tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN December 15, 2020 2:00am-2:59am PST
welcome to our viewers until the united states, and around the world. this is "early start," i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, december 15th. 5:00 a.m. exactly in new york, and we begin with two rays of hope during one of the bleakest times in modern american history. vaccinations are now underway across the country to end the pandemic that has now killed 300,000 americans, and a new leader whose victory has been made official by the electoral college offering a vision for unifying the country. president-elect biden in an emotional speech last night.
>> getting this pandemic under control and getting the nation vaccinated ge vaccinated against this virus. delivering immediate economic health badly needed by americans who are hurting today, and then building our economy back better than it ever was. and in doing so, we need to work together to give each other a chance to lower the temperature and most of all, we need to stand in solidarity, as fellow americans. >> cnn's mj lee has more from wilmington, delaware. >> reporter: the electoral college in the united states officially voting on monday to declare joe biden the president-elect. and biden really seizing that moment to deliver what was really a remarkable speech, talking about how american democracy had been tested this career in ways that we had never seen before, but he also said that even despite the pandemic, even despite some abuses of
power that we have seen in this country, that the american democratic system, could not be extinguished, and it was very clear that the former vice president wanted to send a clear message to the sitting president, president trump, essentially saying it is time for us to turn the page and move on. here's what he said. >> this battle, for the soul of america, democracy prevailed. we the people voted. faith in our institutions held. the integrity of our elections remains in tact. and now it's time to turn the page as we have done throughout our history. to unite, to heal. >> reporter: now, of course so much of turning the page will have to do with how the president-elect deals with the covid-19 pandemic. something that he talked about in this speech as well. and getting the economy back on track, dealing with the vaccine distribution, and also a big part of the challenge for him going forward will simply be
about politics and this is why we are going to see him travel on tuesday to atlanta, georgia, where he is going to be campaigning for the two democratic canneds who are going to be in senate runoff races, the outcome of those races will determine so much of what he can do politically and legislatively with members of congress come next year. back to you. >> president-elect's speech was the most forceful condemnation of president trump's assault on american democracy. >> this legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials and one group to try to get the supreme court to wipe out the votes of 20 million americans in other states and to hand the presidency to a candidate who lost the electoral college, lost the popular vote, and lost each and every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse. it's a position so extreme we've
never seen it before. a position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law, and refused to honor our institution. >> the president-elect also condemned attacks on state and local election officials, pressured by the president and his supporters to throw out legally cast ballots. >> it is my sincere hope we never again see anyone subjected to the kinds of threats and abuses we saw in this election. it's simply unconscionable. we owe these public servants a debt of gratitude. they didn't seek the spotlight. can our democracy survive because of them. >> still no sign that president trump will help his supporters accept this reality of his election defeat. just minutes after the electoral college formalized the biden victory, the president tried to deploy a distraction, revealing his attorney general bill barr
has resigned. cnn's kaitlan collins has more. >> good morning, christine and laura. this is a process that president trump has tried to subvert every step of the way since he lost this election to joe biden, but you saw yesterday as the electoral college did affirm biden's win, he gave a short speech afterward talking about it, and talking about what has gone on with the president and his republican allies desperate effort to try to overturn the result of the election by taking matters like what you saw last week like the supreme court and the swift rejection of the lawsuit that the attorney general of texas was trying to make. we are still told by sources that the president does not expect to concede this election, at least certainly not anytime soon, and he has said publicly as well, he plans to continue to fight it, and claims there are more legal steps his team can take, even though if you speak with people close to the president's campaign, and close
to the legal team, they believe they're running out of options after the supreme court rej rejection. one tactic, the president may try to pursue over the next few weeks, as we wait for the presidency, and joe biden to be falling rated. that was in part what you saw yesterday as the last states were certifying their notes. president decided to announce that attorney general bill barr was resigning. his last day at the white house would be december 23rd. he said in a resignation he gave to the president. if you looked at the tweet and the letter, you would think it's an amicable departure. sources said the relationship between president and once one of his favorite cabinet members had deteriorated greatly after bill barr under cut claims about voter fraud and more so over the weekend after it was revealed that barr did work to follow doj
