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thank you for joining us. at this hour wee tracking several developments on the the fight against the pandemic. we're standing by to hear from president biden's covid response team set to hold its later briefing any moment now and we'll bring that to you live when it begins. this is the first briefing since the j&j vaccine received emergency authorization from the fda over the weekend and on that major news, we're going to see this hour the first doses of johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine getting ready to ship out across the country from an airport in louisville, kentucky. cnn is on the ground there. the first doses of the new vaccine could be in the arms of americans as early as tomorrow. this is very good news and it comes as there is also growing concern that the united states is hitting a plateau when it comes to the number of new infections from coast to coast. there is real concern about that today and add to that the real worry over the continued spread of covid variants here.
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the cdc director has already warned that it is possible that the u.s. is seeing the beginning effects as she put it of the spread of the variants, particularly the one first identified in the united kingdom which could be the dominant strain of the virus in the united states by the end of this month. let's start with a role out of the j&j vaccine. pete muntean is in kentucky, but first go to elizabeth cohen on the time line for all of this. they are not wasting any time getting this vaccine out there. what more are you learning about when the shots will be available and what people need to know about it? >> so, kate, we know that 4 million shots will be shipped immediately. those are expected to arrive at their destinations as early as tomorrow. by the end of the month, we should see 20 million or more johnson & johnson shots and as you said it is a one-shot vaccine. when we talked about moderna and pfizer, we have to cut everything in half because two doses were needed by 20 million
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doses will cover 20 million people. >> we need to go straight over to the white house. the covid response team beginning their update. >> on so many fronts this is certainly a very encouraging development. today we'll get a state of the pandemic update from dr. walensky. dr. fauci and dr. nunez smith will discuss the recently authorized j&j vaccine and i'm close on on update and planning and distribution of the j&j vaccine and then open it up to questions. with that i'll turn it over to dr. walensky. >> thank you. i'm delighted to be back with you today. let's start with the pandemic. i'm concerned about a potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic. the latest data continues to suggest that recent declines in cases have leveled off at a very high number. the most recent seven day average of cases approximately 67,200 represents an increase of
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a little over 2% compared to the prior seven days. similarly, the most recent seven-day average of deaths has also increased more than 2% from the previous seven days to nearly 2,000 deaths per day. these data are evidence that our recent declines to appear to be stalling. stalling at over 70,000 cases a day. with these new statistics, i'm really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from covid-19. i understand the temptation to do this. 70,000 cases a day seems good compared to a few months ago but we could not be resigned to 70,000 cases a day, 2,000 daily deaths. please hear me clearly. at this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard earned
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ground we have gained. these variants are a very real threat to our people andure progress. now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know could stop the spread of covid-19 in our communities, not when we are so close. we have the ability to stop a potential fourth surge of cases in this country. please stay strong in your conviction, continue wearing your well fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work. ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. to get there we need to vaccinate many more people. yesterday cdc's advisory committee on immunization practices or acip advanced the vaccine. i was heartened to sign recommendations for use of the vaccine in people 18 or older. this means we now have three
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safe and highly effective vaccines that prevent serious illness and death from covid-19. they do not have a particular covid vaccine, but rather recommend that individuals get any of the covid vaccines and they encourage individuals to receive their earliest vaccine available to them. the johnson vaccine is a much needed to our tool box and increases the number of vaccine doses available and makes it possible for more people to get vaccinated and protected from covid-19. it also offers several unique benefits. it is a single dose vaccine that provides covid-19 protection with just one shot. that could help fully vaccinate people who may have difficulty or not interested in returning for a second dose. so those administering the vaccine, this vaccine is also easier to store and transport
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since it does not need to be kept in a freezer. this will make it easier to provide vaccine in more community settings and mobile sites as supplies scale up. having multiple types of vaccine available, especially with different dosing regimen and dose and handling offers more flexibility. those without freezer capacity may be able to use the johnson vaccine. i know that many americans look forward to rolling up their sleeves with confidence as soon as a covid-19 vaccine is available to them. we are working hard to get and distribute these vaccines to your communities. i know some people may not be there today and may still have questions about these vaccines, including wanting more information about the process for developing and authorizing them. that is natural. and i know that some people have had experiences ma they've diminished confidence in the health system. that is also understandable. i want to emphasize several
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important facts about these vaccines. we have conducted the largest scale clinical trials of any vaccine and what made that possible so quickly was the high amount of disease in the community, and the fact that so many people were interested in participating. all of the available data show that these vaccines are safe and are highly effective. over 100,000 people participated in clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines and they have all met rigorous fda scientistic standards. equally importantly, as of today, nearly 50 million people in the united states have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine. we have put in place the most intensive vaccine in history and monitoring for any new safety signals. cdc new smart base health
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checker has now enrolled approximately 4.5 million people to capture patient reported side effects in realtime. these results are all reassuring. some people have no side effects after vaccination, many people are reported mild side effects like pain, swelling at the injection site and headache and chills and fever and these are common with all vaccines and should go away after a day or so. serious, generally reversible actions remain exceptionally rare. for those still have questions abou about the vaccines, visit the covid website for more information. our decisions today as a unified nation and as individuals including whether and when to get vaccinateds will determine how quickly we could stop the pandemic and what life will look like in the coming months ahead. we're ready to get the vaccine available to you. it will help protect us all from covid-19.
