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News on The 700 Club: December 12, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," December 12: Exxon Mobil CEO expected to be Trump's secretary of state pick; ‘We are in a lot of pain.’ Egypt in mourning after deadly Cairo church attack, and more. Read Transcript

Welcome, folks.

This is the beginning of an important week,

and I think in the Trump administration,

an important week.

But you know, he realizes and we all

realize that the energy is the source of wealth

for the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Russia.

It is a major, major factor.

And so President-elect Trump has said,

well, I think the head of the biggest energy

company in the world would be a nice secretary of state.

So he picked a guy named Rex Tillerson.

And what a wonderful name.

Rex means king.

It's a great name.

So anyhow, the knives are out for Rex,

saying he's too close to Putin.

And we'll see what happens.

But in addition, he has now got the third general

he wants in his cabinet.

This is Marine General John Kelly.

He's nominated to head up the Department of Homeland

Security, which in my point of view should be broken apart.

It's too unwieldy.

But we'll see what the Marine general does with it.


Well Trump's choices come amid concern

that the Russians tried to influence

the presidential election in his favor.

But the president-elect's team is pushing back

against those charges.

Caitlin Burke has the story.

CAITLIN BURKE: Nothing is official

until Donald Trump makes it so.

But sources close to the President-elect

say ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson

will be his pick for secretary of state.

To me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players,

and he knows them well.

He does massive deals in Russia.

Ties with Russia may be a selling point for Trump.

But some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle

are calling it a major red flag.

I have obviously concerns of reports of his relationship

with Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and a murderer.

CAITLIN BURKE: In 2013, only a year

before Russia's annexation of Crimea, Putin

awarded Tillerson the order of friendship.

I've known him since 1999, and I

have a very close relationship with him.

CAITLIN BURKE: Trump's potential secretary of state choice

comes even as the "Washington Post" reports

there are renewed concerns by the CIA

about Russian interference in favor

of Trump in the US election.

But Trump told Fox News that was, quote, "ridiculous."

Trump's incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus

also rejects allegations of Russian hacking

and interference.

The RNC was not hacked.

But look, the Russians didn't tell Hillary Clinton to ignore

Wisconsin and Michigan.

CAITLIN BURKE: Priebus goes on to say

that Clinton lost the election because she had bad ideas

and didn't fit the electorate.

Another cabinet position still under speculation,

energy secretary.

Texas Governor Perry is said to be in the running for that,

as well as Democratic senators Joe Manchin

from West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota.

Dallas investor and former Republican national finance

chairman Ray Washburne is in the running for that as well.

But with Trump having filled out many of the key positions

in his cabinet, the biggest question

remains about who he will choose for secretary of state.

Caitlin Burke, CBN News.

Well we'll keep on watching, but the Donald

has done a pretty good job.

In my opinion, he has been a superb picker of individuals.

And he's got a team that's as good as any we've had.

And I think the evangelicals are thrilled.

And I think people across the country

are thrilled to realize we're going

to have a pro-business, pro-growth environment instead

of an anti-business, anti-growth environment.

And the optimism is strong.

And I'm reading in the paper that people are saying,

oh, the Dow hit 20,000.

I think it will go way past 20,000.

It's almost there.

And there's ebullient feeling in the markets because

of this Trump lift.

Well, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

was interviewed on "60 Minutes" last night,

and he says he hopes to work closely with Donald Trump

to undo President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Efrem Graham has that.

Pat, Netanyahu told "60 Minutes"

he believes Trump's support for Israel

is clear, while also mentioning his differences with President

Obama over that controversial Iran nuclear deal.

He feels very warmly about the Jewish state,

about the Jewish people, and about Jewish people.

There's no question about that.

I had differences with President Obama.

And most well known of course is Iran.

Netanyahu also said there are, quote,

"various ways of undoing the Iranian nuclear deal."

Trump heavily criticized the deal

during the presidential campaign.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three day

mourning period after one of the worst terror

attacks in recent history struck the cathedral which

serves as the seat of the ancient Coptic Church.

And el-Sisi says the attack was carried out

by a suicide bomber.

