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>> june 12th. a day weaited for months to get here between our summit and the dictator oforea in he history books. thanks for watching us all be witness to it. i'm harris. here's dana. >> dana: a whirlwind summit at peace on north korea. the u.s. and north korea open the door to a new future. i'm dana perino. this is "the daily briefing." president trump now heading home with stops in gua and pearl harbor after a historic meeting with kim jong-un. he's carrying a signed document pledging to work towards complete denuclearization. john roberts is live in singapore. he's still up, still awake and joins us now. john? >> i'm not sure how awake, but we're still up. no question about that. dana, good morning to you from singapore. it's just touching 2:00 a.m. white house officials told fox
news going into this whole thing that the tale would be told about how this would come out in the one-on-one meeting where the president and kim jong-un sat down, the two leaders and their translators. it seems to have borne some frui ere auestion whether or not this was a glorified photo op or if it will yield real results. the president said kim jong-un came into the meeting wanting to change the dynamic. listen to what the president said in a press conference yesterday. >> my meeting with chairman kim was honest, direct and productive. we got to know each other well in a very confined period of time under very strong, strong circumstances. we're prepared to start a new history and we're ready to write a new chapter between our nations. >> of course, there's not just years of political animosity and rhetorical conflict to get over,
but the two leaders had been hurling personal insults at each other a couple years. president trump during the united nationseneral assembly speech calling kim little rocket man. kim firing back that president trump was mentally ill. they've seen to have gotten passed that. the one thing about this document, it's to a large degree aspirational. lays out what kim is promising to do and what the united states is promising to do. it's very thin on the actual details ofow they're going to do all of that dana. >> dana: john, one of the big unknowns in the agreement is the verification issue. can you tell me about that? >> yeah, that wasn't spelled out. that is something that the president didn't really have a great amount of detail on in the pr conference late yesterday afternoon saying we're going to have a lot of people in north korea to verify this. it will be up to mike pompeo, the sresta in fute
meetings with north korean officials that should begin in the next week to lay out the idea of dismantling the nuclear program and how they will verify that. the president threw kim jong-un a bone saying he would suspend at the very least, maybe not altogether, the joint u.s.-south korean military exercises. the president called them provocative, inappropriate and verypensive th president said with the caveat that if the negotiations don't turn out the president hoping they will, he could restart the military exercises. the one thing the president wot d is back off to any degree on sanctons until the dismantlement of north korea's nuclear program gets to the point that president tmpays it's on the path of be irreversible. >> dana: thanks, john. have a safe trip home.
joining us now, sue mi terry, an analyst on the korean issues for the cia. she's here for no politics, just substance. tell me about the historical significance of this moment? >> it's historically significant, this is the first time a sitting u.s. president sat down with a north korean leader face to face. we never had that. other times north korean leaders wanted this, but other -- president bush and obama didn't want to do that. so this is historic. regardless of what occurred. is moment is -- what we witnessed yesterday is a historic moment. >> dana: you know a little bit about kim jong-un and the culture. you mentioned in a piece today that he showed deference to his other counterpart. how so? >> he's being very cordial. in korean language, there's fonal language. he used formal language when addressing president trump. his body language, he didn't
have an altitude. he tried to give respect to trump. >> dana: what do you think state tv wants those citizens to see? >> well, they're going to see all the things thaim jong-un was doing, running around singapore, taking a selfie. you know the north korean media was with him. the way they're going to spin it, north korea's nuclear program is completed andow the international community is accepting him. now you can sit down with president trump, the most powerful president in the world. why? because kim jong-un is a bold leader that get he because -- >> dana: they know it's because kim jong-un has said that he would denuclearize? >> i don't know if they'll know that. what they're going to know, we, the united states and north korea, are going to try to improve our relationship and try to get to another level. but what they're going to think is that now because north korea completed the nuclear program,
they'r able to sit down with the u.s. president andegotiate from position of strength. >> they're equals. >> that's their narrative. dana: tell me going forward. we know john bolton will be going over in about a month and work on the nitty gritty with mike pompeo. they'll have to be tougher, i assume? >> absolutely. this joint statement, it was largely aspirational. didn't address at all north korea
>> sandra: take a listen to president trump talking about human rights and what happened yesterday at the summit. >> i believe it's a rough situation over there. there's no question about it. we did discuss it today. prettystrongly. knowing wt theain purpose of whate were doing is, denuking. but discussed it at good length.
