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tonight, breaking news. the white house shakeup. steve bannon is out. president trump's chief strategist says he resigned. what happened? and, this photograph. everyone on the president's team pictured here, now gone, except for the vice president. also developing tonight, the second terror attack. another car plowing into a crowd. the hero policewoman who took the shot. reportedly killing 4 out of 5 suspects. and in barcelona, the american husband who was reportedly shopping for souvenirs, separated from his wife in the chaos. what we've learned. then, word coming in today of another gruesome and deadly attack. the man wielding a knife. we have ne
northeast as we come on the air. we're tracking them. rob marciano is live. and, after the cancer returned, the new message tonight from olivia newton-john. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with a seismic shakeup at the white house. the president's chief strategist, and for many, the most controversial member of the team is out tonight. steve bannon said he resigned days ago, one year after joining the trump campaign. trump facing increasing pressure to make changes at the white house. cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: president trump under fire for stoking racial tensions in the wake of charlottesville, today forced out his most controversial advisor steve bannon, a man who
proudly promoted right-wing nationalism inside the white house and beyond. bannon, a key member of the president's inner circle. a confidante, right there with the trump family on election night. he left his job as editor of the right-wing breitbart news, hoping to save a campaign in free fall. his nationalist agenda posted in his office. posing for pictures in front of a white board that famously spelled out his priorities. >> if you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day, every day it is going to be a fight. >> reporter: "time" magazine, calling him the great manipulator. and of course, "snl" portraying him as the real mastermind in the oval office. >> okay, donald, that's enough fun for tonight. can i have my desk back? >> yes, mr. president. i'll go siat
with the president, who told the "wall street journal" in april, bannon was just, quote, "a guy who works for me." and just this week the president making it clear he won the election on his own. >> mr. bannon came on very late. you know that. i went through 17 senators, governors and i won all the primaries. mr. bannon came on very much later than that. >> reporter: in his rocky tenure bannon made enemies throughout the west wing. some of those fights caught on camera. bannon battling with the bannon battling with the thepresident's son-in-law jared kushner and national security advisor h.r. mcmaster, his allies in the right wing media quick to back him up. at that incendiary press conference tuesday, the president signaled his chief strategist was hanging by a thread. >> he's a good man. he's not a racist. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: but the final straw, seems to be an interview bannon gave the very next day. publicly undercutting the president's military threats of
korea. bannon saying, there's no military solution here. they got us. the departure, just the latest shakeup for a west wing in crisis. this picture of the president in the oval office with his top advisors taken just days after the inauguration. now national security advisor michael flynn, gone. press secretary sean spicer, gone. chief of staff reince preibus, gone. and finally today, steve bannon. >> and cecilia vega joins us from new jersey tonight. in a sign of how quickly power shifts, the president met at camp david on the future of our troops in afghanistan. tonight, you've learned that bannon is back at his old job? >> reporter: right back there at breitbart. today, he chaired the editorial meeting there, taking the tl
of executive chairman. he told bloomberg he plans to wage war on behalf of president trump. >> cecilia vega, thank you. next tonight, the deadly terror attacks. after barcelona and the white van plowing through the crowd, another attack. and a hero policewoman, reportedly killing 4 out of 5 attackers on her own. tonight, we're learning about the american husband and father of three back in barcelona who was killed. james longman from spain again tonight. >> reporter: overnight, the second horrific scene of terror. another car barreling into a crowd in the seaside town of cambril, spain, killing one and injuring six. this video capturing the tense moments as officers engage one attacker armed with a knife. police say a hero policewoman
taking down 4 of the 5 terrorists killed. here you can see the man wearing what police thing might be a suicide vest. shot after shot, he drops to the ground. only to get up again. lunging toward police. they finally take him down. and that bomb vest? a fake made of soda cans. used, terror experts believe, so he would be killed, not captured. it came just hours after that white van jumped the curb in barcelona, zig-zagging down that pedestrian path. killing 13 and wounding at least 120. newly released surveillance video shows the moment. you can a mother with a stroller narrowly escaping. one of the people in that crowd, mother sherie weiss from los angeles telling david about the moment she saw that van speeding towards her. >> and we know you're a mom and it would seem a mother's instinct kicked in because you described actually grabbing a child who was frozen as this was all playing out and trying to get him out of the way.
