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pence who is warning kim jong-un don't test president trump. got to behave. mr. trump sends a message to north korea with its nuclear threats with u.s. warships on the region. is the president drawing a red line for the defiant kidictator? there is an award for the suspect accused of committing cold ksh blooded murder and posting a video of it on-line. we are learning more about a state of mind as he alludes an urgent nationwide manhunt. and the cruising obamas. former president and first lady enjoy a photo op on a yacht during their extended vacation. this hour, a new glimpse of their glamorous life after eight long years in the white house. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the situation room.
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tonight, north korea's warning that nuclear war could break out at any moment just hours after kim jong-un paraded his military arsenal and previed offered a failed but still provocative missile test. the regimes next move could be a nuclear test as they appear unphased from the trump administration. mike pence personally delivering a message north korea staring down kim's troops at the heavily-armed border. pence says the united states strategic patience is over and its military options are wide open. here in washington, president trump took time-out from the white house easter celebration to tell krp that north korea must behave. after the president ordered warships to the region, press secretary sean spicer says he doesn't expect mr. trump to draw any clear red lines telegraphing how he will respond to kim young
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jung un's threats. there is a man hunt for the suspected facebook killer. police in ohio just issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of steve stephens. he is accused of killing an elderly man apparently chosen at random then posting a video of it on facebook. police believe he is armed, angry, and on the loose right now. we're covering those stories and much more with our guests, including congressman ted yoho, on the public affairs committee. analyst are also standing by. cnn's dana bash is with vice president pence on the korean peninsula. she is standing by but first let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. mike pence is in the region as u.s. military officials say the north korea situation is coming to a head. >> well, wolf, as you would expect, u.s. military officials certainly are hoping that diplomatic option will work. but make no mistake, every step in this crisis does bring it closer to u.s. shores.
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>> vice president pence arrived at the dnc for one reason, to be visible to north korea. making the case to cnn's dana bash in an exclusive interview that the trump administration is a new sheriff in town. >> the president made clear that we're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. but we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on north korea. >> the vice president taking a tough tone at a press conference in seoul, warning of president trump's determination. >> north korea would do well not to test his resolve. or the strength of the armed forces of the united states in this region. >> north korea's ambassador to the u.n. ramping up the rhetoric. >> it has been created dangerous situation in which the nuclear war may break out at any moment.
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>> but is trump doctrine really new? national security adviser hr mcmaster's says all options are on the table but a peaceful solution is what the president wants just like all other presidents. >> this problem is coming to a head and so it's time for us to undertake all actions we can short of a military option to try to resolve this peacefully. so we will rely op our allies like we always do. >> the military parade through pyongyang being scrutinized by the u.s. intelligence community. these canisters could carry a missile capable reaching the u.s. but are they real or are they what one intelligence official called just big green tubes? spy satellites will be used to figure it out. >> there are certain infrared significant that tours for example that could reveal the contents of a canister like that. >> just hours after the parade,
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a medium range blissic missile tested failed. the second test in a row. it may be mechanical failure but experts say u.s. navy submarines could secretly attack those missile launches jamming their electronics. >> depend on some very specialized equipment and it would have to be done probably covertly if they were actually going to do that. >> but out in the open, the u.s. air force announcing that successful long planned test of its improved b-61 aerial bomb both nuclear and nonnuclear component. a bomb that could be vital in striking north korea if it came to that. >> now nonmilitary effort right now focuses to large extent to pressure china for its influence on north korea but nobody thinks at this point that kim jong-un is willing or ready to pull back
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on his nuclear weapons and missile program. wolf? >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thanks very much. let's go live to the korean peninsula right now. dana bash is on the scene for us. the only network television reporter traveling with vice president pence. dana, tell us more about your interview with the vice president and his meeting with north korea. >> it was fascinating to be with the vice president at the dnz. it is interesting to go any time, but to be with him as tensions are incredibly, incredibly intense, and the vice president was making very clear that he came here to the korean peninsula with a really specific and rather new message from the trump administration for north korea. here's part of our interview. >> you said that era of
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patience, strategic patience, is over. what does that mean in real terms? >> it was the policy during the united states of america during prior administrations to practice what they called strategic patience. that is to hope to marshal international support to bring an end to the nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile program of north korea. that clearly has failed. and the add vent of nuclear weapons testing the development of the nuclear program even this weekend to see another attempt at a ballistic missile launch all confirmed the fact that strategic patience has failed. >> what does it mean to end it in practical terms? either use military force or find a diplomatic solution that has eluded all of the predecessors. >> i think the president made clear we will abandon the strategic patience but redouble
