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hi. welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. a setback in the search for a vaccine. there's a pause button on one of the biggest coronavirus vaccine trials. we'll explain why. that is welcome news for president trump. he's laying blame for the pandemic at his predecessor's feet. fleeing the flames. we hear dramatic stories of survival from some of the people who escaped california's devastating wildfires.
thanks for joining me this hour. people around the world are hoping there will be a coronavirus vaccine soon but one of the biggest global vaccine researchers astrazeneca is pausing one of their trials after a volunteer fell ill. it affect ad participant in the uk. so u.s. medical analysts explains the importance of pausing the trial. >> you're supposed to see, you know, if there are any side effects, any issues. sometimes it's related to vaccines. sometimes it's just happening at random. the fact that they paused the trial that they are taking the time to evaluate what happened that's exactly how things should
function. >> i want to go live to london. nic robertson is here with the latest. explain to us what we know about why this trial, phase three trial was suspended for the moment. >> reporter: a normal pause to be expected, routine is how experts describe it. astrazeneca saying that they discovered one person in their study and we under they have about 50,000 people right now worldwide who are sort of undergoing phase three process of the trials which is the last phase, expanded phase of the vaccine trials, one person has been found to have a medical condition that they are now looking at. this will go to a safety review. remembering when astrazeneca began this early in the summer in the uk, at oxford university, a very limited phase one trial on a very small number of
volunteers to make sure that the drug was safe. that this vaccine was going to be safe when people had received it. the earlier indications were that it was and it went on to this much bigger survey which is the phase three-part of the study which is under way right now. this is being described as routine. i think it will come as an emotional blow for the people of britain because there was a great hope here that this was one of the first vaccines to get out of the gate and get under way. the government invested 20 million pounds for a vaccine to be ready. they were hoping for a vaccine to be ready by the end of this year or beginning of next year.
>> thanks for that nic robertson. took a few hits on your comments. wheel check in with you again in the next hour or so. more than half a million children in the u.s. have been diagnosed with covid-19 and pediatric health officials say there's been a 16% increase in child cases over the past two weeks. nick watt takes a look at how the u.s. is dealing with the pandemic as students return to school. nic. >> reporter: millions of students back in school but most aren't actually in school. they are online only. >> if you're in the red zone you really got to be very careful before you bring the children back because you don't want to create a situation where you have a hyper spreading event as you might have in the school. >> reporter: hartford, connecticut planned a hybrid model but a cyber attack foorrc a delay.
tens of thousands of confirmed cases now at colleges, west virginia university just suspended nearly all in person teaching at one campus for two weeks. friday night a covid positive frat member told to isolate went to a party anyway. nationally case counts are still headed in the right direction. for now. >> but we are beginning to do things that we haven't done since the start of the pandemic. >> reporter: like opening some schools and colleges and moving indoors in colder weather. in new york, sheriff's deputies rolled out stopped buses arriving from a staggering 33 states and territories. >> they will be pulling over buses before they arrive and they will be giving out traveller health forms to get people right away to sign up so we can make sure they quarantine. >> reporter: 11 states are right now seeing a rise in average case count. arizona and florida success stories of the late summer, ticking up again. >> we need to hang in there
together. this will end. it will end even sooner if we continue to go by the public health measures that have been recommended time and again for so many months. >> reporter: a new study of cell phone data suggests people staying home in the spraying did slow the spread of this virus. they saved lives. the president thinks shutdowns are ridiculous. claims democrats are using them just to hurt him. >> we got to regain the trust of the community. >> reporter: so the ceos of nine pharma companies racing to produce a vaccine just signed a pledge they won't submit too soon for approval, suggesting they won't bow to any political pressure. they hope to help ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process. >> it is unprecedented moment. we saw this as critical to come
out and reiterate our commitment. we will develop our products, our vaccines using the highest ethical standards. >> reporter: nick watt, cnn, los gatos. >> u.s. president donald trump is blaming the obama administration for the failures of the pandemic response while touting his america first agenda in an event in florida. the president tried to point the finger at his predecessor. >> as the last administration pursued its globalist agenda abroad, they were all over the place. they were every where but here in our country. they were taking care of other lands. countries you never heard of they were taking care of. they didn't do a good job there either. they neglected the fundamentals of public health right here in the united states, right here in our home. >> so avoiding responsibility for the pandemic response was only part of mr. trump's agenda and what was a campaign there. the president hit two
