tv The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN September 15, 2020 2:00pm-3:00pm PDT
ey really have to wait until areas across the west have the fire move through them, and then the search and recovery can begin. >> kyung lah in monrovia, california, stay safe, my friend. follow me on facebook, instagram, and twitter. our coverage on cnn continues right now. see you tomorrow. this is cnn breaking news. >> 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. hurricane sally now threatening to inundate parts of the u.s. gulf coast with as much as 30 inches of rain prompting warnings of record flooding. we have a new forecast just out from the national hurricane center. also breaking, the coronavirus death toll here in the united states now topping 195,000 people with almost 6.6 million confirmed cases. but as the crisis worsens, president trump is once again
offering some false hope saying a vaccine could come within four to eight weeks, contradicting most health experts who say a vaccine probably won't be widely available until at least next summer. we're also following a truly historic day over at the white house where israel has signed diplomatic pacs with the united arab emirates and bahrain. we'll talk about that and more in a few minutes with president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner. jim acosta is joining us. jim, a historic day there against the backdrop though of a worsening coronavirus pandemic. >> that's right, wolf. president trump spent the day celebrating some big diplomatic agreements reached between israel and the united arab emirates and bahrain. but the coronavirus pandemic was stealing part of the spotlight from this deal like the president's rallies, the event at the white house featured attendees sitting side by side,
many without wearing any masks. the president and top officials cannot to brush off concerns that they are actively encouraging americans to crowd into places where the virus can pick and choose its next victim. bringing together the leaders of israel, the united arab emirates and bahrain to establish diplomatic relations, president trump heralded the agreement as a breakthrough that will spread peace across the middle east. >> we're here this afternoon to change the course of history. >> reporter: the president pointed to the moment as a sign of his dealmaking skills bearing fruit in a troubled region. >> together these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region, something which nobody thought was possible, certainly not in this day and age, maybe in many decades from now. >> reporter: but the event may have been spreading the coronavirus too. top administration officials members of the president's family and gop lawmakers took their seats side by side for the ceremony on the south lawn of the white house with no social
distancing and mostly unmasked. >> i did wear it earlier. >> we saw you not wearing it earlier. >> reporter: a replay of how the president is tempting fate at his rallies. his latest campaign events in nevada and arizona were indoors and filled with supporters. all at a time when the u.s. death toll from covid-19 is approaching 200,000. approximately 20% of the deaths from the virus worldwide. >> jared kushner, jared, thank you very much. >> reporter: the president's son-in-law who got a pat on the back for his diplomatic work in the middle east said it's up to trump supporters to take precautions. >> look, president trump believes that people can make their own decisions. we put out guidance for how people should follow most of the president's events have been outdoors. >> reporter: democrat joe biden's approach is dramatically different, wearing a mask in public and holding smaller events as he responds to the president's attacks. >> just tell the truth. everybody knows who trump is. people are going to show up and vote. thank you. >> reporter: the president continues to tease that a vaccine could be released before
election day, even though his own health experts say that's unlikely. >> it's going to be soon. now will it be before the election? it could be in terms of we have something and we'll start delivering it immediately upon getting it. >> reporter: and he is still i don't understanding to bob woodward's book that revealed the president intentionally downplayed covid-19. >> i actually got to read it last night. i read it very quickly and it was very boring. but there was -- >> do you think it was accurate, mr. president? >> that's a boring book. it's okay. it's fine. >> reporter: another author that's gotten under the president's skin, former national security adviser john bolton is now facing a justice department investigation into whether he revealed classified information. a move seen by critics as a warning shot to others in the administration. bolton has blasted the president's handling of the virus. >> the president simply didn't want to hear about it. he didn't want anything in the way of the trade deal with china that he signed in january.
>> reporter: as for the president's attempt at middle east peace, he still faces two big obstacles, just how he will bring the palestinians to the bargaining table with israel and what to do with iran. >> i think right after our election, the american election, if we win, we'll have a deal with iran. >> reporter: now as for the pandemic, cnn has confirmed that health and human services spokesman michael caputo apologized to staffers at the department today for comments he made on facebook accusing government scientists of sedition and being part of a resistance unit. our sources tell us caputo's status at hhs is uncertain at this point. i am told cap ut uto was alread thin ice about his comments on facebook. >> all right, jim, thank you. now there is more developments unfolding in the coronavirus pandemic. cnn's erica hill is working this story for us from new york. erica, more than ever, hope is riding on a vaccine. what's the latest?
