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planters. a nut above. >> honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice this weekend. the marine corps memorial in arlington, virginia right across the potomac river in washington. and welcome to a memorial day edition of fox news live. i'm griff jenkins. >> i'm alicia acuna, we'll have much more and how people are paying tribute.
griff, i wish i was there with you. i understand you got a little rain, but nonetheless. griff: it's great to be with you. it was pouring a few hours ago at arlington national cemetery. we were there with ryan's sister. and it's special to be here on a weekend that brings us together as a country and that's our great appreciation for those who fought and died for our freedom. >> so important to remember that that's what this holiday weekend is all about. can't wait for some of those interviews that you've been working on, griff. really looking forward to it. but in the meantime we are going to move on to some other news here. president biden unveiling his $6 trillion budget proposals for fiscal year 2022 which would bring the national deficit to record levels. mark meredith is live in wilmington, delaware where the president is spending the holiday weekend. hi, mark. >> alicia, good afternoon. president biden says his budget
proposal is a statement of values. but republicans say it's a nonstarting for them and especially when it comes to the price tag you mentioned, to fund a number of democratic priorities. it's a massive budget document. there are so many things you can look at. when you break it down, you can see significant more spending in places like the commerce and education and transportation department. this as the white house continues to double down on infrastructure as well as boosting government spending programs, including social programs. >> it's just the president's corps economic plan. it will increase the capacity of our economy and make us more competitive and will do so in a fiscally responsible manner. >> this budget proposal is just that, it's a proposal, it is far from a done deal. it's up to lawmakers to decide what they want to do. the republicans are worried that the democrats may try to force the massive proposal down
the party lines. they're often quickly forgotten messaging. but democrats are threatening to bypass senate committees and short circuit the process and unilaterally force this radical vision onto the american people as-is. republicans are certainly not on board given that statement. some democrats may not be thrilled because not everything that the president campaigned on was included within this budget and that's going to include the elimination of some of the student loan debt talked about through much of 2020. as for the presidents' spending his holiday weekend in wilmington, delaware and back in d.c. to mark memorial day and next week another chance for him to hit a message on the economy. we're going to get another jobs report on friday and alicia, that could be crucial if they force lawmakers to get on board that more stimulus is needed. >> mark meredith. thank you. a chilly unofficial start to
summer for many parts of the country as some in the northeast will see temperatures 20 degrees below normal while the great plains experience rain. triple-a predicting more than 37 million people travelling, a 60% jump from last year. and in california scott peterson will not face the death penalty for the murder of his wife. the original sentence was thrown out by the california supreme court last due to errors in jury selection. and the judge will have to decide if a new trial is warranted. after days of searching 29-year-old maine woman, christine hammondtree reported missing on monday has been found safe at a hospital in queens. she was last seen early monday morning in times square. police say she had been out in the city drinking and no foul play is expected.
>> this memorial day weekend we are honoring all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. with me now is operation enduring freedom's veteran and commanding officer of the marine barracks in d.c., colonel-- that's operation iraqi freedom, i forgot we talked about that earlier. thank you for taking time an and it's an important weekend. i want to talk about your command at the marine barracks, the oldest marine outpost in the country. first your thoughts and reflections on this weekend. >> first, griff, thank you for having me today. it's a privilege to be with you and remember those who have gone before and that's what memorial day is about for us and everyone in the country about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our great country. griff: and as you reflect on that, as a commander officer of the marine barracks is it special to you? do you take from the marines coming up?
>> i do. >> at the marine barracks we have the privilege to lay the wreaths to rest 100 yards from where we are, and we have the opportunity to read the biography, and the reflection of the marines that have gone before is special to them. >> let's talk about marine barracks in washington. you're the commanding officer and there are a lot of special things you do, some of which people when they come to washington can see. >> we conduct parades at night since 1957. and at iwo jima we'll do sunset parades. >> the pandemic shut come of that down, but you're back to it. >> we're starting on time with things opening up in the country and happy to say that we'll be starting here at iwo jima memorial again on june 8th with our sunset parade.
and modified last night due to the rain, but marines get through it no matter what comes, hell or high water is what i've learned when i've had the honor to document you in the field. tell me as we look-- a little of the ceremony last night, the precision, the detail, the discipline of the marines is what's on display here. tell me about training and discipline. >> i think the training and discipline is what sets us apart. that's what the common link is with those who have gone before. when you see the statutes embodied behind us, that's the same quality that we look for in marines today. i can assure you, griff, that the marines today are ready for any challenge that comes before us. griff: we look at the six marines in the statue behind us, it represents every marine that fought in campaign since 1945, a very different set of challenges than the marines of 2021. talk to me about the difference and challenge.
