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US is close to making a decision on
how to act against North Korea. Then
along hearing at the Senate, top
intelligence chiefs are applying
global threats to America. North
Korea and Russia topped the list.
The head of the FBI contradicts the
White House's version of events
surrounding Rob Porter, the White
House aide accused of domestic
violence. We will get the views of
former CAA chief Leon Panetta. The
online fight against terrorism has a
new weapon. It is software that
immediately blocks jihadists videos
from being uploaded. Bagpipes,
tartan and, yes, a pony that baits.
The colourful backdrop for Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle on their
first official visit to Scotland.
welcome. I felt like Cormack had
swallowed the US Capitol today, the
world would have lost the entire top
rank of US intelligence services.
It's OK, it didn't happen, instead
the top six officials and the FBI,
the CIA and NSA sat before senators
for three hours and delivered a
sobering assessment of threats
facing the US which they say are
urgent, serious and real. They want
about North Korea and China and
asked the question went down this
impressive line of America's top
intelligence brass, every one of
them agreed that Russia has not
stopped interfering in American
democracy. Which is pretty striking
because these men report directly to
President Trump and he has yet to
hold a cabinet level meeting on
United States is under attack. Under
attack by entities that are using
cyber to penetrate virtually every
major action that takes place in the
United States. Persistence aren't
disruptive cyber operations will
continue against the United States
and our European allies using
elections as opportunities to
undermine democracy, so this court
and undermine our values.
Panetta has helped many post,
including director of the CIA and
White House director chief of staff
under President Clinton. The message
from those intelligence chiefs in
the Senate today was clear. This has
been perfect, if this still a threat
and it will continue being a threat
to American elections and yet the
president has not yet held a cabinet
level meeting on this issue. Why the
Everyone is asking that
question, particularly after the
testimony today which made clear
that Russia is continuing to do
exactly the same thing they did in
2016 elections, which is to
undermine a relic to election
institutions and it's extremely
important that the president must
address this issue because, frankly,
if he doesn't send a message to the
Russians that this is unacceptable,
then in many ways it's an open
invitation to the Russians to come
in and do exactly what they did in
2016. This is a critical national
security issue that the president of
the United States has two face.
message seems to beat in Moscow, go
ahead because nothing has been said
by Donald Trump.
understands that message. He is
someone who, if he senses weakness
on the part of an Baseri, will take
advantage of it. I think right now,
he senses weakness, that is what got
him into crime, into Ukraine, into
Syria, and to the 2016 election and
now this year because not facing any
kind of deterrence or defence, it's
almost an open invitation to to
again coming and attack our
The argument from the
White House might be, you are all
exaggerating this night, there is no
evidence that Russia actually
changed the outcome are affected the
outcome of the American election and
being interviewed on the French
election and Marine Le Pen was not
The president of the United
States needs to listen to those
intelligence chiefs. They are the
ones who testified today and they
made very clear that the Russians
are going to attack our election
institutions. That is a serious
issue that the president of the
United States has to address.
turn to another serious issue they
raised in the hearings, that North
Korea and it was interesting to hear
director courts seeing that a
decision is near on what to do about
North Korea. What is that decision,
do you think?
I understand you not a
of the CIA and the longer secretary
of the fence. I wish I knew. I think
the question that has always
confronted this president and other
presidents is, do you continue a
policy of deterrence and containment
and hope that by increasing the
pressure you can force North Korea
to the negotiating table, or do you
resort to some kind of military
pre-entry attack. The reason the
military option has never been used
is because the consequences of that
are horrendous. It could take us
into a nuclear war. For that reason,
I would hope that the decision is
how do we open the door to
negotiations with North Korea now
that South Korea has at least laid
some of the groundwork for that kind
The decision making
how we might learn that. I want to
you something that the director of
the CAA said during that hearing.
Listen to this.
Her analysts remain
concerned that Kim Jong Un is not
hearing the full story, that those
around him are providing that I are
providing him with the tenuous
nature of his position
internationally and domestically.
this speculation from the director
of the CIA or do you think American
intelligence is good on what North
Korean leader Kim Jong and has
access to, information he's getting.
What's happening them?
