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ABOUT HIS ESCALATING TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. WHY THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOW CLARIFYING HIS ANSWER.>>>TROUBLE IN THE TROPICS. DORIAN GAINING STRENGTH. A NEW UPDATE JUST IN. POSSIBLY BECOMING A HURRICANE AS IT NEARS PUERTO RICO. PLUS, DEADLY STORMS FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE SOUTH.>>>IN THE FIRE ZONE. DEVASTATING WILDFIRES BURNING ACROSS THE AMAZON. OUR REPORTER ON THE FRONT LINES AS A U.S. SUPERTANKER ARRIVES TO HELP BATTLE THIS GLOBAL CRISIS.>>>CITY IN CHAOS. RIOT POLICE CLASHING WITH PRO-DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATORS. FIRING WARNING SHOTS AND TEAR GAS. KICKING PROTESTERS ON THE GROUND.>>THAT’S TEAR GAS. LET’S MOVE, LET’S MOVE, LET’S MOVE.>>OUR IAN PANNELL RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL.>>>THE MASSIVE EXPLOSION. A SHOPPING CENTER BLOWN APART HOURS BEFORE OPENING. THE BLAST FELT FROM MILES AWAY.>>>HANDCUFFED AT HOME.>>I’M AT HOME.>>THE HOMEOWNER PUT IN CUFFS AFTER HIS HOME SECURITY SYSTEM WAS TRIPPED BY MISTAKE.>>>ALSO TONIGHT, THE DEPUTY NOW FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY FAKING REPORTS OF A SNIPER ATTACK. WHY THE SHERIFF SAYS IT WAS ALL A HOAX.>>>AND LEAVING THE GAME. STAR QUARTERBACK ANDREW LUCK’S STUNNING DECISION. RETIRING AT 29. FANS BOOING HIM AS HE WALKS OFF THE FIELD. THE REASON WHY HE’S CALLING IT QUITS.>>>AND GOOD EVENING. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS SUNDAY. I’M TOM LLAMAS. AND WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SURPRISING COMMENTS ABOUT HIS ESCALATING TRADE WAR WITH CHINA JUST HOURS BEFORE THE STOCK MARKETS OPEN IN THE U.S. THE PRESIDENT SURROUNDED BY LEADERS AT THE G-7 SUMMIT IN FRANCE, INSISTING AMERICA’S ALLIES ARE NOT PRESSURING HIM OVER HIS TARIFF BATTLES. REPORTERS ASKING HIM IF HE IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS, HIS CONFUSING ANSWER AND THE WHITE HOUSE CLARIFICATION. JONATHAN KARL AT THE G-7 TO LEAD US OFF.>>Reporter: FOR A PRESIDENT WHO RARELY, IF EVER EXPRESSES REGRET, TODAY IN FRANCE, PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE WHAT SEEMED TO BE A SURPRISING ADMISSION.>>MR. PRESIDENT, ANY SECOND THOUGHTS ON ESCALATING THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA?>>YEAH, SURE. WHY NOT?>>Reporter: SECOND THOUGHTS? YES?>>MIGHT AS WELL. MIGHT AS WELL.>>DO YOU HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ESCALATING THE WAR WITH CHINA?>>I HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT EVERYTHING.>>Reporter: AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRESIDENT STRUCK A DECIDEDLY MORE CONCILIATORY TONE TOWARDS THE CHINESE.>>WE’RE GETTING ALONG VERY WELL WITH CHINA RIGHT NOW. WE’RE TALKING. I THINK THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL MUCH MORE THAN I DO.>>Reporter: HE SAID HE WAS DROPPING, AT LEAST FOR NOW, HIS THREAT OF DECLARING AN ECONOMIC EMERGENCY TO FORCE U.S. COMPANIES OUT OF CHINA.>>I HAVE THE RIGHT TO, IF I WANT, I HAVE NO PLAN RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: BUT JUST A FEW HOURS AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED THOSE, QUOTE, SECOND THOUGHTS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY STEPHANIE GRISHAM PUT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPIN ON THE PRESIDENT’S WORDS. ISSUING THIS STATEMENT. “HIS ANSWER HAS BEEN GREATLY MISINTERPRETED. PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE BECAUSE HE REGRETS NOT RAISING THE TARIFFS HIGHER.”