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row. we wait for the closings bell. [closing bell rings] we say hello to david asman and melissa francis. they pick it up from here. "after the bell" starts right now. david: stocks sliding in final moments of trading. the dow is down 44 points. looks like it might settle a little lower. nasdaq is also down following suit as concerns begin to take hold in the marketplace. i'm david asman. melissa: i'm melissa francis. this is "after the bell." more on the big market movers. first here is what else we're covering this very busy hour right now. getting back to business and the clock is ticking. president trump meeting at house and senate leaders at the white house trying to put distractions behind them and push his economic growth agenda forward before the summer recess. as news breaks of another major health insurer pulling out of the obamacare exchanges, potentially leaving thousands without insurance in one key state. the president just responded
moments ago, calling this is a democrat-inflicted catastrophe. overseas there is a terror investigation underway right now in paris. details of an attack outside of famed notre dame cathedral and what we know about the suspect. david: go back to markets quickly. the dow closing lower for the second straight day as markets await big events inside and outside of the beltway. nicole petallides on floor of new york stock exchange. watching it all for us. it could have been a lot worse, nicole. >> absolutely. let's look at tech titans that hit all-time highs. a sell program went in late in the day on fang stocks, facebook, amazon, netflix and google.
they hit all-time highs for you, exactly the fang stocks. amazon went up to 1016. they are on apple tv, fire tv, offering 5.95 a month for those with low income to have access to prime service. retailers came under pressure. retailers really very empathetic to latest reports from macy's. macy's announcing their gross margin going forward will be less than expected. decline more than expected, after nine straight quarters of same-store sales declining. it is bringing down the entire group. in fact kohl's is down 6%. dillard's down 4%. selling across the board. big picture you saw all-time highs but there is a lot to digest other than the markets to your point. david: tough time for macy's. melissa. melissa: gold finishing at highest level in seven months settling up more than a percent
to 1297 an ounce driven by conflict between saudi arabia and qatar and a weaker u.s. dollar. oil ended higher snapping a two-day losing streak ahead of a government report expecting to show ninth straight weekly decline in u.s. supplies. david: white house pushing forward with a packed agenda. president trump meeting in the white house. he is working hard on his agenda. >> we' working very, very hard on tax cuts and working very, very hard on health care. i think we'll have pleasant surprises for a lot of people. david: let's hope they are pleasant. adam shapiro outside with details. reporter: anthem's decision to leave ohio will leave the obamacare insurance exchanges without any plans in 20 counties. indianapolis-based anthem setting prices for insurance plans under the affordable care act or obamacare as we call it,
is increasingly difficult due to the shrinking individual market as well as continued changes in federal operations, rules and guidelines. health care obviously a big topic among the republicans in the senate who are meeting with vice president pence. they did that over lunch. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says they're getting close to presenting legislation but republicans lindsey graham doubt they will deliver a plan that will pass. even minority leader chuck schumer says obamacare is not sustainable, but he says going backwards would be worse. >> i have a message for our republican colleagues. it is very simple. abandon repeal. stop sabotaging our health care system, you will find democrats waiting to work with you to improve the health care system. reporter: health care is one of the topics that republican leaders in the house and senate are discussing with president trump. tax reform, 2018 budget remain
top priorities for the trump administration. congress has to pass budget resolution before it tackles tax reform. they're saying on the hill, david, tax reform most likely this fall. treasury secretary steve mnuchin and economic advisor gary cohn they meet regularly almost weekly with republican congressional leaders to find consensus on tax reform should they be able to drop the bill this fall. president trump met with republican leadership as we said and will have dinner with different members of the house and senate from the republican side this evening. david: let's hope they make progress. adam, thank you. melissa. melissa: here to react republican congressman louie gohmert from texas. thank you for joining us. where are we in this process? give us some insight. >> i tell you, i am so proud of this president. this is fantastic. he called me afternoon and one of the things i mention, mr. president, this is feeling a
lot like 2005 and speaker and republican majority leader weren't really that thrilled with the big tax reform agenda by president bush, shoring up social security. they weren't thrilled about it we'll get agenda done by may, looking good. not going to be may looks like, we'll try to by the end of the summer. maybe september, october. we'll give it one more try in december. then january hit. when we met in our annual meeting we were told, you can't do those big things in an even numbered year. melissa: you're scaring us. >> and i said, look we have, you can't let republican leaders slow-walk this thing. that is the way it is feeling like. i turn around and i find out today he is meeting wi our republican leaders on both sides of t building. i am thrilled. i'm so pleased for president trump. he is not going to let this happen the way some have wanted.
