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competitively was in december of 2020 with his son charlie. i'm dana bash in for jake tapper. thank you for watching. our coverage continues now with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, the u.s. is urgently tracking the spread of the omicron variant. it's now in at least -- at least 20 countries and the cdc is stepping up surveillance at u.s. airports as federal officials brace for the variant to be detected here. also tonight, former white house chief of staff mark meadows is now cooperating with the january 6th select committee. a critical shift in the investigation. at the same time, former president trump is fighting in court to block the panel from getting hold of his records. but the judges hearing his case appear to be skeptical. and cnn uncovers new video evidence of republican lauren
boebert's anti-muslim attacks on ilhan omar calling her evil and black hearted. a key trump loyalist is rushing to boebert's defense and running to the former president as she pours fuel on the controversy. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with the spreading of the omicron variant, of the coronavirus. cnn's david mckenzie is joining us from johannesburg, south africa. david, governments around the world are moving rapidly to try to safeguard their countries but in some cases, it's already too late. the variant has already arrived. give us the latest. >> well, wolf, dr. anthony fauci just today saying at least 20 countries have confirmed cases of this very disturbing variant. he says it's too early to tell
how dangerous it is, whether the vaccines will fully work but because of that perceived threat, countries are closing off this part of the world. the coronavirus testing center in johannesburg. the omicron variant is already dominant here, just weeks after it was first detected. a doctor who is treating omicron patients is expressing cautious optimism. >> but the majority of what we are presenting to primary health care practitioners are extremely mild cases. mild to moderate. >> reporter: the white house says there aren't enough cases yet to evaluate the variant's danger but that they are prepared when the first case is detected in the u.s. >> with the small number of cases, it is very difficult to know whether or not this particular variant is going to result in severe disease. although some preliminary information from south africa suggests no unusual symptoms
associated with variant, we do not know and it is too early to tell. the cdc is strengthening its booster recommendations for americans saying all adults should get another dose six months after their second pfizer or moderna shot or after just two months if they had the johnson & johnson vaccine. it's a similar story abroad where the uk government says it will now make boosters available to everyone over 18. >> what we're doing is taking some proportionate precautionary measures while our scientists crack the omicron code. >> reporter: in england on tuesday, face masks became mandatory again in stores and on public transportation. israel confirmed its first cases of omicron community spread. the medical center said a doctor who traveled abroad and then infected a colleague. in the netherlands where some are already isolating in this airport hotel, the government said that omicron variant was in the country a full week earlier than it originally thought.
found in test samples from november 19th that were just sequenced. japan found its first omicron variant case. a man who traveled from namibia. its borders closed to all foreigners on tuesday. south african leaders are slamming those global travel banns as ineffective and punitive. >> we feel that the travel ban is very unfair. south african science should be commended for discovering this new variant and sharing the information with the world. we have played our role very responsibly. >> reporter: one disturbing impact of the travel restrictions is that scientists are telling me they're struggling even to get reagent into the country because of the flights being cut off. now that's a critical element that they need in the lab to try and test just how dangerous this variant is. >> david mckenzie reporting from johannesburg, south africa, thank you very much.
right now president biden is in minnesota touting his domestic agenda as his administration is keeping a very wary eye on the new coronavirus variant. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is working on that part of the story for us. so what is the biden administration doing right now to track down this variant to see if it's already here in the u.s.? >> that's their main priority right now, wolf. you are seeing the president continue on with business as usual, selling this infrastructure bill, but scientists are very much racing behind the scenes to try to figure out if this variant is here in the united states because you have seen the latest reports today. it's been found in about 20 countries and counting so far as their respective labs are trying to figure out if this is a variant that's present in their own nation. this is something the cdc is working very closely with state labs on and the cdc director says they are essentially in daily contact with labs around the country trying to figure out if this variant has been found here in the u.s. because they
have said if it's not here yet, it's inevitable it will be here at some point. and this effort includes ramping up surveillance at airports. where those travelers are often coming in. and there are four major airports across the united states where they are doing that tonight. newark, of course, in new jersey, jfk in new york, atlanta and san francisco as well. all of these airports and the cdc director said today they are sequencing these test samples. that's a way to figure out where this virus, this variant is. >> we have increased our genomic sequencing capability and we are now sequencing approximately 80,000 samples per week. about 1 in every 7 pcr positive cases. we are actively looking for the omicron variant right here in the united states. right now there is no evidence of omicron in the united states. >> wolf, of course, the question is, what are they doing in the meantime? they are looking for this variant and preparing for the worst case scenario, which are
the determining factors around this variant, if it causes more severe disease if it can evade vaccines. both big questions that we still don't have the answers to and could take several days and potentially weeks to find out. so the white house says they want to try to use this time wisely. the time they believe the travel restrictions for instance that they put in place are buying them. and we should also note just in, wolf, there are new developments in the u.s. about what's going on in the fight against covid-19 overall. not just related to the omicron variant. advisers to the fda have voted 13-10 to get an emergency authorization of that new anti-covid pill that's being made by merck. of course, this is something that still has to go to the fda and if they make a decision based on this recommendation from these advisers. this is something not just concerning to the scientists working on this but also look at stocks today. you saw them tumbling. the dow was down several points -- several hundred points because there are concerns about what this variant means for the united states in addition to those comments from the fed chair earlier today saying they