>> reporter: that it is, and we're just hearing from dr. anthony fauci who tells cnn just a short time ago it's a matter of time before that trial for that astrazeneca covid-19 vaccine resume. they were paused worldwide last week after a participant in the uk trials became ill. they are still paused in the u.s. they have resumed in the uk. but dr. fauci saying it's only a matter of time until they start again here in the united states. this as the push for a vaccine continues, wolf, and as the reality sets in that even once there is an approved vaccine, there is still a very long road ahead. america is at a crossroads. >> we need to stay on message about the science and talk about what the science tells us. >> reporter: science that is reportedly being stifled at the highest levels by politics. >> we saw with the completely bungled plasma statements that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go completely off the rails.
so the fda lost a lot of credibility there. >> reporter: new evidence the virus can linger. 9-year-old eli and his father still battling symptoms after six months. >> it is a big deal. it will hurt. you just got to face the truth. >> reporter: the truth is this virus is still spreading. the average number of new cases reported each day is down significantly from late july when it topped 70,000. yet, the more than 34,000 cases added monday are still above the early peak back in april. >> you can't relax with this thing. it's relentless. >> reporter: in east lansing, a mandatory quarantine order for 30 houses, most of them fraternity and sorority houses. >> if we can't get this in control, and we are still dealing with really poor control of the first wave, that when the second wave comes, we may be looking at lockdowns and things like that again. >> reporter: there are some positive signs, new cases over
the past week holding steady in 20 states, those in yellow, and down in 21, the states in green. among those seeing an uptick, nearly all of new england. >> we need a little more leverage when people are breaking the rules. >> reporter: connecticut's governor announcing fines for those organizing or attending gatherings with more than 25 people inside. 100 outdoors. and for anyone ignoring the state's mask mandate. ♪ in nevada, the company that hosted this tightly packed indoor rally for president trump slapped with a $3,000 fine for violating state restrictions on gatherings. >> my goal was to continue the great american traditions of the right to assemble. >> reporter: houston's lakewood megachurch will resume in-person services next month. >> it just felt like the right time. >> reporter: capping attendance at 25% or 4,200 people.
>> if we look up in a couple of weeks and things aren't going well and the children aren't doing good in school, then we will make the changes. >> reporter: in denver, the stock show which attracts as many as 700,000 people, is off the calendar for now. >> the responsible decision was to postpone the stock show one year to january of 2022. >> reporter: 2022, a date that deals very far away. there are more choices, more decisions that will need to be made as we head into the winter then. and before then it's the fall. the executive director of w.h.o.'s health emergency program, he said we have to decide what's more important. is it bars and night clubs or keeping kids in school? because if we're going to protect children and the most vulnerable members of our communities, we have to make that decision.
