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cnn's "state of the union." my geflts incluuests include ax mike dewine, and ron johnson. our coverage on cnn continues now. have a strong and healthy weekend. i'll see you sunday morning. this is cnn breaking news. >> and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we're following breaking news. the coronavirus death toll in the united states has now surpassed 86,000 and confirmed cases are nearing 1.5 million. meanwhile president trump is touting his administration's operation warp speed effort, raising hopes that a fully-approved vaccine could be available to the public by end of the year. that would be much sooner than the 12 to 18-month timeline cited by so many experts.
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dm but the president is pushing ahead with efforts to reopen the economy, proclaiming, i'm quoting him now, vaccine or no vaccine, we're back. nearly every state in the u.s. has loosened some restrictions as the overall rate of new cases and new deaths declines across much of the country. let's begin our coverage with our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, the president is raising serious hopes now that the search for a coronavirus vaccine could pay off by the end of the year. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. and president trump sent some conflicting signals today on the development of a coronavirus vaccine as the president and other top administration officials were touting what they're calling a warp speed effort to have a vaccine ready by the end of the year. mr. trump also said he wants to reopen the country with or without one. at one point the president told reporters he doesn't see a reopening as dependent on a vaccine. as president trump introduced the two men who will lead the government's race for a
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coronavirus vaccine, he made one thing clear. he's ready to reopen the country even without a medical breakthrough. >> i just want to make something clear. it's very important. vaccine or no vaccine, we're back. and we're starting the process. >> reporter: still, one of the two leaders of what's being called operation warp speed, moncef slaoui, said he's optimistic the u.s. could have hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine ready by the end of the year. >> i have very recently seen early data from a clinical trial with a coronavirus vaccine. and these data made me feel even more confident that we will be able to deliver a few hundred million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020. and we will do the best we can. >> reporter: that's an ambitious timeline. many health experts aren't so sure it's achievable. coronavirus task force member dr. anthony fauci cautions
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americans should remain realistic. >> there's no guarantee the vaccine will be effective. if it doesn't have the immune response that is protective, given the way the body responds to viruses of this type, i'm cautiously optimistic that we will with one of the candidates get an efficacy signal. >> reporter: at his own rose garden event mr. trump appeared at times to downplay the importance of a vaccine. >> other things have never had a vaccine and they go away. so i don't want people to think this is all dependent on vaccine. but a vaccine would be a tremendous thing. roesh >> reporter: the president speculated many americans may be immune to the virus although the scientific community isn't convinced of that. >> they not only recover, they have immunity, whether short term or long term, but they have, probably, immunity. >> reporter: mr. trump's comments came one day after he questioned the helpfulness of
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testing. >> it could be that testing is, frankly, uh, overrated, maybe it is overrated. when you test, you have a case. when you test, you find something is wrong. with people, if we didn't do any testing, we would have very few cases. they don't want to write that. it's common sense. >> reporter: the president returned to his argument that schools should reopen in the fall but without older teachers. mr. trump didn't sound concerned students could bring the virus home to their families. >> i don't think that you should have, uh, 70-year-old teachers back, yet. they should wait until everything is gone. i don't think you should have a professor that's 65 and has diabetes or has a bad heart, back, necessarily, or somebody that's older than that. but, uh, we want to see our schools back. we want to see our country start to work again. >> reporter: fauci warned earlier this week that is risky. >> i think we've got to be careful that we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the
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deleterious effects. >> reporter: the president said he would be willing to accept a vaccine from china. >> what happens if it's china? will the u.s. still have access to that vaccine? >> uh, i would say the answer to that would be yes. roes >> reporter: the president was touting other advances like a high speed missile for mr. trump's pet project, the space force. >> i call at it super duper missile. the space force is the future. we're now the leader in space. >> reporter: in case people were wondering what that noise was during the news conference, those were truckers in washington, honking their horns and protesting that their industry, there's some video right there, is being hammered during the pandemic. the president said they were demonstrating in show of support for him. that's not true, though. they were protesting on behalf of their industry. vice president mike pence was absent, he is steering clear of