we'll be doing something on it. >> sandra: this won't be a surprise to you. the hunger crisis in north korea. 18 millionpl are dependent on government food rations. 10.5 million are believed to be undernourished. i mean, in any way, do you think that kim jong-un getting a taste of what it might be like to be a normalized leader in a world that he might treat his people better? >> i'm skeptical on that. i'm hopeful. i feel like that is something that has to be addressed in the future. yeah, he wants to improve te economy for north korea. because he doe't wt toe a ruler of a poor state. just for himself, self-interest-wise. i'm skeptical that he will open the prison camps that has 200,000 people in it. all of a sudden take care of the human rights issues. i'm skept of that. north korea spends billions
pursuing the nuclear weapon while watching their people starve. in the 90s, they spent $800 million building a mausoleum for kim jong-un. people literally dying and starving. so maybe -- kim jong-un does want to i think improve his economy but to say he's going to change the human rights situation around -- >> sandra: can i ask one last question? at the end of the summit, you think the united states and the world is safer than it was before? >> i do think so. just because it's betterh talking about preventative strike and bloody nose. while it's not ideal, it's a flawed statement because it was a very aspirational and north koreans could have given us more. bu this is still better today than where we were a few weeks ago. >> sandra: a net plus. >> yes. >> sandra: things, sue mi terry. we appreciate it. >> it's difficult to determine what of a concrete nature has occurred. so i think getting pompeo to
talk with us more fully about what has happened will be very helpful. >> sandra: that's senator bob corker and what is next on kim jong-un and his missiles. we just got a statement from otto warmbier's parents. we'll tell you what they're saying after the break. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup. (butch barks at man) butch is like an old soul that just hates my guts.
>> i also will be inviting chairman kim at the appropriate time to the white house. it's really going to be something that will be very important. and he has accepted -- i said at the appropria time. we want to go further down the road. >> president trump on the next steps after his meeting with kim jong-un in singapore. we are -- we just got a statement from the parents of otto warmbier.
the president talked about him in his press conference this morning. the family saying "we are president's recent comments about our family. we're proud of otto and m him. hopefully something posive can come from this." and we have ambassador here with us to give us thoughts about the big picture has gone. i know the president had to use some flattery. was that necessary to get the diplomacy going? >> perhaps a little flattery can go way. i think the overall atmosphere of this meeting was positive. that's going to help create a favorable frame work for talks. i'm dis appoiappointed about th bstace. the statements didn't advance the ball at all down the field on denuclearization. the language is weakerh the agreements that the bush
administration had reached in 2005. so we don't know about the scope, don't know about the timing or whether there will be any verification. >> sandra: do you think -- >> sandra: you think this is just because the first meeting and it was a chance to establish a relationship? i know secretary pompeo and john bolton, not known to be dubs, will be going to north koreand this provides them now a chance to say all right, we're going to put you to the test now with some more specifics? >> that's where we are. it's good that pompeo will be leading the talks. he's already immersed in the subject. he knows what is at stake. it's a very steep hill to climb, particularly when the north koreans -- despite all the political gains that they got from the meeting, just meeting with the president itself is a big gain, boost their status in the world, looksike we're almost recognizing them as a nuclear power, they could have given us more. now we have to put them to the
test early. we have to think of early tests that would involve dism was. that cut into their capability to threaten us. >> sandra: can i have you listen to senator lindsey graham on the goal going forward. listen. >> we're talking about a complete thug and killer. i have no illusions. he's not a nice man. but heil do what is best for him and his inner circle. trump has to convince him that you'll be safer and more prosperous by giving up your nuke if you keep them. it's about kim and his regime. it's not about e people. >> sandra: ambassador, based on your expertise, i wonder what you thought about the idea that president moon had been instrumental in mentoring and advising moon before the meeting and did the south koreans end up with more or less than they thought they would?
