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"this week" request george stephanopoulos starts right now. >> breaking overnight -- just days after launching a missile over japan, thort korea says it successfully tested a nuclear bomb. posing a direct challenge to president trump. >> they will be met with fire and fury. >> despite those earlier threats, north korea's leader testing his first nuclear device inner inially a year, and the first since donald trump took office. >> we'll handle north korea. we'll handle everything. >> with north korea showing no sign of stopping and the united states potentially in missile range, how will president trump
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foreign policy threat facing his administration? we'll break down the hard choices facing the white house and have reaction from influential voices on capitol hill, senator ted cruz and congressman joaquin castro. plus, after the flood. >> pretty insane. >> as the waters recede, recovery begins. >> we have a long way to go. >> but are hundreds of thousands of homes damaged or destroyed and tens of thousands living in shelters, how will the survivor pick up the pieces? are they getting the help they need? >> we need to understand. this is going the take a long time. >> we're here in texas. in the air. on the ground with governor greb abbott. from the white house to your house, we take on the moments that matter, "this week." good
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covering that disastrous flood. you can see the debris behind me. a major domestic crisis. we'll get to all of that. but first, a major international crisis breaking overnight. just before midnight, u.s. authorities detected an earthquake in north korea. an hour later, the government of south korea said it was caused by an underground nuclear test. 2:35 a.m., north ree ya made it official. saying it had tested a hydrogen bomb. a bomb designed to be carried on an inter continental ballistic missile. this is the sixth time north korea has set off an underground nuclear device and the first such test since donald trump took office. according to japanese authorities, the test bomb was the strong es yet. four to five times as big as the bomb dropped on nagasaki in
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1945. north korea put out this photo. what they claim to be a nuclear device, small enough to fit on a missile. the great fear all along is that if north korea can build a nuke that can reach the united states, the president will need to act. the president tweeting the this morning that north korea has conducted major nuclear test. their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the united states. north yi ya is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to china, which is trying to help, but with little success. south korea is finding, as i have told them, that their talk of appeasement with north korea will not work. they only understand one thing. for the president, it is a return to the tough tone of early august. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury.
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like the world has never seen. >> reporter: that was president trump in early august. his tough talk cranking up the heat. >> if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough. and we're backed by 100% by our military. >> reporter: we were with the military in the region weeks ago. i went to osan air base in south korea and witnessed the military flying some of its most advanced war planes. >> all right, here we go. >> reporter: we were given incredibly rare access. a backseat ridealong on an f-16. ? the front seat, captain true daniels. from the 36th fighter squadron. >> it's a pretty smooth ride, though, isn't it? >> reporter: just miles away from the demilitarized zone. how far are we from north korea right now? >> right now, ten mile. >> reporter: that's as close as you can get? >> that's as c
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absolutely go. >> reporter: flyin ining throug of the most dangerous zones in the world. they fly about 17 sortis each week. it must be strange. you're not in a war zone. but it can happen at any time. >> i'll tell you, it definitely gives you a real purpose to waking up in the morning. that's our mission here is to be ready to fight at a moment's notice. that's why -- our motto is we're ready to fight tonight. >> reporter: back on the ground, i asked what it would look like if the tensions boiled over and real conflict began? jt we prepare to deter north korea and the aggressive stance they take. if ultimately our efforts to deter them fails, we're mobilizing to defend the south
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and ultimately the brothers and sisters in arms. >> reporter: think people think, oh, the military, they're ready forwar. you're the last guys who want to go to war, right? >> oh, sure. no one wants war to erupt on the peninsula. the best way to prevent a war is to be ready. >> reporter: always ready there at osan. the threat of war ebbs and flows with every test, every response. despite his fire and fury warning, president trump sounded a more conciliatory note last week. saying this about kim jong-un. >> kim jong-un, i respect the fact that i believe he is starting to respect us. i respect that fact. very much. respect that. and maybe -- probably not -- but maybe, something positive can come about. >> reporter: the overnight nuclear test
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positive. let's bring in abc news contributor retired ganyard, wh freakily to asia. how do you see this test? >> hugely provocative indeed. it's a big change in north korean nuclear technology. in the past, a much simpler form of an atomic bomb. this bomb is five to ten times more powerful than anything they have demonstrated before. it represents a much bigger threat to the region and the united states. >> we saw that picture of kim jong-un with what looked like a small nuclear weapon and a missi missile. what message is he trying to get across? >> this is most concerning. we believe that they've miniaturized one of their smaller nux. if they're able to miniaturize one of their
