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engagements as soon as tomorrow. when exactly did he last test negative? when did he contract the virus? basic questions we still do not know the answers to. answers you have every right to know. it could be literally a life and death of people the president wants to see as soon as tomorrow. today, however, the president claims he feels perfect, that he might not have recovered at all from coronavirus if it had not been for an experimental antibody therapy which the president called a cure. the not a cure. kaitlan collins reports. >> reporter: just one week after he was admitted to the hospital, president trump is insisting he is ready to get back to the campaign trail as medical experts worry it's too soon. >> i feel better now than i did two weeks ago. it's crazy. >> reporter: while stomach in isolation,
trump urged aides to schedule rallies but currently has no travel plan this weekend.
he called into rush limbaugh's studios. he exaggerated the known benefits of
an experimental antibody cocktail he was given portraying it as a miracle. >>ic saying we have something that will cure this now. without us, without the trump administration this would never ha happen. >> reporter: the treatment is not to be treated for coronavirus and not widely available but the company has applied for an emergency youth authorization. trump received it under a compassion use program though he did not mention that today. >> this is better than the vaccine and it's going out literally as we speak. >> reporter: the antibody cocktail has shown promise. >> that's always been the most promising therapeutic category. >> reporter: the president is putting hits own spin on his health given that his doctors have declined to take questions from reporters since monday and
have only issued paper statements instead. last night, trump refused to answer directly whether he has since tested negative. >> probably the test will be tomorrow. the actual test because there is no reason to test all the time, but they found very little infection or virus, if any. i don't know that they found any. i didn't go into it greatly with the doctors. >> reporter: this week the president has made a series of head spinning moving saying he wouldn't debate joe biden virtually and then a delay and then ask it happen next week as planned. president trump flip-flopped on another relief bill going from cancelling the talks to saying he wants a big dollar sign than even democrats have asked for. >> i would like to see a bigger stimulus package than either the democrats or republicans are offering. i'm going on the exact opposite now. >> reporter: we wait to see how the coronavirus negotiations play out we know the president is having an in-person event at
the white house tomorrow. it's not clear exactly how many people they are going to be inviting or whether president that even gotten a negative test results as they are planning this event. the white house director said they would let us know when the president tested negative and not told us yet the president said he was going to be tested but we have not got an update on any of those results from the white house. >> i don't know if it's the medication but this is erratic even for an erratic president. abby phillip is joining us. check out michael's new book abby, if president trump's doctors continue to refuse basic answers about the president's health, how can anyone be assured that tomorrow's meeting with him at the white house will be safe?
>> i don't understand any of this, jake. it doesn't make any sense the white house would try to replicate the circumstances under which they created a massive super spreader event and a cluster of coronavirus there at the white house when the president is recovering from the same virus and most white house officials at the senior level are also recovering and in isolation. that doesn't make any sense from a political perspective, from a public health perspective. we ought to have some sense of what, you know, guidelines or justification the president's doctors are using to err clclea for activity and people are entitled to know that because this is a president we already know, you know, when he wants to speak to the public, he is taking his mask off to do that and we should know if people are being potentially put at risk if he is hosting some kind of event tomorrow and we don't see him wearing a mask, not to mention, we don't know who else on that
compound might have been exposed and infected by this virus. >> right. there are potentially dozens of people that are infected who work at the white house or who have been to the white house. michael, one 69 things that you get into your book is the degree to which president trump doesn't really have many guardrails around him. there really isn't anybody that is able to say don't do that, this is a bad idea. you talk about the legal aspects, donald trump versus the united states. is there any anyone around him you could tell would say it's probably not a good idea for you to have an event like this because you're still potentially infected? >> it doesn't seem like it. i don't think that the people from the first two years of the administration, the mcgahn and kelly should be absolved at that period of time. >> no, not of course. >> history will not reflect well upon but those people were
