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News on The 700 Club: January 11, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," January 11: Trump denounces 'political witch hunt' as cabinet picks brace for more grilling; Are Millennials a key to China's salvation?, and more. Read Transcript

Welcome to the 700 Club.

Donald Trump is meeting with the media

today-- his first press conference

since winning the White House.

And two of the hottest topics-- his relations

with Russia and the confirmation hearings

for his cabinet choices.

Trump's choice for Secretary of State

goes before the Senate today.

And Democrats are also taking on his Attorney General

nominee, Jeff.

Sessions George Thomas has the story.

GEORGE THOMAS: Rex Tillerson, tapped

to be Donald Trump's Secretary of State,

is expected to face a contentious confirmation


Lawmakers plan to grill the former Exxon

CEO about connections to Russian leader, Vladimir Putin,

as well as his numerous global business ties.

Despite the political theatrics, most

expect him to be confirmed as America's next top diplomat.

Do you swear that the testimony you're about to give

before this committee--

GEORGE THOMAS: And Trump's Attorney General nominee,

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, is back for another around

today after facing hours of questioning

on a wide range of issues from national security, same sex

marriage, abortion rights to a ban on Muslims

coming to America.

Would you support a law that says

you can't come to America because you're a Muslim?


GEORGE THOMAS: While vowing to protect law and order,

Sessions also spent time defending his record

and denying allegations of racial animosity-- accusations

that derailed his federal judicial nomination 30 years


I am the same person, perhaps wiser and maybe a little

better-- I hope so-- today than I was then.

But I did not harbor the kind of animosities

and race-based discrimination ideas that I was accused of.

I did not.

GEORGE THOMAS: More confirmation hearings

are scheduled throughout the week.

And two months after winning the presidency,

Donald Trump holds his first press conference today.

He's expected to face questions about an unverified report

with allegations that Russia has compromising

personal and financial information on him that

could be damaging.

Trump responded in all caps on Twitter,

blasting the unsubstantiated report as, "Fake news--

a total political witch hunt."

The Kremlin also chimed in, calling the allegations pulp



The story broke just hours before President Obama

took the stage in Chicago for his farewell speech.

Tonight, it's my turn to say thanks.


Whether we have seen eye to eye or rarely agreed at all,

my conversations with you, the American people,

in living rooms and in schools, at farms, on factory floors,

at diners, and on distant military outposts--

those conversations are what have kept me honest

and kept me inspired and kept me going.

And every day I have learned from you.

You made me a better president.

And you made me a better man.

GEORGE THOMAS: But the man set to take over from him

has vowed to undo many of his signature policies,

including Obamacare-- Trump telling

Congress to repeal and replace the law immediately.

In addition to focusing on Obamacare,

there are signs that Trump economic plan

could have positive results.

The World Bank says Trump's tax cuts

could jump start the US economy and growth around the world.

And it appears America's small business

owners can't wait either.

A survey shows optimism surging by the most since 1980.

George Thomas, CBN News.

Thanks, George.

In that speech of Obama, he mentioned himself,

I think, 75 times.

His speech was longer than the combined speeches

farewell of Ronald Reagan, of Bill Clinton, and George Bush.

You are kidding.

Actually, I'm not that surprised.

He did do a lot of patting himself on the back.

75 times-- saying what a great guy he is.

And I tell you when you look, the economy is in shambles.

The growth is a historical low .

Businesses are failing, and we're struggling.

And you can see what's happening in the stock

market, and the whole optimism of, especially small business


It is amazing just the fact of Trump's appearance

has lifted the spirits, not only of America,

but the whole world.

I mean, that is an amazing accomplishment.

Well, the man who shot nine black church members

has now been given his decision by a federal jury.

And that is a very appropriate death sentence.

Efrem Graham has this.

Half the jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death

for killing nine black church members during a Bible study

at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Relatives of the victims believe justice has been served.

I'm happy he got a fair trial.

I'm also happy that he got the death penalty.

But we still don't have our family members.

When my sister was killed, this community

pulled together in a way that I had never seen.

EFREM GRAHAM: Roof acted as his own attorney in the sentencing


Phase speaking to the jury, Roof did not offer apologies.

But instead said, quote, "I still

feel like I had to do it."

Jury members deliberated for three hours

before returning with the decision.

Ruth also faces a state trial where he could

be sentenced to death again.

Christianity is appearing apparently

gaining ground among the next generation in China.

Many millennials are looking for answers to life's big questions

in church.

And Christian leaders are hopeful the younger generation

could bring their nation closer to God.

Caitlin Burke brings us this story.

CAITLIN BURKE: China is getting younger and younger.

24 million people live in Shanghai,

and 3/4 are millennials-- adults between the ages of 20 and 33.

This age demographic is moving to Shanghai

for several reasons.

I moved to Shanghai a few years ago.

My friends kept telling me I could find better jobs here.

I want to earn more money for my family.

CAITLIN BURKE: Besides looking for jobs,

millennials have also joined the Christian community.

To cope with societal pressure, young people

are increasingly turning to support

groups and spirituality.

One study found that 62% of China's religious believers

are between the ages of 19 and 39.

One day.

My friend invited me to church after work.

It was new to me.

As I listened to the music, all of a sudden I felt so peaceful.

I felt something special.

CAITLIN BURKE: Christian leaders in Shanghai

say young people are seeking out churches,

because they want a place where they can take a break

and express themselves openly.

Living in the big city is not easy for them.

Many of the young people share with me

that they face a burden all the time.

Some of them just cry to me and ask me to help them.

CAITLIN BURKE: Church leaders use biblical truths to help

millennials cope with life.

They share their own experiences and tell them

about God's grace.

For the single people, I understand their concerns.

