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i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. see you again at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump explaining himself again. after what he said today, a question from our cecilia vega. asking, is russia still targeting the u.s.? the president saying no. even though his director of national intelligence said otherwise, just saying the warning lights are blinking red. tonight, the white house now saying that's not what the president meant this morning. also tonight, new reporting. the young russian woman here in the u.s. now charged, accused of being an agent of the kremlin. what she said in court late today. prosecutors now saying she was offering sex for influence. and these images tonight from investigators. at the trump inauguration, and at this dinner. and what they say it shows. the shark scare on the east coast. were two children attacked by
sharks on two separate beaches? what authorities are now saying. those beaches closed. the wildfires raging in the west. the new fire already exploding in size, from oregon to california. the worries and the fears tonight at yosemite. the plane crash. the images from inside the cabin. investigators now studying the images. what caused the plane to go down? the pictures coming in at this hour. the massive condominium fire. and, the miracle rescue. those boys headed home and describing what it was like. at one point, they were going to dig their way out. how hungry they were, and what they did to conserve energy. good evening. great to have you with us on a very busy wednesday night. with begin with the firestorm involving an answer from president trump this morning, asked by our cecilia vega. is russia still targeting the u.s.? he said, no. tonight, the white house saying it's not what he meant. it comes after appearing to side
with putin over his own intelligence agencies while on the world stage. today's answer comes after the president's own director of national intelligence said that russia is still at it, and that the warning lights are blinking red. abc senior chous white house correspondent cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: just 24 hours after president trump declared his full faith in america's intelligence agencies, and even with his own director of national intelligence warning russia is right now targeting the u.s., president trump today offered this stunning ntradiction. is russia still targeting the u.s., mr. president? >> thank you very much, no. >> reporter: no? you don't believe that to be the case>>o. >> reporter: we asked not once, but twice. and twice, the president replied, "no." it directly contradicts the director of national intelligence, who said that russia is behind "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy." and that's not all. >> i'm here to say the warning
lights are blinking red again. today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack. >> reporter: from republicans today, near universal condemnation. >> if he really believes russia is not interfering in our 2018 election, i'm dumbfounded by that statement. >> i don't know what drives this. it's baffling, i think, to all of us who have concerns about the integrity of our elections. >> the president is wrong and he should heed the warnings of the intelligence community. >> reporter: the president was already under fire for failing to publicly confront vladimir putin for meddling in the 2016 election, and siding with russia's leader over his own intelligence community. >> president putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. every u.s. intelligence agency has concluded that russia did. who do you believe? >> my people came to me, dan coats came to me, and some others, and said they think it's russia.
i have president putin, he just said it's not russia. i will say this. i don't see any reason why it would be. >> reporter: that exchange, leading to an unheard-of walkback from president trump. who claimed that, really, it was all just a one-word mess-up. >> in a key sentence in my remarks, i said the word would instead of wouldn't. the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why i wouldn't or why it wouldn't be russia. so, just to repeat it, i said the word would instead of wouldn't. the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why it wouldn't be russia. i think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. >> reporter: less than 24 hours later, at the white house, yet another head-spinning cleanup effort. press secretary sarah sanders says the president wasn't actually saying no to our question about whether russia is still targeting the u.s. >> i had a chance to speak with the president after those comments.
