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good afternoon to you. a day of heartfelt words and emotional tributes. official washington gives an historic send-off to a man whose decades of public service and adherence to the country's values made him a true force in the political arena and an american hero. senator john mccain. hello, everyone. welcome to a brand new hour. i'm ed henry in new york in for eric shawn. >> i'm arthel neville in los angeles. thousands of people made their way to washington's national cathedral to say a final good-bye to the late senator. among the speakers, former president barack obama and
george w. bush, who hailed john mccain as unwavering, undimmed and unequalled. >> john was above all, a man with a code. he lived by a set of public virtues that brought strength and purpose to his life and to his country. >> we never doubted we were on the same team. for all of our differences, we shared a fidelity to the ideals for which generations of americans have marched and fought and sacrificed. and given their lives. arthel: peter doocy is live outside the washington national cathedral. peter? reporter: one of the main themes at today's two and a half hour long memorial service was that everybody who worked with john mccain or ran against him in some kind of campaign was always prepared for him to share his
opinion that was shaped by a world view that had been shaped itself by his time as a lawmaker and as a prisoner of war and as a father. >> he was honest, no matter whom it offended. presidents were not spared. reporter: the talk wasn't all just about mccain's accolades. there were subtle jabs at the current president, who was not invited by the late senator's daughter meghan, who turned the famous make america great again slogan against trump and by president obama, who rarely weighs in on his successor but mentioned this today. >> so much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse, can seem small and mean and petty. it's a politics that pretends to
be brave and tough, but in fact, is born of fear. john called on us to be bigger than that. reporter: one of the late senator's best friends, former senator joe lieberman, talked about the time mccain asked him to be the running mate on the gop ticket even though he was a registered democrat at the time. lieberman also shared stories from many trips with mccain which were apparently always filled with jokes. >> when he found a joke that people liked, he told it over and over and over again. one of my favorites was about the two inmates going through the food line for dinner at the state penitentiary. one says to the other the food is terrible here. and the other says it was a lot better when i was governor.
reporter: there were many dignitaries and diplomats as well. the former secretary of state henry kissinger spoke to say he thinks the world will be a much lonelier place without john mccain in it. arthel: indeed. thank you. a new nafta deal is in the works, or is it? canada could be left behind. the president indicating he would sign a revised deal with just mexico in the next 90 days, but it's a different story with our neighbors to the north. the president urging canada to make a fair deal or just be left out all together. >> canada knows where i stand, because we can't have these countries taking advantage of the united states anymore. i know when we're getting ripped off. i said china's ripping us off. japan's ripping us off. mexico's ripping us off. canada's ripping us off. the whole world is ripping us off. >> ellison barber is live at the white house where it's been a
frenetic few days of negotiations. reporter: president trump notified congress yesterday of his decision to sign a trade agreement with mexico 90 days from now and canada, too, if they're willing. the president now says canada might not be a political necessity at all. he tweeted this, quote, there is no political necessity to keep canada in the new nafta deal if we don't make a fair deal for the u.s. after decades of abuse, canada will be out. congress should not interfere with these negotiations or i will simply terminate nafta entirely and we will be far better off. officials hope to have a deal yesterday. that was the informal deadline. it didn't happen and u.s. and canadian trade reps are now set to restart negotiations on wednesday. there are reportedly still a number of issues to sort out. >> they have taken advantage of our country for many years. tremendous, tremendous trade barriers and they have tremendous tariffs. dairy products are, do you know
this, mark, almost 300% tariff. nobody talks about that. reporter: in addition to dairy tariffs, there are reportedly disagreements over a ten-year requirement for data protection for biological drugs and how that might impact the pharmaceutical industry and the cost of drugs. when asked biabout it, canada's trade rep said she would not negotiate in public. >> we are working very hard and making progress. we're not there yet. this is a very complex agreement and we are going to continue working at it. the government of canada will not sign an agreement unless it's good for canada and good for canadians. reporter: remarks president trump made off the record became public on friday, according to the "toronto star" president trump told bloomberg news he's not compromising with canada when it comes to nafta and he can't say it publicly because it would be so insulting. the president confirmed the remarks on twitter and at two
different events in north carolina. the "star" reports that trump's comments were viewed by canadian negotiators as evidence for their suspicions that the u.s. was not making a legitimate effort to compromise. the "star" also reported that canadian officials confronted u.s. officials about the remarks during a meeting friday morning. they described that meeting as a high level meeting. >> thank you. arthel: there's a wave of speculation that a bombshell is coming before labor day in special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. this as president trump ramps up attacks on the justice department and attorney general jeff sessions. >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now. because people are angry.
arthel: garrett has more from our washington bureau. reporter: president trump continues to go after the fbi and his own justice department for what he sees as political bias. today the president criticized the foreign intelligence surveillance courts which approved the warrants to surveil members of his campaign, tweeting a quote from judicial watch, ended saying you've got corruption at the doj and fbi. the leadership of the doj and fbi are completely out to lunch in terms of exposing and holding those accountable who are responsible for that corruption. after several weeks of publicly blasting his attorney general and raising speculation he might be fired, on thursday, president trump said jeff sessions would not be fired before the midterm elections. but just a few hours later at a campaign rally in evansville, indiana, the president is once again taking aim at the agencies that sessions oversees. >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now.
