24/03/2017 BBC World News America


24/03/2017

In-depth reports on the major international and US news of the day with Katty Kay.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 24/03/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

This is BBC world news America, reporting from Washington. High

:00:07.:00:13.

drama on the Hill, Republicans pull the vote on their health care bill

:00:14.:00:16.

at the last minute after failing to win enough support for it to pass.

:00:17.:00:21.

Revealing and replacing the former administration's plan was a key

:00:22.:00:26.

promise of President Trump and his party, where do they go from here?

:00:27.:00:31.

Obamacare is exploding, with no Democrat support we could not quite

:00:32.:00:36.

get there, small number of votes short. More arrests in connection to

:00:37.:00:42.

the London terror attack, as police try to establish whether Khalid

:00:43.:00:44.

Masood acted alone or not. Welcome to our viewers on public

:00:45.:01:06.

television, in America, and also around the globe. It has been a day

:01:07.:01:10.

of extraordinary political drama on Capitol Hill, as the Republicans

:01:11.:01:15.

tried and failed to put their health care legislation to a vote, early

:01:16.:01:20.

morning, the big question was, did they have the support to get the

:01:21.:01:25.

bill across the line? After intense last-minute discussions between

:01:26.:01:27.

speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, just minutes before the planned

:01:28.:01:31.

vote, the president called the speaker and told them to pull it. A

:01:32.:01:35.

little earlier, Donald Trump had this to say: we had no Democrat

:01:36.:01:39.

support, no votes from the Democrats, they were not going to

:01:40.:01:43.

give us a single vote, so it is a very difficult thing to do. I have

:01:44.:01:47.

been saying for the last year and a half, the best thing we can do

:01:48.:01:52.

politically speaking is let Obamacare explode, it is exploding

:01:53.:01:58.

right now. Many state have big problems, almost all states have big

:01:59.:02:03.

problems. I was in Tennessee the other day, they have lost half of

:02:04.:02:05.

their estate in terms of no insurance, that is happening to many

:02:06.:02:10.

other places. I was in Kentucky's the other day, similar things are

:02:11.:02:17.

happening. Obamacare is exploding. So, Obamacare has exploded. With no

:02:18.:02:21.

Democrat support, we could not quite get there, we were a very small

:02:22.:02:26.

number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed. Up on

:02:27.:02:29.

Capitol Hill, this is what the speaker of the house Paul Ryan had

:02:30.:02:33.

to say. I will not sugar-coat this, this is a disappointing day for us,

:02:34.:02:39.

doing big things is hard. All of us, all of us, myself included, will

:02:40.:02:44.

need time to reflect on how we got to this moment, what we could have

:02:45.:02:48.

done to do it better, but ultimately, this all comes down to a

:02:49.:02:53.

choice, are all of us willing to give a little to get something done?

:02:54.:02:57.

Willing to say yes to the very good, even if it is not the perfect? BBC

:02:58.:03:04.

have been following all the developments up on Capitol Hill,

:03:05.:03:07.

extraordinary day, President Trump effectively trying to blame the

:03:08.:03:11.

Democrats but this is his Republican party at war with itself? After a

:03:12.:03:15.

day of drama, a week of drama, after bringing the vote to the brink,

:03:16.:03:20.

there is defeat and disappointment, both for the Republican party and

:03:21.:03:23.

for the president themselves. For the Republicans, they have been

:03:24.:03:27.

talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare for the last

:03:28.:03:30.

seven years but in the end, they could not agree how they would

:03:31.:03:35.

replace it, and what they would replace it with. Moderates said the

:03:36.:03:39.

reforms went too far, leaving too many people without insurance. The

:03:40.:03:43.

Conservatives believe that this bill did not go far enough. They wanted

:03:44.:03:47.

more of the health care reforms brought in by Barack Obama repealed.

:03:48.:03:51.