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events at the white house today out of an abundance of caution, but white house officials say he's healthy and will be at events next week. >> it's because his press secreta secretary, katie miller, tested position for coronavirus. jim acosta, thank you so much. cnn's erica hill joins us from new york with late breaking developments. erica, the reopening movement is certainly gaining steam across the country. >> reporter: it is, in fact just a few moments ago restrictions were lifted in maryland. that happened at 5:00 tonight. it's just one of the states we're seeing reopen. by the end of the weekend, wolf, 48 states will be partially reopen, although what this looks like really depends once again on where you are. a nationwide experiment shifting into high gear. >> the one thing we know is that tomorrow will be different than today. that's the only certainty we have. >> reporter: restaurants in ohio and virginia can now offer table
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service outside. florida's hardest-hit counties, miami-dade and broward, will begin seating customers on monday. in maryland, barbershops, salons, and churches can reopen at half capacity. casinos are back in louisiana as stores large and small adapt. >> i am excited. but it's -- you know, like i said, it's just nervewracking. >> reporter: consumer spending, the lifeblood of the american economy, has taken a massive hit. retail sales plunging more than 16% in april. the largest drop in nearly 30 years. >> i'm sinking. the calvary never showed up as promised. it's either open or close my doors for good. >> reporter: the number of new cases is trending lower. in 28 states, including colorado, georgia, and oklahoma, which started lifting restrictions weeks ago. new cases each day in texas, however, are 20 to 30% higher than they were when stay-at-home orders were relaxed on may 1. so what do those numbers tell us
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about the impact of reopening? >> these numbers that we're looking at are not real time. what we're seeing is actually a reflection of what's probably the virus was doing a week or two weeks ago. >> open your business now! >> reporter: protests continue in michigan where the stay-at-home order was extended through may 28. >> when people are showing up with guns, when people are showing up with things like, you know, confederate flags, it tells you that this really isn't about the lockdown or about a perception of a stay-at-home order. it's really an organized political statement. >> reporter: resistance is also brewing in north carolina, where some restrictions were lifted last week, though not for large gatherings, including religious services. >> how long is this gonna last? they didn't build sanctuaries to sit in their cars in the parking lot and look at. >> reporter: several regions in new york state moving into phase i of reopening on friday. still, the stay-at-home order extended for the most populated areas including new york city
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until may 28. though there is some relief in sight. governor andrew cuomo announcing a multistate plan to reopen beaches in time for memorial day. >> what one state does will affect other states. that is probably nowhere more clear than when it comes to opening beaches. one state doesn't open beaches, another state does open beaches, you will see people flood to that state. >> reporter: new jersey, connecticut, and delaware all part of that effort, as americans across the country prepare for summer. and as folks here in new york city are preparing for summer, it's important to point out, mayor bill de blasio said this is really a day to day operation as they're looking at things. new york city beaches are not expected to be open by memorial day. the mayor saying the summer is going to look very different. also it's supposed to be a beautiful weekend, it's a
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beautiful day here in new york city. they will be limiting capacity at some of the city's parks and moving forward, he said they're buying 74,000 air conditioners for low income seniors in the city. there is a real concern about what could be to come this summer, especially if they can't do cooling centers and people can't get out as they would normally. >> a beautiful day here in washington, d.c., erica, as well, about 85 degrees and sunny. erica, thank you very much. let's continue the discussion with the mayor of baltimore, maryland, mayor jack young. mayor young, thanks for joining us. maryland's stay-at-home order was lifted at the top of the hour. tell us why you decided your city is not yet ready to join much of the state of maryland in beginning to reopen. >> well, wonderful, the reason why is because we haven't seen a decrease in the number of cases that we've seen here in baltimore. we had over 3,600 cases, almost
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400 hospitalizations and baltimore, and 183 deaths. and, you know, we just don't feel that we're ready to open right now. and i'm going by what our health professionals are telling us. leading institutions like johns hopkins are saying we're not ready to open at this time. i would love to open up because i know businesses are suffering, restaurants are suffering. but my responsibility is to protect the life and safety of the citizens of baltimore and that's what i intend to do. >> these are life and death decisions you've got to make. marylanders in other parts of the state can now return to stores, hair salons, other nonessential businesses. do you fear, mayor, that your residents of baltimore will simply travel to other counties, take a quick drive elsewhere with fewer restrictions, that kind of partial reopening, that could put your residents potentially at greater risk?