I would think
that what Mike Pompei said today is
based on intelligence we are
receiving with regards to what Kim
Jong Un is thinking and what he's
Human sources on what we have
inside North Korea?
into the sources, I can't help but
leave that there is better
intelligence by then try to
understand what North Korea is up
You were chief of staff under
President Bill Clinton, so I have to
ask you about what is happening in
the White House at the moment and
the situation surrounding Rob
Porter, the White House aide who
stepped down after allegations of
domestic violence. What have you
made of this White House's handling
of the story over the past seven
I think the deputy press
secretary, when he said the White
House has made mistakes on the
handling of this whole issue, was
correct. We haven't seen him
recently but I think he was right.
This has been handled badly from the
very beginning and as they try back
and fill in all the questions that
have been asked, they are getting
themselves deeper and deeper in
trouble. I think they ought to be
upfront, admit the mistakes that
have been made and say it will not
The current White
House chief of staff, General John
Kelly, who holds the job you use to
hold, said in an interview with the
Wall Street Journal that he did
It's hard to
believe they didn't make mistakes
because they had information on Rob
Porter, testified to by the FBI
director today, that, in fact, that
information was provided as early as
November of last year and yet nobody
acted on that information.
dropped the ball. I want to show you
numbers that we have pooled on the
amount of turnover in this
administration of staff compared to
previous administrations and you can
see in there.
9% under President Obama, 34%
turnover in this administration in
its first year.
What does that suggest to you, they
are not competent, they haven't got
good people, there is not good
management, the people don't want to
I think it's trouble on
all fronts because what it indicates
to me is that initially when the
administration came in, they had a
very haphazard process in terms of
how they hired people to work on the
White House staff. That's reflected
in the fact there are so many
interim security clearances that
have not been completed and the very
fact that there has been that much
churn tells me it's very difficult
to attract good quality people to
then staff and that is troubling.
President Clinton told you up during
his administration basically to come
in and bring a bit of adult
supervision, and was also an
administration that had a certain
amount of chaos in the early years.
If the Trump administration were to
call you up and ask what you have to
do, we have to stabilise this and
it's turning into some sort of soap
opera in terms of personnel. What
would you tell them to do?
John Kelly has done a good job in
trying to put some kind of
structured into place, a chain of
command, better discipline in terms
of the way the staff operates,
better control over policy but has
difficulty is that he still dealing
with a very unpredictable principle,
the president of the United States.
The President Trump is willing to
meet discipline, it makes it tough
to call together the staff under of
that everybody is going in the same
Of course you are a
Democrat, is the call came, would
you take it and give some advice?
California for me is a very nice
place to be right now.
That is why
you keep your watch on California
time! Thank you for coming into the
studio. Ryan Christie, for an
adviser to George Dubya Bush, we
have talked of an that are not as
chaotic, you saw the numbers,
clearly much less turnover in that
administration knew worked on. Less
turnover in the Clint Clinton
attrition but a huge turnover in
this administration. Is this what is
going on, improper vetting and a
lack of talent in the White House?
think it's likely the case here. I
can certainly tell you when we came
out and they want and the president
Bush administration, there was
already a system in place of how do
you set the staff at higher the
staff, how do you recruit staff and
a secretary said moments ago, there
was very little organisation thought
on how President Trump would staff
his administration and if you don't
have the staff in place and they
don't know who they are reporting to
and what they should do, it often
means chaos in suits.
administration seems to have cut out
in the early days a lot of people it
might have fired because they didn't
want people necessarily who were
very tied to Washington and on the
foreign policy side they did not
want people who had in any way
criticised Donald Trump when he was
running as a candidate. That leaves
you a pretty small vanish, doesn't
Issued us. From a who work in
the White House, if you have
insulted President Trump said he is
not a competent leader or hold his
leadership and aggression, you are
on the list. There are on the list.
They're not that many people in
Washington, DC, Republican or
Democrat, who have the experience
working in the White House. It's
very stressful, very hard work and
you need people who know how it
should be done and if you limit your
White House staff and you limit your
foreign policy staff, the State
Department and other posts, you are
really putting the country at a
What do they have to
do now over the Rob Porter story so
doesn't keep dominating on the news
'S poor chief of staff
will said you served with the
closure for the president of the
United States for the pleasure and
it came been cut and when you make
it too. Somehow this year need to
rule, some people have to take
responsibility for this. They have
to say, Mr President, for the good
of the country and your
administration, I'm leaving.