Brought back. The two sides could not find a consensus. It is an

:03:52.:03:56.

embarrassing setback for the Republicans because at the first

:03:57.:03:59.

time of asking, the first time they had a chance to put something

:04:00.:04:05.

through the house, they have failed. And it is embarrassing for the

:04:06.:04:09.

president, he may want to blame the Democrats, he is Donald Trump, he

:04:10.:04:13.

wrote the art of the Deal, he prides himself on making deals, and when it

:04:14.:04:18.

came to the first political deal, he has failed at it. -- The Art of the

:04:19.:04:24.

Deal. Is that it as far as any health care bill will be promoted?

:04:25.:04:28.

It seems they want to leave it in place for now, they will move on to

:04:29.:04:34.

tax reform, to other things. Just as President Trump's ultimatum

:04:35.:04:38.

promised, he said, vote for change or there will be no change. It seems

:04:39.:04:43.

they will leave Obamacare in place. When it comes to that, Democrats are

:04:44.:04:46.

scratching their head, they know and they have said that the bill needs

:04:47.:04:53.

nurturing, not neglect. They know that there is problems within

:04:54.:04:56.

Obamacare, for some, insurance premiums are rocketing, for others,

:04:57.:04:59.

they are losing the joys of health care they would like. They know the

:05:00.:05:03.

bill is not perfect, how both sides work together to find some way of

:05:04.:05:07.

creating a health care that works for all, your guess is as good as

:05:08.:05:14.

mine. For more on the politics at play here, I spoke a little earlier

:05:15.:05:20.

to the Republican strategist, John Christie, former adviser to George W

:05:21.:05:21.

bush. This was an organising principle of

:05:22.:05:28.

the Republican Party, this was a campaign pledge by Donald Trump, how

:05:29.:05:33.

much of a setback or disaster is this for him? It is a very big

:05:34.:05:38.

disappointment for the president of the United States, who has

:05:39.:05:41.

campaigned vigorously, and said that the first thing he wanted to do with

:05:42.:05:44.

the Republican Congress was find a way to repeal the Affordable Care

:05:45.:05:48.

Act. The signature legislation of Barack Obama. We have seen a flurry

:05:49.:05:54.

of activity, up the last couple of hours, Republicans confident they

:05:55.:05:58.

had the vote. Paul Ryan, at the insistence of the president, pulled

:05:59.:06:01.

the bill. Big disappointment, no way to sugar-coat this, the Republicans

:06:02.:06:07.

had seven years and today they blew it. It shows open warfare within the

:06:08.:06:13.

party. Paul Ryan describes it as growing pains of being in

:06:14.:06:16.

government, is that how you would describe it? No, I would call it a

:06:17.:06:20.

disaster, what the Republicans were trying to do yesterday was the

:06:21.:06:24.

seventh year anniversary of the day that Barack Obama signed the

:06:25.:06:27.

Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans wanted to find a way to

:06:28.:06:31.

put a bill in the House of Representatives floor to begin the

:06:32.:06:34.

repeal process, what they forgot along the way is, in the art of

:06:35.:06:42.

negotiation, The Art of the Deal, they needed to cobble together a

:06:43.:06:45.

coalition of the most conservative members as well as some of the more

:06:46.:06:48.

moderate members, people from New York City, Philadelphia, big urban

:06:49.:06:55.

areas. The white and the house work focusing on Conservative members, at

:06:56.:06:58.

their peril and at their neglect, they forgot you need 216 votes to

:06:59.:07:03.

pass, unfortunately for them, they did not get enough Republicans,

:07:04.:07:06.

knowing that no Democrat would join them. Who will take the rap? Can

:07:07.:07:12.

Paul Ryan survived question not he is in great shape! He is the one

:07:13.:07:15.

person more trusted than anybody else in the house of Representatives

:07:16.:07:18.

by the Conservatives and the moderates and frankly even by the

:07:19.:07:23.

Democrats, at the end, he is fine, his speakership is not in peril. If

:07:24.:07:27.