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thank you, i look forward to your questions and with that i'll turn things over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci. >> thank you very much, dr. walensky. i'm going to just talk a little bit more now about the covid-19 vaccine. if i could have that first slide. let's move on to the second slide. we get questions just move on to the second slide. we get questions regarding the various percentage numbers that we'll see. and i know most of are you aware of them. but let me just clarify a few things. the 66% vaccine efficacy that we have is really against all of the countries involved. you must recall that this vaccine trial was done on three continents, the united states, south america and south africa, with varying degrees of infection dynamics as well as varying strains of variants or liniages. that is the 66%.
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the 72% is the vaccine efficacy against moderate to severe critical infection in the united states. i want to point out again a question we often get asked. in order to try, we always say what vaccine is better than the other vaccine. in order to be able to determine that, you would have to compare them head-to-head. this was not done. we have three highly efficacious vaccines that are also as dr. walensky has said, has a very good safety profile. a very important number that i want to re-emphasize is that there is 85% efficacy against severe covid-19 globally including the united states. this is very important because if you look at other countries, such as south africa, if you go to the next slide, where you have the b-1351. you could see that the efficacy
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against severe critical disease was 82% there. that is really very important. because even though the vaccine itself, the spiked protein that was used and expressed in that vaccine was the spiked protein against wild type virus, namely the virus that is the d 614-g, not against the b 1351. so even though the vaccine itself was not specifically directed against those variants, it did extremely well when it came to preventing severe critical disease and as we've heard many times now, there were no hospitalizations or deaths in any of those studies. next slide. i want to just spend a minute now telling you the difference between the mrna and the add 26 because we often get asked that
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question. as we've said on previous briefings, the mrna that is injected into the muscle, codes for the spike protein in the proper configuration the body sees that and then makes an immune response against that. giving you the protection that has been shown with both of the mrna vaccines. next slide. in contrast, the covid-19 vaccine approach is to take a common cold, harmless, nonreplication virus called adeno 26 in which the dna of the sars spike insert was given into the genome. that is injected into an individual, the dna then transcribes the rna, the rna then gives you the spike
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protein. the ultimate end game that both of the viruses -- excuse me, both of the vaccines ultimately result in a spike protein in the right confirmation that gives the body of the opportunity to feel that this is the actual virus that it is seeing when it is not. it is the protein. next slide. so to put everything into perspective, we've shown this slide before. we now have, again, the third vaccine that is highly efficacious as shown here which has been granted an eua as been described by dr. walensky. let me go to the last slide and just make a comment that i think people do not seem to appreciate and it has to do with what goes into making these vaccines successful. i have as a title of the slide the role of the nih and the u.s. government in the development and testing of j&j.