>> erica hill in new york for us, erica, thank you. let's get some more on all of this. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is with us. sanjay, the president held yet another event today over at the white house that failed to follow the public health guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing. the president, the example the president sets on matters like this is very worrisome, isn't it? >> yes, wolf. without a doubt, it sends exactly the wrong message in the middle of this pandemic. i think we're going to look back on this time and sort of be able to point to certain events like this and say, well, these really problematic events where the virus likely continued to spread. wolf, i think most people know this by now in terms of what is safe, what is not likely to be as safe. the worst sort of event would be indoors when you are having lots of people clustered together not wearing masks, not really able
to practice significant physical distancing. in the middle of a pandemic with a very contagious virus, that's where you can get those potential super spreader type events. lowest risk obviously virtual. and then you can see what's sort of in the middle there outside people being able to physical distance somewhat, mask wearing. the event that you just described, wolf, that's the highest risk event. it just is. the virus doesn't care. the virus just wants to find willing hosts. so if you're close together without a mask on, the virus is very happy. >> in addition, sanjay, to his actions, the president's words are also leading to confusion. he continues to suggest we're rounding the corner with this virus. he also told fox a vaccine could be just, what, four to eight weeks away. is that vaccine time line realistic? >> i don't think so. and i've spent a lot of time, as you know, wolf, reporting on this. i talked to the chief adviser to "operation warp speed" last week. the enrollment's not even completed in some of the
furthest-along vaccine trials. after that you have to wait a period of time from a safety standpoint, 42 days is when most adverse effects sort of happen. they've also got to make sure that the vaccine's actually working, you know, that the effectiveness is there. so they're comparing the vaccinated group against the placebo group. it just -- that process takes time, even for an authorization to get full approval, as you know, wolf, would take even longer than that. >> the former cdc director tom frieden said today it's easier to figure out if a vaccine works than to determine if it's actually safe. frieden says he has some safety concerns about a potential coronavirus vaccine. what exactly based on all your reporting is he worried about? >> i think there's a couple things. there's this idea of something known as antibody dependent enhancement. and what that basically means is
you give the vaccine. now the body's got a lot of antibodies as a result of the vaccine. and those antibodies are good fighting cells. they should fight the virus should they ever see the virus. the problem is in some situations, it can have such a significant response to the virus that you start to develop a storm of inflammation in the body. and that can actually be worse than the infection itself. that's the sort of thing you are trying to avoid. and the thing is, wolf, if you see that in 0.1% of people, for example, if you vaccinate 100 million people, that still means 100,000 people could have an effect like that. so that's why you've got to look not only for these types of side effects but even things that would be considered rare. because when you start giving this vaccine at the scale we're talking about, those rare things suddenly become more common. >> thank you very much, dr. sanjay gupta, helping us better appreciate what's going on. up next, i'll speak live to the senior trump adviser jared kushner. we'll discuss the historic deals
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it's been a truly historic day at the white house as president trump presided over ceremonies marking the normalization, full normalization of relations between israel and its middle-eastern neighbors bahrain and the united arab emirates. we are joined now by president trump's senior adviser and son-in-law jared kushner. congratulations on these deals. i know you've worked on them for a long, long time. and the president hosted the leaders of these three countries to sign these historic agreements. how do you believe these deals will actually, though, alter the overall landscape of the middle east? >> thank you very much, wolf. and thank you for the well wishes to me and to the administration on this historic
breakthrough. obviously, i think that today what we did was we shattered an amazing barrier bringing the arab countries together with israel hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the arab-israeli conflict. and it allows people in the region to start doing business together, traveling to each other. one of the biggest issues that's kept the region divided for so long is the al-aqqsa mosque. this allows muslims to go there. and i think that that will hopefully reduce the tension in the region, hopefully help us counter extremism and terrorism in a much more efficient way. it allows us to bring troops back to america. i think at the end of the day it allows us to hopefully spend our monies on foreign wars, rebuilding our country. >> the president said the administration is very far along in talks with other arab countries who want to follow suit. earlier in the morning he said five or six countries later this
afternoon he said he expects seven, eight, or nine arab countries will join including what he called the big one. which countries is he talking about? >> so, as you know, when we announced the first deal, which was the deal between israel and the united arab emirates, we caught everyone by surprise. it's very rare in washington that you can actually break news via a presidential tweet that was, you know, really guarded by so many people. so, the diplomacy i've done over the last years, obviously it's been untraditional. we've taken some criticism for doing it that way. but we've kept our cards very close to our vest and it's produced results. a lot of the people who criticized the approach that we took on this deal are the same people who said that if trump was elected, we'd be in world war three. quite frankly, that hasn't worked. today the president signed two peace deals with israel, the united arab emirates, and israel and bahrain. and again the last peace deal was done 26 years ago in israel's existence before this month, they had two peace deals in 72 years. so i think we had a very good breakthrough.
