Full Episode: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Tonight breaking news president trump in Afghanistan the commander-in-chief making his first visit to that warzone thinking. US troops helping to serve Thanksgiving dinner singing. The Taliban wants to negotiate peace in America's longest war plus how Air Force One made the secret trick. The Monster. Storms coast-to-coast fierce winds shaping those Thanksgiving Day parade balloons. One mortar getting knocked over and the new storm. Pummeling the West snow rain and treacherous driving a charter bus flipping upside down on an icy road holiday. Evacuations relations but chemical plant disaster forcing fifty thousand people from their homes the battle to control the flames and protect the air. Choosing sides hides president trump with a show of support for human rights in Hong Kong praised by protesters but vilified by China. Our trade talks now at risk. Risk Danger on the track. The truck stalled at a railroad crossing slammed by a freight train. Unable to stop opened for business. The Black Friday frenzy frenzy officially underway one of the hot items this year the Apple Air Pods where we found them on sale. The best deals to scoop up right now and wouldn't should wait to buy and giving. Thanks a second helping of gratitude for a hockey fan of forever. Mom a sailor's return and the gift of color color. The amazing stories that are all America. Strong this is. ABC News Tonight with David and good leaving. Thank you for joining us on this Thanksgiving night. I'm Tom Yomas in for David. And we begin with President Trump's surprise mission to Afghanistan his first trip there as commander in chief thanking thanking. US troops for their service. Helping to serve a Thanksgiving dinner also and meeting with the president of Afghanistan saying that the Taliban is back at the negotiating table the the president show of support for the troops comes as the recently fired. Navy secretary had scathing words for the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ABC Senior White House correspondent Cecilia. Vega leads us off on a secret mission that only a handful of top aides knew about president trump. Today landing in Afghanistan delivering Thanksgiving surprise to American troops surrounded by those service members. The president announced peace talks with the Taliban are now back on. The Taliban wants to make a deal. We'll see if they WANNA make a deal. It's got to be the real deal but we'll see the president abruptly cancelled those talks less than three months ago after a spike in violence the move sparking fierce. Bipartisan outrage. The the dead. The dead concerned that dead nineteen Americans have died in combat in Afghanistan so far this year the most in five years and president trump hoping to make good on a promise to reduce the thirteen thousand troops currently stationed there to about eight thousand six hundred. This is the president's second trip to visit troops in in a combat zone traveling to Iraq last Christmas but this mission comes amid controversy at the Pentagon after the president intervened on behalf of a navy seal at at the center of a war crimes case. The Navy secretary forced out after president trump refused to allow top leadership to strip Edward. Gallagher of is elite navy seal L. Status in the Washington. Post ousted Navy secretary Richard Spencer calling it. A quote shocking and unprecedented intervention saying the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices but today president trump eager to show off his military support. The president all smiles as he served Thanksgiving dinner joking about missing out on his own helping I. I never got to my Turkey. It's the first time and Thanksgiving that. I've never had anything cold Turkey. But that's okay. All Right Cecilia. Vega joins us now from the White House and silly. This was a highly secretive mission as you said only a handful of top aides nude advanced. And you're learning tonight extra security that was taken yes. I'm they had had to keep this mission top secret for the president safety on a high stakes trip like this one. When Air Force One took off from Joint Base Andrews did so incomplete darkness? The lights inside inside the plane were off the window. Shades were drawn when it landed there at Bagaram base. It landed in complete darkness as well. Just a handful of aides traveling with the president on this mission Tom. Not even the president of Afghanistan knew that president trump was coming until just before he landed too vague with that new reporting tonight. Cecilia thank you and we are also so tracking two major storms tonight. One of them in the East threatened those parade balloons here in New York City. Take a look heavy wind ripping a hole in Ronald McDonald taking it out of service the nutcracker knocking one of its wrangler to the ground and now that second powerful storm slammed the West firefighters an icy road in Utah Rescuing people whose SUVs via gone down a hill and on I twenty five and Colorado icy conditions. Flip this Charter. Bus upside down the storms now. Moving east threatening travel just as millions of the Americans returned. Home here's Rob Marciano tonight. High winds nearly grounding those famous balloons at the macy's Thanksgiving Day parade the handler struggling to keep some of them under control gust shoving nutcracker balloon knocking this person to the ground. The wind tearing a whole neuronal McDonald balloon causing it to partially deflate officials pulling it off the route on the backside of this storm first responders in Utah racing acing to rescue three people in an SUV that rolled at least thirty feet down an embankment in heavy snow Wednesday in Colorado a bus with some forty five people on board Lord overturning on I twenty five south of weblogs roads icy in the area at least one life threatening injury part of a second storm. Now slamming the West in in southern California. Tow trucks pulling stranded big rigs out of the snow. I five north of Los Angeles shut down for hours driving treacherous on the fifteenth eighteen. Freeway north of San Bernardino. Coming up the past at fifteen here was A Lotta hydroplaning and let us stop and go both storms delaying more than fifty five hundred flights Wednesday alone fears