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our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on north korea. our hope is we can resolve this issue peacefully. i know the president was heartened by his discussions with president xi. we have seen china begin to take some actions to bring pressure on north korea but there needs to be more. >> so you see there, wolf, the era of strategic patience is over, is the new kind of tag line for this administration and its policy towards north korea. but even though i was trying to get specifics on what exactly that means, we didn't get it. aside from what we, frankly already know, that the trump administration is trying to use china, diplomatically to use its relationship and its leverage that it has with north korea, more aggressively, and even at the united states is clearly threatening china with potential economic and other sanctions if
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they don't comply. and also what we saw when he came from the dmz where we are in south korea. rattling the saber from the past with the obama administration. threatening wasn't very veiled threat, north korea with the same kind of military might that president already showed in syria and in afghanistan if they don't follow through. now that is a big threat but we're still not really clear what that would mean in real terms. >> you're in seoul south korea, just south of the demilitarized zone, a huge city, about 15 million or so people. what's the mood in south korea as these tensions continue to escalas escalate with the north? >> very nervous. it was not an accident, wolf, that the vice president chose to make his more forward leaning
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remarks vis-a-vis military action in seoul standing next to the acting south korean president. i was told that he was very careful with the language that he used, worked very hard on the way he would frame that language and language of what i just mentioned. the notion of the north koreans need to remember what the trump administration has done in syria and afghanistan with military might. the nerves are increasing. it obviously is not new. there has been a threat after nuclear north korea for the past two decades. but it certainly is even more so given the fact that north korea continues to test missiles and any day now they are waiting for what they feel is inevitable which is a sixth nuclear test any day and that's why they are concerned and focussing on and asking for the kind of help that we saw even rhetorical help from
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the new u.s. administration. i can just tell you, by way, as i toss back to you color. we saw some protest for the vice president as he was making his way via motorcade around seoul. and for the most part, they were holding up signs saying, please, mr. trump, mr. vice president, engage in preemtive strike against north korea. that gives you a sense of how nervous they are about their own safety and stability here on the southern part of the korean peninsula, wolf. >> that's obviously a very dangerous move given the conventional weapons. for get about the nuclear weapons. dana bash is traveling with the vice president. also tonight as united states braces for the next move of an unpredictable dictator. president trump is trying to stay unpredictable himself. jim acosta caught up with the president earlier in the day and you add chance to ask him about north korea. tell our viewers how it went.
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>> that's right, wolf. president trump is still talking tough on north korea, telling me at the white house the communist country needs to behave itself. but aides to the president insist he is trying to use diplomacy to resolve the potential crisis. his family by his side at the easter egg roll, the president told north korean dictator kim jong-un to cut out military provocations. here is what he had to say. >> any message for north korea, sir in kim jong-un? >> got to behave. >> mr. president, do you think north korea can be resolved peacefully, sn sir? what are your thoughts on kim jong-un. >> hopefully it can. >> not much but the president saying north koreans have to behave themselves. the president and his aides are holding out hope that china will be able to contain north korea as you heard from dana bash, vice president, they are echoing that message at the white house. white house press secretary sean spicer was pretty clear, wolf,
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that is very much a work in progress. not all together clear the chinese will make that happen, wolf. >> to ask the white house press secretary sean spicer about the north korean strategy, tell bus that. >> that's right. sean spicer said the president won't draw any red lines for north korea. that term about red lines we have been hearing about that for the last several years but they aren't drawing any red lines to define just how far kim jong-un can go on his taunt and threats. spicer noted that did not work for the previous administration. red lines did not work for president obama when he warned syrian leader al assad not to use chemical weapons. here is what spicer had it say about that. >> does the president have a red line when it comes to north korea that if they cross it they will bring about some kind of military response for the u.s.? >> i think what we talked about, the use of red lines in the past with respect to syria, that drawing red lines hasn't worked in the past. he holds his cards close to the
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vest and i think you won't see him telegraphing how he will respond to any military administration going forward. we did with th with mosul and talk about what action will be months in advance and it has to be the intended recipient of action a heads-up of what is going on. i don't think you will the president drawing red lines in the sand but when appropriate the president will take decisive action. >> it is interesting to note that while the white house is drawing any red lines, and we have heard this over the last several days, president's recent strikes in sarah and afghanistan has proof of resolve and spicer is careful to say and we asked a follow-up question and what does it mean and though operations don't necessarily ind kwlat president will do with north korea but interesting to note they aren't talking about red lines but certainly talking
