Transcript for Political moments that shaped 2018
According eighteen was a year for diplomacy. Drama. I and division I am proud to shut down the government for border security kept. In February tragedy in Florida a horrific mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school sparked a new conversation about gun control. But didn't lead to new legislation. The massacre did launch a movement among young Americans including a massive rally in Washington in March. And a little over six minutes seventeen of our friends are taken from us. President trump continued his tough stance on immigration and border security. In huge in the administration defended its controversial policy of separating children from their undocumented parents at the border. We have to do our job we will not apologize for doing her job we have sworn to do this job. Faced with mounting criticism the president halted the separation. November there was a clash between US border officials and migrants. You really say why is apparent. Running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming. On foreign policy this figure of the summit for president trump in June a moment for history when president from sat down with Kim young men in Singapore. First time a sitting US president met with the North Korean leader. This is going to lead to. More and more and more. And it's an honor to be with you in July that highly anticipated sit down in Helsinki Finland with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Where the president once again signaled doubts that Russia interfered in the 4016 election. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this I don't see any reason why it would be. The next day the president walked that back. The White House under pressure to take tough action against Saudi Arabia after the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal could show. I will nominate. Judge Brett Cavanaugh. But an eleventh hour bombshell the professor Christine lousy Ford publicly accused Kavanagh of assaulting her at a party when they were in high school. An allegation he denied. There are emotional appearances on Capitol Hill ripping the nation. At the same time make greatest fears have been realized and they reality has been far worse. Than what I expected. I've never sexually assault that doctor Ford. Or any one. Can the Democrats said Kavanagh would be a big issue for voters in the mid term elections. Republicans kept control of the senate. But in it was a Blu-ray. Democrats picking up at least forty seats to take control of the house promising and rest his scrutiny on the White House. Thank you. Tomorrow will be a new day in America. Throughout the year president from kept up his drumbeat against the media you are a rude terrible person. What a stupid question. That rhetoric appeared to inspire man in Florida to send explosive devices to CNN prominent Democrats and critics of president from in November I asked the president about a poll found 49% of Americans say he is encouraging politically motivated violence. Or any violent. I care what. You aren't any view. This special counsel's Russia Peru and large the president's former campaign chairman Paul man a fort convicted of financial fraud is a lawyer Michael Connell sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance violations. This hush money payments to women who claimed they had affairs with mr. trump. He denied prosecutors' ankle an acting in coordination with an at the direction of mr. trump. The president later said he only knew about the payments after the fact. And he's insisted he never directing Colin to break the law. Karen Travers ABC news Washington.
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