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tonight, breaking news on this special edition of "world news tonight." millions take to the streets, marching against the new commander in chief. the protesters shouting down the president's motorcade. defiance all across the country. president trump's first full day on the job. his visit to the very intelligence agency he criticized. now tonight, a different tune. >> we're all on the same wavelength. >> and his first order of business? taking aim at obamacare. >> deadly tornadoes and the trail of destruction. where they are bracing for even more to come. 30 million americans under severe weather threat. the avalanche that buried hotel guests alive. the race to save them, and the miracle rescues. and the world's most wanted drug lord, back on american soil. the new york lockup that's housed some of the most
notorious gangsters in history. good evening. i'm cecilia vega, reporting in from washington on this historic weekend. president donald trump's first full day in office, met by one of the largest inauguration-related demonstrations in u.s. history. a sea of protesters, mostly women, marching on washington today. organizers and other officials claiming big turnout. and not just here in the nation's capital. millions marched in cities around the country, from los angeles to st. louis, chicago to boston. and take a look at the map. those protests dotting the nation. an estimated 670 events taking place worldwide. this woman right here echoing today's themes of solidarity and defiance. her sign, "tweet women with respect." abc's matt gutman has been following the movement all day, and he starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, that boisterous condemnation of
president donald trump, filling the site of friday's inauguration with a sea of pink beanies. officials estimate about 500,000 demonstrators, but organizers believe 750,000 crammed into the city. the presidential motorcade passing right by some of those protesters. this was the view from the press pool. that massive demonstration anchored by the kind of a-list celebrities that snubbed president trump. >> welcome to the revolution of love! >> reporter: but those thousands bearing placards with individual messages like "girls just wann have fundamental rights." and "strong women equals strong world." streams of humanity are converging on this sea of people wearing pink beanies, all of them moving towards the white house. scenes like the march in washington repeated across the country. demonstrators coming out by the thousands. >> everyone is welcome here! >> reporter: abc's mara schiavocampo at one of the
biggest rallies, in new york. >> here in trump's hometown, organizers say the crowds are exceeding the 150,000 people expected. the turnout so large, the city has to open up additional streets. >> here for women's rights. >> here we are in tucson at the women's march. there's over 5,000 people here. >> we're all fighting for the same thing. equality. >> reporter: from melbourne australia to denver. from pittsburgh, all the way to about abilish anarctica. but so many of those protesters coming from all around, just to march here in washington. by plane. and trains. >> been on this train for about four and a half hours now. >> reporter: and buses. like this group, calling itself the faithful nine, among 54 people to board this bus from a speck of a town in the rust belt called yellow springs, ohio. julia badly injured her ankle earlier in the week, so, the community pitched her in to get her here.
even with that wheelchair. >> so, we wouldn't be here without a lot of the women that weren't able to go, that donated tickets and things to us, as well. >> reporter: wow. the faces in this massive crowd, old and very young. you know you have the best seat in the house right now. >> and matt joins us now live from the scene of today's march. there were so many people out there, it took them a lot longer than expected to get to the white house, matt? >> reporter: that's right. there were so many people, those crowds so thick, that formal organization essentially broke down. so, folks were told to make their way to the white house any way they could. they ultimately nearly surrounded it, but donald trump wasn't in for most of the day. still, they sent a message that was impossible not to hear. cecilia? >> a loud message, indeed. matt, thank you. and as those protesters filled the streets of washington, president trump had a very busy first day, including a trip to the cia. that face-to-face encounter today, an about-face for mr. trump, after his publish clashes with the intelligence community.