some really thought they could slow-walk it, i'm telling you within the republican party. melissa: what does he have to do at meeting? does he have to literally light a fire under them? that could be dangerous. but whatever it takes. >> not the literally lighting fire. melissa: whatever it takes. >> but close. he is just the man to do it. but he is doing exactly what he needed to do. he needs to keep the pressure on. and he needs to keep making clear i guys are interested in staying in majority. i'm interested in helping country. i know you want to do that too. melissa: what does that mean, i doesn't want to run out of time without getting specifics. what does he have to force them to get? >> melissa, we should have had a vote in the senate four weeks ago, three weeks ago. for heaven's sake two weeks ago on health care. they have been sitting on this for all this time. i know they're working on it. they think they may have an agreement but that didn't come
up until the president said this on tax reform, the house, there are a lot of people that made clear the president, i thought had made clear we'll not do border adjustment. take that out. get major tax reform done. let's have dramatic cuts. those are things we can do, but only if the president keeps pushing republican leaders in the house and senate to get it done. melissa: what is the truth though because we hear, don't get distracted by the fact that the presidt is tweeting. doing big things internationally along with that? everyone else is locked in a room somewhere with the rules and abicus and construction paper and they're really getting things done. is that not the case? they're not locked away doing stuff. >> come on, definitely, there has been some work by some small number of people. melissa: you're depressing me. >> look, most people have not been working on these two issues and i'm telling you it feels so much like 2005. but the difference is, now we have seen what happened in '05. i'm sure president trump is not
going to let that happen. melissa: okay. >> and i think this afternoon is good evidence. donald trump is not going to allow this to be slow-walked until we're out of time. melissa: i hope you're right. >> he will keep pushing. those are two big things. get tax reform. get obamacare repeal. let's get it done. melissa: amen. congressman, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. david: let's get reaction. james freeman "wall street journaled" he tomorrow page assistant editor, gary kaltbaum capital management mt.. they're both fox news contributors. james sure seems what the congressman is saying is true. there is slow-walking by republican leadership of both these things, both tax reform and health reform, what do you think? >> i think they know they have to get this done. the calendar is getting away from them. i'm not sure they get urgency on tax issue they have to make cuts now, but do it for their political survival, if you don't want a repeat of 2006 as
mr. gohmert was saying they need the economy start growing at faster rate. i guess i would be a little more optimistic because i think they do realize the urgency of the situation, but it is important, i agree with him, they can't allow, in caucus meetings and members whining about the twt from hell from the white house today, too hard to deal with, forget that you have a job to do. send it to his desk sign it. david: i couldn't agree with james more. forget it. i know about the tweet stuff. both melissa and i talked for ages about it. it is not helping, however really not helping are swamp creatures inside the beltway been there for decades. they don't want to change anything. they want to keep their cozy situation inside the beltway, houses chauffeurs, et cetera, they are the ones slow walking all this meaningful change. >> and here is the shame. you have the white house, you have the congress, you have the senate, you have governorships, you have statehouses, you have
everything and you're doing nothing. i just listened to that interview intently. melissa was asking specific questions and getting non-specific answers. that worries the living heck out of me. i am in hope something gets done but every day that goes by is a bad day. we were talking about this in february, march, april, may. we're now june and the clock is a ticking my friends. david: it is, the clock's ticking and economy is not growing as fast as it should. meanwhile uber informing the employees it fired more than 20 people after a investigation into sexual harrassment. gary we certainly found out here, you can not let these things fester. you have to hit it fast, you have to hit it hard, right? >> absolutely. there is something else going on here. i am pretty sure that uber is going to want to go public in the next year and you just can't have things like this popping out. david: no. >> in the middle of road shows and wanting to go public especially when stilhave big losses.
they want to do a good deal, they want to do an expensive deal make as much money as possible, get out of the way. there is a lot of this going on and they better get on top of it in a very big way. melissa: the trump family is harnessing power of middle america again. the hotel company bearing the president's name moving into the modest segment of hotel chains, opening less expensive rooms in mississippi which will also cater to the younger traveling market. james, to me this is genius. he identified a market that was underserved, sort of 3-star, affordable value straightforward. he knows how to market to the market he identified. are the problems down the road for him with this? >> i think this may be happening out of necessity. obviously when he was first coming into office a lot of questions would his hotels unduly benefit from the fact he is president. tough to tell this is not a public company but it seems like if anything, it has been challenging because he is a polarizing figure. melissa: right.