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devices, that much more of a threat. >> south korea is saying they'll discuss ways to deploy the strongest strategic assets. what are they saying? >> the president of south kia seems to be signaling that he'll ask the u.s. to redeploy tactical nuke rer weapons. it's cold war weapons. called a silver bullet. it's a miniature tactical battlefield nuclear weapon. we pulled them off the south korean peninsula in the early '90s. it sounds like the south koreans are asking for them to be deployed and ready to go to protection is south korean people. >> what are the u.s. military opgs? >> they really have none. the costs would be too high in lives on the korean peninsula. the u.s. will do back
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at economic sanctions. prime minister abe and president trump have talked three times this week. there may be something brewing in the u.n. we may have to learn to live with a nuclearized north korea. >> thank you for joining us, colonel ganyard. >> thank you, martha. joining me now, senator ted cruz. a member of the armed services committee. i know you've been har hard at work here in houston. we'll talk about that in a moment. >> listen, north korea, right now, is the most dangerous place on the face of the planet. kim jong-un, the dictator there, he is radical. he's unpredictable. he's extreme. he's getting more and more dangerous weapons. this step, if it is right, that they have now developed a
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forward in their ability to commit mass acts of murder. it will call for further serious steps to prevent north korea from using those weapons. >> what kind of steps are you talking about? president trump said one thing. that made it sound like military action. >> i think the president is right that kim jong-un and other bullies only understand and respect strength. that weakness, that appeasement, encourages this action. in term of what happens, listen, no rational person wants to see a military conflict with thort korea, with the nuclear weapon there is. almost any snare joe, you're looking at tens or hundreds of thousands of casualties in matter of days. it is very dangerous. that's why un wants those nuclear weapons, precisely to make military conflict exceptionally costly. >> is there anything you could do
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cause -- the u.s. could do militarily that would not cause major conflict? i'm talking about something like striking a mizle that they fire out? a medium range or -- >> yes. there is. what i have advocated for some time is a three-part strategy. the first focuses on what you're talking about. missile defense. enhancing our missile defense. we have some capacity. increasing thad missile intercepters. increasinging ouf intercept capability. i've been pushing this for a long time tone hans our capacity and take to the next level the ability to take out and icbm from north korea that is targeted the united states. if they continue on this path, the risks of their accepting a missile that could murder millions of americans, it's growing every day.
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long time. it would take a long time. this is an you are jept problem. if he keeps firing missiles. i was just over there. they're ready to fight tonight. that doesn't mean they want to. this is an you aurgent problem has to be dealt with rapidly. >> no doubt. we have to deal with the immediate and long-term planning. you look at whatti izsrael has n able to do. missile technology and missile interception technology has increased dramatically. the next arena, theater, where this will play out is in space. china is enhancing its ability to take out satellites in space. we need to do the investment now so that in years to come, we have the ber september capability. we need to yauz economic leverage to go against not only north
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that does business with them. almost all of them rely on the u.s. financial system. cutting after they money off th critical. following reagan's strategy for delegitimizing the sow yet union. one step of that. just last month, congress passed and the president signed into law a big sanctions bill that included legislation that i drafted directing the state department to move forward with saxs. >> which he clear sli not listening to. >> move forward with designating north korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. that's important as well. >> we have shows of fours. we have sanctions. nothing seems to work. you to think it hurt or help when president trump talked about fire and fury? just a simple answer. hurt or help? >> the president speaks in ways that i wouldn't speak. that is his prerogative. i think it
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and china to understand that we have a president who is strong. that is beneficial. i will say we're seeing some science that china may be more helpful than they have in the past with north korea. i have little trust at the that will continue. think the only way we have chance of it continuing is if it is coming from american strength and not a policy of weakness or appeasement. >> i do want to talk with you. we're gettinging to the a huge segment on houston. and the flooding. but i do want to talk to you about what this last week has been like for you. >> this last week has been horrific. houston is my home. i live a couple miles the from here. my mom lived a half mile from here. >> heart breaking to see this? >> her parents lived right down the street. my grandparents. the damage is unlike anything i have ever seen. it's -- you know, in houston, you're used to hurricanes. part of l
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is getting hit by hurricanes and you come through it. this disaster, harvey, is like nothing i have seen. it hit south texas. i was in rockport, south texas. homes just obliterated. it parked over houston for four to five days, dropping 50 inches of rain. 20 trillion dpal lons of rain. then it went to beaumont and port arthur. i'm going there later. the geographic swath. people are hurting. i would be remiss if i didn't tell you in the face of that disaster, we have seen incredible bravery. first responders. individuals. >> we're going get to that. i'm going to stop you right now. i appreciate everything you have done this week. i know that the people of houston do as well. thank you very much for joining us. let's bring in democratic congressman joaquin castro.
