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>> stay with us for "good morning america." making news in america this morning, the race to 2020. >> i stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term. >> president trump launching his re-election campaign with new claims about the economy, the border wall and a renewed attack on hillary rodham clinton. plus, first lady melania trump pays tribute to her husband. pentagon bombshell. the acting defense secretary steps down as cases of domestic violence in his past resurface. this morning, new questions about the vetting process. how did the white house not know? the drama in court as a decorated navy s.e.a.l. goes on trial for murder. the prosecution saying he was out for blood. why his lawyer claims it was mutiny, not murder. plus, the $1 billion cocaine bust.
what we've learned about the two suspects. a suspected mob hit at mcdonald's. an alleged murder for hire involving father and son. and from this painful blooper in the big leagues to the bear that went on the attack after scratching an itch to the fishermen who got up close and personal with a great white. >> oh! >> all the best video to jump-start your wednesday. good wednesday morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. we begin with president trump kicking off his re-election campaign by turning to his old playbook. >> the president bragged about the economy and his other accomplishments during his rally in orlando last night, but he spent much of the time rehashing a long list of grievances taking aim at familiar targets including the media, the mueller report and hillary clinton. >> abc's mona kosar abdi has the highlights including what the first lady had to say. mona, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you both. president trump spent the night
positioning himself once again as the underdog rather than the incumbent revisiting his 2016 campaign, janai and kenneth, that never really ended. >> i want to introduce my husband, the president of the united states. >> reporter: president trump officially launched his 2020 campaign in front of thousands of supporters donning his signature red hat. >> we're going to keep making america great again, and then we will, indeed, keep america great. >> reporter: but that's not the only component of his 2016 campaign that's crossing over into his re-election bid. the president's hour and a half long speech rehashing many of his past grievances. >> 33,000 emails deleted. [ chanting "lock her up" ] >> reporter: continuing the trip down memory lane by once again decrying what he refers as the special counsel's witch-hunt. >> what did they come up with, no collusion.
>> reporter: trump telling his crowd of supporters he will not let them down as he touted a list of his accomplishments. >> our economy is the envy of the world, perhaps the greatest of our country. >> reporter: the president hardly mentioning the nearly two dozen democratic presidential candidates eyeing to challenge him aside from senator bernie sanders who quickly fired back. >> an hour and a half speech of lies, distortions and total absolute nonsense. >> reporter: and former vice president joe biden who recent polls show ahead of trump in key battleground states. biden tweeting overnight that president trump, quote, inherited the good economy from the obama/biden administration. and next week in miami, we will get to see the 2020 democratic presidential candidates face off in their first ever debate. janai, kenneth. >> our thanks to mona. thank you, mona. now, to the shocking departure at the pentagon. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan has withdrawn his name to lead the pentagon just hours
after domestic abuse allegations involving his family resurfaced. now many are wondering why the white house didn't know about the allegations. one senator is even calling for an investigation. this morning, the trump administration under fire following the sudden resignation of the acting secretary of defense. >> they don't like to vet. all these assistant secretaries, assistant this, assistant that don't get vetted, and look what happens when you don't vet. >> reporter: patrick shanahan withdrew his name from consideration to be defense secretary just hours after a report revealed allegations of domestic violence within his family. "the washington post" reporting in 2010, police were called to the shanahan house to find him with a bloody nose. both he and his wife kimberly accused each other of physical violence. police arrested only shanahan's wife. he later dropped the charges. and in 2011 police were called after shanahan's then 17-year-old son will got into a violent altercation with his mother. the arrest report says will grabbed a baseball bat and struck his mother on the back of
