tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN August 31, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
good morning, it is tuesday, august 31. it is 5:00 a.m. here in new york. thanks so much for getting an early start with us. i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. we have reports from qatar, virginia, new orleans, the white house, beijing and the pentagon as only cnn and "early start" can. but we begin with america's longest war. it is over. 20 years, 2400 american service members killed, more injured. $2 trillion. taking afghanistan from the taliban and then handing it back. what comes next? for afghanistan the u.s. and the world, the last military planes left afghanistan monday a day ahead of president biden's deadline. the last two u.s. officials to step out of the country were top u.s. diplomat and general chris
donahue. he is pictured here boarding an american jet. >> when all was said and done, 122,000 people were evacuated in just the last few weeks. really an incredible number. the state department has suspended diplomatic operations in kabul and will now operate out of qatar. and that is where we find nick paton walsh at an air base used in evacuations. nick, good morning. overnight the taliban celebrating the u.s. withdrawal. tell us what is actually happening in afghanistan now and can the taliban hold this control? >> reporter: yeah, that will be the ultimate question for them in the weeks ahead frankly. they are already seeing a security threat from isis-k. the question is how that sustains once the american presence has gone, which it now has finished. and it is extraordinary after 20 years to think of the american presence in afghanistan in the past tense. so many of the final aircraft
which were involved in yesterday's departure landed in the distance behind me over there at the air base here in qatar where 55,000 of the evacuees have also arrived, 39,000 have now made their way on to other countries we are told. importantly they weren't able to tell us how many of those are siv applicants and now of course begins the scrutiny, the questioning of exactly who the united states has managed in that extraordinary 100,000 plus evacuation to take out. but you are seeing now pictures in afghanistan of taliban militants in the hangar in an airport clearly reveling in their control of this place which was once the sort of shining jewel frankly of what america had brought to afghanistan. talking of course about their desire for international relations, but it is clear that the u.s. is going to have its diplomatic presence for kabul here in doha. but also important to remember the scene yesterday, that lone
singular american commander getting on to a c-17 and leaving afghanistan, leaving behind him a project, a presence, a war which took so many afghan and american lives, got so many families torn apart over the endless tours, a small fraction of america who was asked to serve in that war had to endure. and now in this remarkable final month of evacuation chaos, logist logistical extraordinary feat, questions now of what was it all for. >> and the u.s. and allies discussing ways to reopen the airport to facilitate safe travel out for americans and afghan allies. we'll have to see how that goes. but we know behind the scene this is volunteer group of veterans worked to rescue allies in secret, called the pineapple express. here is one of the organizers. >> this isn't right. we need to honor this promise,
honor the promise that this administration made to these people and that is what we're doing. we are now committed to this. we've gotten out over 650 americans, afghan veterans, allies, interpreters, numerous vips and we're continuing do it. we've had to make a shift now, it will get much more difficult. >> tony blinken says there are still 100 to 200 americans in afghanistan who want to leave. but can something like this program continue now do you think? >> reporter: yeah, i think that it will be increasingly hard frankly because getting people to the airport was hard enough if there were american planes to take them out. now they will be relying on whatever civil infrastructure exists if the taliban manage to make agreements possibly with qatar, possibly with turkey to get that airport running. and it is vital of course the humanitarian aid is vital frankly for the people of afghanistan to be able to fly people out for medical assistance. so an urgent task, it shifts from being an ensure against
city to being a government, a government with an incredibly full inbox, enormous challenges of health, economy, security. and they have still yet to announce their full government. can those remaining americans be taken out? i have to say it is hard to imagine how there are still 200 americans in afghanistan who still want to be evacuated given the shear volume of effort that the united states has put in with special forces, with other operations to try to find them and get them out. and this may be possibly a part of i think the u.s. leverage to try to keep that airport open for whoever else wants to get out as well. so state department numbers around who is left have been hard to follow. but the heopes for them i think is the civilian airport hoping back up soon and that that possibility who have taliban around it who are open to those who are allies or american
citizens of leaving to another country. >> nick, this war is over but i wonder about future missions. because the law that allows u.s. troops to be deployed without approval from congress, that of course is still in effect. and so i wonder from the standpoint of american allies, how is this all going to work, how are they viewing the situation this morning? >> yeah, look, the american military presence is over but it doesn't necessarily mean that all the networks, intelligence agencies, disappear. it is important to remember counterterrorism as it was in 2001 is completely different, transformed by 20 years of day in, day out chasing down people who they consider to be a threat to the united states. you only have to look at the drone strikes we've seen awful one of them causing civilian casualties according to local reports. but they are a sign of how things have changed since 2001 where you simply put men on horse back to chase down bin laden.