>> well, i haven't heard what president moon said. they were disappointed there was not a small step forward on denuclearization. what is worrisome to the south, the announcement without coordinating with the south koreans or with the pentagon that he's going to suspend the military exercises, which are critical for keeping forces at a high level of readiness so that we can go into action if there's a north korean aggression. so that i think squandered some of our leverage that pompeo will head and i hope it doesn't undermine the chances of getting real deearization. >> sandra: in the briefing before the summit, mike pompeo said believes we're on the same page and understand and have the same definition of denuclearization as the north koreans. do you think that is true? >> i'm not yet convinced of that. he may have heard things in private that go well beyond this
joint statement. but at the moment, we have to assume their previous positions still hold and they're not ready nor the very intrusive that is eded for the inventory and witness the systematic dismantling of the missiles, the nuclear reactors, et cetera. i hope i'm wrong. he's gotten the message but he's not agreed to it yet. >> sandra: thanks, ambassador. it's primary day in nevada. why one republican candidate is promising a red wave in november. two races in south carolina putting the president's clout to the test. we'll explain next.
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>> sandra: primary day across america with voters in five states heading to the polls, including nevada where they're narrowing down their candidates for governor. jonathan hunt has more. >> it's good to see you, dana. we had a flow of voters at this particular polling place. the toughest fight on this primary day, on the democrat's side, where 63-year-old former teacher, chris g., as she's none, paints herself as the more progressive candidates. she's the endorsement of hillary clinton and she says she's the candidate that can best understand the average voter. >> if you want to govern people,
know how they live, what is -- what makes their community, i'm the only one out there doing it. >> her opponent is steve scissilac. he touts himself as having the experience to get this done. like every candidate, he too is trying to work out how to deal with the spector of president trump. >> we disagree open some issues, but i'm stating my case. i'm not arguing somebody else. i want people to understand what i stand for and where i want to go. >> on the republican side, the primary doesn't appear to be close. the leading candidate is adam laxel, the currently attorney general. he's looking to november and saying he can beat whatever democrat wins the party and he's dismissing talk of a so-called blue wave. >> there is no blue wave here.
doesn't exist. we're lng forward to a red wave. >> confident you'll be the next governorf nevada? >> we feel good about this race. >> close polls at 7:00 p.m. western time. we expect to cal the republican primary race almost immediately. likely to be a good bit longer before we can call the tight democratic race fo governor. dana? >> sandra: thanks, jonathan. for more, i'm joined by chris stirewalt and editor of half time report. chris, while jonathan was talking,nator chuck schumer came to the podium. they had the policy lunch, the democrats and republicans separately. when chuck schumer came out, he talked about north korea and then he immediately pivoted to healthcare. what does that tell you about how the democrats are approaching these mid-terms? >> there's been disagreement between the two houses, between
branches of the democratic party and what the appropriate and most useful focus for democrats is in 2018. chuck schumer is not ambiguous on the question. with a lot of polling data that healthcare works for democrats. who had been a negative for them under obama now in the regime of sort of hobbled obamacare with the trump administration having gutted much of obamacare, but still left the construct there, the democrats have a real opportunity to push republicans on health insurance, on healthcare and schumer wants to discipline his party that they focus on that. 's an issue that works. >> sandra: might be be one of the only issues. i want to ask you what jonathan hunt was talking about. you have this race in nevada and also in north dakota. you have a race settled. that will be a big one as well. >> north dakota, we're waiting for the main event. we have two -- because it's a
sparsely populated state, north dakota's congressman, kevin cramer is elected at large. rare circumstance where you'll have somebody rug for senate who has already been elected b the voters. heidi heitkamp, a freshman that won the favor of president trump. she's a democrat but he obviously likes her. sharing the hand, tells her she's doing a good job. she's been sympathetic to him. this is frustrating for cramer that wants a more clear red versus blue line here but trump has muddied it for him. >> sandra: tell me about virginia. they voted in 2017 in the gubernatorial election. the democrats had tremendous turnout. can they pull that off again in 2018? will you have any indication of that tonight? >> we'll see some signs. in you have two or three house races where it's competitive in virginia. the senate race is not competitive.
