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workers. i think it is important to remember these are moms and dads and people taking care of elderly people. and the other really important thing to remember is that women have been hit very hard by this crisis. they are dropping out of the labor force at a rate that we've we've never seen before. ads republicans and democrats struggle to get a deal our real lives are hanging in the balance, fred. >> that's the understatement, for sure. matt eagen. thank you so much. >> thank you. we begin at the white house. right now guests are starting to arrive for what could well become a potential covid super spreader event. president trump still possibly contagious holding his first event since testing positive nine days ago and we know the president has invited 2,000 people and plans to great supporters from the white house balcony. todays event is taking place
alarmingly close where the last large gathering on the white house grounds took place. that one now considered to be a super spreader event at the rose garden. at least 20 people in president trump's inner circle have tested positive for the virus since that ceremony to announce amy comey barrett as trump's u.s. supreme court nominee. including, among those who tested positive, the president, first lady, advisors, the press secretary. and two u.s. senators. meanwhile americans across the country are suffering a worsening pandemic. the nation added over 57,000 new cases yesterday. the third consecutive day infections hit over 50,000. and this outbreak putting so many lives in danger, while the president in an act of potential politically desperation is putting thousands of his supporters at risk by inviting them to the white house. and all of this as we are just now 24 days out from the election. and we won't see the candidates
share the stage next week as scheduled because the president refused to participate in the second scheduled debate which has changed from inperson to virtual. that was the pitch following the covid diagnosis. well that prompted the debate commission to cancel the vent because the president debate agree to the terms of a virtual event and this is the first time in decades. seven decades that a presidential debate has not happened. at the white house. cnn sarah westwood is there. the president's behavior has been described as erratic. the incumbent perhaps willing to put so much and so many at risk with today's event. now what do we know about the arrangements made for the event? and who are the nearly 2,000 who would show up? >> fred we're expecting this to be a large crowd. hundreds and potentially as you just mentioned thousands of people are expected to gather on the south lawn. and in fact they should have
been arriving within this past hour. that is when the gates opened for guests to attend. now these people are not necessarily going to be tested for covid before they get out there on the south lawn. there are some precautions the white house announced. they say masks are going to be mandatory for the people out there and that they are going to conduct some kinds of screening which is going to entail temperature checks and a questionnaire likely about exposure and symptoms and things like that for the people to answer. but that mask requirement was not enforced just moments earlier in the briefing room where national security advisor robert o'brien was seen giving a tour in there not wearing a mask despite signs everywhere in the briefing room that everybody in that room needs to be wearing a mask. white house communications director said there are going to be precautions in place but the president's speech today is expected to be brief.
>> we're making sure we're taking precautions. the president is going to be up on the balcony. it will be a short event. he's going to give remarks and it will be all outdoors. distanced of course and then hopefully once he's cleared by the doctor we're going to have him back on the road soon. >> keep in mind we're still awaiting the results of the president's most recent coronavirus test. so we don't know if he is heading into this event giving a speech while still positive for the virus. and we gave an update on his health last night which he said he is no longer taking any medication for the virus. but he revealed for the first time that lung scans at some point since his diagnosis revealed that there was congestion in his chest. so a potential point of concern there. nonetheless the president is expected to hit the campaign trail this week. he has a rally in florida scheduled for monday. >> sarah westwood. thanks so much at the white house. all right the president's rally at the white house also comes as there is a disturbing
rise in covid cases around the country. the u.s. reported the highest daily rise in cases in more than two months on friday. and the surge is happening in multiple regions. and as americans head into the holiday season, dr. deborah birx has a dire warning. >> the communities that are seeing up ticks, please bring that same discipline that you are bringing to the public spaces into your households and really limit engagement with others outside of your immediate household. >> all right. the u.s. is also recording its third consecutive day of more than 50,000 new cases. i want to bring in dr. rebecca gee, ceo of the lsu healthcare services division and the former louisiana secretary of health. dr. gee, good to see you. >> good to be here. >> before i ask you about, you know, dr. birx's outlook. what is your view on the fact the president says there were some lung scans done, and it
does show congestion. what does that tell you about the president's condition right now, as he is about to host this big event at the white house? >> well look he's doing something that we're telling the public not to do. which is that if you are actively infected you should not be among're people. you should be quarantining. whether what the lung scans showed. i don't know whether it is pneumonia or something else. clearly he was on dexamethasone. but the most important thing i think it is unconscionable that he's having a public event with active covid potentially exposing others to the disease. >> and moments ago we heard from dr. birx who said she's concerned about the upcoming holidays, foom families getting together. what are your concerns. >> covid-19 is something we can't see and we i can't just assume because someone is family that they don't have it. we are not at the point we need to be with testing and we know that people who are asymptomatic
