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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins, this is Outside Source.
Donald Trump has arrived in Washington for events leading up to
his inauguration on Friday. The vice President-elect says this will be a
smooth transfer of power. Our job is to be ready on day one.
American people can be confident that we will be.
Donald Trump's relationship with Russia is already
I'll play you a BBC interview with President Putin's spokesperson,
who denies that the Russian state hacked the US elections.
Senegalese troops have entered the country to support
who's been sworn in, despite the old president
Up to 35 people are missing after an avalanche hit
If you have any questions on the stories we are covering, in
particular about inauguration day. You can contact us on social media.
You can see the contact information on the screen throughout. If I can't
answer the question, I'll try and find someone who can.
This time tomorrow, Doanld Trump will be President of America.
Let's have a look at some of the pictures that have come in in the
last few hours. Here he is, landing
at Andrews Air Force base He spoke to his staff at a lunch
at his Washington hotel earlier. There was a jovial atmosphere, as
you would imagine. Staff, supporters and his family all gathering to,
well, celebrate what he has achieved, which is something quite
extraordinary. I'm not sure many people apart from Donald Trump and
soul thought it would be possible he could get the presidency, but he has
proved all of those doubters wrong. -- Donald Trump himself.
He laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery less than an hour ago.
That was to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service to the
US military. This is where the ceremony will take place tomorrow.
You can imagine the amount of preparation involved in putting on
inauguration day in Washington, DC is quite something. And, well mike
would be surprised to hear this - there are lots of extra security and
police around. @davidcommon CBC News: "Always
lots of police in #Washington, but with protest and security
threats, way more In a moment, I will speak to Jane
O'Brien, live from the Washington newsroom. Let's just quickly have a
look at the concert going on at the moment. This is a concert to make
America great again, that is the title of the concert. As you can
see, lots of people turning out right at the other end from where
the inauguration ceremony will take place. We'll keep an eye on that
concert. We can speak to our US
Correspondent, Jane O'Brien. Washington is a city like any other
anyway, almost a city apart from the rest of the country. -- unlike any
other. I guess it changes fundamentally at this particular
moment. We have just seen an abrupt change of tone in the last few
minutes. When Donald Trump laid the wreath at the tomb of the unknown
is, it was a very powerful symbol of the responsibility and the
seriousness that he will assume as the nation's commander-in-chief.
This was the first real official event when we see this transfer of
power, this peaceful transition of power from one president to the
relaxed. As I said, the real weight of responsibility that he will also
assume when he takes the oath of office at noon. It's also a
tradition that is aimed at establishing a real connection with
the military. Of course, Donald Trump has never served in the
military, with the men and women that he may come as
commander-in-chief, may asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. -- may
have to ask. Very different to the mood at the concert at the Lincoln
Memorial that we were just showing. That is more of a celebration. In
the last half hour or so, we have really witnessed that first
transition of power. You mentioned he will take the oath of office at
noon. Does his speech directly follow that? To be perfectly honest,
I'm not sure of the exact sequence of events. What we are expecting
from the speech is first of all it will be quite short. We are told
that he is still preparing it. He is edits. And a few tweaks here and
there. It's being described by Sean Spicer, his press secretary, at his
very first press briefing today, as less of an agenda and more of a full
as the goal document. I don't quite know what that means, -- a
philosophical document. It's going to be a statement of Mr Trump's
thoughts of what it is to be in government. What it is to be a
citizen and his expectations and ambitions for America under his
leadership. Depending on who you are in America, you are either excitable
apprehensive about what Mr Trump is going to do when he assumes this
role. When will the work begin? Can he get on with things tomorrow
afternoon, or should we wait until Monday before the work really gets
going? One minute past name, that is when the work begins. The Corompt
team are up against it, because a lot of the key Cabinet positions
have not yet been filled -- by Trump team. The confirmation process is
still underway. The second tier of jobs of these various agencies are
also unfilled. The team have established what they have called a
beachhead of workers and volunteers who will go into these agencies and
literally one minute past name and they will just keep them running,
keep them functioning and told the management can really be
established. He has also had to ask a number of Obama administration
people in key posts, including several key posts in national
security, to stay on, because he hasn't been able to fill those jobs
yet. Although the work technically can begin immediately, it's going to
take a little longer to establish the real structures and the
formation of these agencies that he's going to be in charge of. Jane,
for the moment, thank you. Good luck tomorrow for you and all my
colleagues in Washington, it will be a very busy day on inauguration day.