her head. shanahan says, i believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family's life and re-open wounds we have worked years to heal. the white house is now facing new questions about why the allegations didn't surface when shanahan was nominated as the pentagon's second in command and again before he was named acting defense secretary on january 1st. >> i feel that there was possibly a deliberate concealment here. i think there ought to be an investigation by the i.g. and the department of defense. >> reporter: president trump defended his administration's vetting process while praising shanahan. >> i had heard about it yesterday for the first time. we have a very good vetting process, and you take a look at our cabinet and our secretaries, very good, but we have a great vetting person. he is a terrific person, and it's a difficult time for pat, but he's going to take a little time off for family service and for working things out. >> reporter: meanwhile, just days after shanahan approved
sending 1,000 more troops to the middle east in response to rising tensions with iran, the pentagon now has four top positions vacant including secretary of defense, deputy defense secretary, air force secretary and chief management officer. >> this is a very difficult time with everything going on in iran and all the provocations and counteractions, and to have no secretary of defense at this time is appalling, and it shows the chaos in this administration. >> the white house has named a new nominee, the widely respected army secretary mark esper who will face senate confirmation. now to phoenix where a community meeting about the police response to an alleged shoplifting incident turned into a wider discussion about police brutality. the father involved in the incident in which police pointed their guns at his pregnant wife and young daughter said his family is lucky to be alive. the mayor says she's sick over the case, and many in the crowd
of more than 2,000 residents last night used the meeting to address other frustrations with the city's police department. >> something has to be done so that this never happens again. >> i am listening to what you say. at the end of the day, though, the proof is in the pudding. the proof is in what happens after this meeting. >> the police chief there was booed when she said real change starts with the whole community, not just police. the mayor announced that nearly all officers will wear body cameras by the end of the summer. california's largest utility has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments for its role in the recent historic wildfires. equipment belonging to pacific gas and electric is blamed for starting many of the fires. the money will help rebuild the town of paradise destroyed by the so-called camp fire, which killed 85 people. this morning 48 million americans from the plains to the mid-atlantic are bracing for possible flooding.
let's take a look at your forecast for this wednesday morning. good morning. we're watching out for spotty thunderstorms to kick off in the ohio valley region for wednesday. humidity continuing to build along the east coast. that will set up for strong storms for today as well as tomorrow. look for those showers to reach its way all the way down towards the peninsula of florida throughout the tennessee valley region with strong storms and look for strong storms to kick off throughout missouri going into oklahoma, arkansas, going into portions of texas. but look for a targeted area of severe storms from indianapolis down to dallas. i'm accuweather meteorologist paul williams. coming up, an 11-year-old and her successful campaign to fight bullies. but first, the $1 billion cocaine bust along the east coast. the two people now under arrest. also, the suspected mob hit at mcdonald's. the alleged murder for hire involving a father and son. and later we hear from the
we're back with a bear that decided to have a little snack after giving itself a back rub. it used a tree in a russian nature reserve as a scratching post. then it strolled over and took a bite out of the surveillance camera. the camera's memory card was all that survived. two crew members on a cargo ship in philadelphia are now charged in one of the largest cocaine busts in u.s. history. authorities seized 33,000 pounds of the drug worth more than a billion dollars. prosecutors say one of the crew members claims he was going to be paid $50,000 for helping load the cocaine on the ship. it traveled from south america before arriving in philadelphia on its way to europe. an alleged mob murder in new york is said to have family ties.
