‘This Week’ Transcript 9-24-17: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Sen. Bill Cassidy, and Sen. Lindsey Graham

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 AND WILL BE UPDATED.

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ANNOUNCER: This Week with George Stephanopoulos starts right now.

MARTHA RADDATZ, HOST: Insulter in chief: President Trump escalating tensions with North Korea.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

RADDATZ: And here at home, attacking freedom of speech and star athletes.

TRUMP: Wouldn’t you love the see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) off the field right now?

RADDATZ: All this, as a key campaign promise is on life support.

TRUMP: Immediately repeal and replace.

RADDATZ: With another GOP health care bill struggling to survive.

TRUMP: We might have to go back again and again. We may make it this time.

RADDATZ: Where is the president’s focus as he faces off with another world leader? Will either blink? And can we avoid war?

And as the GOP‘s latest repeal and replace attempt breaks down. Is it time for a bipartisan solution? Those questions and more, for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

And the backers of the health care bill, Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

Plus, our Powerhouse Roundtable.

From the White House to your house, we take on the moments that mattered this week.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, it’s This Week. Here now, co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

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RADDATZ: Good morning.

Donald Trump promised to be a unifier when he was running for office. If that’s what he’d hoped to achieve, he’s not having much success. According to our new ABC News/Washington Post poll out just this morning, 66 percent of all Americans, including nearly 4 in 10 conservatives think Trump has done more to divide the country than unite it. Instead of bringing the country together, he has proved to be a provocateur.

And as we are reminded yet again this week, when a president tries to be provocative, it can
have real consequences.

Let’s start with North Korea. President Trump at the UN this week, threatening to, quote, “totally destroy” the reclusive nation. That finger in the eye of Kim Jong-un escalating tensions so dramatically, we were left with this split screen yesterday.

On the left, B-1 bombers flying farther north of the DMZ than any American planes have in
decades. On the right, that was North Korea’s foreign minister threatening that launching his country’s missiles and hitting the U.S. is now,…

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