I've read the story of Ruth and explained the meaning to them.

I wanted to make sure they understood that I

had the same struggle before.

But God is faithful.

CAITLIN BURKE: Chinese young adults

who attend church services regularly

say they've learned to pray for themselves and their families,

and they no longer feel empty inside.

Now I am Christian.

I'm not afraid of anything.

Jesus is always with me.

I'm not alone when I face difficulties.

CAITLIN BURKE: Shanghai is one of the most important cities

in China.

Churches are planning to organize more events

to reach millennials there, because they believe

this young generation could be the only way to bring

the city closer to God.

We want to use all of our resources

to build the bridge between young people and our Savior.

They could do some amazing work for Jesus.


CAITLIN BURKE: Caitlin Burke, CBN News.

Amazing to see.

Got it on the move.


Well, I've been there and spoken in those churches,

spoken out on the streets, talked to people.

I mean, to see the hunger for God in China is overwhelming.

And when you go back into the congis,

they leave pictorial language that is the root of China.

It reflects right back to the Old Testament time and time


I've talked to leaders, including the foreign minister,

about those things.

And I said look, here it is.

In your language, primitive Christianity is right there.

And they go back to almost like the genesis.

It is an amazing thing.

And China-- I said it before.

I'll say it again.

China is going to become the largest

Christian nation in the world.

And these young people-- they don't

buy into Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution.

And all that stuff is long past history for them.

And communism really offers them nothing,

because it has no hope and nowhere to go.

So they're looking for something to fulfill there they

are learning in their hearts, and they are turning to Jesus.

And it is absolutely wonderful.

But just keep your eyes on it.

And all this bellicose talk about we're

going to fight and everything-- the Chinese people,

they can't afford a war.

They just can't do it.

The country doesn't have that kind of money.

They need friendship.

But these young people are the answer.

And we should do everything we can

to encourage that religious revival in China.


Indeed, Pat.

Smoking is hitting the world with a high cost

to both life and the economy.

According to a new report from the World Health Organization

and the US National Cancer Institute,

about 6 million people die every year from smoking.

And it costs the world more than a trillion dollars a year

in health care and loss of productivity.

The report also pointed out smoking hits

poor countries the hardest.

Tobacco use can lead to several deadly diseases,

including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.


Well, we banned marijuana.

And we banned cocaine, and we banned other types of opiates.

But tobacco is the drug that we approve of, and it is deadly.

And ladies and gentlemen, I think the time

has come for a ban on tobacco.

We really need to do it.

And what we're doing here in America,

we're limiting the use of tobacco in America

and we're exporting those things like crazy into third world


And the big advertising push is to hook young people

on smoking.

And in Indonesia, countries like that, it is just disgraceful.

And I think the world body, if they ever

did anything important, would be to put a ban on tobacco.

And as I said, there should be some tax considerations,

so that tobacco companies can have the money

to go do something more profitable.

Maybe they can get into pharmaceuticals or something,

but they cannot any longer be putting this dreaded disease

on the nations of the world.

It's just shocking that we're doing it.

But this is an export from America that has got to stop.


There will be quite the black market for cigarettes

if that happens.



Because it's such a strong addiction.

I mean, people that do smoke-- I've seen this struggle

that they've had.

And I'm telling you it's like there's

almost like a resurgence of people smoking lately.

21 days is all it takes.

I mean, I did it.

I used to smoked a pack, pack and a half a day.

I know what it's like.

That is hard to believe.

Yeah, well.


I mean, were YOU in your 20s?

Yeah, I was in law school.


And I was a student, and I came out of an evidence class.

I'd seen some of the pictures about what

these things do to you.

And I did like this.

This is the last one I'll ever smoke.

Grounded it down, and that was the last one I've ever smoked.

See, my dad was able to do that, but my mom wasn't.

So I don't know.

Maybe it's easier for some people.

21 days-- you know, today I'm not going to smoke a cigarette.

Today, I'm not gong to smoke-- 21 days.

Right, the new years, folks.

And all the sudden what happened--

it used to be you really liked them.

And then after 21 days, it is revolting

to go on to a bar with a whole bunch of cigarettes

and, you know, just butts and an ashtray.

It is revolting.

So your body actually turns against it.

Yeah, it really does.

But 21 days, smokers, and you're a free.


All right, Efrem.


Pat, for the last few days, Operation Blessing's Snow

Buddies program has been helping snowbound families dig out

after the weekend winter storm.

I just didn't know what was going on.

Um I have to get my husband's medicine.

He's diabetic.

I have to get it by Thursday.

EFREM GRAHAM: The black ice on the roads

made it impossible for Suzanne Shelton and her husband, Gary,

to get what they needed for their help.

So Operation Blessing made sure they were the first stop

in helping people.

They stopped in and got them what they needed.

It's just really beautiful that there's still

people that care about a lot of seniors that just can't get out

there and do this.

So thank you so much.

EFREM GRAHAM: For more information on the Snow Buddy

program, you can go to Operation Blessing's website.

It is

So nice to see them lending a hand.


Well, I think Bill Horan said, it's

just a privilege and honor to serve our neighbors right here

at home.

It makes a huge difference.

I mean, we' had black all over the place.

They couldn't drive.

They couldn't move.

They couldn't get.

And to have a group of eager volunteers, that

was one of the services that Operation Blessing did

for this community and others.

I mean, we're there helping people.

And so if you want to help Operation Blessing,

it's 1-800-700-7000.

Or you can log on to

Ain't that exciting what they did?

I love it.

I was noticing, you know, what great exercise

that would be too to get out there and shovel snow.

Oh absolutely.

Oh yeah.


I don't think they did it as an excercise.

No, but--

But it's good.



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