I were to be a betting person and look down the line, the person right

:07:28.:07:30.

beneath him, Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader, and right under

:07:31.:07:35.

him, the house majority whip, the person in charge of counting the

:07:36.:07:42.

votes, I think a lot of finger wagging, why couldn't the folks in

:07:43.:07:45.

leadership whose responsibility it is to deliver the votes, why could

:07:46.:07:50.

deliver? The money was going to be deliver? The money was going to be

:07:51.:07:55.

saved and spent on other things, the tax reform as well, this does not

:07:56.:08:02.

give any traction or momentum to the Trump administration. In fact they

:08:03.:08:07.

were looking at $900 billion of revenue that they were going to

:08:08.:08:12.

spend over the next ten is for Republican priorities in health

:08:13.:08:15.

care. Now they have to go back to the drawing board, the question is,

:08:16.:08:18.

when they get in the room, when they shut the door, when they lock the

:08:19.:08:23.

door, what can they find consensus on, what can Republicans and the

:08:24.:08:25.

conservative faction and the moderate faction and importantly

:08:26.:08:29.

working with the Senate and the president come together and find a

:08:30.:08:34.

consensus to bring to the President's signature, at this

:08:35.:08:36.

juncture, I don't see that coming any time soon. Final question, what

:08:37.:08:42.

would your advice be, now, then, to visit ministration? My advice is

:08:43.:08:48.

simply this, the next time that Republicans seek to put a major

:08:49.:08:51.

piece of legislation on the floor, let's talk with the entire caucus

:08:52.:08:55.

first, talk with United States Senate members and see what is in

:08:56.:08:58.

the realm the possible, what are they able to do, what horse trading

:08:59.:09:02.

needs to take place, so that this kind of embarrassment and inability

:09:03.:09:07.

to govern for the American people, because it looks bad from optics

:09:08.:09:12.

perspective, does not happen again. Thank you very much. British police

:09:13.:09:17.

say that they have made two more significant arrests as they try to

:09:18.:09:21.

establish whether the man who launched the attack this Wednesday

:09:22.:09:24.

in London was working alone or with others. 11 people have now been

:09:25.:09:29.

arrested, detectives have also released the first image of the

:09:30.:09:35.

attacker. 52-year-old Khaled Mashud. -- Khaled Mashud.

:09:36.:09:53.

The face of Khalid Masood, the face that confronted police

:09:54.:10:21.

The face that looked out of the car at pedestrians

:10:22.:10:25.

The 52-year-old was known by a number of names.

:10:26.:10:28.

Born Adrian Elms in Kent, by the time he was at this boys'

:10:29.:10:31.

secondary school in Tunbridge Wells, he was called Adrian Ajao

:10:32.:10:34.

School friends remembered him as a sporty pupil who liked

:10:35.:10:37.

Adrian was a very nice lad, a fun guy, always laughing,

:10:38.:10:41.

always joking, worked reasonably hard, good at sport,

:10:42.:10:43.

But Masood was soon developing a reputation for violence.

:10:44.:10:47.

In this sleepy Sussex village, where he lived in his 20s,

:10:48.:10:50.

at the local pub he slashed a man in the face with a knife

:10:51.:10:53.

Didn't have a very good reputation, definitely.

:10:54.:10:56.

I remember he was a bit of a troubled character,

:10:57.:10:59.

I think would be the way to describe it.

:11:00.:11:01.

A family friend said this wasn't the only time he turned violent.

:11:02.:11:04.

The chap was looking at him, and I was just sitting at the pool

:11:05.:11:07.

table, and he took umbrage against the landlord

:11:08.:11:09.

for looking at him like he was, and he flew over the bar,

:11:10.:11:12.

he got a glass, he was going to do him.

:11:13.:11:14.

Khalid Masood spent time in three prisons.

:11:15.:11:16.

Around ten years ago, he worked in Saudi Arabia.

:11:17.:11:18.

