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live where you live. this is abc7 news. >> the first of several storms this week is now moving through the bay area. live doppler 7 is tracking lots more rain coming our way. this morning, wet workers in the financial district wore and carried umbrellas. special report of firing of rex tillerson. the storm has indeed caused tons of roadway flooding and airport delays this morning and you can expect even more problems the rest of the week. we have team coverage for
abc7 news reporter mike nicco with ctions where you ve. >> let's look at the storm impact scale. the rain is now starting to transition over to showers and still steady in some areas but the showers are the dominant feature moving forward with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon all the way through tomorrow. it will be a little breezy in our lower elevations. gustier in the higher elevations. breezes calmed down a little bit. you get up to 30 miles per hour and some of our higher elevations. right now, 37 kind of gray but not raining and everything is light right now. you can see it is just light green. so what we're going to have happen is rain is going to turn over to showers and the evening commute is going to be easier than it was this morning but during the evening, that's also when we have the chance of storms developing.
use our abc7 news app and download it now. we have versions for both android and apple devices. >> thanks a lot, mike. abc7 news reporter matt keller has been out in the elements this morning and continues the team coverage live from sunnyvale. matt? >> reporter: hi, kristen. yeah, the timing was bad with the rain. it rained all during the morning commute but with storms, this was pretty mild. we have seen worse storms, some may say but you're not riding your bike to the storm in san mateo like james nelson. >> i don't like it. i just got over a cold. >> reporter: rain was steady in the commute. >> it was pretty slow today because of heavy rains. >> reporter: he drove his delivery truck to sunnyvale. on arrival, a little break in the clouds. >> it's part of the job. got to get it done. >> reporter: roads still flooded. drivers hit a puddle about 2 feet deep on the bird avenue
exit on northbound 280 in san jose. traffic was backed up on bay area highways but then again, aren't they always? rain or shine? the wet weather not stopping plans for gloria and kay. >> we're ready for it. we've got our umbrellas. >> reporter: they have reservation to a hot restaurant. >> i'm prepared like she is and we're both headed to the city for lunch, we're having lunch at steph curry's wife's restaurant today and a long wait for a reservation, so we have to go today. >> reporter: great for travelers and said sfo had 45 cancellations in more than 100 delays. matt keller, abc7 news. >> thank you so much. if you can safely take pictures of videos of the storm impacting your area, share them with us. use the #abc7now on social media and you may see your footage on air or online. big story,ng it xit on social media. rex tillerson is out as secretary of state, word from
the white house after months of friction between president trump and tillerson. the latest from the administration. >> reporter: rex tillerson out as secretary of state. mike pompeo to replace him. chalking up a major shift in his cabinet to chemistry. >> i got along well with rex, but it was a different mindset. it was a different thinking. >> reporter: pompeo has been a favorite of president trump. briefing him for weeks. >> we're always on the same wavelength. the relationship has been very good and that's what i need as secretary of state. >> reporter: it's a shake-up that's been brewing for months but tillerson seemed to have been blindsided by the president's decision. a senior white house official tells abc that chief of staff john kelly spoke to tillerson friday and notified him being asked to step down. the state department said the secretary did not speak to the president and unaware of the reason. a plan to bring in pompeo to
bring in motion last fall after tillerson called the president a moron which he didn't exactly deny. >> i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. >> reporter: the iran nuclear deal. north korea. climate and trade. >> we disagree on a couple of things. sometimes, i like him to be a little bit tougher. >> reporter: the former exxonmobil seemed to weather the worst of the storm. but why now? made sure had the new team in place in advance of the talks with north korea. >> appeared to be out of the loop saying the administration was a long ways from negotiations. just hours later, the white house announced that president trump had accepted an invitation to sit down with kim jong-un. karen
the white house. >> it here's a response to tillerson. we're waiting for the special report. tillerson is set to speak at the state department. president trump son his on way to go to san diego. as soon as he gets to southern california, he'll inspect eight prototypes for his border wall. supporters and protesters are out in place. it was a campaign promise from mr. trump and said he would help prevent drug trafficking and unauthorized immigration. congress is far from finalizing any funding for the project. ice is now responding to the resignation of the spokesperson here in san francisco. james schwab said he quit because members of the trump administration spread false information about recent immigration sweeps here in northern california and also cited attorney general jeff sessions' criticism of libby
