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News on The 700 Club: July 16, 2018

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(dramatic music)- Welcome to the 700 Club,

as we're speaking, in Helsinki,

the president is havinga summit with Putin,

the dictator of Russia.

And he's deliberatelydownplaying the potential of it,

which I think is the smart way to go.

Well, people shouldn't expect too much,

so he said I just want to get acquainted,

and we'll see what happens.

The issues that he'llbe talking to will range

from the Middle East's abilityto nuclear arms control.

But stealing center stageis Russia's meddling

in the 2016 Presidential election,

and is he going toconfront Putin about that?

Probably not, but we'll see, Terry.

- Well in this first in-depth meeting

between Presidents Putin and Trump,

the atmosphere is charged with high drama,

and, as Pat said, low expectations.

Amber Strong has this look at the summit

and what's at stake forAmerica and the world.

- [Amber] After months of anticipation.

- We have a lot of goodthings to talk about.

- [Amber] The firstglimpse of that high stakes

meeting between President Trump

and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

- We have discussionson everything from trade

to military, to missiles,to nuclear, to China.

- While the Presidenthad his list of criteria

for the meeting, herein the U.S. the ongoing

Russia investigationloomed front and center.

Taking to Twitter Monday morning,

the President said, "Ourrelationship with Russia

"has never been worse,thanks to many years of U.S.

"foolishness and stupidity,and now the rigged witch hunt."

And over the weekend, more of the same.

- I go in with very low expectations.

I think that getting alongwith Russia is a good thing,

but it's possible we won't.

- [Amber] But congressionalleaders are demanding more,

especially after the FBI's indictment of

12 Russian nationals formeddling in the 2016 election.

- I think he needs tomake it clear that we

know that they interferedin our 2016 elections

and stop calling this a rigged witch hunt.

- [Amber] The President'saides say the indictments

can give Trump leverage over Putin.

- I think the Presidentcan put this on the table

and say this is a seriousmatter we need to talk about.

- [Amber] And then thereare other critical issues,

like Russia's annexation of Crimea,

the military action in Ukraine,

and its involvement in the Middle East,

particularly when itcomes to Iran and Israel.

- The Israeli's would be expecting

Trump to achieve from Putin a reduction

if not complete eliminationof the Iranian presence

in Syria, especially closeto the border with Israel.

- [Amber] And then there's the

Russian threat of nuclear arms.

- He's looking at arms control.

Probably the most important issue

we have here is nonproliferation.

The two countries are 90% ofthe world's nuclear weapons.

- [Amber] Regardless of whatcomes out of the conversation

with Putin, the Presidentsees it as a no-win situation.

He tweeted, "Unfortunately,no matter how well I do

"at the summit, if I wasgiven the great city of Moscow

"as retribution for thesins and the evils committed

"by Russia over the years, Iwould return to criticism."

Amber Strong, CBN News, Washington.

- Well, the President apparently isn't,

well, I tell you, that's theway if you play it smart,

you'll play down the expectation,

and then you'll always have a surprise

because you'll exceed on the upside.

That's the way you play the news,

and he's doing it brilliantly.

Well, stay with cbnnews.comthroughout the day

for live coverage and updateson this developing story

in Finland, but members of the U.S.

intelligence communityhope President Trump

takes a harder line on election meddling.

John Jessup has more.

(dramatic beats)

- Thanks Pat, prior to that summit,

America's IntelligenceChief warned we face

cyber attacks from multiple countries.

Director of NationalIntelligence, Dan Coats, says,

"Defending our digital infrastructure is

"at a critical level," adding, quote,

"warning lights are blinking red."

Speaking at the conservativeHudson Institute,

Coats called out Russia, China, Iran,

and North Korea for targetinggovernment agencies,

the military, business, and academia.

Homeland SecuritySecretary, Kirstjen Nielson,

echoed this concern,saying Russia and others

are still using cyber warfare to influence

U.S. elections but not atthe same level as 2016.

On Wednesday, our NationalSecurity Correspondent,

Erik Rosales, will take an in-depth look

at the issue of cyberwarfare against America,

and, Pat, how an attack on the country's

power grid, could be catastrophic.

- Well, we've mentioned before,

ladies and gentlemen, this is crucial.

If we lose electric power inAmerica, think what happens.

I mean, just think in your own house.

Your air conditioning won't work.

Your heating won't work.

Your refrigerator won't work.

Your fans won't work.