in the middle east, the deals have been so well received. that's what helped bahrain go quickly. they saw how well the deal was received in the united arab emirates and throughout the muslim world. the people in the region are tired of war and conflict. they want to move forward. and they see bridging this gap and getting a better understanding between countries -- >> is saudi arabia one of those countries? >> i think you've had a lot of changes in saudi arabia over the last three years. president trump's worked very closely with sing soloman and mohammad bin salman on a lot of reforms. we've brought ourselves closer together. and we have a common thread in iran. i think what you're seeing is a new middle east that's being formed. and president trump, he laid out his vision for it on his first trip in riyadh. and i think that you have leaders that are tired of the way things have been done. quite frankly, also we put out our vision for peace. you saw the palestinian leadership reject it even before they knew what was in it. so people are getting a little tired by the tactics by the
palestinian leaders. they want to help them but they are not going to allow them to hold back the national interest of all of these different countries. >> are you having any conversations at all with the palestinian leadership? >> so, again, i keep my discussions very private, which i think benefits getting to the outcome. but what i will say is that, again, they know where we stand. they do believe that president trump can accomplish what very few people could. you have past administrations that have spent a lot of time in the middle east and have had absolutely nothing to show for it other than greater threats to america and lots of wasted time. president trump has been able to do an unconventional way. and today we signed two peace deals. so the palestinians see that he has a lot of sway with the israeli public. israel trusts president trump that he knows what their security needs are. he knows what their bottom lines are. and they do believe that he's the only person that can actually make this deal. but i think that, again, you're not going to make a deal until it's ready. we do believe that before there's a deal with the
palestinians, you are going to have more countries normalize with israel. and when the palestinian leadership decides that they're ready, then that's when a deal -- if i can just finish the point, wolf. we can't want peace more than the palestinian leadership wants to make peace. so when they're ready to do it, we'll be there to help facilitate it. but i do think we've brought everyone in the region much closer than where they were a couple of years ago. >> is the sale of jets to the united arab emirates part of this deal? >> it has nothing to do with our peace deal. we fought together with the united arab emirates in i think over four wars. they've got a tremendous military. they're right on the edge with iran. president trump's middle east strategy has really been about countering iran's aggression. the last administration did probably one of the worst deals i've ever seen, which was the iran deal where they gave $150 billion in sanctions relief to iran over i think it was $1.8 billion in cash. once that happened iran used that money, funneled it to its proxies and you had much more instability throughout the
region. president trump got out of that deal. we've cut off a lot of iran's finances. and by sending f-35s to the united arab emirates, it strengthens our regional alliances and puts them on notice that we're moving serious attention to where they are. >> i will point out, as you well know, that $150 billion, that was iranian assets that were frozen here in the united states, which the obama administration decided to ease up on and dispatch. but let's move on. >> but i will say, wolf, when they made that decision, they had iran really in a position where they could have made a deal. they gave them a pathway to the nuclear weapon and they let them have the sanctions relief. and they didn't hold them back on ballistic missiles. they didn't stop the regional instability and they were causing and they basically made one of the worst deals we've ever seen. all that money went to fund terror. you talk about protecting american soldiers and there's been some debate recently.
president trump took strong action against qassem soleimani. we were criticized by that by the other side. he was the architect of a lot of the ieds and a lot of the different ways that american soldiers were killed or maimed in the region in the years before. so, president trump has stood up for our troops and he's doing things that will make the middle east a more stable place in the short, medium, and long term. >> you have a wide portfolio in this administration. let's just talk about the coronavirus pandemic. the historic event at the white house today, just one of several events the president has held in the past few days with very few masks, very little social distancing. why does the white house and the trump campaign refuse to follow the administration's own health guidelines? >> so, i was watching as i was waiting to come on the show here, and all the clips you were showing of people without masks were people who were in the front rows. those were administration officials who were tested. the invitation encouraged people to wear masks. i had some friends who didn't come to the event because they
feel like they have comorbidities and they didn't want to put themselves at risk. we're six months into this, people can take the appropriate measures. and i think when i was watching it i was happy at least that cnn was covering a trump accomplishment. so, i didn't mind that you were showing the clips of people out there. but at the end of the day -- >> but don't you think, jared, that the president and the top advisers to the president should set an example for the american public? >> again, we've been holding our rallies outdoors by and large. we had one where several outdoor venues were forbidden to us by the governor. so that one was forced to go indoors. people have a first amendment right. that is something that cnn has vociferously argued for. we make masks available. and we ask people to follow guidance. we also tell people who think that they're high risk for the disease to stay home. but, again, at the end of the day in america, we still have to figure out how to live our lives. we're not going to all lock ourselves in our home because of the pandemic. i think we know a lot more today. we know who's at risk.
