPHS. I REVIEW THE BODY CAMERA AND IT WAS THREE HOURS AND THEY WERE WRITING PAGES AND PAGES. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL BE REAL LA VENTS. I DON’T SEE WHERE THE PREJUDICE IS TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO SAVE OR MAINTAIN ALL OF THESE RECORDS. THE B.F.O. HAS ONE DOWNSTAIRS AND FORT LAUDERDALE AND I DON’T THINK THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS DEMONSTRATED PREJUDICE BY MAINTAINING THE CASE NOTES.>>IF I MAY RESPOND, YOUR HONOR. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE DEPOSITIONS AND THE LIBERAL DISCOVERY RULE, YET NONE HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN THIS CASE. THAT IS WHERE THEY CAN FIND OUT THIS INFORMATION. WHEN WE ARGUE THE NEXT FUNCTION, I WAS GOING TO GO DEEPLY INTO BRADY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SCULPTURELE OR THEORY EVIDENCE THAT SOMEWHERE THERE MAY BE SOMETHING RELATABLE AND MATERIAL TO THE DEFENSE. THE STATE IS WELL AWARE OF THIS BRADY’S OBLIGATION. THERE THE NO NEED TO PRESERVE THESE EXTRA NOTES THAT IS WHAT DEPOSITIONS ARE FOR. THEY CAN GO FORWARD TO FIND OUT SOMETHING THEY FELT THAT IS A A VIOLATION OF BRADY. I WAS GOING TO GET INTO THAT AS WE ARGUE THE NEXT MOTION. IN ADDITION, WHEN I REFERRED THIS CASE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CASE, I WAS REFERRING ALL DEFENDANTS HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS. SHE IS ALLUDING THAT THE STATE IS ASKING FOR A PENALTY PHASE. CERTAINLY, THERE ARE NUANCES IN DEATH PENALTY CASES, ESPECIALLY THE PENALTY PHASE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE FIRST PHASE, THIS CASE IS THE SAME AS OTHER CASES IN THE COURTHOUSE.>>LET’S MOVE ON TO THE SECOND MOTION. THE DEFENDANT’S MOTION.>>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS FOR YOU ONCE WE GET MORE INFORMATION COMING OUT OF THIS HEARING. HERE IS THE SUSPECT RIGHT THERE, NOT PAYING ATTENTION AT ALL JUST PUTTING HIS HEAD DOWN TO THAT TABLE. HE IS THE S. ACCUSED OF KILLING 17 PEOPLE AT THAT HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA ON VALENTINE’S DAY. MORE NEWS NOW, COMING UP NEXT.>>>WELCOME BACK. WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE MARKETS RIGHT NOW. SORT OF A FLAT DAY SO FAR IN TRADING. ONLY UP 13 POINTS. RIGHT NOW. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. WELCOME BACK TO NEWS NOW. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO D.C. WHERE SENATOR MARK WARRER IN ISS SPEAKING ON RUSSIA INTERFERENCE. OOPS, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE WRAPPING THAT UP. THEY SAID MARCO RUBIO IS COMING TO THAT AS WELL. WE WILL BRING IT TO YOU IF THE SENATOR GOES THERE AS WELL.>>THIS IS IN REGARDS THAT HE CAME TO AN ORGANIZATION.>>ALL RIGHT, WE’LL HAVE THAT IN A LITTLE BIT FOR YOU. WE DO WANT TO SWITCH GEARS AND TAKE A BEAUTIFUL SHOT RIGHT NOW OF DOWNTOWN PHOENIX THERE IN THE DISTANCE, WHILE I GET YOUR NEXT VIDEO READY HERE. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE GOING TO AND NEXT, IS OUT OF D.C. AS WELL, WHERE THERE WAS A LAWSUIT ANNOUNCED AGAINST ONE OF THE KUSHNER’S COMPANIES WHERE SOME REAL ESTATE BUSINESSES ARE IN A LAWSUIT NOW. LET’S LISTEN IN TO THIS.>>FOR THE LEVEL OF DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO THIS CONVERSATION. I RECALL WHEN WE MET, HE BROUGHT IN JUST REAL CONCERN OF WHAT IS HAPPENING ACROSS THIS ENTIRE CITY. BROOKLYN HAS BECOME GROUND ZERO FOR THE DISPLACEMENT THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE. I SHOULD NOT TAKE A NONPROFIT TO IDENTIFY AND STOP THE ILLEGAL PROFIT THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE AND FORCEFULLY REMOVING TENANTS FROM THEIR HOME. LET’S BE CLEAR, THIS BATTLE IS HAPPENING IN REAL TIME, SO WE MUST HAVE A REAL-TIME APPROACH TO IT. WE FOUGHT IN THIS CITY BY HAVING REAL-TIME MECHANISMS. WE NEED TO USE THE SAME METHODS THAT WE STOP GRAND LARCENY, WE NEED TO USE THAT METHOD TO STOP THE LARCENY OF A PERSON’S HOME. IT IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY AND MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. WE WANT TO THANK JACK LESTER, THE LEGAL COUNSEL HERE ON THIS IMPORTANT AGENDA. KUSHNER MAY BE THE POPULAR NAME THAT ATTRACTED EVERYONE TO THIS ISSUE IN THE LIMELIGHT, BUT THERE ARE MORE NAMES THAT ARE NOT BEING MENTIONED AND USED EVERY DAY TO GO THROUGH THE CITY AND DISPLACE TENANTS BY ILLEGAL MEANS. WE ARE HOPING BY USING THIS NAME IN KUSHNER’S COMPANIES AS A METHOD TO WAKE US UP AND FINALLY REALIZE THAT GOVERNMENT HAS DROPPED THE BALL. THE PRICE OF DROPPING THE BALL IS CAUSING COUNTLESS NUMBER OF TENANNALS TO — TENANTS TO LOSE THEIR HOME AND LIVE IN UNSAFE ENVIRONMENTS AS WE HAVE THE CONVERSATION. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE. RESIDENTS IN CROWN HEIGHTS HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS, SOUTH JAMAICAN QUEEN, AND OTHER AREAS WHERE YOU SEE DEVELOPMENTS TAKE PLACE. THEY ARE LIVING UNDER EVICTIONS AND UNMITIGATED CONSTRUCTIONS AND HEATING, FLAILING TO MAINTAIN APARTMENTS IN A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BRING THIS TO A LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION OF THROWING UP THEIR HANDS AND LEAVING. THE OLD METHODOLOGY AND THE WAY WE MONITOR THE SYSTEM IS OUTDATED BECAUSE THE PROFIT MARGIN IS SO LARGE. WHEN YOU CAN DISPLACE A TENANT WHO IS PAYING $1,000 IN REASON AND GET A NEW TENANT WHO WILL PAY $3,000, THE PROFIT MARGIN IS TO HIGH, UNSCRUPULOUS LAND LORDS, SO WHAT IF THEY GET A SMALL FINE OF DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL. WE MUST COMBAT THIS IN A REAL TIME PROCESSING. JUST AS WE HAVE THOSE COMMIT ROBBERY, WALK A PERP WALK, LANDLORDS NEED TO WALK A PERP WALK. WE HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS FOR ARSON. WE HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. WE HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS FOR ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD. IF YOU HAVE AN INTENTIONAL ACTION THAT ALLOWS DANGEROUS MATERIAL TO BE IN A BUILDING WHERE A CHILD IS, THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR THAT, NOT GIVEN A SMALL CRIME. WE ARE JOINING A NONPROFIT WATCHDOG GROUP CALLING OUT KUSHNER COMPANIES FOR THEIR EGREGIOUS VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW AND HARASSING TENANTS. THIS IS A LAWSUIT OF CLEAR ACTIONS TO CIRCUMVENT THE RIGHTS OF EVERYDAY TENANTS TO EXIST IN THEIR HOMES. THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WE RECEIVE CALLS ABOUT ILLEGALLY BEING DISPLACED AND FORCEFULLY BEING DISPLACED AND HARASSED BY UNSCULPTURE LOUSE LANDLORDS. WE MUST INSTITUTE A COM STAT MODEL TO MONITOR IN REAL TIME AND IDENTIFY THOSE LANDLORDS WHO ARE USING MECHANISMS TO DISPLACE TENANTS. IF WE DO DO THAT, BY THE TIME WE CATCH UP TO THE BEHAVIOR OF THE LANDLORDS THEY HAVE DESTROYED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS NUMBER OF NEW YORKERS. WE DID WITH CRIME. WE DID IT IN REAL TIME. WE HAVE TO DO IT TO SAVE THE MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY THAT WE HAVE AND THAT IS OUR HOMES. TODAY’S LAWSUIT AGAINST KUSHNER COMPANIES READ LIKE A PLAYBOOK OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY BAD-ACTING LANDLORDS, WHICH IS THE SAME PLAY. THEY ARE BORROWING THE SAME PLAYBOOK BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THERE IS A MAJOR GAP IN OUR SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS THESE SAME PLAYS TO BE CALLED ROUTINELY, AND YOU GET THE SAME SUCCESS. THEY ARE WINNING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARDS, THE SCOREBOARD CLEARLY SAYS, THEY HAVE THE SCORES THEY NEED TO COMPLETE THEIR TASK AND IT IS DISPLACEMENT. LOOK AT THE LIST. DEMOLISHING APARTMENTS WITHOUT FOLLOWING NEW YORK CITY CITY STANDARDS LIKE MITIGATING AGAINST TOXIC CLOUD AND SMOKE AND DUST. EXCESSIVE ILLEGAL NOISE, FOSTERING IN UNSAFE CONDITION, USING UNREGULATED CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYEE, UNDER TAKING THE ASSIGNMENT, ALLOWING TOXIC CARIGENS IN THE AIR, WE IGNORE THE LEAD CRISIS THAT IS TAKING PLACE BECAUSE OF THESE ACTIONS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE COME TOGETHER AND USE THE COURT SYSTEM, USE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND USE PREEXISTING AGENCIES TO COMBAT THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE OF SAVING OUR HOUSES. THIS LAWSUIT IS A MICROCOSM OF THE EPIDEMIC THAT IS SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. SEEKING JUSTICE FOR THE RESIDENTS IN KUSHNER BUILDINGS. WE SPEAK TODAY FOR THE VOICELESS, THE COUNTLESS NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTIMIDATED AND AFRAID TO KNOW ANY DAY THEY CAN LOSE THEIR HOME TO BAD-ACTING LANDLORDS. SAFE, AFFORDABLE, CLEAN HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT, NOT A NEW YORK OR BROOKLYN RIGHT, IT IS A HUMAN RIGHT. WE MUST LEGISLATIVELY AND THOROUGHLY SPEAK FOR THE TENANTS WHO ARE WAITING FOR OUR VOICE. THIS HAS REACHED A CRISIS LEVEL. OUR HOMELESS POPULATION LEVEL IS DIRECTED TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DISPLACED, THE AMOUNT OF STRESS AND ANXIETY THAT FAMILIES ARE GOING THROUGH, OUR SENIOR POPULATION UNSURE AFTER 30 OR 40 YEARS IN A COMMUNITY BEING DISPLACED. IT SHOULD NOT TAKE A NONPROFIT TO DO WHAT THE CITY SHOULD BE DOING. I CANNOT THANK THE ATTORNEY AND THIS NONPROFIT AND THEIR TEAM.