after she warned residents of impending ice raid. ice responded this morning saying even one criminal alien on the street can put public safety at risk and as while we can't put a number on how many targets avoided arrest due to % e mayor's warning, clearly had an impact. while we disree with mr. schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well. we're learning more about what happened when a gunman entered a veteran's home in yountville and took hostages. haley worked as the residential counselor where seven staffers were having a going away party friday. the suspect albert wong walked into the party without saying anything. he let her go but held three other mental health staffers. >> i just hoped that he would also allow them to go, which didn't happen. he was just really struggling. he was dealt a really raw deal
in life and had a lot of trauma. >> he let four people go that morning. hopes to return to the pathway home to continue the good work and legacy of her three mentors who were killed. happening today, controversial commentator ann koulter speaking in mountain view and stepping up security measures right now. koulter will speak tonight at a private facility in a residential area. any protest would have to be held on a sidewalk or designated free speech zone yards from the facility. nearly two dozen officers will handle the event and privat security hired by the sponsoring group thety forum. last year, it was cancelled by threats of violent protest. the family of a man killed by bart police continuing the fight for justice. after, we are live in oakland by shalin kendall's family. and a breach by ice?
this is an abc news special report. now reporting, george stephanopolous. >> good afternoon. we're coming on the air right now because rex tillerson, the man fired as secretary of state by president trump just this morning has just appeared in the state department briefing room. let's listen to what he has to say. >> good afternoon, all. i received a call today from the president of the united states a little after noontime from air force i and i've also spoken to white house chief of staff ke y kelly. to ensure we have clarity to the days ahead, what's most important is to ensure an
orderly and smooth transition during the time the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges. as such, effective at the end of the day, i'm delegating all responsibilities of the office of the secretary to deputy secretary of state sullivan. my commission as secretary of state will terminate at midnight, march 31st. between now and then, i'll address a few administrative matters relate to do my departure and work toward a smooth and orderly transition for secretary of state designate mike pompeo. i'm encouraging my policy planning team and undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, those confirmed, as well as those in acting positions, to remain at their post and continue our mission at the state department and working with the interagency process.
i will be meeting members of my front office, team and policy planning, later today to thank them for their service. they have been extraordinarily dedicated to our mission, which includes promoting values that i view as being very important. for the security of our personnel, accountability, which means tweeting each other with respect for one another. most recently in particular to address challenges of sexual department.ithin t i want to speak now to my state department colleagues and to our interagency colleagues and partners at d.o.d. and the joint chiefs of staffs, most particularly. to my foreign service officers and civil service colleagues, we all took the same oath of office whether you're a career employee or appointee, we are all bound
by that common commitment, to support and defend the constitution, to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and to fitfaithfully discharge the duties of our office. as a state department, we are bound together by that oath. we remain steadfast here in washington and at post across the world, many of whom railrar danger situations without their families. the world needs selfless leaders like these, ready to work with longstanding allies, new emerging partners and allies who now many are struggling as democracies and in some cases are dealing with human tragedy, crisis of natural disasters, literally crawling themselves out of those circumstances. these are experiences that no lecture hall and academic environment or a think tank can teach you. only by people going to the
front lines to serve can they develop this kind of talent. to the men and women in uniform, i'm told for the first time in most people's memory the department of state and the department of defense have a close working relationship where we all agree the u.s. leadership starts with diplomacy. the men and women in uniform at the department of defense under the leadership of secretary mattis and general dunford protect us as americans in our way of life daily at home and abroad. as an all-volunteer military, they do it for love of country, they do it for you, and they do it for me and for no other reason. as americans, we are all eternally grateful to each of them and we honor their sacrifices. the rewarding part of having leadership and partnerships in place is that you can actually get some things done. and i want to give recognition