guardrails at the same time. there is at love he more audacious behavior has occurred and i don't think the guardrails are not there. i think you see it most in the president's desires here on the coronavirus but with his continued rhetoric about the justice department. as i write my book, there were a wide scale effort to try and stop the president from meddling in the justice department's work and try to get him to stop pressing prosecutions. we talking about the president of the united states here using to go after his rivals and president here with a few months left in his first term of office is just emboldened on this issue and is going on and on in ways that i just think are astounding in history about using law enforcement power of the state to go after the people that he thinks harmed him. >> yeah. on that subject, abby, a few
minutes ago on the president's favorite cham, secretary of state mike pompeo who the president has been publicly cha chastising said he is -- i can't believe these words are coming out of my mouth -- he is working to get more of hillary clinton emails out' before the election? pompeo said, yes, working hard to get them out before the election. this enabling is bad for the president and, yet, you know, all of these cabinet secretaries continue to do it. >> yeah. i think it's a little bit beyond enabling at this point. the republican establishment on capitol hill, in the white house, elsewhere in the government, they all in on this strategy. you only have to look as far as, you know, in the senate where you had sitting senators using their committee to try to dig up dirt on joe biden and release it in a fashion that was designed to hurt his political campaign. now you're hearing pompeo explicitly saying that the
timing is going to be related to this information coming out before the election, although it's hard for me to understand how they think that is going to impact joe -- how hillary clinton's emails are going to impact joe biden. on top of that, you have a word from the justice department that this long expected durham report is unlikely to have significant findings before the election, something that the president has been really public about how angry he is about that. look. this is everyone being involved in this project of the president to try to create an environment that is as close to 2016 as possible except with the subject not being hillary clinton, the subject being joe biden. i think that that is notable that there is not only no push-back but full buy-in from the republican party and the establishment. >> it's almost as if he is trying to get the director of national intelligence john ratcliffe to be his own wi
wikileaks. president trump criticizing attorney general barr and claiming hillary clinton should be in jail for deleting those emails. during another interview, the president called for barr to prosecute biden and obama. your book has a lot of reporting this is something president trump asks for. the justice department to go after his enemies. >> the president's top lawyer at the white house don mcgahn wrote in secret memos to him in april of 2018, if you even appear to be meddling in the justice department's work, you could be impeached, people at the justice department could resign. most importantly, you could feel the effects at the ballot box. these were the warnings from the president's lawyers that i outline in my book. to your point on the clinton email thing, this is something that, you know, you write a book and you get different things and not everything gets a lot of taepgs. a report in in my book that tom
was brought into the oval office to meet with donald trump will expediting the emails. this is the white house chief strategist being in this outside rouser for the president to lobby the president to get more emails out from his own state department so they could continue to discredit clinton. it's just another example of this unprecedented use of the executive branch by the president to help himself political. >> thank you both so much. check out michael schmidt's great book. why president's trump push to get emergency removal for the therapy he received could be dangerous. new information about the men plotting to kidnap the democratic governor of michigan gretchen whitmer and what one of them was getting from amazon. stay with us. if your dry eye symptoms keep coming back, inflammation in your eye might be to blame. looks like a great day for achy, burning eyes over-the-counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes
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abbvie may be able to help. was, quote, not in great shape when he flew on marine one to water reed over the weekend. a reminder the president's doctor said that very day the president was doing, quote, well. later that day, kayleigh mcenany said the president was going to walter reed because of a precaution. that is not true. they are saying the antibody treatment he received healed him and he might not have recovered from covid at all if not for those drugs. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins us now. we still don't have a completely picture of president's health and he is pushing this treatment before it's approved by the fda. take a listen.