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>> i think so, but i'm hoping our citizens will heed to my executive order and only travel for essential businesses that they have to take care of right here in the city of baltimore. like you said, those other cities and other states are opening, and if they can go, i know they'll get in their cars and go. there's a possibility of them doing that and come back and spreading, you know, whatever things they have to their family members and friends, and i'm very afraid of that. >> i'm sure you are. the president said, you probably saw his remarks, he said health officials -- he said vaccine or no vaccine, i'm quoting him now, we're back. health officials continue to point to the need for a vaccine to truly stop the pandemic. can you safely reopen completely without a vaccine? >> well, i think we can reopen our city with testing. if we can get the testing kits that we need, so we can get a handle on whether we have the
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majority of our population with signs of covid-19 or whether there's a decrease. no one wants to keep our city locked down, all of us want to go out safely and enjoy ourselves and go to restaurants and go to the manifeovies and t kind of things. i'm quite sure we'll get there one day, but now is not the time. >> you've suggested xhuvents col communities of color are most at risk. what steps are you taking for those who are at greater risk right now from this virus? >> we're setting up testing centers in areas where there's the highest concentration of covid-19. we've stood up mobile operations that will travel to communities and they don't have to have a doctor's orders or any that have, and they're being tested.
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we're looking at setting up even more around the city of baltimore. we have to get those test kits. our state of maryland needs to make sure they provide these testing kits to all of the local governments in the state of maryland so that we can get our people tested. >> i know you're handwritirelyia to determine the timeline for reopening baltimore. what do you need to see specifically before you'll begin to relax these stay at home restrictions? >> i would need to say data that suggests that we're on a downward trend. right now we're on an upward trend. we have 3,600, you know, cases. we have almost 400 people hospitalized. and 183 degrees. my job is to protect, like i said earlier, the life and welfare of the citizens of baltimore and i'm following the guidelines that are being established by our health professionals and our scientists who know what to do in these cases.
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>> and you've got johns hopkins university, the medical school, the experts are right there in baltimore. i'm sure you're relying on their expertise as well. mayor jack young, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you too, i really appreciate coming on. >> thank you, good luck. up next, we'll ask our experts about the trump administration's claim that a coronavirus vaccine will be widely available by the end of this year. and with just about every state now reopening in various ways, why are coronavirus cases actually dropping in so many of them? we'll be right back. t now. and right now, is a time for action. so, for a second time we're giving members a credit on their auto insurance. because it's the right thing to do. we're also giving payment relief options to eligible members so they can take care of things like groceries before they worry about their insurance or credit card bills. right now is the time to take care of what matters most. like we've done together, so many times before. discover all the ways we're helping members
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at the white house today, president trump claimed a
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fully-approved coronavirus vaccine will be available to the public by the end of this year. let's discuss the medical realities of this with our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, also joining us, dr. lena wen, former city health commissioner of baltimore. sanjay, the president seemed to downplay the need for a vaccine at one point today, declaring, and i'm quoting him now, vaccine or no vaccine, we're back. how critical is a vaccine to our nation's recovery? >> i think it's pretty critical. i mean, there's no guarantee, wolf, that we're going to have one. i mean, everybody wants one, everyone on the planet is hoping these vaccine trials bear fruit. but, you know, it's a critical part of this. the virus itself is still there, wolf. i mean, it's still a contagious virus, it's still in the communities. i think, you know, for the most part, the united states for a while has done a really good job of staying at home and decreasing the amount of spread of this virus and it's made an impact. but it's really going to be the vaccine ultimately, wolf, that
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allows us, i think, to -- i don't know that we're ever going to have a complete normalcy again but it will allow us to get back as close to normalcy as possible. >> dr. wen, the new vaccine chief announced today said a few hundred million doses of the vaccine could actually be available by the end of this year. is that realistic, that timeline? >> i mean, i would love that to be true. i think that's what we all hope for more than anything else. but i'm really struggling to see how this will happen. it's already going to be extraordinary if we can get the vaccine, if we can develop this vaccine in time. it will already be record-breaking to develop a vaccine by the end of the year. then we're talking about manufacturing hundreds of millions of doses of this medication, and then administering it, which it's not like manufacturing a machine. we still have to actually get this vaccine to people. we have to have the vials, the syringes, we have to have the