battleground states on tuesday but also in damage control mode as katelyn collins now reports. >> reporter: with labor day behind him president trump is back on the campaign trial in two states that were critical to his 2016 election, florida and north carolina. >> we're going florida, to north carolina. >> reporter: in between his two stops the president is still dealing with the fallout from a report in the atlantic claiming he disparaged americans killed in war and insulted the service of military members. >> who would say a thing like that? >> reporter: new cnn reporting reveals trump was distressed over the fallout from the story this weekend fearing it could erode his support within the military. trump's anger was evident as evented from the front steps of the white house yesterday where he accused senior military leadership of being beholden to defense contractors. >> i'm not saying the military is in love with me. the soldiers are. the top people in the pentagon
probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs, that make the planes, make everything else stay happy. >> reporter: sources said that comment was sparked by the president's anger that more pentagon leaders didn't defend him. chief of staff mark meadows claim trump wasn't talking about the defense secretary who was once the top lobbyist f for raytheon. >> it's not directed to them as much as we know what happens in washington, d.c. it was directed more about the military industrial complex. >> reporter: meadows didn't mention how trump bragged about an arms sale to saudi arabia. trump is on the road as his campaign is face a potential cash shortage after spending heavily in the early stages of the race. trump said he's considering funding the race with his own money like he did in the 2016 primaries. >> if we need any more i'll put
it up personally like i did in the primaries the last time. in the 2016 primaries i put up a lot of money. >> reporter: the president visited florida. his 11th trip to the state this year where he announced he'll extend that moratorium on offshore drilling including obviously the gulf coast side of florida but he said he's extending it to the atlantic coast side and georgia and south carolina and a big reversal of what his administration was thinking of doing just two years ago when they were going to allow new drilling to happen but then that was faced with serious push back from florida officials. katelyn collins, cnn, the white house. cnn politics white house reporter joins me now from washington. so for a man who said he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and not lose supporters what do you make of this reporting the president was upset about the fallout from his comments about the military that were reported
in the atlantic? >> reporter: well, i think there are a couple of things going on. first of all the president never likes to be embarrassed. he sees himself as a great advocate of the military. he's kind of based his whole persona on this idea he's this general patton style leader who is tough and provided the military with all the resources they need. so, of course, these stories, these reports cut against that. i think there's also a political thing going on here. if you look at some of the swing states, wisconsin, for example, north carolina where the president was tonight, there are large numbers of veterans and serving military in those states. for example, in wisconsin and north carolina it's around 8%, 9% of the population. in a really close election in a state, for example, like wisconsin that was decided by about 27,000 votes last time, it wouldn't take too many of those
votes to move away from trump for him to be really in a difficult situation in a close election. >> can the public be swayed here? you know, this is a man who got elected after a pretty devastating recording of him describing grabbing women. you know, will comments about losers, people dying in vietnam being losers will that move his base? >> reporter: there's this kind of joke in washington where reporters say well this is the thing that will bring trump down. of course that refers to your point that if donald trump's political career was dependent on his good character he would have been destroyed as a personal figure years ago. donald trump's base is absolutely loyal as we've often said over the last four years. unlikely that they will be swayed by this. >> we see joe biden trying to sell himself as the every man, as somebody who is stable, you
know, in terms of his policies, he's the guy you can trust. we got a video out coming from barack obama and kamala harris chatting how joe loves ice cream and pasta and in many ways it is quite vanilla. but does that matter and why is his campaign doing that, taking this tack? >> reporter: i think barack obama would have been in normal circumstances in a nonpandemic election he would be out there in the country by now doing rallies in places like philadelphia, cleveland. biden needs a strong african-american turn out that hillary clinton didn't get. so i think the campaign, the biden campaign is looking for ways to activate obama and, of course, placing him with kamala harris is, again, that kind of parting of the torch moment.