Panetta says he is happy being 3000
miles away in California. If the
call came to you, please serve in
this administration and give us
adult supervision, would you take
I love my home state of
California and my wife who is out
there in San Francisco. Let's put it
this, I have been giving them cancel
on the site and the notion of going
inside those gates, muscles
illustrious bakers, but I'm happy in
How to curtail the power of
extremist propaganda on the Internet
is something the UK Government is
asking itself? It's unveiling an
online tool powered by artificial
intelligence and it says it can
accurately detect jihadists content
and block it from being viewed.
There are concerns that groups like
Islamic State could that these
methods in order to new audiences.
Our media editor has the story.
Militaristic, cinematic and off the
shop with high-level production
values, these propaganda videos for
Islamic State this post her and
hatred. They are easy to find on the
Internet right now. One is a
jihadists new Andy Ellis is
legitimate the deal. The creators
claim the technology, which is
obviously secret, can spot 94% of
ODIs contact online with an accuracy
of 99.95%. The technology
distinctions between news and
extremism. Examples of the one on
the right with high probability to
be vetted by a human.
We are looking
to try to remove this content from
the public. If it requires somebody
to have ten passwords is propagated
browser before they can get access
to safe as a win. It means it can't
just be shared between them are for.
Attention has focused on Twitter,
Google and Facebook but this
technology will tell if platforms.
Islamic State reporters used over
400 unique platforms last year, 145
of them for the first time. Like
other forms of modern media,
terrorist propaganda has now shifted
online. What is so striking about
this new tool is that it is funded
by government rather than technology
firms and it is covered by
artificial intelligence. It is an
admission that machines rather than
manpower will be most effective and
finding and removing extremist
material online. One from a
jihadists who works in counter
radicalisation says terrorists will
always find new methods to find new
audiences and the platforms have to
be willing to take action. The big
players in this area are taking a
lot of action but the smaller
companies, they are not necessarily
prepared to play ball with
government some test because they
are suspicious or assembly is
regarded as being part of
. It's not clear how widely the
technology will be taken by the
government says its instinct is to
collaborate with industry.
went to rule out taking legislative
action if we have to do it but I
remain convinced that the best way
to take real action. To have the
best outcomes is to have an industry
led form like the one we have got.
Technology and government pressure
can reduce harm but it is a war
There is always a concern that the
terrorists will manage to stay one
step ahead with technology. I listen
to the Senate hearing this morning.
They spoke about Russia, China and
North Korea and there was little
mention of the threat of so-called
Islamic State. It seems to be
something people are not so focused
on here. Let us look at the economy.
If you do not like risk you should
not probably invest in the stock
market right now. The Dow Jones last
week had its two greatest losses in
history but it bounced back and the
markets have traded up in the last
couple of days. So is it going to
last, this volatility? We can talk
Should I put the $150 in the stock
Based on coffee break, you
might need it. On the stock market,
it's not rocket science in this
regard, money has been almost three
and when that's the case people buy
stuff and as interest rates rise,
they might by Leicester and will
have an effect on asset prices,
including the stock market. A better
rate of return with Westwick
comparatively than how the situation
with a couple of years ago, so there
will be some transference from bonds
to stocks on the stock has had a
wild run, they needed some
adjustment. In that regard itself as
long as it doesn't tank from here.
When money is free, people borrow
money. I borrow money to buy my
house and my car and whatever it is
I want to buy but country borrows
money is as well, the USA has
borrowed a lot of money and in a
borrowing frenzy at the moment, they
are piling up debt. You are from the
Republican party, conventionally the
party of fiscal discipline and
responsibility. The Republicans are
still believed that deficits are a
I think they believe
that, the question for Republicans
and Democrats is that you have the
will to act on it? We have a country
where we are $20 trillion in debt
officially but a few add all the
things of books at $60 trillion. If
it is a Bankview would be
investigating at shutting it down.
The day of reckoning is coming but
unfortunately both Republicans and
Democrats have their heads in the
sand and frankly the public is
giving it a shoulder shrug these
days and the public isn't ready,
sadly, for a discussion on how we
will fix this.
As you mentioned
interest rates could rise, which
means my mortgage will get expensive
in the country yet and that will get
more expensive, is that the day of
reckoning for America?