so it is entirely feasible that in neighboring countries secretly or even over the horizon from places like here that you could see the u.s. continue its counterterrorism mission. but the precision of it will of course be massively impacted by not having bases and embassies on the ground, intelligence officers on the ground, diplomats, the ability to collect information and to have an enormous afghan security force doing it on your behalf too has been so vital. so yes, no doubt particularly given the prevalence of al qaeda figures we're seeing now regularly popping up in taliban meetings that there is a security threat there and that is something the u.s. will have to deal with. >> nick paton walsh there qatar, thank you. and in the southeast united states, a flood threat remains as remnants of ida keep moving. and power may not be back on anytime soon. pping experience. oh, man. carvana lets people buy a car-- get this-- from their couch.
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louisiana national guard. >> it was also very, very scary because you didn't know if the levees would hold because the wind at some point was actually shaking the house. so we were very, very much afraid. >> if there is any good news here, louisiana governor john bel edwards says none of the state's levees failed though some were overtopped. nadia romero is live in new orleans for us. yesterday morning you were in the pitch black on bourbon street. how is it looking today? >> reporter: it is still pitch black. it is hard to tell that we are now in the morning hours. everything in the city is dark. and this is day two or three for people in new orleans to be in the dark. and so you can see behind me why, those power lines are tipped over. we saw a transformer on top of a car in a neighborhood not far from here. and so we have now more than a million people in the dark here
in louisiana. and also 32 million others in louisiana and mississippi under a heat advisory by the national weather service because it is august, it is almost -- the end of august, almost september, here in louisiana. days are running together for me. but it is hot. and you don't have power, you don't have ac, you a dand you d have hot water so you are taking freezing cold showers. but at least we have water. and that is what people are dealing with after hurricane ida made her way through. people in new orleans tell me they feel pretty lucky especially when you look at a place like la place where they had floodwaters rising so quickly that they had to flee to their roofs. the nag attional guard rescued almost 350 people. listen to some of the folks in la place talk about what happened during the storm. >> were you worried that you were going to he said ehe said
the attic? >> if it went past that, god take me. seriously. >> and we were afraid because it was coming up the stairs. >> i wasn't afraid of the water, but the wind kept going. and i felt the walls in the house move. >> what is the last night been like that for you? >> hell, man. trying to get out last night, winds just weren't allowing us to. power lines are down, trees are down in the street. you know, kind of hard to see at night with no lights. >> were you up in your attic? >> yes, sir. the water was just coming in so fast that, you know, it got to about knee level so quick, i didn't know if it was going to stay there or rise, so i just went up to the attic. it didn't get too much higher than that, but it was scary. it came in all at once. >> reporter: it came in all at once. doesn't that remind you of hurricane katrina? 16 years ago to the day is when hurricane ida landed in louisiana and swept through the
state. still bringing drama and a lot of water and wind and rain to louisiana and the gulf coast. and so we know that people here will be without power at least the next couple days even weeks for some folks because of that power system, the power grid was so severely damaged. and we're receiving new pictures from power companies showing us that power grid. there is also a boil water advisory because water systems were damaged, some 18 of them throughout the state. a host of problems here all throughout louisiana and now mississippi and neighboring states for people to deal with. a lot of folks here tell me that they feel lucky that they survived, that things weren't as bad as katrina when it comes to the lives lost but they are still dealing with floodwaters and roofs that were damaged or ripped off. and that will continue to be an issue here for the next couple of days. even weeks for some folks. >> those floodwaters can be really tricky can live power lines and you have to be really
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fled. >> hopefully there will be a home to come back to. if there was ever a fire around here, it would be bad and sure enough, it is not good right now. >> and the hospital had to evacuate all of its patients and the u.s. forest service says all national parks throughout california are closed starting today through september 17th. "early start" continues right now. it is tuesday. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. time for our top stories to keep an eye on today. the last u.s. military planes have left afghanistan officially marking the end of america's longest war. celebratory gunfire could be heard on the streets of kabul overnight. taliban spokesman insists he wants good relations with the u.s. and the world.