but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly, i want them to do their job, i will get involved and i will get in there if i have to. reporter: the president has also grown increasingly frustrated over the continued employment of justice department official bruce ohr. during a closed door deposition this week on capitol hill, two sources with direct knowledge tell fox news ohr told investigators at least half a dozen fbi and doj officials knew about his back channel contact with christopher steele, who compiled the controversial dossier on candidate trump, and about the origins of the dossier as a piece of democrat funded opposition research. house republicans have criticized fbi officials for not disclosing those details in their applications for the surveillance warrants and are once again asking the president to declassify the bureau's records about ohr and the warrant applications. >> for more on this, let's bring in breaking news editor for "the daily caller." good to see you. let's start with what garrett
was talking about, the potential for a bombshell from special counsel robert mueller around labor day. there was an anchor on another network, i forget the name of it, that said show up for work on friday, journalists, there's going to be a big one that might be coming. never came. >> that's right. that was the prevailing wisdom from the other news networks, as you said. unfortunately, it looks like their wishes did not come true. i highly doubt mueller is going to release a bombshell over labor day weekend. what that means is this investigation is presumably going to last closer to the two and a half year mark at this point with such a broad purview and really no discernible timeline. it theoretically could keep going forever until mueller finds anything to get the president on. >> when you say two and a half years, a year and a half of special counsel robert mueller but you're right, two and a half years of say, the fbi starting the counter intelligence investigation, just to be clear. i wonder, there has been talk, though, that over the next week leading up to september 7, you
would get to the 60-day window before the election where justice department guidelines say you are not supposed to indict anyone, not supposed to do anything that might impact the next election. so it certainly is possible that next week we could hear from robert mueller. >> it is entirely possible. but what does he have? no one really knows. this idea that he's going to drop some kind of bombshell seems to be without evidence. it seems to be more wishful thinking from the media and from democrats than it seems to be rooted in reality. >> meanwhile, i'm not sure if bombshell is the right word but if you go to the "new york times" website, just the last hour or so they posted a story that is pretty explosive. it goes deeper into the ties of bruce ohr with christopher steele, who put together that unverified dossier. we had already gotten a taste of this from republican lawmakers who released some of the e-mails and text messages between ohr and steele but the "times" seems to go deeper and are saying basically that ohr was involved in trying to flip this russian
oligarch, deripaska. you know, got a lot of money, lot of connections to vladimir putin, and it's interesting that now you have somebody inside the justice department in bruce ohr who was working with a man in deripaska who is known as putin's oligarch. so you hear the president saying there's collusion on the other side, yet it doesn't seem to get any traction. >> that's right. the longer this investigation goes on, the more that we find detrimental information about the doj and fbi in the way they handled the investigation and less detrimental information about the president. bruce ohr created a back channel with christopher steele who of course was compiling this dossier funded by the democrats. when the fbi had already said they didn't find steele to be credible in that he had had improper contact with the media. so everything in this investigation seems to be undermining the president's point that it's been biased against him from the start. bruce ohr's contacts, the peter strzok and lisa page text
messages all seem to confirm the president's tweets that this is a witch hunt against him. >> last question. this morning on "fox & friends" greg jarrett, who has "the russia hoax" out there, broke news and said he's hearing that by the end of this coming week, the president's going to declassify more intel, more information maybe related to those fisa warrants that tie back to the dossier. maybe there's a collision coming at the end of this week, maybe as you say we will hear from robert mueller but maybe we will hear from the president as well. >> it's highly possible. i think the president is weighing whether that's going to be politically advantageous for him. on one hand he's going to be hammered for getting involved in the investigation by democrats and the media. on the other hand, declassifying those documents could further prove his point about bias, especially with regard to the fisa warrants, considering that we know that the dossier was used to renew those warrants on several occasions despite the fact that they were using media
reports from christopher steele in a circular manner to confirm things that were in the dossier. >> going to be an interesting week as we get closer to the midterms. appreciate you coming in today. arthel: palestinian leaders lashing out at president trump. this is coming after the white house announces a massive cut in aid. what this means for peace in the middle east. and a big week ahead for supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh. what questions he may face from senators during his confirmation hearings. >> any fair-minded observer would be hard-pressed to say that the review of judge kavanaugh's record has been transparent, open and fair. it has not been.
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pursuit of profit. the vessel sank on a popular tourist lake near branson during a severe thunderstorm that whipped up gusty winds and very strong waves. the victims were age 1 to 76 years old. they were not wearing life jackets. >> we need to elect senators who will vote for judges who follow our laws and our constitution as written. like supreme court justice neil gorsuch, who is doing a great job, and judge brett kavanaugh, who we are trying to get through. arthel: president trump in indiana talking about his supreme court pick, brett kavanaugh. the judge is heading to capitol hill tuesday for senate confirmation hearings. senators expected to question him about a host of contentious issues including abortion as well as the second amendment. let's bring in a man who knows
him very well, the former clerk for judge kavanaugh. good to have you here today. >> thank you. arthel: if i may, i want to start here before we get to some of the specific issues we want to cover as well. president george w. bush, his attorney made 267,000 pages of kavanaugh's documents that were, you know, his work when he was working for george w. bush, made those public because president bush advising his attorneys to quote, err on the side of transparency and disclosure, but president trump, who as you know gets the final edit, is withholding 100,000 pages. i ask you, is there a particular position held by judge kavanaugh that president trump fears might block his nominee? >> no, not at all. that's not the basis for roughly those 100,000 pages of documents that were withheld. those were withheld because they were subject to constitutional claims of privilege like the
attorney/client privilege, because judge kavanaugh worked in the white house counsel's office for part of his time in the white house. arthel: i understand. but that very white house is saying -- as you know, that particular white house you are talking about is the white house that's saying put it all out there. you also know in 2009, judge kavanaugh is on record saying that presidents should not have to deal with criminal investigations or civil lawsuits while in office. just wondering could that be it? >> well, the bush administration is not on record as saying to put the documents out there. the letter you are referring to from last night stated only that president trump had claimed privilege and that's the procedure for privilege claims, is that the current president makes them under the presidential records act and the executive order implementing it. more broadly, i think the point for people to know is that this is the most transparent supreme court confirmation process in history. there have been nearly 450,000 pages of documents from the executive branch made available to the judiciary committee and that's more than five times or excuse me, that's more than the
last five nominees combined. so we are seeing a lot of executive branch documents from judge kavanaugh's service during the white house days, and those will be of course fair topic for questions during the hearing next week, but there's no basis, if you look at past precedent from past hearings, to say there has been anything other than a transparent process here. arthel: no, no. i understand your point. i just was reading, i read doing my research that president bush's attorney advised his attorney to err on the side of transparency and disclosure, but we will move on to another hot topic that's going to be up for debate there, which will be judge kavanaugh's position on abortion. i'm going to ask the question, you know his position better than i. is it that the judge thinks that abortion rights should be determined on a state by state basis, which would of course limit reproductive rights and in some instances such an allocation of power would make abortion illegal in some states. where does the judge stand on
that? do you think the judge will get yes votes from republican senator susan collins of maine and lisa murkowski of alaska who as you know support abortion rights? >> well, i think judge kavanaugh will get yes votes from senators who want to appoint an independent and open-minded judge to the supreme court and that is certainly judge kavanaugh's history and record. on the specific issue you mentioned and a lot of other issues that will come up at the hearing next week, what you will see next week is what we see during all of these hearings, which is nominees really aren't able to answer their views on specific cases. it's a hallmark of the principle of judicial independence. we don't want people going to capitol hill who are judges making promises to senators about how they will or won't come out on certain issues of judicial decision making. he will make those decisions -- arthel: absolutely not. but of course, they want to know the judge's position on various topics. let's go here. the national rifle association, nra, supports judge kavanaugh's nomination concerning gun rights
and gun control. do you think justice kavanaugh would completely support the second amendment? >> well, i think justice kavanaugh would interpret the second amendment faithfully. he has a long dissent in a case called heller two. you can read that case from his days on the d.c. circuit to get his sense, but his views more broadly are faithful to the text and structure and history of the constitution. i think you will see him apply those principles with respect to the second amendment and with respect to all of the founding documents. he won't take any special positions on the second amendment that he wouldn't take in any of his other cases that would come before him. that's really the sort of person that we want on the supreme court, and that's what his record bears out. arthel: understood. i did read the heller versus district of columbia case you are talking about. i want to move on to something more before we leave. that is how long did you clerk for judge kavanaugh, and what was the most valuable professional and personal
lessons that you learned from him? >> well, i clerked for judge kavanaugh for a year. all the clerkships are one year long. i was there from 2007 to 2008, his second year on the bench. i would say the most important professional and personal lesson i learned from judge kavanaugh really is one and the same which is just learning from his depth of character and his work ethic, getting to see the way he approaches the balance between his work life and his family life, his dedication to his wife, ashley, and their two daughters, margaret and liza. i came to know and respect him very well during that year and i'm excited for the hearings next week so that i know the american people can get to know him even better and have more on which to take that same view of him as well. arthel: that sounds great. travis, thank you very much. good luck. thank you. stay with fox news channel all next week, as the senate begins confirmation hearings for judge brett kavanaugh. our special coverage starts this tuesday.