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staff. i just really worry, looking at the efforts thus far by the federal government, we still don't have widespread testing. there is still no widespread testing in sight. how are we going to get it together in time to have this national effort, massive effort that's going to be required to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people? >> and you have to convince the american public it's safe, that there's no side effects, don't worry, it will help you. there will be a lot of nervous people out there when it comes to a new vaccine. sanjay, the president said the pharmaceutical companies are working to manufacture multiple vaccines before they're even approved. explain the thinking behind this strategy. >> yeah, i've had some conversations with people who are working on these vaccines. and the basic idea is this, that typically you would wait for a vaccine to go through all phases of these clinical trials and prove it is safe and effective, and at that point to start doing the mass production of the
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vaccine. here, within phase ii, even, what i'm hearing is they're going to be looking for what is called efficacy signals. and this is not proof that it's going to work in larger populations, but it's a signal that it has some effectiveness. and based on whether there's enough of these efficacy signals, what the country may start doing is saying, okay, we're going to go ahead and take a gamble and start manufacturing it and producing it and getting it ready for distribution before we've proven more convincingly that it will work in more populations of people. so it's a risk, wolf, but it's the kind of risk, i guess, that may be justified by the situation we're in. there may be a few vaccine candidates that are looking promising, again, not definitively, but promising enough where they start to accelerate the process ahead of time. >> very interesting. dr. wen, when asked today about concerns that the abbott lab's rapid coronavirus test used by the white house produces potentially inaccurate results, false negatives, for example, the president said it's a great
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test that can be very rapidly double-checked. those were his words. can a test simply be double-checked? is that how medical testing is supposed to work? >> i think that the president means there is another test that you default to. so if this one test ends up having a particular result, there's another test that can be done to double-check it. but i think that the whole issue of testing at the white house, i'm glad that the president is still talking about it, because i think it's something that the american people should really model. what the white house has, this daily test for staff members, i think that's what the american people are also asking for. this type of reassurance. ideally we have as reliable of a test as possible. certainly we don't want to have false negatives, we don't want to falsely reassure people they're negative when they're not. we want a rapid test that's point of care so you find out those results within minutes, and it's widely available, ideally people can get tested as
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they go to school, as they go to work. if that's what the white house needs for the president to feel safe, then that's what the american people are saying we need to feel safe returning to school and work too. >> because as you pointed out, sanjay, and others have pointed out, 15% of those who get this rapid test get what's called that false negative, they're told you're fine, go ahead, you go home, and you spend the next several days potentially giving this virus to other people, you may be asymptomatic in the process. that's a serious problem. >> yes, that's exactly the problem, wolf. and i should point out that the fda put out an alert about this abbott i.d. now test as well, saying that practitioners need to be aware that it's been giving, as lena said, these false negatives, 15% in one study, 25% in another study, and then a third study that came out of nyu this week showed that the false negative rate was up to 48%. so you think about that, that's really no better than flipping a coin.
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abbott says they want to look at that study and see if maybe something was done incorrectly with the testing. but those are not good numbers. that's the point. people are going to think they're not carrying the virus and they are. >> that's potentially very dangerous as well. sanjay, we'll have you back. thank you so much, dr. wen, as always we appreciate your expertise. an important note, tomorrow night cnn honors the graufduate of 2020 with a two-hour event that begins at 7:00 eastern, "the class of 2020: in this together," featuring former president brooklyn, gal gadot and others. then at 8:00 p.m. eastern, join former president barack obama. it starts tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. i'll anchor a special edition of "the situation room" immediately thereafter at 9:00 p.m. coming up, why did the trump administration disregard the pandemic response plan left by
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the obama administration? and president trump says, vaccine or no vaccine, the united states is back. is it really? when i was a young kid in third grade, i remember my dad coming up the stairs in my grandpop's house where we were living, sitting at the end of my bed and saying "joey, i'm going to have to leave for a while. go down to wilmington, delaware, with uncle frank. they're good jobs down there, honey. and in a little while, i'll be able to send for you and mom and jimmy and val, and everything's going to be fine."
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the trump white house today downplayed a decision to scrap the pandemic response plan left by the obama administration. listen to what the press secretary, ankle anklkayleigh m toll reporters. >> some have suggested the trump administration threw out this thin packet of paper. but it was replaced by these reports commissioned by the trump administration. so we exchanged this one for these two pandemic response plans. >> joining us, chief political analyst gloria borger and the former director of the national security council's medical and biodefense preparedness. dr. borio, you worked at the fda during the obama administration.