>> when i realized i had to jump to my right, i saw a 14, maybe 15-year-old boy like a deer in headlights. he just froze and i could tell in his face he didn't know what to do so when i jumped to the right i pulled him and pulled him behind a pole with me and we crouched down together. >> reporter: she saved him as she witnesses a man next to them get him. tonight were learning more about the lives lost. one of the victims jared tucker, father of three from san francisco. there in spain to celebrate his first anniversary. separated from his wife while souvenir shopping. and 7-year-old julian cadman from australia. tonight, the police making new arrests on the trail of an isis inspired terror cell. as they search for these four suspects, the most wanted men in europe. this is ripoll. it's a small town of about an hour north of barcelona and it's where many of the attackers are from. the hometown of moussa oukabir, the 17-year-old who they believe stole his brother's i.d. to rent the white van used to plow into
those crowds. the possible driver. back in barcelona, just 24 hours after that horrific attack crowds on that promenade chanting, "we are not afraid." shaken but defiant. >> and james joins us live tonight. so many back out there sending a message, and still a fast-moving investigation tonight? >> reporter: it may look like life is back to normal here, but this is still very much a city on edge. authorities can't be sure of the full extent of the terror group, what they might have had planned next, and who was involved. >> thank you. meantime, we're learning the attack was supposed to be much longer. an accidental house explosion revealing a terror cell, their whereabouts. and authorities believe they decided they had to act fast. here's brian ross. >> reporter:
tonight now say it could have been even worse. that a much more devastating attack was being planned in this villa outside barcelona by members of the isis-inspired terror cell. but their plans changed wednesday night when one of the group's bombs detonated prematurely, killing one of the terrorists and causing the others to flee. when police responded. left behind, at least 21 propane gas canisters that can be seen in the rubble. canisters officials believe were intended for some powerful truck bombs. >> if these attackers would have been better bomb makers we would be looking at hundreds of deaths. >> reporter: after the explosion at the rented villa in the town of alcanar, police say some members of the cell headed to barcelona for the van attack against pedestrians. other left alcanar and later ended up at the beach resort of cambrils where five of them, including this young man, were shot dead by police. revealing a complex terror cell not previously known or even suspected.
we are not dealing with the lone wolf offender. traditional counterterrorism techniques will not pick up on these types of attackers. >> reporter: even as isis suffers defeat on the battlefield, its efforts to spur on its followers in europe and the u.s. have had success. this isis fighter, identified as an american, goaded his followers with a message posted in may. >> are you incapable of stabbing a kafir with knife? throwing him off a building? or running him over with a car. >> reporter: the message from isis to followers has been, you can stay home and do great damage by attacking your own country. >> brian, thank you. from spain to the possible new terror scare in finland. a suspect stabbing two before being shot by police. police describing him as young and with a foreign background.
link to terrorism. back home to the storms hitting at this hour, 40 million at risk. flash floods hitting huntington, new york. let's get right to rob marciano, along new york's west side highway for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david, the storms are rolling in. take a look at the radar. they're lined up heading through new jersey, through philadelphia, baltimore, and d.c. some with 70-mile-an-hour winds and flash floods. the rain heading towards the u.s., we're hoping it will not develop but we're watching it closely throughout the weekend. >> rob, thank you. we reported here this week on the packed auditorium in
charlottesville. tonight, that mother, asked by robin roberts, has she heard from president trump, and does she want to? here's mary bruce. >> reporter: inside that packed memorial, a mother, grieving and defiant. >> they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what. you just magnified her. >> reporter: in the days since heather was killed, president trump has spoken out. but not to the mother susan. for the first time, she explains why. >> this is new territory for you and for this to so tragically happen and bring your daughter and your family into the spotlight and people reaching out, including, we understand that president trump has reached out. have you talked to him directly yet? >> i have not and now i will not. at first i just missedis
calls. the call, the first call looked like actually came during the funeral. i didn't even see that message. there were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day and i didn't know why that would have been on wednesday and i was home recovering from the exhaustion of the funeral. and so i thought, well, i'll get to him later. so i hadn't really watched the news until last night. and i'm not talking to the president now. i'm sorry. after what he said about my child and it's not that i saw somebody else's tweets about him. i saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like ms. heyer with the kkk and the white supremacists. you can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying i'm sorry. >> is there something, though, that you would want to say to the president? >> think before you
>> and mary with us live from the white house. the words making headlines throughout the day. is there any response from the president or white house? >> reporter: the white house says their thoughts and prayers continue to be with her and her family. but they won't say whether the president will keep calling. the father and daughter kicked off the flight. also, the shocking discovery. three children dead, authorities on the scene. the family tragedy playing out. and the family crossing this drawbridge when the gate starts to open. the operators' view blocked. what the father had to do to save everyone. and after the cancer returns, the new message from olivia newton-john. that's coming up here.
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