ed: former members of a new mexico compound, meanwhile, where a 3-year-old boy was found dead now find themselves back in federal custody. days after prosecutors were forced to set three suspects free after basically a clerical error. the new charges they face. plus a violent attack on americans in amsterdam. what dutch police are saying right now about the suspect's motive and more importantly, an update on the conditions of these americans. >> two people were stabbed and one person with a knife in his hand walked away and he was shot by the police. this is not a bed.
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katie logan has more from london. reporter: a suspect is in custody and has given an initial statement to police. based on this, authorities now believe there could be a terrorist motive for this attack. the stabbing happened at around noon local time on friday at amsterdam's busy central station. dutch police shot and injured the suspect as he walked away, still armed with a knife. they say he's a 19-year-old afghan with german residency. he's still being questioned by police while in detention in hospital. despite the initial statement by the suspect, police say they are keeping an open mind as they investigate further. the suspect's home in germany has already been searched and he's expected to appear in a dutch court on monday. it's not clear what he will be charged with and there's been no wider claim of responsibility from any terrorist group so far. amsterdam's main rail station is a busy hub in the center of the city. on friday, it was packed with travelers, many of them foreign
tourists. the two americans who were injured are also thought to be tourists visiting the city. they are still in hospital on saturday but their injuries assessed not to be life-threatening. we don't yet know the identity of the two americans who were injured but the u.s. embassy said it's assisting them and their families to deal with this incident. ed: thank you. arthel: ed, thank you. five people in a new mexico compound back in federal custody on weapons and conspiracy charges. the arrests coming just days after the judge was forced to dismiss earlier charges because of a legal technicality. jeff paul is live in los angeles with me to tell me more about this. >> tensions were already high within the community and after the suspects were given bond, the option for bond, but then that concern only got more intense when the original charges were dropped because prosecutors failed to meet a very crucial deadline.
they had ten days to set up a hearing to prove they had probable cause for the arrests but failed to do so. three of the suspects were released and even the chief judge in this case was frustrated by what was happening. legally, his hands were tied. he pointed the finger of blame right at the state. >> there was no excuse and no reason why the district attorney's office could not have requested these preliminary hearings. it is disturbing to me that the district attorney would put this court in that kind of a situation. >> the feds wasting no time stepping in yesterday, arresting and charging all five with gun and conspiracy charges. legal experts say it's basically a holding charge and that if the fbi wanted to get involved, they needed to. arthel: so what does this mean going forward? still a lot of questions unanswered. >> yeah. the fbi federal prosecutors have much more resources than the state of new mexico. that will help. they will also be using everything in their toolbox to make sure the suspects have
their day in court and are prosecuted fairly and face the crimes they are accused of. one former prosecutor we spoke with said the feds also aren't likely to make the same mistakes or overlook deadlines like local prosecutors did. >> now that the defendants are in federal custody, state prosecutors can take a step back and have the time that they need to really build their case. i don't think we are going to be seeing any of these five defendants getting out of custody any time soon. >> splerlexperts say nothing the did will impact the federal case. the d.a. will seek grand jury indictments and this will give them more time to gather evidence and organize the case. arthel: thank you very much. ed? ed: the funeral of john mccain was really touching. let's take a look back at some of the key moments from today's service at the national cathedral in washington.
♪ >> it is an honor to host this service for senator mccain. while we mourn his death, our faith tells us that beyond this life, there is indeed more life, and god never lets us go. >> i am here before you today saying the words i have never wanted to say, giving the speech i have never wanted to give. healing a loss i never wanted to heal. my father is gone. he was a great fire who burned brig bright. my father was a great man. he was a great warrior. he was a great american. i admired him for all of these things, but i loved him because
he was a great father. >> our friendship taught me many things, including, i must add, some jokes that i otherwise never would have known. john loved to laugh and make others laugh. when he found a joke that people liked, he told it over and over and over again. godspeed, dear friend. ♪ >> back in the day, he could frustrate me. and i know he would say the same thing about me. but he also made me better. in recent years, we sometimes talked of that intense period like football players, remembering a big game.
in the process, rivalry melted aw away. in the end, i got to enjoy one of life's great gifts, the friendship of john mccain, and i'll miss him. >> what better way to get a last laugh than to make george and i say nice things about him to a national audience. for all our differences, for all of the times we [ inaudible ], i never tried to hide and i think john came to understand the long-standing admiration that i had for him. ♪ >> jesus said this is my commandment, that you love one another as i have loved you.