more from the pentagon in a moment. hurricane ida leaving behind devastation and neighborhoods under water in louisiana. rescuers have already saved hundreds across the state. in mississippi two people are dead, several others injured after torrential rains washed away a highway. the european union is recommending a halt to unvaccinated americans visiting its member countries. european officials would like to see a mandatory quarantine in place for unvaccinated travelers as well. as of now the recommendation is not binding on eu members but countries could add new restrictions. misinformation about your health could be declared a public health crisis. san diego county officials will consider the first of its kind proposal today, the action plan would be able to identify and label misinformation, stop its sources and invest in programs to increase resiliency against it. are bans on masks discriminatory? civil rights investigators at the department of education sabans on school mask mandates
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be a deep dive into current affairs. you look great, jon. >> hd is not easy on anybody, let me tell you. america's longest war is over after nearly 20 years, now the battle begins for afghanistan's future. president biden must deal with doubts over whether the taliban will keep their promises for women, for inclusiveness and not to prosecute afghans who supported the u.s. or the ousted government. the biden administration says that it is committed to helping afghans and americans who still want to leave. cnn spoke to a woman left behind. >> i just found out that they left and i was just sad for a little while and i just went, walk around the rooms, and i saw others sleeping and they have no clue what happened this morning, that the last flight is gone and we are left behind. it is heartbreaking to see that
with all what is going on, no one heard us, that we are in danger and we need to be safe. just heartbreaking. i just don't even know what to say to you. >> taliban have warned that an american presence after today is a red line. but secretary of state antony blinken says that the u.s. and its allies are working to reopen the kabul airport as quickly as possible to help americans and afghans who still want to leave. d cnn's oren liebermann reports. >> reporter: and one minute before midnight, one minute before august 31, the u.s. military presence came to an end marking the end of nearly 20 years of war of the military mission, of the military presence in afghanistan. the last flight on the ground there, the c-17 that took off, just at that time, the last two americans in country at the airport top ambassador ross wilson and as well as general chris donahue commander that had
largely taken over operations. when their r-17c-17 left, that the end of the u.s. presence. there were no americans on those flights. that is because the ability to bring americans into the airport had ended 12 hours earlier because of the need to wrap up and the process around those final flights. there were some 6,000 american citizens brought out as part of this evacuation within the last 18 days. the pentagon and the state department acknowledging that there are between 100 and 200 americans who still want to get out. >> there is a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure. we did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out. but i think if we'd stayed another 10 days we wouldn't have gotten everybody out that we wanted to get out and there still would have been people disappointed with that. it is a tough situation. but i want to emphasize again that simply because we have left, that doesn't mean the opportunities for both americans that are in afghanistan that want to leave and afghans who want to leave, they will not be
denied that opportunity. >> reporter: the u.s. also left behind an array of military equipment including counter rocket and artillery mortar system that was activated just one night before to defend the base. there were also aircraft left behind as well as humvees and other vehicles left behind. and that was disabled or de demilitarized in the words of general mckenzie. he says that will not be usable by the taliban. regardless, that didn't in any way diminish from the taliban's celebrations, gunfire in and around the airport and as well as a statement on twitter when the u.s. departed, the last flight, saying that the afghanistan now had its end inside. >> or aren, thank you. now to the gulf. residents there trying to count their blessings. >> it is a blessing that it fell