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about what happened over the last couple of weeks, wolf. >> certainly are. jim acosta at the white house. let's talk more about north korea and the threat republican congressman ted yoho. a member of the foreign affairs committee and chairman of the subcommittee with asia and pacific region. you spent a lot of time over there. thanks for joining us. under what condition would you support a u.s. preemtive strike against north korean nuclear facilities? >> under what conditions? i guess if they went ahead and attacks one of our bases, threatened our military down there, more so than they have or fired on them, or fired on the uss carl vinson fleet over there, nuclear tests, let's hope he doesn't do that. if he does, i think there will be a response. we will just have to see what he does. in fact what we do is dependent on what kim jong-un does, not what we do. kim jong-un needs to travel carefully here and let's get to diplomatic relationships and have that dialogue and bring
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regional partners in there. china, japan, south korea. bring partners together. we all have a vested interest in this. >> congressman, they have already had five nuclear tests. this would be the sixth. why do you think a sixth nuclear test would provoke a u.s. military response? >> well, i'm not saying it would. i think hopefully we can get to a point where kim jong-un doesn't do that. again, i talked about this before where who's trying to attack or invade north korea? there is no need for this guy to have nuclear weapons in the 21st century. what he is doing destabilizing not just the korean peninsula but destabilizing the asia-pacific region which accounts for 85% of trade. all countries need to come together on this because this will upset the world economy and that's why we went ahead and put them on recommendations to put them on the state sponsored
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terrorism so other countries can help put sanctiones with any country doing business with them along with china and secondary sanctions against north korea. and if we hit them in the wallet, i'm hoping kim jong-un and our diplomatic core will be able to negotiate but not in the failed negotiations we saw under bill clinton where they allowed them to get the nuclear power stations started. and under george bush where they take them off state-sponsored terrorism and north korea never held commitments, this is something that i think with what we have seen in syria with donald trump, this president, that he is strong on resolve and with the previous administration, using the patience strategery, drawing red lines and not backing them up, that won't happen under this president, i'm sure of that. >> you spent a lot of time studying kim jong-un, north koreian leader. he is unpredictable.
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how danger is the talk given his unpredictability? >> well, again, i think if he looks at the example of what president trump did with syria with the 59 tomahawk missiles and then floating the uss carl vinson, the are a kblad ovmada o show the strength of the united states and willingness to engage, i'm hoping again kim jong-un will look at the scenario in front of him. either he continues down a path that has no favorable outcome for him and the north korean people or he does a pivot and says, how can we stop this escalation and prove tagss. >> when president trump was out on the campaign trail and you heard him often say all sort of things but he suggested on a few occasions that a nuclear south korea or japan for that matter could contain kim jong-un. he also said would he be open to sitting down with kim jong-un. do you think he should revisit
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those ideas now that he is in the white house? >> yeah, i think he should revisit those. i don't know if that wait to go. every nation has a right to defend themselves. but to go nuclear is only going to cause a nuclear arms race in areas of the world we haven't had it. and i don't think we need it. that is one of the reasons we are so adamant about getting the thad system deployed in south korea as a defense mechanism only and to show we are willing to work with our allies and protect and stand with our allies sfpz do you have any special insight -- >> and keep in mind we have 28,000 troops there. >> right, and in the demilitarized zone, right in harm's way. do you have any insight has to why the latest north korean bli blissic test failed? >> no, i don't. i heard conjecture and speculation, but what we have to understand is that every failed
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test is also something they use for the next test to be successful. they will find out what didn't work. whether it blocked or interfered with the signal or something faulty in electronics, when it they go back and study that and we aren't sure if that isn't an icbm with a range of 7500 miles where it could reach the mainland of the u.s. if you go back to what kim jong-un said, he is willing to attack not just the bases but the mainland of the united states. and let's just hope he doesn't carry on. our response will be dependent on what kim jong-un does. not what he says, but his actions. >> president trump in days has been praising china. how would you explain president xi's moves so far? >> i think president xi jinping has a very pivotal role.
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with him placing a roughly 150,000 troops on the eastern border or western border of china there between china and north korea showes a strong response from their president of china. i think that sends a strong signal to kim jong-un. the other thing is, his cooperation, hopefully with allowing these companies in doing business with north korea helping us put sanctions on the company secondarily to where they are excluded from the american or world financial banks. this is something he can come and help us with. if you look at what he has done previous to this, he was retaliating against south korea for their acceptance of the thad system in south korea. he was punishing the wrong korea. he should be going after north korea and helping us come together. he has done a good thing by preventing any more of the export of coal from north korea to china.