>> the challenges are different in detail, but the general general that we still have to overcome is the uncertainty. and that's the part we go back to the training and discipline for the marines is what will get them through any uncertainty that comes before us. we're excited to say or i'm excited to say that the marines really do step up to every challenge we've had them face so far. griff: it's certainly something i've been witness to. let's talk for a moment about you specifically this past monday, you just celebrated 25 years after you were commissioned in the marine corps. >> i did. graduated from the naval academy on may 24th, 1996. griff: what lessons have you learned? what lessons in life has a marine of 25 years you'll pass on to the younger generation? >> i'd say to trust in one another, trust those who have gone before is what they teach you and rely heavily on your family and that without our family, wife andrea and four sons i wouldn't be here today doing what i can do. griff: you talk about the families. you know, this weekend, colonel
belongs to gold star families. it's about them and the sacrifices that the families make, the wives, the children, the brothers and sisters. what do you say to them on a weekend like this? >> i say it's a reminder, really, for the whole country that as we honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, while we're honoring them, we're honoring the families and that's one of the critical outreaches we have for example, the evening parade last night we had indoors, we were able to use the taps organization and 15 gold star families that we could recognize. griff: it must have been an emotional and special time. do you draw some motivation in the job you're doing to see something like that? >> absolutely. i'd say that the biggest humbling experience is conducting the funerals here at arlington national cemetery. as i mentioned when we read off
the biography of the marines that have gone before, we're remembering korean war vets, vietnam vets and when you see the looks on faces when the marines have done before, they look forward at envy and pride. >> the inscription, uncommon valor with a common virtue, words to live by very important to the marine corps. >> absolutely. >> we saw some marines getting commissioned here in a small private ceremony, as that young marine goes forward, he will face tough challenges. we talked a little about the challenges, but what will be the toughest for him? >> the toughest again is probably the uncertainty out there. what they can rely on is their training and what they've been taught in school and the fleet and learn from their nco's and safe nco's how to get it done the right way when they're
faced with a new situation they might not have expected they'll be able to succeed. griff: not to put you on the spot. it's memorial day weekend. you served and who would you like to remember. >> pa maloney, eric christianson, a few that passed. griff: we thank them and their loved ones for the sacrifice and thank you for being here today. >> thank you. griff: the colonel from the marine barracks washington commanding officer. back to you. >> that was such a beautiful conversation there and people can take away so much from it, especially when he talked about the lessons that he wants to impart on the future generations of marines. but they're all lessons that we could all use and pass onto the younger generations including
ourselves, life lessons, trust in family, have trust in your honor, all of those things could -- it could do us some good to let those weigh on us a little bit this weekend, to remember why we are here, why we have a three-day weekend, it's not just to have barbecues and enjoy the freedoms that we have and enjoy thanks to some of the sacrifices, because of the sacrifices like the colleagues and brothers in arms of colonel pastele. it's a great example of a wonderful human. griff: you know, just quickly to that point, alicia, that's why they often say on this weekend, enjoy your memorial day weekend, but live your life worthy of their sacrifice. >> absolutely. thank you, griff. well, america is on the move. we'll check in on the millions of americans travelling this holiday weekend, helping to jump start the economy.
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inspired by the six soldiers 0 who raised the american flag at iwo jima in the picture taken in 1945. two of the marines are buried up the road at arlington national cemetery. ira hayes came back to arizona and played himself in john wayne's movie version of the raising and came to the memorial november 10th, 1954. he passed away a year later from alcoholism. coming up, the tombstone of michael straight, he was killed in a battle. he was an immigrant who enlisted in the marine corps in 1939. his body was buried in arlington cemetery in 1949. remarkable history, alicia. alicia: yeah, it's just so wonderful, griff, that you're out there showing us these
images out there. it must be wonderful to be in the presence of that beautiful statue there and i think it's important for folks to hear these stories, right, to hear like colonel pastel was talking about, to hear about the biography and history of the people whose death and passing we marked and sacrifice that we mark on this day. griff: and alicia, it's very fascinating. we've spent some time yesterday interviewing the national park service ranger who is out here often, aaron larocqua, he's very familiar with this statue and talks why the six marines on the statue, the story is bigger than them. it's about every marine that fought and every service member. we'll bring you that view later and it's really powerful stuff. alicia: looking forward to it, thanks, griff. president biden is unveiling his budget for next year.
the price tag $6 trillion. let's discuss with macro trends advisor's founding partner and visiting research fellow at the university of san diego school of business, mitch rochelle and the co-host of a podcast. how is it going? >> good to see you, happy memorial day weekend. alicia: happy memorial day weekend, to you, too. interesting the proposed budget is coming out when folks are heading out of town. when you see the numbers what hits you? >> it hits me. it's interesting from the white house they talk about investing in the future. i don't know how you invest in the future 10 years from now a debt that's 100% of gdp. we're just borrowing our way to invest in our future and it doesn't look like there's any plan for repayment of that debt. alicia: and what the biden administration is suggesting
that higher taxes will help foot part of this bill. we're looking at federal debt that we haven't seen since world war ii so, i mean, folks, they like to get free money, it's very popular, there are a lot of things in this budget that could come off as something very positive. but in the long run, we're going to pay later, right? >> yeah, 1 #00%. one of the challenges with the federal budget i don't think that many people realize roughly two-thirds are entitlements, i don't see that negativetively, it's just a statement of fact. social security, medicare, medicaid and the other thing that people forget is repayment of debt. so debt service on the mounting federal debt back in 2019 was $300 billion. so if you add those up, those two-thirds of the budget. so, it's okay to spend, but i think it's also responsible to figure out how you're going to cut and maybe it's time to have those difficult conversations
about some of the entitlement programs and how to make changes to curtail spending in the future. alicia: not always popular, but sometimes necessary. let's talk about inflation, this comes as there are rising concerns about inflation, and our producer put together a list of some of the price jumps that we've seen over the past year and these are more in regard to things that folks are spending money on this weekend. you've got hot dogs, fresh veggies up, you've got, you know, lodging is down a bit, but rental cars are way up. super expensive. how concerned are you about inflation right now? >> i'm very concerned and i've been sort of waving this inflation flag before anybody else was, and i think i actually did this on the program a year ago because if you borrow money the way we are and just sort of print it, it's going to be inflationary, we're going to weaken the dollar. i think what no one is focusing on, the fact that we're having wage inflation, we've talked in
the past about hard time companies and small businesses alike are having finding workers, if you can't find them what do you have to do? you have to pay more. once you start bumping the wage, hourly wage of workers, that becomes a permanent thing and that's interestingly enough, you mentioned hot dogs. some of the companies that produce hot dogs are having to charge more not because their material costs are per se higher, but they have to pay higher wages and the truck drivers get higher wages and so on. >> absolutely, a chain reaction, and speaking of the workers and the shortages out there and the dollar per hour that companies are paying, 23 states all run by republican governors that ended this additional federal assistance money that is supposed to end in september and actually they're doing it early and they're having had a hard time finding workers. and in colorado and governor
polis, seeing it firsthand, restaurants cannot find workers, right? >> 100%, when i was out in march skiing, and even at the ski resorts, they were short staffed. and i think it's up to 26 states now where governors are starting to get rid of that extra $300 weekly supplement. they're seeing an uptick in online job searches in those states. so it's proof that people were staying on the couch out of the work force because they were getting paid more not to work. alicia: right. mitch rochelle. have a nice memorial day weekend. we appreciate your time today. thanks. >> you bet. >> with a summer rebound underway this memorial day weekend, americans are eager to hit the road and travel at levels not seen in more than a year. charles watson is live from douglas international airport in charlotte, north carolina, with a closer look.
