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"fouch" because it is forceful and naughty but it is not meaningful. >> richard stevens. >> we apologize. never miss an episode of "the five." "special report" is up next with brett. >> bret: sometimes these toxins are painful, thanks, jesse. this is a fox news alert, i'm bret baier. growing tensions tonight between the u.s. and iran is president trump announced that an american warship has destroyed an iranian drone over the straight of hormuz. he told reporters today that the u.s.'s boxer took defensive action when the drone came within a thousand yards of the ship ignoring multiple calls to stand on. it is the latest in what has been weeks of increased tension between the two nations. jennifer griffin starts us off with the breaking news from the pentagon. good evening. >> good evening, bret. marines onboard the uss boxer used a jamming device to bring down the iranian drone.
the president made the announcement during a d-day flag ceremony. >> the boxer took action against an iranian drone. which had closed into a very, very near distance approximately 1,000 yards ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew. the drone was immediately destroyed. >> the incident comes after the iranians shut down the u.s. drone last month which they claimed had entered iranian waters. in response to that into second, president from called off a counterattack just minutes before missiles weren't about to launch a run. >> a dangerous situation. there are a lot of naval vessels that shouldn't be there. >> the uss boxer is an amphibious assault ship with 2,000 u.s. marines on board. a spokesman for the defense department said the incident
occurred at the american warship transited the busy waterway at 10:00 a.m. local time and used this new anti-drone jamming device that deployed for the first time in january. >> the united states reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce. >> the incident comes hours after iran's revolutionary guard admitted seizing an oil tanker this weekend belonging to the united arab emirates with 12 crew on board accusing the vessel of smuggling. the state department responded "iran must seize this illicit activity and release the reportedly seized crew and vessel immediately." at the head of u.s. central command was in the region trying to form a coalition of allied navy vessels to escort oil tankers through the strait of hormuz.
iran's foreign minister speaking in new york today said iran and the united states were just a few minutes away from a war last month after iran shot down an american spy drone, adding he remains hopeful tensions can be eased. bret. >> bret: more on this with the panel. jennifer, thank you. president trump is, tonight, any unusual distance atomic position of trying to put distance between itself and some of his supporters. this involves chants from the audience last night for regarding a congresswoman from minnesota that the president has been very critical of in recent days. many lawmakers on the president's own party has condemned last night's actions. democrats are being even more forceful in their comments. john roberts has that from the north want tonight. >> good evening to you. a hallmark of a from political event was a call and response between the president and the audience but that went off the rails when the crowd picked up on a theme from the president's controversial tweet earlier this
week. >> i would say that i was not happy with it. i disagree with it. >> president trump moved quickly today to snuffle the firestorm that erupted after the crowd at his greenville rally started chanting "enter back" when the president mentioned congresswoman ilhan omar. in the oval office with the u.s. special olympics team today, president trump insisted he tried to end the chance by quickly resuming his speech. >> i felt a little bit badly about it, but i will say this -- and i started speaking very quickly, but it started up a rather fast, as you probably know. >> in fact, the chant went on for some 13 seconds and it actually subsided when the president started speaking agai again. >> anti-semitic screens. [crowd chanting "enter back"]
>> ilhan omar, not known for restraint in her comments, let loose on the president. >> and as much as he's spewing his fascist ideology onstage, telling u.s. citizens to go back because they don't agree with his detrimental policies for our country, we tell people that here in the united states dissent is patriotic. >> while president trump denounced the chant, he defended his audience and again scolded omar and the rest of the so-called "squad" ." >> these are people that love our country. i want them to keep loving our country and i think the congresswoman, by the way, should be more positive than they are. the congresswomen have a lot of problems. you look at the statements they made that were so bad and so horrible to our country. >> republican lawmakers cringed at what happened at the rally, but also supported the president's political strategy of calling out "the squad."
>> i think the president is onto something. we are having a big debate now and next year about what we want america to be like. do we really think socialism applies here at a time of great prosperity? >> democrats walking the line between supporting "the squad" and keeping the left-wing policies at arm's length invoked the d word to describe what happened last night. >> one of the oldest and ugliest racist attacks against americans of color, despicable. and eerily familiar to what happens in dictatorships. >> in 2016, during the campaign, president trump encouraged his routes to chant "lock her up" when he spoke about hillary clinton. after what happened last night, the presidents as if it happens again he will do his best to stop it. bret. >> bret: john roberts live on the north lawn, thank you. many democrats who hoped to challenge the president and next year's election are joining the course of criticism over last night's chance.