of significant travel headaches for millions heading home with the busiest air travel day of the year looming. That's the big unknown right now. Rob Joins US live from just north of New York City. Rub that new storm. Moving out of the West could mean trouble for people heading home after this holiday I think so. Thomas really starting already to expand this as the storm in the east. Calm the winds down just a little bit on the satellite picture. You see just how much these book and the country and even had a little bit of rain and snow in the middle to boot alerts. New Ones has been posted including a blizzard. Warning for parts of Wyoming ended up and storm warnings of the winner variety in so cal with at core the low still sits over Santa Barbara but it will be on the move who've tonight so the heavy rain will move into the Las Vegas and Phoenix more heavy snow in the Colorado rockies and then emerges into the high plains where those conditions are expected tomorrow night into Saturday the heavier rain causing the Mississippi Missouri River Valleys. Maybe some strong storms during the day on Saturday in the deep south still blizzard conditions in the upper midwest. And then a leading edge of this precept during the day on Sunday he hit some colder in the northeast so Pennsylvania New York and parts of New England at least will start off as an icy mix making for dicey travel there and yet another storm on Sunday getting needed a mix for next week. Tom We know you and your team will be tracking both those storms. Rob Thank you for that in Texas tonight families within four miles of a burning chemical implant forced to spend this holiday away from their homes new video of the first explosion at the plant captured by a doorbell camera. See it right there. Nearly forty eight hours later. The fire is still raging as authorities closely. Monitor the air. Here's ABC's will car tonight. Firefighters are dousing a massive fire at that southeast East Texas Chemical Plant. That's been burning since early Wednesday morning late today. Local officials pledging significant progress has been made in the battle to extinguish those flames fitch improving but we are not completely out of the woods yet. The initial explosion injured three workers to blast caught on camera inside inside a coffee shop. You can see a bright light flash just before the massive explosion blew out doors and windows across the area heard a big crash big boom. I didn't know what it was. And then all of a sudden a split second later the glass windows complained in the bedroom then hours later a second blast causing a steel tower power to shoot out at those hellish flames then torpedo down towards the ground. There's a mandatory evacuation forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes for Thanksgiving packing up in leaving. I swear about what we're breathing in tonight instead of celebrating their wondering when they'll be able to return home authorities say they're keeping a close eye out on the air quality and while they won't be able to find out what caused this fire until they get it out. They say tonight one thing is for sure it is a miracle recall that nobody was killed. Top we'll car for US tonight will thank you for that. Next president trump caught in the middle after signing new measures supporting human rights in Hong Kong grateful Pro Democracy protesters waving American flags at Thanksgiving rally but furious China summoned the US ambassador to a meeting in Beijing are the US. China trade talks now at risk. Here's ABC's senior foreign correspondent in panel thousands of protesters taking to the streets of Hong Kong many waving the American flags to say thank you. They're grateful after President Trump signed legislation strengthening the position of pro democracy protesters to build the threatened sanctions and penalties. If China metals with the city's rights and freedoms it's also bands american-made Tig Assen rubber bullets it from being sold to Hong Kong. Mr Trump said he signed the law out of respect for President She China and the people of Hong Kong. The Beijing's furious the American ambassador summoned in anger China saying it strongly protested the move calling it serious interference in China's internal affairs and I'm warning of strong countermeasures during a time when both economic superpowers are engaged in highly sensitive. Talks to end the long-running trade war all this as the battle on the streets of this city descend increasingly into violent clashes the recent siege of a college this campus but escalating tensions with no end in sight the protests now straining US west China relations. If Beijing could ignore marginalize the demonstrations in Hong Kong has just gone out the window with America backing the movements it the likely only provoke more protests and potentially violence. So I'm chief foreign correspondent Ian Panel for a site Ian. Thank you and back here now. Some major stories major stores Are Open for business at this hour. Black Friday is already underway. ABC's Gio Benitez with some especially good deals including where to find apple air pods which really go on sale tonight. Retailers are open for business not waiting for Black Friday. Many offering doorbuster deals right now like at bed bath and beyond which opened its doors at five. PM almost forty percent off this kitchen aid mixer. The store also slashing an additional twenty five percent off your entire purchase us but only until noon tomorrow at macy's this thirteen piece. Cookware slashed seventy-five percent. Now just twenty nine ninety nine. It's time time for black. Friday doorbusters target offering these beats wireless headphones for one twenty nine down from two ninety nine and Walmart discounting some apple products bucks which almost never go on sale like these air pods down to one hundred twenty nine dollars from one. Fifty nine with next generation gaming consoles due out next year multiple retailers tonight are unloading the xbox one s bundled with three popular games for one hundred forty nine bucks. And don't forget you can let a mobile APP. Like shop savvy. Find you the best deals. It's scans a product's Barcode and alert. You if another retailer is selling it for less and if you're just sticking to Amazon this season