I think it's
good to be when you have so much of
our budget focused on interest on
debt and interest rates go up and
that begins to boil over ability to
keep our finances in some sort of
reasonable or depth and could
trigger all consequences.
disappointed in this Congress, ball
size for shrugging their shoulders
for what is an obvious problem. A
lot of exuberance has been about
among investors thinking is a very
good times and the like what the
administration is doing, one thing
they don't like the prospect of as a
trade war. This morning, President
Trump talked about the prospect of
tariffs on quarters on steel and
aluminium coming from Asia and South
Korea in particular. What would the
business community make of that?
think they would say trade wars are
not good as shown by herstory. Even
Republicans don't like them!
would also say this, it's OK to try
to get a better deal is and how much
of what President Trump is
threatening is going to be
implemented or symbolically
implemented as opposed to holistic
were implemented. If just
symbolically and doesn't trigger a
trade war and we get a better deal.
That's not a bad thing because the
United States has been in some bad
trade deals and improving them is a
good strategic goal.
Thanks much for
coming in. Let's take a quick look
at other news that's been going on
around the world. The Israeli Prime
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has
confirmed that police are
recommending his indictment in a
corruption probe. He has been
questioned several times since the
start of 2017 and has spoken on
Israeli television denying any
wrongdoing. The Dutch Foreign
Minister has resigned after
admitting he lied about meeting
Vladimir Putin in 2006. He has said
he has hurt Vladimir Putin planning
aggressive Russian expansion and
admitted on Monday that he'd head
the account second-hand but
maintained the content was true.
Here's what he told Dutch members of
So as not to burden the
position of the Minister of foreign
affairs, I see no other option than
to offer my resignation today to His
Majesty the King.
The leadership of
South Africa get an ANC has called
on the embattled President Jacob
Zuma to resign for the sake of the
country. He has so far refused to
go, he is due to hold a news
conference on Wednesday. He had told
his party he wanted to stay in power
for another 3-6 months.
It's, Royals moment, Prince Harry
Meghan Markle have made their first
official joint visitors call and as
part of a round of official
engagements in the run-up to their
wedding in May. This is the fourth
appeal as the couple have made since
their engagement was announced in
November. Edinburgh Castle and
welcome to Scotland on a date when
the temperature was barely above
A day, then, for a good
warm overcoat and there
was Meghan Markle, wrapped up
in the very thing.
The coat, patterned
in tartan green and blue.
Offering a welcome, the band
of Her Majesty's Royal Marines
Scotland and the regimental mascot
of the Royal Regiment of Scotland,
a Shetland pony with sharp teeth.
Watch Harry's left hand.
Oh, nearly got him!
Harry moved on, ring finger
intact and Meghan amused.
Bang went the one o'clock gun,
out came the thoughtfully-provided
ear plugs and as Harry and Meghan
gazed over the city, those who'd
come to see them were positive.
I got to meet Meghan today
and she is absolutely beautiful.
I'm so excited for them to be
here in Edinburgh today.
They're the future of the Royal
family, Meghan and Harry
and William and Kate,
they're the future.
This has been another important
introduction on the Meghan Markle
of the United Kingdom.
The union, of course,
is a sensitive issue,
You have the young lady who is going
to be a princess who is half African
American and that is extraordinary.
It shows that the monarchy are
coming up to date and recognise that
a lot of young people like the
Do you think they will be
as much interest as we had with Kate
Absolutely, it will be
a lot of fun to watch.
I do not
trust you to make the tea! Coming up
for viewers on the BBC News Channel.
Considering the successor to the
Queen as head of the Commonwealth,
the BBC learned it may not
necessarily be the heir to the
throne. And the changing face of
throne. And the changing face of
Over the last 24 hours we've seen
heavy rain and significant snow in
places. Beautiful scenes here in the
Scottish Highlands. In the next 24
hours we have more of those weather
elements. Another weather system
showing its hand in the Atlantic.
That will start to slide in during
the rest of this evening and
tonight. Ahead of that the wind
picking up, gales in some western
spot. And it could start to bring in
some snow especially over higher
ground in Northern Ireland.
Temperatures generally dipping down
to freezing or below. So the frontal
system pushing in in the first part
of tomorrow. Cold enough for some
snow across northern areas initially
to quite low levels. Those snow
levels tend to become increasingly
confined to higher ground but not
before we've seen a covering of up
to 12 centimetres across some high
ground in the north-west of
Scotland. And further south we could
see five, seven centimetres of snow.