>> thanks, steven. you are watching cnn. wildfires in california are forcing thousands of people to evacuate. three hikers who made an escape from the flames share their story. that's next. not just california. wildfires burning in washington state and oregon. is there any relief in sight? we have the forecast coming up.
welcome back. firefighters are working to contain a massive blaze that broke out in a crowd refugee camp on a greek island. the refugee camp is quote completely destroyed. an estimated 13,000 people were living there. more than six times its maximum capacity. there are no reports of injuries. the cause of the fire is still unknown. meanwhile wildfires are burning throughout much of the western united states. in california they scorched a record amount of land turning
buildings in to kindling. the creek fire is not at all contained. and worst mosko still be ahead. california's governor said the state is face an enormous challenge. >> 118,000 acres were burned in 2019 by this time last year. you can see close to just shy of 2.3 million acres have been burned this year. historic is a term we seemingly often use here in the state of california. but these numbers bear fruit to that assertion that this is historic. this is the largest fire season we've had in terms of total acreage impacted in some time back recorded recent modern history but nonetheless you put it in comparison terms contrast to last year it's rather extraordinary. thousands of people have been forced out of their homes. some have literally had to
outrun the flames as you can see from these images. imagine being behind the wheel of this car with fire in front of you and fire behind you. as you can hear the driver had to gun it just to go through it. i want to bring you some hikers who escaped the massive creek fire in central california when it began. it began as a birthday trip and turned into quite an ordeal. you are all in berkeley, california, snugled up together. no doubt you got to know each other very well over the past few days. thanks so much for joining us. happy birthday. that was a wild trip wasn't it? you won't forget this birthday. >> certainly not this one, no. >> tell us what happened. >> this actually came about because we had initially planned to go to mound whitney but scrapped it because it was too smokey because of another wildfire.
so we planned this with. there was minimal smoke when we began. there were clear skies can and about maybe the first two hours into the hike started seeing thickening smoke. started seeing this darkening sky. this starting roll of thunder just overhead. it started to expand. >> jamie, to you, how terrifying was it and how quickly did you realize you were in trouble? did you think you could walk out the smoke or realize you might be trapped? >> we had time to assess the situation and took a moment to really try to get as much information as possible. we luckily had not one but three devices which is like a satellite phone where you can text without cell phone service. we were able to gain enough information to decide to move forward. it was frightening.
but there wasn't time to stay with that fear because we knew we had to do something which was at least we ended up moving back to the car to try to drive out. which didn't work. we decided that wasn't a good option. turned around and parked the car, which we hope is going to be there once it's safe to return and we decided to hike 13 miles back to the western side of the sierra. >> there's a lot of photographs you took on the way. there were four of you. and, you know, there seems to have been this sort of terrifying sense of knowing that you were hiking for your life but at the same time what got you through it? there seems to be a sense of real grit. >> yeah. i mean as a group we have a lot of experience together and a lot
of experience independently in difficult situation in the outdoors. so it was really like we had a lot of practice and a lot of past experience to draw upon. >> and did you call your families? did you say good-bye? did you tell them in these phone calls that you were in a bit of a tricky situation? >> i actually waited to tell my mom until i was safe. my attitude towards that of it does me no good to have her panic and trying to manage her stress at the same time managing our stress and that whole dynamic. the people we reached out to were different friends who were familiar with tools we needed to figure out fire footprint and forecast and things like that. my attitude towards reaching out towards family if it's absolutely dire and fatal, absolutely, and once i'm safe or at a point where i know i will be safe i'm happy to reach out. >> did you think you might have to make that call, though?
>> we did sit and discuss under what circumstances we push like the button on those phones, what circumstances we need to be met and at what point is self-rescue the right way to go. >> those families must have been so happy to see them anyway. thanks for speaking with me. i want bring in our meteorologist. is there any relief in sight for california? >> you know, as far as wet weather, certainly not the case, not for california in the immediate forecast. we are seeing the winds die down, at least for the forecast for the winds to die down in the next couple of days. the coverage for red flag warnings which is up to 50 miles per hour in the last several days now see that dwindle a little as well. give the firefighters a brief period to get the upper hand on these flames.