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i think what people don't appreciate is that there have been decades of investment in basic preclinical and clinical research to actually develop the adenovirus 26 vector. a lot of work done by dr. baruch and his colleagues up at harvard. the development of the stabilized prefusion spiked protein was done by scientists at the nia vaccine research center. the utilization by j&j of the expensive domestic and clinical trial net worth established for hiv and influenza, also the nia core lap at the hvtn, at the fred hutchinson cancer research center performed all of the testing. the data and safety monitoring board was established by nraid and it was expensive support from barter and as per of hhs to
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conduct the trial and to prepurchase hundreds of millions of dollars worth of vaccines by barda. so it is a complicated process. even though it looks like it was quick and done in a relatively short period of time, it was a lot of effort including fundamental basic preclinical and clinical research that went into that. i'll stop there and hand it over to dr. nunez-smith. >> thank you so much, dr. fauci. this is all very, very good news. all three vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventk what we care about most and that is very serious illness and death. so all of the authorized vaccines will be distributed across states and jurisdictions and across all of our federal vaccination channels. that doesn't mean that every vaccination site will every have vaccine. but it means that all vaccines will reach all communities. so all three authorized vaccines
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available in the suburbs, all three available in the cities, all three available on the coast and in the heartland. so i just want to broefly talk about some of the clinical benefits of the j&j vaccine from a health care provider's perspective. having different types of vaccines available for use, ones with different storage requirements, different handling requirements and different dosing recommendations, that will bring more options and more flexibility to health care providers. it could absolutely allow for expanded availableability, and some pop up mobile sites and those locations that do not have cold storage capacity. the overall increase vaccine supply creates greater opportunity for people to get vaccinated. we also recognize some individuals may have a preference for a single dose vaccine. so those who do not want to return for a second dose or who would have difficulty returning for a second dose, we understand that. still, as a physician, i
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strongly urge everyone in america to get the first vaccine that is available to you when it is your turn. if people want to opt for one vaccine over another, they may have to wait. time is of the essence, getting vaccinated saves lives. and no doubt communities across the country have been devastated by this pandemic. the vaccines and vaccinations are a critical tool in bringing this unprecedented pandemic to an end. and now we have three. and so for that in addition to the scientists, i want to thank all of the clinical trial participants for their contributions to scientific discovery. vaccines will have to reach everyone and so kudos to those state and jurisdictions who are already working closely with trusted leaders in the hardest hit communities to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccinations. this is best practice. so, again, all three vaccines have been proven safe, highly
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effective, at preventing severe disease and hospitalizations and death from covid-19 after full immunity. and if i could leave people with one message, it is this -- get your first vaccine available to you and prevent your family from covid-19. and with that i'll turn it over to you, jeff. >> thank you. i'll provide opinion update on our planning logistics and distribution of the recently authorized johnson & johnson vaccine before we open it up for questions. the last several weeks we've been working with governors, state and local health officials, and pharmacies and community health centers to ensure we were ready to roll out the j&j vaccine immediately after fda approval and cdc recommendations. starting yesterday, we began executing on our plans by
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distributing 3.9 million doses of johnson & johnson to states, tribes and territories and also to pharmacies and community health centers. johnson & johnson doses will be delivered as early as tomorrow. we're allocating the j&j vaccine the exact same way we allocate pfizer and moderna vaccine. proportional to a state tribe or territory population. so for example, if a state represents 2% of the u.s. population, it receives approximately 2% of the pfizer allocation, 2% of the moderna allocation and will now receive 2% of the j&j allocation made to states and tribes and territories. we have directed states to manage distribution of all three vaccines in a fair and equitable way. and we will continue to monitor that closely. as of that work, the cdc is tracking distribution of
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vaccines across a range of equity metrics, including zip codes, and social vulnerability index data. we have three very effective vaccines in all communities should have equitable and even access to each vaccine. as to the expected supply of johnson & johnson vaccine, this week we'll distribute 3.9 million doses. that is the entirety johnson & johnson's current inventory. we're getting the doses out of the door right away to make sure that vaccines get into arms as quickly as possible. j&j has communicated that the supply will be limited for the next couple of weeks following this initial distribution of nearly 4 million doses. the company then expected to deliver approximately 16 million additional doses by the end of
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march. however, as we have discussed with governors and their teams, and with federal partners, we know that j&j distribution and delivery will be uneven across these early weeks in march and the company expects the delivery to be prodominantly in the back half of the month. overall on the j&j vaccine, we've done the planning, we have the distribution channels in place, and we're getting doses out of the door as quickly as possible to get shots in arms. so we're focused on execution, and that includes the important work of ensuring that we continue to increase overall vaccine supply, increase the number of vaccinators and the number of places that americans could get vaccinated. next, i want to provide an update on the pace of doses being administered. as you could see, on our weekly