peter doocy shows us that tonight. >> candidate seem to be concerned that after an ilhan omar-inspired chant of the 2020 election is no longer just about right or left, it's about life or death. >> if i were her, i would immediately call the fbi and say what do i need for protection. >> kamala harris and elizabeth warren both describe the president's reelection rally as racist and xenophobic. joe biden tried to add historical context. >> when the crowd started yelling "send them back," when has that ever happened other than the last time remember everything about george wallace? >> strategists argues squaring off against some of the most politically progressive members of the house can carry some awards. because he managed to make them the face of the democrat party. that's genius, that's great. it's wonderful politics. wish there was a better way he could have done it. >> still, nearly two dozen
democrats are focused on president trump as president trump narrowed his focus. joe biden. >> he's not prepared, he's not mentally prepare, that's his problem. >> two, bernie sanders. >> is actually not even a democrat. isn't he independent? he missed his time. >> three, kamala harris. >> they have a new one the hell out of biden at the debate. >> four, elizabeth warren. >> i was driving her crazy so she went out and hired a guy to check the blood. >> and five, pete buttigieg. fico if that's the hot young star, i guess i just don't know start them anymore. that is not a star. >> for the big stars on the left is we got a freshman democrats and the so-called "squad" who could be doing president trump a favor. >> every time they speak or tweet, he should thank them. the reality is they are getting further and further out of the mainstream. >> in 2016, candidate trump found himself in the middle of fights with lawmakers, entertainers, even the pope, and he still in my collection. so now rivals and supporters
might have to consider this could be part of a strategy. maybe it wasn't at the beginning, but it is now. bret. >> bret: that's clear. thank you. president trump is quitting what troubles in puerto rico. he says the governor there is under siege. this comes amid protests demanding governor ricardo rossello resigned after the leaking of chat messages appearing to show him and some other of his aides engaged in profane and threatening conversations. mike pompeo has canceled the stop in puerto rico as part of his latin american trip. last night we mistakenly said it was vice president pens, it is in fact secretary pompeo's trip. the president's point man on border security says his people are doing the best they can in a very bad situation. the acting homeland security department secretary was grilled by the house oversight committee today about conditions for illegal immigrants. correspondent mark meredith reports from capitol hill. >> so help you god. >> acting homeland security
secretary kevin mcaleenan told house lawmakers americas border regions are overwhelmed. >> when you have 40% of your agents doing housing, transportation, and care, the border is less secure. >> he says at least 10,000 migrants are in custody right now. he says those numbers are down from peak levels, but still high. >> we are doing our level best -- >> what does that mean? what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces? can't take a shower? come on, man! >> the secretary pushed back defending the work they do daily. >> holding children that were not their own product brought across by smugglers. >> congress recently approved $4.5 billion in a minute hearing aid to address migrant's needs. they found them overcrowded and understaffed. democrats call that an understatement. >> this would not be allowed as a kennel for dogs. dhs is expanding its holding facilities -- chip roy flames
democrats, not dhs, for the situation. >> they prefer to use children as political props. >> democrats were directed their limit president trump and the previous policy to separate some migrant children from their parents. >> when we are dancing with the angels, these children will be dealing with the issues that have been presented to them. >> new york congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez questioned him over a secret facebook group exposed by the website propublica reportedly showing border agents making racist and vulgar comments. >> did you see the images of officers circulating -- photoshopped images of my violent rape? >> yes i did. >> are those officers on the job today and responsible for the safety of migrant women and children? >> would already put, individuals are on administrative duty. i don't know which ones correspond to which post. >> he said there is an ongoing
investigation into the facebook group. he also told lawmakers he believes dhs needs millions, not billions, if they were to provide better care for violent to migrant children >> bret: more on the hill from finances just coming up. we're learning new details tonight about how the president's former lawyer and fixer went about dealing with two women who claimed to have had affairs with then-businessman donald trump and what the fbi thought about trump's involvement at the time. rick leventhal takes a look tonight. >> details of the investigation that set the president's former fixer michael: to prison are not public. a federal judge's orders on rejecting most of the 900 pages of documents related to his cas case. much of the material focuses on payments orchestrated by michae michael: to stephanie clifford, also known as stormy daniels and former "playboy" playmate karen mcdougall, who both alleged
affairs with donald trump years before the 2016 election. the documents detail the scope and timing of negotiations between cohen and clifford's attorney, over $130,000 payment which the fbi says was intended to keep clifford from making public statements about the rumored affair on the eve of the 2016 presidential election and thus constitutes a campaign contribution in excess of the applicable limit. the unredacted documents also suggest that-candidate trump was involved in at least one of the phone calls with cohen and hope hicks, who was press secretary for the campaign and is now executive vice president and chief communications officer for fox corporation. with the fbi determining: received a call from hicks, 16 seconds into the call trump joined the call and the call continued for over 4 minutes. cohen also sent himself drafts of emails on how we would explain the payments when asked. he wrote "i know the allegation to be false" adding "he was not reimbursed any money for mr. trump, the trump
organization, any third party, or the presidential campaign and at no point did he ever advise mr. trump of my communications or actions regarding this agreement." under oath, cohen admitted he was reimbursed and claimed mr. trump knew all about the deals. the president has denied the affairs and any campaign finance violations and in the newly released documents, federal prosecutors suggest it's unlikely any additional charges will be filed in the hush money investigation. bret. >> bret: rick, thank you. a federal judge in new york says financier jeffrey epstein must remain in jail as he awaits trial on sex trafficking charges. prosecutors said epstein was a significant flight risk. his attorneys wanted epstein released to house arrest. epstein is charged with exporting dozens of girls in new york and florida in the early 2000s. up next, why conservatives are not happy with an apparent deal between the administration and democrats over raising the debt ceiling or dealing with it.