It's not clear when he converted to Islam, but he started

:11:19.:11:21.

using the surname Masood at least 11 years ago.

:11:22.:11:23.

His mother now lives in a remote farmhouse in Camarthenshire,

:11:24.:11:26.

They haven't been in any sort of contact with their son

:11:27.:11:29.

for well over 20 years, from what I understand.

:11:30.:11:31.

And when it comes to terrorism, unfortunately, nobody can be

:11:32.:11:34.

responsible for the action of their children.

:11:35.:11:36.

Masood, we now know, launched his terror attack

:11:37.:11:37.

after staying overnight at a hotel in Brighton.

:11:38.:11:41.

untroubled by what he was about to do,

:11:42.:11:49.

that he was about to leave his hotel room,

:11:50.:11:52.

He was joking and smiling and friendly.

:11:53.:11:57.

He was a lovely guest, and we even put comments

:11:58.:12:11.

There was nothing in his conduct or demeanour that would have

:12:12.:12:15.

given me a feeling that there was something weird about this guy.

:12:16.:12:18.

And he's just on his way to commit mass murder.

:12:19.:12:27.

Detectives have searched the hotel, and there have been

:12:28.:12:29.

In Manchester, a car was taken away by police in Didsbury.

:12:30.:12:33.

Two arrests described by senior officers as significant were made

:12:34.:12:35.

The police are still trying to build a picture of the man who came

:12:36.:12:40.

They say their main aim now is to try and work out

:12:41.:12:49.

if he was acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda,

:12:50.:12:51.

or if there are others still out there who encouraged him,

:12:52.:12:54.

supported or even directed this attack.

:12:55.:13:06.

But it's clear there are still gaps in the police's knowledge.

:13:07.:13:09.

We are appealing to the public today to say, if even in hindsight now

:13:10.:13:12.

you realise something about Khalid Masood,

:13:13.:13:14.

something about his associates, his movements, his planning,

:13:15.:13:16.

now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers.

:13:17.:13:28.

A bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist.

:13:29.:13:30.

STUDIO: Still to come on tonight's programme: oil, Arabic issues and

:13:31.:13:56.

the American way, how a new play at Washington's Kennedy Centre brings

:13:57.:14:00.

these things together around a petrol station. It has been one of

:14:01.:14:07.

the most contentious issues in Washington right now and multiple

:14:08.:14:10.

investigations have been launched into alleged Russian interference in

:14:11.:14:14.

the US residential election. Or the campaign chairman of Hillary

:14:15.:14:18.

Clinton's failed bid, it is an issue that gets close to home. John

:14:19.:14:22.

Podesta has accused the FBI of double standards, following the

:14:23.:14:25.

agency director James Comey going public about his enquiry into

:14:26.:14:28.

Hillary Clinton's hacked e-mails days before the vote without

:14:29.:14:32.

mentioning any possible Russian role. We asked him if he was

:14:33.:14:40.

suspicious during the campaign. Of course we thought that was going on

:14:41.:14:47.

for some time! And we argued to the press that they needed to look at

:14:48.:14:50.

that, they needed to dig into that and uncover it. But it was a

:14:51.:14:54.

revelation that the FBI was looking at that as early as now evidently

:14:55.:15:02.

they were. One more trip in something that I have been highly

:15:03.:15:05.

critical of the bureau about, which is the double standard they applied

:15:06.:15:10.

in this campaign. The intervention, the number of resources they spent,

:15:11.:15:16.

scores of FBI agents that they had, poring over Hillary Clinton's e-mail

:15:17.:15:21.

server, which the FBI director ultimately concluded was not even a

:15:22.:15:27.

close call, nothing worth prosecuting; compare to the

:15:28.:15:33.

engagement on the Russian side his intervention just 11 days before the

:15:34.:15:37.

election, the Clinton investigation, total silence with respect to the

:15:38.:15:44.

Russian intervention, and now, the potential collusion between the

:15:45.:15:49.

