tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS April 12, 2017 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: taking on the world. >> the world is a mess, but i think by the time we finish, i think it's going to be a lot better place to liver. >> pelley: and if chiewna won't help with north korea, the u.s., he says, will go it alone. >> going it alone means going it with lots of other nations. >> pelley: also tonight, united says bumping passengers will no longer be a police matter. >> this can never, will never happen again. >> pelley: caution about using a free online tax service to prepare your returns. and at the supreme court, women broke the glass ceiling. now if the men don't mind, they'd like to have the floor. >> the government-- excuse me.
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: president trump is finding superpower politics more complicated than it looked during the campaign. relations with russia are the worst since the cold war because of the kremlin attack on the u.s. presidential election, and its support for the assad dictatorship in syria after that nerve gas attack on civilians. but after excorating china during the campaign, it appears mr. trump has discovered a new ally as beijing joins forces against the belligerence of north korea's dictator. we're going to begin tonight in moscow. margaret brennan is with the secretary of state, rex tillerson. >> the current state of u.s.-russia relations is at a low point. >> reporter: after a two-hour meeting at the kremlin with president vladimir putin, in which no cameras or press were allowed, secretary tillerson left without having settled the
main issue dividing them it's future of syrian dictator bashar al-assad. >> that's a butcher. that's a butcher. >> reporter: back in washington, president trump said he wanted to know if russia was aware of the assad regime's plan to launch last week's sarin gas attack. >> would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have. they were there. so we'll find out. >> reporter: you said you believed russia was either incompetent or complicit in these chemical weapons attacks. do you know which one that is? >> we have no firm information to indicate that there was any involvement by russian forces into this attack. what we do know is that the attack was planned, carried out by the regime forces at the direction of bashar al-assad. >> reporter: putin has claimed that the u.s. was trying to frame assad. behind closed doors today, tillerson argued that assad must go, and russia's best chance at better relations with the u.s. rests on whether it will stop
propping up the dictator. relations have also deteriorated because of the u.s. intelligence assessment that russia meddled in the 2016 election to help mr. trump. tillerson said the topic came up just briefly in the putin meeting. >> it is a serious issue. it's one that we know is serious enough to attract additional sanctions. >> reporter: being a diplomat is new to secretary tillerson, but his opponent today is well known. scott, as an oil executive, tillerson had extensive negotiations with putin who even awarded him a presidential medal of friendship. >> pelley: margaret brennan traveling with the secretary for us tonight in moscow. margaret, thanks. well, unlike russia, tonight, there is signs of close cooperation between the u.s. and china on the threat of north korea. last week, mr. trump told president xi jinping of china that china will get a better trade deal if it reins in its troublesomtroublesome ally.
today, china warned north korea to stop testing missile and atom bombs, and then hours later, mr. trump announced he will not accuse china of keeping its currency artificially low, which helps chinese trade. saturday is a major north korean holiday, a time often celebrated with a missile or nuclear test. asia correspondent ben tracy is making a rare visit to north korea tonight. >> reporter: scott, we just arrived here in pyongyang, and on the ride in from the airport, we could see people along the street getting ready for what is expected to be a big military parade this weekend. north korea is celebrating what would have been the 105th birthday of its country's founder. now, that parade is expected to include some of north korea's banned missiles, which president kim jong-un has tested several times since donald trump took office. it's widely believed that another launch or even a nuclear test is imminent as north korea continues to build its nuclear program. in response, president trump has
rerouted a u.s. navy strike griewrng including the aircraft carrier "carl vinson," to the korean peninsula. north korea has threatened that if the u.s. launches a preemptive strike, it will use its nuclear weapons. it's not clear if north korea could make good on that threat, but the escalating tensions led to a phone call today between trump and china's president xi jinping. now, china is north korea's main ally, and trump needs china's help to defuse the situation. in a sign that beijing may be losing its patience with north korea, a state-run nuclear in china issued an uncharacteristically blunt warning said to north korea, "don't launch any missiles this weekend. if you do, you're going to face tougher sanctions," and, scott, china says that could include cutting off shipments of oil. >> pelley: ben tracy in the north korean capital tonight. thanks, ben. now, a moment ago you heard secretary tillerson warn that the u.s. might impose more economic sanctions because of the russian cyberattack on the u.s. election.