hi, charles. >> hi, alicia. look, we've seen it here. it's been very busy with memorial day travelers here at charlott-douglas international airport, certainly much larger than the clouds that you see here, fortunately for the airlines workers, they're seeing the passengers move along to their flights and that is the season we'll see across the country. according to triple-a, they're seeing clouds comparable to pre-pandemic levels with people travelling by planes. that's a 600% jump compared to this time last year. so folks are going to have to pack their patience as they move through these airports. take a listen. >> there will be a lot of people at the airport doing the same things you're doing so just be patient and have something for the kids to do while you're waiting. >> and with more demand for
travel and a national labor shortage as you mentioned, people are certainly going to be paying more for air travel, gas, restaurants, you name it, but after spending a year on lockdown, folks we spoke to say they have no plans to back down from their holiday weekend travel. >> you know, when people couldn't travel, tickets were nothing. but now we have to get back to stimulate the economy. >> and i think it's kind of crazy, but it's like nice being back here and knowing that things are going back to normal. >> and alicia, the top destination this year, orlando, las vegas, honolulu hawaii and they're travelling to the sunny spots where they'll have fun on this memorial day weekend. it sounds nice. alicia: it does sound nice and folks want to get out and i've got to tell you, i feel for you. you're standing in what's supposed to be a packed airport and it is a packed airport, but the rule of live shots is that
everyone disappears right before you go live. i've been watching you all day, you've been doing fantastic. isn't it true? [laughter] >> absolutely. there were bigger crowds, certainly, but they're going to pick up, we're told. we're told. alicia: everybody's out there, i swear. okay. charles watson, thank you so much. griff. griff: alicia, when we come back, colonel oliver north is going to talk about the brave men and women who served in iraq and afghanistan and talk about the war stories that we shot right here at iwo jima. did you know you can go to libertymutual.com to customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need? really? i didn't-- aah! ok. i'm on vibrate. aaah! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ saturdays happen. pain happens.
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of them, all young people. the youngest 19. griff: and heroes they are, indeed. that was a clip from the very first episode of ""war stories with oliver north"", a show that aired on fox news channel that i helped produce, and with me my former boss and someone dedicated to highlighting the stories of brave men and women. retired counsel oliver north. great to be here. do you miss that brown leather jacket? >> i've got it in the closet and i think one of my grandkids are getting ready to take it away from me. it worked well. i did a lot of stuff with the jacket on. >> there was 20 years ago, we were standing out here, very cold. i wouldn't know until spending some time with you, the honor i had with fox news, to be documenting the marines in far away places like iraq and to see, really, what this weekend
is all about, to understand the sacrifice. i want to just ask you, colonel, off the top, what are your reflections this memorial day weekend? >> certainly the sacrifice that was made by so many. you and i covered some of that. in fact, the very first casualties of the campaign in iraq occurred with you and me out in the field with the red dragon. helicopter squadron 268. the very first casualties of that engagement occurred when that bird went down that night. four u.s. marines, eight royal marine commandos, a terrible tragedy. >> major j alden. corporal brian kennedy, and all a part of the red dragon. and jerry driscoll was a commander of the unit and you can't fully grasp the grit,
courage and briefry bravery of men like that until you see it up close although theirs, just like the marines and corpsmen on that statue behind us, and those that we bore witness to, it's an enduring legacy that this weekend is all about. >> absolutely, i'll just add to that story. you and i were on different aircraft and we did that repeatedly, we never got in the same vehicle, we always went in different aircraft if you're in birds going out and on missions or in combat, dropping troops off. i spent the better part of the rest of that night deeply concerned that you had been aboard that aircraft. it went down right beside ours, i was with colonel driscoll, thought you were on that bird and was praying you weren't. but did not know for almost until dawn before i found you. we were back to the aerial
refueling point, army and refueling point and i was desperately looking through every aircraft they had not yet recovered the bodies and i was certainly because i couldn't find you, you were there and i saw you. i cried. griff: well. >> so glad that we weren't going to be honoring you, tragic as it was, the very first casualties of iraqi freedom occurred between your bird and mine. >> i remember it well. day one of what was just shy of four months and the strength that our brave men and women have to deal with in conflict, when this happened to their friends, to their comrades, they then have to continue into that fight unafraid of what they're facing. >> look, there's something very special not just about marines. certainly the marines i was blessed to be able to lead in
combat and to cover repeatedly 60-plus embeds with the years i've been with fox and i've seen it and these remarkable young americans, willingness to put their lives on the line for an idea and that idea is freedom. and ours is the only country on the planet which will still send its sons and daughters around the globe, not for oil or gold or colonial conquest, but to send them overseas to protect our freedoms here and offer others the freedom from tyranny. it's amazing that we can-- and they're all volunteers since 1973. no one has been drafted into our military and yet, they still come and in spite of the political controversy, in spite of the tragedies that have occurred, the loss of thousands of lives have been lost in this long war, two primary campaigns, and as you know, jerry boike and i are dear friends, somalia, you think
about 19 that died back in mogadishu. all of those are done to offer the same kind of hope and freedom that we have. griff: do you believe this weekend as we pay tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice that it unites the country in ways that nothing else can. >> it should. the one -- the war that was lost, the only war in which we won every battle and still lost the war it was vietnam. so when many of us came back from vietnam, we were told take off your uniform the flight from normally travis air force base. one day you're in combat and the next day coming home and they would greet the charter flights at travis, go over there to the px and get some dungarees, and in my case i came home right at christmas time on crutches. and you're told you can't wear your uniform off base because of the protests that were here in the city. so, it did not unite the
country. the vietnam war was very divisive and of course, the number one number of people being put in arlington, you were over there earlier this morning, is vietnam veterans. those who died as a consequence of vietnam's poisonous, you know, deep defoaliants and agent orange. and that. >> and you'll be here full force and we saw them in arlington. i've got to tell you one of the greatest honors i had, as unusual it would sound is when the red dragons held me down because you let them and they shaved my head, as a rite of passage to be an honorary member so i was not one, and here i am, i look very young and very head shaven, we were dirty there and i don't know where we were, but i think at the end of the day, and i
didn't serve, you did. you spent your entire life around marines. i think they're your second family. and what inspiring words in the few minutes we have left would you give to the next generation. >> george patton probably said it best that anybody would say, we ought not to grieve for those whose lives were taken, we out to thank god that they lived not died. so i look at that kind of expression of the kind of sacrifice that i saw, some of those guys died in my arms, okay, some, all of their names are up on the wall over there. the worst day of my life july 28th, 1969 i lost more marines that night than all the time i spent in combat and i grieve for at that to this day, but i'm so grateful i had a chance to serve with those who put themselves at risk because freedom really isn't free. >> thank you for your service, thank you for the honor, come along with you, try not to get
myself killed and while doing so and document the heroism and the bravery. >> i was probably on the phone-- that was my phone and roger ailes was probably chewing me out, i told you to report the news not be the news. >> and by the way do you think you still fit in that jacket? >> yeah. >> colonel. >> god bless you, buddy. >> thank you very much. we've got to leave it there. alicia, back to you. alicia: beautiful interview. beautiful. the white house has strong words for belarus after the country's president forced a plane with opposition journalist to land almost one yeek ago. lucas tomlinson is live with what the biden administration is calling for in the wake of this. hi, lucas. >> it started when the president of belarus scrambled an mig fighter jet, and carrying a dissident. and forcing it to land.