protocol by stopping that biden investigation from becoming public, something the president criticized him over and said he should have done the opposite. that is not what the president mentioned in his tweet, announcing that bill barr will be stepping down and his deputy jeffrey rosen will be taking over as the attorney general just for a few more weeks. >> kaitlan, thank you so much. the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been delivered to all 50 states, washington, d.c. and puerto rico. yet thousands of americans are still dying from covid-19 every single day. the national death toll has now surpassed 300,000. hospitalizations hit another record high overnight. >> my message to america is the finish line is in sight. the last couple of miles are the hardest but we've got to keep running. even if you aren't worried about covid, your loved one who's in labor may not have a hospital bed. your loved one who's having a heart attack or gets in a car accident may not have a bed. >> health care workers on the
front lines of the pandemic were among the first to get their shots yesterday. but it will be several more months before most americans can get one. >> i had been saying by my calculation, sometime by the end of march, the beginning of april, that the normal healthy man and woman in the street who has no underlying conditions would likely get it. >> cnn's sara sidner has more on the first americans to get the vaccine. >> reporter: this moment could not come soon enough. icu nurse, sandra lindsey is one of the first people in the united states to get the covid-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial. emergency medicine dr. eve durasou. >> felt great. didn't feel any different than any vaccination i received in the past. >> reporter: workers loaded pfizer and biontech vaccine for shipping to medical facilities and hospitals around the
country. a historic day that arrived in record time. cnn was there the moment university of michigan medical center staff got the vaccine. a box, filled with dry ice and 390 viles. each vile has 500 dose. once thawed and added with saline. >> the really important thing is that we can now see the horizon. we can see how this is going to end. >> reporter: for michigan medicine to tampa general hospital in florida, something to cheer about finally. after a year of devastating loss, more than 300,000 covid deaths in america. to medical staff at ohio state university. >> 3, 2, 1, vaccinate. >> it's momentous.
i feel honored to receive it. humbled to receive. it is a really wonderful day. >> reporter: the complex task of figuring out how to store and ship the vaccine has been underway for months. the vaccine needs to be kept at ultra cold temperatures. ups and fedex are delivering the vaccine nationwide using a complex package called a thermal shippers. after so many months of uncertainty, there's renewed hope this vaccine can start us down what's to be a long road to recovery. >> we are exposed to it eveminu of every day. i can't tell you how much this means to me. i feel like a won a million dollar lottery getting this vaccine. >> you can hear in dr. napolitano's voice, the exhaustion she's feeling and also the immense gratitude and joy for being able to be one of the first to get this vaccine. at the end of the day, she and the other health care workers who got this, all five of them are saying, look, we can help
save patients as we always have but this will us save ourselves and our family. sara sidner, cnn, ann arbor, michigan. the emergency on main street is real. more covid relief is needed, and lawmakers have been going around and around for months with no new help skprn, and now a vow o urgency from mitch mcconnell and mccarthy writing in a statement, we hope our democrat counter parts share our sense of urgency. house speaker nancy pelosi, and treasury secretary steven mnuchin spoke again on monday, but months long battle lines proving hard to cross. pelosi's office said the gop demands of liability protection remain an obstacle. republicans in the bipartisan group said they will only accept state and local aid if paired with liability protections. democrats face a crucial decision, give up money for states cities or make a last
ditch attempt for a bigger plan. democrats rejected a bigger proposal before the election. republicans wouldn't even take up the democratic measure that was passed way back in may. in may. now, something needs to be done now. americans are facing hunger as they choose between paying bills and putting food on the table. the grace period for student loans expirs at tes at the end year. talk, talk, talk, and people are hurting here. >> january is going to be tough if they don't do something soon. you bang the drum on this every day but it's going to be a really serious situation pretty soon. a republican congressman now says he's quitting the party. more on why, next. mornings were made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis.
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indians will be changing their name, but it won't happen immediately. the team's owner says while they look for a new team name they will continue to use the indian's name. in a statement about the change, dolan said hearing firsthand the stories and experiences of native american people, we gained a deep understanding of how triab tribal communities feel about the name and the detrimental effects it has on them. native american groups applaud the change. in a statement, the leader of the change, the mascot campaign said by finally acting, cleveland's team is moving the team and professional sports forward down a new path of inclusivity and mutual respect. kiontae johnson remains in critical but stable condition three days after collapsing on the court during a game at florida state. the school says he's following simple commands and is undergoing further tests. he spent two days at a
tallahassee hospital before being transferred to gainesville. he was named the s.e.c.'s preseason player of the year skpnc. and finally washington is pulling out of the pac-12 title game. the conference saying positive covid-19 cases and contact tracing puts the husky's roster under the required 53 man limit. that means oregon will play usc for the pac-12 title in l.a. on friday, and laura, one week from today, the nba season will officially tip off. last night zion williamson, 26 points in his preseason debut. lots of people coming back in the nba. steph curry, kevin durant, should be an exciting week of christmas games from the nba. >> great to have it back on. thank you so much, appreciate it. restaurants hoping to survive after new shut down orders in new york city. we have a closer look for you next.