>> he is not a unifying figure especially in that high-end affluent clientele that he is often catering to in the existing buildings. you see some reluctance at time to put trump name on some newer properties. it may be he is going where the market now is for him. melissa: absolutely. makes a lot of sense. david. david: making amazon even more accessible. the e-commerce giant will offer discount on amazon prime memberships to those folks on food stamps. melissa: what? david: gary, this boggles my mind, if you're on food stamps do you think you should spend $6 a month for streaming video? turn it around, if folks can spend $6 a month on streaming video, should they be on the federal dole? >> probably not. this is something we're yelling about for a very long time but at least it is not government giving out free stuff like they did with the phones and phone service.
at least it's a company that is deciding to do what they -- david: private redistribution of wealth, that is going on. >> private redistribution, you are correct. david: i still don't think it makes sense. melissa. melissa: president trump slamming the mainstream media, tweeting the fake mainstream media is working sew hard trying to get me not to use social media. they hate that i can get honest unfiltered message out. sorry folks, but if i would have relied on the fake news of cnn, nbc, abc, cbs, wash post, "new york times," not that he is naming names or anything, i would have had zero chance of winning white house. james, what do you think? >> i mean he is, one thing i have to argue with him about is, cnn gave him a lot of airtime and perhaps some other networks, or the news networks as well. so i think he has to thank some established media if you will for where he is, look, for
everyone who grinds their teeth looking at some of these tweets he puts out, you have to have a little you humility. a lot of us were saying he has no chance. david: that's right. >> he figured out really better than anyone how to spend very little money, earn free media and use technology to get his message out. melissa: yeah, i d't know. gary are the tweets gumming up the works is he, does he have a direct path to the people who support him and they love it? >> as my nanny used to say, oyvay. there comes a point in time where we know what you think. i agree with him everything that is going on in the media, but there comes a point in time much more important things to get done. as we stated earlier, taxes, health care, immigration. you name it. if you spend half your time dealing, putting down others in the media you will not get the job done.
my main message, get specific, away from you will at noise. melissa: my husband said i shouldn't be a allowed to use the phone before breakfast because i'm irrational and mean-spirited, maybe there is something in there. the time of day you can tweet. twice, thank you. david: back in the old days they used to say tear up your first angry note. tear it up, wait a while and write another one. melissa: save the draft, second ones might be good. david: paris is on high alert after a man attacks a police officer in front of notre dame cathedral. a terror investigation is underway. the latest what we know now. melissa: new developments in the fight against isis as u.s.-backed forces close in on a key strong hold. what it means for the safety here at home. david: the feds making first arrest for anti-trump leaks. this is the woman. the latest on a georgia woman accused of leaking classified information from the nsa.
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potentially official case to comment on as there has been arrest of a 25-year-old contractor, a defense contractor from georgia as relates to a story, top secret information, given top secret document from the national security agency. that was leaked to the website, the intercept.com. this person has been charged under the espionage act. press secretary sean spicer was asked about this, wouldn't comment on the specific case, it was an ongoing situation, he couldn't get into the matter. however he talked about the need to keep classified documents out of the public domain. >> you heard the president very clearly talk about about the concern he has about unauthorized disclosures of classified and sensitive information, and threat that they can pose to national security. reporter: here at white house, past hour and 15 minutes, president is meeting with top republican lawmakers on eshoo of health care and on issue of tax
reform. there was a little bit of an on camera session with reporters as the meeting was started anat the end ofhasession the presidenwas ked about m comey, his upcoming testimony about less than 48 hours from now on thursday. the president made these very brief remarks. listen here. >> what message do you have to james comey ahead of his testimony? >> i wish him luck. thank you, everybody. reporter: i wish him luck. that was the extent of president trump's comments on that matter. that hearing thursday 10:00 in the morning, melissa. white house press secretary spicer was asked whether or not the president will be watching on thursday? would not got into that. only to say the president has as busy day. melissa. melissa: see that i wish him luck, taken out of context doesn't sound like he is wishing him luck, but blake, thank you. david: we'll be watching anyway. here is steve dynan, "washington times" national correspondent. talk about the woman.
