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News on The 700 Club: February 20, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," February 20: President Trump explains 'Sweden incident' in tweet; Fmr. Israeli envoy: There's only one reason every peace deal has failed, and more. Read Transcript

Welcome, folks, to this edition of "The 700 Club" as we

start another week.

We're glad you're with us.

Well, President Trump is taking on the news media once again.

And he's not the only one.

Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina

is saying that some of the coverage of the president

has been, quote, "almost to the point of hysterical."


The president is also ramping up his search for a new National

Security Adviser.

He met with candidates for the job this weekend in Florida.

Caitlin Burke has the story.

CAITLIN BURKE: President Trump returns to Washington today

after spending the weekend at his private club in Florida.

However, his time away had little

to do with escaping work.

The commander in chief spent his time

in the Sunshine State rallying supporters, interviewing

contenders for National Security Adviser,

and in meetings about replacing Obamacare.

We are going to be submitting, in a couple of weeks,

a great health care plan that's going

to take the place of the disaster known as Obamacare!


It will be repealed and replaced.

CAITLIN BURKE: Both the president and the First Lady

came under fire after their rally Saturday,

some on the left criticizing Melania for beginning the rally

with the Lord's Prayer--

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth

as it is in heaven.

CAITLIN BURKE: --and Trump after referring

to an incident in Sweden.

You look at what's happening in Germany.

You look at what's happening last night in Sweden.


Who would believe this?

CAITLIN BURKE: In response, the former Swedish prime minister

tweeted, "Sweden?

Terror attacks?

What has he been smoking?

Questions abound."

Trump explained his comment in a tweet of his own,

writing, "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden

was in reference to a story that was

broadcast on Fox News concerning immigrants and Sweden."

That story on Fox News that Trump referred to

was from "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Carlson spoke with a documentary filmmaker about a surge

in violent crimes in Sweden.

Some have traced that back to an increase of refugees.

During the rally, Trump also took a moment

to criticize the mainstream media.

Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln

and many of our greatest presidents

fought with the media and called them out, oftentimes,

on their lies.

When the media lies to people, I will never, ever

let them get away with it.

I will do whatever I can that they don't get away with it.

They have their own agenda.

And their agenda is not your agenda.

CAITLIN BURKE: And he took on the media

in a tweet that got a lot of attention,

as well, saying the fake news media isn't his enemy

but the enemy of the American people--

those comments, of course, setting off a firestorm.

If you want to preserve--

I'm very serious now--

democracy as we know it, you have

to have a free and many times adversarial press.

And without it, I'm afraid that we would lose so much

of our individual liberties over time.

That's how dictators get started.

CAITLIN BURKE: But South Carolina Senator Lindsey

Graham, a longtime friend of McCain,

says the media has indeed gone too far in its coverage

of the president.

The bottom line here is America is not becoming a dictatorship.

Senator McCain was right to say that we need, as politicians,

to understand the role of the press and jealously guard it.

But I would say this to the American press corps.

When it comes to Trump, you're over the top.

You're acting more like an opposition party.

Every president's had problems with the press.

You need to do your job.

But from a Republican point of view,

I think the coverage against President Trump

has been almost to the point of being hysterical.

And y'all need to do some self evaluation, in my view.

CAITLIN BURKE: Caitlin Burke, CBN News.

You know, they said in a press conference,

well, you're hurting the First Amendment.

And I wonder how many people in the press

actually know what the First Amendment says.

Would you mind if I quoted a little part of it?

What does the First Amendment say?

It goes like this.

"Congress shall make no law respecting

an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise


That's the First Amendment.

Then it goes on to talk about free speech and free press

and so forth.

And the part about press is like two words, "and press."

And the main portion of the First Amendment

deals with religious freedom and the fact

that Congress shall pass no law setting up an established


That's what it says.

And so all that business about, well,

if you go against "The Washington Post" or "The New

York Times," you're violating the, quote,

"First Amendment," how about all the violation that's had

to do with religious freedom over the last few years,

unbelievable assault on religion?

You don't hear the so-called "free press" bemoaning the fact

that we've lost that part of the First Amendment.