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kim jong-un with what looks like a miniaturized nuclear weapon on an icbm. is there that's right. if the reports are to be believed, it's quite possible they've achieved the capability to send a missile to the mainland united states. at this point, anybody advocating for military action is advocating for the power bo made threats against the united states. think the best course of action for donald trump now and the united states is to use the significant sanctions passed in the united nations three weeks ago. the strictest ever. and use those sanctions to work with china, our allies, and to choke the ability of them. >> you have kim jong-un blasting off missiles. you have this nuclear test.
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weapon for a year. we had a show of force. i saw them over there flying jets around. whatever they could do to show that we're tough. it hasn't worked. >> no, that's right, martha. look. we tried a basically an approach of isolation. nonengagement after the failure of the six-party talks. they've been developing this nuclear technology. part of the challenge for the united states is is that the intelligence has not been perfect. we were not exactly sure how far along their nuclear capacity has evolved. there's always been a risk involved. at the same time, we've not gone all out. in term of secondary sanctions in terms of chinese and russian institutions still doing business with north korea. you have to choke their economy and bring them to the table. >> how long do you think that will take? to choke the economy. if we get the cooperation f
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others? >> a lot of that depends on china. because most of the economy of north korea has left, that exists, has to do with china. it depens on china's willingness to be helpful. as the president noted they have gotten better about. and our willingness to sanction chinese institutions that still do business with north kree e ya. >> there are reports that president trump is considering withdrawing from a trade pac with south korea, who we need. >> that's right. first of all, the president -- president obama back then. president trump, have reiterated our commitments to south korea and japan. so those are rock solid. but remember, there's also hundreds of thousands of americans who live in south korea and japan who would be directly in harm's way if there was military action happening there. we have to make sure we marshall all of our resources. this has to be a time when the president
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big dips like a trade agreement with south korea. and is on the same page with the leaders of south korea and japan. so we're all working on this together. this is not the time to get into a big trade fight with south korea. >> senator cruz talks about building up capabilities. do you agree? >> it would be a time to possibly test our defensive systems, like the thad missile defense system. part of it is based in south korea. don't get me wrong. look, if they strike our allies, they have to know that we'll strike back. >> do you think kim would actually do a first strike? do you think he's crazy enough to do something like this? or is this all about negotiations and power? >> i believe it's probably about negotiations and power. but because north korea is such an isolated nation in the world, it's hard to answer
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complete positivity. >> you heard the president's comments. also his comments about fire and fury. what do you think that did to this equation? >> i don't think it's helpful 0 get in a twitter shouting match with a 32-year-old dictator in north korea. i think it's escalated the tension and the the situation. he needs to let his diplomats, military generals, otherses, handle this situation. >> quickly, what do you see happening in the next month? the next two months? what would you like to see happen in terms of the language coming from the white house and in terms of what the white house does? >> number one, i think they have to continue to it rate our support for our allies in the region. secondly, we're going to have to continue to pursue secondary saxs against the institutions in whatever country they find themselves, propping up the economy of north korea. and then
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welcome back to houston. all week long, we have witnessed unbelievable scenes of devastation. stories both heart breaking and uplifting. this street i'm on, it was a river just a few days ago. now, the tide has turned. the water is indeed receding. we're here this morning because as anyone who has survived a flood can tell you, the end of the immediate