Your lights won't work,

and you just go down the list,

and there'd be millions of Americans

dead if something happened.

Now we've been talking in this program

about the question of an EMP blast.

A low-yield nuclear weapon at about,

oh, 1,500 feet, 2,000 feet,

3,000 feet in the air,over a place like Chicago

would literally shutdown the grid,

and it's an increasingly important thing.

And the price is so cheap,

so we're gonna be talkingabout it on Wednesday,

but it'd be so cheap to harden the grid,

but we've got to do it.

For some reason, the politicians have got

their eyes on something else,

and I hope the presidentwill turn on this.

It'll be so simple out ofa multi-trillion-dollar

economy to spend a few billion dollars

fixing the grid and harden it

so it would be impervious.

We could have a solarflare, a solar blast.

We could have a nuclear device,

or we could have a cyber terrorism.

They had CBN, I mean Regent University

is now educating the people.

We have the Navy CyberCommand here at Regent,

some of their officers, beingtrained on our cyber range

on ways to counter these threats,

and I think more and more businesses

want to have their people trained.

If you wanna learn about that, by the way,

it's 1-866-910-7615.

It's www.regent.edu, and you can learn

about how you could be involved in getting

some kind of a certificateas a cyber specialist,

and I think it's very important.

There's so many jobs right now.

People are looking.

We've got to have people in our employ

who understand cyber security, John.

- Pat, turning overseas to Africa

where new attacks againstChristians in Nigeria

are spurring calls for an investigation

into religious violence there.

A man who lost hisrelatives in a recent attack

calls the African nationthe deadliest place

in the world for Christians.

Gary Lane has the story.

(dramatic beats)

- The Boko Haram terrorgroup is still a threat,

but recent attacks againstChristians in Nigeria

are coming from Muslim tribalherdsmen known as Fulanis.

- What we have is a genocide.

They are trying todisplace the Christians.

They're trying to possess their lands,

and they're trying toimpose their religion

on the so-called infidels and pagans,

who they consider Christians to be.

- [Gary] Internationalhuman rights attorney,

Emmanuel Ogebe, recentlylost family members,

including a pregnant mother, her husband,

and their children.

- And they went into their home,

and they killed their four-year-old son

and their six-year-old daughter,

who were asleep in their beds.

- [Gary] The Fulanis' weapon of choice?

AK-47 automatic weapons tooexpensive for most herdsmen.

CBN Nigeria Director, Felix Oisamoje.

- Given how much an AK-47 will go for,

a Fulani herdsman will probably need

to sell all his cattle tobe able to buy an AK-47.

- Ogebe says there's a sinister side

to those behind the attacks.

- A lot of these cattleare owned by very rich

Fulanis who are in governmentand who are in power.

So there is a strongbelief that the Fulanis,

the ruling elites, are actually funding

these herdsmen to conduct these attacks.

- [Gary] According to theGlobal Terrorism Index,

Fulani herdsmen have killed as many as

60,000 people since 2001,

and church leaders inplateau states say so far

this year the herdsmen havekilled 6,000 Christians.

Ogebe says by eliminating Christians

this group can dominate North and Central

Nigeria politically and economically.

Thousands of Christians needhelp to escape the violence.

- I know that CBN, someother club is in Nigeria,

so if people support CBN, we know that

CBN will deliver to thepeople who are afflicted.

- Oisamoje says CBN isdispatching humanitarian

teams to the effected regions.

They recently provided free medical care

in North Central Nigeria while sharing

much needed spiritual comfort.

- I think one of the thingswe need the most is prayers

because, after all, the Bible tells us

that we do not waragainst flesh and blood,

and so we know thatthey're spiritual issues.

So, we need to pray.

- [Gary] Gary Lane, CBN News.

- Thank you, Gary.

Well, back here at home,Democrats and Republicans

are gearing up for the midterm elections,

and there's been a surprise in California,

where the state democratic party rejected

26-year incumbent SenatorDianne Feinstein this weekend.

Instead, they moved to theleft and overwhelmingly

endorsed a more liberalcandidate, Kevin de Leon.

The battle is seen as another example of

the growing rift between moderate

and more left wing Democrats.

Feinstein, though, is still a strong

favorite in the senate race.

Well, this fall Republicans will try

to hold on to theirmajorities in Congress,

but it's going to be tough with Democrats

eager to flip both the House and Senate.

One important state is North Carolina.