to the state department and our partners for a few of their accomplishments under this administration. first working with allies, we exceeded the expectations of almost everyone with the dprk maximum pressure campaign. with the announcement oy very first trip as secrery of state to the region that the arab strategic patience was over and we commence the steps to dramatically increase not just the scope but the effectiveness of the sanctions. the department undertook a global campaign to bring partners and allies on board in every country around the world, with every embassy and mission raising this to the highest levels, and at every meeting i've had throughout the year, this has been on the agenda to discuss. the adoption of the south asia strategy with the conditions of base military plan is the tool to compel the taliban to
reconciliation and peace talks with the afghan government. finally equipped our military planners with a strategy which they can execute as opposed to a succession of 16 one-year strategies. this clear military commitment attracted the suppo of allies broadly and equipped our diplomats with a whole new level of certainty around how to prepare for the peace talks and achieve the final objectives. in other areas where progress has been made, much work remains. in syria, we did achieve important cease-fires and stabilizations which we know has saved thousands of lives. there's more to be done in syria, particularly with respect to achieving the peace as well as stabilizing iraq and seeing a healthy government installed. and more broadly the entire global campa to defeat isis. nothing is possible without
allies and partners, though. much work remains to establish a clear view of the nature of our future relationship with china. how shall we deal with one another over the next 50 years and ensure a period of prosperity for all of our peoples free of conflict between two very powerful nations. and much work remains to respond to the troubling behavior and actions on the part of the russian government. russia must assess carefully as to how its ax actions are in th best interest of the american people and of the world more broadly. continuing on their current trajectory is likely to lead to greater isolation on their part, a situation which is not in anyone's interest. so my colleagues in the state department and interagency, much remains to be done to achieve our mission on behalf of the american people. with allies and with partners. i close by thanking all for the
privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months. importantly to the 300-plus million americans, thank you for your devotion to a free and open society, to acts of kindness towards one another, to honesty and the quiet, hard work that you do every day to support this government with your tax dollars. all of us, we know, want to leave this place as a better place for the next generation. i'll now return to private life as a private citizen, as a proud american, proud of the opportunity i've had to serve my country. god bless all of you. god bless the american people. god bless america. >> rex tillerson there leaving the briefing room after saying he'll be turni over all responsibilities as secretaryf state at the end of the day to deputy secretary of state john
sullivan. the secretary said he received a call from president trump a little after noon today to talk about an orderly transition. what's interesting about that is the president announced the firing himself in a tweet at 8:00 a.m. and then announced it before getting on a plane this morning. >> rex tillerson and i got along quite well but we disagreed on things. when you look at the iran deal, i thought it was terrible. he thinks it's okay. i wanted to do something and he felt differently. so we were not really thinking the same. with mike pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. i think it's going to go very well. rex is a very good man, i like rex a lot. i really appreciate his commitment and his service, and i'll be speaking to rex over a long period of time. >> president trump there talking about the differences he had with rex tillerson, also praised the incoming secretary of state
as nominee for secretary of state mike pompeo, cia director. i'm here with cecilia vega. cecilia, this is something we haven't really seen before, the president announcing the firing of the secretary of state before telling him. >> and that was just before he traveled to california. make no bones, there is bad blood between these two men and it is longstanding. they have not been happy with each other. the president said iran had a deal with president kim jong-un. secretary tillerson used the word moron to describe president trump. this is a long time coming. the fact that it happened now is a complete surprise. let's talk about the chaos involving this white house right now. this is now the seventh senior administration official to leave this white house this year alone. and the president just said in recent days that he likes to see competing voices. we are now seeing the second very high-ranking official