Camel Camel Amel Kamel Contract Amazon's prices telling you when they reach rock bottom or at Juventus joins us live now from macy's doors now open a lot of deals out there anything anything. We shouldn't be buying yet Tom. macy's opened up the doors here at five. PM across the country. So that's some good news but listen so we're seeing some some good deals on electronics and kitchen appliances but experts are telling us hold off just a little bit if you're looking to buy toys bedding furniture even fitness equipment. Because you're probably going to get some better deals closer to Christmas on all right a hold off on that master now with the medical issue taking the New England patriots by surprise at least nine members of the defending champions sacked by a bad case of the flu. ABC's Kelly Hartono with more flu season proving once again it can tackle anyone tonight. Sidelining citing several members of the reigning Super Bowl Champs as they prepare for their next game accepted by New England. Nine of the New England patriots hit with the flu this week. Mostly at home from Wednesday's practice including five starters guys came in you look in their eyes and you can tell they were just out of Massachusetts among six states battling widespread spread influence activity as the virus continues to spread. Flu Season. Came early this year. Its earliest start in the last decade but the Center for Disease Control says it's not an indication of how severe or how long flu season will be the Patriots now taking precautions to protect its healthy players and encouraging them to speak up instead of fighting through it. If they feel ill tonight four of those players still unable to practice this is a reminder. It's not too late to get vaccinated. The C. says getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the virus and its potentially serious complications. Tom Always a good reminder. All right Kayleigh. Thank you time now for index and we start in Louisiana and abandoned truck full full of sugar cane stuck right there on the railroad tracks south of Baton Rouge that train slamming right into it. One person sustained minor injuries. The incident is now under investigation. Allegation and the waltzing captured on Dash Cam. In new. York's Lincoln Tunnel police looking at this crash video posted on instagram. A father and a son each driving corvettes accused accused of drag racing their last February. One car seat here. Losing control and crashing police arrested the man and his son this week charged with reckless driving and participating participating in an illegal speed contest overseas now to the spiralling violence in Iraq security officers opening fire on protesters in the south killing at least forty wounding one hundred sixty people the attacks and ongoing unrest part of a series of anti Iranian protests and riots over the past two months overruns growing growing influence in Iraq protesters setting fire to the Iranian consulate in the holy city of just last night and the surprise at a sixers game. We're grateful to witness. It's the twelve year old son of an Army Staff Sergeant serving in South Korea. You see them there on the court seen his dad for the first time in a year and a half you emotional moment. Is Father now now. Retiring from active duty grads to them. We wish them and all our service members and their families a very happy Thanksgiving finally tonight as we gather around the table. A A spotlight on those giving extra thanks this year fleeing us all with an extra helping of gratitude. It's America's strong in Saint Louis the hockey team from there the blues so thankful for their toughest fan. We told you about her eleven year old Layla Anderson battling a rare autoimmune disease when they won their first Stanley Cup ever this year. It was Leyla they wanted on the ice with the team. Then stopping by Leila's home with something just for her the giant championship ring. Oh like etched inside Latoya's name in Massachusetts one family thankful to a teacher fourteen-year-old Jake Manning's mother. Paddling breast cancer for years at fell in love with them instantly and she got sicker that year. I just thought what what is she gonNA do. Oh He's teacher. Carry brimmer making Jake's mom a promise if you need a backup plan for Jake than our family is happy to make him part of our family and she said I'll sleep better tonight than I've slept in a long time when she passed Kerry and her husband Uh kept that promise from all went to heaven. So let me sum rush. Do you love her so much. Thank you and tonight. This photo from the new families first Thanksgiving together this in Pittsburgh Berg. We were there when relatives of War Two veterans were so thankful for something they thought they'd never witness this footage showing what explorers just found fourteen hundred feet below the surface off the coast of Japan the USS Gray back the resting place of eighty American sailors. A submarine that that has not been seen in seventy five years. Gloria Herni and Kathy Taylor's locals were on that vessel. This is the gray back we wanted to be to this person right. This is where your ankles are the discovery a type of remedy Eh for all those years of pain. Comebacks Comeback Cold All yours and this past week and we were also also thankful for this moment out of southwest Minnesota seventh-grader Jonathan Jones extremely colorblind handed appear of special glasses. That let him see vivid colours for the first time I was feeling joy and happiness that I could finally see all this color and rubio sadness because I wasn't able to lash. Jonathan got the glasses from his principal. WHO's also colorblind? After this video went viral wolf the family started a gofundme page to help out others. In just a few days. Donations poured in skyrocketing to now. Roughly thirty thousand thousand dollars snowballed a beautiful beautiful Jonathan now and just to see the world in full color. One thing I'm looking forward to is this winter here. We go into the Caribbean and I'm excited to see a Russian blue and we will be on the lookout for that video from the Caribbean. I want to thank our staff tonight. Who worked Thanksgiving and we thank you as always for watching? I'M TOM LLAMAS NEW YORK. I'll see you on tomorrow morning happy Thanksgiving.