they don't have a gubernatorial contest this year. so we're going to be looking at the house districts. how do the democrats sort themselves out and remember part of the secret nor democrats in virginia, their great performance was the fact that liberal votersed up behind moderates like governor ralph northun. will we very division, agreement? it's nust how robust they are. it's how much in agreement they are. >> sandra: finally, take me to south carolina. we're watching a couple races there. representative m sanford, the incumbent, trying to beat back his primary challenge on the republican side. republican henry mcmaster hoping to get trump support. >> if mcmaster is not fine, that would be a shocker. he is the soul of the state's political establishment that predates nikki haley, the revolution that she brought to the state.
he's of the old guard, but he also has the support of the president. he ought to be fine. sanford is in a difficult spot. he's carved out a good second career for himself as a congressman. a roll up your sleeve, do a good job kind of congressman, low profile after scandal and all that stuff. now he faces an opponent that is totally willing to go there. she's willing to go after him on andal, she's willing to call him out for the times that he's been critical of president trump and she's hoping that in that district trump affinity will sort of go beyond the attachment that these voters have for a congressman that served him well. >> sandra: are you going to stay up late? >> heck yeah. shannon bream and i will be here. >> sandra: call it with chris and shannon. little segment you could have. chris stirewalt, thank you. >> you bet. >> sandra: president trump saying the u.s. will suspend military drills with south korea what that means for our allies like south korea and could it
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i want to stop the war games. i thought they were very provocative and i think they' ry expensive. >> lucas tomlinson is at the pentagon. was the pentagon caught by a surprise by the president's announcement? were surprised.fficials here it's notable the suspension was not part of the agreement signed by presiderump and kim jong-un. the term provocative has never been used. president trump says for now, all 28,500 troops in south korea to suspehe drills.espite his >> i want to get our soldiers out. i want to bring them home. we have 32,000 soldiers in south korea. i'd like to be able to bring them home. that's not part of the equation right now. >> the next joint exercise is in august. it's the annual spring drills that upset north korea.
they were cancelled in the 90s when similar agreements were made. now u.s. military training will continue in japan. there's twice as many troops there. thailand has the largest annual training in the region, u.s. and south korea are part of that exercise. >> what does the pentagon know about north korea's stockpile? it's a mystery. i'm curious if they have a handle on it. >> they do, dana. the past two decades. north korea has amassed a stockpile of missiles that can hit south korea, japan and guam. in november, north korea fired off their third intercontinental ballistic missile. so far north korea has not proven they can reenter the
sphere. north korea has up to 60 nuclear war heads. last fall, north korea detonated the largest thermonuclear device to date. a blast t times larger dropped on japan to end world war ii. >> thank you. we have with us now, daniel davis a former adviser to the south korean army. how do this this power issue? >> in terms of this suspicious of the military drills, i don't view that as a concession. it's a calculated risk by the president. it costs us nothing to do. it doesn't diminish our military capability or readiness in the short term. there's nothing that will stop our forces from training as your correspondent just said.