That's what it says, "Congress shall pass no law"--

not state legislatures and certainly not the president,

"Congress shall pass no law respecting

an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise


And yet almost no cases on the free exercise,

so it's mostly been the establishment of religion.

And so little kids have not been able to pray over

their milk and cookies in Kindergarten because of,

quote, "the First Amendment."

Well, it's been distorted by the courts.

And I think you ask those reporters to quote it,

and they couldn't report it if their lives depend on it.

Well, despite all the negative media coverage

about the president, Americans are

very positive about the outlook for the economy.

John Jessup has that.

Pat, a clear majority of Americans

believe the economy is doing well.

And they expect the trend to continue under President Trump.

61% believe the economy is strong compared

to 39% who say it's weak.

Those are the findings of a Harvard Harris Poll published

by "The Hill" newspaper.

Mark Penn, the poll's codirector,

says, "It's really a surprising turnaround

given how negative voters have been about the economy

since 2009."

The stock market shot up the day after Trump's victory

and has been climbing steadily ever since.

Well, former Secretary of State John Kerry

reportedly tried to broker a regional Mideast peace

plan a year ago.

The report follows last week's meeting

between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

and President Trump, which included

talk of the possibility of a peace deal

that would go beyond just the Israelis and Palestinians

and bring in other countries, as well.

But one key Israeli leader tells CBN News

he doesn't think the Palestinians will ever

accept the existence of Israel.

Chris Mitchell brings us the story from Jerusalem.

CHRIS MITCHELL: In early 2016, a secret meeting

between Kerry, Jordan's King Abdullah, Egypt's President

el-Sisi, and Netanyahu took place in Aqaba, Jordan.

The purpose of the meeting was a regional piece plan

based in part on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

Kerry's upgraded initiative would

make Jerusalem the capital of two states

and called on Israel to turn over the entire West Bank

to the Palestinians in exchange for recognition

of Israel as a Jewish state.

However, Ambassador Michael Oren, Israel's Deputy Minister

of Public Diplomacy, told CBN News

he doesn't believe the Palestinians would ever

recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Because the Palestinians will never

accept the existence of a legitimate Jewish state in any


It's not about borders.

It's about the existence of a Jewish state.

CHRIS MITCHELL: According to the report,

Netanyahu rejected the offer because he did not believe

his government would accept it.

Last week during their press conference,

both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump

implied a regional piece plan might offer the best

opportunity for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian

conflict without offering details.

Oren said the Palestinians don't have

a state because they rejected previous offers for one reason.

The Palestinians hold the world record

of a people that has been offered a state

and have turned it down, most often with violence.

They turn it down not because of the borders.

They turn it down not because settlements.

They don't turn it down even because of Jerusalem.

They turn it down for one reason every single time,

and that is that the price that they

have to pay for a Palestinian state

is recognizing a Jewish state.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The Israeli newspaper

"Haaretz" first reported on the proposal.

The prime minister's office declined

to comment on the story.

Some believe the release of the information

may be timed to embarrass Netanyahu as relations

with the US are warming.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Thanks, Chris.

Pat, as Chris just said, the relations

are certainly warming.

Well they're warming between the United States,

but they're not warming the Palestinians.

You know, Yasser Arafat, he started

something called the Intifada, which means "shaking."

And he just wanted to stir up trouble and make war.

He got his money, by the way, from the other Arab nations

as long as there was trouble going on in Israel.

When the trouble stopped, the money stopped.

And so Arafat wanted the, quote, "Intifada."

And he was offered a tremendous peace deal,

and he turned it down.

So what's the problem?

They've got all these Palestinians.

And they reproduce, probably, more rapidly

than the Jewish people do.

So before long, there are more Palestinians than Jews.

So you put them into one nation under the Jewish control.

And now the Jews are in a nation that

has more people, more Arabs than there are Jews.

And if they have a democracy and they start to vote,

then they'll both control.

So they won't allow them to vote.

So that means they'd be sitting on top of a powder keg that'd

be controlling them.

One solution would be to give them back to Jordan,

where they used to be, as citizens.

But they've got a real problem in terms of demography.

And this two states is not going to work.

And if the Palestinians don't want it

and their rhetoric is so inflammatory about Jews--

I mean, they teach the kids hateful things about Jews--

there's almost no possibility of peace.