first, here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering time. fox 5 in new york as a federal appeals court upholds the securities fraud conviction against former drug company ceo martin squarely. he was sentenced to seven years in prison last year for losing a drug company he founded of $11 million to pay back invested in two failed hedge funds he ran. this is a live look at cincinnati from our affiliate there, fox19. the big story there tonight, federal authorities say a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor and others have been charged with conspiring to distribute millions of painkiller pills. the justice department says the distributor, two of its former officials, and two pharmacists were indicted wednesday. the suspects were arrested wednesday morning. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere.
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♪ >> bret: house democrats and the trump administration are said to be in agreement on a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set new levels for agency budgets. at least that's what's sad. if the developer that has many fiscal conservatives extremely unhappy. senior capitol hill -- explain what's going on.
good evening, chad. >> lawmakers here want to move quickly obviously, they are coming to the end where they have their recess, but how would that work? >> this is the issue here. they don't want to just raise the debt ceiling to a specific number. they are talking about extending it for possibly two years or more and they need to have the president's support. that's key. listen. >> we are talking about a debt ceiling. the previous president doubled the debt, and that's what we get stuck with. that's the way it is, folks. >> the president's support sways were public and lawmakers might be reluctant. one of the concerns here on capitol hill, bret, is whether or not the president could renege. i spoke with a senior administration official who told me "we are taking all steps without consulting the president first." steven mnuchin, the treasury secretary, says they have a topline agreement on the spending caps. he spoke with kevin mccarthy of the house minority leader, he says these negotiations are going to be tough but he thinks they can get a compromise.
>> bret: is two different things. there's raising the debt ceiling or dealing with the debt ceiling, and on the spending cap. but the whole thing, what's the biggest challenge to getting an agreement? >> the key here is for nancy pelosi, the house speaker, to keep her freshman democrats together. this is their first rodeo. one source said to me they might not understand the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling and what that could do to the marketeer. that's something they're looking at. nancy pelosi is very concerned about doing a short-term extension. she doesn't want to do that. the reason, the only thing that's worse on capital if you vote to raise the debt ceiling was, the worst thing is voting to raise the debt ceiling twice. >> bret: chad come up on capitol hill, we will follow it. thank you. the senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims compensation fund related to the september 11th attacks never runs out of money. if you saw that last night on the show with jon stewart and john field. democratic senator and presidential candidate kirsten gillibrand and minority leader chuck schumer say they have reached an agreement with
republican senators rand paul and mike leave to bring up the bill no later than wednesday of next week. yesterday both republicans blocked consideration of the measure to force a discussion about paying for the seven decade expenditure. the house has voted to scrap the obamacare tax on high-cost health insurance plans. the vote to cancel the so-called cadillac tax was 419-6. critics of that tax, which never went into effect, say it would have unfairly punished workers who received better health care instead of higher pay. supporters said it was an effective in controlling health care costs. it's unclear whether the senate will take up this measure. today the house also passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. but there are growing concerns of the unintended consequences possibly purity tonight, correspondent dan springer with a cautionary tale from seattle where the minimum wage now tops out at $16 an hour. >> this bill is passed.