we know how to mitigate the risk and we're all going to act accordingly. >> almost 196,000 americans have died from coronavirus over these past six months or so. and that number potentially could double by january 1st unless dramatic action is taken. and, once again, the president sets an example for the american public. don't you think to save lives he should be doing more as an example? >> so what we've seen now is i think mortality's at about 30% on a daily basis of what it was at its peak. >> a thousand americans a day are dying, jared. >> i think the number's about 700 this week. which is down from 2,200. and at the end of the day we're doing everything possible. we've just sent tests to nursing homes. you have a lot of governors who are running their states in different ways. we are doing everything we can to make supplies available and make information available. but at the end of the day you had almost 50 million people who lost their jobs because of this pandemic. and we've been trying to figure
out how to get the economy going. people thought we would be at 20% unemployment. but thanks to the president we're at 8.4%. and you have an increase in suicides and overdoses. lockdowns kill people too. and at the end of the day again this is an unprecedented global pandemic. president trump has worked with his advisers and he's worked to come up with what are the right mix of policies and prescriptions to make sure we can both save lives, save our economy and allow people to move forward. i think that's what we've dope. >> i think it's still very worrisome to see all those folks so close together even if they're outside not wearing masks. >> i will say, wolf, i didn't hear you and cnn being that worried when you saw people out there doing protests. >> we were plenty worried about that as well. i know you got to run, but a very quick question because i was very disturbed earlier today when i saw the president re-tweet to his 80 million plus followers very, very disturbing ugly message accusing the democratic presidential nominee joe biden of actually being a
pedophile. is that appropriate to give publicity to a really disgusting accusation like that, especially at a time when there are all those qanon conspiracy theories about pedophiles running the democratic party, all those anti-semitic conspiracy theories they're spreading as well. it's so disturbing to see that, jared. >> look, wolf, i haven't seen the tweet. i've been focused today on this historic peace deal. i've been helping get this thing ready since early in the morning. we accomplished a lot today. i'm happy to come on another time and talk about that. but today let's focus on the fact that president trump was nominated this month two times for the nobel peace prize. he achieved a historic peace deal that nope thought was possible. and that's what we are here today to celebrate. >> i congratulate you and the president and the administration on this historic deal. but please tell your father-in-law that it's really bad, it's really disgusting to re-tweet those kinds of ugly disgusting tweets about his democratic rival.
as you can tell, jared, i was pretty upset when i saw that. >> i will relay to him your concern. and, again, one thing about this president, he's a very transparent president. he lets people know what he's thinking. he tweets, he says what he feels is out there. and, again, he always is expressing himself in the way that he sees fit. >> jared kushner, once again, congratulations. thanks so much for joining us. let's continue this conversation down the road. >> thank you, wolf. i look forward to being with you again. >> thank you. quick programming note for our viewers. later tonight, bob woodward sits down with our own anderson cooper to talk about his new book roij. be the first to hear unreleased audio clips. it airs 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. and more breaking news coming up. a new forecast just out for hurricane sally now threatening to break historic flooding to parts of the u.s. gulf coast. and we'll also go live to oregon where mobile morgues are now being mobilized amid fear
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there's more break news we are following. a new forecast just out for hurricane sally. government weather experts say hurricane conditions along the coast of mississippi and alabama are just hours away, and they're warning of life-threatening flooding and surge from this very slow-moving storm. our national correspondent gary tuchman is in pensacola, florida, for us. gary, you're also under a hurricane warning there. first of all, be careful, tell us what's going on. >> reporter: well, wolf, suffice it to say the life guards are gone from pensacola beach. so by default i am a life guard. so if anyone's foolish to go in the gulf of mexico right now i promise i will try to save them. this is santa rosa island, which is a barrier island just south of the city of pensacola. it has been raining cats and dogs now for hours. and that gives you an idea of the main concern. the winds right now are very
strong. but this is not like hurricane laura two and a half weeks ago where we had 140-mile-per-hour winds. these winds are expected to go no higher than 85 miles per hour. right now they're tropical storm strength. but the rain, that's a whole other story. we're expecting up to two and a half feet. and i say feet of rain, up to 30 inches. that's a huge amount. and if that happens there will be catastrophic flooding on this island. there is no mandatory evacuation order in effect. it's a volunteer evacuation. there are only a few shelters. and the main reason for that or one of the reasons for that is the covid outbreak. i pointed that out during the last hurricane. i point it out again. people are afraid, a lot of people to be with large groups of other people in shelters. so the advice being given is stay home, be careful and that's what we're seeing. a couple people walking around here. we've seen very few people walking around. you can see the red flags. those are the hurricane flags meaning the beach is closed.
