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>> pelley: a pledge from the president. >> we love america, and we are going to protect america. >> pelley: but four weeks into his administration, there are still holes in his national security team. >> this administration is in disarray, and they've got a lot of work to do. >> pelley: also tonight, the president's supporters. >> he's actually keeping his promises, and the media just doesn't like to report that because they don't really like what he stands for. i think everybody's got to really get on board the trump train. >> pelley: the west coast is battered by a new round of storms. and steve hartman with one tough cookie. >> we tried dunking it in tea. we tried dunking it in hot chocolate. it was just gross.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the president flew out of washington today, leaving behind a sense of insecurity in national security. yesterday, president trump ordered an investigation of his intelligence agencies, which he accused of leaking classified information that forced him to fire his national security adviser. he's compared u.s. intelligence to nazis. now there is skepticism in the military. the decorated retired vice admir that mr. trump asked to be the new national security adviser has turned the commander in chief down. earlier this week, the head of u.s. special operations forces said the government "continues to be in unbelievable turmoil." and today, the chairman of the senate armed services committee said the president cannot be taken at his word. major garrett picks up the story at the white house.
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>> and the leaks are absolutely real. the news is fake. >> reporter: before his first solo press conference yesterday, president trump called c.i.a. director mike pompeo and heatedly complained about reports the agency was withholding intelligence from him. mr. trump told pompeo to stop the damaging leaks to the press. >> how do they write a story like that in the "wall street journal" without asking me. >> reporter: pompeo denied the withholding of information. but sources tell cbs news there is a chill in the flow of intelligence to the white house. it is in part a consequence of critical comments from the president about the intelligence community. there is also anxiety that sensitive information about russian meddling in the 2016 election could be mishandled. another problem for the white house-- no national security adviser to replace michael flynn, who was forced to resign
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earlier this week. retired vice admiral robert harward, turned down the post when the white house rejekd harward's request to hire his own staff. one candidate for the position is david petraeus. at a security conference in munich, petraeus told the "wall street journal" flynn's replacement must have significant assurances that he or she would have authority over the personnel of the organization. also in munich, john mccain, chairman of the senate armed services committee, said the white house is losing control. >> i think that the flynn issue, obviously, is something that is-- is-- shows that in many respects, this administration is in disarray, and they've got a lot of work to do. >> reporter: petraeus will meet with defense secretary james mat nis munich agz the administration continues its search for flynn's replacement. scott, the president said today for the first time his acting
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national security adviser keith kellogg, already passed over once, is now a contender for the position. >> pelley: major garrett prafling with the president in south carolina tonight. thanks. now, michael flynn was fired when it became clear he lied to the vice president about contacts he had had with russia's ambassador to the u.s. flynn had talked to the ambassador about u.s. sanctions against russia before mr. trump was inaugurated, a potential violation of the law. jeff pegues has the new developments. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell cbs news it is unlikely former national security adviser michael flynn will face charges in connection to his discussion of u.s. sanctions with the russian ambassador to the u.s. in late december, routine surveillance of russian officials and operatives picked up flynn's voice on a call with the ambassador. sources say transcripts show the two discussed obama administration sanctions on russia, a possible violation of
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federal law since president trump was not yet in office. in the early days of the trump administration, flynn was interviewed by f.b.i. agents about the call. he also told vice president mike pence that he did not discuss sanctions with kiss liac, a claim the vice president repeated on television. >> they did not discuss anything having to do with the united states' decision to expel diplomats or impies censure against russia. >> reporter: but investigators say, despite misleading the vice president, there is not enough evidence to charge him with lying to the f.b.i. flynn has also not been cleared in the broader investigation into whether he and others in the trump campaign were in regular contact with russian officials during the election. the u.s. intelligence community has concluded that russia carried out cyberattacks on democratic party officials, designed to undermine hillary clinton. >> no, nobody that i know of. >> reporter: yesterday, the president denied he or any of
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his aides were involved. >> i have nothing to do with russia. haven't made a phone call to russia in years. >> reporter: today, members of the senate intelligence committee were briefed on the investigation by f.b.i. director james comey. scott, source say getting to the end of this investigation won't be a sprint. it's a marathon. and there is still a ways to go. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us. jeff, thank you. well, mr. trump left washington today for a weekend in florida. on the way, he stopped in south carolina, where boeing builds the 787 dreamliner. mr. trump said america must rely less on imports and fight for every last job. in that news conference yesterday, mr. trump blamed his problems on the media, congress, spy agencies, and hillary clinton. omar villafranca has found that that is just what his supporters wanted to hear. >> this administration is running like a fine-tuned