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arthel: investigators say a blown tire could be to blame for a fatal crash in new mexico. at least eight people were killed and dozens hurt when a semi trauck collided with a greyhound bus headed to phoenix from albuquerque. police say the semi was traveling along the freeway when the tire burst, sending the rig flying across the median into oncoming traffic, where it slammed into the bus. three children are among those seriously injured in that crash.
ed: the palestinian authority lashing out at president trump after the state department announced a $200 million cut in annual aid to the palestinians. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., nikki haley, saying mideast nations are not stepping up to fill the void. reaction now from the palestinian leadership. >> very clearly, the u.s. cutting of aid to palestine is a form of cheap blackmail, and it shows such a degree of modern and political bankruptcy, we are not willing to pay ransom for our rights and are not selling our rights for a fistful of dollars. ed: joining us is fox news national security and foreign policy analyst. good to have you, as always. >> thank you, ed. ed: you get the sense from the trump administration that the president wants to unveil a mideast peace plan. there's been a lot of anticipation about that. and that he's frankly frustrated about providing carrots to the
palestinians that he doesn't think really provide anything by way of actual substantive gains. maybe he's trying the stick approach. do you think it's smart or not? >> look, the trump administration has been trying to evaluate this aid that has been for many, many years, actually, to the palestinian authori authority. he needs mahmoud abbas to help him in engaging with the israelis, egyptians and saudis. he's not getting that support. maybe that move to cut off the aid for now is to encourage mahmoud abbas. on the other hand, i would strongly recommend that there should be aid anyway but it could be dispensed by the united states directly to ngos and other elements. we need to be engaged with the palestinian community. we can, if we want, and that's what the administration did, stop that aid to the government there because the government's not helping and direct it in other directions. ed: clearly the president is trying to keep a close eye on
the hard-earned tax dollars that are sent by our viewers to the american government. they want to make sure it's being spent wisely. what is your response? what might be a smarter way to do this moving forward? >> i think we have to look at the gaza. the obstruction is coming from gaza. the west bank, palestinian authority, nothing has been happening because they are obstructed by hamas and gaza. h hamas is controlled by whom? the struggle with israel is all controlled from tehran. the focus should be on a change in iran. we get to a change in gaza, syria, iraq and lebanon. ed: as you look around the middle east and nobody does it better than you, iran has a lot of spots where they are winning right now. >> they are. they have been winning actually since 2011, since we withdrew from iraq. they have connected with the
assad regime. they have hezbollah in lebanon. they are pounding the uae, kuwaitis and many other countries with the influence they have. they are present in africa and latin america so the maximum expansion has been reached. what is happening right now is that under this administration and i think this congress as well, though divided on many other issues, is with the administration pushing back against the iranians to withdraw from the region. ed: i spoke this weekend to a very senior israeli official who told me they are still quite happy the president brushed iran back by pulling out of the nuclear deal negotiated by president obama. they think this president, president trump, is taking a tougher stance, but they also know that after the midterm elections here in the u.s., the israelis are expecting the president to release that mideast peace plan that i mentioned. and they know that the israelis will have to make some concessions as well. >> the israelis are concerned
that many concessions in the present context. they are concerned if they do concessions, hamas will fill the void, not the palestinian authority. we have seen it in a decade and a half. what probably would be a different approach would be to shrink the iranian influence. that would build up the arab coalition with whom we have great relations and therefore, allow the palestinians to push back against hamas. ed: complicated issue. how do you shrink iran's power? what would you suggest to this president? >> withdrawing from the iran deal was huge. the effect of that withdrawal economically is going to be a plus. the next few months, you know, we will have the final stage of putting the best sanctions on iran but that's not enough. what we need to do is to engage with the iranian opposition, engage with iranian civil society. we don't need to be inside iran. half of iran is against the regime. that's the path for us to follow, if i can advise.
ed: the president has suggested in some public remarks that he believes iran and its leadership is in a precarious place right now because of the nuclear deal you mentioned, the u.s. pulling out. their economy has already been in pretty desperate straits. the u.s. and world sanctions coming back, snapping back, if you will. how precarious of a position is the iranian leadership in now? >> it's at the same time strong because we haven't stopped them really in syria and in iran. the arab coalition has done a job in yemen. hezbollah still controls lebanon. what we need to add to our strategy in addition to iran civil society is engage with our allies inside those countries. we have many allies in iran. we have kind of abandoned them. we need to go back and work with them. kurds, moderate shiite and moderate sunni. there are moves we can do in syria to block iran from bringing more weapons. in lebanon, we have completely abandoned civil society against
hezbollah. we need to change that. i think this administration wants to do that but what we have had here in washington over the past year did not help. ed: i have 30 seconds. i know it's a tight window to try to answer this question, but what are the prospects of the president's peace plan when it comes together again? i'm hearing after the midterms, stimulaometime late this year, next year, what are the prospects for peace? >> if the president and this administration is backed by the next congress, which is very important because we need support of all the corridors of washington, then by 2019, we will be able along with the arab coalition, our allies, to make sure we have an alternative to the radicals in the palestinian gaza strip and that would be the beginning of a long journey leading to a breakthrough on the israeli palestinian problem. ed: very important issue to discuss. we appreciate your insight. >> thank you so much. arthel: hurricane maria causing far more deaths than previously
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ed: a russian passenger jet skids off the runway and catches fire while landing in the city of sochi. 18 people were injured. the airport says one employee suffered a fatal heart attack during the rescue operation. the plane was carrying 164 passengers and six crew members from moscow. the jet was landing in strong winds and heavy rain. arthel: hurricane maria killing far more people than originally thought. puerto rico's governor raising the number from 64 to nearly 3,000 after a study by george washington university. reporter: this new death toll of nearly 3,000 puerto rican americans makes hurricane maria the deadliest hurricane to hit the u.s. in over a century. this george washington university report was commissioned by the puerto rican government after months of criticism from skeptics who just did not believe the government's initial death toll of just 64.
it turns out these skeptics were right. puerto rico has officially adjusted the death toll due from hurricane maria to 2,975. gw researchers analyzed deaths from when hurricane maria made landfall september of 2017, to february 2018, five months into the aftermath. researchers found the discrepancy mainly due to incomplete death certificates that did not mark the hurricane as the cause of death. the initial death toll included direct deaths from the storm like from flooding. it did not include deaths caused indirectly from hurricane maria such as from lack of power, lack of medicine. this week, president trump stood by the federal government's response while the puerto rican governor apologized. >> i think we did a fantastic job in puerto rico. we are still helping puerto rico. the governor is an excellent guy. he is very happy with the job we've done. >> we agree on that. i agree in hindsight that it's
20/20, this could have been done differently. i recognize all that. reporter: puerto rico's power authority was bankrupt and the deeply flawed electrical grid left people without power for months. the governor has created a commission the day hurricane maria hit which, among other things, will create a memorial honoring the nearly 3,000 dead and coordinate improvements. this study found puerto rico's emergency crisis plan and communication system was designed for a cat 1 storm. inadequate for a cat 4 hurricane maria. arthel: thank you very much. the news continues after a short break. stay with us. allergies with sinus congestion and pressure?