You can get full coverage of the inauguration of Donald Trump on BBC
News. One other detail I spotted on Twitter, this from the BBC world
Twitter feed. Trump hints New York Jets
owner Woody Johnson That's not confirmed. Just a comment
that suggests it is made by Mr Trump's thinking. Let's turn to an
interview that came into the BBC news room not long ago.
Stephen Sackur from BBC's HardTalk spoke earlier with the Kremlin
spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who works closely
Stephen came onto the earlier edition of Outside Source
after that interview to tell me about it.
It was absolutely fascinating. You can imagine here in Moscow, minds
are very much focused on what the Trump presidency will mean for
Russia- US relations. And of course, I asked Dmitry Peskov, chief
spokesman for Mr Bruton, all about that in the course of the interview,
which we recorded just a short time ago -- President Putin. There was
one other big issue I wanted to discuss with Mr Peskov. He
personally has been described in some of the leaks on the information
that has been flying around in recent days as 80 architect of what
some alleged to be a concerted campaign of Russian bloody tricks --
as a key architect. Bastareaud cyber hacking, -- dirty tricks. I had to
ask Mr Peskov about this, about the allegations of cyber hacking. He
responded by trying to turn the tables on me somewhat. He said, you
know, it is in the United States where they suffer from cyber
hacking. We suffer from it here in Russia, too. That might listen to
his answer. Everyday, we have hundreds of thousands of cyber
attacks against our digital systems in the Russian Federation. Some of
them are coming from the territory of the United States. Dozens are
coming from the territory of Germany. Dozens are coming from
Great Britain. Do you think that it means, with a high state of
certainty, that those attacks against our digital systems are
being promoted by the governments in Washington, in London, or in Berlin?
No, you are probably saying no, neither the Russian government nor
the Kremlin, nor President Putin personally, nor military
intelligence stand behind those attacks. If they really exist. Yes,
Mr Peskov look to be in the eye and said, I can tell you, we are not
responsible -- looked me in the eye. The Russian government are not
responsible for the hacking of the DNC, the Democratic party e-mails,
or any of the other that some in the West have accused us of. I said to
him, well, somebody is lying here. It is either by Western intelligence
agencies or it is you in Russia. He said, I agree with you. We will with
interest the investigations and fold in the US, if they have real
evidence, they should present it. In the view of Russia, that real
evidence does not exist. That's Mike move onto the second topic that
dominated our conversation, that of what Russia makes of Donald Trump.
Mr Trump issued certain warm words about Mr Boot Room, saying he is
smart and he believes -- President Putin. He believes President Putin
is Abra ball. Does that mean there will be a warmer relationship
between Donald Trump's Administration and Vladimir Putin's
Russia? Here are the thoughts of Proskow on what comes next for
Russia live in US relations. We want to have good relations with America
-- thoughts of Peskov. We believe that we cannot solve lots of
problems in this world and in our region that are endangering our
country without cooperation with the Americans. That's why we are
desperately needing a good relationship with Washington. But it
takes two to tango. And what will be the approach by President Trump?
This is the question. Stephen, did you pick of frustration by Mr Pasok
Peskov that the narrative has been accepted in the West? Yes, there is
a great deal of frustration about that. I think Mr Peskov believes
that the Western approach to Russia is deeply prejudiced and deeply
unfair. But then he probably would say that, wouldn't he? I'll tell you
something interesting, though, that came out of the interview. He
believes, and it's clear that the Russian government in general belief
that Barack Obama, in the last few days and weeks, has been trying to
in a sense limit Donald Trump's room for manoeuvre. Everything Mr Obama
was saying yesterday for example about the importance of not easing
sanctions on Russia unless Russia gives ground and the Ukraine issue,
that is something the Russians deeply resent. Of course, they are
hoping Donald Trump might well be a trusted in easing those sanctions,
which are hurting the Russian economy -- might well be in trusted.