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start. so now, the real work begins. harvey's swath of devastation is painfully clear from the air. row after row of homes near beaumont, texas, still submerged. i flew along the texas coast by helicopter with the 41st rescue squadron out of moody air force base in georgia. a crew of young, but seasoned combat veterans now saving lyes at home in the u.s., with a sense of such irnl si and purpose, we refueled midair so the crew could have maximum time to search for anyone in need of help. pretty incredible. these airmen have been conducting rescued all week. plucking texans from their homes and taking them to dry ground. you were showing me pictures of people, pet use had rescued. tell me from you heart hat this has been like? >> it goes without
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it's so rewarding. period. just the look on people's faces when they see you, that you're there to get them out of the situation they're in. being able to bring them to a better place. i'll do it all day every day if i could. luckily, we don't have to. >> reporter: even those neighborhoods where the waters have receded have a long rd to recove recovery. where we're flying over has dried out. days ago, it was submerged. the people in the neighborhoods are devastated in such unexpected ways. we picked up nicole kraichs, a paramedic who has been aiding harvey victims all week. she got word her own father was in critical condition from heart failure. are we dropping her off or picking him up? >> we're dropping her off at the hospital. it's on our way home. it was a good opportunity to help out. >>
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ground, our helicopter delivered her to her father's bedside. where he's now recovering. >> we're complete with our patient transfer. >> reporter: it was in the midst of this transition from rescue to recovery that president trump made hiding second visit to texas. this time, meeting with some of the many families displaced by harvey. now with a sprawling relief center at houston's nrg stadium. the president and first lady helping to hand out meals. president trump posing for a few selfies and talking in dploeing terms at the relief effort. >> it's been really nice. it's been a wonderful thing. it's -- as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing. i think even for the country to watch or for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. >> reporter: congressman michael mccaul from texas us with president trump. zmi saw katrina. rita. sandy. think this is the best emergency response deployment that i have seen. i think texas, we have
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these storms in the past. we have a great state operation that can get things done. >> reporter: at the president's side throughout his visit, texas governor greg abbott. >> the cameras are blazing. i have to say, you have a great, great governor. and -- he's done a fantastic job. >> reporter: we met up with governor abbott just after the president's departure. we just watched air force one taking off. you were there the moment he arrived. there with him all day. you were there when he left. give us a sense of the kinds of questions he was asking. >> he asked me repeatedly today, governor, what do you need? what can i do to help you? from top to bottom. the federal development has worked seamlessly with the state and our local governments. the results have led to more lives being saved. a quicker response. a more effective response to the stage. but we have a lot more work to do. >> what
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concern going forward? >> i'm still working on rescue missions over in beaumont and down the brazos river. we're in operational mode. we're working to save every life. what we can see as we travel the streets today, they're pulling out carpets. they're pulling out sheet rock. texans have gone to work to begin the rebuilding process. >> how long do you think this recovery will take? maybe two or three years, but because it's texas, six months, said the president. is that possible? >> we know texans will respond robustly. that said, when you consider the hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed and impacted, we need to understand this is going to take a long time. >> houston was built on a basically, a flood plain. i read so many stories about there's no drainage. what should be done about that? should people just be allowed to come back, developers