>> your reaction? >> there is a few reactions. one is that, obviously, he is one person and that is why you do studies on these things to try and figure out if, in fact, this is something making people better. there not a lot of data around this. there is a lot of enthusiasm and i think it's warranted. you're giving antibodies, these proteins that can help neutralize the virus and it makes sense eminently but who does it work for? what dose to give? does it have side effects? these are the reasons you do studies. the other thing when he says i'm feeling better than 20 years ago, that wouldn't be the antibodies. those are help to neutral ooiize virus. he is on other meds and he is on
the remdesivir. the doctors haven't told us so we don't know for sure but when someone says they are feeling better like that, steroids tend to give people a lot of energy. sometimes to the point where people become manic and don't sleep and very restless and things like that. i don't think it's the mon clonol antibodies making him feel better but he is the end of one week here, jake. >> you rarely cover when candidates run for office' reveal their health records. i remember you doing it with john mccain when he ran in 2008. i remember you doing it with plenty of others. i could go through a list. have you ever seen a white house cover up and hide so much information about such a serious disease? >> no, i really haven't. sometimes, you know, the summaries you would get from some of the candidates would be very cursory, you know? but they would have the basic
details, the meds, the test results, you know? going back for sometime. you remember even back two years ago they did a press briefing, ronny jackson did where he came out and talked about the president's potassiu and these medications but at no point about he say the president had a coronary ct scan for see if he had heart disease. i asked him and then he said it. he tells us about basic all about values are correct but not lab results of a significant exam. in 2008, john mccain let us have records to all of his medical records for a period of time. it's varied in terms of access but this is a totally different level and significant sins of omission, perhaps outright telling us false information at times. >> the reports, of course, about the doctors and others being forced to sign nondisclosure agreements after president trump went on that secret trip to
walter reed last year. obviously a lot we don't know. president trump just announced he is expected to host an event at the white house tomorrow. he is expected to address the attendees from the balcony. this is just two weeks after the supreme court ceremony in the rose garden. dr. fauci today called a super spreader event. we don't know even if he is still contagious or if he has tested negative. >> yeah. and he still could be sick. don't forget, a week ago today he was essentially medevaced from the white house to walter reed and dropped oxygenation and needed supplemental oxygen and all of these drugs we talked about. he is likely still sick. we say that because you look at the time course of the disease and the time line still doesn't make total sense here. it changed even a little bit today as i was doing some reporting on this. nevertheless he is likely still sick. but, jake, even the president's diagnosis, the idea in the middle of a pandemic of having
an event aggregating people together even if it's outside, we saw as you mentioned what happened before. that was a super spreader event in that many people became infected as a result of that event or the events right around it. regardless of whether president has covid that is not a good idea. >> even if he is no longer contagious which we do not know, it's still a bad idea. listen to trump coughing on hannity last night. >> i think the first debate, they -- excuse me. on the first debate, they oscillated the mike. i want them to vote but i will say many, abundasentee is okay. excuse me. absentee ballots are fine. >> he sounds sick to me. >> yeah. look. i think he is still sick. this could be a sort of, you
know, a milder cough but in the context of he was medevaced a week ago and gun on oxygen and on these drugs probably still on the steroids if he is following the basic trial protocol. he is 74 years old. from a humanity standpoint the guy should take a break. i hope his doctors are telling him that. i've had patients that have been difficult to counsel in the past as well and sometimes you got to sit down and have a tough conversation. i don't know if that is happening or not but i agree, jake. he sounds sick and had this significant medical history over the last week. >> and he has preexisting conditions and he is clinically obese. sanjay, thank you. town hall tomorrow with dr. sanjay gupta and andy cooper will be joined by other experts in their field tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. is the plot to kidnap the michigan governor just the tip
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they say wolverines are making similar plans across the u.s. thirteen men are being charged. sara sidner joins me. you spoke to the store owner where one of the terrorist was living. >> reporter: we talked to brian titus who said they were friends and he has known them a long time and he had just been kicked out of his place where he was living with his girlfriend. he offered him a place to live. he had been working for titus as well. his name is adam fox. the fbi says he is the leader of this plot to overthrow the government and also to try and kidnap the michigan governor. he says, look, he was living down in this basement and it's quite an interesting shot when you see him opening up this very heavy wooden what looks like a door that is on the floor and then you walk down deep into the
basement. he was living there with his dogs. he said everything was find until he started noticing packages showing up and he was concerned about what he was seeing in those packages from amazon. >> get more from amazon. he was buying more stuff. >> reporter: what was he getting from amazon? >> like mres, food, stuff like that. >> reporter: survival stuff? >> yeah. i told him you have to have your own place on 1 november. he was buying more like attachments for an ar-50. >> reporter: so you heard him talking about him buying attachments for ar-15s and buying mre that is food that can be stored for a long time sort of like a survival mode. he got a little bit worried and said you have to leave. you can't stay here. he said that he was aware that fox had been part of a self-styled militia group but had been kicked out, he said.