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machine. >> reporter: conservative talk radio host rush limbaugh gave a play-by-play of the president's conference, offering his support on air. >> reporter: in republican red texas, trump supporter benji gershon said he liked what he heard. >> ultimately i'm pretty happy. >> reporter: and he believes the president is doing exactly what he said he'd do. >> he's keeping his promise from the campaign. and i'm not just saying that from a partisan perspective. >> reporter: he is the president of the dallas jewish conservatives. he believes trump has already built a better relationship with israel and doesn't expect or want the president to change his style. >> not good. >.>> ultimately, you know, he's doing that because that's just him. that's trump being trump and that's why people like who he is. he's real. >> it's nice to see a real business person in there and doing-- running the country like a business. >> reporter: darren houck, a
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business person himself, voted for trump. he said he's impressed with how things are goinged in the white house. >> i'm pleasantly surprised. i didn't expect the pace or the speed at which they're doing things. he's moving a lot faster than i had ever thought he would. >> reporter: still, houck says combative press conferences would wear thin. >> i wish he would stay in his own lane on that and not get so in the weeds. >> reporter: but not every supporter is on board. at reliably conservative fox news, the frustration boiled over for host sheppard smith. >> he keeps repeating ridiculous throe away lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of russia as if we're some kind of fools for asking the question. >> reporter: trump supporters told me what the president says may rub some people the wrong way, but, scott, they're only interested in what the president does. >> pelley: omar villafranca in dal paps omar, thank you. well john dickerson is anchor of
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"face the nation." john, this news conference was spur of the moment. it was donald trump going with his gut. >> it absolutely was. and it's fascinating to watch the split in the way it's been reviewed. in washington, of course, it's gotten pretty bad reviews, even from republicans. but i talked to a lot of trump supporters as well, just as omar did, and they loved it, and they talked about piz hiz focus. that wasn't a word you heard in washington reviews, except in the negative. but what they heard is they had they heard him talk about jobs. they heard him talk about cutting regulations. and they saw him being fully donald trump, and that's what they meant when they said he was keeping his promises. what about the unconventional things he said? they see strategy. here's what one said. he said, "he tries to distract with his crazy remarks, but then he's left to focus on what he really wants to get done. this is deliberate philosophy," say the sade this one supporter. and they enjoy his criticism of the press, too. >> pelley: late today, mr. trump said the fake news media is not my enemy. it is the enemy of the american
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people. but the media didn't block his travel barng didn't fire the national security adviser, didn't cause the labor secretary nominee to withdraw, didn't attack the judiciary. it seems like the common denominator of mr. trump's woes is the constitution. >> that's right. he's feeling the constraints that all presidents feel. he's using "enemy" a word richard nixon used, but in private. and you're right, the courts have done that, and now want courts have also pinched what he wants to do in the future as he thinks about what his thoughts are. and senators were the ones who goced down his labor secretary, and now john mccain surnd mining the president's credibility overseas. the media say good punching bag, but it, also, is a protected american institution, in that it was the free press that reported his national security adviser fli kennedy fli hasn't told the truth, and that the vice president had spread that untruth and want president said that's what caused him to ask flynn to resign. >> pelley: well, john, we'll be with you on second sunday morning on "face the nation,"
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when your guests includes reince priebus. thanks. the trump administration says it will cut off federal funds to cities that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants. these sanctuary cities, and there are many, declined to enforce federal immigration law. late today, miami-dade county, florida, became the first major metropolitan area to drop its sanctionuary status. here's manuel bojorquez. >> clear the chamber. please clear the chamber. >> reporter: the decision to back the president's new order to detain illegal immigrants charged with a crime ignored hours of emotional pleas. >> i'm an american citizen, and i'm an orphan. my father was deported. >> shame on you! >> reporter: in a county where more than half are foreign borng the new order has quickly spread fear and anger. deportation can begin, even if the person has not been found guilty of the crime. many businesses here depend on the undocument, like these farm workers. some have worked the fields for
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decades. >> we want our communities to be safe, and to not be afraid whenever they see police car. >> reporter: lucia quiej's husband was deported five years ago for driving on an expired license. now she fears being separated from their five children all u.s. born. "things have been very difficult," she says, "ever since he was deported." and you won't go out to buy the groceries. "no, i ask a neighbor to get them for me," she says. but mayor carlos jimenez says they have nothing to fear. >> our police officers have never been, are not now, and will never be immigration fers. >> reporter: he is an immigrant himself but immediately complied with the president's order. the list includes repeat offenders and violent crimes, including murder, but also lesser charges, like aggressive
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panhandling. >> there are a couple of people with some minor charges? yes. but we didn't identify them as being illegal or being undocumented. it was the federal government that somehow has an interest in those people. >> reporter: scott, mayors in two dozen other u.s. cities are going a different route, resisting the president's order and questioning its legality. >> pelley: manuel, thanks. still ahead, taking the plunge in the name of science. when my doctor told me i have age-related macular degeneration, amd, he told me to look at this grid every day. and we came up with a plan to help reduce my risk of progression, including preservision areds 2. my doctor said preservision areds 2 has the exact nutrient formula the national eye institute recommends to help reduce the risk of progression of moderate to advanced amd after 15 years of clinical studies. preservision areds 2. because my eyes are everything. you may sometimes suffer