arthel: courageous, honest and fearfully loyal to country, today the nation pauses to remember the extraordinary life and legacy of an american hero, arizona senator john mccain. hello everyone. welcome to a brand new hour inside america's news headquarters. i'm arthel neville in los angeles. hello, ed henry. ed: i'm in for eric shawn in new york studio. thousands gathered to pay their final respects to the senator. the service filled with some moving tributes from those who knew the late senator best. among those in attendance, not just friends and family, but two
former presidents, obama and bush who praised mccain as a man of great values and convictions. >> john was above all a man with a code. he lived by a set of public virtues that brought strength and purpose to his life and to his country. >> that's perhaps how we honor him best, by recognizing that there are some things bigger than party or ambition or money or fame or power. there's some things that are worth risking everything for. ed: remarkable day. peter doocy was there for it all. he's live now in washington. good evening. >> good evening, ed. today's tributes to senator mccain came from loved ones and law makers, but the common theme was that he had a really unique life experience that shaped his world view, and he was not shy about sharing it with anybody. >> he was honest. no matter whom it offended.
presidents were not spared. >> ambassadors and dignitaries and lawmakers arrived today by the busload to see this 2 1/2 hour long service filled with music and tears, but where another common theme was senator mccain's sense of humor. joe lieberman, the former senator shared some of mccain's favorite jokes and former president obama suggested that inviting the two politicians who defeated him in presidential elections or primaries might have been a final elaborate joke by the long time senator. >> his sense of humor, a little bit of a mischievous streak, after all what better way to get a last laugh than make george and i say nice things about him to a national audience. [laughter] >> also a fair amount of talk about how different mccain's brands of politics was from a lot of what both sides put thwart -- put forward in 2018.
they also did something unexpected for a memorial service, they applauded when mccain's daughter delivered a sharp not so subtle critique of president trump who her father famously clashed with during the last years of his life. >> america does not boast because she has no need to. the america of john mccain has no need to be made great again because america was always great. >> the president's daughter ivanka and son-in-law jared kushner were in the cathedral for the service, so was the president's chief of staff john kelly and defense secretary james mattis. ed? ed: peter doocy live in washington, appreciate your coverage. meanwhile, canada may be left out of the new nafta deal. the president indicating he's moving forward with a revised agreement with mexico in the next 90 days, but it is a different story with our neighbors to the north. the president tweeting, quote, there is no political necessity to keep canada in the new nafta deal. if we don't make a fair deal for the u.s., after decades of abuse, canada will be out.
congress should not interfere with these negotiations or i will simply terminate nafta entirely and we will be far better off. some tough talk from the president. our own ellison barber is live from the white house where it is all playing out. good evening. >> good evening, ed. u.s. officials and canadian officials, they expected and hoped to have a deal yesterday. that was the unofficial deadline that was set up by the trump administration for canada and the u.s. obviously a deal did not come to pass. officials say that they will start and restart negotiations on wednesday of this week, but they also say there are still a lot of issues to resolve. reportedly those issues cover a number of things, including dairy tariffs as well as the ten-year requirement of data protection for biological drugs. >> how difficult is the pharmaceutical sector and the provisions that would cause canadian drug prices to rise? is that a key sticking point? >> again, i have said we're not going to negotiate in public.
when it comes to the canadian position on issues, i think our positions are pretty clear and pretty well known. >> they have tremendous, tremendous trade barriers and they have tremendous tariffs. dairy products are -- do you know this, mark -- almost 300% tariff. >> clouding the talks are now public remarks president trump made off the record during an interview with bloomberg news. according to the toronto star, president trump told bloomberg he is not compromising with canada and he can't say it publicly because it would be so insulting. according to the star, the canadian negotiator saw the remarks as evidence that the u.s. is not making a legitimate effort to compromise. the star reports that trump's comments were viewed by canadian negotiators as evidence for their suspicions that the u.s. was not making a legitimate effort to compromise. >> when you say off the record, that's a very -- it's not a legal term, but it is a term of honor. they said president trump said
off the record, and then they go on to this -- i said this is a first. these are very dishonorable people. but i said, in the end, it is okay because at least canada knows how i feel. so it's fine. it's fine. >> the president accused bloomberg of blatantly violating an off the record agreement. the reporter for the toronto star who broke this report initially he said that he wasn't going to comment on his sourcing, but then this afternoon, he did saying that the bloomberg interviews were not his source for this report. ed? ed: a long day for ellison barber, thank you for your reporting. >> you bet. ed: arthel. arthel: ed, thank you. for more on this we will bring in steven nelson, the white house reporter for the washington examiner. steven, let's start here, i mean, can president trump effectively keep canada out of the north american free trade agreement? and would it be wise to do so even though as you probably well know you have u.s. business groups saying it is not a good
idea. >> well, technically he can. of course there would be a confusing mess since nafta is the law. he can do that, though, with a six-month notice. this of course comes as he says that he is not going to negotiate with canada. we don't really know the thinking there. there's of course are his leaked remarks which he says they were leaked. there's broad suspicion among reporters about who may actually been responsible when trump himself despite demanding an apology saying that he's fine with canada knowing his position. there's a clock that's ticking and canada's in a vulnerable position. there's 30 days to submit the mexico trade deal to congress. so things could get interesting quickly. arthel: yeah, the clock is ticking for sure. and you know, meanwhile, president trump is telling congress, listen, stay out of it. don't interfere with his negotiations or his tactics or else he will terminate nafta all
together. first, can the president circumvent congress and could an executive action on such a deal backfire on the president in any way domestically or globally? >> certainly it could backfire. the chamber of commerce wants a deal with the three countries. many pro free trade republicans want that as well. congress of course has to approve the new deal. this is all of course going to be potentially complicated if democrats take over one of the chambers of congress. under the fast tracked trade negotiation process, there has to be a majority vote in both houses to approve a new deal. so certainly congress could throw a wrench in this whole negotiation. arthel: yeah. and it's got -- mr. trump has to notify congress 90 days before signing the new deal. meanwhile, i ask you, is canadian prime minister justin trudeau playing his cards right? i mean mr. trudeau is saying that he won't concede to getting rid of canada's dairy system or the dispute resolution panels,