he said then fox created his own self-styled militia. now he is charged with many different charges but charged in what is being considered a domestic terrorist plot to try and kidnap the governor. jake? >> sara, governor whitmer has directly tied the president's refusal to condemn far right violent groups and not to mention his encouragement of protests against her. she has tied this plot and president trump attacked her and how she is governing. >> reporter: yeah, she did. look. let's listen to what some of the things she has been saying. she talked about when he was at the presidential debate and how he was unable to very clearly condemn white supremacist. she then talks about also she sees him as encouraging extremists. >> anyone who gives safe harbor to or encouragement to is com
poli and what he did on the national stage in a presidential debate when he said stand by. >> reporter: she also talked about the president lambasting her for how she has handled the coronavirus and he did it again. his response to her saying that was that she has done a terrible job, that she locked down her state for everyone, and then failed to thank what he said his justice department and his federal law enforcement officers for foiling this plot and he says he has always stood against white sprupremacy. you have a strong back and forth going between the president and the woman who has named as a potential victim in this plot. jake? >> sara sidner, thank you so much. the fbi director christopher ray is warning that violent far extremist is the top domestic threat to the united states. the department of homeland security just released hits threat assessment report showed 2019 was the most deadly year
for extremism in the united states since the oklahoma city bomb in 1995. sean turner, how much worse do you think things with going to get with this far right violence? >> i think this is pretty good evidence that is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. i think we are seeing a resurgence and militia move in this country and pretty clear indicators of this. we watch these groups we are seeing militia groups are showing at peaceful protests around the country in numbers unlike anything we have ever seen before. they show up and heavily and standing side-by-side and sometimes they are impersonating law enforcement to get things done. we are seeing an grieving sophistication in the way they are communicating. it's really startling to see --
i'm seeing some of the very same types of tactics we saw with foreign terrorist organizations in the way that these organizations here in the united states are trying to conceal their communication. the other significant indicator is the recruiting is open and unlike in the past and it's blatant. these groups are growing significantly in every state across the country. there is pretty clear indicators that this will touch every state across the country and something every governor ought to be concerned about. >> what you just said is what the attorney general in michigan said. take a listen. >> what we are seeing here in michigan right now it's not just a michigan problem, it's an american problem, and i think there is going to be more incidences to come. >> laura, you were advising governors, what would you tell them? >> well, first of all, it's just so terrifying to think a notion that this is probably the tip of the iceberg as sean and the
attorney general of michigan has noted about this very issue but, of course, this goes back to leadership from the top. if people are increasingly becoming empowered and emboldened with winks and nod and not as subtle as that by feeling somehow that they are validated or justified in their conduct by perhaps president of the united states through his commenteda imphentary or any other leader the governor has to make sure they harness the issue to contain it by their laws and the consequences for actions like this are carried out through prosecutions like what we are seeing in michigan that there will be no safe harder for america. if they are confident in their prosecutions and investigations then the deterrent act of justification may be able to explore an explosion of this rhetoric because deterrence is one of the ways you're able to stop behavior, not just by the threat of a law existing but
actually prosecuting those who even develop plans, let alone carry them out. >> sean, you heard the governor of michigan blaming the president, in part, for this planned attack. we should know, there is no evidence that we have seen at all that members of this group were specifically motivated by trump. he did tweet out back in april to liberate michigan and, obviously, he has gone back and forth on whether or not white supremacist groups or far right groups should be specifically condemned. one day he'll do it' the next day he will refuse to do so. what do you make of all of this? there is a thing that you create an environment through your words that encourages people to take the law into their own hands and act violently. do you think that that is a factor here or could be? >> it could be, jake. it's legitimate to ask yourself what has changed over the past