we have simultaneously the second, third and fourth largest flames in state history as far as how much land they consumed now taking place across the state of california. as we know, of course, you put this together we're talking about over 2 million acres of land consumed since the first of january. take the u.s. state of new jersey. about half the state of new jersey as far as land area has been consumed. fire concerns still elevated. across east of los angeles and northern california into the state of oregon and that's really where it gets concerning because you know some of these fires, getting expansionive quickly. only 30% containment but 100,000 acres of land contoomd. in washington state the fastest growing fire there within a 24 hour period that they've seen in about 12 fire seasons. you got to go back to 2007 the
last time they had fires rapidly expanding such as the one taking place in eastern washington. unfortunately, the forecast here for the remainder of september, does keep it above average for a large area of the western united states and as far as rain is concerned highlighted the fires in the western u.s. you'll notice parts of oregon, parts of washington state, by next tuesday or wednesday next best bet for rainfall but california stays bone dry within the next week. the reason that's so important we can look at previous fires. we can look at the amount of rainfall necessary for an average fire at least to kind of stop the spread of these fires and generally about half an inch is what it takes and up to two inches is what is needed to extinguish flames. those numbers have not happened in months across california and certainly nothing like that in the forecast in the immediate future as well. winds dying down. that gives firefighters a chance to get a brief period of an upper hand here. >> climate change very clearly
playing out as we speak. thanks for that update. we'll don't check in with you. so i want to take you to russia. three opposition volunteers have been hospitalized after masked men attacked their office with a yellow liquid. the office is the local headquarters for the putin election. alexei navalny who german doctors say was poisoned last month. matthew chance is in moscow and filed this report. >> reporter: there's more evidence of the dangers facing opposition activists in russia. this time an office in the siberian city with opposition workers linked to anti-corruption campaign with alexei navalny. security cameras recorded two masked men bursting into the office and dousing an unknown liquid before running away. the office was evacuated and some inside reported suffering breathing difficulties. one passed out.
three were taken to the hospital. they were treated and discharged. they're heightened fears by opposition activists. alexei navalny lies in a clinic with suspected nerve agent poisoning. his condition has improved. he's out of a medically induced coma. he's been weaned off the ventilator. but doctors say it's too early to know what long term effects his poisoning may have had. russian officials refusing to open an investigation to the suspected poisoning of the kremlin's most open critic despite growing international calls for them to do so or face consequences. matthew chance, cnn, moscow. leaders around the world including president trump are urging iran not to execute champion wrestler. the 27-year-old faces the death
penalty on wednesday. he was sentenced for the 2018 murder of an employee during an anti-government protest. the president of the ultimate fighting championship is also coming to his defense. >> he's one of us. could be any of my fighters. and the only thing i thought to do was to call the president and see if he could help this man. and he said let us look into it. we talked to my administration and see if there's something we can do to save his life. i too respectfully and humbly ask the government officials in iran to please not execute this man and spare his life. >> the world players association is calling for iran's expulsion from international sport if afkari is executed. so still to come here at cnn details on why astrazeneca is pushing the pause button on late
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the race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus has hit a road block. astrazeneca has paused its trial because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. they say the illness ofunti an participant in the uk. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta explains why issues pop up during these large scale phase he three trials. >> this is in part making the case why you do phase he three clinical trials. you're trying to prove that this thing works. you already have some idea that this trial is worth pursuing. you want to find unusual side effects. scale matters. if you give this to 100 million people. if .1% develop a side effect that's 100,000 people. everything counts. they will try to figure out if
this one is related to the vaccine or not. >> so the british prime minister, boris johnson is expected to soon announce a ban on social gatherings of more than six people amid a spike in covid infections there. so on tuesday britain reported nearly 2,500 new cases in a 24 hour period. scott mcclain joins me from outside of parliament in london to give us an update on all of that. boris johnson is trying to clamp down on this spike. what do we know? >> reporter: boris johnson, the british prime minister will be inside the house of commons today taking questions from his peers and explaining this new effort to tamp this respiration this sudden surge in the coronavirus in the uk. as you mentioned for the last three days the country has seen more than 2,000 confirmed cases every day of the virus. but because it's affected primarily younger people, according to the health secretary, the country hasn't seen this surge in
hospitalizations or a surge in the daily death toll, but france and spain may provide a bit of a glimpse into their future. in france they are seeing hospitalizations around 500 people per day. in spain they've seen the death toll start to tick up after reaching the single digits for a while there in the summer. now the rules are changing. the maximum number of people allowed in a associate gathering will go from 30 to six. indoors or outdoors. there are exceptions for work and school, funerals and weddings. the changes come after boris johnson met with a group of police who told them that the current web of rules is too complicated and too difficult to enforce. since the beginning of this pandemic the uk has not been very strict in its enforcement of the rules that they do have in place. certainly not compared to other countries in the uk like spain. interesting to see whether or not this, these new rules actually come with an increase in enforcement as well.