can no longer really call inflation transitory. >> the dow down another 650 points just today. thank you very much. kaitlan collins at the white house. we'll get back to you. want to get some analysis right now. joining us, the public health physician, dr. chris purnell. also dr. peter hotez, co-director of the texas children's hospital center for vaccine development and dean of the national school of tropical medicine at baylor college of medicine. he's also author of the very important book "preventing the next pandemic." dr. hotez, will the cdc's expanded coronavirus surveillance efforts at the least four major u.s. airports allow the agency to find cases, contact trace, contain this variant or do you already fear it spreading unchecked already in the u.s.? >> well, it's almost certainly already here. whether these activities in
airports will halt the importation of new cases. we haven't really seen this to be very effective since the beginning when this virus came in from southern europe and all eyes were focused on china. we've seen that we really don't have a handle on the fact this virus when a new variant appears and it's been true just about every variant as the variant is identified, it's already spread globally. so i think the major component of the efforts has to be on continuing to do the genomic sequencing which we've only now getting up to speed. dr. walensky says 1 in 7. it should be higher than that. and the fact it's taken two years to get there is of concern. but i think the other big piece is to remember if we can give three immunizations and get that 30 to 40 fold increase in viral neutralizing antibodies i'm hopeful there could be some spillover effect and having an impact on the omicron variant. >> when we're talking about this omicron variant, what are we
dealing with in terms of transmissibility and severity, at least potentially? i know there's still a lot we don't know. >> severity, you heard the reports that maybe this produces a mild illness. i think like dr. fauci, i'm not convinced. i think these are anecdotes. we should assume that, like all the other variants, they seem to produce a similar spectrum of illness. i think in terms of transmissibility, what i am seeing is when you look at the actual sequence of the virus, it looks more to me like the alpha variant out of the uk than it does the delta variant. on that basis, i actually think we might continue to see both variants, the delta variant will continue. i don't see that going away. i don't see omicron necessary low outcompeting it. i think that will continue. but they may affect different populations. for instance, for reasons we can go into, i think delta is more likely going to continue to infect the unvaccinated. i think the omicron may cause
reinfections in those individuals who have been infected before but not yet vaccinated. and then the big unknown is i'm still optimistic that the three doses will cross neutralize the omicron but i don't know that certain and we're hearing a difference of opinion among the scientific community. >> still a lot the experts have to learn. dr. purnell, people specifically want to know whether the vaccines they've already received are going to continue to protect them from this variant. white house covid-19 response coordinator jeff zeenst says the administration believes the current vaccines do provide some protection against omicron. when will scientists be able to say that with confidence? >> wolf, i think that's going to be another week or so before we can definitively say whether or not there is significant coverage with the currently available vaccines. but i just want to double down on what my colleague dr. hotez said. i believe that these vaccines that we have available to us
give us such a leg up in this fight that they will prove reliable. whether or not that is the same level of reliability, that is what we need to wait and see the data to prove. >> we have to do a lot more checking to make sure it does work. dr. hotez, just moments ago, fda advisers voted 13-10, very close vote, 13 -10 to recommend emergency use authorization of merck's new pill to treat covid-19. how significant is the treatment or arsenal, assuming the cdc goes along with it? >> the more obviously treatments we have, the better, especially since if omicron does take off, the current battery of monoclonal antibodies may be less effective. so as the treatments we may be confined, if omicron really accelerates to the small molecule drugs, the paxlovid, of the two, the mulniparavair is
about a 30% decrease in symptoms and hospitalizations, although it is something. but i'd actually like to see those two pills combine in a polypill. i think that will be more effective. >> very quickly, dr. purnell, what do you think? >> i agree. i think the point for us to make here is as long as we have multiple tools in the tool chest we'll be in the best position to beat back this pandemic whether that's eventually a polypill or just multilayered strategies from a public health standpoint, gitsi getting masks out to all americans, that we have adequate testing and that we know the importance of having clean, purified and filtered air since coronavirus is airborne. >> dr. pernelldr. hotez, thanks to both of you for doing what you're doing. the former white house chief of staff mark meadows now cooperating with the house january 6th insurrection probe. we have details of this story first reported by cnn. plus, new republican infighting over congresswoman lauren boebert's shocking
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matching your job description. visit indeed.com/hire first on cnn, the former white house chief of staff mark meadows now cooperating with the house select committee investigating the january 6th capital insurrection as former president trump fights in court to block the probe. cnn congressional correspondent ryan nobles has the latest. >> tonight, a major breakthrough for the january 6th select committee. >> good morning. >> reporter: former white house chief of staff mark meadows, the right-hand man of former president donald trump on january 6th, and the days leading up to it, will cooperate
with the committee. mr. meadows has been engaging with the select committee through his attorney. he has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition, said bennie thompson, the commission chairman. while the committee made progress in their negotiations with mieadows, they are also making it clear what they expect. they expect all witnesses, including mr. meadows to provide all information requested and that the select committee is lawfully entitled to receive. the committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition. meadows played a key role in helping to spread trump's lies about the 2020 election results. his attorney making it clear he is still concerned about executive privilege. as we have from the beginning, we continue to work with the select committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require mr. meadows to waive