Northern Ireland by this stage
brightening up and then cloud and
patchy rain across parts of Wales
and the south-west of England. Then
we take this band of sleet and snow
east through the day. Behind that
things begin to brighten up and we
introduce something a little bit
milder. Moving out of Wednesday the
weather system moves off into the
near continent but low pressure is
still in charge and delivering some
wintry showers. The further south
you come, fewer showers and more in
the way of dry weather. In the
sunshine in the South, ten or 11
degrees in London. Still colder
further north but into the weekend
and beyond, things should turn mild
for just about everyone. Some
quieter weather on the way.
This is Beyond One Hundred Days,
with me Katty Kay in Washington -
Our top stories.
In a long Senate hearing,
intelligence agencies say Russia has
never stopped trying to meddle in US
politics - and is a threat
to November's mid-term elections.
The former CIA chief
gave us his reaction.
The president needs to listen to his
intelligence chiefs. They are the
ones who testified today and they
made clear that the Russians are
going to attack the election
institutions in this country.
The British government
unveils an online tool,
powered by artificial intelligence,
that it says can accurately detect
jihadist content and stop
it from being viewed.
Coming up in the next half hour.
Would the Irish economy suffer if no
Brexit deal is reached?
We hear the concerns
for Ireland's Border communities.
As support for the US President
weakens among women -
we check in with Latinas For Trump -
are they standing by their man?
Let us know your thoughts
by using the hashtag
The Commonwealth is sometimes called
a 'post-colonial club.'.
This hang over from
the British Empire
includes among others, Canada,
Malta, Kenya and Pakistan and it
turns out they all have views
on who should be their monarch.
It's an organisation with 53 members
states and membership is voluntary.
It covers about 2-point-4
billion people - a third
of the world's population.
It's responsible for
the Commonwealth Games -
the next one due to be held
on the Gold Coast in
Australia in April.
Queen Elizabeth is the head
of the Commonwealth -
seen here last Friday,
accepting The Gambia's application
to become a member once again.
But who will succeed her?
The BBC has learned
that the Commonwealth has secretly
begun considering who will be
the next head of the organisation.
The issue is hugely sensitive
because the role is not hereditary -
and will not pass automatically
to the Prince of Wales,
on the Queen's death.
In a moment, we'll get
the thoughts of Dr Sue Onslow -
the deputy director of the Institute
of Commonwealth Studies -
but first, let's hear
from our Diplomatic Correspondent,
James Landale, in Westminster.
This seems almost treasonous to even
discuss who should take over from
Absolutely right, it is
hugely sensitive. And not a debate
that people want to have publicly.
Since I wrote the story this morning
there have been a lot of people not
answering their telephones and
insisting this is not what is going
on. What is happening, everyone
knows that the Queen is 91, and
there is a big summit of
Commonwealth heads of government in
the UK and a couple of months. They
note that the issue will come up in
the margins. So people are beginning
to think about that because as you
say it is not automatically the
Prince of Wales who takes over. So
the question is what should happen.
If you talk to most people who have
seen your leadership roles in the
Commonwealth they will say there is
no plausible alternative to the
Prince of Wales but should he
automatically get it, should you set
up a new system so it is
automatically the head of state of
UK or should we just give the job to
the Prince of Wales and delay the
long-term decision for another time.
I had no idea this was so
complicated. He gets to be the
automatic leader, head of the
Commonwealth 15 I think, of the 53
countries, so why can they not just
all do the same thing.
He gets to be
head of state in those countries but
not automatically the head of the
Commonwealth of which those
countries are a member. It is that
complicated. So essentially what
they have to do is to work out
should we just make a one-off
decision or should they set up a new
procedure. The problem, the reason
there is uncertainty is back at the
moment it would just be a decision
made by the people who happen to be
heads of the Commonwealth
governments at the time when the
Queen goes. And there is a degree of
uncertainty about that. I think when
people talk about the future of the
Commonwealth and where it the focus
should be they also need to talk
about the ceremonial leadership.
Thank you very much.
Let's get the thoughts
of Dr Sue Onslow -
the deputy director of the Institute
of Commonwealth Studies.