>>Reporter: THOSE WORDS FROM THE PRESS SECRETARY WOULD SEEM TO SIGNAL A RATCHETING UP OF THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA, BUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE TREASURY SECRETARY SIGNALED THE PRESIDENT HAD SIMPLY MISHEARD THE QUESTION. DOES HE HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS AND BELIEVE TARIFFS SHOULD BE HIGHER, OR DID HE NOT HEAR THE QUESTION?>>AGAIN, HE DOESN’T HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT HE’S DONE. IF ANYTHING, HE WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT IF HE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS, IT WOULD BE TO RAISE THE TARIFFS.>>Reporter: AND IS THAT SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY ON THE TABLE, RAISING TARIFFS?>>NOT AT THE MOMENT, OKAY? BUT IF CHINA RETALIATES AGAIN, THAT’S OBVIOUSLY AN OPTION THE PRESIDENT WOULD CONSIDER.>>JON, ANOTHER SURPRISE AT THE G-7 TODAY. THE IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TWEETING THIS PHOTO OF HIS SIDELINES MEETING. WE SEE FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON AS WELL. SOME CALLING THE INVITATION DISRESPECTFUL TO THE U.S. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT?>>Reporter: IT WAS QUITE A SIGHT, TO SEE AN IRANIAN JET IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AS THE SUMMIT WAS GETTING UNDER WAY. HE DID NOT RESPOND TO CRITICISM. BUT HE DID NOTE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID THAT IF THE IRANIANS WANT TO MEET WITH THE UNITED STATES, THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO HAVE THOSE MEETINGS WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS. AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAID EARLIER, YOU CAN’T STOP PEOPLE FROM TALKING IF THEY WANT TO TALK, THEY CAN TALK. >>JON, THANK YOU.>>>AND BACK HERE AT HOME, SOME DANGEROUS WEATHER TONIGHT HEADING INTO MONDAY. AND AN UPDATE ON TROPICAL STORM DORIAN. POLICE SAY A WOMAN DIED WHEN HER CAR WAS SWEPT AWAY IN ARKANSAS. AND NEWS TONIGHT ON THE SIX VICTIMS INJURED IN A LIGHTNING STRIKE AT THE PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALL SIX NOW RECOVERING AT HOME. AND DORIAN POSSIBLY BECOMING A HURRICANE AS IT NEARS PUERTO RICO LATER THIS WEEK. LET’S GET RIGHT TO JEFF SMITH. GOOD EVENING. >>THE TROPICS CERTAINLY GETTING ACTIVE. BUT IN THE MAINLANDS, IN THE DAKOTAS, SOME WIND AND HAIL. AND HEAVY RAIN FROM NEW ORLEANS UP TO CHICAGO. COULD BE A MESSY MORNING COMMUTE. AND DORIAN GAINING STRENGTH, WITH 50-MILE-PER-HOUR SUSTAINED WINDS. EX COMING CLOSE TO PUERTO RICO, IN THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY. COULD BE A MINIMAL HURRICANE, BEFORE WEAKENING. AND ANOTHER SYSTEM DEVELOPING OFF OF FLORIDA, THAT WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF. WITH AN 80% CHANCE OF DEVELOPMENT AS IT HEADS TO SEA. >>JEFF, THANK YOU. >>>WE MOVE TO THE GLOBAL CRISIS, THE AMAZON IN FLAMES AS THE WORLD WATCHES. MASSIVE WILDFIRES SWEEPING ACROSS THE RAIN FORCE, COVERING AN AREA THE SIZE OF DETROIT TO LOS ANGELES. AND 44,000 MEMBERS OF THE BRAZILIAN MILITARY CALLED IN AS REINFORCEMENTS. HERE’S MATT GUTMAN, IN THE FIRE ZONE.>>Reporter: THOSE IMAGES TONIGHT, APOCALYPTIC. THE AMAZON ON FIRE. BRAZIL’S AIR FORCE DEPLOYING C-130 TANKERS STREAMING OUT 3,000 GALLONS PER DROP. AND THE BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING THIS U.S.