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vaccination report, the current seven-day average is 1.7 million shots per day. given that the first couple of days in this seven-day period included the storm impacts, 1.7 million actually understates the current pace. over the weekend we experienced new record levels of daily vaccinations. that said, we have much more to do on all fronts in our war on this pandemic. there is a path out of this pandemic, but how quickly we exit this crisis depends on all of us. and that is why i encourage everyone to take the advice of doctors wallen ski and fauci and nunez smith. get vaccinated whether it is your turn and continue to wear masks and social distancing to protect yourself and fellow americans. we'll continue doing everything this we could as a federal government to defeat this virus
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but it will take all of us stepping up to do our part. with that that, let's open it up to questions. >> all right, you've been listening to an update from the white house covid response team. and let me bring in cnn medical analyst, dr. jorge rodriguez for more on this. because what they offered up, doctor, were two distinct and important parts, i think of an update. one, hope is on the horizon, but two, there is real trouble that they are seeing right now. let's start with the hope. which is j&j, the third vaccine, one shot being approved. they say it is going to go out to the country in the same way that the other two vaccines are out in the country. but the attributes of this vaccine is different and i'm wondering, because it is one shot, because it could be kept at regular temperatures, they kept talking about regular refrigerator temperatures and it offers up flexibility for
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providers. with the attributes of this vaccine, who and where do you think it could be most effectively sent? >> well first of all, i just think every time they give this update it is fantastic. the way they just address the issues. so kudos to them. this vaccine is available in the areas, most the most rural areas that don't have the large hospitals with sub zero refrigerators. it could be available in small community areas, in underserved communities that also don't have all of this new technical refrigeration. so it is more available and more accessible to people because part of problem sometimes is getting that second shot, the availability of the second vaccine. so one and out and that is one of the great things about this johnson & johnson vaccine. >> then to the other news that we heard very distinctly from the cdc director. she started offering up this warning last week and i remember
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distinctly on friday her saying that the trend lines, the trajectory is very concerning if cases and deaths and she said today hear me clearly, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground that we have gained if these trends continue. how -- she is concerned, she's trying to get people to wake up and pay attention, do you think folks are listening? >> i don't think people are listening very much. actually, she was unambiguous, she was direct and i think she is correct. even though we have decreased tremendously, remember where the last spike started. we're at 250,000 or so now cases a day and it is come down to like 60,000. that is not, you know, enough of a baseline. when we did our first lockdown in april, we were 30,000 kays a day, an now we're at 60,000 and it is slowly ramping up. yesterday i was driving around los angeles coming back home and there was one street corner
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where there was a brewery pub and it was packed. everybody was outside. and in my mind, i thought, oh, gosh, we have opened up too soon again. and that is a real problem, the next few weeks will tell the story. >> it is this tug and pull. hope really is on the horizon. but right now -- >> no doubt. >> but right now we're in a bad spot and things are heading in the wrong direction even though this doesn't feel it in this exact moment. doctor, great to see you. thank you. coming up for us, president biden hitting road blocks with his own party over a key nominee and the covid relief bill. this week is critical. we'll lay out what is at stake.
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president biden is currently stuck in something of a tense standstill with the senate over getting his cabinet in place. his nominee to head up the office of management and budget is going to be neating very soon with lisa murkowski who is a key and frankly decisive voice on whether neera tanden's nomination will survive. despite of weeks of problems, the white house is vowing to keep fighting to get her approved. at the same time the covid relief bill is now in the senate's hands and it passed the house over the weekend along party lines and setting up for a fight between democrats and republicans and between democrats themself. joining me now is jim messina. so president obama lost a few, i was looking early in the 2009 time frame, dom dashle the most notable for tax issues but there
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were three others i think in 2009. how long in your view and from being on the inside it too long to hold on and fight nor a nominee? when do you know? >> well you know when the votes tell you there is no way to get there and they're not there yet. and neera tanden is probably the most qualified omb director in our lifetime so the white house will fight for it until the white house affairs team looks at the votes and say we don't have it. they have got to continue to fight. in the middle of an economic crisis and a pandemic, you want to an omb director who knows what the heck they're doing. >> and any time quite frankly. she's meeting with lisa murkowski today and murkowski has emerged as this is the vote you're talking about, whether you have the votes or not is going to come down to lisa murkowski and john cornyn has teased up when asked why are they meeting that murkowski is looking to raise drilling on
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public lands and anwar with the administration. is this worth it? >> well this is what happens when you have 50/50 senate. every senators is the most important if they decide to make a deal. and the white house has to decide whether or not the deals are worth it. the question is what does she want. but this is a kind of horse trading that typically happens in some of these things. and we'll see what she said. but with a 50/50 senate and the closest majority in the house since world war ii, you're going to continue to have razor thin votes and this is the new normal for the next couple of years. >> and the covid relief bill, one example if you will. you've got now the progressives in the democratic party who are mad. they want to see essentially more fight from joe biden for the minimum wage increase.