the government has been lately to get the economy restarted. schools are re-opened. the government is encouraging businesses to send their employees back to work. so the hope, obviously with these rule changes it won't have an impact on the economic side of things but it might help to tamp down this resurgence of the virus in the uk. >> thanks so much there, life outside of parliament in london. wall street's losing streak is getting worse by the day as investors are concerned over coronavirus resurgence and u.s.-china relations. the dow fell more than 600 points on tuesday. take a look at these numbers. oil prices fell to their lowest level in three months. and we have our eye on these numbers. that was a terrible session on tuesday. has the market gotten ahead of itself? >> i think so. we had six months of gains and
all the indices in the united states going up 40% to 50% on the loss of that shock in march on wall street. so, yes, it's not a one way bet. that's what we're learning here. that nasdaq fall was the worse since march. see stocks like apple losing 16% from the selling last week until the trading on tuesday. you're looking for a silver lining. fine it in the u.s. futures market. all three of the indices are above the board here. the dow futures, s&p 500 futures well above the line and at their highs for the session and nasdaq composite with that drubbing on tuesday up 1.7%. there are three things. one is covid-19 and the impact it will have on growth going forward and fact that governments can't pump in the same level of money, $11 trillion so far in 2020. that could hurt growth in 2021. we have the uncertainty around u.s. election between donald trump and joe biden and mail in ballots. investors don't like
uncertainty. finally donald trump has been banging the drum on u.s.-china relations decoupling from china is his latest line. it's mainly political. again investors don't like it. if you look at asia, right across the board, particularly in australia which is suffering from a deep recession, shanghai composite linked to china down sharply as well. oil prices are rebounding today right now. i'll tell you why. that's because we see a gain of above the line, above 1% after the 8% to 9% selling we saw yesterday. that's because european markets are trending higher as well. back to you. >> thanks so much. appreciate that. so you're watching cnn. still to come u.s. president is undermining confidence in his own country's election process. we debunk donald trump's
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welcome back. so the u.s. president visited the battleground state of north carolina on tuesday as his campaign moves into the homestretch. donald trump didn't wear a mask and neither did his supporters as you can see here. later in another key swing state florida he touted his record on the environment even though his administration has slashed a number of critical environmental protections. >> number one since teddy roosevelt, who would have thought, trump is the great environmentalist. you hear that? [ applause ] that's good. i am. i believe strongly in it. >> a new nbc news maris poll shows mr. trump and joe biden are tied in florida with 48% each. today will be a busy day on the
campaign trail, less than eight weeks before election day. joe biden is expected in michigan while his wife heads to minnesota and donald trump's family will be out too in a different set battleground states. but all this campaigning depends on a successful election process. something the incumbent is raising questions about daily. here's pam brown to take a look. >> reporter: the final sprint to election day is on. but this year it's not just campaigning that looks different. already the incumbent in the white house is laying the ground work almost daily for chaos, even encouraging voting twice, which is illegal. >> so, let them send it in and let them go vote and if their system is as good as they say it is then obviously they won't be able to vote. >> reporter: that prompted strong resistance from republican election officials. >> don't test our boards of elections. they are good at this.
go ahead and submit your ballot once. >> reporter: on moan trump once again railed on mail in ballots. >> just sending 80 million ballots all over the country, 80 million ballots, nonrequested. >> reporter: trump is referring to the nine states and washington, d.c. that are sending out ballots to every registered voter. the president is down playing it in states where it could hurt imand supporting it in states where it could help him. >> they had levels of vote field goal you ever agreed to it you would never have a republican elected in this country again. >> reporter: the president and his allies claim without the evidence increase in mail in ballots will lead to widespread voter fraud there's widespread rejection of mail in ballots because of human error and this year's primary more than half a million ballots were thrown out
for simple mistakes. such as signatures not matching the state's records. a missing signature. envelope problems. and ballots arriving after the deadline. >> they were processed to verify the ballot is legitimate. of course human beings being human they make mistake. >> reporter: one likely scenario is the blue shift. with trump ahead winning on election night in rural states and biden pulling in front winning after election night through mail in ballots. counting those ballots don't begin in key battleground states like michigan and pennsylvania until election day. >> barack obama, 47 years old. >> donald trump wins the presidency. >> reporter: meaning a declare winner on election night is highly unlikely. >> in some swing states, trump is plus 40 among voters who plan on voting on election day whose votes will be counted election night and minus 60 by those