Mr Trump will broadly expect something in return, and on that, Mr
Peskov was not giving ground at all. I asked Mr Peskov, will there be a
summit meeting between Putin and Trump in the near future? The
Russians clearly wanted. Mr Peskov said, that is something we will work
towards, but it is likely to take months rather than weeks. That is
something we will obviously keep watching.
You can catch Stephen's full interview with Dmitry Peskov
on HardTalk, starting from the 21st of January.
We are not going short of big interviews an Outside Source today.
We have had Dmitry Peskov. We will also play you, Ahmed talking to the
UK Prime Minister Theresa May. And we will talk about what is happening
in the Gambia. That is the new president being sworn in. But he is
not able to do it in his own not able to do it in his own
country. We will explain what is going on, and why Senegalese troops
have come across the border. The former Northern Ireland Deputy
First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has announced he is to retire
from front line politics and will not seek re-election
to the Stormont Assembly in March. He said he had intended
to step down in May, but that plan was overtaken
by health problems and the political My own health problems have come
after that crisis. I've really been dealing with this health situation
for the last couple of months. It's a very serious illness. It has taken
its toll on me. But I'm very determined to overcome it. And I'm
very determined to overcome it to an extent where I can be very much
involved in the whole process of peace and unity and reconciliation.
This is Outside Source, live from the BBC newsroom.
Events have begun in Washington leading up to Donald Trump's
Earlier, Mr Trump laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery to honour
Let's turn to the main stories from the BBC World Service.
Turkish media is reporting that the man suspected of attacking
a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve is saying he chose
On BBC Mundo, you'll find these pictures
It's been increasingly active since October.
Lava and ash is being thrown more than 2000m into the air.
Let me show you a bit more of the Make America Great Against concert,
taking place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. -- great again.
Let's have a listen. That is the first of many bands we
are going to hear both today and tomorrow as the various events tied
in with Donald Trump's inauguration get underway. There is a huge parade
tomorrow, featuring lots of bands like the one we have just seen. We
will keep an eye on that concert and play more of it a little later on. I
want to turn to what has been happening at the annual World
Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland.
Theresa May has speaking at the annual World
There was particular attention on what she said
after that speech earlier in the week, where she laid out her
Here is the Prime Minister with the BBC's Economics
What I described in my speech when I spoke about Brexit is actually our
ambition as Britain, our ambition for a global Britain, ambition for a
Britain which not only has a good free trade agreement with the EU but
a Britain that is trading around the rest of the world. We have seen a
number of countries that want to do trade agreements with us. Earlier
today the Australians confirmed their commitment for a trade deal
with the United Kingdom. So I want to be ambitious for the UK, and I am
ambitious for the UK in what we can achieve, trading with the EU but
also around the world, a truly global Britain. What have the banks
said to you about why they are moving jobs? I have had a very good,
positive discussion with banks about the benefits of the City of London,
what has brought them there and how we can continue to build on that for
the future. And there are huge benefits for investment in the UK.
We have a fundamentally very strong economy. We have a service sector
that is very important to us, that is valued around the world. I
believe that truly global Britain can bring drops and prosperity to
the UK across the board, including financial services -- can bring
jobs. The white you can find that interview online. You can find that
interview online. You might have heard that the nominations for
Donald Trump's cabinet is continuing.
President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury Secretary
He is a former banker with Goldman Sachs.
He is nominated as Treasury Secretary.
Here's some of what he said during his confirmation hearing.
I want to correct the record about my involvement
Since I was first nominated to serve as Treasury Secretary,
I have been maligned as taking advantage of others,
Nothing could be further from the truth.