and bearus is backed by russia, jen psaki read the statement. it was travelling between two european member union. it's an affront to international norms. and after most of the outlets were forced to shut down after demonstrations against the disputed presidential election. the strongman ruler is backed by russian president vladimir putin. and belarus-- he and his girlfriend were flying to lithuania when it was intercepted sunday and the sanctions for the white house will target nine state-owned businesses and the treasury department will lead a review. and in her name she referred to the political prisoner and they responded to sanctions
announced by other western nations. >> what really is astounding is the reaction of their colleagues, and their desire to spread fake news on the grounds that are very questionable and doubtful. >> also the f.a.a. issued a new warning to american passenger jets to exercise extreme caution while flying over belarus. the state department doesn't want americans to travel there. alicia: thanks. the surge of migrants crossing into the u.s. shows no signs of stopping. we're live at the border next. as your business changes, the united states postal service is changing with it. with e-commerce that runs at the speed of now. next day and two-day shipping nationwide,
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more. >> hi, alicia. the president taking some heat with dedicated docketsen and judges who would see families crossing the border. take a look at incredible video we've obtained in del rio showing dozens crossing the river yesterday and an officer grabbing a hold of a baby, a child taking it to safety. according to multiple reports some 60 immigration advocacy groups are complaining that those new dockets will only result in denials and deportations of these migrants. these groups would rather see the administration end title 42 altogether and instead fully reopen the immigration courts. now, the question is, will that even be enough? brandon judd, the head of the national border council told neil ka cavuto, that the
border is wide open. >> we've had more than 125,000 got-aways. that's not a closed border. that's a border extremely porous anyone can get into the united states and trying to evade apprehension and again, 125,000 people have gotten away, that's an open border. >> and alicia, as we approach memorial day some of the folks on the ground that work the border are worried, already worried about the next holiday, fourth of july weekend. some of my sources are telling me they're worried that the biden administration might rescind title 42 and that would practically open up the border completely wide open. now, the-wide administration, jen psaki, the white house press secretary has not announced a timeline on title 42. she had said back in april that that decision will be based on what health and medical experts say, but folks on the ground
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♪♪ >> a little treat there for you. a preview of pbs's memorial day concert happening tomorrow. it's going to look a little different this year with no live concert on the west lawn of our nation's capitol, but that didn't stop event organizers from paying tribute to america's heroes. joining us is one of the co-hosts tony award winning actor joe montaqua, and this goes back, can you tell us what to expect to see? >> those who have seen the show
prior will understand again, it's a collection of musical acts, dramatic readings of -- the best way for me to put it, it's a 90 minute snapshot of why we have memorial day. it did this for me. this is my 20th year doing it and when i did it first 20 years ago, i wasn't sure what it was going to be about and after being a participant in the concert, it brought home to me not only how important memorial day is, but for my mind why memorial day is the most important holiday we embrace in this country because it's the holiday that allows us to have the other holidays. if people would carve out 90 minutes to watch the show they'll get a firm idea just why it's so important that we use this day and take that moment to remember all of those throughout our nation's history that allowed us to have the freedoms that we have in this
country. alicia: and this year there will be a special tribute to vietnam nurses and honoring of the 265,000 women who served during that era here and we have just a little snippet here from something that actress kathy baker did. let's watch. >> they flew us nurses to vietnam in skirts and cute little shoes. it was pure chaos. we worked in helmets and flak jackets during incoming enemy fire. patients on every table. blood everywhere you looked. the bodies came so fast, it was like they were on a conveyor belt. alicia: and joe, you were particularly moved by the story of one nurse, diane carlson evans. and we can see her on our screen right now. can you tell us what it was about her story that moved you so? >> well, i mean, talk about a typically american story, i mean, i spent two and a half
hours with her yesterday doing press for the concert, you know, she was this young girl from montana who she had a family in vietnam, she had lost some friends in vietnam and she just felt it was her duty to go. and so she enlisted, signed up, and went and often was the last voice that these young men would hear as they passed away, you know, during the conflict over there. so she came back, you know, suffering the same kind of ptsd that many of them suffered that survived that ordeal and she's just an incredible human being, but yet, what's great about her, she's an incredible human being, but she's just, she's diane. she's this wonderful woman from montana that, in a way, to me exempliies what america is about. a concoction of people from
everywhere who often can do extraordinary things. alicia: and folks can check out the special tomorrow, sunday may 30th on your local pbs station at 8 p.m. eastern time. joe montagena, thank you. >> my pleasure. griff: when we come back in the next hour we'll talk about brian manion, and we'll talk about a very important story that's coming up next. life... doesn't stop for diabetes. be ready for every moment, with glucerna. it's the number one doctor recommended brand that is scientifically designed to help manage your blood sugar. live every moment. glucerna. what makes new salonpas arthritis gel so good for arthritis pain?to help manage your blood sugar. salonpas contains the most prescribed topical pain relief ingredient. it's clinically proven, reduces inflammation
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griff: monument dedicated to those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. we are paying tribute to them this memorial day weekend. welcome to our two-day special of memorial day weekend from fox news, i'm griff jenkins at the memorial. alicia: i'm alicia acuña in denver. we will highlight some of the groups honoring fallen heros and tell you what you can do to help them keep their memories alive and, griff, where you are, it's rainy but it's actually quite striking and you'll be taking us through pretty important stories this hour. griff: that's right. you're about to hear from a gold star sister and her story is one that has inspired a new
generation of those americans who have been called to serve. we've got that coming up and, of course, all of the history here, those 6 marines in the statute behind me, really what this weekend is all about in honoring their sacrifice, alicia. alicia: everyone will have to stick around because you made me choke up and laugh a little too. wonderful interviews. we will move onto some other news. president biden unveiling his 6 trillion-dollar budget proposal which would bring the national deficit up to nearly $2 trillion next year. mark meredith live in wilmington, delaware where the president is spending the holiday weekend, hi, mark. mark: alicia, good afternoon. president biden, he released budget before holiday and timing was unusual because budget is traditionally a big deal, big discussion point. most lawmakers left before it came out, they are already reacting especially the
6 trillion-dollar price tag. lawmakers will have the final say in all of this, but the budget laid out does address a number of democratic priorities including money to go to the infrastructure bill as well as money for the american family's plan. those are the two spending bills already up for negotiations. also money that would go to things like the cdc, money to address clean energy initiative and money to address the gun violence epidemic as well as the opioid epidemic. speaker nancy pelosi, she is on board is what she thought, -- she put out a statement, declaration that the value that democrats place on american workers and founding of nation strength and the key to build back better. but the republicans say the country is drowning in debt and simply cannot afford to spend and could trigger economic problems for decades and decades to come. we heard from lawmakers, among them speaking out south carolina congresswoman nancy may. >> we can't continue to spend.