spread the disease more than people who are symptomatic. so we have to carry the same precautions in public that we do that when we're at home. mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. and particularly being conscious of those who are elders. this is the time to have a virtual thanksgiving. virtual holiday. these are concerning times but we know that mask wearing works. in fact in arizona when mask wearing was implemented we had a new study yesterday. 75% drop in covid cases. so it is no surprise that it works with family and also works in the public. >> among those who are asymptomatic. many of which are young people. what are your concerns about reports that it is the younger adults, young people who might be the biggest spreaders of this virus? >> yeah, look, we've seen big up ticks in 28 states, three states with more than 50% increases and nine states with seven day in a row historic increases in covid and many of these states are in
areas where colleges have reopened. we know 3,000 cases a day, in addition to what we would expect, are related to college campus reopenings and we know the american academy of pediatrics a recent report last week said kids are much more likely to be the ones diagnosed with covid right now. in october about 10% of our covid cases are kids. in april it was 3%. certainly a dramatic rise in the number of children infected and likely responsible for local community spread. >> i heard you on the message you think the white house is sending with its scheduled rally today and then this. the "new york times" is reporting that the white house blocked a move by the cdc to require all passengers and workers on all forms of public transit around the country to require a mask. at this point in the pandemic, the message from anyone, you know, to discourage mask wearing is just astounding. what does this tell you that the white house was discouraging the
cdc to take these kinds of measures? >> well unfortunately i think that this president has treated the american public like he's treated people in the white house and at this event today. with disregard for their health. and unfortunately this is an unfortunate thing. but i think that we need to listen to the scientists and cdc, and other officials like dr. birx who have been credible sources of information. dr. fauci. throughout this epidemic. and, you know, not listened to politicians. they should be, you know, in general stop talking or when they do talk, they should use information from our experts and unfortunately that's not what's happening. >> wow, okay. yeah what a message that is. i mean elected leaders are that. they are leaders and it is pretty sad to hear a message that people shouldn't be listening to the leaders because some are just not honoring, you know, the studies and the research and the results found by our medical and scientific community. dr. gee, please stick around
with me. we've got more to talk about. in the meantime joe biden is campaigning today in pennsylvania and the president's decision to hold a white house event as the pandemic worsens is drawing fire from both biden and his campaign. former vice president's campaign stops come one day after president trump rejected a virtual debate. cnn's jessica dean joining us now from pennsylvania. so jessica, how strongly is the biden campaign trying to send its message? >> reporter: good afternoon fred. i think it is pretty clear from the biden campaign they don't want donald trump, as they said, rewriting the rules for the debate this late in the game. their argument is these dates were agreed upon back and once donald trump was not willing to accept a virtual debate, which the biden campaign was, they went off and did their own thing. so now joe biden will be in philadelphia for his own town hall next thursday and that debate has been officially
canceled by the commission on presidential debate. so that means that likely the last time we will see those two men together on stage will be october 22nd. that is the third debate that was scheduled for nashville, tennessee. the biden campaign requested that be a town hall format so voters are allowed to interact with both candidates. remains to be seen how that thax out for 22 bd. booipd back on the campaign trail yesterday.iden back on thl yesterday. take a listen. >> his reckless personal conduct. the destabilizing effect on our government is unconscionable. he didn't take the proper precautions to protect himself or others and longer donald
trump is president the more reck lis he gets. how can we trust him to protect this country? sfl and of course the biden campaign and joe biden have made donald trump's response to the covid pandemic absolutely central. and integral to their case to the american people making the case that donald trump fumbled the response and as a result americans are worse off. you heard horns honking in the background of biden talking there. the campaign has moved towards having drive-in events. they have been very particular about having socially distanced events, events that are safe. and here in eerie pennsylvania, a rural part of pennsylvania. joe biden has been going into these parts making his ways to white working class voters right outside of union hall you can expect to hear that message of economic recovery for those workers. >> appreciate i jessica dean. former new jersey governor
chris christie reports he went home from the hospital this morning. he tweeted adding i will have more to say about all of this next week. christie tested positive for covid-19 a week ago today. he had helped the president prepare for the first debate and attended the nomination ceremony and the rose garden there for judge amy comey barrett. christie who is overweight and asthmatic had checked himself into morristown medical center as a precautionary measure. he was prescribed the anti-viral drug remdesivir. coming up -- downed power lines and zploised wildlife. hurricane delta leaves a trail of destruction during the middle of a pandemic. live with a doctor on the front lines of two disasters. and an alleged terror plot foiled against michigan government gretchen whitmer. are president trump's words becoming a rallying cry for extremists?