inside that white house to leave gary co hhen, the chief economi adviser, out just a few moments ago. >> and this comes before the meeting with kim jong-un of north korea. the secretary of state clearly blindsided by the president's decision to seek a summit last week, even though he had been arguing for talks for many months before with kim jong-un and been shot down by the president. >> he had been shot down in about 48 hours before the president accepted that summit. rex tillerson said it wasn't the time for negotiations, so he had to backtrack with that statement . think about the day that rex tillerson has had today. he arrived back in washington, d.c. at 4:00 a.m. this morning. hours later the president tweets that he is fired. if he sounded a little bit winded and emotional in that statement, it is because i'm sure he is exhausted, and as you
both said, he has been blindsided by this decision. although he certainly had a hint about that. at the end of last year, there was a lot of talk that rex tillerson was on his way out after it was reported particularly that he had said in private that the president was a moron. there was much talk that he would be out the door. the president denied that in a tweet, said it wasn't going to happen. but we have it today and a big surprise. >> and the white house also announcing the firing of the number 4 official, undersecretary steve goldstein, who had put out statement saying that rex tillerson hadn't been called by the president. at least to the broader question about the whole foreign policy team at this point, the staffing in the state department and in the foreign service, and whether the administration has the team in place to prepare for this summit with north korea. >> and that's the question, george, the state department. there are so many unfilled positions. there is no ambassador to south korea right now, although there
is a very capable number 2 in charge there in seoul. but the state department and steve goldstein today fired. i haven't seen anything like the state department so suddenly, and this is the statement he made. he is the undersecretary or was the undersecretary of state for diplomacy. the secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security. the secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason he was fired, and within a couple of hours, the man who put that statement out, fired. >> one of the things we're seeing right here right now is something the president wanted to do. he wanted to meet with kim jong-un of north korea. he said he was going to do it despite the advice of his experts. and mike pompeo, director of the cia, in as secretary of state. that's what he did. >> and he said he was on the way
to getting his cabinet exactly the makeup he wants it to be. we know from sources on the outside that still talk to people on the inside that president trump has become increasingly isolated and he is increasingly angry. you've got to wonder if this is a result of the emotion the president is feeling right now. >> upcoming hearings now from mike pompeo to be secretary of state. also gina haspel, career cia officer, has now been appointed -- nominated to be head of the cia, the first woman to lead the cia. >> she is the first wom to lead t cia, and within the cia, i think she is very well liked. there will be many questions about her past in 2002. she was in charge of one of those so-called black sites where they did enhanced interrogation and also with the destruction of the tapes from that, so she will face questions about that. >> there you have it. secretary of state rex tillerson is out. he'll be turning over all responsibilities at the end of the day. you can get the latest breaking news by downloading the abc news app and a f f f f f f f f f f ff
you've been watching an a a news special report. tillerson just spoke to the state department. thanked them for their service. a lot more on the fallout on the latest trump adminitration official on abc7news.com and abc7 news at 4:00 today. now we look at the latest storm to hit us. the storm are open wide. more on when rain will come back to where you live. mike? >> live doppler 7 right now, kristen. you can see north of concord and towards martinez and 682 highway 4 split there where we see the best radar. now, we're also seeing some of the rain develop over the coast and it's going to hit the southwest facing areas in the coast and steady there while the rest of us with the hher elevatn bumpnto the cuds and for touo get we what's going t hpen is w
head deeper into the forecast is we're going t transition from the steady rain to showers and thenbout 4:00 this afternoon, through the early overnight hours, we have a chance of thunderstorms. that means lightning, some small hail, some gusty winds and some downpours that will hang around. tomorrow is looking a little bit drier than it did yesterday. definitely drier than today and thursday's storm rolls in with another chance of wind and rain. >> keep those umbrellas handy. >> that's right. slow down. >> thank you, mike. from all of us here at abc7 news. thank you for joining us. "ho wants to be a millionaire" is next and leave you outside taking you look at, which one do you want? the golden gat
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