CBN's Jenna Browdervisited the Tar Heel State

to talk to voters in a swing county

that could go either way.

(dramatic beats)

- Granville County is made-up of those

quintessential swing voters.

They vote for bothDemocrats and Republicans.

In 2016, they voted for President Trump,

but for the race for governor,

they went with a Democrat.

So what does this meanfor 2018 and the midterms?

- It's a mess to me.

- [Jenna] That's howCorey Strickland feels

about Washington, and if youask him about voting this fall.

- I don't really get into all that stuff.

I just vote for President Trump.

That's about it.

- [Jenna] Something we heard a lot of

here at George's FamilyRestaurant in Oxford.

- And we gotta mainline leader that can.

- [Jenna] Lifelong Democrats,Bill and Marsha Shoemaker,

voted for Trump in 2016.(crowd cheers)

- They do plan to go backto the polls in November.

- I'm going to not answer it.

You know, I'm just gonna say that I vote.

- [Jenna] Candice Mitcham says she's open

to supporting eitherDemocrats or Republicans.

She just wants people in office

who care about the opiod crisis.

- You have to cleanup your streets.

- [Jenna] It's everyday, real-life issues.

- Yes, yeah, everyday, real-life issues.

- [Jenna] Granville is one of seven

North Carolina counties that flipped

from blue to red in 2016.

Trump won by about 2 1/2%.

Four years earlier, BarackObama won here by about 4 1/2%.

That's a seven-pointswing in Trump's favor.

It doesn't, though,necessarily spell success

for the GOP this fall.

- [Jenna] Tim Cavenaughisn't sold on Trump

or any other politician these days.

- Not enough working together,in other word cooperation,

and everybody's kind ofin it for themselves.

- [Jenna] It's touch-and-go here,

and voters can go either way.

But County Commissioner Tim Karan

believes it will swing red.

- I think that the conservative values

that people here inGranville County hold true

kind of ring with the Republican party.

- [Jenna] The county may be leaning red,

but will the pro-Trump voter of 2016

turnout this time around?

- [Jenna] If many others feelthe same as Corey Strickland,

that could be a big problem for the GOP.

In Granville County, North Carolina,

Jenna Browder, CBN News.

- Thanks, Jenna.

Pat, a critical vote herein just a few months.

- It really is.

You know, interesting theRepublicans have decided

to have their convention in Charlotte.

I think they figure that North Carolina

is a very important state and they wanna

put the big guns there, but that's for

the presidential electionthat's coming up.

But these midterm electionsare very important.

People don't pay much attention to them.

You don't have near the hoopla

and the money being spent youdo in a presidential race.

But it's so important,especially the control of

the Senate is vital, and the Republicans

are holding on just by a verythin margin in the Senate,

and those Senate seats are vital.

And there's several, well, they're in

the so-called Republican-leaning states,

but nevertheless they're Democrats,

and they need something.

You know, I was readingin the Bible yesterday,

and I wanna point it out.

It's so true, the wordsare there, so true.

A kingdom divided againstitself cannot stand.

You know, a kingdomdivided against itself,

and that's what we've got now.

We don't have people concerned about

the good of America,and we're a Republican,

but I'm concerned aboutthe good of America.

I'm a Republican,

and I'm concerned aboutthe good of America,

Democrat concerned aboutthe good of America.

I'm a woman, I'm a man,I'm a young person.

I'm concerned about the good of America.

Not that way at all now.

It's identity politics.

It's what race are you from,

what gender have you got,

and what's your feelingon Roe versus Wade or

if you're a Republican, we hate you.

If you're a Democrat, we hate you.

A kingdom divided can'tstand, ladies and gentlemen.

We cannot have a countrythat's torn apart.

We've got to have people who are working

for the good of this nation,

and it is so terribly important.

I just can't emphasize it enough.

What happened in California, for example,

Dianne Feinstein is a very nice lady.

I mean, she really is, and the fact

that the Democrats arepulling so far to the left.

They're getting more and more radical,

and they've got a man who's potentially

one of their maincandidates for president,

who is an avowed socialist.

In America, it can't happen,but nevertheless it is,

and this country, we cannot have it

torn apart by this vicious,

vicious politicalpoliticizing that's going on.

I just think we needto pray for this nation

that we might, it's one nation under God.

One nation, and it's so important.

All right, Terry, that'smy speech for today.

- Well, and an important point it is

because unity is everything.

- [Pat] It's absolutely crucial.

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