a reputed mobster was killed while waiting in line at a mcdonald's drive-through last fall. now his son is under arrest and facing murder conspiracy charges. anthony zottola is accused of providing information about his father's location before the hit. no motive has been given. more americans are saying that they fell seriously ill while visiting the dominican republic. the latest a bride from virginia who says she fell unconscious during her honeymoon at a resort in punta cana and was told she had a blood infection. she's waiting for test results to determine the cause. meanwhile, another woman claims her flight home from the resort was filled with people who had become sick. at least eight americans have died in the dominican republic this year, but the state department denies that there's been any increase in the number of american deaths. a fifth grader from cleveland will soon see her anti-bullying design on cars all over ohio. 11-year-old brooke balser is the winner of a statewide license plate design contest aimed at stopping bullies. officials say her colorful bully-free car design is a
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we're back with this airline passenger under arrest. people say he was so drunk and out of control on a flight to dallas, other passengers zip tied and duct taped his hands. >> the flight from pittsburgh was diverted to oklahoma city where that passenger allegedly threatened police as he was arrested. we turn now to the navy s.e.a.l. on trial for murder and war crimes. >> edward gallagher is accused of killing a teenager who was
under his care in iraq, but the defense claims the case is built on lies. this morning, a decorated s.e.a.l. under trial for war crimes. chief edward gallagher is accused of stabbing and killing a wounded isis fighter. investigators say he celebrated after sending a picture of the body to his platoon member with a caption that read, i got him with my hunting knife. during his opening statements gallagher's lawyer called the text an attempt at dark human telling the jury, was the photo in poor taste? probably. was the photo evidence of murder? no. gallagher's wife says her husband is innocent. >> he should be retiring next month, and yet he's been entrapped in this nightmare. >> reporter: gallagher who served eight tours of duty and earned two bronze stars also faces two attempted murder charges in the shooting of two civilians including an elderly man and a young girl in mosul. prosecutors say he threatened to kill navy s.e.a.l. members who reported him. the politically charged case caught the attention of
president trump, who voiced his support for gallagher on twitter, and even before the opening statements, the case was shrouded in controversy. a judge removed the lead prosecutor for tracking emails between gallagher and his defense team. >> the defense plan for the next days and weeks is to annihilate the government's case to show that these witnesses are lying, to show that these charges have never been brought -- should never have been brought. >> eight navy s.e.a.l.s are expected to testify. the defense claims gallagher's subordinates made up the allegations because they were angry he was too tough on them. the trial is expected to take about three weeks. a mother of three who had her fallopian tubes removed just became a mother of four. elizabeth kough was shocked when she found out she was having another baby four years after undergoing the procedure that was supposed to prevent her from getting pregnant again. she had a smooth pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy baby boy named benjamin despite those odds. >> my doctor said that it was very low, it was as close to 0% as you could get. it was one of the most effective birth controls, if not the most
effective birth control out there. they did an ultrasound, and they told me that he was in my uterus and he looked fine. he looked healthy. everything was a normal pregnancy. >> benjamin is supposed to be here. the most likely theory is that an egg migrated to the area where the fallopian tube would have been attached and entered the uterus through a tiny tract. the kids call benjamin their angel baby and mom says she hugs him even tighter. >> special kid there. in sports the nba draft is tomorrow night, and duke superstar zion williamson is expected to be the number one pick. if that happens, he'll be heading to the new orleans pelicans, and he spoke about his expectations with our robin roberts. >> what goes through your mind when you think about that number one pick? >> it's crazy, honestly. i just want to get drafted, period. >> let's see, number one picks, lebron, shaq, zion. going by first name only. i mean, those are some big shoes
to fill. are you ready? >> i'm not looking to fill those. i'm looking to just be the best zion i can be. >> looking to be the best zion he can be, and we're certainly expecting to see him go first. much more of robin's interview later on "good morning america." >> can't wait for that. and a new move to improve safety for our major league baseball fans. the chicago white sox will become the first team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark to reach the foul poles. it comes three weeks after a girl was injured with a foul ball in houston. meanwhile, a marathon game overnight. the twins finally got a clutch hit early this morning to beat the red sox, 4-3 in, get this, . the game took 5 hours and 45 minutes. if you stayed up to watch it, i bet you might be late to work. >> definitely. that's a long game. >> yeah. well, coming up, a death-defying stunt above times square. but first, kitchen nightmare. a baby lying on the kitchen
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talk to your doctor, and call 844-234-2424. [ playing the theme to "jaws" ] ♪ "the pulse" starts with a breathtaking encounter with a great white shark off the coast of new jersey. >> some friends were competing in a fishing tournament when they came face-to-face with this massive beast. >> whoa. >> yep, they had to set out a trail of bait, and they say the shark followed it to the source. >> could you imagine? they say that great white was about 16 feet long. >> kind of just on our way of like clearing everything up and like ready to go home, and then we just saw like the shadow come
up, and we're like, what is that? so we just stuck it out, and it gave us a shark. >> aaagh! >> listen to them screaming. the guys said, though, they're going out fishing again last night. clearly they're not afraid. >> yikes. >> bring it on. >> yeah. well, a massachusetts mom got a scary surprise when a snake bit her baby boy inside their home. >> terrifying. she was making breakfast for her son while he sat on the kitchen floor, innocent enough. she said she looked away for a minute, and when she turned around, the snake had sunk its fangs into her son's leg. >> i saw a five-foot-long snake right there next to him, and i screamed. >> her son there, he's okay. the snake was nonvenomous. it apparently got into the house through the garage and, get this, it worked its way through the pipes. >> i can't even take this snake. >> really glad it was not the bathroom pipes.