je several years that caused these groups to come out of the wood work. over the past several years, we have seen these groups sort of activate in states all across the country so we have to ask ourselves what is happening that is causing that? i think the answer is pretty clear. what has happened is these groups have been led to believe that they no longer have to exist in the shadows. in fact, i'd go even further to say that a lot of these groups believe they have a mandate to rise up and to take their political disputes to the streets. that mandate that they believe they have is oftentimes because of the political rhetoric that we see in this country. it's oftentimes because of what president says. when we look at these groups at protests all across the country, these militia groups are there and, so often, what are they carrying with them? not their guns or ar-15s but
carrying signs that support the president. so i think it's pretty clear that the president's rhetoric is having a significant impact on this. >> laura, the big concern right now is that if president trump loses and who knows what is going to happen. it's in the hands of the voters. if he does lose that he incites some of these groups and who knows what happens. >> first, i want to be very clear we don't have, as you mention, jake, the direct correlation between the actions of these individuals in michigan who are acting specifically at the expressed mandate at the behest of the president. normally in the law the more context a prosecutor has to provide for it to create a causal link, the less likely they will be able to determine that causal link for the court and the jury let alone have an opinion. . having said that you're right about president said about the numerous calls of action he has had and like people to larry. if he is well aware that his
words would incite violence or criminal behavior he should be more cautious. there is a track record here. this summer with george floyd's killing he said when the looting starts, the shooting starts. there candidate been a causal section with people making that with any crimes being committed. he is already successful in a case that cited bounds against him in louisville. he has a difficult track record, yet we can't always prove 23 in the law. >> thank you both. coronavirus just reached a mark in the united states that has not happened in two months. it's not a good mark. we will tell you what it is next. renew active. only from unitedhealthcare. ♪ lift it ♪ press it ♪ downward dog it ♪ watch it ing my name is henry. working within amazon transportation services, i really saw the challenge of climate change.
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. back with our national lead. coronavirus cases are rising across every region in the country. just yesterday, the nation reported more than 56,000 new infections. the most new cases added on a single day in months. today, a majority of states are seeing cases trending up. nick watt reports some states are facing record high hospitalizations. >> reporter: a new outbreak at a nursing home here in california. nine dead. >> i'm trying to prepare myself that i'm never going to see my mom in person again. >> reporter: in new jersey average new cases up over sxicket these past two weeks. mexico's governor is worried. >> we are in a pretty difficult spot in the state of new mexico right now. we are at extreme risk of uncontrollable spread. >> reporter: 56,191 new
coronavirus cases reported in the u.s. thursday, the most in nearly two months. >> this is really something we need to pay attention to. >> reporter: these ten states have more covid-19 patients in the hospital now than ever before. these three states, kansas, south dakota, tennessee just logged their most covid-19 deaths in a single day. over the course of this pandemic, we have seen hot spots, pikes, rolling waves. >> the state of florida. >> arizona is in a real crossroads. >> the hospitalization rate here in california. >> reporter: up one place, down in another, but right now, every region in this country is on the rise. new york in the spring now seeing spikes, some centered on religious communities. >> they are not following the rules. we know what happens when you don't follow the rules. the infection rate goes up. >> reporter: broadway now shuddered into at least the end of may went dark mid march and
will stay dark for more than a year due to the virus. nfl now juggle its schedule reacting to outbreaks, patriots, broncos now moved from sunday to monday. titans/bills will now play tuesday. meanwhile, the president fresh from a dose of regeneron's experimental treatment says regeneron and eli lilly will get authorization to roll out their an antibody therapies. hold on. to approaches that include antibody therapies are not a substitute for the rigorous scientific review that is essential says a group of prominent medical societies in a plea to the fda. that is where we are. medical professionals clubbing together to implore a government agency to ignore the president.