>>ALL RIGHT, WE WERE LISTENING A LITTLE BIT FROM THAT ATTORNEY THERE. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SON-IN-LAW, JARED KUSHNER, ONE OF HIS COMPANIES HIT WITH A $10 MILLION LAWSUIT OVER A CONTROVERSY WHERE HE IS ACCUSED OF PUSHING OUT NEW YORK TENANTS THERE FROM HIS APARTMENTS AND CONDOS. WE WILL HAVE MORE ON THAT ON NEWS NOW. WE’LL BE BACK.>>>ALL RIGHT. AND WELCOME BACK HERE TO “NEWS NOW.” WE HAVE ONE MORE HOUR FOR YOU RIGHT HERE ON “FOX 10 XTRA,” AS WE LOOK AT OUR TEN-DAY FOX CAST RIGHT NOW. WE CAN PRETTY MUCH EXPECT THE SAME WEATHER THIS WHOLE WORK, ABOUT 102 FOR MOST OF THE WEEK THERE, CLOUDY SKIES, AND THEN WE REALLY START TO HEAT UP THERE SUNDAY, SHOWING A 111 PROJECTED HIGH RIGHT THERE. HI, EVERYBODY, MIKE PACHE. WELCOME TO “NEWS NOW” AND THE FINAL HOUR HERE OF “FOX 10 XTRA.” WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND OF COURSE RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA WHEN THERE IS NEWS BREAKING, REMEMBER, WE HAVE IT FOR YOU RIGHT HERE ON “NEWS NOW.” WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU OUT TO VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. HE’S GOING TO BE SPEAKING SHORTLY. BUT RIGHT NOW THE COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS IS UP AT THE PODIUM. LET’S LISTEN INTO A LITTLE BIT OF THIS HAPPENING LIVE NOW ON “NEWS NOW.” [APPLAUSE] ♪ ♪>>WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SECRETARY, AND IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY WITH SO MANY DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO HELP AMERICA GROW. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. [APPLAUSE] AND BEFORE I GET STARTED, LET ME BRING GREETINGS FROM A GREAT CHAMPION OF AMERICAN JOBS AND WORKERS AND AMERICAN COMMERCE. I BRING GREETINGS FROM THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. >>AND JUST FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAYING TO THE COURT THAT SHOULD IT COME INTO THEIR PURVIEW, THE ISSUE –>>OKAY. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE MAKING A QUICK SWITCH HERE ON THE FOX SATELLITE, SO THEY BROUGHT US THIS HEARING IN FLORIDA WITH NIKOLAS CRUZ. WE ARE WAITING TO GET BACK TO MIKE PENCE SPEAKING TO U.S. COMMERCE EMPLOYEES RIGHT NOW. AS SOON AS WE GET THAT BACK, WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU HERE ON “NEWS NOW,” BUT MEANWHILE, WE ARE GOING TO GO TO EL PASO WHERE THERE IS A FAMILY REUNION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW WITH THESE CHILD SEPARATIONS THAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT. >>WITH THE DNA AND THE HOME VISIT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS, THE LONG LAUNDRY LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FROM O.R. WE ARE BRINGING YOUR KID BACK TO YOU. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER, CALLING THE FAMILY, CHECKING IN, CALLING SOCIAL WORKERS IF NEED BE, DOING A LOT OF ADVOCACY FOR TENDER AGE KIDS, A LOT OF PHONE CALLS AND THE SAME THING WITH THESE TWO FAMILIES. SO THE REASON WHY WE WANTED TO SEE THEM BACK TODAY IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE KNOW FOR A FACT FROM ALL OF THE OTHER FAMILIES THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING TO THAT O.R. HAS WAIVED THESE REQUIREMENTS OF THE HOME VISITS, ET CETERA, WE HAVE BEEN CALLING THE SOCIAL WORKERS PROBABLY ABOUT FIVE TIMES PER DAY FOR THREE WEEKS. IT HAS BEEN FIVE TIMES A DAY SINCE LAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, TRYING TO GET THROUGH, LEAVING MESSAGES, CALLING ON THE WEEKENDS, ET CETERA, AND WHILE I DO RECOGNIZE THAT THE SOCIAL WORKERS ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR JOBS WELL AND THEIR HANDS ARE TIED IN A LOT OF WAYS, THEY ARE SAYING THEY ARE STILL WAITING ON FINGERPRINTS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS. AFTER THIS MORNING, AFTER MANY, MANY, CALLS, AFTER WE TOLD SOCIAL WORKERS THAT WE WERE GOING LIVE TO THE PRESS AT 11:00, THEY TOLD US AT APPROXIMATELY 10:30 FOR BOTH FAMILIES THEY THINK THEY ARE CLOSE TO GETTING EVERYTHING DONE, WE SHOULD BE GETTING THE CHILDREN BACK SOON. WHAT’S MOST EGREGIOUS ABOUT THESE CASES, THE PARENTS HAVE BEEN WITH US SINCE JUNE 24TH, FOR THREE WEEKS HERE, AND HER SON AND DAUGHTER LIVE APPROXIMATELY TEN BLOCKS AWAY, AND HIS DAUGHTER LIVES APPROXIMATELY 15 BLOCKS AWAY, SO TO ME IT’S ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE AND EGREGIOUS THAT WE HAVE FAMILIES WHO ARE CALLING US AND SAYING THAT THE FATHER IS IN L.A. AND THEY ARE FLYING THE CHILD FROM MICHIGAN, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TO REUNITE, PAYING ALL OF THAT MONEY, WHILE WE HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE TEN BLOCKS AWAY, WHO KEEP SPEAKING OUT TO THE PRESS, WHO HAVE DONE EVERYTHING REQUESTED OF US, PLUS DOZENS AND DOZENS OF CALLS FROM ATTORNEYS, US REPRESENTING THEM, WORKING AS A LEGAL TEAM, AND WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE CHILDREN FREE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE AND THERE ARE NO CRIMINAL RECORD ISSUES. WE DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT MAKE REUNIFICATION HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY, MAKE IT HAPPEN TODAY. WE ARE SICK OF WAITING. TOMORROW IS NOT SOON ENOUGH. THE NEXT DAY IS NOT SOON ENOUGH. THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN TODAY. >>ALL RIGHT. WE WERE LISTENING TO A LITTLE BIT OF THAT NEWS CONFERENCE THERE IN EL PASO. WE’LL TAKE YOU BACK OUT NOW TO DC, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SPEAKING. >>BUT I CAME HERE TODAY, FIRST AND FOREMOST, TO EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE OF YOUR PRESIDENT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE WORK THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU DO TO STRENGTHEN AMERICAN PROSPERITY HERE AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. THIS YEAR, THIS DEPARTMENT CELEBRATED ITS 115th ANNIVERSARY. AS HISTORY RECORDS, IN 1903 PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT RECOGNIZED THE NEED TO CREATE A NEW AGENCY, CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING AND UNLOCKING THE UNLIMITED POTENTIAL OF THE NEW AMERICAN ERA, AND THIS DEPARTMENT EXISTS BECAUSE OF HIS FARSIGHTED AND QUINTESSENTIALLY AMERICAN LEADERSHIP. AND JUST AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT HAD A VISION OF A BOUNDLESS AMERICAN FUTURE IN HIS TIME, SO TOO PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN BUSY SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF OUR ADMINISTRATION, CHARTING A NEW COURSE FOR AMERICAN PROSPERITY IN OUR TIME, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE HAS BEEN PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN THIS EXCITING AND PROSPERING NEW ERA. SO BEFORE I GO FURTHER, LET ME SAY THAT WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE WORK THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU DO, BUT WE ARE ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP HERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. THIS DEPARTMENT IS TODAY LED BY A LEADER OF EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT, WHO WAS WILLING TO COME INTO FEDERAL SERVICE TO BRING GREATER PROSPERITY TO EVERY AMERICAN. WILL YOU ALL JOIN ME IN THANKING THE 39th UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, WILBUR ROSS. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU ALL. JUST AS OUR NATION’S ECONOMY HAS GROWN AND CHANGED OVER THE PAST 115 YEARS, THIS DEPARTMENT HAS EVOLVED TO ADDRESS THE EVER CHANGING NEEDS OF FREE ENTERPRISE IN THIS COUNTRY. IN THESE HALLS, THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION IS HARD AT WORK PROMOTING FREE, FAIR, AND RECIPROCAL TRADE, OPENING NEW DOORS TO AMERICAN INVESTMENT AND PROMOTING AMERICAN PRODUCTS ON THE WORLD STAGE. THE BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY IS DEFENDING AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY AND TAKING STRONG ACTION TO PREVENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, RUSSIA AND IRAN FROM STEALING SENSITIVE TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ACROSS THE RIVER IN ALEXANDRIA, THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE WORKS TO PROTECT INVENTIONS AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND JUST ONE MONTH AGO PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS PROUD TO SIGN AMERICAN PATENT NUMBER 10 MILLION, A TESTAMENT TO THE BOUNDLESS INGENUITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. [APPLAUSE] AND AS A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION HONORS OUR NATION’S FISHERIES, WATERS, AND WINDS WITH HURRICANE SEASON ALREADY UNDER WAY. LET ME SAY THAT THE WORK DONE BY THE DEDICATED TEAM AT N.O.A.A. HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WORK AT N.O.A.A. FOR THE WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY. [APPLAUSE] AND THERE’S THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, ONE OF AMERICA’S OLDEST PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORIES AND COUNTLESS COMPONENTS OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY DEPEND ON ITS RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS, AND OF COURSE THE UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU IS GEARING UP FOR THE 2020 CENSUS, WHICH WILL BE THE MOST ACCURATE CENSUS YET, AND TOGETHER WITH THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, IT WILL BE PROVIDING FINDINGS, FACTS, AND FIGURES THAT POLICY MAKERS WILL RELY AT EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT. OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS, YOU HAVE PROVIDED DATA THAT PROVE UNDER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS THAT SOURCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SHOWS THAT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS ROLLING ONCE AGAIN, AND WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED. BUT LET ME ALSO SAY THAT TODAY, AS NEVER BEFORE, THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS PLAYING A LEADING ROLE IN UNLEASHING THE AMERICAN SPACE ENTERPRISE, FORGING A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SPACE, AND THE PRESIDENT AND I ARE BOTH TRULY GRATEFUL. PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE COMMERCIAL SPACE DEVELOPMENT A TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR ADMINISTRATION, AND HE ASKED ME TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY REINSTITUTED NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL. IT HAS BEEN MY GREAT PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH SECRETARY ROSS TO MAKE THE PRESIDENT’S VISION FOR A RENEWED AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SPACE A REALITY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED SPACE POLICY DIRECTIVE TWO, IN WHICH HE ORDERED THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO ELIMINATE AND STREAMLINE THE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF SPACE PIONEERS, AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO REFORM OBSOLETE RULES. WE ARE REFORMING THE BYZANTINE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE PREVENTED AMERICAN COMPANIES FROM USING CUTTING-EDGE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN LAUNCHED INTO ORBIT, AND TODAY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS EVEN BUILDING A ONE STOP SHOP FOR SPACE POLICY TO GIVE THE SPACE ECONOMY A SEAT AT THE TABLE. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SPACE COMMERCE AND FROM ALL OF THE GREAT WORK OF THE SPACE INITIATIVE HERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. I UNDERSTAND KEVIN O’CONNELL IS WITH US TODAY, AND I WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE KEVIN FOR STEPPING FORWARD TO LEAD IN THIS VITAL MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP IN SPACE. THANK YOU, KEVIN. [APPLAUSE] SO WHETHER IT’S IN SPACE OR HERE IN OUR ECONOMY OR WHETHER IT’S OUR PATENT OFFICE AND THE REST, YOU ALL ARE DOING INCREDIBLE WORK EVERY DAY TO SUPPORT AMERICAN PROSPERITY, AND I’M REALLY HERE JUST TO THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO, BUT I’M ALSO HERE TO SAY THAT YOUR WORK HAS MAYBE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT, AND THAT’S ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE TOPIC OF AMERICAN TRADE. I HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE PROMOTES AMERICAN EXPORTS AND BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS TO TRADE, ATTRACTS FOREIGN COMPANIES TO INVEST IN AMERICAN JOBS AND WORKERS AND DEFENDS INNOVATORS AND TECHNOLOGIES, EVEN WHILE YOU’RE DEFENDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. TRUTH IS, YOU DESERVE CREDIT FOR YOUR RECORD IN ALL OF THESE AREAS, AND YOU SHOULD KNOW WITH CONFIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE A CHAMPION IN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID DEFINITIVELY, IN HIS WORDS, WE WANT MORE TRADE. IN THIS WHITE HOUSE, WE KNOW THAT TRADE MEANS JOBS. IT MEANS HIGHER WAGES, A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT THIS PRESIDENT, THIS ADMINISTRATION ALSO KNOW THAT FOR TOO LONG IN OUR RELATIONS WITH TOO MANY COUNTRIES, TRADE HASN’T BEEN A TWO-WAY STREET. THE TRUTH IS, REAL BALANCED TRADE MEANS THAT ALL OF OUR TRADING RELATIONSHIPS NEED TO BE FREE, FAIR, AND RECIPROCAL, BUT TOO OFTEN, TOO OFTEN WE HAVE BEEN AT THE SHORT END OF THE TRADING STICK. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID FOR YEARS, IN HIS WORDS, WE OPENED OUR COUNTRY TO THEIR GOODS, BUT FOR MANY OTHER COUNTRIES, THEY PUT UP MASSIVE BARRIERS TO KEEP OUR PRODUCTS AND OUR GOODS OUT. NOW, I KNOW MANY OF YOU WORK EVERY DAY TO BREAK THESE BARRIERS DOWN, AND WE HAVE GOT MORE WORK TO DO. YOU KNOW WELL THE OBSTACLES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF FREE AND FAIR TRADE FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, BUT I’LL JUST RECOUNT A FEW FOR YOU. FOR INSTANCE, THE EUROPEAN UNION PUTS A 10% TARIFF ON AMERICAN MADE CARS. THAT’S FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN THE TARIFFS THAT WE PLACE ON THEIR CARS. OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH, CANADA, IMPOSES A 270% TARIFF ON MANY AMERICAN DAIRY PRODUCTS, AND ACROSS EVERY INDUSTRY, CHINA’S AVERAGE TARIFFS ON AMERICA’S GOODS ARE THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN OUR TARIFFS ON THEIR GOODS, AND THAT DOESN’T EVEN COUNT THE MANY AMERICAN PRODUCTS THAT CHINA BANS OUTRIGHT FROM BEING SOLD IN THEIR COUNTRY. >>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, AND WHEN WE COME BACK HERE ON “NEWS NOW,” WE’LL TAKE YOU OUT TO DC WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM SENATOR MARCO RUBIO AND SENATOR MARK WARNER ABOUT THE SUMMIT THAT JUST WRAPPED UP IN FINLAND. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING WENT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN. >>>HERE WE GO. WHAT TIMING, AS FRED SAID, INCREDIBLE. I THINK MAYBE WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO IS START WITH THE BREAKING NEWS AND THEN GO INTO THE LARGER DISCUSSION, WHICH IS REALLY THE IMPORTANT THING, LONG TERM, WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT ALL OF THIS INTERFERENCE, BUT BEGINNING WITH THE NEWS CONFERENCE WHICH I HOPE MOST PEOPLE SAW AT LEAST SECTIONS OF IT, FOR ME WHAT STUCK OUT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING THAT, WELL, HE DID NOT SIDE WITH U.S. INTELLIGENCE. HE BASICALLY ACCEPTED OR LET THAT DENIAL BY PRESIDENT PUTIN STAND, WHICH IS NO, WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. SO JUST TAKING THAT POINT, COULD YOU GIVE US A COUPLE OF MINUTES OF YOUR REACTION TO THAT? SENATOR WARNER?