and right over here this pier, whenever i cover a hurricane i look at items like this pier and i think will that pier be standing when this hurricane is over? the red flags are flying, it's very unlikely it will be. we've already seen one pillar fly into this angry gulf of mexico. so this is going to be a huge rain event. there's a lot of concern that it's moving so slow. there's a lot still to come. >> when do they really expect it to hit pensacola, alabama, mississippi? it's going to be widespread. >> reporter: right now it looks like that the eye will cross over the gulf coast between mississippi, alabama, florida, somewhere in that range around 7:00 a.m. central time this morning. so 8:00 a.m. eastern time. but i'm telling you it's already bad and is expected to continue being bad for hours afterwards because this is moving so slowly. >> and those waters are so warm. this is a hurricane. just be careful, gary. thank you very much for that
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her home by police serving a no-knock warrant back in march. let's discuss this and more with the mayor of atlanta, keisha lance bottoms. mayor bottoms, thank you so much for joining us. so the city of louisville today reached that historic settlement following the killing of breonna taylor. but taylor's family says this is just the beginning of their fight for justice. what's your reaction to the settlement, mayor, and what does this development say about the need for reform? >> well, i am glad to hear that they reached a settlement. i know just in terms of the community and the family moving into the next phase of what this fight for justice looks like, this is an important part of that process. but i know that it doesn't bring a loved one back, wolf. we all know that. and i think that it is an opportunity for us across the country to continue to look at where we are with reform with our respective communities and
with our police department. in atlanta we're continuing to do the work alongside our police department with our communities to make sure that we can really be a model for other cities across the country. because we saw what happened in atlanta. we saw what happened in louisville. and we know that the pain continues in our communities, and there is still so much work to be done. but this is an important part of the process. >> certainly is. so let's talk about atlanta for a second. you're entering what's called phase two of the re-opening plan. how much more difficult does your job become when president trump actually continues to hold events, many of them indoors, with little respect for the necessary practices of mask wearing and social distancing? >> it makes it extremely difficult because as we enter phase two, we still have several phases to go before we're able to resume what we know will be our now normal as our country continues to face covid-19.
it's irresponsible, a complete disregard for the health and safety of the well-being of the communities that he's entering. but this is who this president is. so it does not surprise me. but we've entered phase two in gchl georgia or in atlanta. and i'm very glad to see that we've been able to do that based on our metrics. but the reality is that our black and brown communities especially are being hit hard in georgia. and we are seeing an uptick with hispanics who are being infected but still at a higher rate african-americans are dying in our state. but it's progress that we move to phase two. and if this trend continues, we'll be able to move to phase three of our re-opening plan by the end of september. >> well, good luck in all of that. i know you've been very open about your family's personal fight against this virus, including your husband's long-term battle. how is he doing, first of all?