So what are they going to do?

I mean, it's really a difficult thing.

And, you know, the Jews don't want

to be part of a minority country.

And they certainly don't want to be

in charge of a military dictatorship that

suppresses the majority.

I mean, it's really tough.

So only the Lord knows the answer.

But one answer is not to give up Jerusalem

and to give up all that Judea and Samaria.

And there's a lot of land, a lot of land

that's under the control of the Arab nations.

They could set up a big, big territory for Palestinians

if they wanted to do it.

And there might have to be a mass migration.

But it's going to be a difficult issue.

And we need to understand what they're dealing with.

Well, you remember there was a case called "Roe versus Wade."

And we learned that mostly that was a put-up case by the ACLU.

Well, Norma McCorvey, who was better known as the Jane Roe

in the now famous "Roe versus Wade" decision that

legalized abortion, has just died at age of 69.

She was 22 years old and pregnant

when the case went to the Supreme Court.

And later Norma McCorvey said, I deeply

regret my role in that suit.

I've become a Christian, and I am pro-life.

In an interview with CBN News a few years ago,

McCorvey explained her changed views and her new-found purpose

within the abortion industry.

The Lord's called me to go out and speak to women hoping that,

if there's just that one sitting in that audience

on that particular night, that maybe I can change her mind.

Well, McCorvery spent the rest of her years

as a pro-life activist encouraging others

to fight for life.

And she said her conversion to Christianity convinced her

that homosexuality was wrong and caused her

to leave her same-sex partner.


Well, she leaves behind three children.

But isn't that amazing?

She was a poster child.

And Judge Blackmun wrote the decision.

It was later called Blackmun's Abortion

because it had no foundation whatsoever

in constitutional law.

It was a made-up case based on the whole idea of privacy

that came out of a Connecticut case.

And it was put-together deal with what

amounted to a phony plaintiff.

I mean, but they got away with it.

And now they say, well, "Roe versus Wade"

is the settled law of the land.

Well, one of these days somebody's

going to overturn that because it needs to go to the states.

The state needs to vote on what they're

going to do instead of have it imposed on them by court.

John, what's next?

Pat, turning to health news, no more junk

food at government meetings and tourist establishments

in the tiny island nation of Vanuatu.

That's because the government is banning them and replacing them

with local food like lobsters, coconuts, and lime juice.

The chairman of the Torba Tourism Council

tells "The New York Times" this is an effort

to promote local agriculture and a response

to the increase in diabetes and other diseases in Vanuatu's


Some Pacific island nations now have rates of diabetes

between two and four times higher

than that of the United States.

Experts tell the "Times" the health crisis mainly

has been driven by a long-term shift from traditional diets

to ones high in sugar, refined starch, and processed foods.

Pat, it sounds like they're finally listening to you.

Vanuatu, that's the place to start a bank.

If you want your own bank, do it in Vanuatu.

It's a wonderful location to organize a bank.

But, in the mean time, those people have found the answer.

We are being made a nation of ill people--

diabetes, heart disease, and all the rest--

because of sugar and processed food-- a lot of flour,

white flour, and processed foods.

And the people in Vanuatu said, we're going to ban all that.

God bless them.

Stay with it, and don't be intimidated

by the food industry.

Wendy, they've got it right.

I've never heard of Vanuatu.

You haven't?

Oh, come on!

I thought I'd been everywhere.

Oh, stop it!

Vanuatu is a paradise for banking.

You haven't got your own bank yet?

[LAUGHS] Not yet!

Is it in the Caribbean?

No, it's in the Pacific.

It's in the Pacific?


Yeah, it's a nice island in the Pacific

where you can go and start a bank.

It's wonderful.

When I'm in the islands, I never

eat junk food because they have so much great fresh fruit

and the tropical fruits.

Well, they do all of that.

But, you see, we've imposed on them.

They've started to eat all these Twinkies and whatever we

sell around here that we eat.

They've got all that sugar.

And those people of Vanuatu are getting diabetes.

And they're dying.

And they say, we've got to stop it.

WENDY GRIFFITH: But at least they have good banks.

Well, I don't know how good they are.

But they're easy to start, how about that?


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