and, stotoday, our planet set a unwanted record. 350,000 covid-19 infections reported worldwide. a virus we didn't know existed a year ago has now infected more than 36 million people across our globe. jake, a ridiculously disp disproportion of those numbers are here in the united states. >> including among president of the united states who resuming campaign activity whether or not he is in facfectious and contag. michael thank you for joining us. >> thanks, jake. >> the u.s. reported most daily cases. cases surged 12% since last week. why is the surge happening? what do we need to be doing in
the united states that we are, obviously, not doing? >> actually, the surge was predictable. we actually talked about it more than a month ago. it starts out first of all with college students and coming back to colleges and it's spilling over into the older adult population and those with underlining health problems. we see people come to the end of their pandemic fatigue and holding things up and they are just going to what they want to do and that is what is happening. then we see pandemic anger, about a third of the population that doesn't believe this pandemic is real, they think it's a hoax so they will do whatever they want to do. if you look right now at funerals, weddings, family reunions, athletic events, bars and restaurants, we are at an all-time high for transmission and this is going to get a lot worse before it considers leveling off. >> in the northeast, the average of new cases is up a staggering 91% since one month ago. do you anticipate a full-blown second wave of cases or has the
first wave not even ended? >> as you and i have talked about i'm not convinced these are waves. this is like a forest fire. if you suppress it and hold it down you may have embers left but not a big forest fire. when we have increased number cases in april and july some slow transmission down but give up after several months of that and they come right back. that is happening around much of the country. new york is an example they did an incredible job for 14 weeks keeping case numbers down, finally members of certain communities in new york city decided they were tired of what they needed and i think we have so many people right now have given up on this pandemic long before the virus ever gave up on us. we are just going to continue to see this ever increasing number of cases out there and far is
your ps whsurpass than what we n july:the president is holding an event at the white house tomorrow on the south lawn. the white house has yet to announce he has tested negative for coronavirus. he is expected to address attendees from a balcony. would you go to that event if invited? >> i wouldn't go right now because i think the white house, itself, has a fair number of infections. >> a hot zone. >> if he is up on the balance johnny and not near the people he doesn't really pose any risk. i think the issue is, again, the white house has not really gotten its act together in terms of the prevention program that they need to have. you know, i said three months ago that what they had done to use these rapid test to protect the president was akin to giving squirt guns to the secret service and tell them to protect the president against an assassin. the program was illogical and terrible inadequate. unless they have changed that, i don't see any reason why one can assume less tran mission at the white house now than there was
several weeks. >> that is good news on that, but -- in terms of president won't necessarily pose a harm, although the white house, itself, is a potential hot zone. >> yes. >> but the trump campaign just announced that president donald trump will be participating in a rally in sanford, florida, on monday. what would you tell somebody who said to you, is it okay for me to go to that event? forget the question about whether or not president trump is contagious or infectious with which we among many things we don't know about his condition. i mean, the president, we are still in the middle of this pandemic and he is holding a rally. >> right. what more can be said? i mean, just the very nature of asking the question states the obvious. i think the challenge we have is helping the american people understand if you bring people together, even when they are outdoors less risk of transmission being closed together outdoors but not zero. when you bring people together when it's indoors it's almost