it's like if you just add an extra zero here and there it's going to be okay and it's very much, i liken it to jimmy carter's presidency and will lead to inflation. >> the other interesting thing is how moderates will feel about this because they have slim majority in both house and senate. it's not like they will get everything that they want from the white house, the perspective, they know that. but this is where the negotiations will begin. we have a few months until this will actually happen. meantime we are expecting the president to head back to washington on monday to mark memorial day and another big week about the economy next week, we will get the may job's report and that can be crucial for the white house in trying to sell economic message that more stimulus is needed. essentially, we will have to stay tune. alicia: big week, big summer, mark meredith, thank you so much. joining me right now republican kansas senator roger marshall, resources committee and the senate small business and
entrepreneurship committee. senator thank you so much for being here on this memorial weekend. appreciate it. let's begin with this budget proposal. it's so enormous. where do republicans begin the conversation in these negotiations? senator: well, it smells like inflation to me and i think we begin the negotiations by telling the president, look, you think that this inflation is short lived, you're throwing gasoline on the fire. inflation occurs when you're throwing too many dollars at too few goods and that's exactly what is happening. we can't get people to come back to work because we are throwing too much money at them. artificial shortage of supply and now he wants to print more money. i think that america needs to start saying wait a second, mr. president, we are feeling this inflation right here at home. and by the way, this is a social injustice. inflation is a tax on hard-working americans, people that are on fixed incomes as well. i think we have to take this message to the white house, the public has to take this message to the white house. alicia: what are the challenges
for republicans, though, when it comes to the conversation with americans because as you know free money and throwing money at problems can be quite popular when folks are sitting at home and they don't know exactly see the long-term consequences. how do you go about convincing americans that it may be time to pump the brakes a little bit? senator: right, i know that americans have hard time pushing away from the table. i believe americans want to get back to work. we have to create incentives for people to go back to work and not create incentives for them to stay home and i think when people announce this weekend and they buy groceries and came back home, they followed -- the budgeting and noticed pantry and refrigerator was more empty than it was last week. i think that's what's going to be the trickiest. we see the president radical socialist policies is creating one crisis after another.
last week it's middle east and this week inflation. i think americans will smell the roses here. alicia: while i have you here, i do want to talk about investigation and renewed interest in the wuhan lab theory as the possible origination of the coronavirus pandemic. i want to go back in time of april 30th, 2020 john roberts asked president trump this question. >> have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the wuhan institute of virology was the origin of this virus? >> yes, i have. yes, i have. and i think that the world health organization should be ashamed of themselves because they are like the public relations agency for china. alicia: senator, the president was vilified for that statement at the time, but now here we are taking a closer look. what are your thoughts? senator: well, some of the national media vilified anyone who didn't go along with their
narrative. i think then and today there's a body of evidence that would suggest that this virus came from the wuhan lab. now, we don't know if it was nationally occurring or product of viral manipulation or not but every day more evidence suggesting that it came from the lab, more evidence suggesting that it was virally manipulated. china has the ability to prove us wrong, though. they had the ability but they destroyed most of the records. here we are 16 months into this process, they could have shown us where the virus came from. with sars and mers viruses, both instances it took us four months and nine months to find the virus according to intermediate host, where it came from, china sets 80,000 animals and that leads us to the conclusion that it came from their own laboratory and crime shame that it has been ignored by the national media and i'm grateful that it's on the senate this week, senator gillibrand from
new york, democrat friend of ours helped us pushed through bipartisan resolution and unanimousy agreed to that we need to go back and investigate the origins of the virus. alicia: senator, how confident are you in what an investigation could find given the lack of transparency that china has shown us already? senator: i'm afraid china is missing records and key people, so to speak. we need the world health organization to do their job and get in there and collect the data and send to laboratories like our own cdc, european laboratories as well. we need pressure from across the world. this just can't be america speaking to this. china needs to hear this from the whole world. we will not be satisfied until we find the origins of the virus that way we can better prepare for next outbreak.
