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i wrote a paper, we are headed in the terms of a toxic environment. we need to correct it. live coverage continues now >> former republican senator larry pressler. >> thank you. "first look" is up next. it's wednesday, june 15th. right now on "first look" -- breaking overnight. a 2-year-old boy is taken from his family by an alligator at disney's grand floridian resort as his father tried to rescue him. we have new developments in the investigation of the orlando shooter and whether his current wife could have prevented the terror attack. plus, trump responds to
president obama's rebuke of the front-runner. thank you. florida officials are frantically searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the lake by the alligator. the attack occurred near the grand floridian resort at walt disney world last night. at least 50 officers are involved in the search which is based in the seven seas lagoon area and it happened in front of the boy's parents. nbc's sarah dallof joins me from lake buena vista. this is heart breaking, so what's the latest in this? >> reporter: good morning, betty. at this hour, more than 50 law enforcement officers and an alligator trapper and two marine units are continuing to search for that little boy. now last night, he was reportedly wading in a foot of water with his dad when the alligator attacked. the dad tried to wrestle him away from the gator but he was unsuccessful. the dad sustained a minor injury himself. law enforcement meanwhile said the search will continue until the little boy is recovered. >> as a father, as a grandfather, we are going to hope for the best in these
circumstances. but based upon my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know that we have some challenges ahead of us at this time. >> reporter: that disney -- disney released a statement saying they're devastated by what has happened and pleming to continue -- and pledging to continue to support and help the family. they were asked if alligators had been seen in the area. their response was that there were no swimming signs posted around the lake. officials say there had been no reports of any similar attacks in recent memory. betty, back to you. >> all right, thank you so much for that. we do appreciate it. then investigators believe the current wife of omar mateen may have known her husband was planning the orlando attack and may have tried to talk him out. nbc news admitted she drove him to the nightclub on one occasion. officials are trying to decide if they should pursue charge
against him. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: nbc news has learned noor zahi salman the 30-year-old wife of gunman omar mateen says she tried to talk her husband out of the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. did you know your husband is a terrorist? the young mother to the couple's 3-year-old son was believed to be staying with her father in law. >> they were married for 3 1/2 years. she's a good girl. honest and sincere. >> reporter: salman was with her husband when he bought ammunition and a holster and officials familiar with the case say she once drove mateen to pulse because he wanted to scope out the club. >> oh, my god, people are getting shot. >> reporter: where he would later kill 49 people. the couple lived two hours from the crime scene in this modest apartment since 2012. salman, a u.s. citizen, had been married before. she met her ex-husband in ramallah where her family is
from, an arranged marriage that ended in divorce seven years ago. >> i have known her since she was 3 years old. >> reporter: the neighbors are devastated. >> after she got married and left, i had no idea what kind of a girl she is. all i know that she was a very good girl. >> we're also learning new details into the alleged gay tendencies mateen may have exhibited. this is what his ex-wife said to cnn's don lemon last night. >> he did have a different side of him that he could not open up to his father about. the fact that he liked to go to nightclubs. the fact that he loved to drink. it doesn't surprise me that he might be gay. it doesn't surprise me that he was leading two totally different lives and he was in such deep conflict within himself. >> joining us from orlando is blake mccoy.
can you tell us about the investigation into mateen's current wife. >> good morning. all along, authorities have said that there is a possibility they could file charges in this case and they're zeroing in on that wife, noor zahi salman. she's 30 years old. the two met on a dating site and they have a young child together. now, authorities are concerned with what she knew and her failure to tell them about it. as you just heard in miguel's piece there, she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster and also drove him to pulse nightclub on at least one occasion to scope out the case before the attack. now, she apparently tried to talk him out of conducting an attack but never alerted authorities. fbi agents we can tell you visited the home of her parents in northern california yesterday as part of the investigation, but as far as when charges could come down authorities say it's more important that they conduct a thorough investigation than a speedy one. betty? >> all right, thank you so much for that. meanwhile, the 27 of the 53
injured in the shooting remain hospitalized. six are still listed in critical condition and at least one is profoundly ill. one survivor, a 20-year-old, carter, lost multiple friends. she was one of the victims held hostage in path room with the shooter. yesterday, she read from a poem she wrote, expressing the emotional weight of being alive while her friends are not. >> the guilt of feeling grateful to be alive is heavy. wanting to smile about surviving but not sure if the people around you are ready. i feel guilty about screaming about my legs in pain. because i could feel nothing. like the other 49 who weren't so lucky to feel this pain of mine. the guilt of feeling lucky to be alive is heavy. >> a gofundme page to support the victims is at $4 million. now to a political firestorm ignited by the orlando massacre. president obama hitting donald
trump like never before, blasting trump as dangerous and a rare -- in a rare show of anger that was in sync with hillary clinton's repudiations of the presumptive nominee. kristen welker has more. >> reporter: after donald trump called for expanding his muslim ban, president obama lashing out like never before. >> where does this stop? are we going to start treating all muslim americans differently? >> reporter: a speech billed as an update on the fight against isis turned into a tirade against trump. the president didn't hide the fact that trump is getting under his skin. citing trump's digs at mr. obama for refusing to talk about radical islam. >> islamic radicalism and that's a very, very important term, a term that the president refuses to use. >> reporter: the president answering. >> it's political talking point. and if we fall into the trap of painting all muslims with a broad brush, and imply that we are at war with an entire
religion, then we are doing the terrorist's work for them. >> reporter: the sharp rebuke coming at the same time as hillary clinton delivered her own shots at times sounding like they were reading from the same script. >> so there's no manic to the -- magic to the phrase radical islam. >> is donald trump suggesting that there are magic words that once uttered will stop terrorists from coming after us? >> reporter: clinton also defending her former boss after this trump suggestion about the president's reaction to the orlando attack. >> there are a lot of people that think he doesn't want to get it. a lot of people think he doesn't want to know about it. >> he went on tv and suggested that president obama is on the side of the terrorists. >> reporter: the tag team a preview of the onslaught trump is facing in the fall. >> and late last night, trump hit back. >> i watched president obama today.