in a vote mostly along party lines, democrats in the house made good on a promise and passed a $15 federal minimum wage. it would be the first hike in a decade. but republicans who control the senate are unlikely to even bring it up. their argument, job losses. a point strengthened by the bankruptcy filing last week by restaurants unlimited. 35 upscale restaurants, mainly along the west coast. in its declaration, the company partially blamed high minimum wage laws which raised its labor cost $10.6 million over the last three years. it cited three examples where minimum wages have climbed dramatically. >> i think what restaurants unlimited found out is they can't pass along the full impact of that labor cost increase to the customers through higher prices. >> i think it's just the cost of doing business has grown up and it's really hard to adjust your prices in a restaurant at the speed that the market changes. >> despite high wages, 111 new restaurants opened in seattle since may according to
"the seattle times." a proponents as restaurants unlimited is making pay a scapegoat. >> they made some bad business decisions. there were a couple of openings that didn't go well. they are closing them in other places where there's a lower minimum wage. >> nearly every democratic presidential hopeful supports the $15 federal minimum, more than double the current 7.25, which is still in effect in 21 states. >> it's long past time to be $15 an hour across the united states. >> in the fight. >> of the nonpartisan congressional budget office just issued a report on raising the federal wage floor to $15 an hour. it's at 17 million people would get a pay raise but while 1.3 million people would be lifted off poverty, it could cost nearly three times that many people their jobs. right. >> bret: dan springer in seattle, thanks. up next, i can that popular face app harmful to your privacy and america's national security? we will bring about story.
first, beyond our borders tonight, and an official interbrand says the death toll from a fire at an animation studio in kyoto is now 33. 36 other people were injured, ten of them critically. a man suspected of starting that fire was also injured and is in the hospital. authorities in congo say soldiers and police will enforce hand washing and fever checks now that the deadly ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency. the second worst ebola outbreak in history has now killed more than 1600 people there so far. wikileaks founder julian sanchez has dropped an appeal of his 50 week prison term for jumping bail in britain. he's also fighting extradition to the u.s. on serious espionage charges. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. will be right back. ♪
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least we need to know more about what the heck is going on here. >> cyber experts warn americans to avoid downloading faceapp for now and if you've already got it, it's safest to hit delete. they can't say for sure where your data will end up or how it will be used, they say there's a lot of downside and hardly any upside to using this app. bright. >> bret: just took it off, thanks. the president says he is unhappy with the "send her back" chant at his rally last night. what's next in his weeklong rhetorical battle? we will get reaction from the panel when we come back. ♪ waking him up. now that dream is a reality. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn?
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voices are uplifted and heard. >> i was not happy with it. i disagree with it. but again, i didn't say that, they did. >> this is not just about threats to individual members of congress, but it is about creating a volatile environment in this country through violent rhetoric. >> the president did not join in, the president moved on. >> he moved on about a speech about a country and the things that are building it right. >> bret: the president's rally in north carolina, a specific chant, "send her back," getting a lot of attention here in washington and throughout of the u.s. the candidates weighing in on the democratic side, one of them kamala harris tweeting "it's vile. it's cowardly, it's xenophobic. it's racist. it defiles the office of the president and it's time to get from out of office and move on with the country." let's bring in our panel. byron york, chief political correspondent for the "washington examiner." mollie hemingway, senior editor
at "the federalist" and mo elleithee, executive director of the georgetown institute of politics. molly. >> well, i was heartened to hear president trump say that he did not support this chant, because it's an important american value that all legal immigrants who are citizens are entitled to the same due process that other citizens are. so it's good to hear that and have that come from someone prominent, particularly after his tweets this weekend. i also think a circus on this is pretty instructive. if it was years ago that a prominent trump aid was basically asked for his papers over a policy disagreement, sebastian gorka. by prominent democrats, jerry nadler, dick durbin and i don't remember anybody freaking out about it. i think that disparity in how the media treat different things like this is part of what's happening when people are very frustrated with how "the squad" is treated in the media, that there rhetoric is kind of papered over or ignored and then when donald trump highlights it, then they rush to defend these
