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News on The 700 Club: September 19, 2017

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Well welcome, folks, to this edition of "The 700 Club."

The eyes of the world are on President Trump

today as he speaks in the United Nations.

He'll talk about how every country must come together

to take on the growing nuclear threat from North Korea.


Even before his speech, Pat, the president

was already at work at the UN, as he

met with several world leaders, including

the Prime Minister of Israel.

Heather Sells brings us the story.

Many US allies are carefully watching

the president's debut speech today,

as are America's adversaries.

North Korea's top diplomat has a front row seat.

Mounting tensions with North Korea

are expected to dominate conversations in New York

during the six-day UN meeting.

The Secretary General calls it the most dangerous crisis

that we face today.

President Trump will take it up in his address.

The president is expected to argue that the nation should

rally together when faced with common threats,

like North Korea.

It's a marked change from the campaign trail, where

he suggested that the UN was not a friend to the US,

and called it weak and incompetent.

The United Nations is not a friend of democracy.

It's not a friend to freedom.

It's not a friend even to the United States of America.

HEATHER SELLS: The president is also

expected to talk about Iran's nuclear agenda and the chaos

in Venezuela and Syria.

And in keeping with his campaign comments,

he will push for reform at the UN,

a point he previewed on Monday.

In recent years, the United Nations

has not reached its full potential

because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.

HEATHER SELLS: On one issue, there's

no question where the US stands at the UN,

taking a strong position in support of Israel.

The Prime Minister of Israel reinforced that when

he met with President Trump Monday.

Under your leadership, the alliance

between America and Israel has never been stronger and never

been deeper.

HEATHER SELLS: Trump said they're

working very hard to bring peace between Israel

and the Palestinian Authority, and said

he hopes for significant progress by the year's end.

He's expected to meet later this week

with the Palestinian president, as well as many other world


Another key point for the president at the UN,

emphasizing his America first policy

actually working hand-in-hand with international cooperation.

The president believes all nations should

put their own interests first, and they can also work together

when faced with common concerns, like threats

from terrorists and rogue countries, like North Korea.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

Thanks, Heather.

Our CBN News political correspondent David Brody

is with us from Washington.

And David, how do you think the Trump team will

get the international community on its side against North


Well, it's going to be very difficult, Pat.

Obviously, there are players out there

that will play ball with the Trump administration.

But the question is, what will China do, what will Russia do.

And even further than that, Pat, will the president

call out China specifically by name at the United Nations


That is an unanswered question.

We just don't know.

Typically, Trump would call out China.

He's done it many times before.

But when you are at the United Nations,

it's a whole different story.

And we'll see what happens.

Remember, no applause at the United Nations

during these speeches.

So that will be something very different for this president,

who loves the applause line.

There will be none of that today.

It will be dead silent, if you will.

And also remember North Korea will be actually sitting

in the front row.

As Bob Uecker used to say in that old baseball commercial,

they'll be in the front row.

And I will say this, that the reason they're

in the front row, a lot of people

might say, well, that's interesting.

It's actually a lottery that determines that North

Korea actually gets that seat.

Davey, you remember it wasn't too long ago that the United

Nations voted against Israel.

They said the occupation of the West Bank was an act--

I don't know if they used aggression or terrorism

or what have you, but they labeled

Israel a terrorist aggressor.

And the United Nations--

I mean, the United States abstained from that, did not

use its veto.

And that is still in place.

So what's the deal on that, do you know?

Well, a couple of things.

You know, we talked to US Ambassador

to the UN Nikki Haley about this a few months ago.

And she has been very outspoken in the problem

that the UN has against Israel.

She calls it an anti-Israel bias.

And so she's been very outspoken.

The question is, will the president actually

address that today.

There is a sense that he will, or at least

maybe not be as strong as Nikki Haley,

because Nikki Haley is operating in a different venue

and different space at times, but there is a sense

that that will happen.

I do want to point something real quick,

Pat, on North Korea.

It's important to note that sanctions indeed

are the way that this administration wants to go.

They believe that they can get there with sanctions.

At the same time, they also understand

that those military options, as Erik Rosales was

talking about yesterday, definitely on the table

for sure.

Well, in the domestic scene, the Congress,

you know, Lindsey Graham has come forth

with a proposal that may well gather the support needed

in his fellow senators to pass to repeal and replace

Obamacare with block grants to the states.

Do you want to talk about that?

Yeah, well let me tell you something straight up,

as they like to say.

This is not only a serious effort, Pat,

this really could get passed.

They're pretty much one vote away.

Is it going to be Lisa Murkowski?

If they can get Lisa Murkowski to agree,

they're probably going to get this bill past the Senate.

They're M now probably at 49 votes or so.

I have been told by senior administration officials

that the president two months ago actually told the vice

president to get working behind the scenes on a health care

replacement deal.

And that's what the vice president

has done the last eight weeks.

And hence, here we are with the Graham-Cassady Bill.

And think about this, Pat, for a moment.

It's actually a stroke of genius.

The president-- and we hear all this about Chuck and Nancy

and the three-month deal with Democrats.

Think about what that just did.

He took away Harvey and Irma in terms of Senate floor time.

He took away anything with the budget for three months

in terms of Senate floor time.

So guess what?

That's right, now there's Senate floor

time to debate Graham-Cassady and get

that done before September 30th, because the budget runs out

on September 30th.