she is 25 years old. very political on all of facebook and twitter and everything else, she has very strong political views, big bernie supporter, against the pipelines stuff like that. how can a 25-year-old actively engaged in politics have a top secret security clearance? >> you know that is a really good question. i suspect we'll find out a lot more about that and probably pressure from up here on capitol hill on the administration to get better about its security clearance screening at the beginning. look, this case in particulars, i haven't dealt with this type of document but i have dealt with number of secret and confidential documents in my day on other issues, i have got to say this is not a very good leaker. the fbi caught up with her so quickly. they tracked her down because they could see that the document was shared by the website -- david: stephen, imagine how many dozens or maybe even hundreds
more -- if she got top secret clearance with all of her background and her young age, imagine how many others there could be? i think we're beginning to understand, how difficult, maybe impossible to track down the other leakers? >> sure. although two things, the mere act after prosecution of one of these leakers does send a signal. i suspect the signal is seen by other potential leakers, people who are in her same boat, litically-active folks, hey i might want to take a swing at donald trump through means i have. they might be more wary. will it go after hardened folks who are really determined, probably not but it might do something some of them. david: stephen, before we go i want to get to the substance of this information. it was all exactly about how russia hacked as late as october, november, doesn't affect the election. president spoke about russia's involvement and other things in december, last press conference in december.
let me play a clip on that about what he said whether or not the russians did any hacking after december. listen. >> in early december when i saw president putin in china, i felt that the most effective way to insure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly, and tell him to cut it out and there would be serious consequences if he didn't. in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process. but, the leaks through wikileaks had already occurred. david: now we know that is not true. if we believe nsa documents that were leaked, there was hacking going on as late as october or november. the president said nothing happened after september. that leads to two points, one is which are worrisome one, that the president was lying in december, or two, the nsa had this information and was not sharing it with the president.
do you know which is more likely? >> a couple of things. entirely possible the nsa to them longer -- they had to go back and track down this instigation. it is possible it took them longer. it is also possible the president was talking as you heard him say specifically about wikileaks rather than going after voter rolls. we knew there were efforts early on over the summer to go after some of these state election agencies, election offices. david: right. >> it is possible he was talking about something different in that quote. david: well he was the definitely wrong, that the russians were actively engaged in trying to affect the election in october, november, if you believe these nsa docs. no reason to believe they are necessarily true. stephen dinan, good to see you. >> my pleasure. melissa: the president one trillion dollars campaign promise. how president trump is taking major step towards improving country's infrastructure, putting americans back to work. coming up university of maryland
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jo paris on -- melissa: paris on high alert. a terror investigation after a man armed with a hammer struck a police officer in the head shouting this is for syria in front of paris's named notre dame cathedral. he had two kitchen knives and other crude weapons when he was shot and wounded by the officer. david: meanwhile in england a third terrorist identified. british authorities unmasking all three attacks responsible for the carnage in london saturday night. we know two of the terrorists previously to known to police. fox business's ashley webster in london with the very latest. hi, ash. ashley: yeah, hi, david.
very concerning indeed. the third suspect identified as 22-year-oldf zaghba. he is from italian moroccan descent. they stopped him in bo loan that from istanbul. they looked at his phone and found isis material on it. they contacted uk authorities watch out this guy could pose a terror threat. ironically, interestingly i should say the british authorities say he was not on our radar. very disturbing we know another suspect in saturday's attack was featured in a documentary just last year on channel 4 here in the uk. the documentary was called "the jihadis next door." rather embarrassing for intelligence authorities. although they say we had no belief any attack was imminent. theresa may on the campaign trail said we'll take stronger steps.
we'll do whatever we can to stop these kind of attacks. i should mention the twitter war between president donald trump and london mayor, muslim sadiq kahn goes on. although boris johnson weighed in. sadiq kahn said donald trump is wrong about many things and that his state visit scheduled for later this year should be stopped. liberal democrat leader here in the uk said that donald trump is an embarassment to america. boris johnson weighed in and said, listen, i don't think he, the president was right to say what he said about sadiq kahn's twitter, don't be alarmed if you see armed police on the street. however, he should be allowed to visit the united kingdom. we invited him. he accepted. and that is that. so the twier war, we think has been put aside. donald trump's name not popular in some corners of uk.
by the ways polls open 7:00 a.m. in the uk. we'll find out whether theresa may. david: all this stuff goes into the electoral mix. that is quite an election on thursday. ashley: absolutely. david: ash, we thank you. melissa. melissa: cost of an action, republicans meet with president trump with a key house seat up for grabs. why one special election could be a weak upcall for the grand ol' party. guy benson weighs in on the most expensive congressional race in history and what it signals for republicans next year. david: plus u.s. offensive against islamic state. u.s. forces prepared to take back raqqa. but extremists not expected to give up quickly. >> all the caliphate and the attacks you see around the world that you have reported on will continue. [vo] when it comes to investing, looking from a fresh perspective can make all the difference.