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of the world in our climate diaries. >> here we go! wow! >> reporter: there are things you can do here as a tourist that you can't do anywhere else. a plunge into the freezing antarctic ocean is something you may only want to try once. >> oh! >> reporter: but encounters with the antarctic wildlife is something you may want to do over and over again. these trips are called "expeditions" not cruises, for reasons that go beyond marketing. and with climate change skeptics in the white house, they may be a new model for how scientific research gets paid for in the future. >> and you can clearly see this big trend of increasing temperatures. >> reporter: renowned antarctic ice scientist ken taylor says word is already out that there will be less research money available from this administration. >> well, we've already gotten indications from our federal funding agencies, particularly national science foundation, that we should anticipate budget
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cuts. it didn't take very long after the election for that word to come down. >> reporter: even when research is government funded, the money often doesn't go far enough, even now. john deshin, an employee of the noaa fisheries department uses a drone to check on the health of antarctic whales, but there's no way he and his coresearcher holly fearnbach could be here if they didn't get a ride from the tour operator. >> it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars if you remember to charter a research vessel. >> and you come down here with this group. >> it's a wonderful relationship we have. >> paddle olz the left-hand side, please. >> reporter: the tourists are effectively funding the science. and many, like lori fey from austin, who is up for just about anything, say they are willing to pay a premium to do so. >> i really think it's a shame that the science is in the crosshairs of politics. because it doesn't take much to understand that we are having a detrimental effect collectively on the world. >> adios! >> reporter: they come here
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>> reporter: a month's worth tonight. >> reporter: the powerful storm pummeled california. parts the southern california, toppled trees on car after car. up to an inch of rain per hour saturated hillsides, perfect conditions for mudslides. the san bernardino county fire department caught this one on camera thursday. no one was injured. but thousands are preparing for the worst.
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>> are you guys going to evacuate or are you guys going to choose to stay? >> reporter: in the foothills each of the los angeles many have already baricated and evacuated. with up to 10 inches of rain in the forecast, the los angeles river is filling up fast. this creek in ventura county rose so high, it overflowed on to the road above. mark jackson with the national weather service says rain like this is rare. >> maybe once every 10-year event we could see some significant impacts across the area. >> reporter: wet roads made driving dangerous, and hundreds of flights were canceled. and this was the drive waist home behind me. you can see it's really more like a river now, kind of tough to get across. heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the night, and, as scott, forecasters are saying when it's all over, this could be the strongest storm to hit southern california in six years. >> pelley: carter evans in the thick of it. thank you. steve hartman has cookies coming. they'll be ready in three
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(woman 2 vo) i don't know what tomorrow will bring but i'm doing what i can. (avo) ask about namzaric today. pelley: finally this week, at a time when truth is under attack from adults, the search for wisdom has led us to a child. steve hartman met her "on the road." >> reporter: of all the things a little girl could aspire to be, 11-year-old charlotte mccourt of south orange, new jersey, says the most important of these is to be truthful. >> yes. it's like a core feeling. >> reporter: why so important to you? >> because if you're not honest, then what are you? >> reporter: charlotte says the first eight words of the girl scout law are, "i will do my best to be honest." so when it came time to peddle her girl scout cookies this
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year, she decided to tell her customers the whole truth. in this letter to one customer that went viral on the internet, she wrote, "the girl scout organization can sometimes use false advertisement." she then graded the cookies. she saved most of her venom for the toffeetastic. >> my sister and i threw out the box. like, we tried everything. we tried dunking it in tea. we tried dunking it in hot chocolate. it was just gross. would you like to buy some girl scout cookies. >> reporter: as you might expect, brutal honesty like that can have a dramatic impact on sales. charlotte was hoping to sell 300 boxes this year. >> is that all? >> reporter: but she got nowhere near that. nowhere near. that's you? >> that is all me. >> reporter: when we visited, she had already sold more than 23,000 boxes, a girl scout
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record. how do you explain this? >> truth in advertising. >> reporter: apparently, honesty has become such an aberration-- >> see, look. >> reporter: the truth so sadly missed, that when all these people read charlotte's letter, they felt compelled to buy them. >> reporter: have you sold any toffeetastics? >> to my grandmother. >> reporter: it was before charlotte wrote the letter. just one box. >> she gave them to her friend-- >> reporter: who has a dog? >> no, who has a gluten allergy. >> reporter: so there's your hope, america, that even in a world of fake news and alternative facts honesty can and will prevail. steve hartman, "on the road," in south orange, new jersey. >> pelley: ain't that the truth. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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