the president said thank you very much, and was saying no to answering questions. >> reporter: so we asked for a clarification of the clarification. i just want to clarify what you just said. dan coats said point-blank, the threat is still ongoing from russia. does this white house believe that currently this threat is still ongoing? >> we believe the threat still exists. which is why we're taking steps to prevent it. >> cecilia, sarah sanders saying point blank the president wasn't actually answering your question when he said no? >> reporter: david, you saw the video there. there's no doubt president trump there's no doubt president trump heard both questions. he looked directly at me when answering. and when sanders said his no meant he didn't want to answer questions, that's exactly what he then went on to do. he answered another question from another reporter. so hery here we are for the second this week where the white
house is in cleanup mode over the president's answers to questions about russia. >> cecilia, thank you. and for the first time, we're hearing what donald trump says he told putin. spending two hours alone in helsinki with only interpreters. did he warn putin against meddling? what the president now says tonight. the president's interpreter, next to president trump. and some lawmakers on the hill want the interpreter to answer questions. saying it's the only way they'll know for sure what really happened in the room. here's tom llamas. >> reporter: they were behind closed doors, face to face for more than two hours. now, days later, it's still unclear what was said. but tonight, president trump told cbs news he warned putin not to meddle in american elections. something he did not mention during the news conference in helsinki. >> i'm very strong on the fact we can't have meddling. we can't have any of that. i let him know we can't have this. we're not going to have it. and that's the way it's going to be. >> reporter: the only people who would have heard that, putin, his interpreter, and trump's own
interpreter, marina gross. tonight senate democrats calling on gross to testify before the foreign relations committee and turnover any notes about that meeting. >> we need to have the president share with us what happened at that meeting. if he won't do it, the interpreter should come. and we should make sure we know what happened. >> reporter: the republican chairman of the foreign relations committee, saying he would consider it. >> i'm not sure it's appropriate. we're checking if it is. certainly we'll pursue it. >> reporter: today, the white house says if congress wants this, talk to the state department. the state department says they're waiting on an official senate request for their interpreter. >> we always seek to work with congress. that's all i have on this. >> bottom line, tom, how likely is it they can get the interpreter up before the hill? >> it's unclear, but seems unlikely. the state department says they're unsure of any precedent.
and of course we have to remember, the president could arguing he needs discretion to negotiate more effectively. >> tom, thank you. this evening, we do have new reporting on the russian woman in america charged and behind bars. accused of being a russian agent. her attorneys arguing she should be freed on bail. but tonight, right here, prosecutors laying out why they believe she is a flight risk. saying she had money, and was ready to bolt. accused of offering sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, a federal judge ordering alleged russian agent maria butina be held behind bars pending trial. federal prosecutors arguing the 29-year-old gun rights activist is an extreme flight risk, saying just days before her arrest she was packing boxes and sending money to russia. and the government claims that butina was willing to go to extreme measures to infiltrate the american political system and the nra. prosecutors accusing butina of
offering sex in exchange for a position in an unidentified special interest organization. according to prosecutors, one of her alleged russian contacts joking in one message about her high profile in the u.s. "you have upstaged anna chapman. she poses with toy pistols, while you are being published with real ones." a reference to another red-headed russian who was arrested for spying in 2010. investigators say butina was involved in a personal relationship with an unidentified american who was "instrumental in aiding her covert influence operation." and now, growing questions about this moment at a 2015 conference when she asked then-candidate trump about russia. >> do you want to continue the politics of sanctions? >> i believe that i would get along very nicely with putin. okay? and i mean where we have the strength. i don't think you'd need the sanctions. >> reporter: during her time in the u.s., the fbi claims she was reaching out to politicians and
those in power. here she is at president trump's inauguration. and sources saying she met the president's son don jr. at an nra convention. all the while allegedly receiving funding from a russian oligarch and maintaining contact with russian intelligence. like the one prosecutors claim you see here in this photograph. the charges against her, not part of the mueller investigation. officials say butina's case is reflective of how broad and deep ongoing russian infiltration efforts are, beyond the indictment of those 12 russian military intelligence officers now charged with hacking. when putin was shown the indictment -- >> i have here the indictment that says the 12 members of russian military intelligence, they say -- you smile. let me finish. they say these units were
specifically involved in hacking into democratic party computers, stealing information, and spreading it to the world to try to disrupt the american election. may i give this to you to look at, sir? here? >> translator: i want to say now, again, and i really wish for your american listeners to listen to what i say. russia as a state has never interfered with the internal affairs of the united states, let alone its elections. >> what putin told fox news. and pierre, butina pleaded not guilty today. her lawyer insisting she's not a flight risk? >> reporter: he said she's no flight risk. had her residence searched in april, and did not flee. but prosecutors successfully argued she could go to an embassy or get into a diplomatic vehicle and be beyond law enforcement's reach. david? >> thank you. >> now po to the wildfire dangers expanding in the west and 48 large fires burning now.
