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making news in america this morning, strike on syria. tomahawk missiles from u.s. warships raining down on an air base. >> president trump giving the order. >> a targeted military strike on the airfield in syria. >> just days after the regime there used chemical weapons on its own people. >> assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. >> the mixed reaction overnight from washington. security at home and what happens next. live team coverage ahead. and we do say good morning, everyone, on what is a busy friday. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm adrienne bankert in for diane macedo.
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we begin with some breaking news. lots of reaction overnight from around the world to the u.s. attack against syria ordered by president trump. >> here's what happened, cruise missiles flying off the u.s. destroyers overnight targeting the airfield. syrian jets used for tuesday's chemical attack. now, syrian officials say several people were killed in the strike including some military officials. a russian spokesman this morning saying vladimir putin believes the u.s. attack violates international law. >> a top official from u.s. ally turkey calling the air strikes imperative to punish the assad regime for this chemical attack on its own citizens. >> so, mixed reaction all over so far. let's begin our coverage right now with abc's alex marquardt who just arrived in the region. >> reporter: overnight, a major step for this new commander in chief. >> tonight i ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in syria from where the chemical
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attack was launched. >> reporter: the president addressing the nation from his florida estate leveling a harsh indictment against syrian president bashar al assad. >> using a deadly nerve agent assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. >> reporter: two u.s. destroyers in the eastern mediterranean fired dozens of tomahawk missiles onto a syrian airfield targeting runways, aircraft and fueling areas to make the field inoperable. it's the same airfield used by syria to launch tuesday's chemical attack, which shocked the world. as many as 86 people were killed, more than half of whom were women and children. turkish officials who have examined the bodies now saying it was the nerve agent, sarin. >> it is in this vital national security interest of the united states to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly
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chemical weapons. >> reporter: president trump's response marks an about-face for a man who repeatedly said on the campaign trail that his primary target in syria would be isis, not the assad regime. just two days ago, he said this. >> i'm not and i don't want to be the president of the world. i'm the president of the united states, and from now on, it's going to be america first. >> reporter: but after seeing tuesday's images, the president said he had a dramatic change of heart. >> do you think that assad should leave power in syria? >> i think what happened in syria is a disgrace to humanity and he's there and i guess he's running things, so something should happen. >> and something did happen overnight. alex is joining us now by the phone. alex, you just arrived in lebanon, which is right next door to syria and you've reported from syria, as well. what's the reaction from your post this morning? >> reporter: good morning, kendis.
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as the day starts the reaction is certainly heating up. the syrians are calling this an aggression, and just a short time ago, the syrian military putting out a statement saying that six people were killed on that base because of the american strikes and saying that there were big material loss, as well, now, the condemnation is fierce. they are saying that the u.s. now is in the same league as isis and al qaeda and other terrorist organizations because of this strike against their air base in syria. >> and, alex, again, assad as well as russia saying that this was not done by the syrian government. these chemical attacks that prompted president trump to launch these missiles. what is the other international reaction there in the middle east? >> reporter: well, we're seeing a positive reaction from israel which says that trump is sending a strong message to president assad and his allies. that was to be expected from prime minister netanyahu. the big one that we have to
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watch is the russian reaction. the syrians, of course, are going to be angry about this, but the russians are extremely important, and we heard a short time ago from the spokesman of president putin calling this an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law. the russians have called for an emergency session at the u.n. security council. but perhaps most troubling so far is that just moments ago they said they're suspending an agreement between the u.s. and russia which governs the airspace over syria that was put in place if there were any incidents in that airspace and there wasn't any sort of escalation. that's the big fear right now is there could be some sort of escalation, and that's what we're watching carefully. >> a lot are wondering what impact these missiles appear to be, a one-off thing for the u.s. military. what impact will this have on the assad regime? >> reporter: no doubt more than anything else this is a strike -- a shot across the bow. as the syrian military said, there were significant material
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losses. overall, it's hard to say right now how that's going to impact their military campaign, but more than anything else, this is the u.s. this is president trump saying you can't carry out these types of chemical weapons attacks. we are watching. we will respond. in all likelihood, we will not see a reaction from the syrian regime, but that remains very much to be seen. >> all right. alex marquardt reporting for us from lebanon. we thank you. and reaction from the air strikes is coming in swift from both sides of the aisle. >> abc's lana zak joining us now from washington with that end of the story. lana, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, kendis and adrienne. those strikes in syria are, you know, producing some pretty polarized political rhetoric here in washington but not necessarily along political lines. some people are praising what they see as decisive action by the president. but others are asking questions. some of the president's sharpest critics on foreign policy are applauding the strikes. in a joint statement john mccain
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and lindsey graham previously skeptics of president trump, said he deserves the support of the american people, and, quote, unlike the previous administration, president trump took action in syria while another critic, senate minority leader, chuck schumer, mentioned the chemical attacks in his comments saying making sure assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do. but others are questioning whether the president needed approval for military action. democratic senator tim kaine called the president's failure to consult with congress unlawful, and republican senator rand paul said in a series of tweets, while we all condemn the atrocities in syria, the united states was not attacked, and the president needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the constitution. and along that line, it's probably important to note that in 2013, mr. trump tweeted that then president obama needed congressional approval before dropping any bombs in syria.