As Chris Mitchell reports, the death toll quickly

rose to 25, with nearly 50 wounded,

and no immediate claim of responsibility.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Eyewitnesses said

a woman planted a bag filled with more than 25 pounds

of explosives inside the church.

The explosion ripped through St. Peter's, located next

to the main Coptic cathedral.


CHRIS MITCHELL: This man said, "The columns were smoldering,

people strewn on the floor and on the walls.

Everything was broken."

Most of the dead were women and children at a Sunday service.

One eyewitness said, "They were children.

What had they done to deserve this?

I wish I had died with them instead

of seeing these scenes."

The Coptic Orthodox Church released this statement

on its Facebook page, saying in part,

"As we are bereaved by this violence and terrorism that

attacks worshippers, we pray for these martyrs

and for the wounded.

The Egyptian church stresses on preserving

national unity that keeps all Egyptians on Egypt's

blessed land."


After the attack, demonstrators gathered.

They protested against terrorism and demanded national unity.

Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egyptians,

and the bombing demonstrated the danger they face.

For example in 2013, CBN News reported

that the Muslim Brotherhood burned

a number of churches, Christian businesses, and even

an orphanage.

President el-Sisi said a religious war is being waged,

and vowed to hunt down the attackers.

The Coptic Pope Tawadros plans to return from a state visit

to preside over the funerals of more than two dozen Christians.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Painful to see Pat.

You know, ladies and gentlemen,

we see it over and over again.

Baptists don't blow up churches.

Catholics don't blow up churches.

It's Muslims that blow up churches.

It's Muslims who are carrying these attacks.

Like it or not, you say, well, we shouldn't

say anything bad about Islam.

You know, Geert Wilders over there in the Netherlands

was censored for what's called hate speech.

But he's telling the truth.

And actually his standing in the polls has raised,

has gone up ever since that judicial decree came out

a couple days ago.

But ladies and gentlemen, it's there.

And we might as well say it.

And we asked why did they take out from the FBI training

manual any reference to Islam.

They are the ones that blow these people up.

They are the suicide bombers.

They are the ones that are crazy.

They're trying to kill people.

It's not a religion of peace.

It's a religion of war.

And according to the Quran, you're

either you're either in the [ARABIC], which

is the land of war, or you're in [ARABIC],

the land of submission.

It's neither one or the other.

And they feel they have a license

to kill anybody who claims to be a Christian.

And I might add that our president has not

supported el-Sisi in Egypt.

It's like he still likes the Muslim Brotherhood, which

is a radical Islamic group.

And I believe that President Trump will reach out to el-Sisi

and try to give him some help.

We've got to look after those moderates over there

in Jordan and Egypt and Saudi Arabia

and wherever else we can find them.

And maybe this will be a exclamation point

underneath Efrem.

Pat, ISIS has recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra

in central Syria from Syrian troops.

It's a major victory for Islamic radicals coming at a time

when many thought they were in retreat.

ISIS militants were driven out of Palmyra

by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago.

ISIS may have taken advantage of the fact

that Syrian government and Russian forces are focused

on the battle in Aleppo.

Back here at home, a winter storm

is sweeping across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

Snow and freezing rain are slamming the region today,

and winter storm warnings have been issued.

Over the weekend the storm dumped more than six inches

of snow on at least eight states,

causing major problems on the roads,

including a 33 car pileup in Flint, Michigan.

In Detroit, a flight skidded off the runway.

Fortunately all 70 passengers aboard that plane are safe.

Good job keeping everyone calm and got us

all off the plane in an orderly fashion.

The people on the ground were awesome too,

helping you off the plane and on the bus, off the bus,

telling you exactly where to go.

So, they did a good job.

EFREM GRAHAM: At Chicago's O'Hare Airport,

more than a thousand flights have been canceled,

and temperatures are going to drop as much as 30 degrees

below average later on throughout much of the Midwest

and East.

Getting cold here in Virginia too Pat.

Well it's not here yet.

And so I advertise the beautiful, balmy Virginia

beach, it's about-- what is it, 65 today?


It was 60 something early morning.

No rain, the sun is shining, and it's

a good day to ride a horse.


So there you go.

There's your day planned.


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