That is all to do with when he led a buyout of IndyMac, which collapsed
in 2008. It was connected to the financial crisis, some call it the
second-biggest banking collapse after Lehmann Brothers. There was a
lot of two and fro about the role that he played in picking up of that
business and the transformation of it. You can get more background
online, look at the Washington Post and New York Times if you want
details reporting on what is happening in that Treasury Secretary
hearing. Perhaps a story that is not quite as
important, you may have missed this. You might have missed this,
but it appears that here in the UK we're in the grips
of a courgette crisis. The Manchester Evening News says
shoppers just can't cope. As the Daily Mail explains
here, it's all down There's a bit of bad weather in
Italy thrown in as well. Lots of drama. You wonder if people losing
here. A Twitter user says, what is this waking nightmare?!.
The BBC has been down to a wholesale market in London. Everything out of
Spain, they have had very, very bad weather. Torrential rain, and now
they have got snow in the reasons of the broccoli and the courgette being
grown. -- the regions. It is just everything coming out of there.
Courgette and normally six or sevenlbs, they are now ?20 and
struggling to get them. I've been in this trade in 40 or years, I've
never known it as bad as this. Everything is so dear. It has
affected the up-and-coming sort of fruit from the trees. Things like
that as well. The long-term effect we may still feel. A very serious
story in Teheran today. The collapse of a high-rise building was shown
live on state television. It is because of a big fire. This is what
happened. We know the building had been
evacuated, but unfortunately dozens of firefighters had gone into the
building to try and deal with the fire. The city's mayor has confirmed
that at least 20 by Paul were killed. -- 20 people were killed.
BBC Persia have been covering this story. The building has collapsed
totally. It is the way it collapsed, it is like the 9/11 print our
collapsing in New York, the whole thing falling through. -- Twin Tower
collapsing. The fire started at 7:30am. We presumed there were some
people inside it. The authorities tried to evacuate the area, and the
neighbouring areas. From the British Embassy, the German and the Turkish
embassies. They did manage to put out the fire, or they thought they
had. Then more firefighters went in, even civilians, people who had
businesses there, went into check. And then suddenly the whole thing
collapsed again after the fire restarted. Thanks for that update.
Turning from Iran to West Africa and the ongoing crisis in the Gambia.
Senegalese troops have gone in to support Adama Barrow, who has been
sworn in. He was sworn in in Senegal because he doesn't believe it is
safe to be in the Gambia. Yahya Jammeh is refusing to relinquish
power. Let's bring in a BBC correspondent. Tell us more about
this military operation? Well, West African troops led by Senegal, we
understand, have crossed into the Gambia now. It has been confirmed by
the spokesman of the Senegalese army. We don't exactly know how far,
how deep they've come into the Gambia. It is possible that some of
the troops have to be ferried across the river, so we don't exactly know
the position. Everything is calm here in the capital, the city is
like a ghost town tonight. And that's been the case for the whole
day, actually. The streets are deserted, there's very little
traffic on the main roads and the shops, the gas stations, everything
stayed closed the entire day. And obviously here there is an anxious
wait, to know whether the Senegalese forces are going to come all the way
to the capital the night and whether they will meet any resistance. So
far, the army spokesman of the Senegalese troops were telling us
that they haven't met any resistance on the way. Do we know where the
president is's the president who lost this election? You're talking
about joy Jamala. We understand he is still in the state house, --
Yahya Jammeh. We are not aware of a new whereabouts. But what we are
told is that he's still there. There's very little security
presence around the straight house. A few checkpoints, -- the state
house. Nothing too major. And certainly what will be questionable
tonight is whether the security forces that are still here in the
capital are deployed on the President Jammeh's rule, whether
they will try to resist the advance of the Senegalese troops and the
Nigerian colleagues as well. Thank you, we appreciate the update. We
have just had a message from one viewer saying, when you refer to the
new president, please use his name. It is a he was inaugurated at the
Gambian Embassy in Senegal. He wants to get home, when he will be a bull
to do that, we just don't know. -- his name is Adama Barrow.
Good evening. There is a lot going on with the weather in the world at
the moment. I have to start in Europe. Winter weather has been
causing some big problems close to the