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we have one of the best governors in the nation with the strongest teams i know they are in the situation room right now planning for the safety of first responders and the people of louisiana. and look, we've done a good job so far. hurricane laura battered our coastline. and 10,000 people remain. housed as evacuees and yet we have not had large covid spike and that is because of great leadership. extensive testing and good public health resources. so we have been able to weather the storm previously and do a good job. so i expect and anticipate the same thick will happen with hurricane delta. >> what do you suppose the situation is like in the shelters? >> well i think the proof is in
the pudding. we're not seeing spikes in covid. the mega shelter in alexandria, the one we normally use for medical evacuees is already full. hotels throughout the region. over 10,000 in louisiana and tex. more to come. we have about 5,000 ready if evacuees need them. this is good for the hotel industry. we are able to solve the problem of getting people a place to stay but also fill a hotel room for businesses where it is greatly needed. but, you know, its been really challenging and hard for workers, certainly ppe is important. distancing is important. all of the same things. and it is more difficult to transplant people than it is prior to covid because you can't pack people on buses but so far that has been the experience postlaura has been that the state and the governor have done a phenomenal job managing this. >> and you used to head up louisiana's health department. so what do you believe the most critical needs are right now?
>> usually in covid the governor has said stay put. stay safe and stay vigilant but people can't stay put because they have to leave. you know, before a storm so people need to remember to bring their medications. the things we see in shelters are people start to have opioid use withdrawal. high blood pressure, psychiatric conditions that without treatment will start to become acute. so immediately after storms we start to see acute medical needs and that becomes more difficult with pharmacies over run and not necessarily stocked for the number of people going to a certain area. so certainly those same type of consideration will be for hurricane delta. >> leave it there for now. best wishes going out to everybody there. just been hit way too hard, especially this year. dr. gee, thanks so much. >> thank you. >> coming up. 13 men charged in a plot to kidnap and kill michigan
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on thursday federal and state law enforcement officials revealed michigan's governor was target of app alleged domestic terrorism plot. 13 men are charged in this plot to kidnap and kill governor gretchen whitmer. six face charges of conspiracy to kidnap and seven others linked to a militia group are
facing state charges. according a federal complaint one of the goals of the group was to start a civil war. whitmer placed some of the blame on president trump for refusing to condemn white supremacies. and the president attacked her saying she did a terrible job. which did not sit well with the governor. >> the fact that after a plot to kidnap and to kill me this is what they come out. with. they start attacking me as to oppose decent people would check in and ask if you are okay. >> aisha you first. what do these charges tell you about the evidence, investigators and prosecutors have on the suspects.
>> well they have drefd in this case,irect evidence in this case, the fbi was using an informant who was on the inside of this domestic terrori terrorist, recording the conversations audio and video, describing their plot. and included firearms trainings. use of explosives. how they were planning to kidnap the governor, as well as what they plan do with law enforcement in order to divert them or confront them as well with violence. >> and rain showeren the government isn't the only one making a correlation between these allegations of and the president's rhetoric. how do you evaluate what the president has said even postthese charges now and perhaps the silence of the u.s.