well, the f.b.i. is investigating whether any trump associates collaborated with russia's effort to swing the election. and it turns out that carter page, who had a small role in the campaign, has been a target of the f.b.i. agents obtained a surveillance warrant from what's called the fisa court, short for foreign intelligence surveillance act, and nancy cordes has more on this. >> reporter: to monitor carter paying, f.b.i. agents had to provide evidence to a secret court indicating that the former trump campaign adviser was acting as a foreign agent. >> it's a high standard. it was set up to be a high stashed standard. >> reporter: virginia's mark warner is the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee. >> the fisa warrant has been issued, it is a very, very serious matter. >> reporter: the fisa warrant, first reported by "the washington post," was issued last july. it's unclear what evidence agents had on page and whether they were monitoring any other
trump confidants. today, page denied he worked with spies. >> this is-- it's just such a joke that it's beyond words. >> reporter: page has been on the f.b.i.'s radar since at least 2013 when two russian intelligence agents were recorded as they discussed trying to recruit him. "he flies to moscow more often than i do," one said. "it's obvious that he wants to earn lots of money. for now, his enthusiasm works for me." russia ties are also dogging former trump campaign chairman paul manafort who has long denied that he received cash paymentpayments from ukraine's r russian-backed regime. the associated press reported today that it has confirmed two payouts that match line items in a handwritten ukrainian ledger, one payment to manafort's consulting firm was for $750,000, the other for $455,000. a manafort spokesman calls the ap story totally misleading.
he says manafort made no secret of the fact that he was working as a political consultant in ukraine, and he was always paid, scott, legally, he says, by wire transfer. >> pelley: nancy cordes in our washington newsroom. there was an awkward moment today in the news conference with the nato secretary general when mr. trump claimed that nato was fighting terrorism only after mr. trump's recent complaints. "they made a change," the president said. "now they do fight terrorism." well, secretary general jens stoltenberg responded with a history lesson, remind mr. trump of nato's 16 years fighting al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan at a cost, the secretary general said, of more than 1,000 lives. there's been something of a cold war inside the white house. it appears the president is putting some distance between himself and his most controversial varies, steve
bannon. bannon is the former right wing media executive who has been the author of mr. trump's darkest rhetoric. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: the president's chief strategist, steve bannon, took a seat in the front row of mr. trump's news conference today but source close to the president say bannon's role in mr. trump's inner circle is in jeopardy. >> there's a new political order that's being formed out of this. >> reporter: clashes with jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser have, angered mr. trump, as was evident in an interview yesterday with the "new york post" weapon "teef steve does ray good guy, but i told them to straighten it out or i will," the president said. the president also tried to minimize bannon's influence. "i like steve, but you to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late," mr. trump said. "i had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and i didn't know steve. i'm my own strategist." in fact, mr. trump was well
acquainted with bannon before he became campaign c.e.o. in august. >> mr. trump, thank you very much for joining us on the initial breitbart news daily show. >> well, that's such an honor. >> reporter: bannon interviewed candidate trump on breitbart news more than 10 times starting in november 2015. >> hey, guys. >> reporter: all this comes amid another high-profile white house controversy. >> you know, you had a-- dwrn someone as despicable as hitler, who didn't even sink to the-- to using chemical weapons. >> reporter: today, press secretary sean spicer tried to apologize for clumsily comparing syrian dictator bashar al-assad's recent use of sarin nerve gas to adolf hitler's actions during the holocaust. >> to make a gaffe and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible. on a professional level, it's disappointing because i think-- i've let the president down. >> reporter: the president said today the world is nasty and a mess. he could have been describing