-BASED 747 SUPERTANKER, CAPABLE OF CARRYING 19,000 GALLONS OF WATER. THOSE ASSETS, INCLUDING 44,000 BRAZILIAN TROOPS SENT TO THE FIRE LINE. MINISCULE, GIVEN THE SCALE OF FIRES ERUPTING ACROSS THIS REGION. IN BRAZIL ALONE, ABOUT 80,000 FIRES HAVE BURNED, MANY CAUSED BY FARMERS LEVELING A RECORD AMOUNT OF FOREST. THE AMAZON PRODUCING 20% OF THE WORLDS OXYGEN. WE SAW IT FROM THE AIR. I’VE BEEN COVERING FIRES FOR YEARS NOW. I’VE NEVER SEEN BURN SCARS LIKE THIS. AND ON THE GROUND. JOINING MEMBERS OF THE CORUMBA FIRE BRIGADE, 30 MEN COVERING AN AREA TWICE THE SIZE OF NEW JERSEY. THE TOOLS THEY HAVE ARE PRETTY RUDIMENTARY. YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE THESE — THEY LOOK LIKE FLOOR MATS IN CARS AND THEY ARE USING STICKS TO SLAP DOWN THE FIRE. NO FIRE TRUCKS, NO HOSES. SOMETIMES JUST KICKING THE FIRE. AND THEN THROUGH THE CURTAIN OF FIRE, THIS MAN APPEARED. HE SAID HIS NAME IS JEFFERSON AND THAT HE FIRST REPORTED THE FIRE. AT FIRST, ATTACKING IT BY HIMSELF. HE IS SHOWING US HOW HE PUT OUT THE FIRES. THE FIRE BURNING THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK. BUT HE STAYED, AS DID THOSE WEARY FIREFIGHTERS. THEY WERE OUT THERE FOR 29 CONSECUTIVE HOURS. NO RADIOS, NO FIRE TRUCKS, NO HELP. THE U.S. AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS HAVE OFFERED ASSISTANCE, BUT SO FAR, THE BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT SAYS HE DOESN’T NEED ANY.>>THANK YOU. >>>AND POLICE IN RIOT GEAR CLASHING WITH PRO-DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATORS IN HONG KONG. HERE’S IAN PANNELL, IN THE THICK OF IT ALL.>>Reporter: TONIGHT, ANARCHY ON THE STREETS OF HONG KONG. PROTESTERS CHARGING AT POLICE WITH STICKS AND UMBRELLAS. AND THEN LISTEN. THAT’S THE SOUND OF LIVE AMMUNITION, USED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE THREE-MONTH FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS CITY ERUPTED. POLICE FIRING THAT WARNING SHOT, THEN POINTING THEIR WEAPONS DIRECTLY AT DEMONSTRATORS. WATER CANNONS DEPLOYED. THIS WEEKEND HAS SEEN A SHARP ESCALATION IN VIOLENCE. THEY HAVE GIVEN WARNINGS TO THE CROWD, THEY ARE NOW GOING AHEAD. BRINGING AN END TO ALMOST TWO WEEKS OF CALM HERE. TODAY, POLICE LAUNCHING A RELENTLESS BARRAGE OF TEAR GAS. THERE’S MORE TEAR GAS CANISTERS BEING BROUGHT FORWARD AS SOME OF THE PROTESTERS ARE LITERALLY PICKING THEM UP AND TRYING TO THROW THEM BACK. FORCING US TO TAKE COVER. MOVE, MOVE, MOVE. THE AIR THICK WITH SMOKE. AND ANGER ON BOTH SIDES. THIS IS CERTAINLY THE WORST SITUATION WE’VE SEEN, THE MOST VIOLENCE, THE MOST TEAR GAS, AND THE MOST RESISTANCE FROM THE PROTESTERS. THE QUESTION NOW IS HOW LONG WILL CHINA TOLERATE THESE SCENES. AND JUST ACROSS THE BORDER, CHINESE TROOPS, SOME DRESSED IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES. STAGING DRILLS, TANKS BY THE STADIUM. SHOWING THEY ARE ABLE TO MOVE IN IF HONG KONG POLICE LOSE CONTROL. >>IAN, YOU WERE SHOWING HOW THE SITUATION IS ESCALATING FURTHER?>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. THE CHINESE HAVE WARNED IF HONG KONG CAN’T CONTROL THE SITUATION, THEY CERTAINLY WILL. AND IT SEEMS THAT SOMETHING CHANGED THIS WEEKEND. IF THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES OR ESCALATES, THE CHANCES OF CHINESE TROOPS CROSSING OVER THE BORDER WILL ONLY GROW. >>IAN, THANK YOU. >>>WE MOVE ON TO THE SURPRISING TWIST IN THE SEARCH FOR A POSSIBLE SNIPER IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY. THE SHERIFF REVEALING IT WAS ALL A HOAX. A DEPUTY CLAIMING HE WAS SHOT IN THE SHOULDER AND SAVED BY HIS BULLETPROOF VEST. HE’S NOW ACCUSED OF MAKING IT ALL UP. THE SHERIFF NOT MINCING WORDS. HERE’S WILL CARR.>>Reporter: TONIGHT, THIS IS THE CALL WHEN A DEPUTY CLAIMED A SNIPER SHOT HIM IN THE SHOULDER.>>I HAVE TAKEN SHOTS FROM THE NORTH OF THE LANCASTER HELIPAD. HEARD TWO SHOTS GO OFF. MY SHIRT’S RIPPED TO THE RIGHT.>>Reporter: BUT NOW, AUTHORITIES SAY THAT DEPUTY MADE THE STORY UP.>>WE ARE INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED TO HAVE TO REPORT TO YOU THAT THE REPORTED SNIPER ASSAULT WAS FABRICATED BY OUR DEPUTY.