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but then you worked on medical preparedness on president trump's national security council unit that was disbanded. what's your response to what we heard from the white house press secretary? >> so there was a pandemic playbook, there is a pandemic playbook that was left behind. and i think it's important to realize, though, that this pandemic is the biggest public health crisis we've had in a century. and it's much bigger than any playbook, okay? much bigger. and i don't know that it's fair to say that had a playbook been followed, we would be in a very different situation than we are now. i don't think a playbook was a solution here. on the other hand, it's important to realize we have a third of the global cases of covid-19 here in the united states. and we have to really have a lot of work going forward to be able to change this trajectory. there are plans continued, and i think she's right there is a
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national biodefense strategy developed, an influenza vaccine executive order, so work on biodefense continued. >> and you were warning of this potential disaster when you were in the nsc, right? >> that's right. this work was supported, and i was warning, and we convened the interagency. our work admittedly was a lot more focused on influenza because there was an epidemic of avian flu in eastern china when i was there. that was very concerning for us and for the cdc and others. so a lot of the work that was effectuated was around pandemic influenza. >> gloria, does it work to blame the obama administration when the trump administration is more than three years in the white house right now? >> of course it doesn't, wonderful, but, you know, this president likes to have enemies that he can blame things on. sometimes when you make mistakes
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they're actually your own mistakes. but i think questions need to be asked about why, for example, the white house disbanded the global health security team, what happened during that lost month of february, for example, why was the white house consistently downplaying the virus, why was the president of the united states consistently saying china was doing a great job and there is a lot of transparency there, now, you know, china is the great enemy, she he's chosen a new one in addition to obama. but what happened in january and february when the president was saying things were great, china was doing a terrific job? i think those questions really need to be asked. blaming the obama administration three years into your own administration is ridiculous. >> let me get dr. boria to weigh in. kayleigh mcenany, the press secretary, also said that president trump in her words streamlined the national security council and did away with what she called a confusing organizational chart.
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did that change make the administration more or less prepared to handle this current crisis? >> look, wolf, i think there will be a time to look back at those decisions, and when i was there, the work was very supported by the national security adviser that i reported to, ambassador bolton. there was an ebola epidemic in the drc, we were workiavidly wo to contain it. i don't want people to think this was completely neglected when i was there. right now is the time for us to look forward. the pandemic is still in our background, it's still in our communities. as we reopen, we have to be really careful not to lose all the progress made in the last few weeks to bring a downturn in the number of cases. i was really happy to see a very serious effort put forward today to accelerate vaccine
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development. i think it's highly ambitious, but we'll need a vaccine to restore our health and economic security. so i think there will be a time to go and ask those questions about what happened in the reorganization. but right now we need to come together and develop this vaccine so that americans can resume their lives. >> and the whole world, if they can get a vaccine, need to do as well. gloria, does the president's rhetoric, what we heard from him today, his message delivered in the rose garden, does it match the reality? >> well, look, i agree that moving towards a vaccine at warp speed, as the white house calls it, is a good idea and a great thing to do. but this is a president, as you know, wolf, who doesn't have a great deal of empathy, it doesn't come naturally to him, so he doesn't like to talk about the number of deaths and the
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growing death toll. in fact he said today, one death is one death too many, and of course we all agree with that, but then he turns the page very quickly and says this never should have happened and blames it all on china. and of course then continues to make this a political issue by saying that the states who are holding back on opening up as quickly as he would like are doing it for political reasons and he's called it a matter of freedom, for example. and i think, you know, putting the politics into this right now is not a good idea. he's doing it for political reasons. but these governors are going more slowly because they're trying to save lives. >> gloria borger and dr. luciana borio, thank you to both of you for joining us. coming up, today's surprise claim that the u.s. will have millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine ready to go by the end of this year. every financial plan needs a cfp® professional -- confident financial plans, calming financial plans,
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uh... do you mind...being a mo-tour? -what could be better than being a mo-tour? the real question is... do you mind not being a mo-tour? -i do. for those who were born to ride, there's progressive. in coronavirus headlines from around the world today, a surprising new tone from china. cnn's ivan watson is watching developments from hong kong. ivan, what's happening? >> reporter: wolf, the chinese foreign ministry struck a surprisingly moderate tone on friday after weeks of rancor between washington and beijing over each government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. the chinese foreign ministry spokesperson was stressing the need for stable relations,