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let's hope he stays true to his word on that and that they help us bring this is a peaceful resolve. >> congressman, stand by. there is much more to discuss. we will resume our conversation right after this.
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we're back with congressman ted yo with florida. one of the republican lawmakers who is facing angry constituents at some town haul events. congressman, i know you faced criticism if some of your constituents for failing to deliver on your promise of repealing, replacing obamacare for opposing president trump on the gop health care bill. but the president said he would like to try again. is there a scenario in which you would sign on to a new health care bill. any closer to really working out
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a deal with them? >> absolutely. as far as signing on to a bill, absolutely. i commend his leadership for asking for a delay for the american health care act that americans put forward and courage of paul ryan to remove the bill at the time. there was a lot of motion behind that. best way forward, wolf, is to do a hundred percent repeal like retold the american people when we got elected on it. everyone in the republican house and house and senate said they were voting and running to repeal and replace the affordable care act. this bill did not do this. so if they come out with a clean bill to repeal we can go on with replacing. >> they say congressman they have to could it simultaneously repeal and replace one piece of legislation. >> no, not at all, there doesn't have to be. >> doesn't have to be but that's
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what they say they want. >> well, to repeal it and have a future date, mo brooks out of alabama has a great beale that repeal that and it doesn't go into effect until january 1 of 2018. that gives us iegt months to come together with republicans and democrats to have a bipartisan effort instead of doing a lp sided like nancy pelosi and democrats did under 2009 or what we are doing with no democratic input, let's do this, not for a party but what is best for americans so they have great quality health care at an affordable price. you can't did that unless we approve the beast out there called the affordable care act. >> one final question, congressman, before we let you go, different issue, sean spicer saying today that president trump won't be releasing his tax returns, tax day tomorrow, as all of our viewers know for sure because he they say he is still under audit. how concerned are you about the president, refusing to share his
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tax returns around this election day? this tax day, i should say. >> i'm not overly concerned. but i did come out in town hall saying i would support lejs lakes for h legislation no do that. every president has in the past. it is not mandated by law. but as brought up by me with business dealings he has around the world it might be more trance parent so that we see what businesses he has a and make sure legislation is not interfering with that. i think it is a good gesture on his part to release them, like all other presidents have, of the modern era. so we have signed on to some legislation to support that. >> congressman, thank you very much. ted yo of florida. thank you very much. just ahead, u.s. military options for dealing with kim jong-un. how far would, should, president
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trump go? expert are standing by. how. how has the facebook murder suspect gone without being caught? a new reward has just been offered.
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tonight north korea says the region and world may be on the brink of nuclear war. blaming the trump administration
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for the escalation despite new military taunts by kim jong-un at a time when mike pence is in his backyard. we are joined by military experts and when the vice president says, i'm quoting him now, the jer yaera of the strat patience is over with north korea. >> everything i heard is the policy we have been pursuing for the eight plus years. i'm not sure exactly what they mean by strategic patience but the idea, and sean spicer floated it out there, that president is waiting and seeing what was happening. and that is not true. there is a lot of energy put forth. not only the united states but the international community. >> it didn't work. >> no. i think everybody would admit that so far we have not met with success but to say it was wait and see is not accurate. we put more force nets pacific and enact the most stringent economic ankss so i don't really know exactly where they are going but to say that strategic
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patience itself was wait and see is wrong. >> the vice president issuing this warning to kim jong-un, let me play it. >> just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president. in actions taken in syria and afghanistan. north korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the united states in this region. snrs. >> so realistically, what military options are there? >> you look at what happened in the past month or so. the president authorizing the strike in syria. the consequences are about zero. they don't have nuclear capability. game has changed here. people in washington are suggesting that the president turning on a dime in syria somehow is a precedent for north korea. if you want to do this, and i don't think the vice president took much after step. he is talking about negotiations. not talking about military action. if you want to do this you get japanese, south koreans, chinese
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on board and americans on board and talk to the military. talk to the u.s. intelligence committee. they can't turn on a dime. last thing to talk about is law of unintended consequences. if you think you go in there and preempt, my next question is what next step are you prepared for? this ain't syria, be careful. >> you know that region well. you were the spokesman at the pentagon. say the u.s. does launch military action, preemtive strike of sorts, north koreans have enormous convention, forget about the nuclear, their conventional capability along the demilitarized zone, a million troops, thousands of artillery pieces can destroy seoul, 15 million people, and nearly 30,000 u.s. troops very quickly. >> this is not syria. this is a radically different scenario. and to compare one to the other is dangerous. >> we have to take kim jong-un at his word. when he says he will do something, you have to take it