alicia: good point. right. and senator, i want to just give you a moment if you would like to share message on this memorial day weekend with your fellow americans. senator: wow, memorial weekend, the first thing i think of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that you and i, your listeners get to enjoy and i also think about those gold-star families. the many gold-star families that i have met through this job and to say thank you to them. i can never imagine the hurt that you feel. i just want the gold-star families to know their loved ones are not dying in vein and all the people in the service protecting the freedoms, i'm grateful for what they did to this country, making the ultimate sacrifice. over 13,000 soldiers from the division that made the ultimate sacrifice. so just thank you and let us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and
me. alicia: absolutely. senator roger marshall, thank you. ♪ ♪ ♪ griff: there are many heros who have given their lives for this country. today i want to remember travis with his story in iraq. before his final deployment to iraq, marine first lieutenant travis left his family with a powerful motivation as to why he was going back into the fight. if not me, then who, he said. but on april 29th, 2007, the experienced iraq war ambushed with fellow marines while searching a suspected insurgent house in province. his father colonel tom remembers. >> travis was the only one that didn't make it back, but i know he would be proud to know that his actions saved the lives of everyone in the patrol that day.
griff: travis' best friend breaking down while honoring the hero. >> i was lucky enough to -- [inaudible] >> he was a great friend. griff: brandon would make the ultimate sacrifice just 3 years later on an ultimate battlefield in the mountains of afghanistan. now brothers forever, buried side by side in section 60 in worriling national cemetery, a bond once honored by president obama. >> the friendship between first lieutenant travis and lieutenant brandon reflects the meaning of memorial day. the 5 simple words, serving as amontra to inspire others into service. and for the first time, his sister ryan who now runs the foundation in his name sharing footage of her brother returning in a flagged draped coffin bringing back memories of pain
and grief and also pride and gratitude. griff: we are now joined by ryan minion, ryan, thank you for sharing that very personal video of travis coming home. what are your reflection this is memorial day weekend? >> wow, to watch that it brought back a lot and for me i would say every day is memorial day. i think about my brother and the men and women he served with and sacrificed every single day but i think it's an incredible time for us to come together as a country and pay our respects and celebrate the freedoms that we hold so dear by honoring these men and women and if it's one day out of the year, make sure you do something on that day to remember and reflect on their service and sacrifice. griff give when we watched travis coming home in the video
that you shared, i want to talk about the pride and gratitude that you felt. he was doing what he wanted to do. he did it because he didn't want someone else to been in his shoes having to carry the fight on. >> absolutely. my brother was a proud marine who deployed to iraq not once but twice and he loved what he was doing. he was proud to be a marine. he loved served with the men and women he served with and at the end of the day, you know, i think for all of us, we are so proud. when i wrote that post and i shared that video, i will never forget the sadness that i felt that day when travis came back from iraq in flag-draped coffin but i will never forget the sense of pride. pride for what my brother represented, the best that this country has to offer. griff: we visited his grave this morning in arlington national cemetery. you were kind enough to let you follow along because you're doing something called the honor
project, what is it? >> it was started last year by a young woman emily, it wasn't honor project yet. a young woman who went to visit grandfather in arlington and sent out a tweet, hey, how can i help those who can't be here. i will visit your lovered ones graves. visited over 60 grave site that is day and joined up with us after memorial day and you guys know how to put things together and bring out volunteers and we have now formed the honor project. we have over 300 volunteers that are going to be visiting 4,000 graves in arlington. >> we see you with your father colonel tom manion and your son travis named after your brother. >> that's right, we were able to bring my son and my father and i went to place a flag at travis' grave this morning and when i look at my son, 7 year's old named after his uncle, it's a reminder for me that we need to make sure that this next
generation understands the sacrifices that were made, i they understand what our military men and women represent to this country. griff: what they are placing is this flag, you can see the travis manion flag here. you actually gave high honor to place one. general kelly's son died in 2010, all intended to inspire the next generation to service. >> absolutely. >> you're seeing now -- it's quite remarkable to step foot just in the first place in arlington national cemetery but to go to general kelly's son grave site and after we heard general kelly talking about the lost of his son and he says, you know, we all lose people but really when you lose someone like a son in combat, it's a whole different level. >> it is. i think you're mixed with the
sense of again pride and sadness but at the end of the day, these men and women were doing what they loved. each and every one of them post911 stepped up, raise their right hand and served. i have so much gratitude for what they represent to this country as a whole and we can learn so much from the stories. griff: i have learned so much from you and from the travis manion foundation and from you and your father and chris who kept me running marathons for you. really i think the thing that's special about and in the time we have left, what you have done with your foundation, instill different higher standard of care to all americans. >> the 5 words my brother spoke before he left to second tour, if not me than who. he spoke those words when he was asked why he had to go back and we have taken those 5 words and turned them into a mantra that
we want to implore every american to live by. imagine us waking up every day and asked to live those 5 words. if not me, even who? be citizens of change in our own backyards. griff: power mantra and powerful weekend. ryan manion, thank you for your family's service and all you're doing with the travis manion foundation. you can go to travismanion.org. she has a podcast as well. you can find the resilient life. ryan, thank you. very special weekend. >> thanks for all you do. griff: we will be right back from the hiroshima marine corps
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alicia: christian rivera was found guilty of molly tibbets found nearby hometown in iowa. alex. alex: one of the jurors speaking out to fox news and he says in the deliberation room the jury went over the evidence time and time again before coming to a decision. christian rivera could spend life in prison. the 26-year-old showed little emotion when hearing guilty murder verdict. 5 women and 7 men say it was
quite emotional for them. >> we kind of talked everything out and just made that we were all on the same page because something obviously like this or anything else you want to have 100% commitment and know for sure that this was the case. >> rivera is charged with abducting and stabbing molly tibbets in 2018. the 20-year-old college student was out or evening run, the last time she would ever be seen. police found body in corn field. in an interview rivera told police he followed her and the bigger moments to have trial, rivera himself took the stand claiming that two men took him hostage, killed tibbets and left her in his truck. something clearly the jury did not believe. the prosecution say there was too much evidence against him. >> and the big thing that he knew where the body was and that was a big piece of the corroboration to his story.