and tonight, before white house staffers have even unpacked their boxes, a late briefing, and strong words from the president's new press secretary. abc's david wright has more. >> reporter: tonight, president trump is trying to make good on his vow to change washington from day one. >> we're all on the save wavelength, folks. we're all on the same wavelength. >> reporter: beginning by changing his tone. at cia headquarters in langley, virginia. >> there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the cia than donald trump. there's nobody. nobody. we're going to get so much backing. maybe you're going to say, please don't give us so much backing. >> reporter: a marked contrast to the transition, where he practically went to war with the intelligence agencies, after an unsubstantiated report surfaced, claiming the russians might be trying to blackmail him. trump accused the intelligence agencies of being behind the leak. >> that's something that nazi
germany would have done and did do. >> reporter: the senate has yet to confirm kansas congressman mike pompeo, trump's choice to lead the cia, but trump is forging ahead with his agenda. among the first orders of business, signing an executive order as congress prepares to dismantle and replace obamacare. the white house and other federal agencies are also revamping their websites. for instance, scrubbing mentions of climate change. and trump is blasting the news media over pictures that showed patches of empty space on the national mall during the inauguration. >> we had 250,000 people literally around, you know, in the little bowl that we constructed. that was 250,000 people. the rest of the, you know, 20-block area, all the way back to the washington monument, was packed. so, we caught them. and we caught them in a beauty. and i think they're going to pay a big price. >> reporter: tonight, the white house released new photos to bolster trump's claim, but this shot, taken from the washington
monument at noon yesterday, tells a different story. there is no official crowd estimate. today, even as those throngs of protesters took over the national mall, marching for women's issues, inside the white house, ivanka trump and her husband, jared kushner, posed on the balcony, taking in the view. the trumps, the ultimate new yorkers, are making themselves at home here in washington. ♪ i did it my way >> reporter: even the theme song trump chose last night for his first dance at the inaugural ball sent that message. he'll do it his way. >> and david wright joining me here in washington. david, there have been questions about possible nepotism violation involving the president's son-in-law, and his new role in the white house. but tonight, news on that front? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. late today, the justice department released this 14-page memo that says that the anti-nepotism laws won't prevent jared kushner from serving in a
job in the west wing. interestingly, among the precedents that they cite is bill clinton's decision to put hillary clinton in charge of health care. cecilia? >> okay, david, thank you. we want to turn next to the showdown playing out right here on capitol hill. donald trump may be in office, but his cabinet is nowhere near ready to go. abc's mary bruce tells us what's holding things up. >> reporter: tonight, president trump is getting to work, but most of his cabinet is not. >> all of my political people, they're not doing so well. the political people aren't doing so well, but you. we're going to get them all through, but some are going to take longer than others. >> reporter: just two of trump's nominees have been greenlighted. general john kelly for homeland security and general james mattis for defense secretary. reporting today for his first day on the job. >> mr. secretary, what's first on the agenda today? >> reporter: a delayed vote on congressman mike pompeo for cia director causing outrage among republicans. >> why the hell won't we just go ahead and give the president his
national security team? >> reporter: 13 cabinet secretaries are waiting in the wings. >> we have, by far, the highest i.q. of any cabinet ever assembled. >> reporter: but critics aren't convinced. rex tillerson, trump's pick for secretary of state, is even getting push-back from republicans. pivotal senator marco rubio is still undecided. >> we don't have anything to announce right now, so, we're working through the process. when we have an answer, and we have a decision, we'll certainly let you know, all right? >> reporter: others facing opposition, congressman tom price, trump's pick for health and human services. he would lead the charge to dismantle obamacare. and former texas governor rick perry for energy secretary. an agency he once wanted to eliminate. >> after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the department of energy, i regret recommending it's elimination. >> reporter: democrats are accusing republicans of trying to rush through their nominees. >> we intend to have a full and rigorous debate on the president-elect's remaining
nominees. >> and mary joins us live from the white house tonight. the cabinet positions, not the only ones that still need to be filled. there are hundreds of jobs behind the scenes needed to keep this country running, and trump's administration is behind in filling those? >> reporter: yeah, cecilia. of the 690 positions requiring senate confirmation, the trump white house has filled just 29. now, in the meantime, to ensure continuity, trump has asked 50 obama officials to stay on, including the official tasked with taking the fight to isis. cecilia? >> a very busy week ahead. mary, thank you. and of course, much more on all of this on "this week" tomorrow. george goes one-on-one with kellyanne conway, the counselor to the president. and turning now to the deadly weather threat. 30 million americans in the danger zone tonight. at least a dozen tornadoes ripped their way from mississippi to georgia, leaving this church in east hattiesburg in ruins. state emergency management confirming at least four weather-related deaths and 20 injuries.
and now, even more dangerous weather is headed their way. another tornado watch right now. abc's adrienne bankert has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, destruction across the deep south, after that string of deadly tornadoes. mississippi, the worst hit, now in a state of emergency. the city of hattiesburg, at the heart of the destruction. trees smashing through rooftops, homes decimated, walls gone. >> this is what's left of our house. >> reporter: darryl mcmorris' home, leveled. his daughter's mattress, thrown into a tree. >> next thing you know, everything just uprooted, throwed, tossed like a rag doll, then slammed to the floor and everything on top of it. >> reporter: his neighbor, in tears, seeing the damage for the first time. winds reaching at least 136 miles per hour. this church, ripped apart. only the brick walls left standing. the same spot hit by another tornado two years ago. and the campus of william carey university destroyed.