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seriously. he has the ability to back it up and it would be disastrous for partners in the region. you have to take this seriously. >> i want to move on in a second. >> we have the capability to make sure that ballistic test that north koreans launched over the weekend failed. does the u.s. have the capability it make sure it failed? >> i don't think so. you've got to do what you think can you do and whether you can block through electronic means and what you know can you do. if you're in the white house at the pentagon and you say i can guarantee you that i can stop a launch, i wouldn't bet on that for anything. guarantees, you can't find those. >> we heard from barbara starr that u.s. has sophisticated jacking capabilities that could have undermined that ballistic missile launch. >> without getting into sensitive intelligence issues like that, there are a range of capabilities that we have and
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keep trying to improve to deal with these launches throughout the entire trajectory of it. but you know, to piggyback on something phil said, this isn't -- this wasn't a failure. every time he tests something, even if it doesn't work for whatever reason it doesn't work, whether it is internal or external, he learns and keeps developing this capability which again is -- >> good point for it. >> the race against the clock right now. >> former u.s. ambassador of south korea christopher hill thinks this. he says president trump is trying to outnorth korean the north koreans with his rhetoric. what do you think he means by that. >> i think what ambassador hill is saying is that the u.s. won't get rattled by anything the north koreans say or do. the problem is and this is something that ambassador hill said is that a super power can't afford to bluff. and there in lies the challenge for president trump. to phil's point and admiral kirby's point, this is a
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situation in which the safetive our allies, including south korea and japan hangs in the balance. we can't afford to be as erratic. >>. >> this is so dangerous, rebecca bird. and president obama said to incoming president trump, this is the number one national security threat facing the united states. president trump is criticized for discussing it on twitter. >> president trump on twitter is more after blunt instrument. diplomatic situations like this potentially a military situation like this is very delicate and if you say the wrong thing at the wrong moment it could be misinterpreted. it could be interpreted in the wrong way and something terrible could happen. so there's a fine line between the strong rhetoric that i think president trump wants to hit and being reckless and he has to be very careful that he doesn't cross that line and cause an incident or cause a
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misunderstanding what it comes to north korea. >> totally agree. one thung i will say and i give the administration credit for it is they have applied a sense of rigor and deliberate planning since they came into office. i didn't see that with syria but what the people i'm talking to, they've got a process, meeting on this and there has been some measure of organized thought process going into the north korean problem. you see madison's first trip into the region, tillerson march, now vice president there, i do believe they are trying to think through this together. >> the key is china right now. can china be brought in to squeeze the north koreans effectively. >> that is not the only answer here. with what they think they can get done is a fool's mission and it has to be more of an international consensus to put all kinds of pressure. economic military diplomatic on the north. >> you believe the threats to the north korea are wise? >> i don't think military threats at this point get you anywhere. i thought the president's
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comment in the rose garden about they got to behave is flippant. you don't need to be flippant with a guy like this. i do think it is important that north continue to know we have a strong military presence on the peninsula and region and that they are ready. >> stand by. there is much more coming up including a note, life after the white house. president obama, yachting, vacationing, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.
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we're back with our team of analysts tonight. senator cot yton of arkansas jos the growing list of angry constituents at town halls. he was booed today for defending president trump. listen. >> my question is, you in congress and the senate have the power to subpoena these tax returns. the president, the president said during the campaign that he would not release the tax returns while he was under audit. now he says the election has happened and he doesn't need to release his tax returns. i'm wondering if you will take the initiative to have him release those returns so we can see what kind of connections he has with different countries around the world and what -- [ cheers and applause ] -- and what tax proposals would
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personally benefit him and his -- [ cheers and applause ] >> as far as i'm aware, the president says he is still under audit. [ crowd booing ] the president is right. this is not a secondary or -- this was in the campaign. hillary clinton and her campaign repeatedly criticize pled trump -- [ inaudible ] as far as your point about his relationships overseas, i would make two replies. first, every federal office holder, every candidate for office files a financial disclosure statement that shows assets and liabilities. and second, it doesn't take a lot of effort to find out that
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donald trump has networks overseas he puts his names on buildings. >> this was in arkansas, this town hall. and the crowd there was pretty angry. >> yeah. and it is hard for any legislator to defend this. less about any specific issue wolf is whether you talk about white house laws or tax returns, the dynamic here is one where president trump and the trump administration are sending this message that unlike that, that they want to operate like he did when he was in private business and not reflecting that he works for the american people. this isn't because people want to relitigate the campaign. >> how problematic is this potentially for republicans looking to 2018. >> this could be a bad sign indeed wolf. in any election, that mid term is challenging for whatever party is in control. but president trump has more after challenge in this upcoming mid term election.