planning to vote by mail. >> reporter: these scenarios have been played out in mock elections if the election count is close every scenario gained out shows a political crisis and street viles will ensue. >> you have two total different narratives provide by different eco systems. people are living with different factual understandings. >> reporter: even though the election is on november 3rd, voters in north carolina can send in their votes and early voting starts in several states soon such as pennsylvania. now election experts say that you should plan to vote just like you would plan to go to the grocery store during the pandemic and they say if you are voting by mail to read the instructions carefully to make sure your ballot counts. pamela brown, cnn washington. the police chief in rochester, new york is stepping down at the end of the move after days of protest of death
of a black man while in police cuss. in a statement, the police chief as a man of integrity i'll not sit idly by while outside entities try to destroys by character. the city's mayor is promising changes. >> with these resignations, it's difficult, we have faced tough times before. i truly believe that we will get through this and we'll be meeting with city council to chart a path forward. i can assure this community that i am committed to instituting the reforms necessary in our police department. >> prude's sister filed a
lawsuit against the police and the city. in the u.s. state of florida a black man was detained by police while jogging in a mostly white neighborhood. he fit the description of a man who was a burglary suspect. here's part of that encounter from bode camera and his cell phone footage as well. >> unit the description. >> i'm not saying you're guilty. my sergeant is telling you to detain you. >> i just had a daughter born two days ago. >> look, for now i'll detain you. >> everything going on it's a little bit scary. >> yep. >> it's not a joke. >> we don't know that for sure. see it through our eyes. we appreciate you being very
cooperative. >> i don't want to get shot over this. >> griffin was released once police confirmed he was not the man they were searching for. after that experience griffin says he doesn't believe he was stopped just because he was black. it was just everything. i wasn't incredible sure what was going on. so definitely confused. also a little nervous. and scared, honestly. . very scared. with everything going on in the news today. no, i don't believe they just stopped me because i'm black. no. there was a description. the scary thing is the witness descriptions are never 100% accurate. that's very scary. >> the local sheriff called to apologize and offered him a job since he had experience as a military police officer. so still to come here at
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so south africa is condemning u.s. president donald trump over allegations in a new book. michael cohen claims president trump insulted nelson mandela. the white house calls cohen's book lies. that's just the tip of the iceberg. >> reporter: michael cohen. now says working for donald trump was like being in a cult. the president's former lawyer fixer and hed eer and hinchman a new book called "disloyal." >> right after nelson mandela passed away and i talk about this in the book, he asked me if i had known of any country that's run by a black that's not an s-hole. i said how about america, which he gave me the proverbial fu.
>> reporter: the white house calls cohen a disgraced felon who has lost credibility. one of many denials and counter attacks that the president and his team has made this summer as an onslaught of tell all books about trump and his family have hit bookstores. >> i have never seen an avalanche of insider account. >> reporter: another insider account, melania and me by her former frern and -- friend and adviser. many of these tell alls reinforce what some voters believe about the president's public personality but his niece wrote a book. >> she goes after his mother and father in a analytical way and
reveals the cruelty that was practiced against donald himself as a wild, the way his father treated him, his mother's absence. >> reporter: trump tweeted that mary's book was an untruth. "rage" is about to be released has shocking details about the president's behavior during the pandemic. the season of bomb shells began with a book by john bolton which claimed trump asked for china's help in this year's election and got played by kim jon-un. >> the people that work around the president and i had family work with so much lying and deception, they experience so much fantasy and they are
enlisted in promoting these lies and deceptions that eventually they reach a point where they can't stand it any more. >> reporter: will any of these books hurt the president on election day or have the same lack of impact as the "access hollywood" tape released just before the 2016 vote. >> i don't know these books will take people who are core trump supporters and turn them into trump skeptics. i don't know it will crack the president's political base. i do think that it reinforce and emboldens folks who are pretty much inclined to vote against the president to begin with. >> reporter: one other at any rate that these tell all books share their ability to fly off the shelves. they've all been hot sellers especially books that trump says he hates. as one literary agent told the "new york times" you pray for trump to hate your book and you pray for him to tweet about it. brian todd, cnn, washington. now the oscars are taking steps to ensure films vying for
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breaking overnight a coronavirus vaccine trial now on hold after one of the volunteers taking it gets sick. plus battleground michigan. democratic nominee joe biden will campaign there in just a few hours. he's got a message for american workers on the economy. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start". i'm boris sanchez in for christine romans. >> great to have you. i'm laura jarrett. it's wednesday, september 9th. it's 5:00 a.m. here in new york. 55 days until the election and we begin with breaking news overnight. a setback in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.