but it could lay the path for lowering the tensions continually and moving towards denuclearization. could be a good play by the president. >> there's a saying in america, if you want peace, prepare for war. so to put a finer point on this, the bbc had a report -- this is a tweet. chinese foreign minist announced that trump would suspend u.s. war games with south korea before trump announced it himself at the press briefing that suggested kim's people were on the phone to beijing after the meeting because they recognize how big a concession it was. that's interesting for me. you're the first person i've heard explain that it's not as big a concession that people might worry. >> it's not. the reason i say that, our strategic capabilities and our tactical capabilities are unchaffed. president trump is well aware of that. anything suspended can be
unsuspended in a day. our air force is powerful, the pacific fleet is capable of doing things everywhere. we have given up nothing. but if it gives us the opportunity to move towards denuclearization, that is a really good play. >> tell me about cyber warfare. i know the north koreans in particular have been very adept and causing lots of problems around the world. the cyber warfare issue and our preparedness in that area. >> that is a very critical issue for us to take care of. you can have a great military. if you're not protected from cyber intrusion, it can limit your ability to operate in any realm. north korea has engaged in that. we should expect that. our counter measures are improving and constantly evolving. something that we need to put an emphasis on. i feel confident right now. >> what do you think the nor
korean military is thinking now action they are obviously working for somebody that is a dictator and treated the citizens tribly but they're extremely loyal to him. are there any cracks in the armor with his military? >> i don't think we see any cracks in the armor, not on any large scale up to this point. this sacking of the three senior generals could be an indication of that depending what the inside reason for all of it was. we have quite a bit of reporting that the military has been prioritized and the resourc they've got ten for decades now has not been as fed as well as we hoped, as well as they wanted. when you think about the possibility of lower tensions, that will make t happy. >> i have about a minute left with you. since 1955 after the korean war, you know, it started that currently we have 23,000 forces
in south korea. i wonder if you have some thoughts about the people, the americans that have served in that area since 1955? >> yeah, you know, we were placed there when south korea couldn't defend themselves. they relied on us. i served in the 90s. everybody has been there is part of defending our treasured ally in south korea. they can be proud of what is coming in now. if we can get to the point where peace can be achieved, it would be a great accomplishment. everybody would feel like they had a part in making that happen. >> thanks, colonel. >> thank you. >> north koreans learning about the summit in a slightly different way than the rest of the world. are they getting the whole picture? doubt it. and a national forest now off limits as a raging wild fire burns out of control. we'll tell you more. let's take a look at some numbers:
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>> shepard smith on the fox news deck. the meading is over. the leaders headed home. questions remain, including what is the united states giving up? what is the united states getting? is north korea at all serious about denuclearizing? we'll hear from a man that has dealt with the north koreans, bill richardson. top of the hour or "shepard smith reporting." see you then. >> dana: wild fire fears close to the colorado national forest. the move means hundreds of miles limits to hikers and campers. 2,000 homes have been evacuated because of a forestire that has burned 30 square miles so far. so a handshake seen around the world as president trump and kim jong-un meet for the first time. surprisingly, even the people of north korea knew kim was in singapore for the summit with
the country's main newspaper offering state-directed coverage. me right now, brian mckeon. let me start with you. i understand that there's a general feeling that the summit declaration is less than expected but is it a step in the right direction? >> certainly the meeting is an important step in the right direction and now we begin apro. i don't want to diminish that. i think the statement was a little light on substance. reminds me of the peggy lee song "is that all there is?" a lot less detail that have been in prior statements of this kind. >> dana: is that because the president envisions -- he said expectto say, this is probably the first of what will be many meetings the come? >> yeah, a lot of the hard work remains, dana. we have to bear in mind this
important fact. the first time in the 65 some odd years since the end of the -- the cessation of conflict. there's an imagery and pomp and circumstance that goes just beyond this meeting and goes to the fact that we have a lengthy process ahead and it's important to bear that in mind. >> dana: and i do think of the north korean people. north korean's newspaper features color photos of kim jong-un walking around singapore, a breathtaking city with an electricity supply that north koreans can only dream about. i can't believe north korea reported this so quickly. usually they take days to report news. here they took hours. based on your expertise of the national security council, what do you think this might indicate? >> it indicates that kim jong-un is feeling confident in his