>>I THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACTIONS TODAY WERE OUTRAGEOUS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SIDED WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN OVER THE UNANIMOUS ASSESSMENT OF THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, OVER THE BIPARTISAN CONCLUSION OF THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, OVER THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YouTube, SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS THAT RUSSIA MANIPULATED THEIR PLATFORMS, AND SIDED WITH, AGAIN, PUTIN OVER OUR ALLIES WHO CAME FROM CANADA AND ACROSS EUROPE TO SHARE HOW WE CAN PREVENT THIS KIND OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE ON A GOING FORWARD BASIS. I THINK IN THE COMING DAYS, IT WILL BE TIME FOR ALL OF US TO STAND UP AND SAY, WHICH SIDE ARE WE ON? AND I’M HOPEFUL AND CONFIDENT THAT IN THE SENATE WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS THREAT, CONTINUE OUR INVESTIGATION, AND MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GETS THE WHOLE TRUTH. IT WAS A PRETTY REMARKABLE DAY. >>SENATOR?>>WELL, I WOULD ADD WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY IS NOT ACCURATE, THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS ASSEMBLED PROBABLY AN UNPARALLELED AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE IN REGARDS TO THE RUSSIAN — NOT JUST EFFORTS TO INTERFERE IN 2016 BUT ONGOING EFFORTS TO INTERFERE IN THE AMERICAN SOCIETY. AND IT’S NOT LIMITED TO THE TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY TAKE EFFORTS IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, AND MANY OF THE COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY IT ARE HERE TODAY REPRESENTED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS. NONE OF US WERE IN THE MEETING. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS ADDRESSED IN THE MEETING OR WHAT WAS RAISED. BUT ALL I CAN SPECULATE IS THERE IS AN EFFORT UNDER WAY TO, BY BEING NICE TO PRESIDENT PUTIN, WE CAN ESTABLISH A BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIP, WHICH WOULD NOT BE A BAD THING BETWEEN TWO NATIONS THAT POSSESS 90% OF THE WORLD’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS. HOWEVER, I THINK VLADIMIR PUTIN IS NOT INTERESTED IN A BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. HE BELIEVES AT THE END OF THE COLD WAR THAT THE UNITED STATES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A WEAK RUSSIA, AND HE INTENDS TO REESTABLISH RUSSIA AS A GLOBAL POWER ON PAR WITH THE UNITED STATES, AND HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN WIN-WIN SCENARIOS, AND HE WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA WEAKER AND THESE ELECTIONS ARE A PART OF IT. I WOULD SAY ANY RHETORIC NOT BUILT ON THAT REALITY IS DESTINED TO BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, PERHAPS DANGEROUS, AND MOST CERTAINLY FAIL. SO I THINK AGAIN, THAT IS A REALLY CLEAR — THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN INTERFERENCE. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO HAVE HAPPEN WHAT HAS HAPPENED, WHICH IS IN AMERICA THAT TWO YEARS AFTER THE ELECTION, STILL HAVING THIS ISSUE DOMINATE AND DIVIDE US, THIS WAS THEIR GOAL. THIS IS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, WAS TO SEW PERMANENT INSTABILITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY AND POLITICAL CULTURE SO THAT WE ARE SO BUSY FIGHTING EACH OTHER THAT WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO TAKE HIM ON AS A THREAT. >>I WOULD JUST ADD IF MR. TRUMP WOULDN’T ADD WITH AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS AND HIS OWN INTELLIGENCE IN PUBLIC, WHO KNOWS WHAT HE MIGHT AGREE TO IN PRIVATE, WHICH IS WHY SO MANY OF US FELT THAT MAKING SURE THAT HE PRESS THIS ISSUE, THAT HE NOT HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING BUT HAVING AMERICANS IN THE ROOM SO WE COULD GET AN ACCURATE READOUT OF WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE TWO-HOUR SESSION. >>LET’S STAND BACK. IF HE DID THAT, AT LEAST PUBLICLY SAID I DON’T AGREE OR I CAN’T REALLY SAY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT ANY PERSON IN THE WORLD COULD EVER ASK FOR. HE HAS INTELLIGENCE. HE HAS ANY TYPE OF FACT THAT HE WANTS, HE CAN GET. SO LET’S FORGET ABOUT HIM FOR A MINUTE AND JUST GO BACK TO WHAT YOU TWO GENTLEMEN KNOW AS SENATORS. IS THERE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE? AND I KNOW THAT SOME OF IT, YOU CANNOT SHARE WITH US BECAUSE OF SECURITY CONCERNS, BUT DO YOU HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE, LET’S SAY, THE SIZE OR THE MAGNITUDE OF THAT INTERFERENCE?>>I TAKE YOU BACK TO OCTOBER OF 2016. I WAS RUNNING FOR REELECTION, AND WIKI LEAK ISSUES WERE COMING UP, AND I SAID I WOULDN’T TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS WORK OF A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AT THE TIME. WHILE WE MAY BE AWARE OF WHO IT WAS, IT ISN’T CLEAR YET HOW THAT WILL BE DECLASSIFIED. AS FAR AS THE SCOPE, IT’S AN ONGOING EFFORT. IT’S LARGE ENOUGH, IMPACTFUL ENOUGH FOR US TO BE SITTING WITH YOU TODAY, NOT JUST TO TELL YOU THAT IT HAPPENED BUT THAT I BELIEVE IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. WHETHER IT’S IN 18, 20, OR IN THE FUTURE, THIS ISN’T THE LAST TIME THAT WE’LL DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES, AND IN FACT THEY WILL GET BETTER AT IT. >>WE KNOW THREE THINGS. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA HACKED INTO BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES AND THEN RELEASED SELECTIVE INFORMATION ON ONE PARTY, ON THE DEMOCRATS, TO TRY TO HELP TRUMP AND HURT CLINTON. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIANS AND RUSSIAN AGENTS SCANNED OR PENETRATED OVER 20 STATES’ ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, AND WE KNOW THAT RUSSIANS AND THEIR AGENTS MANIPULATED SOCIAL MEDIA IN WAYS THAT LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WERE CONTACTED WITH MOSTLY FAKE INFORMATION, DISTRIBUTED BY FAKE ACCOUNTS, JUST TO TRY TO SEW DISSENSION. AS MARCO SAID, THEY PICKED ONE CANDIDATE IN 2016, BUT THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THE RUSSIAN EFFORTS THAT FAVOR ONE SIDE OVER THE OTHER. THEY FAVOR DISSENSION IN DEMOCRACIES. THEY FAVOR UNDERMINING OUR TRUST IN OUR OPEN ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, AND WE HAVE DONE A KIND OF BACK OF THE ENVELOPE ANALYSIS, AND IF YOU ADD UP THAT ALL OF THE MONEY RUSSIANS SPENT IN OUR ELECTIONS, IN THE BREXIT VOTE, AND IN THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, IF YOU ADD ALL OF THAT TOGETHER, IT’S LESS THAN THE COST OF ONE F-35 AIRPLANE. WHEN WE ARE TALKING CYBER CONFLICT, I THINK WE ARE SEEING THE OPENING SHOTS IN WHAT’S GOING TO BE AN ONGOING STRUGGLE.>>CAN WE GO INTO ONE ASPECT OF THIS? WE KNOW RT, SOCIAL MEDIA, WE NOW KNOW THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE GRU, BUT WHY WOULD THEY GO INTO INFRASTRUCTURE AND ESPECIALLY THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE UNITED STATES? WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE FOR THAT? BECAUSE THEY APPEAR TO HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING MALIGNED SPECIFICALLY, BUT THEY GOT IN THERE. >>WELL I THINK — TO THINK THAT THE RUSSIAN ATTEMPTS TO PENETRATE ARE LIMITED TO JUST OUR ELECTIONS INFRASTRUCTURE IS WRONG. >>RIGHT. >>THEY ARE TRYING TO PENETRATE ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS, OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM, THE POWER SYSTEM. THE VULNERABILITIES THAT WE HAVE IN THE CYBER DOMAIN, WITH UKRAINE WHERE WE HAVE SEEN THE ABILITY TO INTERFERE AND SHUT DOWN A POWER GRID. I THINK IN OUR ELECTIONS SYSTEM, AND REMEMBER, WE HAVE A VERY BIFURCATED, TRIFURCATED ELECTIONS SYSTEM, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL. THEY DIDN’T GO IN AND CHANGE A VOTE TOTAL THAT WE KNOW OF, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE A VOTE TOTAL. IF YOU GO UPSTREAM AND LOOK AT THE FACT THAT 90% OF VOTER FILES ARE PENETRATED BY THREE COMPANIES, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY PENETRATE THOSE COMPANIES AND PEOPLE ARE LEFT OFF OF A REGISTRATION LIST? YOU JUST NEED TO SEED DISTRUST OF ACCURACY IN THE SYSTEM FOR RUSSIA TO ACHIEVE ITS GOAL. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEING WILLING TO QUESTION OUR ELECTION PROCESS. THOSE ARE THE WORDS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID DURING THE ELECTION PROCESS, WHICH FRANKLY CAME RIGHT OUT OF THE RUSSIAN PLAYBOOK. >>LESS THAN 600 VOTES DETERMINED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN FLORIDA. IMAGINE NOW AN EFFORT IN A STATE DECIDED BY THAT NUMBER OF VOTES, YOU COULD GET TO INAUGURATION DAY WITH A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE COUNTRY NOT BELIEVING THAT THE PERSON ELECTED WAS LEGITIMATELY SWORN IN. I’M NOT SAYING THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED IN 2000. I’M SAYING THEY MAY NOT EVEN BE AWARE OF THE PROCESS OF A FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. THAT’S AN ASYMMETRICAL CAPABILITY THAT IS A POWERFUL TOOL DURING THE TIME OF CONFLICT, OR EVEN KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY. IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT THAT THE U.S. AND RUSSIA WINDS UP IN A CONFLICT IN SOME PART OF THE WORLD, AND THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL IN SHUTTING DOWN THE ELECTRICAL POWER IN KEY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THE CAPABILITY TO DO THAT WOULD TRIGGER ALL OUT PANIC IN THE UNITED STATES, DISTRACT FROM WHATEVER WE ARE FOCUSED ON, AND MAY VERY WELL IMPAIR OUR ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN CONFLICT OR RESOLVE IT, FOR THAT MATTER, SO IT’S A POWERFUL TOOL AT THEIR DISPOSAL, THAT COULD INCLUDE OUR BANKING INFRASTRUCTURE OR INVOLVE ALL SORTS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH USED TO BE VULNERABLE TO NUCLEAR ATTACK OR CONVENTIONAL ATTACK ARE NOW A COUPLE OF CLICKS AWAY FROM BEING A POTENTIAL TOOL TO USE AGAINST A POTENTIAL ADVERSARY. >>WE JUST PASSED A DEFENSE SPENDING BUDGET. RUSSIA HAS A DEFENSE BUDGET OF 70 BILLION. I SOMETIMES WORRY THAT WE ARE BUYING THE WORLD’S BEST 20th CENTURY MILITARY WHEN CONFLICT IN THE 21st CENTURY MILITARY IS IN THIS REALM OF CYBER DISINFORMATION. WE HAVE GOT TO UP OUR GAME. >>AFTER THIS, VLADIMIR PUTIN GOES HOME. WHAT LESSON DOES HE TAKE FROM THIS? IN OTHER WORDS, HOW DO YOU STOP THIS? CAN YOU EVEN STOP IT? AND JUST IN A VERY SPECIFIC WAY, SENATOR RUBIO, I KNOW YOU HAVE THIS DETER ACT WITH SENATOR VAN HOLLAND. >>IT PUTS IN SANCTIONS PREEXISTING SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR CONGRESS TO VIEW THE INTELLIGENCE, HAVE A LONG-WINDED DEBATE, AND THEN PUT IN SANCTIONS. IT CREATES A MECHANISM THAT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COULD DETERMINE THAT A FOREIGN POWER HAS TRIED TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS, AND THEN SANCTIONS WOULD KICK IN. IT WOULD PUT IN PREEXISTING CONSEQUENCES. ONE OF THE REASONS PUTIN PURSUED THIS ROUTE IS HE FIGURED THERE WAS ENOUGH DENIABILITY AND THE COSTS WERE LOW TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. SO OUR HOPE IS TO PUT THAT IN PLACE SO ANY POTENTIAL ADVERSARY IN THE FUTURE WILL KNOW THAT THIS IS THE PRICE THAT YOU WILL PAY AHEAD OF TIME, AND BUILD THAT INTO THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. I’M NOT ARGUING THAT THAT ALONE WILL BE ENOUGH, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE NOW, WHICH IS STILL A SORT OF UNCLEAR RESPONSE. WE DON’T HAVE A BROAD CYBER POLICY AS A NATION, WHICH WE DESPERATELY NEED, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR REPUBLIC — YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU ATTACK US MILITARILY. I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE CRISIS IS IF YOU ATTACK US IN THIS WAY.>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO ASK YOU, SENATOR. IN THE OLD DAYS, IT WAS INCONCEIVABLE THAT ANYBODY WOULD ATTACK BECAUSE WE WOULD ALL BE DESTROYED. THAT’S NOT THE RATIONALE OF CYBER WEAPONS. SO HOW DO YOU DETER?>>A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE, I THINK SENATOR RUBIO’S BILL TO DETER IS A GOOD ONE. THERE IS ALSO OTHER BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD UP SHARING OF INFORMATION IN OUR ELECTION SYSTEM, AND $380 MILLION WERE SUPPORTED INTO THE FEDERAL BUDGET THAT WILL HELP STATES UPGRADE THEIR VOTING MACHINES TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE GOT AN AUDITABLE PAPER TRAIL. THAT’S ALL STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT I ECHO WHAT MARCO SAID. WE NEED A CYBER DOC. THIS IS NOT JUST A CRITIQUE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BUT OF OBAMA AND BUSH AS WELL. SOME OF THESE CYBER ATTACKS ARE IN EFFECT SO BEYOND THE PALE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE SOME COMMON NORMS, AND IF A NATION INTERVENES IN THESE KINDS OF ATTACKS, I WOULD DRAW AN ANALOGY TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS OR LAND MINES, YOU MIGHT HAVE LOWER STANDARDS IN BEING WILLING TO STRIKE BACK. THERE IS LOW HANGING FRUIT. WE HAVE HEARD OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS, 10 BILLION DEVICES CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. WE ARE GOING TO GO TO 25 BILLION DEVICES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS THAT ARE CONNECTED. WHY NOT HAVE A BASIC SECURITY PROTOCOL FOR AT LEAST DEVICES PURCHASED BY THE GOVERNMENT, NO EMBEDDED PASS CODES, MAKING SURE THAT THESE DEVICES ARE NOT HACKABLE, BASIC SECURITY CONCERNS. THAT WOULD BE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE NEED TO ARTICULATE A CYBER DOCTRINE THAT TALKS NOT ONLY ABOUT CYBER CAPABILITIES BUT DEFENSES OF CYBER CAPABILITIES. >>LIKE RULES OF WAR?>>NORMS OF BEHAVIOR WHERE ANY NATION STATE OR EVEN A SMALLER DEDICATED GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS CAN INFLICT ASYMMETRICAL DAMAGE, NOT BASED ON HOW BIG YOUR ARMY OR NAVY IS. THESE TOOLS ARE EXTRAORDINARILY ASYMMETRICAL, AND WE HAVE NOT DONE A GOOD ENOUGH JOB FROM THE INTELLIGENCE SIDE AND OTHERS OF WARNING OTHERS OF THE CAPABILITIES. >>NOT TO TALK ABOUT THE COLD WAR TOO MUCH, BUT WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS WE HAD DISCUSSIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS RAISED AN ISSUE, WHICH I DON’T KNOW THE DETAILS OF. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY DOES QUITE AT THIS POINT, OF SOME TYPE OF TALKS WITH THE RUSSIANS ABOUT CYBER. DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE CLARITY, WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT, AND IS IT A GOOD IDEA?>>SO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, WE BOTH HAD THEM, WE BOTH SAID WE HAD THEM, AND WE BOTH EXPLAINED THE PURPOSE OF HAVING THEM. I THINK THE PROBLEM IS HERE WE DON’T INTERFERE IN PUTIN’S ELECTIONS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE ELECTIONS, AND THE OTHER SIDE IS HE DENIES HAVING DONE IT. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT YOU COULD TALK ABOUT IT AND SO FORTH, BUT I AM NOT SURE WHAT THIS PRODUCES. THIS IS REALLY JUST A CALCULATED PLAY ON THIS FRONT. HE’S NOT GOING TO TRY TO MATCH US AIRCRAFT CARRIER BY AIRCRAFT CARRIER, BUT ONE OF THE WAYS HE CAN WEAKEN AMERICA — THEY SHOWED A GREAT UNDERSTANDING AND NUANCE. I HEARD SOME PEOPLE SAY IT WASN’T A VERY SOPHISTICATED OPERATION. I WOULD DISAGREE IN SOME RESPECTS. THEY DID, AS THEY WENT ON, SHOW SOME UNDERSTANDING OF THE NUANCES OF AMERICAN POLITICS, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FRACTURE POINTS WERE IN SOCIETY AND REALLY TRY TO EXPLOIT AND DRIVE THEM. >>MAYBE BETTER UNDERSTOOD THAN THE DEMOCRATS. >>BUT BEYOND IT, I WOULD SAY IT IS AN ONGOING THINKING. YOU SEE IT VIRTUALLY IN ANY SORT OF MAJOR SITUATION THAT ARISES DOMESTICALLY. WE HEAR REPORTS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE PUSHING NARRATIVES TO TRY TO PIT US AGAINST EACH OTHER. WE ARE PRETTY MUCH THAT WAY AND HAVE BEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING, BUT UNDERSTANDING THAT, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE MEDIA LIKES SENSATIONAL STORIES, LEAKING INFORMATION, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE STORIES WILL BE ABOUT THE INFORMATION AND NOT THE SOURCE. IF YOU CAN PROVIDE THAT TO A CANDIDACY, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF AND LET THEM DO THE REST, SO THEY UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THESE SORTS OF THINGS AND PARTICIPATED IN IT. THAT’S GOING TO BE ONGOING. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU CONFRONT IT, OTHER THAN INTERNALLY, ACKNOWLEDGING IT IN THE PUBLIC AWARENESS. >>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, WE ARE AWAITING ANY MOMENT RIGHT NOW SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER TO ISSUE A STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN’S MEETING THAT HAPPENED A LITTLE BIT AGO. WE’LL BE WAITING FOR SENATOR SCHUMER TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA. MORE “NEWS NOW,” COMING UP NEXT, EVERYONE. >>>ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY. WELCOME BACK HERE TO “NEWS NOW.” SENATOR JOHN McCAIN JUST ABOUT TEN MINUTES AGO SLAMMING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VISIT THERE WITH THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN PART OF HIS STATEMENT, I’LL READ JUST A LITTLE BIT OF IT, SENATOR JOHN McCAIN SAYS “PRESIDENT TRUMP PROVED NOT ONLY UNABLE BUT UNWILLING TO STAND UP TO PUTIN. HE AND PUTIN SEEMED TO BE SPEAKING FROM THE SAME SCRIPT AS THE PRESIDENT MADE A CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO DEFEND A TYRANT AGAINST THE FAIR QUESTIONS OF A FREE PRESS AND TO GRANT PUTIN AN UNCONTESTED PLATFORM TO SPEW PROPAGANDA AND LIES TO THE WORLD. IT IS TEMPTING TO DESCRIBE THE PRESS CONFERENCE AS A PATHETIC ROUTE, AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE PERILS OF UNDERPREPARATION AND INEXPERIENCE, BUT THESE WERE NOT THE ERRANT TWEETS OF A NOVICE POLITICIAN. THESE WERE THE DELIBERATE CHOICES OF A PRESIDENT WHO SEEMS DETERMINED TO REALIZE HIS DELUSIONS OF A WARM RELATIONSHIP WITH PUTIN’S REGIME WITHOUT ANY REGARD BY THE TRUE NATURE OF HIS RULE, HIS VIOLENT DISREGARD FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY OF NEIGHBORS, HIS COMPLICITY IN THE SLAUGHTER OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE, HIS VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, AND HIS ASSAULT ON DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” THAT’S JUST PART OF JOHN McCAIN’S STATEMENT THAT HE ISSUED ABOUT TEN MINUTES AGO. FOLKS, WE ARE WAITING LIVE HERE FOR THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER TO ISSUE A STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MEETING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT HAPPENED ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO IN FINLAND THERE. WE’LL HAVE THAT FOR YOU ONCE THAT DOES BECOME AVAILABLE. HI, EVERYBODY, MIKE PACHE HERE. WELCOME BACK TO “NEWS NOW.” ALWAYS BRINGING YOU THE TOP STORIES AND HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND OF COURSE RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA AS WELL. RIGHT NOW WE ARE GETTING OUT TO DC ONCE AGAIN WHERE SENATOR MARCO RUBIO AND SENATOR MARK WARNER ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SUMMIT THAT JUST TOOK PLACE AS WELL AS THE 2016 ELECTION MEDDLING ACCUSATIONS. LET’S LISTEN IN TO A LITTLE BIT MORE. >>THEY HAVE LEFT US INCREDIBLY VULNERABLE TO NEWS THAT MAY SOUND, YOU KNOW, OUTSIDE THE REM OF THE POSSIBLE FOR THE ONE GROUP BUT MAY SOUND TOTALLY REASONABLE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN GETTING NEWS CONSISTENT WITH IT ALL ALONG. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE CAN EVER DO ABOUT THAT. JUST BECAUSE IT’S ON THE INTERNET DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT’S TRUE, AND I DO THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO GROW UP AS A SOCIETY TO CONFRONT AS WELL. >>WE HAVE SEEN FROM PLATFORMS, ALGORITHMS, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE ON THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT, BUT YOU READ ONE STORY AND THE NEXT STORY HAS TO BE MORE OUTRAGEOUS TO GENERATE MORE CLICKS. SO WE HAVE GOT TO PROTECT THE FIRST AMENDMENT, BUT THERE COULD BE A GREATER KIND OF ACADEMIC TRANSPARENCY IN TERMS OF THESE ALGORITHMS AND WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR THEY ARE DRIVING. WE ARE NOT GOING TO COME UP WITH A PERFECT SOLUTION SET, BUT THE NOTION THAT THIS ISSUE IS GOING TO GO AWAY, AS MARCO INDICATED, WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET OUR ARMS AROUND WHAT REALLY IS 2016 TECHNOLOGY, SOMEBODY MISREPRESENTING THEMSELVES WITH A FAKE ACCOUNT, AND WHEN WE MOVE INTO FAKE TECHNOLOGY, THE RAMIFICATION THAT THAT HAS TO MOVE ELECTIONS, MARKETS, AND WHOLE SOCIETIES ON A REAL TIME BASIS IS REALLY FRIGHTENING. >>YOU’RE GETTING INTO AN AREA THAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT, AND THAT IS CITIZENS’ EDUCATION, MAKING PEOPLE MORE INTELLIGENT ABOUT HOW THEY GET NEWS, ABOUT HOW THEY GET INFORMATION, AND TO BE MORE DISCERNING BUYERS OF THE INFORMATION, CONSUMERS OF INFORMATION. YOU SAID MAYBE THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T DO THIS, BUT IS THERE SOME WAY THAT LET’S SAY THE GOVERNMENT COULD LEAD, AND I KNOW THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT, BUT LEAD THE CHARGE IN TERMS OF SAYING WE HAVE TO STAND BACK AND EDUCATE ALL OF OUR CITIZENS, BIPARTISAN, INTO WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING, HOW THEY IN SOME CASES ARE BEING MANIPULATED?>>I THINK THERE ARE FRANKLY AGAIN EXAMPLES FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRIES TODAY WHO ARE FURTHER AHEAD ON THOSE CITIZEN EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO LEARN FROM THAT. AND I THINK WE ALSO HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, AND I THINK ALL OF US, WHETHER WE ARE IN GOVERNMENT, WHETHER WE ARE IN CIVIL SOCIETY, OR WHETHER, YOU KNOW, WE COME FROM THE ACADEMIC WORLD, I THINK WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS SUCH AS ACTUAL FACTS. WHEN WE HAVE FIGURES IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT TEND TO DISMISS ANYTHING THEY DON’T AGREE WITH AS FAKE NEWS OR NONFACT BASED, WHEN WE HAVE I BELIEVE ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS — AGAIN, I WILL SOUND POLITICAL HERE, WHEN WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT MAKING BROAD BASED ATTACKS AGAINST THE INTEGRITY OF THE WHOLE FBI AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN A SENSE QUESTIONING THE RULE OF LAW AND GIVING LICENSE TO PEOPLE TO START DECIDING WHICH LAWS THEY WANT TO FOLLOW AND WHICH LAWS THEY DON’T WANT TO FOLLOW, THAT DOESN’T LEAD TO A GOOD SPOT. IT STARTS WITH STEPPING BACK A BIT, POLITICAL AND OTHERWISE, AND RECOGNIZING, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, THERE ARE HARD CORE FACTS OUT THERE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE EXIST AND NOT SAY SIMPLY EVERYTHING IS RELEVANT. >>I THINK THIS TIES INTO THE BROADER REALITY THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY MAJOR INSTITUTION IN SOCIETY HAS ERODED IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC CREDIBILITY. IT IS HARD NOWADAYS TO COME UP WITH SOME AUTHORITY THAT EVERYBODY WOULD THINK SPOKE THE TRUTH. OUTSIDE THE REALM OF POLITICS, IT IS DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO DEFINE WHAT IS TRUE OR NOT TRUE 50% OF THE TIME IF IT IS A POLITICAL ISSUE AND MAYBE 60% IF IT IS A NONPOLITICAL ISSUE. THE ANSWER ISN’T REALLY GOING TO LIE ON TWO PEOPLE OR EVEN A COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO INVOLVE A BROADER SOCIETAL COLLABORATION OVER A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF TIME TO BEGIN TO ANSWER SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS. I DO KNOW THIS THOUGH. IT ALL BEGINS BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT HAS HAPPENED, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT CAN AND WILL HAPPEN AGAIN, AND DESCRIBING TO PEOPLE WHAT THEY DID, AND THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME TO PULL OUT THE PARTISAN ELEMENT AND SAY IN MY MIND, AND I THINK IT IS GOING TO PROVE TO BE PRETTY CLEAR, VLADIMIR PUTIN’S NUMBER ONE OBJECTIVE WAS NOT THE END RESULT OF THE ELECTION. BUT HIS NUMBER ONE OBJECTIVE WAS TO SEW INSTABILITY AND DOUBT AND TO SEW DIVISION IN OUR SOCIETY, AND I THINK IF THAT WAS THE GOAL, AND I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS, HE’S BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL, BECAUSE ALMOST TWO YEARS SINCE THAT ELECTION, WE ARE STILL DEEPLY DIVIDED AND AT EACH OTHER’S THROAT OVER WHETHER IT EVEN HAPPENED AND HOW IT HAPPENED, AND IF YOU’RE VLADIMIR PUTIN YOU’RE GOING TO SAY IT COST ME THIS