attorney general? >> well i think what happened -- thanks for having me on. i think what happened is unfortunately predictable. we wrote a piece about the relationship between covid and guns and also thinking about the economy and right wing racism. and one thing we know is that in places where donald trump campaigned at in 2016, that hate crimes increased 200%. we also know that during this moment, particularly from, say, february through april, that animal purchases increased 600% and from this time compared to this time last year that gun purchases have increased 70%. we know that donald trump in april said liberate michigan. we also know at the recent presidential election he said standby, talking to the proud boys and we also know he called kamala harris a monster the other day. so donald trump is complicit in what we're seeing happening and in department of homeland security report recently stated that domestic terrorism is the biggest threat to our democracy. >> and in asha, exactly what
rain showeren saishawn said. it only adds credence to what the fbi director ray and others in national intelligence had said about domestic terrorism being a huge, if not the number one threat of the united states. >> yes. the fbi has been warning about this since 2019. the director testified again early this year that home grown violent extremism is the most persistent threat to the nation right now. we also know that foreign actors like russia are exploiting this home grown radicalization to agitate things like civil war. this is one of their disinformation, you know, talking points with which they are saturating these circles. and i think to dr. ray's point, what we need to understand about the messaging that is coming from the president is that even if it is not explicitly directing these groups to commit
violence, what it is doing is undermining social trust. it is telling people you cannot trust your fellow americans. you cannot trust the process when he's calling it rigged. you can't count on, you know, the democratic values to, you know, protect you. and what it does is, it means that there are no ground rules. these people take this as you're helpless, you have to take this power into your own hands. and i think that breakdown from trust especially coming from the top is incredibly damaging to our democratic fabric. >> is it your feeling as a result of these arrests of these evidence gathered this is a mierk come of the bigger picture and threat of domestic terroris and threat of domestic terrorism across the country or the severity of these charges do you believe that this is, you know, an anomaly?
>> no, unfortunately it is not an anomaly. what we know is that 75% of domestic terrorist acts are committed by right wing extremists and 75 percent of them are committed by white nationalists or white supremacists. with that said this group is much more complex than that. they seem to be rallying around a distrust for government and the fact that the government has failed. the government has failed the economy. the government has failed the health and well-being of people. and their responses to that is happening. rebecca and i, one of the things we found is that purple states. some of these battleground states like michigan where often times you see a democratic governor and often times a republican-led legislature or something along those lines. that these purple states where we see these types of fractions happening. and what happened in michigan is not simply an anomaly, it is a pattern that we need to be serious about. >> all right. we'll leave it there for now. thank you so much to both of you. appreciate it. and this just in.
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this just in a. major setback for president trump's campaign in the battleground state of pennsylvania. a federal judge has denied a request by trump and the republican party to make ballot drop boxes in pennsylvania unconstitutional. cnn's christen holmes joining me now by phone. so kristin, what else did the judge say. >> reporter: this is a huge loss for the trump campaign if and for republicans and should not be understated that this will shape the way votes are counted both by mail and in person in this critical swing state. you talked ab the drop boxes. that is a key part of it. republicans argued this were unconstitutional. the judge says no. signature matching, another big issue with mail-in voting. ads republicans have tried to
argue they couldn't have just similar signatures. they had to be exactly the same as what the state had on record which we know actually ends up making a lot of ballots be rejected. judge overruled on that and the last was on poll watching. republicans argued that people should be able to be poll watchers outside of the counties that they live in. and of course as we know in pennsylvania there are urban areas that are more democratic. they were arguing people in red districts should be able to come into those district, etc. again. overruled on all this and one very important thing to note this judge who made the decision was appointed to the beveragenc president trump. so -- as you usually hear from the campaign they say this was an obama judge or a democratic judge. that is going take away that argument from them. i do want to note that there are still -- in front of the supreme court that have been asked to be reviewed by republicans in the state.
one of them is involving the counting of absentee ballots. a lower court judge said it was okay for state officials to count ballots up to three days after the election. if they had the ballots postmarked. republicans in pennsylvania have said that is not fair. they want to bring this to the supreme court. so obviously it is a never ending ballot. and this is a huge part of the republican strategy this election, to keep things tied up in court. >> and of course we'll see what the trump camp plans to do now that this judge has rendered this decision. and in this, just to underscore what you said, kristin, that he was appointed this judge, by trump. while plaintiffs may not need to prove actual voter fraud they must at least prove that such fraud is certainly impending. they haven't met that burden. at most they have pieced together a sequence of uncertain
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>> in paris. here in france another record set friday. more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases were declared for the previous 24-hour period. this comes as four extra cities this saturday enter the maximum alert zone that already paris and marseilles has been in. already here this paris, concerns for the days to come, an emergency plan has been put in place for regional hospital, with authorities fearing there could be a flood of covid-19 patients coming in over the course of the next few days and weeks. europe wid europewide is a story reflects elsewhere with several countries seeing record rises this week and several countries introducing new measures. in the united kingdom worrying rises as well. the british medical association, group of doctors now calling for fresh measures, including mandatory masks in public places in order to bring down what they describe as "spiraling infection rates." this as the world health organization warning that the europe region is now declaring more coronavirus cases than the
united states, brazil and indiana. india. >> delia gallagher in rome. this week seeing highest increase in coronavirus cases in six months, while they haven't yet had to shut down or impose curfews on bars and restaurants like other european countries, they have imposed mandatory waring of face masks outdoors. there is a fine of up to 1,000 user for failure to comply euros. anybody coming to italy from the uk must undergo tests at entry. of the other country on the list. france, spain, greece, belgium and the netherlands. italy has extended its state of emergency until january 31st. >> melissa and delia, thank you so much. all right with just 24 days now until the u.s. election and we're witnessing yet another crisis in washington. president trump is still recovering from covid.