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since donald trump was elected, they had a few bites of the apple. they have fallen short across the country. this is the one they have got circled on their calendar, june 20th, a runoff in suburban atlanta, a pretty, conservative, traditionally republican district but one that donald trump just barely won over hillary clinton by a single point in the fall. by comparison, mitt romney handily in 2012. there is a lot of money coming into this race. as you said, the most expensive race, close to $30 million in house history. and it is neck-and-neck according to the polls. melissa: this was tom price's seat. of course now he is heading health and human services. what would you tell us about the candidates in the race? what are they like? are they trumpian and clintonian? >> not especially so. the democrats have this guy, jon ossoff, who is young, 30 years old. he actually doesn't live in the district. he is pretty liberal but posturing as a moderate. he is trying to say he is focused on local issues, local
race concerns, not trying to nationalize the race about donald trump although lots of outside money is doing exactly that. most of his money, vast majority of it come from out-of-state, most particularly california. the republicans rather, have karen handel, who is mainstream conservative i would say from the district. she has run for a couple things in that state. she has been a business leader in the past. again, this was a race or a district at least that republicans were pretty comfortable in for many years. tom price always won by a sizable margin. mitt romney, john mccain did well but trump not so popular with folks in this district which is why there is so much emphasis placed on it by the national democratic party putting down a marker in georgia 6. melissa: how can jon ossoff run if he doesn't win in the district? >> you're allowed to. that is the law. he lives outside the district. he said his family lives inside the district. he is living with his now girlfriend as she goes to
medical school. that is something republicans hit him on. they hit him exaggerating his national security credentials. resume' relatively thin for someone that age running for congress. but again he has been relatively disciplined or fairly disciplined in this campaign. he is trying to ride sort of a national mood, a national wave against trump without explicitly saying that. their first debate is tonight. >> wow, guy, quick prediction, who will win? >> oh, boy. melissa: come on. >> put me on the spot? you know what? the polls show that it is one or two point race is ossoff slightly ahead. democrats have more enthusiasm. they have poured so much money into this thing. republicans have shown they're willing to come out and stand up, handle is not very trump republican. i think she squeaks it out. it will be awfully close. melissa: guy, thank you. thanks for rolling with us there. we won't hold you to it. if you were right we'll bring
you on with balloons. >> that sound perfect. thank you. melissa: david? >> doesn't live in the district. doesn't seem right. they may be cute and cuddly but there is something foul about -- melissa: they're not cute and cuddly. not cute and cuddly. david: cdc warning a new trend keeping backyard chickens is fueling outbreak of salmonella. they're imploring people not to snuggle with them. no harm trying -- lissa: really? david: really awful to do it because the center is citing eight separate outbreaks linked to contacts with these pets. it is sickening 370 people in 47 states. don't do it. don't pick up the chickens. melissa: don't cud tell your chick inch is the -- cuddle is the message of the day. david: eat them. don't cuddle. melissa: you don't keep chickens in the backyard? david: no. we don't have a backyard actually. melissa: if i did there wouldn't be chickens there. mixing sports with politics. here why espn's efforts to shoot
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that is way it works. toll roads don't work out. for something like air traffic control system talking about business equipment for business, charging user fees for planes as they land makes sense. 50 countries has gsp devices now. we don't. we need to keep up with the rest of the world. melissa: let's start with that one, when you talk about the air traffic control, it makes people nervous this idea that the private industry would be in charge of air traffic control. frkly i'm a little more nervous like the dmv being in charge of air traffic control, but what are your thoughts? how does private industry make it safe? how do people feel reassured? >> first of all it will be a non-profit. it will have the capacity to raise capital and pay off what it borrows from user fees. but regular -- regulatory another will remain in the federal aviation administration. they will use to make sure the system funds safely.