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>> getting this pandemic under control and getting the nation vaccinated against this virus. delivering immediate economic help so badly needed by so many americans who are hurting today. and then building our economy back better than it ever was. and doing so, we need to work together to give each other a chance to lower the temperature and most of all, we need to stand in solidarity as fellow americans. >> cnn's measuringj lee has mor wilmington, delaware. >> the electoral college in the united states officially voting on monday to declare joe biden the president-elect, and biden really seizing that moment to deliver what was really a remarkable speech, talking about how american democracy had been tested this year in ways that we had never seen before. but he also said that even despite the pandemic, even despite some abuses of power that we have seen in this
country the that american democratic system could not be extinguished and it was very clear that the former vice president wanted to send a clear message to the sitting president, president trump, essentially saying it is time for us to turn the page and move on, here's what he said. >> this battle, for the soul of america, democracy prevailed. we the people voted, faith in our institutions held, the integrity of our elections remains in tact, and now it's time to turn the page as we have done throughout our history. to unite, to heal. >> reporter: now, of course so much of the turning the page will have to do with how the president-elect deals with the covid-19 pandemic. something that he talked about in this speech as we. and getting the economy back on track, dealing with the vaccine distribution and a part of the challenge for them going forward will simply be about politics,
and this is why we are going to see him travel on tuesday to atlanta georgia, where he is going to be campaigning for the two democratic candidates who are going to be in senate runoff races. the outcome of those races will determine so much of what he can do politically and legislatively with members of congress next year. >> thank you so much for that. 36 days until jioe biden's inauguration. time for three questions in three minutes, that means it's time to bring in cnn political analyst, john avlon. biden last night with his most forceful condemnation of president trump's assault on american democracy. listen to a bit of it. >> it's a position so extreme we have never seen it before. refused to respect the will of the people, refuse to respect the rule of law, and refuse to honor our constitution. >> he has quite a balancing act. he has to condemn the behavior of the president and also
acknowledge that 70 million people supported this president, and i guess, you know, his degradation of american democracy. >> and both things can be possible. it's incredibly important to reach out to trump supporters, the reasonable edge of the opposition. people who live this country, had a different political opinion and it's incumbent on a president to unite the nation. we haven't seen that in a few years. it's equally important to call out the leadership of the party that has backed this attempt to overturn an election. there are 126 members of congress, 17 attorney generals who put their names to a paper to try to overturn this election. you know, the autocrat caucus, and those folks he should be strong with, because guess what, bullies only respect strength. those who refused to sign on to it, he should reach out every day. that's the line he's got to walk.
it's possible to do. leadership matters. >> possible to do, but still a huge challenge for sure. >> sure. >> so john, barely ten minutes had passed with the electoral college formally certifying biden's win last night before the president tweets out that th his attorney general, surprise, has resigned. we knew their relationship had deteriorated for a number of reasons. if you're bill barr, what do you get out of quitting with barely a month left on the job after you had so forcefully defended this president on any number of issues. >> i think we can get all cut up in questions whether he jumped or whether he was pushed. let's be clear, barr indicated he would rather stay on, any attorney general would rather stay on and a president would try to keep an attorney general on with 36 days left of his administration. there's an ornate letter of resignation that has all the herald of a hostage situation.
the only question is whether he was asked to do something he could not stomach. he refused to lie for the president after all of the defense he ran for this president, he would not manufacture evidence and that apparently is a firing offense when donald trump's in a delusional state. >> i have to ask you about dc, sometimes the sausage makings makes it crazy. it's clear the constituents are hurting. they have to know that. why can't they get to something here? >> i mean, the house passed something way back in may. the republicans left it alone for the summer to see the stimulus in the system, how well it was working. then there was something on the table for 1.8 trillion. who's to blame here? why can't congress get money into the hands of suffering businesses and people again? >> because apparently the suffering is not sufficiently real to them.
at the epd of the dnd of the dae passed something months ago. the folks who thought this was going to get better on its own, it's not. folks are having benefits dry up after christmas. you have small businesses in bankruptcy. it's on mitch mcconnell, he has failed to lead here. democrats are sparring over whether you're going to split a bill, and in general i favor bipartisan solutions because that's how you solve problems in america, and you can't make the perfect the enemy of the good here. it is ironic to see republicans opposing state and local aids when in the past, they have tried to devalue the money to the states. the reality is we're heading into the holiday season. we hit 300,000 dead. do your jobs. do your jobs, and help someone other than yourself. >> it's like congressional malpractice, and there's a few times i have seen it, and there's always a cliff. if there's a cliff, a benefits cliff, fiscal cliff, congress will go right to the edge of it.