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>> it would be insane for us to rebuild on property that has been flooded multiple time. think everybody probably is in agreement that there are better strategies that we must employ. >> what can we expect in the coming days here, governor? as the helicopters fly away. and as the tv cameras leave town, that's when the hard work really begins. but, the truth is, we have local leaders, all the way from beaumont that has a terrific mayor, to houston, to corpus christi. we're all going to be working very collaboratively to recover as quick as possible. texans have grit. they will respond with speed. and with fellowship. >> reporter: one of those local leaders on the front lines, houston police chief art acevedo. >> come on, now. >> look at you. >> reporter: who we met with. >> our biggest challenge right now is trying to get people back in their
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>> reporter: the hardest moment for him this week, when a vet eer ran of houston's police force, sergeant steve perez died in the floodwater. what moment is going the stay with you forever? >> um -- the look at my divers' faces when we were wanting to recover one of our own. he was in heavy water. and the pain in their eyes when they knew that what i told them. we can't risk another life. but you know what? made up for that the next day. when i told steve's wife, if steve knew this was his last day on earth, how would he have wanted to go? here with you? or answering the bell? and she said, chief, the last thing he said to me is, we've got work to do. that's exactly where he wanted to be. >> reporter: the chief's work to help evacuees may be hit can a new
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president trump set to announce his decision this week whether to end the daca program, which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to stay under work permits. >> so many homes have been damaged. some beyond repair in our state. and then you add on top of that the issues with tim grags debate and the ugliness of that, i was mentioning to somebody yesterday, a state official, that was pushing the anti-immigration ugly narrative. i asked him, now what are you going to tell the american people? when we have scared away so many hard-working people? >> reporter: houston has one of the highest populations of so-called dreerms in the country. we met one of them. 15-year-old yasmine. as her family returned to their flooded out houston home, which they just recently paid off. >> it's a lot of work. all the -- our house is just crumbling down like that. sad.
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>> reporter: her family came to the u.s. when she was 5. she just applied for daca status. now the stress of both harvey and the president's looming decision is taking its toll on her dream of becoming a surgeon. >> my biggest fear is for us to get deported. for my family, all the hard work that they have done. to just be thrown away. and do back to how we were. and for me, to not be able to study. not be able to -- work. it's a lot. i have to worry about going back to school. so it's kind of stressful. >> reporter: i asked governor abbott about yasmin. she said she doesn't know what she's more nervous about is flood or being deported. when should she stop being nervous? >> well, that obviously would depend on so many factors that are hard to predict right now. what is what the p
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do. one is what congress would do. until congress, until the united states, truly reforms our immigration system with standards that everybody knows and understands, that are enforced and applied, we'll continue to deal with these very challenging circumstances. >> reporter: what would you say to that 15-year-old? >> the best place to get into is the united states of america. we need to make sure we keep america that shining city on the hill that people aspire to. >> it's not with someone like her here? >> it's going to be a standard that ensures that america will be the place that people aspire to. and there will be ways if congress reforms the immigration system, there will be ways in which america needs to continue to attract immigration through the legal system. >> reporter: the experience of harvey has been a profound moment in a thank you mul
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rancor. you can see that in the faces of families like the medranos. and in the uncertainty about houston's future and the hard questions facing this country. will the spirit that got this city through the crisis last in the aftermath? was harvey a genuine watershed moment or will the underlying tensions tearing america apart rise again. as the waters recede. >> all right! >> reporter: president trump did, indeed, face intense scrutiny this week. responding to the first natural disaster of his presidency. coming up, how harvey changed the political conversation. and what to expect when congress returns to washington this week after the august rece recess. s'cuse me. mind if i sit here? not if you want your phone to work.