We know that the Queen is popular as
head of the Commonwealth. What do
they make of Prince Charles, do we
have any sense of that?
of Wales has been stepping into the
role representing his mother for
some years now. Of course he
represented her of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting in Sri
Lankan in 2013 mark and by all
accounts he did an excellent job in
difficult circumstances. He also
stepped in to her position hosting
Commonwealth events and more and
more he has assumed a supportive
role to her unique position as head
of the Commonwealth. But I agree
that there is discussion privately
about the possibility of the future
head. These have been going on for
some time, I can think of some
discussion going on in the 1990s to
try to resolve this particular
issue. So this is not a new issue
for the Commonwealth to consider but
it is becoming shall we say more
important given the advancing age of
In a way if you think in
the sweep of history no one really
can take the place of the Queen in
terms of the Commonwealth because
she has bridged those eras, she has
come out of the camp colonial era
and been there for so long, known so
many head of state and she knew the
world when it was a very different
place and the Commonwealth had so
much more importance in the world.
You are right because the
Commonwealth has evolved since 1949.
And the Queen, her position
originally as a symbolic
representation of the free
Association of the original eight
member states. Now to the 53 member
associations. Of course she stepped
into the role that had been occupied
by her father because he had been
originally king, Emperor and then
when India became independent and
other sub Asian countries acquired
independence from the UK, by 1949
the monarch then formed this
symbolic representation with
continued free association. And yes
there was this differentiation
between the British monarch as head
of state, its constitutional
responsibilities for the other 15
Commonwealth countries and the
separate role as head of the modern
Commonwealth. Although there appear
to be points of connection and
crossover fundamentally they're
different responsibilities. The
Queen has generally been unique, it
is very much a People's Association
and by her own particular stamp, her
authority and her own commitment and
input and enjoyment of the
Commonwealth she has also evolved
with it. These will be very big
shoes to fill.
Thank you very much.
Lovely pictures there of the Queen
in the earlier days of her reign.
Let's take a look at some of
the other news making the headlines.
The president of Haiti has condemned
the actions of staff
from the British charity,
Oxfam, after the charity admitted
some of its employees used
prostitutes in the country.
President Jovenel Moise accused
the staff in question
of using an earthquake eight years
ago to sexually exploit
people in need.
Prostitution is illegal
in the country.
Rescue teams in the Pacific island
state of Tonga are assessing
the extent of the damage
after Cyclone Gita hit
the capital, Nuku'alofa.
Many buildings have been destroyed,
including a Catholic church
and the main parliament building.
Thousands of Tongans
are in evacuation centres.
The North Korean leader,
Kim Jong-un, has praised South Korea
for its 'very impressive'
and 'sincere' efforts
in hosting his sister,
during the opening of the Winter
He made the comments
after a delegation from the North
returned from a three-day visit
to the host city of the Winter
Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has
said he will work hard
with the British government to avoid
a 'hard border' after Brexit,
but the UK's now commited to ending
both the current Single Market
and the Customs Union and so it's
hard to see that's going to work?
A new report shows Ireland's economy
could suffer a 7% hit as a result
of a no-deal Brexit.
So what do the changes ahead mean
for the people of Ireland?
One man staring the situation
in the face, is Fergus O'Dowd,
a Fine Gael politician
representing the Border
consituency of Louth.
He joins me from Dublin.
Thank you for joining me. What you
make of this new economic assessment
report showing a 7% hit if there is
no deal but pretty much a hit under
any circumstances even if there are
variations of staying in the customs
union but not the customs union or
I looked at all the
options between a so-called soft
Brexit, as much as we can between
the UK and Europe and Ireland as we
have now and the hard Brexit where
there is no deal. The worst scenario
is a growth rate of 2.2% and that
the economy would lose out something
like 18 billion by 2030. A huge
problem for everyone and
particularly for ourselves. And the
point is delighted that the
Taoiseach before Christmas, Leo
Varadkar and Theresa May didn't
reach consensus that the worst
option of all is nothing if is
arranged properly there would still
be as Theresa May reiterated
yesterday, a border without any
friction between North and South
which is hugely important.
think that that is what is going to
happen, that they really will be no
infrastructure on the border between
North and South that could limit the
movement of people or goods?
what we want, obviously what we
really want is, we accept the UK is
leaving Europe but we want as close
as possible relationship between
Britain and Europe as they have now,
as close as possible. It is best for
them and best for us. Why should
Britain suffer, why should the parts
that voted mostly for Brexit
suffered the greatest lost and why
should our country be plunged into
difficulties as a result of this.
Let's work together.