LITTLE TO GET THAT MUCH, SO IN MY MIND HE’S GOING TO DO IT MORE. >>BUT LET ME JUMP INTO PUTIN’S MIND FOR A SECOND, BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HEAR IN MOSCOW IS HOW COULD LITTLE OLD RUSSIA INTERFERE IN THE BIGGEST DEMOCRATIC ELECTION SYSTEM IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY DO THAT? HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THAT? THEY SAY IT’S ABSOLUTELY PATENTLY RIDICULOUS. >>I WOULD GO BACK AGAIN TO WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, THE FACTS. THEY BROKE INTO BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. THEY TOOK INFORMATION FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND INFORMATION ABOUT CLINTON ADVISOR JOHN PODESTA AND THROUGH INTERMEDIAIES SELECTIVELY LEAKED IT OUT AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE ELECTION. THEY SCANNED OR BROKE INTO, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, 21 STATES AT LEAST ELECTION SYSTEM, AND IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA REALM, WE INITIALLY THOUGHT THAT A LOT OF THE ATTENTION WAS AROUND PAID ADVERTISING. THE PAID ADVERTISING WAS ONLY THE TIP OF THE SWORD OR TIP OF THE SPEAR. THEY CREATED A SERIES OF FAKE ACCOUNTS THAT IN FACEBOOK ALONE TOUCHED OVER 40 MILLION AMERICANS IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE ELECTION. THAT’S ALL FACTUAL. SO WHAT I THINK SENATOR RUBIO AND I ARE SAYING IS THE ACTUAL BUDGET FOR THAT ON A RELATIVE BASIS IS EXTRAORDINARILY SMALL, AND I THINK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESSIVE, AND THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESSIVE, AND WE CAN CONTINUE TO RELITIGATE 2016, AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET ALL OF THE FACTS OUT, BUT WHAT IS AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN IN 2018 AND 2020. >>AND WHOEVER IT IS THAT IS SAYING IN RUSSIA, ONE, THEY WERE ABLE TO DO IT BECAUSE IT DIDN’T COST THEM A LOT OF MONEY TO DO IT. THAT’S THE FIRST. THE SECOND IS THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE NOW IS THAT THE WEB HAS ALLOWED THEM TO GET THERE MUCH QUICKER THAN WHEN THEY USED TO USE OTHER METHODS TO SPREAD PROPAGANDA AND DIVISION, AND THE THIRD IS THAT I WOULD SAY IT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE WAY PUTIN HAS OPERATED IN OTHER SPHERES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE INVASION IN UKRAINE, THEY HAD INDIVIDUALS SHOW UP IN UNMARKED UNIFORMS AND VEHICLES, BUT EVERYONE SORT OF UNDERSTOOD WHO THEY WERE. IT HAD SOME METHOD OF DENIABILITY, WHICH IS WHAT MADE IT SO ATTRACTIVE TO THEM. THEY SAY IT WITH A WINK AND A NOD, HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY DO THIS, BUT THE MESSAGE EMBEDDED IS THAT RUSSIA IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO GET THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ON EARTH FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER AND OBSESSED WITH US WITHOUT HAVING TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. >>THAT IS WHAT IS SO REMARKABLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TODAY, BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE LEADER OF RUSSIA HAD A MEETING AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BASICALLY SIDED WITH A RUSSIAN INTERPRETATION, AND THAT’S STUNNING. I MEAN, IF KENNEDY HAD ACCEPTED THE ALLEGATION THAT, DON’T WORRY, THERE’S NO MISSILES IN CUBA, WE WOULD LIVE IN A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD. IF PRESIDENT REAGAN HADN’T GONE TO BERLIN AND DEMANDED THEY TORE DOWN THE WILL AND SAID INSTEAD DO SLOW REFORMS WE WOULD LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. I THINK TODAY IS THE DEFINING DAY SO FAR IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY, AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT CAME OUT ON THE WRONG SIDE. >>I WANT TO MAKE TWO OBSERVATIONS. THE FIRST ONE IS I THINK THERE IS A MISCONCEPTION OUT THERE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOT ALSO BEEN HURT BY ALL OF THIS, AND WHETHER HIS, YOU KNOW, ADMINISTRATION OR PEOPLE AROUND HIM DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE IT OR NOT, THIS WHOLE EPISODE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE HAS BASICALLY PLAGUED THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. IT IS AN ONGOING THING. IT CONTINUES TO DO HARM TO HIS ADMINISTRATION, BECAUSE IT IMPACTS NOT JUST HIS DEALINGS WITH ARE VLADIMIR PUTIN BUT IT COLORS OTHER THINGS IN DOMESTIC POLITICS. VLADIMIR PUTIN I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE REALLY PREPARES FOR THESE THINGS, SPENDS A LOT OF TIME UNDERSTANDING WHO THE PERSON IS ON THE OTHER SIDE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT OUR DYNAMICS ARE IN OUR COUNTRY. HE AT ONE POINT TODAY SAID I WANTED HIM TO WIN. HE KNEW 50 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY WOULD HEAR THAT AND THINK WE KNEW THERE WAS COLLUSION. IT’S PROBABLY BEEN LOST IN SOME OF THE OTHER STUFF THAT’S BEEN SAID TODAY, BUT THAT WAS BY DESIGN. IT GIVES YOU SOME INSIGHT INTO HIS LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING OF OUR DOMESTIC POLITICS AND HOW TO TOUCH CERTAIN PRESSURE POINTS TO FURTHER DIVIDE US AGAINST EACH OTHER. WHEN HE SAID THAT TODAY, HE SAID THAT DELIBERATELY IN ORDER TO STOKE THOSE FIRES EVEN MORE. >>HE DID. AND I THINK THE SECOND PART WAS WHY WOULDN’T WE SUPPORT MR. TRUMP, BECAUSE AFTER ALL HE SAID HE WANTS TO HAVE GOOD RELATIONS, SO IT’S VERY TYPICAL, YOU KNOW, KIND OF PUTIN THING. WE HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES LEFT, GOING BACK TO BREAKING NEWS. >>THERE’S MORE?>>ONE THING, AND IT IS VERY INTRIGUING, SENATOR RUBIO, YOU SAID PUTIN COMES PREPARED, AND IF I UNDERSTOOD IT CORRECTLY, WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS, OKAY, WE — IF MUELLER WANTS TO COME TO RUSSIA AND QUESTION PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED — >>ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY. WE ARE GOING TO BE HEADING TO BREAK RIGHT NOW, BUT COMING UP WE WILL HAVE SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER MAKING HIS STATEMENT RIGHT NOW. WE’LL HAVE FOR YOU COMING UP NEXT ON “NEWS NOW.” >>PUTIN AGAINST AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT, AMERICAN DEFENSE OFFICIALS, AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, IT’S THOUGHTLESS, IT’S DANGEROUS, IT’S WEAK. THE PRESIDENT IS PUTTING HIMSELF OVER OUR COUNTRY. STARTING WITH THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO NATO, ENDING WITH HIS SHAMEFUL PERFORMANCE AT TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS STRENGTHENED OUR ADVERSARIES WHILE WEAKENING OUR DEFENSES AND THOSE OF OUR ALLIES. A SINGLE OMINOUS QUESTION NOW HANGS OVER THE WHITE HOUSE: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PUT THE INTERESTS OF RUSSIA OVER THOSE OF THE UNITED STATES? MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO WONDER IF THE ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THIS DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT PRESIDENT PUTIN HOLDS DAMAGING INFORMATION OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP. LIKE ANY PATRIOTIC AMERICAN, I WAS ABSOLUTELY APPALLED BY THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT CAPPED OFF THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO EUROPE THIS MORNING. I DIDN’T THINK IT COULD GET WORSE THAN HIS PERFORMANCE AT THE NATO SUMMIT, BUT IT SURE DID. IN JUST THE LAST WEEK ALONE, THE PRESIDENT ATTACKED OUR CLOSEST ALLIES IN NATO, CALLING THE EUROPEAN UNION A FOE, MEDDLED IN THE DOMESTIC AFFAIRS OF AN ALLY BY UNDERMINING THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND THAT WAS ALL BEFORE HE HELD A SUMMIT AND DOWNRIGHT SHAMEFUL PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE MAN WHO DIRECTED THE INTERFERENCE IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS AND, ACCORDING TO ALL REPORTS, CONTINUES TO TRY AND DO SO TODAY. AT EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY, THE PRESIDENT IS KNEECAPPING OUR ALLIES AND OFFERING A HELPING HAND TO OUR ADVERSARIES. WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERFERENCE IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS, THE PRESIDENT HAS MANAGED TO POINT HIS FINGER AT JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY — >>WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE, HERE TO “NEWS NOW,” TAKING A LIVE LOOK AT THE CAPITOL RIGHT NOW, SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER OF NEW YORK RIGHT NOW SLAMMING PRESIDENT TRUMP OVER THE MEETING THAT HE HAD WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AND THE NEWS CONFERENCE THAT WRAPPED UP ABOUT THREE HOURS AGO. LET’S LISTEN IN. >>RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA, THE ONE PERSON HE HASN’T BLAMED IS THE PERSON HE STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THIS MORNING, VLADIMIR PUTIN. ON FRIDAY, ROD ROSENSTEIN AND BOB MUELLER HANDED PRESIDENT TRUMP THE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT PUTIN HAD REQUESTED. THE 29-PAGE INDICTMENT IS A DOCUMENT OF UNPARALLELED WORK AND IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDED TO STAND UP TO MR. PUTIN. HE SHOULD HAVE MARCHED IN, PUT THE INDICTMENT ON THE TABLE, AND DEMANDED JUSTICE. RATHER THAN TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONFRONT PUTIN, RATHER THAN TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMAND THAT PUTIN HAND OVER THE NAMED RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS INDICTED LAST WEEK, THE PRESIDENT SIDED WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DENIAL OVER THE UNANIMOUS — UNANIMOUS — CONCLUSION OF THE UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. HE TOOK THE WORD OF THE KGB OVER THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE CIA. RATHER THAN PLACING BLAME FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 ON RUSSIA, WHERE IT BELONGS, THE PRESIDENT HAD THE GALL TO BLAME BOTH COUNTRIES FOR A TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP. THE PRESIDENT PUT WHAT’S BEST FOR HIM OVER WHAT’S BEST FOR THE SECURITY AND WELL-BEING OF THE UNITED STATES. THE QUESTION NOW LOOMS, WHAT, IF ANYTHING, WILL CONGRESS DO IN RESPONSE TO THIS AWFUL TRIP. WHERE ARE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES? WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS WHO ROARED APPROVAL WHEN REAGAN TOLD GORBACHEV TO TEAR DOWN THE WALL? WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS WHO DEMANDED A STRONG RESPONSE WHEN PUTIN ANNEXED CRIMEA? WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS WHO KNOW IN THEIR HEART THE PRESIDENT IS GIVING AWAY THE STORE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN? NOW IS THE TIME FOR OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US BIPARTISAN AND STAND UP. IF WE WAIT MUCH LONGER, OUR GLOBAL ALLIANCES WILL FRACTURE, THE INSTITUTIONS THAT AMERICA CREATED IN THE WAKE OF WORLD WAR II WILL CRUMBLE, OUR ALLIES WILL CONSIDER ABANDONING US, POSSIBLY FOR CHINA AND OTHERS, AND PUTIN’S RUSSIA WILL EMERGE STRONGER FOR IT, AND THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS, AND THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS INEXPLICABLY HELPING HIM DO. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAN TAKE STEPS RIGHT NOW TO PUSH BACK AGAINST THIS SLIPPERY SLOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT US ON. SPEAKER RYAN TODAY SAID NICE THINGS, BUT TALK IS NOT ENOUGH. WE NEED ACTION, BIPARTISAN STRONG ACTION, AND WE NEED OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY. I AM ASKING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO DO FOUR THINGS. FIRST, THEY CAN START BY REFUSING TO WATER DOWN AND INSTEAD DECIDE TO RATCHET UP SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA. IN THE HOUSE, THERE IS RIGHT NOW AN EFFORT TO RATCHET THESE SANCTIONS DOWN. GIVEN WHAT MR. PUTIN SAID TODAY, GIVEN THE INDICTMENTS, GIVEN WHAT MR. TRUMP SAID TODAY, THAT CANNOT HAPPEN. SANCTIONS SHOULD BE RATCHETED UP, AND AS YOU KNOW, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN PUSHING A PROVISION IN THE DEFENSE BILL THAT WOULD CREATE A LOOPHOLE IN SANCTIONS, TARGETED AT PUTIN’S DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE SECTORS. THEY SHOULD DROP THAT IMMEDIATELY. SECOND, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD DEMAND, AS WE ARE, THAT THE PRESIDENT’S NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM THAT ACCOMPANIED HIM TO THE PUTIN MEETING IMMEDIATELY COME AND TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS. WHAT KIND OF BRIEFINGS DID THEY GIVE HIM BEFOREHAND? WHAT DID HE SAY TO THEM AFTERWARDS? WE NEED THEM TO COME BEFORE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY TROUBLING QUESTIONS OUT THERE, AND IF YOU THINK THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS BAD, IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE WHEN THE PRESIDENT AND MR. PUTIN WERE ALONE. WE NEED ANSWERS. WE NEED THEM NOW. THIRD, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES NEED TO END ONCE AND FOR ALL THEIR ATTACKS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE FBI, AND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER. THE SPECIAL COUNSEL NEEDS TO FINISH HIS WORK. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO SIT FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, NOW MORE THAN EVER. ENOUGH DELAY, ENOUGH INTERFERENCE. IT’S TIME TO SIT DOWN FOR AN INTERVIEW. AND FOURTH, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES MUST DEMAND LOUDLY AND CLEARLY THAT THE PRESIDENT INSIST THAT THE 12 RUSSIANS NAMED IN THE INDICTMENT LAST NIGHT BE SENT TO THE UNITED STATES IMMEDIATELY TO STAND TRIAL. I AM ASKING LEADER McCONNELL AND SPEAKER RYAN, BOTH FRIENDS, TO MAKE SURE THESE FOUR THINGS ARE DONE. IN FACT, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY, I AM PLEADING WITH THEM TO JOIN US IN MAKING SURE THAT THESE FOUR THINGS ARE DONE. SENATOR McCAIN SPOKE OUT STRONGLY. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN THE CONSCIENCE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUALLY TAKING ACTION ON ISSUES LIKE THESE. A FEW OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SPOKEN OUT AND TALKED THE TALK, BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO WALK THE WALK. GIVEN THE DIRENESS OF THIS SITUATION. THE PRESIDENT IS DOING GRAVE HARM TO THE STANDING OF THESE UNITED STATES, WHILE KOWTOWING TO THE NUMBER ONE ENEMY WE PROBABLY HAVE ON THE GLOBE, VLADIMIR PUTIN. >>ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WATCH SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER ON OUR YouTube PAGE, YouTube.COM/FOX 10 PHOENIX. WE ARE CONTINUING TO STREAM ALL THE WAY UNTIL 8:00 TONIGHT. MORE TOP NEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY HAPPENING RIGHT THERE, RIGHT NOW, LIVE ON “NEWS NOW.”

16 thoughts on “FNN: River rescue in Kern County, CA; Apartment fire near Los Angeles

  1. To defeat deep state world wide and illuminati it looks like we need Russias help too. They got dirt on them too.

  2. We should have President Putin over to the WH for dinner soon. Lol Seriously though, this is a great thing going on between our to countries!!

  3. Can't wait until the pictures are made public. It's hard to believe, but this time Putin was the one taking it in the ass. I guess Putin must have felt dominated by Donald since he is such a small guy in comparison. Talk about skinny arms.

  4. Your President has just trashed your own country, not just in front of Putin, but in front of the world.

    If you Trump supporters can reconcile this disaster of a meeting in your heads, then you deserve everything you get. Never in all my years have I seen a POTUS surrender to the leader of Russia. It was historical, but not in a good way.

  5. As Russian Pres Nikita Khrushchev said in the 1960s to us / Americans .. we'll bury your dead .. he was right .. just waiting for just the "right kind of American President" to con / manipulate the "uneducated" American public

  6. The best news is that the Young are so intelligent and so connected. All the young all over the world under the age of 35 and in a minute it will be other under the age of 10. This is their era they will save the world. All the children of the world everyone under 35 the children of the world will save all of the countries and all the humanity and all the animals and all the fish on all the birds and things I forgot to say. God speed children. God bless the children. Patriots worldwide save the children. Amen

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