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kendis, adrienne? >> yeah, i'm sure he has a different perspective now, though, coming into office. life changes. thank you so much, lana zak, in washington. >> the strikes in syria will likely raise security concerns back here at home. >> homeland security and the fbi consulting with the national security leadership to determine what, if any, response they will have on u.s. soil. so far, no intelligence bulletin has gone out to inform local police. but overnight the new york city police department chief counterterrorism unit said they are monitoring the events in syria. still ahead, the republicans going nuclear. we're not talking weapons here. they're using an override to get neil gorsuch confirmed as supreme court judge today. plus, back in the spotlight, hillary clinton gives her first interview since losing the election. what she's saying about the current administration. and an 8-year-old girl found living with monkeys, eating and walking like primates. where did she come fro
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breaking overnight, last month's terror attack in london has claimed another victim. you'll recall the 31-year-old woman from romania who fell off the westminster bridge into the river. she has passed away. life support pulled off last night. she and her boyfriend had been visiting london. four other people were killed including an american when the attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians on that famed bridge. well, president trump's pick for the supreme court is set to be confirmed today after republicans rewrote the senate rules. it played out as expected with democrats trying to block judge neil gorsuch with a filibuster. well, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell then invoked what is known as the nuclear option, lowering the threshold for confirmation from 60 votes to simply a majority, and that vote expected just before noon today. california republican devin nunes is no longer heading the
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house probe into russian election interference. he's stepping aside temporarily after allegations he improperly disclosed classified information. in fact, he's being investigated by the house ethics committee. he is calling the charges, quote, entirely false and politically motivated. the gop effort to repeal and replace obamacare is on hold. house leaders sent lawmakers home for a two-week recess after republicans failed to reach an agreement to revamp the failed health care bill. they made a revision aimed at curbing premium increases, but it wasn't enough to satisfy some conservatives and moderates who opposed the initial legislation. hillary clinton says she doubts she'll run for office again. at a woman's conference she gave her first extensive interview since the election and said she now plans to work for the rights and opportunities of women and girls. she criticized the trump administration for hurting women especially by cutting health care. as for herself, clinton said she's doing pretty well all things considered.
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>> i just had to make up my mind that, yes, i was going to get out of bed and, yes, i was going to go for a lot of long walks in the woods. and i was going to see my grandchildren a lot and spend time with my family and my friends who have rallied around me in an amazing way. so, i'm okay. i will put it this way, as a person, i'm okay. as an american, i'm pretty worried. >> well, clinton said she doesn't understand why the administration seems intent on hurting so many people. she also said she has no doubt that russia contributed to her defeat, and she underestimated the impact from that country. now, when we come back, the breaking news that we've been following all night. president trump ordering air strikes in syria. our experts weighing in on the missiles that were used. and people risked their lives jumping onto train tracks to save a blind man who had fallen.
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it is daylight now in syria it is daylight now in syria where the u.s. overnight launched dozens of tomahawk missiles and landed at an airfield there in central syria. now we're learning that a syrian general this morning admits that those strikes have resulted in what is described as big material losses. several deaths are also reported. >> that same syrian general says president trump's choice to launch the overnight attack makes the u.s. a partner of isis and other terrorist organizations that are waging war against the country. >> and before the strikes american commanders used a special hotline to alert russia's military, but just moments before we went on the air, russia said it is suspending a deal with the u.s. to prevent midair incidents in syrian airspace. we get some analysis from abc news contributor retired marine colonel stephen ganyard. >> the united states struck a
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single airfield in syria last night, launching more than 50 tomahawk missiles from two navy destroyers cruising in the eastern mediterranean. these tomahawk missiles containing warheads of about a thousand pounds traveled at low altitude likely up over lebanon and up then again north into this single airfield. this airfield was struck as a statement. clearly t, the trump administration wanted to tell assad, stop the chemical attacks against syrian civilians. in this case, this was the airfield from where the syrian air force launched chemical attacks against syrian civilians and so the idea here was to take this one airfield out so that no other chemical attacks would occur, but the larger statement, again, is that assad needs to stop the chemical attacks against his people. back to you. >> all right, our thanks to steve ganyard there. we could hear from president trump about his decision to attack syria this morning when reporters are scheduled to be allowed into a meeting that he's having with the leader of china. >> we'll have much more about the u.s. strike on syria coming up later on "good morning america."