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you have so few seats in terms of margin and the house for republicans only 24-seat margin for them and have you a president with a very low approval rating. not very popular at this moment. and he isn't getting health care wasn't able to get done. tax reform is going to be more difficult. so they need something to show for this, something to distract from some of these controversies and they're not giving him any amo. >> do you think he'll be able to sustain that over eight years and not release those tax returns. >> i'm out of my league, but i hope not. i really hope not. i think it's a fundamental responsibility. the american people put him in office. they have a right to know this information whether it's required or not and i hope not. >> frankly, if democrats were to win the house, they would be able to start subpoenaing these documents.
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they would have control over oversight and have power over the committees to demand these dau democrats. you can believe they will be calling for investigations. >> do you want to weigh in? >> if you say he's under audit, my guess is the irs has his tax return. what is going to be revealed during the audit by revealing the tax return. this myth because he's under audit people can't see what he earned doesn't make sense to me. if he releases it what's the irs going to learn? >> i'm going to show you a different picture. we'll show it to our viewers. i'm curious to get your reaction. the former first lady aboard a yacht. it looks pretty nice. that's the president, by the way taking a picture of the first lady. you're smiling. >> you want it, you're going to get it. i have two things to say.
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ex-presidents are like good whisky. in a few years find something to focus on, but go on vacation. maybe hillary clinton can take a note. stop talking about the election and find a job and figure out what to do. i can say to gavin i'm afronted. the president did eight years and i did 25. i want my invite. >> maybe they're watching right now. maybe you'll get that invite and you deserve it. you worked hard at the cia and fbi. we wish the former president and first lady only the best. hopefully they are enjoying their well deserved vacation. just ahead, police believe he shows a victim at random to take out his rage and post a video of the killing on facebook for the world to see. the latest on the possible motive and the nationwide manhunt unfolding right now. s ab and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance
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we're following breaking news tonight on a chilling murder captured on video and posted on facebook. the suspect remains on the loose right now the target of an urgent manhunt that began in ohio and has spread across the country. police say they've gotten a lot of leads but still no capture. >> reporter: more than 24 hours after this horrific crime and still no sign of steve stevens. authorities are asking him to turn himself in or contact family or relatives. they're hoping he turns himself
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in. at this point they say there is no doubt he is armed and dangerous. >> this is what we would consider a national search. so we are not going to leave any stone unturned. >> reporter: a manhunt spanning several states tonight. investigators looking for any information that could lead them to this man, 37-year-old steve stevens. suspected of gunning down godwin. he was apparently picked off the street at random as a target of his rage. >> this man was a good man. he hate he's gone. i don't know what i'm gonna do. it's not real. >> i feel like my heart is gonna stop. >> reporter: the family coming to grips with the horror that struck sunday afternoon adding to the shock the fact that the suspect recorded the deadly shooting and posted it on facebook.
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in the video stevens calls himself a monster with built in frustration. he orders godwin godwin to speak his girlfriend's name. stevens also claims in the video to have snapped and killed 13 people, but authorities have found no evidence of any more than one victim. >> unfortunately there's been one fatality, one homicide in this entire scenario and we want to keep it that way. >> reporter: authorities say detectives did speak to stevens via cell phone early on in the investigation with no success. >> they tried to, of course, convince him to turn himself in and of course that hasn't happened to date. so, again, we're asking the public's help in finding this guy. >> reporter: while the manhunt is ongoing across the country, the investigation continues on the ground in cleveland. authorities say they have recovered weapons from some properties they have searched
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related to this investigation, although we do know stevens did have a conceal carry permit. the big question is why did he do this. this was a man that mentored children and the only person that can answer that question is steven himself. >> thanks very much. that's it for me. "outfront" starts right now. north korea warning a nuclear war could break out at any moment as the president ramps up the tough talk and sends the vp to the dmz. undocumented immigrants with one-way tickets back to mexico. why are you paying for them. it's the nudge seen around the world. melania trump's reminder to her husband. good evening. out front tonight threat of nuclear war. north korea is not backing down. neither is the u


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