things even when it's hurtful -- it's hurtful to hear "send her back." it's also hurtful to hear some of the anti-semitic or some of the pro--terrorism sentiment from these other people. >> bret: mo, what about that? when we do these stories it often focuses on the president's tweets or rhetoric. we don't go backwards and often show all of the things that have been said and done by "the squad" and talked about by them. maybe we should every time, just to be balanced equally, but what's your take on all of this? >> i do remember representative omar getting a lot of blowback for a lot of her comments. by a lot of prominent democrats. >> bret: they didn't vote -- >> a lot of prominent democrats in the house, people who are committee chairs. i'm a democrat, i spoke out against a lot of her previous -- >> bret: what i'm saying is they proceeded -- the water down the resolution. >> you can't say it didn't get coverage. you can't say it didn't get noticed and you can say it didn't get condemned by a lot of
people. look, i just think the past few days have been one of the low lights of this presidency, this administration. i'm a person who often gets told to go back to where i came from. when people say that to me, they usually mean arizona, where i grew up. whereas a lot of my white friends don't get that, even when they are making the same exact points that i am making when i sit here on this set, they don't get told that. and so being told "go back where you came from," allowing for chant -- and yes, i'm glad the president said something today. i wish he had said something yesterday. he paused for 13 full seconds to let that chant go on. if you could have what john mccain bravely did back when he dealt with similar
xenophobic comments. >> bret: he said to the woman, no, ma'am, that's not true. >> when she said something about barack obama, he took to the floor of the senate to defend huma abedin. seven years ago today, took to the floor of the united states senate to defend her against charges that she was disloyal to this country. in the last point i would make is this president made some very tough comments about the united states when he was running for president. he had every right to do so. in his inaugural address, he talked of american carnage. no one said "you should leave if you don't love it." >> he's been called a traitor for years. this is the type of rhetoric that people have been accustomed to. you bring up john mccain, who was called a racist, again by prominent democrats. there is a disparity here in how we treat these things. tough rhetoric is unfortunate but when you hear it -- with the media make a huge deal about it. >> i just believe that everyone has a right to dissent. everyone has a right to criticize. no one told him he should leave
the country when he criticized -- >> bret: i'm going to move on, byron, way in. >> i think 40s into this -- >> bret: we are actually five. five full days of washington oxygen. exactly. if despite this argument here i think we are moving from the outreach phase to a more strategic phase. the president actually began dialing back this yesterday, before the rally he tweeted yesterday of the "the squad," they are entitled to their opinion, they are americans. i'm entitled to my opinion and i just think there left wing cranks. that was a clear difference in what the president was doing yesterday before the rally. clearly a lot of republicans want him to dial it back as well and i think what we are seeing is some democrats like to dial it back too. jim clyburn today said we just got to stop paying attention to this. they passed a bill to gradually increase the federal minimum wage, that's totally gotten disappeared in all of this. so i think we've finally moved, after five days, into a much more strategic phase. obviously republicans would like
to make "the squad" the living logo of the democratic party and they're going to have a lot of opportunity to do that in the next few months i'm sure. >> bret: they have in the past four days. here is rush limbaugh, his take today. >> the way these women are setting it up, they are setting it up just like obama did. you can't criticize us, we are women of color. you cannot criticize us. any criticism of us is an attack on our minority status, and they are saying this to pelosi and other democrats as well as to the republicans. all the while, the people who support this are being portrayed as the enemies of america and they are racist and they are bigots and their homophobes. >> bret: i guess the story politically, is there a concern in the democratic party that the four congresswomen potentially could be the face of the party, number one. number two, that take that the president is dealing with a good economy, he was dealing with the democratic party was at least talking at each other in the
midst of this and kind of changed the dynamic. >> so one, yes, i think the democratic party was focused on the internal squabble on the hill amongst democrats, and now that's not the case. at the end of the day, purely politically speaking, the squad will not be the face of the democratic party come next spring when the democratic party has a nominee. a nominee then will become the face of the democratic party and if he keeps talking -- if the president keeps talking about "the squad" and whomever the democratic nominee is is out there talking about him, that's going to change the dynamic entirely. >> bret: i don't want to miss this. that's the exchange between elijah cummings and the acting homeland security secretary today about the border situatio situation. >> i guess you feel like you don't agree, right? is that what you're saying? >> we're doing our level best to -- >> what does that mean? what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower? come on, man!