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even going against the senate parliamentarian ruling on including it. that is how much fight they're looking for. how do you think biden needs to handle this? can he tread this needle? >> oh, he absolutely can because he knows who he is. and part of being the president of the united states is being honest with everyone, including your own base of what you can and can't do. president obama went through this on a public option during obamacare and you'll continue to see these things. president biden is the most progressive leader we've seen on some of these issues. he's pushed very hard for the minimum wage and at some point, it is what it is. whe when the parliamentarian says it can't fit in the bill, you have to continue and find other avenues to get this $15 minimum wage done. he campaigned on it and he wants it but he can't change the rules of the senate in the middle. >> some members of congress
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think that he can. and that he should, even though i see you laugh, it hasn't been done in decades and i don't even know the last time. but i want to play for you the fight on the democratic side among democrat. i want to play what bill cassidy told dana bash yesterday about bipartisan outreach in all of this. >> republicans have not been involved. i listen to press secretary jen psaki speak being how we've been listened to. i started laughing. that is such a joke. >> cassidy said that this is on democrats and that they are making a conscious decision to not include republicans in this. i wonder, jim, does it matter in the short and long run that this wasn't put together in a bipartisan way. >> it was, i think they took over the last count over 70 republican ideas and put this in. and in 2009, democrats bent over
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backwards for their economic stimulus bill. and that bill wasn't big enough. so what the biden team in my opinion correctly has said is, let's talk to the smart people, the economists and everyone else and figure out exactly what we need on covid-19 and the economic bill, if the republicans can come, great, no problem, we'll do it on our own. but the most important thing they could do is get this right because they're not going to have too many $2 trillion bites at this apple. >> it doesn't poison the bipartisan well going forward and this isn't laying the groundwork for problems ahead. >> no, it is not. because you have a president in joe biden who has a 40 year history of making deals with republicans. when i was in the white house, we would take vice president biden at the time to the hill, not president obama, to cut some of the deals because he had such great relationships with these folks. he'll find other places to do this on the coming infrastructure bill, on energy bills, on other things. but right now, we don't have time to play political games.
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we have to get this thing fixed. and this being covid and the economy. and if it takes this bill, let's do it. >> good to see you. >> thanks, kate. still ahead for us, facing a second allegation of sexual har @asment, andrew cuomo apologized. what does this mean for the growing calls for his resignation? new projects means new project managers. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do. the moment you sponsor a job on indeed you get a short list of quality candidates from our resume database. claim your seventy five dollar credit, when you post your first job at
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facing enormous pressure and backlash, andrew cuomo offered an apology for his misinterpreted comments defendinainst two women both publicly coming forward and accusing the governor of sexual harassment. he is backing off that he choose the independent investigator to look into their accounts. athena joins has the details. >> reporter: pressure mounting against andrew cuomo after a second former aide has come forward accusing him of sexual harassment. cuomo addressing the allegations writing in a statement, i know understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too
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personal and some of my comments given my position made others feel in ways i never intended. i acknowledge some of the things that i have said have been misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation, to the extent anyone felt that way, i'm truly sorry about that. the statement in response to a former aide who came forward and recounted to "the new york times" instances where she said the governor inappropriately questioned her about her sex life if a june conversation. charlotte bennett said cuomo asked her such questions if she was monogamous and if she had sex with older men. bennett tells the times, i understand that the governor to sleep with me and wondering how i would get out of it and assuming it was the end of my job. cuomo denied bennett's allegations in a statement on saturday. bennett told the times she reported to the governor's chief of staff and was transferred to another job. she left the governor's office
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in november. >> there should be an independent review of these allegations. they're serious. it was hard to read thattory as a woman. >> reporter: bennett's allegations come on the accusations of lindsey boylan last week. in a post online she said he asked her to play strip poker on his taxpayer funded jet. in another instance, after a one-on-one briefing with the governor in 2018, she said she got up to leave and walked tor an open door. he stepped in front of her and kissed her on the lips. she writes,ir was in shock but i kept walking. cuomo denied boylan's accusations in december when they first surfaced. cuomo tried to appoint an independent reviewer to look into the allegations. but new york's attorney general letitia james rejected that, insisting on an independent law firm with subpoena powers. several high-profile democrats rejecting the effort, arguing he should have no role in shaping
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the probe. >> if the investigations fair out, it starts to, i think, call into question the leadership that we currently have. >> reporter: now cnn has reached out to bennett for comment on this latest accusation but have not received a response. cnn has not been able to corroborate the allegations an when asked for further comment, boylan, running for manhattan borough president wanted her post on medium to speak for itself. kate. >> athena, thank you very much. coming up for us, donald trump promises to target his enemies within the republican party. how much power does he actually h hold. we'll be right back.