It is what the
British people voted for in the
referendum. If there is no
infrastructure on the border I still
do not understand how goods will be
controlled going from Europe to the
rest of the UK. Because if they can
get across that border they can get
into the rest of the UK.
is two thirds of our exports go
through the UK, that is by
container. But the problem is if you
have a hard Brexit or a Brexit where
you're not part of the customs union
that means every lorry going north
or south must have spent something
like 400 UK sterling to be able to
go through the bureaucracy even
digitally. So it will be a huge
expense. You have 30,000 people
travelling north and south each day
to work. 1.2 million vehicles every
month passing north to south. If you
have delays, customs, police stops,
it is going to significantly and
adversely affect obviously
transport, commerce, agriculture and
ordinary people in the course of
their daily lives. We do not want
that to happen and it will not help
anyone north or south if we go
Thank you very much. All the
speculation seems to be this will be
claimed as a technological solution
but how long that will take to put
in place if there is an open border
between the Republic and Northern
Ireland. That is what people do not
This is Beyond One Hundred Days.
Still to come.
Why the future of clowns are under
threat as they celebrate 250 years
of slapstick comedy.
The former football coach,
Barry Bennell, has been found guilty
of multiple sex offences,
against young boys in the 1980s.
Bennell, who's 64, had denied 48
charges, including indecent assault
and serious sexual assaults,
but the jury convicted him on 36
counts, and has asked for more time
to consider seven others.
During the trial prosecutors
described him as a 'predatory
paedophile', who molested young boys
on an 'industrial scale'.
Danny Savage reports
from Liverpool Crown Court.
Barry Bennell, a football
coach who abused many
young boys in his charge.
Today, he was convicted of sexually
assaulting boys aged
between eight and 15.
He was the gatekeeper
to a dream world in football,
but his victims had to silently
suffer horrific abuse.
His trial heard he was a child
molester on an industrial scale.
This afternoon, he was found guilty
of assaulting ten of the 11 boys
this trial centred on.
The jury haven't yet reached
a decision on a number of other
charges and will continue
their deliberations tomorrow.
He abused the boys at his homes,
one of which was in this
He had arcade games and exotic pets
and always had a reason
for them to stay over.
His victims were associated
with Crewe and Manchester City,
where he was involved
in the junior setups.
He was said to have been
treated like God at
Manchester City's Maine Road ground.
In court, it was said Bennell
had groomed the parents
of the complainants
so he could carry on the abuse.
He offered no evidence
in his defence, but his barrister
accused some of the men,
who were boys at the time,
of inventing stories about him
and jumping on the bandwagon.
Today, the 64-year-old,
who has appeared throughout the case
via video link, shook his head
as the guilty verdicts
Some of his victims were in tears,
hearing finally that the man who'd
abused them when they were little
boys has been convicted.
Elections are underway
for a new President
for the world's clowns -
with a Briton among
the front runners.
David Sillito has more.
This face is old-fashioned,
in a way, now.
Hands up if you
couldn't care less...
Over the years the clown numbers
have dropped in shows.
Once upon a time, every
circus had its own troupe.
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As always, the clowns
bring down the house.
The facepaint, the big shoes,
they were the heart of circus
heritage, but the wigs and grease
paint are in decline.
Maybe it's the clown horror films,
but on this anniversary year
there is a big issue for the man
hoping to be World Clown President.
I didn't realise there
was democracy in clowning.
There is quite a lot of democracy
and quite a lot of politics as well.
What are the issues at the moment?
You've already highlighted
the main question we asked,
are people scared of clowns?
It is the big issue.
Even here in the heart of clowndom,
more and more clowns are giving up
on looking like clowns.
If you had seen me back in 1973
when I first started coming here,
then you would have seen
a completely different face.
You don't look like proper clowns.
Children, over the years have got
a little bit wary of clowns.
But there is a fightback against all
this anti-clown prejudice.
I am PC Bibbledy Bobby
or Bibbledy Bob the Clown,
the regional director
for the World Clown Association
for Europe and the whole of Africa.
I thank you.
Yes, there really is
a regional clown director.
You press people, you
like a negative story.
Positivity does not sell.
So unfortunately we keep being busy,
we keep getting work,
and you are obsessed with the fact
that we might not be getting work
because of silly films.
I stood corrected.
It seems there is, still,
a lot of clown love out there.
But clown politics?
I had a chat with Elsie
It is only when it gets to meetings,
it can get quite heated.
There are clown meetings?
There's a committee...
I couldn't take it seriously...!
So Elsie won't be running
for World Clown President.
But someone has to.
Because when it comes
to the future of clowning,
there is a lot to think about.