to the side instead of straight down the middle because that is where the bedrooms are, my son and wife's bedrooms on this side. if it had fell straight through, probably crushed us with it. >> hospitals are trying to keep patients stable. governor john bel edwards says that corps of engineers are already on the ground to bring additional generators to the hospital locations. but this crisis is compounding the coronavirus crisis in hospitals. >> patients that had been at home on oxygen with covid as their power is out, they run out of oxygen. so they come here because they are looking for oxygen. >> for me, it is like a one-two punch to the gut. and the thing is that the same doctors who now have been here for well over 24 hours working nonstop through the hurricane, those are the same doctors that have been stressed to their limits taking care of children
with covid over the past couple of months. >> what we are asking of our health care providers. louisiana's largest health care system says a lot of campuses are using jen generator power. icus in louisiana are 88% full and in neighboring mississippi there are only nine icu beds available. >> on top of it all, a heat advisory in effect for new orleans and the surrounding area. making conditions unbearable for millions without power in the wake of hurricane ida. let's get the forecast from pedram javaheri. how hot are we talking and what should we expect the next 24 to 48 hours? >> we're looking at temperatures close to 103, 104 degrees, that is what it will feel like in and around nouew orleans. and that is incredible heat if you have air conditioning. but if you take air conditioning out, you are talking about
dangerous and oppressive temperatures in place. the storm system about 350 miles authority of where it made landfall crossing into tennessee. but even on the southern fringe of it, thunderstorms are beginning to develop. the last couple frames of that satellite, the red contours over portions of new orleans, that is where we're seeing some additional storms on top of the 12 plus inches that have come down across southern louisiana. an incredible amount of rainfall, over a million plus customers still without power. and heat index values that will reach 103 to 104 degrees. and the system has plenty of moisture left in place. and in fact how about this, upwards of 1200 mile stretch of land from louisiana into cape cod where we have flood watches that have been prompted because of the tremendous amount of rainfall the system will continue to dump as it my gigra to the north and east. and across major metro cities from boston points south into
philly and new york, these are areas where we could see as much as 3 to 4 inches of rainfall. and important to note when you get heavy rainfall on top of natural ground, about 90% of it is absorbed, 10% becomes runoff. in a major city, 55% of it becomes runoff. so flooding will be a major issue here. >> thank you so much. and defy tee isdesantis, yot get paid. two florida florida school districts facing funding ultimate cans. the state is withholding funding equal to the monthly salaries of school board members before the penalty continues monthly until each school board complies with the order. and a third conservative radio host who railed against the vaccine has died of covid. 65-year-old dick ferrell was a right wing host in west palm beach, florida. he passed away earlier this month when covid landed ferrell in the hospital for three weeks. friends say he began urging everyone to get vaccinated
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of the war in afghanistan. the administration facing a growing number of crises as the white house tries to keep the president's top priorities in focus. phil mattingly has more for us from the white house. >> reporter: last u.s. military plane departing from kabul just one minute before that august 31 withdrawal deadline was certainly a moment of exhale here at the white house particularly when that plane left that air space. but it also just underscored how many challenges the white house and president biden currently have on their plate. afghanistan while u.s. military personnel are out, there are still hundreds of american citizens who want to get out that are still in the country. a huge diplomatic effort under way to try to address that. the president is grappling with a category 4 hurricane that hammered the gulf coast, a huge component of what the white house has been focused on over the course of the last several days even amid the extraordinarily tense situation on the ground this kabul. you have economic issues, the
covid resurgence driven by the delta variant. keep in mind august was supposed to be a month where the president sold his legislative agenda. instead it is a month of crisis. something i asked jen psaki about at the white house briefing. >> you have to rely on strong capable team members and you have to be nimble enough to adapt quickly. but i think that we would argue this is government working to do our best to function as best as we can. is it tough, yes. are the days long? yes. is it always going to be perfect? no. but this is exactly what government is supposed to be doing. >> reporter: no question they were caught on their heels, absolutely rattled to a person by the loss of 13 u.s. military