and, second, what have you learned throughout this process that you'd like others to know about the personal pain of how all of this has impacted your family? >> well, wolf, my husband's a very practical man, and what he says to me repeatedly is people died. and so in comparison with where he is, he thinks he's doing okay, but he's my husband, so of course i see what he's dealing with on a daily basis and what i continuously remind him and i know that people who are considered long-haulers have to be reminded of is that there is so much that we still don't know. and then there is so much that we attribute to covid that very well could be attributed to other health challenges that people may be experiencing. and so it's important to take all of these symptoms seriously. but especially in light of
covid, and it's going to be important for us to not look just at the patients that are endurancing and experiencing covid but what will be the long-term effects? because, as you know, i was infected with covid. my son was infected with covid. and there is still so much uncertainty surrounding it. but we count ourselves fortunate when i look at what so many families across this country have experienced with the loss of a loved one. >> just be careful out there. please pass along our best wishes and we will stay in close touch. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. and stay with us. we're keeping a very close eye on the rapidly deteriorating conditions along the u.s. gulf coast. looking at live pictures coming in from pensacola, florida, right now. we'll update you on that. also, we have some amazing new details about a sheriff deputy's heroic efforts to save her partner's life after an ambush while she was bleeding from her own wounds. hey there people eligible for medicare.
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tonight we're learning new details about the shooting ambush that left two los angeles county sheriff's deputies severely wounded. let's bring in cnn's sara sidner. she's on the scene. sara, one of the deputies saved her partner's life while she was bleeding from a face wound. tell us what happened. >> reporter: it was absolutely incredible. both of the deputies are still alive, partly because of the reaction by this 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old. both deputies still here in critical but stable condition.
an incredible show of bravery. a 31-year-old l.a. sheriff's deputy profusely bleeding from a bullet in the face is seen helping to save her 24-year-old partner. she applies a tourniquet to his bloodied arm and helps him move behind a pillar to avoid taking on more fire. both have been shot multiple times. surveillance video shows the ambush. a shooter fires into their car while they sit in a vehicle outside a metro stop in compton. >> the female deputy, after both being shot four or five times, with a broken jaw in the face, stepped skpoout and gave a tourniquet to her partner who was shot as well. she probably saved his life. >> reporter: she had just become a deputy five months ago. the mother of a six-year-old is seen here as she proudly graduated from the police academy in 2019. as they are recovering for a
gathering outside the hospital. a leader of the coalition said he hopes the shooting was retaliation for the shooting of black and brown people in lapd. the family says kizzie was shot in the back and an investigation is still underway. >> if this is the start of retribution, then i think this is a very good start. >> everybody is set to go, i assume? >> the lasd has faced serious controversies over the years. its sheriff, accused of lying in 2016, was jailed. there was also a lawsuit for deputies forming a gang inside the department. the whistle blower said in a deposition deputies formed a gang called the executioners in compton. he said they sport the same tattoos and used excessive force on suspects. >> me being a trained officer,
i'm a supervisor, and i have to report this behavior. >> reporter: the sheriff deputy's union responded to those claims. >> the accusations of being criminal gangs within the sheriff's department, that's ridiculous. >> reporter: but union representative hernandez and long-time compton residents say the idea of retaliation like this is sickening. >> to the group that came out here and screamed, we hope you die, that in itself is also pathetic. maybe not as bad as the guy that actually pulled the trigger, but it's just as bad. >> we don't want those police officers to die. we don't want that. that's a tragedy, and our prayers go out to those officers and their families. yes, there is an issue. we believe there should be some kind of reform in the police department to make it better for everybody. >> reporter: and residents here are very clear that they are praying for the two officers who were here, both of them rookies, only on the force for about a little over a year. all of them hoping for their
speedy recovery. wolf? >> sara sidner, what a story. thank you so much for sharing. coming up, a truly historic signing ceremony at the white house with no social distancing and very few masks. will an effort to spread peace in the uae spread the coronavirus as well? ig deal. ♪ priceline. every trip is a big deal.
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situation room. we're monitoring hurricane sally as it begins to hit the gulf coast. it's on a potentially hazardous path that could bring downpours and life-threatening flooding to the reasonable very soon. this as american lives are being lost to the coronavirus, the u.s. death toll now rising above 195,000 with new confirmed cases slowing but still well above the early peak back in april. also tonight, president trump says a vaccine may be ready in four to eight weeks. he's again, though, contradicting health experts who say next year is more likely with widespread vaccinations probably not available at least until next summer, widespread vaccinations. as the president continues to downplay covid concerns, he's touting historic diplomatic agreement signed today at the white house by israel, united arab emirates and bahrain. all of that coming up. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jim