As seen on â€œThe 700 Club,â€ July 12.: President Trump visits England today after delivering a stern lecture to members of NATO; How US Navy chaplains play an intricate role in keeping the military ready for battle; Israeli reports said Russia ...
- Welcome ladies and gentlemen
to this edition of the 700 Club.
It looks like the President ishaving some success at NATO.
He said look guys you've pledged2% of your GDP for defense,
how about doing it, you'renot gonna get a free ride
on America anymore.
We're not gonna carrythe full load of NATO.
We're trying to defendyou Germany and France
and other countries in NATO
and if you want us to do ityou've gotta do your fair share.
If all those NATO countriesbegin to pitch in,
it will be an enormous pool of money.
As I think we've said yesterday,
we have seen reportsthat the German troops
are actually drilling with wooden rifles.
They can't afford rifles,their submarines don't work,
their tanks don't roll and so forth.
But now they're going tohave to put up some money.
They've got plenty of money,
they just need to put it into defense.
And America is spending somethinglike $680 billion a year
in defense spending, we're way ahead
of everybody else it the world.
And I think we all might question the fact
it's nice to have all the latest gadgets
but I think the time hascome we begin to scale back
some of these extravagantpurchases we're making.
And I know the defensecontractors won't like that
but the truth is we've got to, you know,
get this under control.
But nevertheless, if NATO comes through,
Putin will be contained andthat's what NATO's all about.
Well, going to the MiddleEast right now Iranian forces
are threatening Israelacross the border with Syria.
With one general going as far as to say
he's just waiting for theorder to attack Israel.
It's a crisis that PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu
is taking directly to RussianPresident Vladimir Putin.
- Well this isn't thefirst time that Netanyahu
has traveled to Moscowto talk about Syria,
given Putin's influenceand involvement there.
Middle East Bureau Chief, ChrisMitchell shows us why Israel
has good reason to worryabout his border challenges.
- [Chris] Following a meetingbetween Israeli Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Russian President Putin,
Israeli reports that Russia was working
to remove Iranian forces fromIsrael's border with Syria.
It's the subject the Israelileader came to discuss.
- It's not new for you
that our focus is on Syria and Iran.
- Netanyahu has been workingvery hard to try to keep open
lines of communication, why?
Because Russian militaryforces are operating
just over the northernmountains of Israel in Syria
and Israel doesn't have amilitary conflict with Russia
and it does not want amilitary conflict with Russia.
- [Chris] Israel has it'sred lines inside Syria.
- [Interpreter] Israel cannot allow
an Iranian presence in Syria.
Of course, we will in noway allow the Iranian bases
or Hezbollah bases on the Israeli border.
That's why the dialogue with the Russians
is very important and I really hope
that also during these talksbetween Trump and Putin,
these subjects will beaddressed and will be solved.
- [Chris] The border continues
to present a challenge to Israel.
On Wednesday, Israel shot down a drone
that violated it's air space.
The IDF retaliated by hittingthree targets inside Syria.
An a top Iranian general hasthreatened Israel's destruction
from just across the border.
"Today an international Islamic army
has been formed in Syria
and the voices of the Muslimsare heard near the Golan.
Orders are awaiting so thecustom of God vis-a-vis
the eradication of the evil regime,
will land and the life of this regime
will be ended for good.
The life of the Zionistregime was never in danger
as it is now."
In the meantime this Syrian army aided
by Russian air support isseizing strategic territory
from rebel forces in southern Syria.
A top Israeli intelligence group reports
Iranian troops are also in the fight,
often wearing Syrian uniformsto disguise themselves.
All these boots on the ground
threaten Israel's northern border,
a key reason Prime MinisterNetanyahu will insist
Iran must leave Syria either on it's own
or with help from the IDF.
Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.
- It's a major threat,
Iran has been threateningIsrael's destruction
all for decades and the time has come
that Israel has got tostand up against them
but a war, Russian wouldconsider Iran their proxy
and if we look at the Biblethat's what's gonna happen
an invasion of Israel bycoalition that includes
Iran and the Islamic Republic
that border the southernpart of Russia and Turkey.
So it's all in there, it's in the Bible
and it's getting, you see thenews, it's all shaping up,
it's going to happen.