>> rivera worked on a farm and undocumented immigrant from mexico. tibbets' father against using that case in immigration debates that that would go against what her daughter would have wanted. as far as the family of the university of iowa student, the prosecution says that all of all of these years, pleased and relief with this verdict. alicia. alicia: alex hogan in new york. thank you. meanwhile violent crime is surging america's biggest cities with this shootout playing out in broad daylight in new york's city upper west side on tuesday, look at that. joining us now with more on this, attorney in north western adjunct professor andrew, thank you so much for being here. i have to put up so many numbers here. homicide spikes across american cities, largest cities, the numbers -- i had to look at them a couple of times, portland
800%, that's a year to date change. oakland 132%. los angeles county 127, minneapolis 106% and we are just heading into summer, things get more violent throughout the weekend. that's what the expectation is in big cities for the holiday weekend. >> absolutely. policies that have been put in place in the last 12 months primarily by democratic mayors and city council have lead to a massive, massive surge in crime from defunding the police to stopping foot chases, to no catch bail, the chickens have come home to roost. we know when you policies in place, the by-product will be emboldening the criminals and that's precisely what happened and we haven't seen the worst of it. summer is here and there's going to be blood on the streets. alicia: yeah, we know this, i know this from covering this over the last two decades. every summer things go up, but
this is particularly dangerous and you talk about big cities, chicago mayor, lori lightfoot announced a new program. city summer safety strategy. what they are planning to do is focus on 15 particular beats where they have more of a focus by police officers in these areas. take a listen to what she says. >> particularly those most plagued by violence. and what is more we are working with department and community partners about how to be better partners and to build capacity so we all take ownership of public safety. alicia: this is the unofficial start to summer and now she's saying this with the new policy, however, the city of chicago and the mayor in particular hasn't exactly been kind to police forces. >> , no they're not and they have gutted the morale of the police officers in the city of chicago. they have been unfriendly and
haven't had the police back and, look had there been problems with the cpd, absolutely. what you don't do is you don't fund the police and you don't eliminate cash bail. right, there are things you can do to try to stem this crime and the fact that lightfoot is now taking these steps okay, but you should have taken the steps a long time ago and you cannot have the police back and then say, gee, we expect them to do their jobs, it's just common sense. alicia: well, yeah, and as you know also police departments are having a terrible time recruiting officers. >> absolutely. look, these criminals are like musical tuning forks, they know when police morale is low and they know when the cities doesn't have their backs and who would want to become a police officer in this environment? you know that the mayor doesn't have your back, a lot of the citizens don't have your back. the police officers are piñatas and you need to have police reform and what need to do is have the police back in order to keep morale up.
alicia: where does it begin to you, does it begin in police academies, does it begin to big cities working with the heads of department, seems too big to approach? >> it start in terms of who you train and also goes to take such logical steps like having police cameras and having proper training and then when the police are justified in shooting or killing someone you have to have the police's back. yes, we need reforms. there are bad cops in every single police department, but when you don't have their backs, that's how you get into a lot of the problems. you can't ask the police to chase somebody down a street in the middle of the night knowing that if they hold a gun up like the adam taledo shooting, you don't have the police's back and you expect the cops to do that, it's common sense that's not the way it works. alicia: i always think about in those moments, all of the things going through a police officer's mind that shouldn't need to go
through their mind, they shouldn't have to worry about anything else other than taking down that criminal. you always me raise my voice. you have so much energy. appreciate it. >> any time, you too. alicia: thanks. griff: they started by drawing a line through the capitol through washington monument, across the potomic river and ending at the western access point specifically at the memorial. that's why it makes it so special to be broadcasting from here. we will be right
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photo, february 23rd, 1945. it is their memory that is so important on this memorial day as we honor the ultimate sacrifice of all the brave men and women who have fought and died for our freedom. it comes on a cold and rainy day here in washington, about 50 degrees but the flag still flies. so will it be a washout here in the nation's capitol and eastern sea board or we will get a glimpse of sunshine this weekend. meteorologist adam klotz has your forecast. adam: i wanted it to be beautiful, unofficial start of summer, not just dc but large portion across the country, these are current temperatures, 50's and 60's, a big trough
of cool air and we will be dealing with it. you're in wetter spots and will continue to be a little bit soggy. from the mid atlantic stretching to new england, these are rounds of showers and it's not moving very quickly. future forecast situation and you're looking at rain lingering overnight into sunday forecast and kind of lingering sunday. it's not going to be closer until monday where we start to see the break up a little bit which is good news memorial day, the forecast does get nicer but you see that take a real long time to slowly move its way up the coast. still showers lingering on monday morning. ly leave you with national forecast. it does get warmer. memorial forecast, 70's and 80's, rain in the middle of the country. hit or miss, griff, unfortunately for you it's going to be raining on you for a little while. griff: all right. we will accept it. the sun will eventually come out, thank you, adam. well, this memorial represents not only those who fought in hiroshima but also all of our fallen soldiers.
we talk to erin about the history of this statute, watch. we are here with national park service ranger erin laraka, marine war memorial. such an amazing statute, erin. tell us a little bit about this. what is the significance on memorial day of this specific memorial? >> most people don't realize that this is actually the western expanse of the national mall, this memorial dedicated in 1956 the first war memorial dedicated on the national mall if you expand the national mall on that access on arlington ridge which is where we are today. this memorial is dedicate today all the marines who have given their lives, have made that ultimate sacrifice. there's no more poignant place to be than the u.s. marine corps on memorial day. griff: and we are just adjacent to arlington national cemetery.