>> but then like how did -- how did they get rid of the snake? did she pick it up? who did she call? ghostbusters? i don't know. >> snake busters. some tennis fans in germany were expecting to see a tennis match, but instead they were treated to some soccer. >> one of the players lost his racket so decided to bend it like beckham to return the serve. his opponent followed suit and used his foot, and the strange volley continued there. that's not the way you play tennis, guys. >> it's not, but it is maybe even more impressive. >> that they could do this. >> yeah. >> oh, wow. >> that's a small ball to kick around. >> you don't want to injure yourself. >> i'm impressed. >> did we come up with a new name for this called tennis-soccer. >> tennis-soccer. from tennis to baseball, here is how not to practice bunting. this is tough to watch. washington nationals pitcher max scherzer was in the cage when he fouled a bunt off into his face breaking his nose. he was supposed to pitch tonight, but that may not happen. >> you cannot use your face to hit the ball.
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news to build a better bay area. this is abc 7 mornings. making news right now. at 4:27, a bullet out of nowhere shatters a car window on interstate 680 in san jose, just miles away from a deadly freeway shooting that happened yesterday. another reminder fire season is here. a grass fire forces the evacuation of a movie theater in the east bay. b.a.r.t. is giving car poolers a break, making it easier to get parking at four stations. good morning on wednesday, june 19th. >> halfway through the week. let's start with weather with meteorologist mark nicco. >> we have a fire weather watch not necessarily here, but parts of california. for us, mid to upper 50s this morning. 51 in brentwood. clear wake and ukiah 65 and 61. let's see where we end up this
afternoon. temperatures in the mid 60s along the coast in san francisco. santa cruz and richmond 69. low to upper 70s around the bay. if you want 90s you have to go to antioch, lakeport and ukiah. how about the commute? >> we're starting over with a rollover crash in oakland. this happened westbound 580 just before you get to 14th avenue. sounds like a vehicle was driving recklessly before crashing, and it flipped over at least once fully and landed on its wheels. mnch crews are there. also sounds like we have a minor crash not too far from there near lakeshore. we definitely have a couple issues in the same area. we're looking good at the bay bridge toll plaza, starting to see a backup in the cash lanes. that's about it this morning. another rollover crash in san francisco. we'll check on that next. alex sis, thank you. we have breaking news in san mateo county, skyline boulevard is closed near reids roost road
due to police activity. we have calls in to find out more information. we also have an abc 7 news crew headed to the scene and will have a live report in our 5:00 hour. this is the same area where a cab driver was discovered dead on monday night. his body was found dumped by a sheriff's deputy. he's identified as abdul melk. he leaves behind a wife and a daughter. new this morning, laundry may be to blame for a fire that forced a san jose family out of their home. firefighters arrived to see smoke pouring from the garage after 11:00 last night. two adults and two children evacuated the house when they spotted smoke. firefighters say the family was doing laundry at the time. investigators think an electrical issue may have sparked that fire. chp investigating another freeway shooting on interstate 60 in san jose. >> this latest incident happened
after 8:30 on southbound 680 near king road. police are saying the shots came in a vehicle traveling alongside it. they say there are conflicting reports about what kind of vehicle it was. investigators say a bullet went through the left rear window and out the right front window. nobody was hit, but a 12-year-old girl suffered cuts from shattered glass. that incident followed monday's deadly shooting on the same stretch of freeway. this is video taken after chp officers found a wounded man inside his car on northbound 680 near landis avenue. the victim has been identified as 30-year-old matthew rios of milpitas. a brush far forced to evacuate a movie theater last night. the flames scorched five acres bere