which at this point president trump is requesting. does justin trudeau have a strong hand in this negotiating game? >> well, president trump of course is really enjoyed going after trudeau, famously after the g-7 when trudeau said he wasn't going to be pushed around by the united states. and trump said that he must not know that i have tvs on air force one because he's saying this after saying nice things in person. you have to imagine that president trump is enjoying watching justin trudeau squirm here. he is certainly in a pretty vulnerable position. canada has a smaller economy and exports a lot to the united states. so a lot is at stake here for him. arthel: yeah, and to that point i read where a political science professor at carlton university in iowa, saying that the negotiations are going remarkably well, this despite president trump's public pressure on canada, but isn't that what the president does? he brings the fight into the
public square and forces his opponent to tap out? >> he does. you know, of course we have been talking for a few months now about trade wars. we had the surprise breakthrough with mexico this week. perhaps we will have, you know, an equally big surprise with canada in the near future. arthel: are we clear what the upside is for the u.s., for our farmers, for the automakers and all of the other industries that would be touched by trade? >> well, the upside is trade and being able to, you know, have an exchange the benefits of the u.s. economy, there's a clear upside there. president trump of course, you know, he wants something even better than, you know, he's likely to get. he's saying he won't negotiate. he won't compromise. we will have to see if that holds true. arthel: okay. why do you think -- quickly, why do you think the u.s. business groups are saying don't do this,
mr. president, without canada involved? >> because it's in their interest to have a trade deal that facilitates american exports as well. there's a reason that business groups want free trade deals. it is because it makes things easier for american businesses as well. arthel: isn't that who the president is working on behalf? >> it is indeed. arthel: okay, all right, steven nelson, thank you, from the washington examiner, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. ed: a fox news alert, two american tourists attacked in the netherlands. authorities saying a 19-year-old afghan man had a, quote, terrorist motive when he allegedly stabbed the victims at the main train station in amsterdam. our own kitty logan has more from our london bureau. >> hi, ed. well, a suspect is in custody, and he's given an initial statement to police, based on this, authorities now believe there could be a terrorist motive for this attack.
the stabbing happened at around noon local time on friday, at amsterdam's busy central station. dutch police shot and injured the suspect as he walked away, still armed with a knife. they say he's a 19-year-old afghan with german residency. he's still being questioned by police. despite the initial statement by the suspect, police say they are keeping an open mind as they investigate further. the suspect's home in germany has already been searched, and he's expected to appear in a dutch court on monday. it's not clear what he will be charged with, and there's been no wider claim of responsibility from any terrorist group so far. amsterdam main rail station is a busy hub in the center of the city. on friday, it was packed with travelers, many of them foreign tourists. the two americans who were injured are also thought to be tourists visiting the city. they are still in hospital on saturday, but their injuries are said not to be life threatening. now, we don't yet know the
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ed: statesman, war hero, dedicated family man, just some of the phrases and thoughts that were used today as thousands of people gathered at the washington national cathedral to honor one of the most prominent figures in our political scene, senator john mccain. in a testament to his values, people from both parties setting aside their political differences to pay tribute to the man known as the maverick and also known for trying to seek bipartisanship. two former presidents, barack
obama and george w. bush both reflected on mccain's legacy >> america somehow has always found leaders who were up to the task, particularly at the time of greatest need. john was born to meet that kind of challenge, to defend and demonstrate the defining ideals of our nation. >> john believed in honest argument and hearing other views. he understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy, our democracy won't work. >> he will be buried tomorrow, at the u.s. naval academy after a private service with his family and close friends in annapolis, maryland. arthel: the new york times reporting that the justice department and the fbi reportedly partnered on a secret program aimed at flipping russian oligarchs to gather
damaging information about the trump campaign, according to the times, one of the officials in the program was bruce ohr who is being grilled by republicans over the trump dossier. meanwhile, the president slamming the justice department and the fbi again with a new tweet. garrett tenney is in washington with the latest. garrett? >> president trump continues to go after the fbi and his own justice department for what he sees as political bias. today the president criticized the foreign intelligence surveillance courts which approved the bureau's warrants to surveil members of his campaign, tweeting a quote from judicial watch ended saying you have got corruption at the doj and fbi, the leadership of the doj and fbi are completely out to lunch in terms of exposing and holding those accountable who are responsible for that corruption. after several weeks of publicly blasting his attorney general, and raising speculation he might be fired, on thursday president trump said jeff sessions would not be fired before the midterm elections. but just a few hours later, at a
campaign rally in evansville, indiana, the president once again took aim at the agency that sessions oversees. >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now. but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly, i want them to do their job, i will get involved and i will get in there if i have to. >> the president has also grown increasingly frustrated over the continued employment of justice department official bruce ohr. during a closed door deposition this week on capitol hill, two sources with direct knowledge tell fox news or told investigators at least half a dozen fbi and doj officials knew about his back channel contact with christopher steele, who compiled the controversial dossier on candidate trump and about the origins of the dossier as a piece of democrat funded opposition research. house republicans have criticized fbi officials for not disclosing those details in their applications p for the surveillance warrants and once again asking the president to
declassify the bureau's records about ohr and the warrant applications. in washington, i'm garrett tenney, fox news. ed: thank you, garrett. let's dig deeper now with fox news legal analyst mercedes cowan and defense attorney richard st. paul. thanks for joining us this weekend. >> thanks, ed. ed: i started this investigation started with allegations that there were russian collusion between candidate donald trump and the russians. instead you see the new york times today saying wait a second, bruce ohr an obama administration justice department official, now a holdover and a trump official was trying to flip russian oligarchs including one who was known as putin's oligarch. was there collusion going on between people inside the justice department and the fbi trying to flip russians? >> it's amazing because there's so many tentacles to this investigation. we really don't know all the twists and turns that are