a new fire erupting near portland, oregon. already exploding in size, several structures burning to the ground. and near yosemite, two firefighters injured. campgoers warned to be ready to leave. here's clayton sandell. in the fire zone for us tonight. >> reporter: we're in a bit of a precarious position. there's fire below and above us on this ridge. but look and see just how steep and treacherous this terrain is. for firefighters. the ferguson fire, over 17,000 acres. about 1,800 firefighters trying to contain it. they are getting some good news from the weather. they expect this thunderstorms to move in. they could bring rain but they could also bring dry lightning and high winds. that could be bad news. david? >> clayton, thank you. and now to the miracle boys going home tonight. for the first time, we're hearing from the 12 boys rescued from the cave in thailand. how hungry were they? and what they did to conserve energy. james longman is back in thailand tonight.
>> reporter: the wild boars, the team the whole world supported back in the game tonight trading hospital gowns for soccer jerseys. fit and healthy enough to play again. telling the world about their terrifying ordeal. they say they tried digging out of the cave. after two days, they say hunger set in. so they stayed still to conserve energy. we're learning tonight, despite what officials claimed, the boys do know how to swim. but the waters kept rising. adult here in the front describing the moment they were found. >> how many of you? >> reporter: he said, hearing the british divers was like a miracle. finally, after all this time, they can go home. we caught up with some of the boys. how are you feeling? thi telling us he's happy. and kentucky fried chicken is
what he wanted. and this cleansing ceremony, a tradition here. welcoming their lost boy, finally home. when asked what they wanted to be as adults, some said soccer players, of course, but others said s.e.a.l.s, as a way of giving thanks for the thai navy s.e.a.l. who gave his life. david? >> we're just glad they are going home. james, thank you. and back here at home, we're learning about the death of a secret serviceman, who suffered a stroke protecting the president during his trip last weekend. the president and the first lady were at joint base andrews when his body was returned. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the shark scare on the east coast tonight where two children attacked by a shark on two separate beaches. also the plane crash, and the new video emerging from inside the cabin. investigators studying the images. the major league all-star, now apologizing after tweets about blacks and gays that have resurfaced. what he's saying tonight. and developing at this hour, firefighters on the scene at a
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just three months after he returned home, he would witness the haiti earthquake on the news. he wanted to help. and put out a call to his fellow servicemen. >> a handful of friends called me up and said, hey, i'm in. and four days later, we found ourselves in port au prince responding to the earthquake. >> reporter: jake and his team helping the injured. >> it's infected? >> yeah. >> reporter: the need, as we all remember from being there, was overwhelming. >> you need to pull your foot back as far as you can, okay? >> reporter: in that time of need, an idea was born. jake would co-found team rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response nonprofit. >> the military is about creating a shared mission. it gives you these tools for how to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks in uncertain situations. >> reporter: and he would learn, it would also hep servicemen and women transition back to civilian life. >> oftentimes when veterans transition, they lose that sense of purpose. they lose that community. that band of brothers. >> reporter: no longer. >> i'm serving my country again.
the same way i was in the military. it's all there again. you fit right in. >> reporter: team rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters. in puerto rico, rebuilding homes and lives. hurricane harvey. >> we're going to head back that way. >> reporter: the rescues by boat. the hugs for those in need. tonight, jake will receive the pat tillman award for service at the espys. an honor he calls humbling. >> a sentiment we often hear is, you guys have already done so much for our country. why do you feel compelled to do more? what they don't understand is, it's a part of the dna of the people who are in this organization. >> it's certainly in jake woods' dna. an honor well deserved. jake, we salute you. the espys at 8:00 p.m. tonight on abc. thank you for watching. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night. on abc. thank you for watching.