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News on The 700 Club: April 13, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 13: 'We're not getting along at all': US-Russian relations go into deep freeze; EXPOSED: DC veterans hospital patients in imminent danger, and more. Read Transcript

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to this special edition

of the 700 Club.

Today, if you missed it, is Maundy Thursday,

celebrating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ

as he looked onto this crucifixion on Friday

and the Resurrection on Easter on Sunday morning--

what was then the beginning of a new day, a new week.

But as part of our Holy Week tradition,

we'll be sharing communion with you on this program.

So we invite you to get some bread and juice or wine

or whatever you use and you can join with us later on.

So, here's Wendy.

Also coming up we'll take an unforgettable look

at the last few hours of Jesus' life

through the eyes of the late sculptor, Gill Emilio.

But first in the news, it's been

called a new low for the United States and Russia.

Tensions are escalating as President Putin refuses

to back down on his support for Syria, even

after a day of diplomatic talks in Moscow.

Here's Dale Hurd.

Right now, we're not getting along with Russia at all.

DALE HURD: It wasn't supposed to be like this.

US-Russia relations were supposed

to improve under the Trump administration,

but the Syrian nerve gas attack blamed on Russia's ally,

Bashar al-Assad, and the US missile attack against Syria

has caused US-Russia ties to hit bottom.

The current state of US-Russia relations is at a low point.

DALE HURD: Russian president, Vladimir Putin,

also said on Russian TV that the level of trust

has deteriorated.

This after secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,

faced an unusually hostile reception in Moscow.

The US missile strike on Syria that

triggered the diplomatic crisis hit a Syrian air base

where there had been Russian military personnel.

So did Moscow know about the chemical weapons?

I would like to think that they didn't know,

but certainly they could have.

They were there.

So we'll find out.

After a tense two hour closed-door meeting with Putin,

Tillerson then angered Russia by bluntly calling for regime

change in Damascus.

Our view is that the reign of the Assad family

is coming to an end.

DALE HURD: But Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov,

referring to Iraq, said experiments

like that which are built on an obsession

with overthrowing dictators, totalitarian,

or authoritarian leaders we have already seen.

We know the ending of it way too well.

The two sides also agreed to disagree about Ukraine,

where Moscow backs rebel forces.

With relations between the two nuclear powers worsening,

Google Trends reports internet searches

for the term World War 3 have hit an all-time high.

The world's two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this

kind of relationship.

DALE HURD: And the US warned Russia

that it is only isolating itself with its continued

support of Assad.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

Well, as we mentioned before, the Russians

don't have any economy.

Their economy is in tatters.

They've got a few oligarchs that are enormously rich.

Putin himself probably is enormously rich.

But beyond that, they have very little there.

They only have a shell of an armed forces.

So most of what they're doing is a bluff.

And President Obama has refused to call it bluff

and so the Russians got away with murder--

whatever they wanted to do.

They took over the Crimea or they

moved into the Ukraine and all those things they did.


But now there's somebody who says, look, we're the big dog

and we're going to be treated like the big dog

and we'll get along with you, but we're

going to understand that we're going to call the tune.

All right.

That's all well and good, except the fact

they have an enormous arsenal of nuclear weapons

and if they get pushed so far and they

push the trigger, of course--

but I don't think Putin and those people in Russia

are insane.

The ones in North Korea are insane.

Ahmadinejad, if he gets back in power in Iran, is insane.

These people are more than willing to immolate

the entire globe to establish their own power.

The Russians are not that way but nevertheless,

when you're dealing with somebody

that's got that kind of power, you have to walk softly.

You give them an out.

Don't push them into the corner.

Give them face-saving outs.

And that's going to happen, but like it or not, that Assad--

Bashar al-Assad has got to go.

He's proven himself unworthy of leading a nation.

Well, as US-Russian relations sour,

President Trump's relations with China seem to be on the rise.

John Jessup has that.

That's right, Pat.

Tensions with China have eased up

after President Trump's meeting with China's president

last week.

During the campaign, Trump was pretty tough on China

but now he says the US will not label China as a currency


Backing off from that trade label means trade with--

trade with China, rather, likely won't

be disrupted by higher tariffs.

Since Trump's meeting with President Xi Jinping,

China appears to be changing its tune

on big international issues like Syria and North Korea.

For example, Trump says President Xi will stop

buying coal from North Korea.

The Korean regime normally conducts about 90% of its trade

with China.

And on Syria, China did not try to block yesterday's United

Nations resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons.

Russia did, however, veto that resolution.


Trump is a deal maker.

And so he says to the head of China, look--

how about you making a few billion dollars

on lower tariffs and we'll give you some trade concessions

so you can sell stuff in the United States

and all you've got to do is turn the screws on North Korea.

If you'll do that, we'll give you some money--

help you make some money.

That's a businessman's deal and it

looks like the Chinese are buying it so the great deal

maker is at his best when he's dealing with somebody who

himself is a great deal maker.


Pat, a disturbing new report about the state

of a veterans hospital right here in our nation's capitol.

The Office of the Inspector General

says patients at the Veterans Affairs facility in Washington

are in imminent danger.

Investigators say hospital staff were ill-equipped to perform


They also found 18 of the 25 sterile storage areas

were dirty.

And in the last 3 years, 194 reports

documented that patient safety has been compromised.

The VA has taken action, though, Pat.

The facilities director has been reassigned.

Like big deal.

He's been reassigned.

He should be fired.

They haven't fired anybody.

The same ones that are there-- actually

they gave them bonuses and those veterans

have been dying because they're lacking care.

It is one of the most mismanaged things that keeps

going on and on and on and on.

I wonder again why the president just doesn't clean house.

He promised it.

I was at a meeting where he was promising veterans

we're going to do something about the Veterans


Well, so far, no, and it's just amazing how those guys hold on.

They should be fired--

not reassigned.

Not given bonuses.

They should be fired.

They're incompetent and they're hurting

our brave men and women who have served this country so nobly.

And it isn't fair.

It isn't right what they're doing

and they should be made to pay for it.

And some of it should be criminal charges.

We ought to get with it and do it now.


Pat, a drug cartel member has been arrested in Mexico

for the murder of US border patrol agent, Brian Terry.

Terry was killed in 2010 in a gunfight between the cartel

and border patrol.

Controversy surrounded Terry's death

because it exposed a botched ATF program

called Operation Fast and Furious.

That program sought to track guns

sold to cartel members in the US as they traveled back

to Mexico.

Agents lost track of more than 1,000 guns, 2 of which

were found at the site of Terry's death.

Well, new information now about the driver

who collided with a church bus killing 13 people.

He apparently had been on prescription pills,

had marijuana in his truck, and had been texting while driving.

That revelation comes two weeks after the deadly crash

in New Braunfels, Texas.

The man driving the truck during the head-on collision

with the church bus is 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young.

His medications included an antidepressant medication

used for seizures and panic disorder and a sleeping pill.

Pat, no charges have been filed just yet

but he is expected to face manslaughter charges.

I don't know if manslaughter is enough.

What an awful thing.

But listen, I tell you, you get behind the wheel of one

of those monsters, they're 2,000 pounds, 3,000 pounds, 4,000,

5,000, 6,000 pounds going 60, 70, 80 miles an hour,

it is a missile of deadly force.

And to get somebody who's hopped up

on medication, taking marijuana, is stoned at the wheel--

oh, it's just horrible.

Contemplating those poor innocent children

dead because of him.

I tell you, you keep hearing these things in the news

and you're just appalled but I must say,

Texas is going to take care of this one.

I have great faith in Texas, so go get him Texas.


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