Trump campaign and the Russian actors. That was really a double

:15:50.:15:54.

standard that is still inextricable Tumi. You are very calm about this

:15:55.:16:02.

but... No, I am very angry about it, I just learned to appear calm! -- to

:16:03.:16:05.

me. In Syria, the military battle to

:16:06.:16:17.

defeat so-called Islamic state in their home base of Raqqa is gaining

:16:18.:16:21.

ground, earlier this month, Syrian forces backed by Russian and Iranian

:16:22.:16:25.

allies recaptured pal Meera, for the second time in the past year, chief

:16:26.:16:30.

international correspondent travels to the iconic city, to see the

:16:31.:16:35.

aftermath of Islamic State. -- Palmyra.

:16:36.:16:39.

VOICEOVER: Palmyra, Roman ruins, precious world heritage, I is has

:16:40.:16:46.

occupied this site twice in the past two years, their last target, the

:16:47.:16:51.

Roman theatre, a stage for grisly executions, slitting throats,

:16:52.:16:54.

shooting soldiers and civilians here. -- IS. Islamic State has lost

:16:55.:17:00.

this prize and ground beyond here to the Syrian military backed by its

:17:01.:17:03.

allies. Palmyra matters, but the battles

:17:04.:17:08.

which lie ahead, including Raqqa - the IS's self-declared capital -

:17:09.:17:12.

matter more, and are And that's because confronting

:17:13.:17:14.

IS in Syria means confronting Are the West and countries in this

:17:15.:17:18.

region now willing to work with President Assad and his Russian

:17:19.:17:21.

and Iranian allies to In the basement of a deserted

:17:22.:17:24.

building we are shown what's called And the paper trail

:17:25.:17:29.

of its brutal rule. were thrown from the top

:17:30.:17:38.

of a building, The city of Palmyra next

:17:39.:17:52.

to the ancient site is a ghost town. People fled IS and the ferocious

:17:53.:18:04.

fighting here, including Syrian This is where some of

:18:05.:18:07.

the displaced have taken refuge. including this woman

:18:08.:18:23.

and her five children. She remembers the exact moment

:18:24.:18:30.

when IS fighters came to her door. TRANSLATION: It was a quarter

:18:31.:18:37.

to five in the morning. I opened the door and saw

:18:38.:18:39.

men shouting at me. They came in and took

:18:40.:18:41.

my husband and niece. I was told they chopped

:18:42.:18:46.

off his head. They took my nephew,

:18:47.:18:48.

who was only 15. She doesn't know how

:18:49.:18:50.

her family will cope. IS no longer occupies their home,

:18:51.:19:05.

but it's dark shadow STUDIO: You are watching BBC world

:19:06.:19:27.

news America. A new play by one of the world's leading contemporary

:19:28.:19:32.

Arabic makers is having a world premiere at the Kennedy Centre in

:19:33.:19:37.

Washington. It is the story about migrants, statelessness, war,

:19:38.:19:43.

refugees, and oil. The author, whose usual troupe of actors come from

:19:44.:19:54.

actors that are part of the presidential travel ban, is using

:19:55.:19:57.

American actors this time. I spoke with Sulayman al Bassam. .

:19:58.:20:01.

It is a play set on a desolate border, the theme is Arabic but

:20:02.:20:05.

performed by an all-American cast. When we appropriate the American

:20:06.:20:21.

idiom through the company of American actors... It is not so far

:20:22.:20:29.

away. These themes around migrant workers and borders and identity,

:20:30.:20:35.

and power, power relations, take on a resonance that is very

:20:36.:20:42.

contemporary in today's America. Onstage, two colliding worlds, this,

:20:43.:20:49.

fighter, -- this is performed in the style of American gospel. So what is

:20:50.:20:54.

the relevance of Arabic political theatre in today's America? I have a

:20:55.:21:02.

great relationship with blacks... I think that the theatre, in these

:21:03.:21:07.