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bilateral relations between the u.s. and china. but there are still hard liners, voices within the chinese establishment that do not hesitate to bash the u.s. the "global times" newspaper which can be relied upon to do this has raised the scenario of listing american companies as, quote, unreliable entities and suggested the possibility of decoupling between the u.s. and china, the world's two largest economies. wolf? >> ivan watson, thank you. breaking news we're getting, we'll get back to the coronavirus pandemic in just a little bit. we're learning more about a deep split that developed within the u.s. justice department just before the decision to ask a federal judge to drop the case against president trump's former national security adviser michael flynn. i want to bring in our senior
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justice correspondent evan perez. evan, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, we noticed two of the prosecutors who are doing the michael flynn case were prosecuting the michael flynn case, and did not sign their names to the document that called for the dismissal of these charges. now we know what was going on behind the scenes, infighting behind the scenes between the prosecutors and the justice department over exactly how to do this. one of the issues that emerged was whether or not the department should defend the work of these prosecutors, saying essentially that they did nothing wrong, that these documents that the justice department was producing to michael flynn's attorneys did not necessarily have to be turned over. there was a big disagreement behind the scenes over that. we're told, wolf, that as they were drafting these documents, there was this language in there that said that there had been no misconduct by the prosecutors. it was removed before it was filed. that has left open the question
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among the lawyers as to whether or not the justice department is essentially saying they might be disciplined in the future over the way they handled this case. this is a big deal, wolf, simply because we know that the president and his allies have been attacking these prosecutors, have been attacking the work done here. we know the attorney general and this brief that they filed in court to dismiss the charges says that they should have turned over this information, but they never explicitly say that they wrongly withheld it. >> very interesting indeed, evan perez, thank you so much. coming up, cnn's don lemon will join me live to discuss the impact of the pandemic on communities of color here in the united states. and a special program on the subject, "the color of covid," that airs later tonight. we'll be right back.
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the coronavirus pandemic is taking a brutal toll on communities of color all across the united states. cnn's don levin is joining us to talk about a special program airing later tonight.
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i'm so happy you are doing this. this is the second "color of covid" special you have done. tell us why you feel it is so important to do another special. >> i am very proud of this network for meeting the moment. there was a study that came out recently that said almost 60% of the deaths from covid-19 was from african-americans. i presented it to our bosses and looked at it and said something had to be done about it. we did the first color of covid and those studies had not come out showing those numbers. this network is meeting the moment by doing another special and trying to present to people what needs to be done and the fact that if it was any demographic, to have something like this, a pandemic or any illness who was killing people who were 13 to 14% of the
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population and having 60% of the deaths, it's unbelievable. we are trying to present to people what to do and why this is going on. tonight at 10:00. van jones and i will do it. >> the first one was excellent. who will you be talking to? what kinds of solutions will you be addressing? >> the former surgeon general will be on with us. she will talk about the medical aspect, why this is happening and offering up solutions. i am not a doctor, wolf, not a medical personnel. i will leave it up to the medical types, like dr. sanjay gupta who does an excellent job on this necessary work -- network. i don't know if if it's because of economics in our society. i will leave that to dr. benjamin to explain.
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and the spiritual aspect, to get it across to the communities. and we will have ceo robert smith on. remember him at moore house when he offered the class to pay off their student loans? he will be on to talk to us about how we deal with all of these issues and all of these disparities in our society and how to help heal it and make it better for everyone. >> the reaction to your first special was amazing. we are really looking forward to this one later tonight. thanks for doing it as well. an important note to our viewer, stay with cnn for "the color of covid" tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, from the centers of disease control and prevention. stay with us, you are in the situation room. #
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we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we are following breaking news on a new forecast for coronavirus deaths in the united states. the director of the centers for disease control and prevention has just revealed that new models now estimate that a total of 100,000 americans will die from coronavirus over the next two weeks. another 100,000 in total by june
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1. right now the death toll is above 87,000. he is saying 13,000 about die over the next two weeks. that's the latest model that the cdc is projecting. we continual to see a downward trend in cases nationwide. more than half of the states see a decline even as much of the country moves to reopen. fears of a second wave are persistent and real. the president is making ambitious claims that a vaccine will be available to the public by the end of the year. the president sending mixed messages about a potential break through saying the country is coming back, and i'm quoting the president right now, vaccine or no vaccine. jim, a disturbing new forecast of deaths. >>

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