>> johnson hall -- gone. >> reporter: cars overturned, the side of this brick building torn off, the roof of this lecture hall collapsed. firefighters using their bare hands to rescue this woman trapped under her house. four dead. more than two dozen homes destroyed. on the west coast, residents slammed with torrential rains triggering mudslides. phillip mena in the damage zone. >> crews have been trying to clear mud from this neighborhood all day. residents have been trying to dig out, making a path to their homes. >> reporter: officials worried, with even more rain on the way, the damage will only get worse. this is all that's left of one woman's home. her trailer ripped completely from the porch. many here don't have insurance, so, they're waiting for the red cross and fema for assistance. cecilia? >> okay, adrienne, thank you. and that threat isn't over. i want to bring in senior meteorologist rob marcianmarcia tracking it all right now back in new york. rob, the greatest risk for tornadoes tonight, where are you watching right now? >> reporter: well, we have round two fires up across texas, louisiana, arkansas, watches and
warnings already there. and then another hot spot, down across mobile, alabama. but really, anywhere from little rock down to new orleans, all the way to charleston will be the threat tonight, and then through the early morning hours, we could see tornadoes pop up in the same places like we did early this morning and then tomorrow afternoon, gets through georgia, the carolinas and all of florida. we could see significant weather there. there are your watches and watch the maps into motion, as this upper low begins to spin its way across the southeast into the carolinas. and then it becomes more of a coastal low. so, we'll see significant rain and wind across parts of jersey, the delmarva and eastern new england. all the while, another powerful storm system heading into california. so, two significant storms on both coasts. cecilia? >> you'll be tracking those all night long. rob, thank you. we want to turn overseas now to the desperate search for survivors after a resort hotel in central china was slammed by a landslide. at least two people killed, 15 people trapped in that rubble. many hotel guests still missing tonight. and in central italy, stories of survival after an
avalanche there. resort guests buried alive, and now, rescued. abc's jennifer eccleston reports. >> reporter: rescuers scrambling to save the 6-year-old girl. shouting, be careful. and then celebrating her miraculous survival. incredibly, two more children freed. warm clothes and an air pocket helping to keep the children alive. the boy saying the adults were in a room next door. their condition, unknown. nine lucky survivors now rescued from wednesday's massive avalanche. this boy and his mother, the first. it's believed to have been triggered by four large earthquakes. emotion now overwhelming exhausted rescue teams. one calling the scene the apocalypse. those three children recovering at a nearby hospital. the death toll stands at five and there could be 20 missing, but italian authorities insist
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juan "el chapo" guzman is now charged with running a massive operation that killed thousands of people and laundered billions of dollars. >> as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, as the realization started to kick in that he's about to face american justice. >> reporter: his alleged crime spree spanned three decades. escaping from maximum security prisons twice, most recently in 2015, slipping out through a hole in the floor of his cell, and out through an elaborate tunnel. abc's gio benitez went inside. >> you've got electricity in here. he had lights that would've led all the way down through that tunnel. >> reporter: tonight, guzman faces life in prison, in a new york federal lockup that has housed mobster john gotti and associates of bin laden. >> this is a great day for everyone who believes in the rule of law, and everybody who believes in justice. >> reporter: guzman entered a plea of not guilty to the 17-count indictment. he's expected to appear back in court next month. cecilia?
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finally tonight, hundreds of thousands here in town to witness inauguration history, and one of them has been at every swearing in since fdr. abc's ron claiborne introduces us to this 91-year-old inauguration groupie. >> reporter: with tickets in hand, harold smick made his way to washington for inauguration day. >> i would say this is the finest -- >> reporter: and he would know. he was just 15 years old, on january 20th, 1941, when he traveled to washington with his father to see franklin delano roosevelt take the oath of office. >> i, franklin delano roosevelt -- >> he had a wonderful voice. >> reporter: now 91, the hardware store owner from southern new jersey has made the
trip to washington on january 20th every four years, selecting a bit of history on every trip. >> and so, my fellow americans -- >> i think the one under kennedy was the greatest. >> reporter: so, among the crowd gathered to see president donald j. trump become the 45th president on friday, there was smick, bundled up and ready to bear witness once again. >> new president is ready to lead and we're ready to follow his leadership. i pray for a successful term for him and for the nation. >> reporter: mr. smick plans to go to washington again in four years. he'll be 95. >> i do. i love it. >> and thank you for watching. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. i'm cecilia vega. have a great saturday night. good night.
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