happening. anybody, defense attorneys, that have had clients that in the throes of a federal investigation, it really is so much going back and forth. you don't know what witnesses will come forward, what witnesses will flip, what evidence will there be. there really is so much going on. i mean, as it stands now, this investigation has cost the taxpayers nearly 5 million dollars and really there's really no end in sight. at least there's no indication that there's an end in sight. so it really is depending on what -- it's so broad. and richard and i have had clients that have been in these types of investigations, you really don't know where it's headed. frankly no stone is going to be left unturned especially when you are in the throes of this type of investigation, at a certain time, at a certain level, there has to be some justification for the inordinate amount of money that this investigation has taken thus far. ed: i want to talk about what are the next steps in this investigation, what we can expect in terms of potential bombshells or shoes to drop, but let's stay on bruce ohr for a
minute, richard, here's the president talking about all of this, the justice department, the fbi this week, as well as annedan advisor to jeff sessions, defending the attorney general, take a listen to this. >> our justice department and our fbi have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now. what's happening is a disgrace. if it doesn't straighten out properly, i want them to do their job, i will get involved and i will get in there, if i have to. >> i can tell you the leadership of this department of justice is going to follow the same process that they did when they fired andy mccabe and peter strzok. they are going to let the inspector general continue his investigation, submit a report. if that report shows that bruce ohr broke the law or broke department policy, i suspect he will suffer the same fate as peter strzok and andy mccabe. >> richard, meanwhile, though,
bruce ohr still working at the justice department today despite all these allegations. i guess my question moving forward is sure robert mueller has to go forward with the investigation. we will see if there was more wrongdoing by the president or others around him, but doesn't the president have a point that the investigation of the investigators might lead somewhere too? >> absolutely. look, the question is, is there a political agenda by someone who is in the doj and the fbi? we already learned recently there's an fbi agent who had a political ax to grind against the president. the question is are there people in the doj that also have that, are they using their power to do that by trying to flip people who normally wouldn't flip just so they can get some type of win against the president because they are grinding on this political ax against the president. it seems the president does have a point. there are several people in the fbi that had an agenda against the president and a lot of attorneys on the mueller
investigation are democrats and have or may have some type of agenda to grind against the president. and that totally does not belong here. there should be only justice and no agenda. ed: what happened on that point, mercedes, to equal justice under the law? doesn't the president have a point? again, mueller investigation, as you said, spend a lot of money, it is still ongoing, we will see what they will find, but on the other side of this, the president keeps saying what about inside the justice department? what about inside the fbi? the attorney general doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. >> well, there has to be some introspection. i mean certainly we have as defense attorneys raised a specter of bias, even in proceedings against our own clients when we start to see that there's some bias that's being demonstrated, and those prosecutors who are above the law do look introspectively, bull at this point we don't
even -- but at this point we don't even know where it is going to be headed. we have seen so many twists and turns in this investigation, no end in sight. the biggest issue that's coming up is will the president ever sit down for that testimony that has been bandied about for months? we have heard about whether the president's going to sit down with mueller and i know that there's been reports that there's already been an overture by the president where there may possibly be that sit-down and there's been no communication from mueller's side at least that's what's being reported. ed: seems less and less likely. >> we will see where that's going to go. ed: seems less and less likely. >> certainly if there's a demonstrated bias, that will be something that will be raised on whether there should be a sit-down. ed: you are both looking at that fairly, the investigation of the investigators, but what about the investigation of the president now, a week and a half or so ago, there was a flurry of activity within about one hour there, you had paul manafort getting hit with guilty on i remember i guess it was eight
counts and then the plea bargain for michael cohen, all happening within a brief amount of time, a flurry of activity, but as mercedes says, now it's been relatively quiet. what do you expect is going to happen next? >> well, look, what i would like to happen next, and for all defense attorneys is for the prosecution, for the special prosecutor to produce some evidence that one american was involved in conspiring to basically not abide by our election laws but using foreign money. there has not been one american that mueller has convicted or indicted that's been involved. in fact, the only thing -- the biggest thing that has made a difference there is the changes that have come from social media, that is facebook and twitter. those changes have been that it's been -- it's much harder for foreign entities, countries to interfere into our elections because of what social media has done because of this russian investigation. ed: sure. >> that's been the biggest turn
from what started this investigation. not these indictments. not these convictions. they have nothing to do with the russian investigation. they have nothing to do with the president. the investigation should be ended. ed: i want to get 30 seconds from each of you so our viewers can understand what might be happening in the next week. we're about to hit a deadline. i believe it is september 7th where you're within then after that 60 days of the midterm election. as i understand it, the justice department guidelines basically say you can't indict somebody, you know, in that window so close where you may impact the elections. i suspect the clinton camp wonders what was going on with james comey and what he said, you know, before the last election. but mercedes, what may play out here? robert mueller has about a week and then he might have to be frozen. >> sure, i mean, look, manafort is definitely in the crosshairs of mueller. we know that there is that second trial that's coming up. there have been some rumblings that he may come forward and try to strike a deal with mueller. that's certainly in the mix. if i were defending him, that would be some communication i would have with mueller about
that. ed: richard, tell us about these guidelines and what our viewers can expect. do you think there could be a flurry of activity this coming week and then a pause and then mueller is back at it after the election? >> first of all, those are unofficial guidelines that the investigation does not have to stop. i think what we might come to see is whether or not mueller will try to subpoena the president before grand jury. ed: that would be big and could go all the way to the supreme court if the president's legal team fights. it we have a lot of twists and turns to the story. appreciate you both coming in. >> thank you. ed: arthel? arthel: thank you. president trump firing off a new warning to congress as he continues to play hard ball with canada over nafta negotiations. will the president strategy ultimately pay off? we're going to discuss straight ahead. >> canada knows where i stand because we can't have these countries taking advantage of the united states anymore. cancer ... it's very personal.