turmoil here at the white house. nevertheless, scott, the president remains confident declaring by the time he is finished, the world will be a better place to live. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. two more police officers have been put on leave after dragging a passenger off a flight in chicago on sunday. the c.e.o. of united airlines pledged today that it will never again call police to eject a passenger who's being bumped only because of overbooking. here's kris van cleave. ( screaming"." >> oh, my god. >> reporter: as united airlines struggles to contain the fallout from dr. david dao being forcibly removed from the flight on sunday-- >> probably the word "shame" comes to mind. >> reporter: the company's c.e.o. oscar munoz says he as it haz failed to create an environment in which employees are free to use common sense to solve problems rather than strictly following policy, something he said he will fix. >> you saw us at a bad moment and this can never, will never
happen again on a united airlines flight. that's my premis and that's my promise. >> it really felt like a scene out of a movie or something. >> reporter: high school teacher jason powell was on the flight with seven of his students. >> oh, my god! look at what did you to him! >> two of my students were crying. there were other people who were crying. it was-- it was a very traumatic event for everybody. >> thank you for flying the friendly skies. >> reporter: united brands itself as the airline of the friendly skies, but dao's experience has other fliers crying foul. geoff ferns says a united employee threatened him with handcuffs if he didn't give up a first-class stooet a frequent flier and move to economy last week. >> probably the most charitable way i could describe it would be tone deaf and condescending. >> reporter: guy smith air, public relation crise manager says there is growing you inistration with airlines in general. for united they need to relearn friendly. >> they need to shift the entire corporation and every employee in it to a customer-oriented culture. if it's not about the customer,
it's not going to work. >> reporter: united took a step in that direction today. the airline is now refunding all the passengers on dr. dao's flight, and, scott, united has also apologized to fir for the handcuff threat. >> pelley: kris, thank you. the arkansas prison system is rushing to execute seven men in 11 days. nationally, executions have been on the decline. last year, there were 20, future since 1991, but arkansas is in a hur tow kill because its smgd about to expire. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: if the state of arkansas has its way, all of these convicted murderers will be dead by the end of the month. defense lawyers like jeff rozensweig, appeal to a federal judge to decide whether the rush to execute constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, especially the state's planned use of a controversial drug called midazolam. it's a sedative used to put inmates to sleep before chemicals are injected to stop
their hearts. rozensweig represents three of the condemned men. >> it reeks of an assembly line or a-- a-- or as one of the newspapers here called it a killing spree. >> reporter: arkansas' current supply of midazolam expires on april 30, and the drug's manufacturer wants no further parent in executions. but midazolam has been involved in botched executions in four states. in 2014, arizona's execution of joseph wood took two hours and 15 injections. instead of going to sleep, he gasped and snorted for more than an hour. when oklahoma executed clayton locket, he writhed and grown for 40 minutes before dyingave heart attack. but many victims' relatives say they've waited long enough. jack jones is scheduled to die for murdering mary phillips in 1995 and leaving her 11-year-old daughter, lacy, for dead. now an adult, lacy phillips says jones should pay for his crime.
>> i don't want to live another day knowing that he's alive. you know, 21 years, and he's still here. >> reporter: the judge's ruling is expected thursday or friday, and whichever side loses is expected to appeal all the way to the u.s. supreme court. something else, scott-- the first two executions are scheduled for monday. >> pelley: mark strassmann, thanks. coming up next on the cbs evening news, the string attached to some free tax preparation sites. and later, who on the supreme court gets interrupted more, the men or the women? things are headed. e comfort in ke because as we live longer... and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance.
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did with sotomayor. >> here we have even subordinates, clear subordinates interrupting justices. >> there are a few strategies. >> reporter: heidi moore runs the digital magazine "ladders" exploring workplace issues, and she says all women can learn from those on the court. >> the female justices just keep talking instead of saying, "excuse me," or "this is my time now," or "i'm make a point." they just keep talking until they steam role the interrupter and the interrupter backs off. >> reporter: a golden rule of sorts-- treat the interrupters as they treat you apply to balance the scales of a workplace conversation. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: for all of us at cbs news all aro
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