american families have gone over the cliff. >> who gets hurt in this one is the small guy, not those on capitol hill. >> absolutely. >> john avlon, appreciate your thoughts, sir. the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been delivered to all 50 states, washington, d.c. and puerto rico. yet thousands of americans are still dying from covid every day. the national death toll now surpassed 300,000 people and hospitalizations hit another record high overnight. health care workers on the front lines were among the first to get their vaccination shots yesterday. it will be several months before most americans can get one. cnn's sara sidner has more. >> this moment could not come soon enough. icu nurse sandra lindsey is one of the first people in the united states to get the covid-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial. so was emergency medicine doctor
eve durasow. workers loaded boxes of pfizer and biontech's vaccine on to trucks by fork lift, for shipping to medical facilities and hospitals around the country. a historic day that arrived in record time. cnn was there the moment university of michigan medical center staff got the vaccine. a box filled with dry ice and 390 viles, each vile has five doses inside. once thawed and mixed with saline, it was administered to health care workers who have exhausted themselves taking care of coronavirus patients while putting themselves in danger. >> the really important thing is that we can now see the horizon. we can see how this is going to end. >> for michigan medicine, tampa general hospital in florida, something to cheer about finally. after a year of devastating
loss, more than 300,000 covid deaths in america. to medical staff at ohio state university. >> 3, 2, 1. vaccinate. >> it's momentous. i feel honored to receive it, humbled to receive, it's a really wonderful day. >> the complex task of figuring out how to store and ship the vaccine has been underway for months. the vaccine needs to be kept at ultra cold temperatures. ups and fedex are helping to deliver the vaccine nationwide using the complex package designed by pfizer called a thermal shipper. now, after so many months of uncertainty, there is renewed hope this vaccine can start us down what's to be a long road to recovery. >> we are exposed to it every minute of every day. so i can't tell you how much this means to me. i feel like i won a million dollar lottery getting this vaccine. >> reporter: you could hear in dr. napolitano's voice the
exhaustion that she's feeling and also the immense gratitude and joy for being one of the first to get the vaccine. at the end of the day, she and other health care workers who got this, all five of them are saying look, we can help save patients as we always have. this will also help us save ourselves and our families. sara sidner, cnn, ann arbor, michigan. >> thank you so much. it reminds me of the stories of the grandparents getting vaccinated for polio, lining up outside of schools, a national effort to get people vaccinatio started across the country. 71% of americans say they will get in line and get the covid-19 vaccine according to a poll released by the kizer family foundation. the groups most likely to be hesitant, republicans, people in their 30s and 40s, folks in rural areas, and black americans. >> as we have been discussing all morning, congressional
leaders on capitol hill scrambling to get a covid relief bill. the huge government spending panel has to be finalized by friday to keep the government open, and there are clear signs that democrats may have to abandon aid to cash strapped states to get the deal done. cnn's manu raju has the latest from washington. >> reporter: good morning, christine and laura. so many people are waiting to see what happens in congress with rescue package. they have been waiting for months. they have watched partisan bickering essentially stall anything from happening, but we are now headed into the crucial few days where hill leaders have to make a deal to get something through. and their goal is to tie relief provisions on to a must pass funding bill to keep the government open past friday. now, there are differences between the two sides, significant ones, but they appear to be narrowing, which is good news for so many people awaiting action from washington
where it appears, the signs are showing that two provisions, which have been pushed by both sides are unlikely to make it into a final package, liability protections that republicans had sought for some time, not likely to be part of the package, state and local aid that democrats have been demanding for months, unlikely to become part of the package but what will be part of the package if there's an ultimate agreement, likely will be some extension of jobless benefits, money for small businesses, money for schools, money to help with vaccine distribution, of others to extend the vieviction moratoriu until next year. there's a o lot of consensus on both sides of the ail fsle for that. and more stimulus checks, whether that gets in the ultimate package remains to be seen. president trump has been demanding that, and his chief of staff mark meadows has been lobbying senators and house members to include that in a
final package. all of these decisions must be made almost immediately if they want to get this done by friday in order to run the traps through the house and the senate and get it through and avoid a government shut down by midnight on friday. uncertain if we can get to that point, but it's possible if all sides agree and the stars align, they can get to there because so many people are waiting for action. hope that a deal can be reached. both sides recognize something needs to be done. can they finally do it, remains a big question in the final days of the 116th congress. guys. >> thank you for that. and while they dawdle, the restaurant industry is in free fall. new york city shut down indoor dining for three weeks as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise, and some restaurants worry they just won't survive. 10,000 of america's restaurants have closed in the past three months alone. look at that, 110,000 have permanently closed this year.
imagine all of those workers. in new york, the numbers have been dismal. last week, even before the ban was put in place, dining in restaurants was down about 70% compared to this time last year, with or without a ban, people just are not going to eat out. the alternatives to indoor dining fall short from any restaurants. delivery services take a cut from each order. outdoor dining can be expensive to set up and as weather gets colder, fewer people want to eat out doors, and restaurants may have to take down outdoor set ups ahead of winter storms like the one in the east this week. the national restaurant industry has urged congress to pass -- reject any package that doesn't include direct assistance for independent restaurants and bars. this is really urgent. >> not just in the states, people in london now, bracing for a strict new coronavirus lock down, we have that for you next.
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with cases of covid-19 spiking, and hospitals nearing capacity, london is about to impose a new strict lock down. all pubs, cafes, and restaurants will close and travel is also being limited. salma abdelaziz is live in london. salma, nice to see you this morning, the what's the latest this morning? >> well, laura, after a worrying spike in coronavirus cases, an increase in hospitalizations here in the city and in the surrounding areas, the government now says this city has to go into england's highest level coronavirus restrictions. starting wednesday morning london will be under tier 3 rules, and there will with new measures to curb people's social behavior, pubs, restaurants night life will be closed down.
households are banned from mixing together but here's the catch, of course right now, central london streets are packed because of chris htmas shopping. all nonessentially shops can remain open and crucially schools as well, where there's also been a spike in coronavirus cases. what raised the most surprises yesterday during the health secretary's announcement was the detail of a new variant of coronavirus which he says may be to blame for a spread. i know this sounds scary, a variant of coronavirus but health experts, scientists all agree this is nothing to worry about. it's entirely normal for the vaccine to mutate and change. it's no different here, and there's no evidence that this variant is more deadly that it spreads faster or that it is immune to the vaccine. a lot of allaying fears in london as we head into tougher new restrictions. >> certainly important to clear that up. thank you so much for your
reporting as usual. 51 minutes past the hour. let's get a check on cnn business this morning, looking at markets around the world, you can see a mixed performance really. asian shares closing slightly lower. europe has opened a little bit higher and on wall street, checking the tuesday morning magnitude, up a little bit. stocks finished mixed on monday, and these first covid-19 vaccinations in the country. the dow fell 186 points, s&p closed lower, and the nasdaq finished slightly higher. donald trump rode to office on a promise to punish china and reverse the trade deficit that he viewed as evidence the u.s. was losing and china was the winner. as he gets ready to leave office new evidence his tariffs and protectionism have not worked. demand for chinese goods has soared amid pandemic lock downs. last month china's exports jumped to a record $75.4 billion led by exports to the u.s. those rose nearly 46%. strong demand for chinese goods with shoppers out of stores, and
shopping online, especially for the holidays, that surge in online orders has caused a backlog at shipping ports delaying gifts by weeks. china is the only major economy expected to grow this year. investors expect the global economy to roar back to life by the middle of 2021. we want to give the final word this morning to one of the first people to get vaccinated in the u.s. sandra lindsey is the director of critical care nursing at a hospital on long island new york, and here's what she told cnn's anderson cooper. >> i lead by example. i don't ask people to do anything that i would not do myself, and so i was happy to volunteer to be among the first. i did not know that i would make history, and that's not why i did it. i wanted to do it to inspire people who may be skeptical about taking the vaccine and trusting the science. >> trusting the science, address
th ing that hesitancy is critical right now. it was poignant, lindsey told "the new york times" she wanted to inspire people who look like me, and having an african-american doctor administer that vaccine to an african-american nurse when this virus has just ravaged the african-american community disproportionately was so poignant. >> bill gates told jake tapper that the inequity in the virus is so, you know, just severe and damaging for the american public that we really need to make sure that everyone is getting vaccinated and we are highlighting the stories so we know the hesitancy among some segments of society, we can get over that, right. >> and educating people on the safety. so important. >> thanks for joining us this morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. "new day" is next. to what's next.
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united states officially voting on monday to declare joe biden the president-elect. >> faith in our institutions held, the integrity of our elections remains in tact. >> frivolous lawsuits have played out across the country. the courts have ruled. this election is over. >> all across the country, doctors and nurses are rolling up their sleeves to get the first dose of pfizer's covid-19 vaccine. >> i feel like i won a million dollar lottery getting this vaccine. >> the development of a covid-19 vaccine is nothing short of revolutionary. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john