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president trump there on the second leg of his tour of the region hit by harvey. after leaving houston, he headed 150 miles east on lake charles, louisiana, where he greeted flood victims and thanked volunteers and first responders. here to discuss the president's visit and all the week's news. abc news political analyst matthew dowd, who calls austin, texas, home. houston city council member amanda edwards and presidential historian and abc news contributor mark updegrove, who also lives in nearby austin. it's been quite a week. i want to talk to you, matt. you talked a lot about the president's first visit. you worked in the white house during president bush's response to hurricane katrina. how do you think president trump's handled the the visit? jt i think you have seen the city, the county, and state be big in in a
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i think the president learned the lesson of katrina. you need to show up quickly and in force. which president bush didn't do initially. i think the president has to figure out the right tone. part of being a president is not only showing up, but actually conveying to the american public you have empathy. compassion. you understand what is going on. i think one of the difficulties he has is he has a trust deficit. hen this happened, it happened on a watch where he had a trust deficit. and two-thirds of the country didn't trust him. i think that is part of his problem. he has to fix that. i think everything in these kind of things is in the followup. this is like the shock and awe stage. the shock of what happened and the aweso in watching people de with it. >> did he set the right tone, mark? yesterday? jt i think he did yesterday, yeah. it's coming off a low, charlesville was just a couple
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i thing that was the low for his presidency. it might have been the low for any modern presidency. i think just showing up, showing compassion, helped. the real proof is going to be in the weeks and months and years ahead as this city rebuilds. ? and councilwoman, i know this is an incredible week for you here in houston. thank you for being here. how was that visit receive snd we all just saw him greeting some of the victims and some of the first responders who were all very positive about his visit. overall, are people paying attention to that or, as they do on this sad street, have too much work to do? >> i think you hit the nail on the head, martha. as you look around, you see how much devastation has really taken place here, people are focused on not only trying to just try to get their lives stabilized and get over the shock of the crisis that just
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the surrounding areas. and then asking the question, where do we go from here? what do i do next? yesterday, we canvassed areas where people were not aware that they had to tear out sheet rock. there is a huge curve of education that needs to take a place. there's a whole lot of work to do. the focus has been on the work going forward and trying to focus on how the rebuild next. >> and matt, one of the things he's done is he's pulled back from his threat. it seems, of shutting down the government if they don't get a border wall. talk if cow can about how this converges with the border wall with what happens on capitol hill. >> i think when you have a devastation like we have had. and a crisis like we have, it resets the the entire table politically. i think the funding will go through. it will be fairly automatic in the next week and weeks ahead. i think all the decisions he makes now, and congress makes, republicans in congress, will be
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people will be watching this through that prism. think all of their ideas before of how the make cuts in certain programs. they're going the be off the table in the midst of the this. i think everybody has to figure out how do they conduct themselves in a new way in the midst of a devastation, knowing full well that the problems before the dysfunction that existed in washington before, people couldn't tolerate it before. they're going to be less patient for it today. >> they'll have less patience. we have seen horrible thing happen before. people come together, just as beautifully as they did in houston. does it last, mark? >> well, i hope it lasts. this is an opportunity to unify everybody. and, you know, we're in a state where, historically tis trustful of big government. this is where big government comes into play. you have to have government come around a situation like this in order to offer solutions pip think this san opportunity for people to come to the table. we haven't seen one to this pot.
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i'm going to tell it with something mark said. this demonstrates why we need certain institutions put in place by our founders in this. all this talk about we're going to destroy the institutions. we're going to break it all down. this crisis and devastation demonstrates how our standards, how we relate to each other, the institutions to fix the problems, how necessary they are. in president trump has really said. all of you know this, the federal government get out of the way. how does he come back and say, the federal development is here to save you? >> he's been known to take great turns in the midst of this. >> i hadn't noticed that. >> like daca. great example. >> a recent turn. >> i want to call to our attention while we're focused on what the politics have been, it's critical that we get past just the partisan politics in this situation and focus on the feeds of the people. there has been
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more movinging experience to see people bonding together and helping each other. republican, democrats, coming together. the true test of leadership, however, will be, what are we going to do for the people going forward? how do we parse through the politics and get to the needs of the people? part of that is making sure we have adequate funding in the region to make sure people can rebuild their lives and get back to work. >> the needs of some of the people who live here. daca. the dreerms. young woman we talked to who can't decide whether she's nor nervous about the floods or getting deported. what do you think will happen? >> houston has a huge population of a ders population. many of which are imdprapts. >> 85,000 dreamers. >> we have a tremendous amount of dreamers here. they came to this country. they were brought by their parents. they want to contribute to the community and society in which they live.