Well, President Trumpis heading to Britain
after wrapping a contentiousNATO meeting in Brussels,
Efrem Graham has more of ourtop stories from CBN Newsroom.
- Pat after delivering astern lecture to NATO members,
President Trump announced they've agreed
to increase spending on defense
but not all NATO leadersagree that's what happened.
Our Gary Lane is on this story.
- After scolding NATO on Wednesday,
President Trump praisedthe alliance on Thursday.
Members agree to increasetheir defense spending
by at least $33 billion.
- NATO is much stronger nowthan it was two days ago,
I can tell you that NATO nowis really a fine tuned machine
and people are paying moneythat they never paid before.
They're happy to do it
and the United States is beingtreated much more fairly.
- [Gary] What prompted the NATO decision,
the President took on members
of the 69 year old NATO alliance
by questioning Germany'srelationship with Russia.
- Germany as far as I'mconcerned is captive to Russia.
So we're supposed to protect Germany
but they're getting their energyfrom Russia, explain that.
- [Gary] A $12 billion Gazprom pipeline
doubles the amount of naturalgas flowing from Russia
into western Europe.
The United States says itmakes NATO more dependent
on Russia for energy.
That means increasedRussian political influence
and leverage on an alliancethat America spends billions
of dollars to help defend against Russia.
- Because we understand that the,
well we stand togetheralso in dealing Russia
and we are stronger.
- But Trump says most NATO members
aren't spending their fair share.
Only six of 29 membersare spending barely 2%
of their gross domesticproduct on defense.
The United States spends 3.6%.
The President wants to seeeach NATO member spend 4%.
The United Kingdom is next onPresident Trump's itinerary.
Anti-Trump protestors areexpected to be out in full force.
Some voicing their displeasurewith the American President
by displaying this baby balloon.
One of the highlights of thePresident's England visit
will be a meeting with theQueen at Windsor Castle.
Gary Lane, CBN News.
- French President Emmanuel Macron denied
President Trump's claimNATO allies has agreed
to boost their defense spending beyond 2%
of their gross domestic product.
Macron said the summit'scommunicate quote,
"confirms the goal is 22%by 2024 and that is all."
The FBI agent who'santi-Trump text messages
fueled suspicions ofbias against Donald Trump
during the 2016 electiontestifies before Congress today.
The Inspector General's reportreveal Peter Strzok texted
quote, "We will stop it," inreference to Trump's campaign.
Strzok also led the investigation
into Hillary Clinton's email scandal
and worked on the investigationinto the Trump campaign's
connection to Russia.
Now some members of Congress want answers
on why the Russiainvestigation was started
in the first place.
Strzok has said he has neverallowed personal opinions
to affect his work.
Supreme Court nomineeBrett Kavanaugh continues
his Capitol Hill visits todayworking to win over senators
before his confirmation hearings.
Wednesday Maine's Susan Collins signaled
she's not opposed to Kavanaugh.
Some feared the moderaterepublican would vote against him
because to protect Roe versus Wade.
That's the ruling that legalized abortion
but Collins indicated Kavanaugh passes
her litmus test on the issue.
- Any judge who demonstratedhostility to Roe
would not be a personthat I would vote for.
I have not seen that with Judge Kavanaugh.
- Senator Collins said shediscussed Roe versus Wade
and other cases in her one onone meeting with Kavanaugh.
Democrats fighting Brett Kavanaugh's
Supreme Court nomination sayabortion rights are at stake.
But what would happen
if the case legalizingabortion is overturned?
And would make the court reconsider it?
Jennifer Wishon has some answers.
- If the Supreme Courtoverturns Roe v. Wade,
then legal control over abortionis returned to the states
setting up a new patchwork of laws.
In four states, North andSouth Dakota, Mississippi
and Louisiana, abortion wouldbe automatically banned.
Nine additional states whichhad abortion bans before Roe
would likely become law again.
And in eight states,abortion would remain legal.
If this control returns to the states
it would coincide with thegrowing number of Americans
identifying as pro-life.
Plus republican'scurrently hold more seats
in state legislatures across the country.
So if the last decade is any indication,
new pro-life laws could be on the way.
- We've seen an average ofnearly 60 pro-life laws passed
every single year andsigned into law since 2011.
- [Jennifer] A number of those state laws
already faced court challenges
which would likely become the mechanism
that puts abortion back onthe Supreme Court docket.