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but we do want to get to some other headlines right now. investigators have released new video in the murder of a deputy in texas. the video was taken a day before clint greenwood was ambushed and gunned down on monday. a man is seen walking across the screen and then walking back as you saw there. the suspect is also seen driving away in the vehicle. police want information from anyone who recognizes that car. listen to this remarkable story out of india. a girl apparently found living in the wild among monkeys. she's about 10 or 12 years old and she was found in january acting like an animal, running on her arms and legs, eating food off the ground with her mouth. a worker at a nature preserve says that the girl seemed comfortable with the monkeys. when he first tried to rescue her, the apes screeched at him and so did the girl eventually taken to a hospital and started walking and eating normally. she's still not able to speak but understands her doctors and she does even smile at times. what a story.
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>> incredible. >> we'll wait to hear more from that one. and the dramatic rescue during the morning rush hour in atlanta. several good samaritans jumping into action after a visually impaired man fell onto the train tracks. two people jumped down next to the man who had broken his ankle. two others on the platform grabbed his shoulders. the man was taken to the hospital. he is expected to make a full recovery. well, still ahead, remembering don rickles, overnight jimmy kimmel getting emotional actually talking about his friend and comedy legend. plus, the masters getting under way without the world's number one golfer. and on our facebook page right now, more on the breaking news many syria. witnesses give their firsthand account of the air strikes. that's on i have asthma... of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo.
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rickles. you keep my name alive. >> very sweet. rickles' final tweet was to his wife barbara on march 11th. it was their 52nd wedding anniversary. the couple has two children. rickles would have turned 91 next month. >> he was quite a guy. the world's top golfer took some practice shots at the masters. dustin johnson even walked up to the tee, and then he withdrew from the tournament because of back pain. he had fallen down the stairs at his rental house the day before slipping on the bare wood in his socks, and johnson summed it up in four words, it sucks really bad. >> yeah, i feel for him. i've done that. >> you've done that? >> i slipped down the stairs in my socks. >> just before you were going to complete and win the u.s. open. >> just before a big tournament. all right, let's switch from golf to baseball now because everyone is talking about a home run in the lowest level of the minor leagues, but it was swatted by tim tebow in his first at-bat in his first
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that breaking news, this massive fire in san francisco. >> firefighters managed to put it out but it sent several people to the hospital and spread to several buildings. and kay larson is at the location and we will check in with her for an update in a few minutes. first, let's get over to meteorologist, mike nicco for the latest in weather. >> the worst of it was going to be winding down right now and you can see no yellyellows, not really. and as you look from the roof camera, you can see it's not raining here in san francisco. but the possibility of showers will last through the morning commute and then we will get a little break, even a little sunshine mixed in and showers will develop in the evening
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hours. it will be windy. windy. >> this is rafael bridge. it's slick out there. we have got problems with flooding and we also have an accident in the santa cruz mountains we will update in a couple minutes. a lot of you will be waking up to the signs of our storm, and we are talking about downed trees and power outages and flooded roads all a factor this morning. >> and what may have kept you up overnight, the wind. matt keller live >> reporter: the winds were
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howling, and they were howling up here in the los altos. a lot of trees and power lines went down. they had the road closed here at moony road and the pg&e crews are here and are getting the lines fixed this morning. several spots in los altos hills. the power lines went down as well, and the winds were howling in combined with the rain. debris i just checked the pg&e website, and they arrived ten minutes ago and several you trucks are up here but no word on when they are expecting to have power restor restored. a power outage left thousands of people in the dark, and pg&e crews are still trying to restore power in several areas across the bay, and it has
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knocked out traffic signals. pg&e reminds you, if you see downed powers lines, stay away and call 911. let's look at a live map of what pg&e is dealing with as we speak, and the red has the most averages, and that equals 5,000 or more without, and the is smaller and then to the green. i am zooming in here, looks like a number of outages south of haywa hayward. a lot of crews out there working to get this out of the dark. >> we want to turn to major international news, though. the u.s. strike on syria. >> president trump order add powerful air strike on the country days after the regime allegedly


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