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that's all they want to do. what we want them to be able to do is is be part of the rebuilding. get back the work. not be afraid to leave their homes in an instance of crisis. not be afraid they're going to lose their jobs because of the daca situation. now is not the time to raised that and destabilize an area like this region. it would undermine all the other effec efforts takinging place. >> most of these homes were probably built with the help of up documented workers in houston. most of the cleanup will happen in a large part, for undocumented people helping. they do the job for minimum wage or just above. we have to pull back and say, now is not the time to be divisi divisive, to be partisan. so much that will happen this the chienup here is going to happen based on the back of undocumented workers. >> and what happens if he takes this
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>> one thing about the president, he's always wanted to show how strong he is. and usually, that strength is exhibited in pug nasty. and combativeness. we kau yesterday, a more compassionate. more empathetic president. sometimes, i think presidents can look strong by being compassionate. i hope you saw some of that yesterday. i hope we see more. >> today is supposed to be national day of prayer. he's making enemies with china. south korea. i hope he can -- >> i can kind of ups why he's tweeting about that today, matt. >> unpli. i think part of the problem we're in today is the belligerent language he's used over the last several months. i think we need to reset our entire foreign sol si and assume north e korea is a nuclear power and how do we deter and contain them. instead, continued belligerence
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i want to end with you. just your thoughts this week. what you went through. what your city went through. >> thank you. the people of this area have experienced a trauma hard to put into words. thinking about boat rescues from your home. thinking about seeing people who you think may lose their lives. discovering people whose lives have been lost. it has definitely been a traumatic situation. the question is not always about how you fall. it's about how well you get up. and the leadership of this country can be a huge component of making sure that we get back up, that we use this situation as an opportunity to rebuild and correct things that were not right before. and so, i'm hopeful we can pierce through some of those politics and make sure that we focus on how to rebuild lives. how to touch human lives and make sure that we're stabilized in this region. >> thank you so much. it was beautiful watching the the people of houston come together.
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>> texans all, you bet. mother nature's fury was on full dislay this week. so was the compassion. those who came to the rescue of their neighbors and the resilience of the flood victim who are already rebuilding. we'll be right back with that story, next. you have a lot of
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i see them at the door. hi, guys. we're coming back. i wish we could take everyone right now. we'll be right back. and this woman in the window. i don't know if you can see her over here. this is what people are doing. with their pets and animals. it's actually heartbreaking to leave a neighborhood and say to these people, we'll come back. i've said it four or five times now. >> that's courtney fischer, of our houston station. courtney. you are with ktra, our coverage houston affiliate. we have known each other for awhile. i so admire what you have done this week. we staut very emotional set there. tell us what it's been like. >> it has been nonstop. i think that -- nobody has gotten a break. it's been exhausting. but, i cannot even imagine how the people who have
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because we still get to go home. and talk to families. i mean, many of us have slept at station and been displaced. i don't know how some of my colleagues powered through this week. seeing all of those people in homes that have struggled and lost everything. >> but, it's also -- it's very different when it's your home. and i don't know what happened to you and your family? i know you were out there helping people yesterday get their live back together. explain how different it is when you're covering a story about your home. >> right. i think that there are moments where you just -- forget to kind of go through that emotion. and then you just can't keep it in any more. i know several colleagues have broken down on camera. they're out there trying to help and save people, at some point, you have to say good-bye. you can't keep helping people who are stuck. that's heart breaking. >> i said to you earlier in an e-mail today. you have a heart. you have a
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sacrifice. in the month of august, seven service members died overseas support operations in iraq and afghanistan. that's all for us today from here in houston. thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. check out "world news" tonight. and have great day.
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john dodson: part of my mission with the atf in phoenix was to combat a illegal firearms trafficking to the mexican drug cartels. sharyl: special agent john dodson had objected internally to the dangerous practice of "gunwalking" secretly allowed by the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. but his objections fell on deaf ears. when you stepped forward, what did you think and hope would happen? john dodson: i thought it would all come to a screeching halt, i was very surprised to learn otherwise. sharyl: dodson testified at the hearing looking back at his decision to blow the whistle. john dodson: that decision -- the single act of standing up and saying, "what we are doing is wrong" -- instantly took my standing from being that of an agent of the

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