You've got about 10, 11 days left.

So they've got to get that done before September 30th.

Why do they have to get it done before that time?

Because when the budget runs out,

so does the budget reconciliation process run out,

which means 50 votes are needed before September 30th.

After September 30th, it's 60 votes.

You know, with Lisa Murkowski, I

don't know how much of a maverick she is,

but Alaska is a small state, and it

seems like the amount of goodies that

could be given to Alaska to get that vote would

be pretty small beans considering

some of the other things that are at stake.

Well, you can be sure the horse trading is in full force.

Hence, one of the reasons--

I'm not suggesting horse trading is happening today,

necessarily, at the Senate policy luncheon,

but Mike Pence, remember, will be in New York this morning

for the UN speech by the president,

then shuttling back to DC for the Senate policy luncheon


That should tell you something, as we all

read between the lines.

And then he'll head back to New York.

So yes, Lisa Murkowski is right in the crosshairs

of all of this.

And let the horse trading begin, Pat.

Well, you also have been speaking

with budget director Mick Mulvaney on "Faith Nation."

He thinks tax reform can indeed get passed this year.

What's your take on that?

Well, that's right.

We're going to speak to the budget director, Mick Mulvaney.

That is Wednesday on the CBN News Facebook page.

"Faith Nation," the show--

12:30 Eastern, by the way-- do you like the plug?

I had to do that, Pat.

Cross-promotion, right?

But yes, Mick Mulvaney believes tax reform can get done.

And here's the dot, dot, dot to that, Pat.

Can it get done this year?

All along, the White House has wanted tax reform

to get done by Thanksgiving.

They believe if it gets done by Thanksgiving,

you can have that effect in the economy

so you get the six to nine-month effect

where the tax cuts get rolling, and then by the midterms

you're in pretty good shape.

There is no sense that that is going

to get done by Thanksgiving.

I think you're looking at after the first of the year.

But we'll see.

I can tell you this, that the new budget coming up,

what Republicans are hoping for, what Mick Mulvaney is hoping

for, is to budget in $1.5 trillion of tax cuts

into their budget configuration.

A lot of math, a lot of smoke and mirrors.

But the bottom line is if they can

do that, it will make Republicans hopefully

have to take less time dealing with certain tax breaks they're

going to have to eliminate to pay for the thing.

Well, now just procedural, and then we gotta move on,

but the House is supposed to be the originator of tax bills,

budget bills of this nature.

This is coming out of the Senate.

And they're gonna give it to the House,

but there's not gonna be able to amend it whatsoever.

Whatever they have is gonna be set in stone.

Am I correct in that?

Well, they'll start it in the House for sure,

and then it will go to the Senate,

and then of course the process after that.

So I mean, once again, here's part of the problem.

And the White House has been better on tax reform

than they were in health care, but once again,

how it actually the process plays out,

that is all to be determined.

I can tell you this--

whatever the process is, it's going

to go down, if you will, with 50 votes in the Senate for sure,

when it gets to the Senate, because they

won't have anywhere near 60 to get tax reform passed.

But with the vice president, they'll

have that extra vote to take it over the top.


That's right.

They'll have 50.

And he'll be in the chair.

And he's been talking about loving that seat in the chair

because that's going to be crucial to all of this.


David Brody, thank you so much.

Well, there's another major story in the news.

There's another hurricane.

This has moved to a category five, with 160 miles an hour.

It devastated the island of Dominica last night.

And now, the people of Puerto Rico are preparing for Maria.

After Hurricane Irma did up to a billion

of damage in that bankrupt state or nation or whatever it is.

It's a commonwealth.

And here in the United States, Operation Blessing

is still on the ground helping people in Texas and Florida

recover from hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

WENDY GRIFFITH: What is going on, Pat?

We haven't seen a year like this since 2005.


Well I mean, these are the monster.

This is a-- you know, category five

are devastating earthquakes.

Well, that thing, apparently it's aiming into Puerto Rico

is full force.

You know, the island of Dominica has been devastated.

Barbuda they say there's not a soul alive on that island.

I mean, it just wiped it out.

I mean, it's just tragedy of massive proportions.

And you say, what's going on in this world?

I know you ask the question.

I am, too.

A lot of people say it's the birth pangs.

You know, it could be.

I mean, it would be birth pains and also

the wrath of God, you know, it was revealed

against the sins of man.

I was reading in Romans just that everything,

the wrath of God is revealed against the children of man

of what they've been doing.

And they've broken God's covenant.

Could this possibly be judgment?

I don't know.

I mean, I just don't have any revelation to say this is

judgment or it isn't.

But it's the most awful.

I don't think we've ever had anything of this magnitude one

after the other.


I mean, 2005 was close.

And of course, we had Katrina, then right

after that we had Rita, and there was another one.

It was called the year of the whirlwind.

But this I think has--

I think 2017 has got that one beat.


Well, Operation Blessing, by the way, is on the scene.

We'll be in Florida.

We are in Florida.

We're in Texas.

And as best we're able, we'll be in Haiti and other countries.

So we're trying to help people.

And we need help so that we can help them.

WENDY GRIFFITH: That's right.

So it's hurricane relief.

CBN Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia.



PAT ROBERTSON: So keep that in mind.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Great organization

to give to right now for sure.

Sure is.



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