personnel. but given the scale of everything on their plate, you hear repeatedly this is why they were elected, they were laeblaeblgts elected because they could show the government can work and that is what they will have to do in spades in the coming would he bes. >> phil, thank you for that. getting over to game over for kids in china who are fans of video games. steven jiang is live with the details. so what are the rules here and when does it all start? >> reporter: so the government is limiting play time for minors to just one hour between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. during weekends and public holidays over. remember this is not the first time that they have tried do this. back in 2019 they already limited play time for minors to just 90 minutes per day and also they have long required real name legislation and log-in but apparently not enough because they say they keep receiving complaints from parents seeing that the gaming addiction
problem has severely affected their kids' ability to learn, their mental and physical health and also causing social problems. so not surprisingly the latest move receiving cheers and support from many parents including some outside of china and some american parents on social media platforms. but the effectiveness of this kind of policy is very much not proven and also some say this is yet another example of the ruling communist party here trying to reinsert itself into every aspect of people's private life for political and ideological purposes especially for the younger generation. remember just in the past few weeks they have banned after school private tutoring and cracking down on so-called celebrity culture and many asking what are the chinese young people supposed do during their spare time. >> and the fact they limited it even to the hours is amazing. i'd have a hard time seeing that happening here in the u.s. >> i asked my boys last night,
we'll implement the chinese rule and democracy ensued and they voted me out. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. asian markets closed higher even after data showed china's factory activity slowed this august. and watching tech shares over that online gaming addiction as the government says. on wall street, stock index futures also moving higher here. it was a mixed start to the week. s&p 500 and nasdaq hit record highs again. the consumer confidence report comes out at 10:00 a.m. i'll be watching that to see if the delta variant is weighing on how consumers feel about things. and the saints season opener in new orleans now in jeopardy after hurricane ida. coy wire has the "bleacher report." >> saints are scheduled to kick off the season september 12 against the packers, but where that game will be played is still up in the air with much of
new orleans still without power. it is unclear whether that game can be played at the superdome. the team has been operating out of dallas since sat, no time line for their return home yet. coach sean payton says they haven't heard anything from the nfl yet but they will have a plan b. cameron jordan told reporters that his focus is keeping his family safe during the storm. >> as long as they are okay for me, then whatever has happened to our house, whatever has happened to our property in new orleans, that is just materialistic and just be blessed that we have our health and we'll go from there. saint s and pelicans owner gail benson is donating $1 million to the hurricane efforts. and this is not the first time she's rallied for the state of louisiana. bennen n son and her late husb were integral in helping after
hurricane katrina. and oklahoma and due hain game has reportedly been moves from new orleans to the tulane campus. tulane's football team relocated to birmingham, alabama for practices ahead of the hurricane. my owe an naomi osaka openi win in straight sets. fun moment during the match. she couldn't get a handle on a bug that was bugging her. and neither could this ball girl. she looked like a cat trying to paw at a laser pen for a good 15 seconds. you hear the crowd getting into it. finally she decided to end the chase for good after osaka's win, she explained why she went over to thank a young phenomenon and revealed what she gave to her. >> i heard her when i was playing my match and she was so cute, so thank you for cheering me on.
in the olympics we got like little pins that we were supposed to pass around to other players. you know, like trading pins. and i wasn't there for a long time, so i have a couple in my bag left over. so yeah, i thought that it would be like a nice little memory. >> something that will not be forgotten. a good instagram post about how she's found a good mental space, feeling much better and seeking her fifth major title. >> good for her. >> that little girl will remember that forever. that moth was not so lucky. >> sometimes the little gestures to the little girls are the most important things. nice to see you. thanks for joining us this tuesday. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. "new day" is next. ♪ ♪ ♪
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