>>Reporter: ON WEDNESDAY, OFFICIALS BELIEVED A SNIPER SHOT 21-YEAR-OLD ANGEL REINOSA, A LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY.>>AND THE ONLY REASON THAT DEPUTY IS ALIVE IS BECAUSE HE HAD HIS VEST ON.>>Reporter: THE CLAIM SETTING OFF A MASSIVE MANHUNT. THE S.W.A.T. TEAM STORMING A NEARBY APARTMENT COMPLEX, EVEN RAIDING PEOPLE’S HOMES. BUT AUTHORITIES SAY THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE A SHOOTING EVEN TOOK PLACE. AND NOW THEY SAY THE DEPUTY MADE A STUNNING ADMISSION.>>HE ALSO TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT HE HAD CAUSED THE HOLES IN HIS UNIFORM SHIRT BY CUTTING IT WITH A KNIFE. THERE WAS NO SNIPER, NO SHOTS FIRED, AND NO GUNSHOT INJURY.>>Reporter: IN A STRONGLY WORDED FACEBOOK POST, REINOSA’S FELLOW DEPUTIES SAY THEY’RE ANGRY, EMBARRASSED, FURIOUS, AND ASHAMED. AUTHORITIES SAY THE DEPUTY IS EXPECTED TO BE FIRED AND WILL LIKELY BE CHARGED FOR REPORTING A FALSE CRIME. >>THANK YOU. >>>NEXT, I.C.E. FACING NEW BACKLASH. SHUTTING DOWN A HOTLINE HELPING DETAINED IMMIGRANTS TO RECEIVE LEGAL HELP. HERE’S RACHEL SCOTT.>>Reporter: IT WAS A SCENARIO IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES HOPED WOULD ONLY PLAY OUT ON SCREEN.>>YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, THOUGH. OKAY? APPARENTLY, IF THEY FIGURE OUT THAT YOU’RE USING THE HOTLINE, BIG BROTHER SHUTS IT DOWN.>>Reporter: BUT THAT FREE HOTLINE FOR DETAINED IMMIGRANTS DEPICTED IN THE LATEST SEASON OF “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” WAS REAL.>>I FOUND THIS GROUP ONLINE. IT’S CALLED FREEDOM FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THEY WANT TO HELP PEOPLE IN HERE.>>Reporter: AND FREEDOM FOR IMMIGRANTS SAYS AFTER THAT EPISODE AIRED, THAT FEATURED THEIR FOUR-DIGIT HOTLINE FOR DETAINEES, IT WAS SILENCED.>>I.C.E. HAS COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN THE HOTLINE.>>Reporter: IN THIS LETTER TO ICE, PRODUCERS AND ACTORS WITH THE SHOW DEMANDING THE HOTLINE BE RESTORED. IN A STATEMENT, I.C.E. SAID ORGANIZATIONS FOUND TO BE VIOLATING THE RULES MAY BE REMOVED, ADDING DETAINEES CAN STILL CALL THE GROUP DIRECTLY. TONIGHT, AN I.C.E. OFFICIAL TELLS ABC NEWS THE GROUP WAS TAKEN OFF FOR THREE-WAY CALLING AND CALL FORWARDING, WHICH ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED, ADDING THIS GROUP HAD BEEN REMOVED BEFORE FOR PROHIBITED CONDUCT. THE GROUP SAYING IF THE HOTLINE IS NOT RESTORED, THEY’LL SEE I.C.E. IN COURT. >>>NEXT TO JOE WALSH ANNOUNCING HIS PRIMARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP ON “THIS WEEK.” WALSH CALLING HIM UNFIT AND A CHILD. APPROVAL RATING FOR THE PRESIDENT AT 40%.>>>AND NEXT TO ANDREW LUCK RETIRING AT THE AGE OF 29. FANS BOOING HIM AS HE WALKED OFF THE FIELD, LEARNING OF HIS DECISION DURING A PRESEASON GAME. HERE’S STEPHANIE RAMOS.>>Reporter: TONIGHT, VETERAN QUARTERBACK ANDREW LUCK IS OFFICIALLY LEAVING THE NFL AFTER SEVEN SEASONS.>>I’M GOING TO RETIRE, THIS IS NOT AN EASY DECISION. HONESTLY IT’S THE HARDEST DECISION OF MY LIFE.>>Reporter: LUCK, AT JUST 29 YEARS OLD, WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME, BUT NOW CALLING IT QUITS JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE NFL REGULAR SEASON. THAT DECISION STUNNING FANS AND HIS TEAMMATES AT LAST NIGHT’S PRESEASON GAME BETWEEN THE COLTS AND THE BEARS. THE QUARTERBACK SUFFERING YEARS OF DEBILITATING INJURIES.>>I’VE BEEN STUCK IN THIS PROCESS. I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO LIVE THE LIFE I WANT TO LIVE.>>Reporter: LUCK WAS SIDELINED THE ENTIRE 2017 SEASON. BUT HE ROARED BACK LAST YEAR, LEADING THE COLTS TO THE

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