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>> canada knows where i stand because we can't have these countries taking advantage of the united states anymore. i know when we're getting ripped off, i said china is ripping us off. japan is ripping us off. mexico is ripping us off. canada is ripping us off. the whole world is ripping us off. arthel: president trump upping the pressure on canada adding he's not afraid to leave our neighbors to the north out of the new agreement with mexico if canada does not present a quote fair deal. now, friday's deadline came and went with no compromise reached. all of this coming amid unresolved negotiations with china. and the ongoing tensions over trade between washington and beijing. let's bring in now don brarmer, former navy intelligence officer, iraq war veteran and
founder of the bramer group. good to have you here sir. >> good to be here. arthel: if the president has to battle with congress and with a strong ally like condition -- like canada, is it possible that china would perceive that the president is a weakened fighter in his trade battle with them or is it his position is just that strong? >> the president seems to come forward that he has a strong position and he wants to hold true to himself. he says he's not going to negotiate. he's not going to compromise. that seems to go back on what he said all along is that he's an excellent negotiator and that he likes to compromise. so i think we're going at this from the wrong stride. you know, a good deal has to be a good deal for everyone, and it may not be the grand deal that the president wants to have here. arthel: so how does this play out in the goal of convincing china to put pressure on north
korea and cripple north korea's already weak economy? >> there's no doubt that china has been assisting the north korean economy, and i think that slowed down the process here. you know, in 1985, we had the plaza accord, and that left a really bad feeling for a lot of the negotiation tactics of the united states. it almost crippled the japanese economy, and a lot of the state-owned media and chinese government are afraid that we might try to go back and seek something like that. so their defense mechanisms are very high right here. and i believe that we have to give them the opportunities to show face that they will be walking away with something that's good for them. you know, right now the tariffs we have had almost 100 billion, they mostly affected things like what you would say, you know, fast-foods, products such as coffee, starbucks. that will force the chinese government to come in and
support these folks and it costs them more from their fiscal infrastructure. arthel: that's the bulk of the class there, the class you're talking about, first of all. >> it is. arthel: right. so even if, though, back to the president and his strategy, even if business as usual needs to change, first of all, do you think business as usual needs to change? do you think that there needs to be a different approach to trade as it pertains to the benefit of the u.s. and u.s. businesses? >> well, this hard back and forth of tariffs versus tariffs, whether it's the u.s., china, or a number of other countries has to at some point find a compromise. you know, at some point, when we're affecting our own industry here in the united states, that's not going to play well with the very voting force that put the president in office. you know, when you've got folks like ford that are now having to make decisions that affect -- arthel: i get it, but i'm sorry,
i don't understand -- i'm sorry, but would you say that -- listen, the president is saying he's saying we have been treated unfairly, the u.s. has been treated unfairly by multiple countries. do you at least agree with that position, that the president has? >> oh, i think we've been at an unfair advantage for years, but i think those steps to get there, you have to sit down at the table and everyone has to seek a compromise. you know, you can move forward from a deal, but if you do it so drastic that it pains everyone, then it throws things off ba ball -- things off balance, it might have a dire effect for those in the united states as well. let's pick one battle, if you will, at a time and let that carry out so that at least there's some good movement. it would be a hard obstacle for the u.s. economy to do it all at once. arthel: i want to pull up a
tweet from president saying there's no political necessity to keep canada in the new nafta deal. if we don't make a fair deal for the u.s. after decades of abuse, canada will be out. congress should not interfere with these negotiations or i will simply terminate nafta entirely, and we will be far better off. so what if president's strategies, president trump's strategy does not work? what could go wrong? how could the u.s. suffer? >> well, from the entire supply chain economics, from canada through the united states, all the way to mexico, there's a lot of commerce that, you know, all three are involved in. i think if you throw a major disruptor into those, it will hit the manufacturing in the u.s. hard, it will hit the farmers very hard. i think that's his base. i think you've got to handle it very carefully. to just throw it away and start over, especially as we are just over 60 days before midterms i think would be disastrous.
arthel: yeah, but what if the president's methods work? how does that benefit the u.s.? >> that's a heck of a gamble when we're on such a short time frame for the election. you know, if this were january and we were earlier in the year, or the midterms had already passed where we had some time to recover, you know, that might be a good gamble at that time, but i think it's too risky at this time. i always support the president and his decisions. i like a good strong approach. but i think, you know, going forward and, you know, just to say you're going to cut all deals off and walk away from the table, that's not a very good message to our other allies -- arthel: but you don't believe the president really is going to do that. this is what he does. he pushes people to the edge and gets them to agree with what he wants. >> you are exactly right. you know, i was just -- pulled a chanter from his 1987 book. he talks about this leverage that he likes to use. if you don't have the leverage that you need, you create the image that you have the leverage you want. and so it is his tactic.
it's a huge gamble. arthel: all right, don bramer, have to leave it there. thank you for your service. i was going to ask you if you had anything to say about senator mccain. very quickly, sir >> it is a sad day. i had the pleasure to work with the senator on some veterans issues, and even volunteered back for his campaign for president. you know, he was a hero, a patriot, and a fighter to the very end. he will be greatly missed. arthel: indeed. thank you. ed? ed: arthel, nice discussion. the official death toll from last year's hurricane maria has now soared in puerto rico. how the number is now 46 times higher than before. >> i think we did a fantastic job in puerto rico. we're still helping puerto rico. we have put billions and billions of dollars into puerto rico. come here, babe. ok. nasty nighttime heartburn? try new alka-seltzer pm gummies. the only fast, powerful heartburn relief
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adjusted the death toll due to hurricane maria from 2975 making it the deadliest hurricane to hit the u.s. than more than a century. this report was commissioned by the government. gw researchers analyzed deaths from when hurricane maria made landfall in september 2017 to february 2018, five months into the aftermath and researchers found the discrepancy mainly due to incomplete death certificates that did not mark the hurricane as the official cause of death. the initial death toll included direct deaths from the storm, like from flooding. it did not include deaths caused indirectly from hurricane maria, such as from lack of power or medicines. this week, president trump stood by the federal government's response, though, while the puerto rican governor apologized. >> my only consideration was the
well being of the people of puerto rico. my only consideration was getting the truth out there. yes, in hind sight, things could have been handled differently, my commitment as governor is accepting that criticism, but also building upon it. >> the governor has created a 9-20 commission the day the hurricane hit, what among other things will create a memorial honoring the nearly 3,000 dead and coordinate improvements that are much needed down there. the study found puerto rico's emergency crisis plan and communication system was designed for a cat 1 storm, woefully inadequate for a category 4 hurricane maria. ed? ed: thanks for that report. arthel? arthel: well, ed, millions of people are traveling for the holiday weekend. triple a reporting that most of them are hitting the road. let's see what the weather will be in these final days of summer. meteorologist adam klotz joins us with the details. >> plenty of folks still squeezing out a little bit more
summer. it has been cooler in the mid-atlantic and northeast. 73 degrees in new york city. notice a huge bubble of warm air, still 92 degrees in kansas city. mid 80s in chicago. all that warm air stretching across the upper plains. that's going to be fuelling some storms. we have been seeing them already. there is going to continue to be heavy rain stretching from places like nebraska, southern iowa, next couple of days, widespread rain, 4 to 6 inches in some places. down in missouri. this will be a spot where it will be raining throughout the entire weekend. otherwise is it going to feel like summer? it is. today's highs from the 90 in a lot of places. it sticks into the mid to upper 80s for tomorrow. and then into that monday holiday, again, arthel, another day with temperatures running back into the 80s, the 90s for a lot of places across the country. so maybe summer's wrapping up in one way, but it is going to be feeling like summer throughout the rest of the weekend. arthel: that's good. we want summer for the weekend. >> i know. it goes too quick. arthel: i know. all right, adam, thank you. ed: and saying a final farewell
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