position and stepping forward and having to initial negotiations with president trump. he certainly will take a victory lap at home to show his people that he'sancing their security interesting and he's on the world stage at a level with the leading country in the world. >> dana: there's other news with the trade summit that the president just came out of with the g-7 summit. he talked about that in his press conference this morning. take a listen. >> the picture with angela merkel, that i get along with very well, that picture is we're waiting for the document because i wanted to see the final document as changed by the changes that i requested. very friendly. didn't look friendly. it was reported like nasty both ways. i was angry at her. we were just talking the whole group about something unrelat everything. very friendly waiting for the document to come back so i could read it before i leave. >> dana: i had some sympathy for
the president, someone like looked at a photograph and say that's not description of what has happened there. do you think that tensions amongst the g-7 are not as difficult as the media has been report something. >> yeah, look, it's very easy for folks on the outside to craft a narrative around this. obviously there were some hurt feelings, some back and forth maybe before and during the summit. the reality is, only the folks in that room really understand what was going on. the dynamic is very complicated right now. the united states is in unchartered territory when we think about our trading the fact as the h companies as president reaching out to kim jong-un in a historic mome the status quo has been turned upside-down a little bit. it's premature for us to draw conclusions about freying
alliances with europe. >> dana: and the president wanted to deal with nato and there's starting to be movement in europe. you think you might so more after this g-7 summit to try to couple to the table with something that everybody can say they gave and they littl bit? re's a lot of tension in the alliance and within our close partners because of the president's move on the iran deal and the paris climate agreement and what he's done on trade. you can't really -- sure, we don't know what happened in that room and that picture, what it's about. we know there's real tensions between the united states and its allies. countries in europe are stepping up with increased defense spending. they did that after the russians went to crimea and the eastern ukraine. that has continued and it's a good thing. >> dana: last word to you, lanny on this trade issue, especially
with the nafta deal not settled either. >> right. that is a big concern. the fact that we have not been able to reach an agreement. the president wants to do bilateral agreements with canada and mexico. that is difficult, particularly when we've been operating on the nafta regime for two decades. hopefully they can reach an agreement and hopefully move the ball forward. doesn't look like it's in a good place. >> dana: thanks for being with me today. >> thank you. >> dana: so a major supreme court decision on voting in a 5-4 ruling. the high court uphold allow to purge rules if residents skip elections. voters that have been inactive in two elections and fail to return a residency confirmation form will not be allowed to
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>> dana: scientists say an asthma drug shows potential for treating dementia. the drug was tested in mice. scientists were able to reverse the damage caused by the build-up of proteins in the brain. researchers caution it's a first step, but they hope to set up human trials soon. seattle city council about to vote on repeal ago controversial tax on big companies to help the
city's homeless. the head tax which passed unanimously last month was behind amazon's decision to put expansion plans on hold. dan springer is live in seattle. that was a quick turn around, dan. >> yeah, a stunning reversal. a 9-0 vote by the same city council to enact this head tax. in about an hour, we're expecting a 7-2 vote to repeal it. one of the two members that is not on board with repealing this tax put out a call to action today to members of her socialist movement to show up and protest this about face and id show up today. 400 big businesses would have paid $275 per employee. amazon with 45,000 seattle workers was the big target all along and would have paid more than $12 million a year. but the company fired back saying it might cancel plans to add 7,000 high-paying jobs in the city. that sparked a backlash.
20,000 signatures were collected, more than enough to get on the november ballot. >> the majority of people feel this was an attack on businesses that employ and live here. at some point, you're going after the people, going after our jobs. >> all seven of those expected to vote to repeal the tax are up for re-election in november. politics played a part in this. >> dana: we had you on yesterday. the homeless problem in seattle and how they're trying to deal with it. if this tax is repealed, what is the plan for addressing homelessness in the future? >> it's a big problem here. a lot of people feel it's not about how much money they have but how they're spending it. i think the mayor and the city council will have to s some results before they get more money from taxpayers. if they can do that, expect them to try a more regional approach.
raise taxes county with it and statewide. one was trying to nationalize this by saying the whole country is watching seattle to s if they can get the head tax passed. they got passed but there's a backlash and now they're about to repeal it. >> dana: yeah. worthless to pass it and repeal it. dan springer. enough. thank you. a big day for sports fans as two teams holding their championship ed up in oakland to celebrate the sweep of the cleveland cavaliers to win their second straight nba title. fans flooded the nation's capitol to mark the stanley cup victory by the washington capitals. they beat the golden knights to claim their first championship in franchise history. we'll be right back. wishe got money back omembershi.
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