Times has crucibles of dissent, and as crucibles of truth. -- and as

:21:08.:21:17.

crucibles of truth. Arts organisations today fear to be

:21:18.:21:24.

perceived as taking a position against the current administration,

:21:25.:21:25.

that is palpable. Petrol station, intended by its

:21:26.:21:35.

author to be theatre that challenges and explores the divisions and

:21:36.:21:41.

similarities between America and the Middle East.

:21:42.:22:05.

What a day of political back and forth it has been on Capitol Hill.

:22:06.:22:14.

They have been talking about this for seven years, repealing

:22:15.:22:15.

Obamacare, it should have been something that could unite the

:22:16.:22:21.

Republican party, tearing it up root and branch, in the words of Senator

:22:22.:22:26.

Mitch McConnell, but sending it to Barack Obama over the past few years

:22:27.:22:30.

and having its veto, here was their chance, both chambers, the

:22:31.:22:34.

presidency, this was their first hurdle to get it on the President's

:22:35.:22:37.

desk, but they stumbled over it, fell on their faces, could not get

:22:38.:22:42.

it through. At one stage, it looked like President Trump would tough it

:22:43.:22:46.

out, that this road would happen and win or fail, we will have the vote.

:22:47.:22:51.

Interesting strategy, something they started last night, basically

:22:52.:22:54.

putting down a marker and saying, this will happen, a way of getting

:22:55.:22:57.

the members of Congress who were wavering off the fence and committed

:22:58.:23:01.

to it, they stuck by it thinking they would be able to push it

:23:02.:23:05.

through, but the more they push and negotiate with the right-wingers on

:23:06.:23:08.

one side and the moderates on the other, they kept pulling it farther

:23:09.:23:13.

apart, and people broke. Barzagli, the president directly rings two

:23:14.:23:18.

national newspaper reporter. The Washington post, Robert Cosco,

:23:19.:23:23.

apparently, with no announcement, picked up his phone, had Donald

:23:24.:23:27.

Trump on the other line, and he said, we have pulled the bill. Not

:23:28.:23:33.

even through the switchboard, it was from his cell phone! He was dealing

:23:34.:23:39.

what -- detailing what was being said, that this was the full that

:23:40.:23:45.

the Democrats, that they did not work with them, even though there is

:23:46.:23:48.

40 formal Republicans in the house, rather than Democrats. -- Robert

:23:49.:23:53.

Costa. Maybe jumping the gun on Paul Ryan, who was about to have a press

:23:54.:23:58.

conference. 64 days in, this was the main legislative thing that he was

:23:59.:24:02.

going to do, plenty more down the line, the momentum, where is it?

:24:03.:24:08.

It's definitely hurts momentum, undermines authority and reputation

:24:09.:24:11.

as a deal-maker, he said that he was the close, his press secretary said

:24:12.:24:14.

that he was the closer, coming in to seal the deal, he came in and said

:24:15.:24:19.

that was going to happen. How many deals as he closed? As president, he

:24:20.:24:22.

has not close any, this was his first big legislative test, where it

:24:23.:24:26.

goes from now, he said in comments this afternoon that it is going to

:24:27.:24:30.

be tax reform, that he wants to focus on that, that is more

:24:31.:24:33.

complicated because there are tax components in health care reform

:24:34.:24:37.

that have to be dealt with in order to deal with taxes as a bigger

:24:38.:24:41.

package. America left with Obamacare. Thank you very much. That

:24:42.:24:46.

is the end of today's show. You will find much more on the day 's news on

:24:47.:24:51.

the website. Have a great weekend. We will see you on Monday at the

:24:52.:24:53.

same time. Lets see what the weather is up to

:24:54.:25:07.

over the next few days, and we have been promising fine weather this

:25:08.:25:10.

weekend, and indeed, that

:25:11.:25:11.

In-depth reports on the major international and US news of the day with Katty Kay.


Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS