tv Lou Dobbs Tonight FOX Business August 31, 2017 4:00am-5:00am EDT
stuart: i am stuart varn varneyn for lou dobb, the remnant of harvey made a second landfall on the texas-louisiana state line this morning, bringing more punishing rain to both states this time, it is texas cities of beaumont and port arthur underwater. forcing nation's largest oil refiner to shut down, fox news contract steve hai harrigan in t -- texas. reporter: you get towns surrounded by water, many are headed to the lake 16 miles
away, population is 10,000, right now, it is cut off. lone star state sharing in harvey's misery, storm focusing energy to gulf communities around beaumont, near where it made landfall overnight, port arthur mayor said that the entire stathe encity surge wate. -- is underwater. >> they were in water for up to 24 hours, tensions were at a high level when i came into the familiar from relatives and volunteers who came to try to tick them out. reporter: family members posting on social media, photos with looking for help. across east texas, touching acts of kindness and bravery, these
men, trapped for hours in trees, and this human chain to help a pregnant welcom -- woman who weo labor get to the hospital. and 24,000 national guard forces will be on the ground in texas. around houston, a sight for soggy eye, with the sun rising, fors say all of area waterways have crested, but search and rescue operations remain. >> we're still much in the emergency response phase. of this historic storm. reporter: 21 people have been killed by the storm, including a family of 6, believed to be riding in this van, found today, 18,000 rescued across the state, including this baby, airlifted in college station. station. officials say that many
residents will not have much to return to. >> when water sits in a house for several weeks, the house beginning to degrade. reporter: more than 32,000 people across texas remain in temporary shelters, this one is flooded creating unsafe conditions. >> people slipping and falling it does not make sense, very unsanitary. reporter: another concern for first responders, looting, overnight curfew is husto housts being spring strictly enforced. >> i think it is a combination of people being desperate, needing things don't have cash, taking advantage of the opportunity. ien tdon't typically ride with 0 also but i do have -- pistol but i do have it right now. reporter: we've been watching
people with boats. men, women, toddlers, prepared for an uncertain destination. back to. thank you steve. harvey's rain are lashing louisiana. same region that was devastated by hurricane katrina 12 years ago. fox news senior correspondent rick levi leventhal is in vinto, louisiana. reporter: inundated by rain from tropical storm harvey, flooding streets, and swamping vehicles and isolating homes, forcing gus to move up stairs. >> it is rising so fast, it is killing us. reporter: this situation is nowhere near as bad as texas, 9 days have drenched ground and filled everybody of water up to or over its banks. dozens of rescues in the town of vinton overnight. >> this remains a powerful
storm. a lot of rain will continue to be dropped. we know that ground is saturated in many places, winds are sufficient to topple trees, any time that happens, power outages are also going to happen. reporter: i-10, main east-west highway is closed, first responders, some volunteers from cajun navy are being allowed through to help with rescue. 40 officer from florida fish and wildlife are from outside traveling to assist, staging at this weigh station, then ruling into texas with airboats and flat bottom craft. empty buses heading west, coming back full of evacuees, new orleans swamped by hurricane katrina 12 years ago this week got less rain than expected, residents sandbags and emergency operations were running in case. in vinton, gus said, he is
staying put. >> i move here 20 years, i'm not going nowhere. reporter: we hear that you of en -- often, people would rather we build than relo relocate, theses say it has not flooded here like this since 1970s. stuart: rick thank you. >> now, harvey relief, one of many issues facing congress as lawmakers return from recess next week. also -- their to-do list tax reform. president trump outlining his tax reform, in springfield, missouri. john roberts has our report. reporter: president chose springfield, missouri, using birthplace of america's main street route 66. to promote economic renewal for
main street america. new "fox news poll" finds his approval rating at just 41%, down 4 from april. 55% of registered voters disapprove, a 7 point rise since april, 56% believe that president trump is tearing the nation apart versus 33% who believe he is drawing country together. highest marks were on handling of the economy, 49% gave him a thumbs up. >> we hit 3% in gdexpect. reporter: president's speech in missouri, was all about why tax reform is important to the economy, not how he plans to do it. with particular focus on the people who put him in the oval office, middle income americans. >> we believe ordinary americans know better than washington, how to spend their own money, we want to help them take home as much of their money as possible,
then stennespend it. reporter: speech set table for meetings at white house next week, tuesday president will strategize with so-called big 6 on tax reform. wednesday, he will meet with bipartisan congressional leadership tax reform not officially on the agenda but likely to come up. and after the repeal of obamacare fell flat, president today laid down a stern marker, colleagues o capitol hill. >> i am fully committed to working with congress to get this job done. and i don't want to be bis appointed by -- disappointed by congress, do you understand me. reporter: taking specific aim claire mccas kel. >> she must do this for you, if she does not do it for you, you have to vote her out of office. reporter: president trump appeared to take notice of criticism about his visit to
texas yesterday and his fire station address, several pub publication said that president's tone lacked imthese,. >> we love you, you are special much we're here to take care. know -- reporter: top of his missouri speech, president reached out to victims of harvey. >> to those affected by this storm we're pra we're praying f, we're with you every step of the way. reporter: on tax reform, "fox news poll" found 49% of register voters say tax reform is very important, 78% said they did not think that would get done this year. when you consider president's approval rating 41%, that is much better than congress in new poll is at 15%. stuart this fall, we may have the upper hand. stuart: thank you, john. >> we're coming right back with a lot more.
>> president trump delivering his opening pitch on tax reform. >> tax code is so complicated, that more than 90% of americans need professional help. to do their own taxes. that is why tax reform must dramatically simplify the tax code, eliminate special interest loopholes. stuart: we take up america's first agenda. >> and harvey, still dumping devastating rain in texas, first responders and volunteers ramping up their effort with death toll expected to rise, we'll have the full report and much more. stay with us,s,s,s,s, potsch: you each drive a ford pickup, right? (in unison) russ, leland, gary: yes. gary: i have a ford f-150. michael: i've always been a ford guy. potsch: then i have a real treat for you today. michael: awesome. potsch: i'm going to show you a next generation pickup. michael: let's do this. potsch: this new truck now has a cornerstep built right into the bumper. gary: super cool. potsch: the bed is made of high-strength steel, which is less susceptible to punctures than aluminum. jim: aluminum is great for a lot of things, but maybe not the bed of a truck. potsch: and best of all, this new truck is actually-
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stuart: president trump travels tbirthplace of america's main street. in springfield, missouri, where route 66 got its name. >> i'm calling on congress to provide a level playing feel for our workers and our companies. to attract new businesses and companies to the shores, and put more money into pockets of every day hard working people and into
pockets of our companies, so they can continue to grow and end pand. stuart: most voters are not optimistic that paul ryan and mitch mcconnell can deliver. according to a new "fox news poll" 14% of voters believe that tax reform will get done this year, we're joined by ed rollins. chief political adviser to house republican leadership, he is known as "the dean." we have pulitzer prize winning columnist for "new york post." >> thank you. stuart: you heard the speech, was he strong enough. >> no,y in details. -- no details, one of most thing as president to do, and they have to have a tax bill, there is no tax bill yet, there are no
details in there, i think key is, it will be a knock down drag out fight, tougher than healthcare even among republicans. stuart: he said he wants to cut corporate tax rate, but he said a middle class tax cut, no mention of across board for small business, individuals or corporations. he did not say that. >> that sounds like influence of gary cohen very much opposed to across board tax cut. your question was he strong enough, i view this as just opening bid to get the clock ticking, get it going, i don't know what took so long frankly. because there was not -- there was no much there. no detail, this i think was just an opening of a long slog toward some kind of resolution. stuart: you don't stimulate the economy, if you have middle
level tax cuts, you stimulate the economy by cutting tax rates across the board, and pumping money into the economy. that is not what the president was talking about today. >> you get to middle tax cut it is about a political issue, not a real economic issue, the economic issue is lowering business tax, stimulate the economy. more av fle affluent people whoe more money to put back into the economy get in the mix, but michael is right, koen is protectinprotecting what the gon sachs boys want, he and mnuchin are goldman sachs back people they are not going to be out there. i think that congress will have to come forward with a plan, not sure that white house has a plan at this time. stuart: president said, to
congress, get this job done, i don't want to be disappoint by congress, pointing at them at front row, saying it get it done. if they do he will take credit, and they don't it is your fall. >> this is shaping up like a harry truman situation, he runs again the do nothing congress. and i think, president would have a good case to make to host people, you saw there 14% believe that congress will do this, congress has an overall approval rating of 10% this is a very unpopular congress, both parties, the president is right to put burden on them to get the blame. stuart: with harvey and the hurricane, he must do such a good job that media can only pick on first lady's shoes as a way of getting at him, i take it, you give him good marks for his handling? >> i think he has done
everything that a president can do, setting tone, critical thing is you know, we learned from mif past, i think first lady is a classy person. and i think that cheap charge on her shoes is idiotic, the. o people say this could cost $60 billion -- 160 billion, that a lots of money, most people do not have flood insurance. that will be a big knock down. stuart: when. that is a huge amount of money. >> have you 30 to 40,000 homes destroyed. we saw her in new york after sandy, a lot of the houses are still being rebuilt, some have not started because of different delays. this is not government at its boast, this is government at its best to save people and organize rescue, but rebuilding that is something that government is always been slow at doing.
stuart: can i sum it up, he had a week where president dominates the news, but not gone far enough or sharp enough? >> you are right, i think critical thing, next week when congress comes back he has to have real details and make them work hard. stuart: michael. >> fair, and i think that rumblings between tillerson and president and gary cohen and president, they are not settled, i think something is off kilter within the administration. stuart: i'm not negative on the president. >> just being realistic. stuart: vacation is over, get to work. >> all right. >> michael, and ed thank you very much. >> thank you. stuart: vote in tonight's poll, do you believe ryan and mcconnell are capable of delivering tax reform this year? cast your vote on twitte twitteu dobbs, and reminder, follow the show, and like the she.
on wall street, stocks closing higher, dow up 12, s&p you of 11, nasdaq 66. volume on big board 2.6 billion shares could crude oil falling 1% with harvey shutting a quarter of u.s. refinery capacity. harvey sends gas future soaring 6%, consumer brace for higher prices at pump. >> president trump delivering on his economic promises, annual rate of 3% in second quarter, fastest pace in two years. >> reminder, listen to lou's report 3 times a day, coast-to-coast on salem radio network. >> next. texas pastor joel olsteen responding to backlash about taking days to open the doors to his houston mega-church. >> they are not in our shoes be you can't open your building when it is you know, very close to flooding itself. stuart: we ask pastor robert jeffers if the criticism is
stuart: hundred of volunteers in houston area, tonight working to rescue those afflict fly hurricanbyhurricane harvey, as n pastor joel olsteen pushes back. >> we took people in as soon as waters receded there is a big shelter just down the street, maybe 4 miles where they have thousands of people, it has always been hope, this is what lakewood is about. this is a safety issue, the church is was always open, people came here. stuart: joining me now no discuss criticism of joel olsteen, and president's response and more pastor robert
jeffries, what do you make of criticism of joel olsteen, was it fair? >> no, i think it was very unfair. look, i think pastor old steep , wants to do all they can to help, sometimes when you are in middle of a disaster it takes time to get your plan together, if you are in middle of a downpour, we should commend them. stuart: i personally, i was proud to be an american when you saw that volunteer effort in the houston area, the volunteer navy, they arrived unark nouned they just did it, to -- unannounced i was impressed. i thought this was a very american thing to do. >> this is what america is about. this is what christianity is about. it is helping those in need, no one can do everything in the
disaster like this. but everyone is do something, we define that something we can do to help these texans in need. stuart: i have never seen an event like this where the word god was mentioned so freak freqy and a spiritual element came in, i don't think that coastal elites like, that they are secular humanists and look down on the spirit wallace peck that. >> i think you are right, i am i always asked, where would a loving god allow something like this. skeptics are always asking that question, god did say you can trust me, you can't always see
my hand, you can trust my heart, i believe that there are millions of americans who are trusting god even though they don't understand the whys of hurricane harvey. stuart: what is your church doing? >> we're proactive, we found best thing we can do partner with well-known relief organizations, trying to instead of invent our own plan, today we sent 50 thousand dollar to texas pasbipt baptist relief effort, d we're sending volunteers and we're gathering supplies. to send to help texas and to dallas, they are coming from south texas to dallas with nothing in -- their hands. >> almost an unofficial network of christian churches to help. >> there are, they are all kinds
of great organizations like texas baptist and samaritan's purse, i hurd fema commending the christian organizations, you look at the red cross or val salvation army they were all started by followers of jeed jes christ. stuart: i don't have the right voice for it, i am proud to be a texan. >> thank you very much. >> pastor robert jeffries, see you soon. >> god bless, sir. >> thank you. if you top hel want to help wity relief, consider donating to the red cross. or text harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation. go to foxbusiness.com for more ways to help, we're coming right back with much more. stay with us, please. >> texas governor gregg abbott
praising trump a support and quick response to harvey. >> his commitment was firm, strong and unequivocal he was going to do everything he could to ensure texas will be restored. stuart: we take up politics of the storm with former arkansas governor mike huckabee. >> and u.s. navy successfully shooting down a medium-range missile off of the coast of hawaii, amid heightened tensions with north korea, stay with us.
stuart: vice president pence moments ago speak with the devastation from hurricane harvey in west virginia. >> the president asked me and my wife to travel to texas tomorrow with the same heartfelt message to texas and louisiana we say, we are with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we'll be with you every single day to restore, recover and rebuild. the president will be calling on our nation's lawmakers, including all those gathered here to take immediate action to pass attentional funding for federal disaster assistance for families and businesses affected by this storm.
stuart: we are joined by former arkansas governor mike huckabee. most of people are giving the president a solid good grade for his handling of harvey. but i see the national media seems to think he lacked empathy in his visit yesterday. >> the national media wouldn't know empathy if it rose up and bhit them in the back -- bit them in the backside. americans have united and put aside politics and polarization we normally see to concentrate on the people affected by these horrible floods. if the media can't join in on that, a pox on them and their families and all that follow them. stuart: we talked about a
cultural divide. secular humanists and the cultural elites. there is a divide here. the two sides do not get along. i don't think it elites are looking favorably on texas and certainly not favorably on president trump. >> they don't. because they don't understand if the nature of spiritual people who get it that we are our brother's keeper. that we are driven by our love of god to recognize god loves those people who are in trouble. if he loves those people, we can't claim that we love god. it's not that difficult to understand. if a person enveloped himself or herself in this world where it's only about me, they won't understand why people have gathered their life jackets or pool floats to save their
neighbors. i live in the lands of god, guns, grits, and gravy in the middle of the country and do so intentionally so i'm not living in one the bubbles much new york, or washington where sometimes people get so dmawpt their bubbles they forget what life is like in the flyover states. stuart: i live in the middle of it and i have to adjust to it all the time which is a difficult task. how about the payment for this? we have cost estimates of $160 billion. how does the president get it out of congress? there will be an enormous fight. >> it shouldn't be that big a fight. democrats and republicans have to come together to pass the funding. but they have to be careful that the funding goes to help the
victims and isn't full of. funding for special projects. there has to be a lot of infrastructure that has to be rebuilt and debris cleanup. what a lot of people don't understand. the federal government is not going to rebuild everybody's home and put new flooring and new walls in. that doesn't happen. the sad part of this storm and the reason it will be so difficult is so many of the folks who are affected by it don't have flood understand. without it, their typical home owners insurance is not going to cost rebuilding of their home. so a lot of people will be under water physically and financially for a very long time. stuart: this is just much worse than today cribba. >> yes and no. it's worse in the sense that total dollar amount is worse
than katrina. but in katrina you had 1,800 people who were killed and you can't put a price on human life. that's an incredible incalculable price. but here you had better cooperation between the federal, state and local officials and they have done things in the right way. you cannot go through this process and worry about paperwork and the rules. you have to pends if not break rules. and you have to put people above paperwork. government and volunteer organizations are all about their regulations, rules, processes and procedures. with something of this magnitude you have to say we can't operate in a conventional way. that's one of the reasons it's being successful in the recovery. they have thrown the rule book out and life preservers for
people who desperately need it whether they had a permit for it or not. stuart: tensions rising with north korea. president trump issuing a new warning as america successfully shoots down a test ballistic missile. my "business" was going nowhere... so i built this kickin' new website with godaddy. building a website in under an hour is easy! 68% of people... ...who have built their website using gocentral, did it in... ...under an hour, and you can too. type in your business or idea. pick your favourite design. personalize it with beautiful images. and...you're done! and now business is booming. harriet, it's a double stitch not a cross stitch! build a better website - in under an hour. free to try. no credit card required. gocentral from godaddy.
stuart: defense secretary james mattis today contradicting president trump stop north korea. the president tweeted the u.s. has been talking to north korea and paying them extortion money for years. talking is not answer. but mattis told reporters a diplomatic solution is still possible. >> we are never out of diplomatic solutions. we continue to work together. stuart: joining me to discuss the administration's north korea policy and more. what do you make of this apparent at-odds between the defense secretary and the president. >> it didn't trouble me have much. i only wish the last three
presidents had said they are tired of being extorted for huge cash concessions from the north koreans every time they misbehave. we have to put it on the table if there are going to be diplomatic talks we are not going down that line. he put forward a red line not just other nations, but to bureaucrats in this nation. if you start bureaucratic talks we are not going to accept another agreement that amounts to appeasement. stu report u.s. shot down one of our own missiles, it was a test. what do you make of that occurring right now as this tension with north korea and missiles keeps rising. >> this test was planned for a long time. but our efforts to successfully shoot down missiles is change the calculus for north koreans.
we don't know why north korea fired a missile over japan instead of southward. i think north korea is worried x would have interpreted a southward launch on an attack on guam and would have shot down the missile. stuart: is there any way to stop their, cbm miss isle -- their icbm missile program? >> i think military action will be necessary to take out north korea's missiles. i don't think we can tolerate missiles that can land on hawaii, but warm o -- guam or tt coast. we need to help from china.