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the democrats don't have grand standers like myth romney, little ben sass, richard burr, richard cassidy, susan collins, lisa murkowski, pat toomey. and of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, liz cheney. how about that? the rhinos that we're surrounded with will destroy the republican party and the american worker, and will destroy our country itself. >> now, i have to say, as is standard with donald trump, it was a challenge to find portions of that very long speech -- find portions of his remarks that weren't riddled with outright lice. joining me now, olivia troy, former homeland security and task force advisory to vice president pence. she is part of a group formed to support republicans speaking out against the big lie.
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olivia, thank you for coming in. the speech not connected largely to reality or fact, filled with lies, and lots of self-aggrandizing involved. exactly as donald trump was for four years and lost an election over. do you think he yielded the power over the party that he and clearly others there believe he has? >> i think that remains to be seen going forward in future elections. but, certainly, he's doing his best to claim ownership of the republican party. that's something he made very clear in his speech. i will say this. i have to say, i was -- i would like to say shocked, but not much, when i saw, you know, the people like nikki haley who were not in attendance at cpac come out and somewhat fall back in line under donald trump sort of on social media and postings, defending the administration's ajen ka and successes of the past four years. i think that tells you everything about where the
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republican party is and where we stand on it. like, you know, watching these traditional, you know, republicans who have been around, who are certainly looking at their own elections and campaigns for 2024 and in the future, they continue to support this guy. >> for some traditional republicans, they are now just called rhinos, people with traditional republican values. get rid of them, all s what trump said, for any republican who has spoken up against him. it is not really his desire for revenge and naming member of the party that is surprising. it is the warmest reception against desire for revenge for members of his own party that came from the crowd that is most surprising. how concerned are you about his declaration for revenge? >> what is a greater concern to me is really the damage that he's doing to our democracy and our country.
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that is what really concerns me. and that is why the accountability project is standing by these republicans who are going to face significant primaries. and we know that the trump machine is coming for them. and i think it's going to be important for the moderate republicans out there -- the republicans that don't identify with this type of extreme nativism i would say rhetoric that trump is espousing. and you know, and the people that want to take a stand for our democracy when donald trump continues to lie to americans about our elections, which are fundamental to our democracy. so i think -- you know, i think voters will certainly have a role to play here, especially in more conservative areas, in red state areas in red counties where those counties are likely to remain republican. and i think they are going to have to band together and decide whether this is really, truly the party that you want to stand behind. i would say the trump republican party or whether you want us to
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work candidates that actually care about what is happening here that are taking a stand. >> it is funny, because francis rooney a former republican now, he said his approach would be to isolate him, contain him, and stop pandering to him. again, your organization is trying to do that. i just think, how can you do that with so many republicans still loyal to him? >> it is no easy task is what i will say for sure, kate. we definitely have our challenges. but i think people like liz cheney and adam kin zinger, they deserve support, they deserve someone to have their backs, and i think it's what better for america overall is to come together. we are always stronger when we have two functioning political parties i would say. >> oh, yeah. >> and right now, i don't think the republican party is functioning. >> one thing we did learn is that there won't be a third party a trump party. at least that's what donald trump says today. put as much stock in it as you
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