President Discusses America's Spying Program

Obama explains listening in on world leaders, even some of our closest friends.
3:00 | 10/28/13

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Diane has the evening off. We're coming to you tonight from fusion headquarters, the newest cable network about to be in millions of homes across america. Look behind me at this high tech news room, 150,000 square feet, they are about to address america, report to america in a whole new way. Abc's partnership with univision. We begin tonight with their first exclusive, the fusion one-on-one with president obama, under fire for america's spy games, new allegations tonight. Is america listening in not only on world leaders but millions of private phone calls of citizens overseas, tonight calls for a major review, president obama facing those questions and more in an exclusive interview with white house correspondent and of course a member of our team, jim avila who asks the president to explain the reports that we were listening in on german chancellor angela merkel's private phone calls. Re's jim avila. Reporter: The president and the german chancellor in better minute just four months ago. Did obama know american intelligence has been monitoring her cell phone calls? The "wall street journal" reporting that the u.S. Was not only listening in on her calls but 34 other world leaders setting up outrage across the globe. In on exclusive interview with fusion today, president obama assured the american people that national security operations will only be used to protect them. Their capacity is to continue to develop and expand and that's why I'm initiating a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean they should be doing it. Reporter: The president's comments come amid new complaints about allies. Today spain added to the list of countries excusing u.S. Intelligence of spying on its citizens, joining france, germany, brazil and mexico. A union delegation in washington today to complain that america has gone too far. It's a question of limits. The limit is a target of fighting and not spy on everybody in the citizenship and also spy on the leaders. Reporter: But the white house reaction has been calmed down. Everybody does this. Perhaps not as well, but they do it. Those in the know agree that's reality. All great powers engage in espionage, all great powers use it as a tool to advance their national interests. Reporter: In today's fusion interview, the president also responded to criticism of obama care while still clearly irked by the website. He claimed a new study to be released tonight shows that even young people will be getting cheaper insurance. If you are between 18 and 34 right now about half of the people can get high quality health care for less than 50 bucks a month, less than your cell phone bill or cable bill. Reporter: Senator dianne feinstein says she believed that president obama did not know about the spying an chonsler merkel and that she says is a problem. President obama said he couldn't comment on that because it's can classified information. Jim avila with the fusion exclusive tonight. Thank you.

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