Now every week we listen to
politicians give their assessment of
the jobs being done so far by
Denise Galvez is a founder member
of Latinas for Trump
and joins me now from Miami.
An issue I imagine you are looking
at and some of your fellow
supporters are looking at is the
question of immigration. It has not
been resolved between Democrats and
Republicans perhaps no surprise. The
president has suggested a pathway to
citizenship for almost 2 million
young people brought to the United
States illegally by their parents.
Is that something you would support?
Absolutely, let's give him credit
for bringing it to the forefront. We
had the opportunity back in 1995 and
he shares the same sentiment
President Clinton shared back then
and here we are arguing the details
of Whitley Wood should be a
completely partisan immigration
reform package will be all come to
the table and finally agree.
are other members of his
conservative base who hate the idea
of people here illegally having any
path to citizenship?
catering to the extreme and I think
the majority of us here are quite
moderate on immigration. We agree
with some sort of path whether it
takes five years, eight years, and
what it looks like, what transition
looks like is important to us. But
that they should have a path to
citizenship I think we all agree on.
And so does his core. What would you
like to hear more of and blasts off
from the White House?
I would like
to hear less about the memos, I
think that is just distracting us
from actual policy-making. I think
to me it is tantamount to high
school gossip. I think he just
released today his infrastructure
plans so I think we should start to
pay attention to the details of that
and how it will help with the
economy which I think is so
important. We're still feeling the
results of the tax credits and the
tax reforms. So we need to focus I
think on that and less on all the
He has been in
office for a year now and we have
not spoken to you for a while, can
you give him a grading?
I would give
him a B+. Only because I wish he
would let things sit more. I think
he reacts too much to criticism from
the media and when he has had really
crucial wins he should've let them
stand alone instead of getting into
some argument about something on
Twitter or at the latest Trump
bashing that takes place all day
You're focused on the mid-term
elections in November and trying to
get Republicans in Florida elected.
One group suffering, that the
president is seeing a lack of
support amongst is women.
So that it
something that we are championing
here locally and I'm trying to use
the voice of pettiness to support
more women. Right here locally we
have an important election, district
27 and many women are in the race, I
think we need to separate the true
candidates from some of those just
doing it as a career move. Seafood
is going to be best to represent
women in Congress we are losing a
strong woman in that district. So
right now I wish we could focus more
on the mid-term elections especially
in Florida and pay less attention to
all the bipartisan rhetoric on TV
and the media.
And our political analyst
Ron Christie is back with me now.
The mid-term elections, we've heard
talk of a tsunami in favour of
Democrats, then the tax reform was
passed and it seemed the Republicans
were doing better. How do you see
them shaking up now?
One thing I've
learnt in politics is to not pay too
much attention to the opinion polls
this early. I think the House of
Representatives could be in play, a
number of Republicans from moderate
districts are retiring, almost 40
not coming back so the question for
me is can the Democrats field
candidates in these districts that
can be competitive. And I think that
What is the key for the
president and the Republican party
in these mid-term elections, is it
expanding their appeal or making
sure that base we keep hearing about
actually turns out to vote?
keeping that case and keeping them
voting. It is a referendum
essentially on the president. You
will see a loss typically in the
range of 25 seeds for the party in
power. Republicans control
everything in Washington so if
you're Donald Trump or Paul Ryan
Mitch McConnell you will say to
people you need to stick with us.
And of course it is only February
but we also talk about the elections
early because you need to start
raising the money early. Before we
go just to show these pictures,
watching the Winter Olympics sees
many competitors reaching new
But Swiss freestyle skier,
Fabian Bosch, has taken that meaning
to a whole different level.
Here he is clinging
to an escalator in Pyeongchang.
The daring 20-year-old isn't due
to compete until the weekend -
I bet his team mates are just glad
he landed with both feet
firmly on the ground.
There he goes, he makes it look so
easy. There are many sports in the
Olympics I do not want to try and
that is one of them.
He is a
daredevil! You and I have much more
His team-mates must be
furious! Favourite sport so far in
the Winter Olympics?
snowboarding, awesome stuff.
Kim was fantastic. 17 years old. But
I have to confess as a mother I just
get so sad every time one of them
falls down, it heartbreaking. Of
course I am a big skier and
Christian is of course skiing this
week and we are all worried about
him. He is going to take a medal!
Coming up next on BBC World News -
Karin Giannone is here
with Outside Source and for viewers
in the UK - we'll have the latest