and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter. the level of anger, that's the kind of anger he should have for the shooter and these killers that shouldn't be here. >> now that came shortly before trump raised eyebrows when he questioned if soldiers may have been responsible for reconstruction funds lost during the iraq war. >> iraq. crooked as hell. how about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars and handing it out? i want to know who are the soldiers that had that job? because i think they're living very well right now, whoever they may be. >> a trump spokesperson clarified his remarks saying he was referring to iraqi soldiers. the democratic primary is officially over, after washington, d.c., held its nominating contest and hillary clinton won over bernie sanders, 79% to 21%. the primary results came shortly
after clinton and sanders held a private face to face meeting at a washington, d.c., hotel in an effort to unify the party. that meeting lasted well over an hour and a half and both campaigns hailed it as a positive step forward. they put out statement that read in part, sanders and clinton agreed to continue to work to continue the progressive agenda to adopt an aggressive platform. the clinton camp said, both had a positive discussion on unifying the party and that clinton had quote congratulated sanders on the campaign he's run and said she appreciate and his strong commitment to stopping trump in the general election. no word yet on whether sanders will drop out of the race and formally back her ahead of the democratic convention. the judge is pulled from a new sex abuse trial. it's 10 past the hour as the
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welcome back to "first look." check out this unbelievable video from southern china that shows cars being swept away like little toys in a pond. you can even see one man clinging for life. look at this. the whole vehicle is completely buried. at least one person is missing and thousands have been displaced. well, let's bring it back home. we will have historic heat in some areas and a long duration heat wave, near record highs. triple digits will be widespread. omaha should be 100 degrees today. st. louis will be near 100. this doesn't even factor in the humidity. we'll get the heat index, it will easily be above 100. dallas, 95 to 99 by friday. the historic part of this heat will be in the desert southwest as we go through the weekend.
sunday looks to be the peak of it. in phoenix, 115. we're expecting to hit 119 degrees in phoenix. that would be the hottest temperature recorded in the city in three years. and the all-time record is like 127. so we won't threaten that. so as far as the other bad weather goes we had a lot of thunderstorms yesterday in minnesota with a couple of tornadoes. now they're headed through portions of indiana and southern michigan. later on today we'll see a risk of additional strong storms. those will be found in the ohio valley. so indianapolis, columbus, back through kentucky. chances of isolated strong storms, but, you know, the big story is the heat. >> some people might take the rain over the heat. >> thunderstorm over 119. >> thank you. well, the judge who sentenced brock turner to six months in prison has been removed from a new sex abuse case. the santa clara district
attorney removed persky from a trial of man who is accused of groping a woman. he is at the center of a recall campaign. though prosecuting and defense attorneys have defended him. we are learning russian government hackers breached the national democratic committee's e-mail last year. they got opposition research on candidates, including donald trump. >> this was a clear espionage attempt by the russian government. they're interested in collecting information about political strategies and about foreign policy decisions that might be made when a candidate comes in to play. >> in addition to the dnc server, both the trump and clinton campaigns have believed to have been targeted and an expert says that russia is interested in trump's positions and any potential weaknesses. a malicious e-mail link is thought to be the cause of the breach. the senate defied a veto
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downing down on the proposed muslim ban, house speaker paul ryan said this. >> i do not think a muslim ban is in our country's interests. i do not think it is reflective of our principles. not just as a party, but as a country. i think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test. >> senator bob corker, chairman of the foreign affairs committee and rumored vp candidate said this about trump. >> i continue to be discouraged by the direction of the campaign and the comments that are made and i did not think yesterday's speech was the type of speech that one would give that wants to lead this country through difficult times. >> and senator lamar alexander even doubted that a donald trump nomination would not come to pass. alexander said, that's what you
say, and house republicans plan to meet with trump on july 7th. that comes as the latest poll has hillary clinton beating trump 49% to 37%. trump says that while he has banned several news outlets from covering him on the trail, that doesn't mean he'd ban are them from the white house press room. i have an option, when i'm representing the united states i would not do that. but i would let people know if somebody's untruthful. now that comes after trump tries his best to stop his testimony in the trump university case from seeing the light of day. donald trump filed a motion to keep the deposition sealed. president obama addressed the first ever white house summit and said if you're in need of a feminist, look no further. >> i didn't want to stop by and make -- i did want to stop by and make one thing very clear. i may be a little grayer than i was eight years ago. but this is what a feminist looks like.