melissa: why doesn't you think it works for roads? in virginia, there are a lot of to roads, pay roads that work, no? >> we had several private companies around the country go bust with toll roads. it doesn't always work out. motorists are not always willing to pay for convenience. depends where you are. i am well-familiar with the toll roads you're speaking about living in alexander, virginia. melissa: yeah. >> they run through affluent areas and vary rates by time of day. they can charge hefty premiums for rush sure. they go to places where people have the money willing to pay that. melissa: interesting. peter, you're fantastic. appreciate you time. >> take care. david: an effort to shoot down the idea that espn has a liberal bias has backfired. a new study commissioned by the network feel 30% of its viewers have detected a political bias, majority say it leans to the left. melissa: oops. >> hoping to combat the
perception, the network announcing after six years, country singer hank williams, jr. will be back singing theme song for "monday night football." melissa: stay away from the ole thing. david: all my rowdy friend that is the name of the theme song. it's a great one. melissa: is this -- no this is not funny. is this why we have seen a up tick in terrorism? why the battle to turn isis out of raqqa could be fueling the terrorism in europe right now. peter brookes, heritage foundation senior fellow for national security affairs weighs in on the question next. ♪ your insurance company
of military vehicles, heavy weapons. as many as 60 soldiers operating inside a so-called a deconfliction zone. the syrian detachment warned several times to move, but they refused to do so. for details we turn to peter brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs at the heritage foundation. how big of an escalation is this, peter? >> i don't think it is really much of an escalation. this is obviously for force protection which is very important. we have troops in the field they need to be protected. we didn't want to see escalation with pro-regime forces and anti-regime forces with u.s. forces potentially involved get started. the idea. we sent leaflets. we did warning shots. we finally had to take more draconian action to prevent increased escalation. i think it will tamper down can again. david: by the way the weaponry included a lot of anti-aircraft weapons. those are very often supplied by the russians. i'm wondering if there were any russians there?
i don't see how any of those 60 troops could have survived. >> that would certainly change things, right, if the russians were there? i understand we also tried to communicate through the russians if the report something correct to let them know. david: yeah. >> we don't want to see anymore. we could not only get involved with syrian forces but with russian forces which would change the calculation differently. david: different location in syria, raqqa, sort of the capital of isis. we're close to driving them out i hear. if we do drive isis out of raqqa, who takes their place? >> raqqa is just starting, david. mosul is going on since last fall. except for small parts of city it is under iraqi control. david: we have contingency plans to eventually move them out who moves in? we'll not support the syrian government for going back in. >> you make a good point. we're just starting the operation into raqqa my sense it will turn into insurgency.
there are significant challenges, the reason i pointed out mosul, taken that many months, six or eight months. local forces are supposed to take over when isis is removed from raqqa. it will not be turned over to damascus. david: local forces meaning what? syrian kurds or who? >> that is to be determined at this point. i imagine syrian arabs will retake racca, people who had it before. david: because isis is hunkering down in raqqa and getting bombarded with everything we got, some people say there is connection between that situation and the up tick in terrorism in europe. do you any connection? >> there is certainly possibility of that. a terrorist group has to operate. raqqa doesn't look -- raqqa and isis doesn't look instrips r vincible at one point. to recruit followers, foot soldiers and funding they need to lash out. that may include western europe and the united states. we need to remain vigilant. because we've seen attacks in britain, we have to remain vigilant as well.
david: finally, related, terrorism brings it full circle, the country qatar in the middle east, we knew they have been funding various terrorists from around the world for years. now perhaps because of donald trump what he talked to the saudi arabians about he is certainly approves of the idea, they cut relations with qatar but we still have, i believe it is an airbase in qatar we rely on. >> oh, yeah. david: so what happens? >> we're in a tough situation here in a sense because these six arab, or muslim states cut relations with qatar. we have our biggest military facilities in the middle east in qatar. that includes 10,000 troops and the airbase where centcom, central command is forward headquartered. there are important interests for us there. qatar needs more pressure, especially private money funding groups including al qaeda affiliates. the government cracked down to a certain extent but they have
funded some other violent islamist groups we have concerns about. so the best thing that could come out of this is kuwait, oman, the united states, gets these organizations, these states together to make a clean breast of it, to move forward against isis and countering iran's security in the region. david: peter brookes, good to see you. thanks for being here. melissa. melissa: remembering the brave americans who gave their lives for others freedom.
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spirit, sailors, soldiers, and marines ew they could not fail, even if it meantiving up their lives as many did. you wonder if we could have a full scale operation like that today. america today. i hope so. >> yeah. all right. here's risk and reward. liz: well, another terror attack, this time in paris. today, police shooting and wounding a man who attacked a police officer with a hammer while yelling this is for syria outside one of the most famous sites, the notre dame cathedral in paris. and the alleged terrorist was reportedly carrying the identification card of an algerian student. it is the eighth major terror attack since the beginning of the month-long muslim holiday of ramadan. so far around the world, at least 22 people killed, hundreds more wounded.