yet today he has invited thousands of his supporters to an event at the white house. and here you see a line. a very long line of people trying to get in. the world is watching. what appears to be a high risk undertaking from a seemingly desperate incumbent. this brings me to a new cnn special. after four years of donald trump serving as the president of the united states, cnn's fareed zakaria looks at how the world sees america. here is a clip. >> reporter: the queen was holding a reception for nato leaders at buckham palace. the mood grew edgy, as everyone waited. don trump was late.
one group of leaders was enjoying itself. canada's justin trudeau, boris johnson, emmanuel macron, princess anne and mark router, the dutch prime minister. they were caught in a hot mic moment. making fun of the american president. >> they were essentially laughing at the u.s. president there. that's remarkable. >> reporter: the president of the united states, the most powerful country in the world being mocked by some of its own staunchest allies. >> whoa, i am joined now by fareed zakaria. good to see you. in addition to this special also the host of gps.
and author of a new book "10 lessons for a postpandemic world." congratulations on all of that, fareed. there is a lot we can talkal but first, what is happening at the white house. on the south lawn, the president inviting people, supporters at the white house for for kind of a makeshift rally there. he's recovering from covid and may very well still be contagious. you know, the u.s. is the world leader in covid infections as well. how does the world see this act, this white house, this president in the way he's conducting himself right now. >> you know fredericka it is a great question. when i wrote the book i was trying to get at the idea that this was really a huge global event that had taken place. the biggest event in a century at least. you know the first truly global pandemic. and for some reason, the president of the united states just doesn't seem to get it.
he doesn't seem to get the idea that this is big. this is sweeping. this is global. and it is still going on. you know, we may have covid fatigue. the virus does not. and so to undertake something of the kind he's doing is adding to what has become now a fixed perception in the world based on reality which is that the united states far from being the leader in fighting this kind of global healthcare problem the way we have traditionally bin, the united states is now the poster child for incompetence. we remain with 5% of the world's population are having 25% of the world's covid deaths. we are not -- we have not taken control of it. and this is all part of this larger decline of america's image around the world. >> oh my gosh. that is so sad. you use the term -- but the president while he was at walter reed when he did his video chat
with people saying i get it i get it. i get covid and then he left there, a, possibly prematurely, right? and then everything that he has said or even done and then today exemplifies, no you don't get it. this is costing the u.s. serious capital. not just, you know, domestically. but globally. >> do you know, i quote in my book irish commentator who says that the world has had many reactions to the united states over the years. there's been awe. there's been envy. there's been fear. there's been anger and disagreement. he says for the first time in history the world looks at america with a new emotion. pity. they are pitying us because we are being so badly led. >> oh boy. so while i have you here, i also want to ask about the unfolding conflict between azerbaijan and armenia. a temporary cease fire with both
sides accusing the others of violations already. this is just one of the crisises erupting within russia's and vladimir putin's sphere.es erupting within russia's and vladimir putin's sphere. the "new york times" also reported that putin's image as a master tactician on the world stage is actually taking a hit. in what way? >> well, you know what's happening is that covid has become a kind of stress test for governments around the world. some are coming through very well. the governments of east asia, south korea, taiwan, singapore, germany. some are doing very badly. and putin's russia has not done particularly well. in addition what you are seeing is that some of his closest allies are under stress. so it is not just the azerbaijan/armenia situation, which is flared up. and remember russia is the one that had been holding the balance. you are seeing protests in
belarus, in keerg stayrgyzstan. covid has turned out to be the great politically stress test, as i say in my book. >> always great talking to you. and of course great reminder with your special, you know, the united states is on a global stage. the special is called "how the world sees america." fareed zakaria, special airing tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. right here on cnn. i very much look forward to that. thanks so much fareed. more news in a moment. but first i want to highlight 2012 cnn hero skod strode. his non profit provides free athletic activities and a sober support for community for thousands. when covid-19 forced the organization to close its gyms, they found ways to stay connected online. here are cnns phil mattingly who joined a class to see how they have kept the interaction going strong.
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