stuart: we keep saying don't do it again and they keep doing it again. it implies pushing and pushing, pushing, sooner or later you have to respond. are we close to that point? >> china has always resisted going as far as we wanted to, and china cheated on the weak sanctions that were implemented. there are other steps to be taken before we consider military action. i'm hoping we are making progress with china to implement them. lou: are we capable of using our aegis class destroyer to shoot down a medium-ranged missile? can we do it? >> i think we can do it, but the science is still in a developmental phase. we are nowhere near 100%
accuracy. but the north koreans can't be sure how accurate we would be to shooting down their missiles. the sanctions china recently agreed to are much stronger than it agreed to in the past. we have been tough on them, you cheated on the sanctions that were implemented at the ends of the obama administration. that's why there was a huge surge in china-north korea trade the beginning of this year. china is funding this missile system by cheating on sanctions. i think there is room for diplomacy and room for far tougher sanctions before we consider military action. stu there are fred fleitz, thank you for being here.
have you picked up a copy of "putin's gambit"? every viewer whose comments is read on the air will received an autographed copy. president trump lays out his plan to fix america's broken tax system. >> we are here to launch our plans to reduce the crushing tax bruden on our companies and our workers. stuart: we take up the chances of congress delivering on tax reform with bre peyton and byron york next. potsch: you each drive a ford pickup, right?
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for violence in brerkly. and dianne feinstein almost praising president trump at a speaking engagement. >> this man will be president for most of likely the rest of this term. i just hope he has the ability to learn and to change. if he does, he can be a good president. and that's my hope. stuart: did you hear the groans from the crowd? they were there. bre peyton and byron york are with us. bre, why can't the democrats say that nonsense is wrong? why can't they say it? bre: they are refusing to say it because they are not taking it seriously. just in berkeley over the weekend we saw a number of violent occurrences happen just after of, just after we saw antifa and violent leftists go
after protesters, the same thing happened again because people aren't take it seriously, they are not changing course. the events that have happened in berkeley will change things. the berkeley mayor who is a liberal said we should identify antifa as a gang and start treating them as such. these statement from these two democrats indicate the tides are turning among democrats and liberals. stuart: are we going to see some leading democrats say this antifa violence is flat out wrong, knock it off? byron: we just saw one, nancy pelosi issued a statement criticizing antifa by name. but democrats have tried to dodge the antifa question. i think it reason they do that is all about charlottesville. if they talk about how violent antifa is, it would tend to
support president trump's contention that there were bad guys on the other side. and remember their mantra has been there is on one side. it would make it more complicated and harder for hem to argue. stuart: i'm sure you were watching the president's speech in missouri where he was pushing for tax reform. there are been comments it wasn't really strong and some of the tax cuts he was calling for are not big enough and strong enough. >> if he put out a bunch of details today everybody would be yelling about the details. if this is the first speech in a long campaign and not a one-off, i think it' a perfectly fine speech for him. i think what we'll see is some sort of deal to cut taxes that will probably increase the
deficit. but look at the push tax cuts. they lasted for 10 years and they were mostly extended. stuart: the president went straight at congress and said get it done. i will be disappointed if you don't. is that a good tactic in do you think it will be successful? we want tack cuts that will stipulate the economy. bre: bipartisanship as we know it is dead. the alignments of democrats and republicans have shifted. and in certain congressional districts, even where democrats are from, it will matter if they are going to be able to work with him or not. a lot of voters in democratic districts did vote for president trump. if they fight with hip and have
an antagonistic relationship with him it could be a problem when they get re-elected. stuart: has the president gotten some positive response from harvey? byron: the messaging follows the substance and they have gotten the substance right. on taxes they are on firmer ground than they are with obamacare. when it comes to healthcare, more voters trust democrats in congress to handle that issue than republicans. but when it comes to taxes, the economy, jobs, more trust, republicans. so republicans are more in their wheel house on this tax thing and they will probably do better. lou: that's it for us tonight. ed rollins, charlie hurt, they
are among our guests tomorrow. you can catch me on weekdays on "varney and company." we'll have full coverage of the destruction in train to breaking news this morning. the death toll has risen overnight in texas, but getting relief from mother nature has rescues continue. lauren: gas prices wholesale prices with a two-year high after pipelines and refineries shut down because of harvey. and now reports that the chemical plant in six feet of water in crosby texas, 30 miles from houston has exploded. the latest on the devastating situation. cheryl: following that breaking news. also pushing corporate and middle-class tax cuts.