guaranteed today with the level virus out there to pose a significant risk. right now, i've been saying this for several weeks. any politician, i don't care what party you are, you need to be mindful of your own safety and that of your staff, let alone the people who you're bringing together. and so this is between now and the time of the election, the worst possible time to be bringing people together in crowds. >> and florida just in the last day reported 2900 new infections just in that one state. >> well, florida is ripe for another large outbreak. what they have done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there. and you and i could be talking probably in eight to ten weeks and i will likely bet that florida will be a house on fire. this is what so sad about this. we know these things are going to happen. it's not like you can escape this virus. i find it just illogical that people think just because they get done with the virus, the
virus is done with them. it's not. so watch florida, eight to ten weeks, and you and i will both be saying why did they let this happen? >> we have been saying this since we have been having these conversations. >> we have. >> and starting in february or march. you constantly predicting what is happening based on the behavior of the president and the governors who have been listening to him and the behavior of the american people refusing to acknowledge the reality. it happens. we say it's not only predictable but literally predicted. >> not only that, jake, but we are now creating pseudoscience to make it worse. south dakota is one 679 worst states in the country. the state decided if one person has a mask on the other person doesn't have to quarantine if one person becomes infected. everyone should mask but to say that is what you should do with quarantine? no data to support that whatsoever. how when your house is on fire more than anyone else in the whole country can you do that? it was a political decision.
it had no science. we need to let science drive the day right now. and it's not. >> michael, i'll say as i bid you farewell for the weekend. i wish at one point you had been wrong in any of the things that you've projected and predicted but you've been right the whole time and it just must be maddening. >> well, you know what scares me, jake? it's going to get a lot worse. i'll put it right here out right now. you can go and come back to this a couple of weeks from now. it's going to get much worse. >> michael, thank you for your time. >> thanks, jake. not once, not twice. louisiana residents are bracing for a fourth hurricane to make landfall. we will go live to the gulf coast next. stay with us. now, there's skyri. ♪ things are getting clearer, yeah i feel free ♪ ♪ to bare my skin ♪ yeah that's all me. ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand ♪ ♪ nothing on my skin ♪ that's my new plan. ♪ nothing is everything.
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landfall yet. how long will delta be a problem will the impact of hurricane laura in august have an impact on hurricane delta. >> >> 30,000 houses were destroyed last week with laura and another 35,000 damage and power still out as they are rebuilding the power grid and 50,000 without power and some just got their power back on last week. the storm system has lost strength. it's now a category 2. that was forecast to happen. however, it is much broader in its wind field. hurricane winds extend outward from the center a good 50 miles. tropical storm force winds are out 160. it's a category 2 strength. landfall is only 35 miles off the coast. just south of cameron. between 7:00 and 8:00, flooding surge we are seeing over six-foot storm surge and 7 to 11 feet is possible. houston, you've got tropical storm force gusts at 40. new orleans also has tropical storm force winds.
but, again, the pattern of rain is dying down somewhat but you can see where the center is here, jake. again, we are just a little way away from landfall. only within ten miles of where we had, of course the landfall of laura. it's to the east of the section that is the big concern where we are having that storm surge already affect so many areas that were destroyed. with that the winds, there are thousands of homes that have blue tarps and they are not going to be able to survive these hurricane winds that will move out of the region by tomorrow morning. >> tom, thanks so much. finally, today, we would like to take a moment to remember one of the lives cut short by coronavirus. more than 213,000 have died in the united states from coronavirus. chad dorell was 19 years old. 19. he was an avid basketball player and made the all conference team in high school and was a sophomore at appalachian state studying to become a physical therapy. he started feeling sick in early september and he passed away on september 28th.
his classmates say his death is reminder that young people are not invincible to this horrific virus. may his memory be a blessing. our deepest condolences to his family. tune in to "state of the union" this sunday morning. larry kudlow will join me and kate beddingfield and senator mazeie hirono. i'll see you sunday morning. ♪ >> announcer: 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. the trump campaign said the president will speak at a political campaign rally monday in