a very special memorial to come and visit if you are a marine particularly one, whose family paid the ultimate sacrifice. >> i have been here on memorial day when marines come to pay honor to fallen marines and they've had emotional experiences. one gentleman asked if he could cross the barricade to touch the memorial, how could i say no to that request. he did that and walked up and put his hand on the memorial and stood there silently for a few minutes and when he turned around he had tears in his eyes, we didn't exchange any words, he just walked away. but the opportunity to allow that person to have that connection through the memorial to other fallen marines was -- was very special. griff: very powerful. talk to me about the inscription on the memorial? >> yes, so as part of a recently completed rehabilitation project, we inscribed two new campaigns on to the base of the
memorial. on the base of the memorial, you see campaign that is the marines have fought in since the beginning of the marine corps which dates back to before our country was actually founded. as part of the rehabilitation project, we added afghanistan and iraq to the memorial. we work closely with the history division to have marine corps to inform when the parks should add campaigns to the memorial. they asked us to add those two but marines are still dying, they are open-ended campaigns. you notice that there's no closed date on afghanistan and iraq. we will work with the history division of the marine corps to close out this campaign when -- when no more marines are losing their lives in those countries. people come here to have an experience at the u.s. marine corps, war memorial to pay tribute to those people -- those marines who have made the ultimate sacrifice and the flag flies 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week here, full mass. but the flag raising, the scale is unlike anything on the national mall. griff: now the six men, who are they? >> we don't interpret these people as individuals. what we speak to is the effort that it took on hiroshima to get to this point. what you don't see is the armada supporting the flag. it took 70,000 marines to raise the flag, not 5. give griff the sculptor, buried in arlington? >> he is buried in arlington as the flag raisers. griff: the front of the monument, tell me about it. >> there's a famous quote uncommon valor was a common
virtue not just for marines that fought in hiroshima but just the like the rest of the memorial. it's dedicated to all of the maence over the country even though marines dates back to when our country was founded. so this is reflective of all the marines that have ever served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. normally this place has over a million visitors a year, about a million and a half people come to the u.s. marine corps, war memorial annually. most of those people are on a patriotic pilgrimage to washington, d.c. so you see a lot of tour buses that come to the u.s. marine corps war memorial. griff: they come because they know it's an iconic monument but those who haven't visited, why do you believe it's iconic? >> all you have to do take one minute to look at the place and have the background of the the national mall, the backdrop of the national mall with the flag that flies 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. the photo that turned into the statute of the memorial, the
monument is iconic in its own right and it's a very -- the place to honor the commitment, the sacrifice of marines that have been made ultimate sacrifice. griff: and alicia, we have been seeing people all morning long despite the cold and rain come here. we saw marines in uniform, we saw families and just about 30 minutes ago there was a gentleman, presumably a marine, he looked fit enough to be one was running in circles around the monument carrying a marine corps flag. it's a special monument particularly for a weekend like this. alicia: and we thank erin larocca for the wonderful tour and explanation of the history of the monument. it really hit me when he talked about the patriotic pilgrimage that many folks make to that monument and when he spoke of that one man who wanted to just cross the barrier so he could touch it and have that physical
connection, that connection to fallen marines, won't forget that one, griff. griff: not, indeed. it's not just a connection to a lost family member but really a connection to a commitment that they made to serve the nation and to ultimately give their life to defend the freedoms that make this nation so special and so unique, alicia. alicia: absolutely, thank you, griff. and as we approach the heat of summer, the danger for migrants trying to cross into our country spike. we are live at the border next. ♪ ♪ ♪
aishah hosnie with more on the border crisis. aishah: border crossings continue. our crew saw 200 migrants just at one crossing point in la joya, no matter what the administration says about the border being closed, the video really paints a completely different story and i want to show you some incredible footage that we were able to obtain from del rio, texas, dozens of migrants crossing the rio grande river. more than 1300 migrants as you mentioned were detained on friday alone. now the families could have asylum cases fast-tracked by dedicated dockets just announced by the biden administration this week. multiple reports of some 60 immigration advocacy groups, though, complaining about these dockets saying that they are only going to result in denials and deportations and these
groups would rather see the administration just end title 42 and fully reopen the immigration courts. meanwhile the border delegation also hitting on the biden administration calling on the president to ease covid travel restrictions at the ports of entry. they say it's hurting businesses in border towns while migrants really just continue to walk across the border here. >> they committed a crime and they've been rewarded for committing that crime. approximately 40% of the people that we apprehend, they claim asylum are being released into the united states. then you add on top of that, the people that have gotten away and these numbers are absolutely astronomical. aishah: alicia, according to my sources here on the ground as we get ready for memorial day they are looking ahead to fourth of july, that holiday. they're worried that title 42 might be rescinded around that time. the biden administration, though, has not put out a
timeline for when that might happen. jen psaki, white house press secretary has said back in april that that would all be based on -- the decision would be based on what the medical and health experts say so no timetable on it yet but sources on the ground are extremely worried there might be a surge coming, alicia. alicia: hot and dangerous time. aishah at the border, thank you. griff: sheer magnitude of this memorial is why it's so inspiring. 78 feet tall with flag pole 60 feet. the american flag flying 24/7, 365. you see the marines shoulder an m1 carbine and the canteen if it were real would hold 8 gallons of water. we will be right back. ♪ ♪
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on this memorial day weekend. i want to start by asking you for your message and your reflections this memorial day weekend. >> thank you, griff. it's a very solemn holiday for us as we have cared for our military men and women over 17 years now and i think it's important that america gives this weekend the reflection to remember those that have fallen, those that have volunteered to our serve our country and our nation and we know so many of them. they've been our neighbors. they're such an important part of what we do every day and it drives us to make sure that we take the absolute best care of our military men and women and their families. griff: karen, i was embedded as we spoke about in the last hour specifically with with the unit out of camp and that has
something to do with how you the semper fi fund got started. tell me the story. >> at the time i was a nurse working at the hospital and as the wounded started coming back, we assembled the small group of military spouses and put one front in front of the other to help them with whatever the needs were. we were gap fillers. whatever our families wounded needed. we've helped 26,000 service members with with our programs. they have one to one case managers, visiting nurses. it's a work of love and as much as we have done, we know that there's so many more that need our help and you know, griff, our men and women coming back, they survived injuries that impacts wars that would have never made it off the
battlefield. we have members that are going to have a journey of recovering for their lifetime. we have 20-year-olds that were coming back missing 3 limbs or -- >> if you go to semperfi.org you can help them. as you pointed out it's so important for many warriors their toughest fight comes home and they are doing it to protect our freedom. just the last ten seconds. would you like to say anything to anyone on this day? >> yes. you know, i had a great uncle that was a marine that was killed so god bless our military. our supporters who helped make this work possible, they come from all streets and sizes, from
alicia, to be with you here from the i whoy ma war memorial remembering exactly what this weekend is about and how grateful we are. alicia: absolutely. and i encourage folks to go to our web site to check out the conversation you had with oliver north. quite something. that's it for us. have a good one. ♪ ♪ arthel: americans are eager to get out and enjoy the memorial day holiday as the country begins to open up post-pandemic. aaa says it expects more than 37 million americans to travel this holiday weekend, most of them hitting the road, jack. however, they are in for some sticker shock when they fuel up. holiday gas prices are the highest in seven years. hello, everyone, welcome to a brand new hour of "fox news live." i'm arthel neville. hello, benjamin.