none of us have our children in that position. they are human beings! >> i would welcome the opportunity to travel with you to the border and see our men and women and how hard they are working to care for children. holding children that are not their own brought across by smugglers. putting formula and baby bottles together. >> the chairman just called it a deficit -- he accused you and your agents under agency of a deficit of empathy. if you want to respond to that, mr. secretary? >> i just wonder why would an agency, if they have a deficit of empathy, create a border search trauma and rescue team to try to protect people that are making this dangerous crossing. if these are latino border agents, they have children of their own. >> bret: the story obviously is not going away, it's a huge crisis on the border. mollie, your take -- we will continue to follow it but this was a fiery hearing. >> it is appalling to see the institution that is responsible for protecting borders and
passing the laws that incentivize or don't incentivize illegal crossings behaving this way. if they have the power to do something. it's not just the democrats who are currently have control, it was the republicans a few years ago and it goes back decades and is grandstanding. maybe it makes people feel better, but there are real people being harmed by our laws, by the locals, and by our lack of enforcement of our borders. >> bret: we have many times talk about that we will continue to. next up, the u.s. takes down an iranian drone threatening u.s. worship in the strait of hormuz. tightened tensions as the iran feels the ♪ ♪ how do you like it ♪ ♪ more, more, more ♪ how do you like it, how do you like it ♪ all you can eat is back. how do you like that? applebee's. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood. don't miss your gto experience our most advanced safety technology on a full line of vehicles. now, at the lexus golden opportunity sales event. lease the 2019 es 350 for $379 a month, for 36 months,
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destroyed. >> bret: the president making that statement today to reporters. this dealt with the uss boxer amphibious ship and, as was mentioned, the boxer dealt with an iranian drone. it used -- it didn't shoot it down, he used this new anti-drone jamming device called a light marine air defense integrates system, basically jamming and taking down the iranian drone with electronics, and you can see it there. if it's on top of the ship. it does indicate a different level of tension that we've seen an increase in recent weeks and this is all going back to the economic sanctions that iran is feeling on the ground. we are back with the panel. byron. >> this was clearly a test for american forces. this was iran pressing and pushing and jabbing to see how far they could go. they usually use armed drones. i don't know if this one was armed or not, but the boxer has 2,000 u.s. marines on it in
addition to its crew. this is a serious matter for us, so i think clearly the united states had to show -- defend itself, and it also was not really an escalation in the sense that they shutdown our drone drone, we shot down their drone. the president made a big deal after the iranians shot down a u.s. drone apparently without the kind of provocation we saw in this latest incident of not responding in a way that would kill iranians. so it's a test, the u.s. defendant itself and its still tense. >> bret: i heard michael hammon on shep's show to say is iran, they have to go to the edge and make the world believe that shipping potentially is threatened so oil jacks up so that they get something from the europeans or someone in this negotiation, but if they go too far, they'll get the back end of the u.s. military. >> look, i think there's truth to that. i think what happened today -- the facts are still coming in.
i'm not one to second-guess the military and if u.s. troops were in harm's way, if this was an armed drone and they were in our space, then we have every right to respond. but i do have concerns about the general trajectory and escalation of tensions in the region and what at least still appears, still appears, to be a somewhat erratic u.s. policy towards iran where we are negotiating or where not and a lot of the negotiations, while this administration attacks the obama iran deal, many of the negotiations are headed right back in that same direction. i just wonder where we're heade headed. >> bret: maybe with ballistic missiles added and a deal that says no nuclear weapons perhaps. >> perhaps, but there could have been ways to add that onto a deal as opposed to blow the whole thing up and escalate tension. >> bret: i think it still might be there. >> if drone is encroaching in our space, we are going to shoot
it down, and that's understandable and iran needs to know that is not going to go well for them if they further -- if they are belligerent in this way. i think we also need to be aware of what's in our interest and getting roped into another decades-long failed war in the middle east is not in our interest. these sanctions, the pressure, they do seem to be working, but they don't seem to be working at the goal of not having iran develop nuclear capabilities, so i think we should be open to exploring how to achieve that actual goal. i think constraining iran might be good if we need to tinker with the sanctions or otherwise provide some relief, we should look into that. >> bret: they clearly are having effects. quickly, they added new sanctions on two iranian leaders backing militias. >> there absolutely working. i do think right now we are waiting to see with the europeans are going to do and if the europeans, who cannot, i think, deal with it belligerent iran at this level.
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thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. "the story" hosted by martha maccallum starts right now. hey, martha. >> martha: it sure does. a good evening, bret, thank you so much. tonight, are these the battle lines of 2020? tonight the president tries to dampen the flames a little bit after some of his supporters chanted "send her home" last night. >> i was not happy with it. i disagree with it. but again, i didn't say that, they did. but i disagree. >> martha: and so now omar and aoc, who say they won't take the bait, seem to be taking it again. they've upped the ante, calling the president "violent" and not just a racist, but throwing in "fascist" as well. >> as much as he spewing his fascist ideology on stage, telling you as citizens to go back because they