and that is your morning dish of "scrambled politics." 21 minutes past the hour. joining me now is best selling author, ellis henican. good morning. >> good morning. great hearing guys could be feminist too is that how it works? >> are you claiming to be one is that what you're saying? all right. well, president obama and hillary clinton, they really took direct aim at donald trump yesterday. how effective was that? >> effective. i mean, did you just heard those republicans talking, right? the audience is no longer hard core democrats. there are a lot of republican leaders who seem to be comfortable now expressing genuine reservations about donald trump as the nominee. lamar alexander saying he's not the nominee until the convention. a message in that. >> is there a possibility that they could all rally against him at the convention? >> betty, i've got to tell you, i'm very reluctant to think it, but you're kind of convincing me actually. i think there's a growing rumble out there. >> interesting. all right, well trump hit back
as he will. >> he did. >> but he wound up insulting american soldiers suggesting they stole money in iraq, but his campaign said hold up, he means iraqi soldiers. will that clarification be enough? >> probably. with all the wacky stuff we have gotten, that's relatively minor. that's not the one that sinks him. >> at first people are like whoa. >> what are you saying about our people? >> american soldiers. >> yeah. >> meanwhile, clinton met with bernie sanders over an hour and a half, this big one-on-one meeting. it's really not a matter of when he'll drop out at this point, is it, or is it more the issue being will he throw his full support and his supporters behind clinton? >> yeah, that's it. we did not get many good clues last night. they came and went without saying anything. what's going to be in the
platform, will the super delegates go away in the future years, as long as that's the fight, hillary is fine. now, if he starts to raise a lot of reservations about her candidacy, it could be a problem for her. >> you think, okay. >> it's not quite done yet i don't think. >> well, he hasn't bowed out just yet. >> give him credit. the guy did really run a campaign so much more than anyone else thought. >> absolutely. >> hats off, bernie. just ahead, they're what every olympian is competing for. and saying good-bye to mr. hockey. this is "first look." olay luminous illuminates skin with pearl optics science. ur concert s mht show your age, your skin never will. with olay you age less, soou're ageless. olay. agels. my bladder leakageade me feel
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the strengths of olympic heroes and the forces of nature. officials say the material for the medals was sourced ethically and sustainably. rod carew through out the first pitch at the angels game. his number 29 has been retired. the angels went on to win. the nhl has picked las vegas for a new expansion team. this according to the a.p. citing a person with direct knowledge to the decision. the 31st in the league. and a formal vote is expected on june 22. stanley cup champions pittsburgh penguins will celebrate their victory parade this morning. officials expect more than 350,000 people to waddle into downtown pittsburgh for that party. and hockey legend gordie howe will be laid to rest today. he died last friday at the age of 88. nhl great wayne gretzky will serve as a pallbearer.
a public memorial was held yesterday in detroit. >> he's win of the greats of nhl. every sport has three or four people that they put on the mt. rushmore. >> even wayne gretzky said he's the greatest and that's saying a lot coming from him. don't forget to like us on "first look." and "way too early" starts right now. breaking news overnight. a frantic search is under way right now near a disney resort in florida after a toddler was apparently snatched by an alligator last night and dragged into the water. we're live on the scene. plus, survivors of the orlando massacre speak out from their hospital beds, describing the unthinkable scene during that attack on the pulse night club. >> he said, hey, you, to someone on the floor inside the bathroom and shot them. shot another person and then shot another person who happened to be directly behind me, who i'm told through the eyes of
tiara that shielded me with their own body to make sure i wasn't hit. >> i couldn't walk, i had to drag myself out of the bathroom. i had my cell phone in the hand and i started to wave the light so he could see me, but they weren't coming near me. >> this morning new information on the investigation including questions about what the gunman's wife may have known. and hillary clinton gets backup from president obama as the two team up to slam donald trump's response to the attack. it's 5:30 on the west coast, 2:30 out west. this is "way too early." good morning. it's wednesday, june 15th. i'm jonathan capehart. we begin with breaking news