- When a case comes up
based on one of these state level laws,
then the court would beable to reexamine the issue
of abortion in Americaand would be able to say
in fact there is no such right,
in fact, Roe was poorly reasoned.
- [Jennifer] Catherine Glenn Foster says
due to that reasoning,she feels confident Roe
will be overturned, it'sjust a matter of when.
- We expect that thenext justice will rely
upon the Constitution,it's original meaning,
the original intent of the founders,
the text of the document itself
when making these very weighty decisions,
- So even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,
the legal fight overabortion will continue.
At the Supreme Court,Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.
- Pat, your thoughts here.
- Well, you know, when that Roe decision
came down a long time ago,I felt that it was wrong.
The reason it was wrong isbecause they federalized
a personal, moral decisionthat human beings make
and if there is a change in the attitude
of the country about that
it should be settled in ademocratic process by the voters
at the ballot box, notby five unelected judges
in the Supreme Courtpushed on by the ACLU.
But that thing has causedrancor and bitterness
across our nation becausepeople who are pro-life feel
so frustrated becausethey can't get through,
even if they push stuffthrough the state legislatures
it's ruled unconstitutionalbecause of a federal decision,
it should never have been federalized.
That's the same thing withthis thing about marriage.
Overwhelmingly the stateshad voted to retain marriage
as a union between a man and a woman.
And now all of a suddenthe Supreme Court comes out
and talks about humandignity and human personality
and all that stuff.
But you've got going all the way
back to Griswold versus Connecticut,
that was the foundation of Roe versus Wade
and that's one where Justice Douglas has
used to teach law at Yale,like he was a Yale graduate
and he comes up with this business
about all these penumbers and aminations
that who in the world heardabout penumbering and amination?
Well, we've found out apenumbering and amination
in the 14th Amendment and therefore
there was a right to privacythat's implicit in the law.
Well, there ain't no penumbersand there ain't aminations.
The whole thing was made up
by a judge who was a Yale graduate
who wanted Mr. Griswold toget condoms in New Haven.
That's what it was all about
and that was the foundationof Roe versus Wade.
The whole thing is nonsensebut we've been stuck with it
and this hideous hatred and animosity
that's been generatedbecause of the frustration
that comes about on these issues.
If was in the states andthe states voted on it,
and the people voted andthey were content, alright,
well the legislation has spoken
and the people have spokenand we've a referendum
and majority of the people voted for it,
then everybody would be quiet.
They'd say okay well that'swhat the people wanted
but this has been imposed uponthem by the Supreme Court.
So it's really been bad
and maybe, maybe, maybe, it'll be settled.
There was an oped in theWall Street Journal today
about what would a Kavanaugh court be?
But indeed, this wholething has got to be settled
and it, the biggest thingis judicial restraint,
get the judges out of politics
and let them go backto interpreting the law
which is what they'resupposed to do, not make law.
- Pat the United States is on pace to pass
both Saudi Arabia and Russia
as the world's biggest oil producer.
The latest data released bythe Energy Department shows
U.S. oil output growing next year
to 11.8 million barrels a day.
Energy officials saythat would make the U.S.
the world's number one producer.
They say production isbooming in shale fields
because of newertechniques such as fracking
and horizontal drilling.
Everyone is strong in mind and heart.
That is the word fromthe doctor in Thailand
treating the boys and their soccer coach
rescued from deep withinthat flooded cave.
The 12 boys made two finger victory signs
from their hospital beds.
They are in isolation ward recovering
from their eighteen day ordeal.
Their parents watch with relieffrom behind a glass wall.
Three are being treatedfor lung infections
but overall doctors saythey're all doing well.
They'll spend seven days in the hospital
and then go home to continue resting.
A Thai official oversaw therescue mission calls it,
quote, "a symbol of unity among mankind."
Can't get enough of that story, Pat.
- Well, we're justgrateful for those boys.
The whole world isinterested, isn't that amazing
there are millions of people who die,
they're victims of trafficking,
they're caught up in disease,
they're caught into war and famine
but here you've got a few youngboys who's trapped in a cave
and all the world is pulling for them
and praying for theirrelease and here are all out
and hopefully they're healthy so.
We rejoice and that isa victory for mankind,
I guess we say.