executive privilege or forfeit the longstanding position that senior aides cannot be compelled to testify before congress. the fight over privilege was front and center in a d.c. courtroom where attorneys for trump made the case that hundreds of documents from the trump administration should not be handed over to the select committee. the three-judge panel seemed skeptical of arguments from trump's team and appeared to agree with the committee that it is the current president who decides what is and is not covered by privilege. >> seeing that the current president has not only the confidentiality factor that he is thinking about, but the current duty to the interest of the united states, even broader than those that the former president would be concerned about. so if we are looking at this as a who decides kind of question, is there a circumstance in which
the former president ever gets to make this kind of call and why should he under these circumstances? >> reporter: all this against the backdrop of the committee preparing to meet tomorrow night to once again refer another trump ally, former doj official jeffrey clark, for criminal contempt. and a new development just in to cnn. we have learned that the georgia secretary of state brad raffensberger sat today for an extensive interview with the january 6th select committee. we're told the interview took more than four hours. raffensberger, of course, the republican election official in the state of georgia that resisted intense pressure from the former president, donald trump, to attempt to investigate false claims of fraud in his state. raffensberg, of course othat phone call with donald trump and mark meadows where trump put heavy pressure on raffensberger to act. of course, wolf, he did not do that and the election results in georgia stayed a victory for joe
biden. wolf? >> that select committee moving along relatively quickly. ryan nobles up on capitol hill, thank you very much. let's get more on all of this. joining us now, the former republican governor of new jersey, chris christie. his new book is entitled "republican rescue: saving the party from truth deniers, conspiracy theorists and the dangerous policies of joe biden." governor, thank you so much for joining us. just two weeks ago, meadows, the former white house chief of staff suggested former president trump should become house speaker. now he's actually handing over documents, about to sit down for a formal interview with the committee. what does it say to you that so many republicans want it both ways right now trying to stay on trump's good side without facing the consequences of potentially subverting democracy? >> wolf, i think the key thing here, and i look at this as a former united states attorney, is what is the nature of the
cooperation going to be? i think there's always been a question, a real legal question about whether executive privilege applies here. but until you know what documents he's turned over and what documents he hasn't turned over, and what questions he's willing to answer or not answer, we're really not going to know the significance of today's developments up on capitol hill. but, obviously, these things are being litigated in court as well. so this is going to take awhile. and i think the january 6th committee is going to press and the folks who claim executive privilege are going to have to make a fundamental decision from their lawyers about whether they think it really applies or not. i think it's a very tough call. >> yeah, and in your new book "republican rescue," you say the republican party and president trump for that matter, need to move on from the 2020 election conspiracies but you haven't necessarily ruled out the possibility of supporting trump if he runs again in 2024. isn't that the problem that ultimately you and some of the
party could actually fall back in line behind him once again? >> wolf, look. what the book is all about is to say we need to be much more focused as a party and quite frankly as a country, on the next election rather than the last election. i make it really clear in the book that i believe the last election was not stolen. and that to continue to say that is wrong. but what we need to be focused on is the next election and how are republicaning going to, in 2022, focus the country on rising inflation, crime in the streets, the covid crisis still not under control, as you were talking about earlier in the program. and if we waste time on talking about the last election, we will not win the next election. and that's what we have to be worried about first and foremost. and i'm not going to get into 2024 because that's just an endless amount of speculation. i'm focused on 2022 and trying to get my party back to being the party that's about the truth, and talks about the issues around the kitchen table that folks are concerned about. >> what's your message to those
republicans, though, like congressman ronnie jackson, pushing all these covid conspiracy theories out there. >> look, i think it's very clear that this administration, the biden administration, has not been consistent in what they are putting out there regarding covid. and that caused the space to be created for a lot of this stuff to be inserted. here to me is the bottom line. the smartest thing for anybody out there is to get vaccinated. if you've gotten vaccinated and you're eligible for a booster to get a booster. there's no question that helps to put you in the best position not to get seriously ill or face death from covid-19 and any of the variants. and i think that should be the strong and consistent message and we should be educating the people who have not yet been vaccinated as to why on the facts and the merits it makes since for them to do it. they don't want to be indoctrinated. they want to be educated. we have an obligation as a government to do that. the biden administration has
fallen down on that regard and it creates space for all kinds of things that make no sense. what makes sense is stand up, get vaccinated, get boosted if you're eligible, because that's going to keep you and your family the safest they can be. >> you speak with some personal history. you were very, very sick with covid. you write about it rather frankly in your book as well. let me ask you, governor, about these newly unearthed comments from lauren boebert calling the first two muslim women, members of congress, quote, blackhearted and evil. what does it say about your party that boebert apparently thinks all this is actually going to help her politically as she launches these clearly racist attacks. >> wolf, here's what i'm startled by is that we're spending time talking about this but we don't spend nearly enough time, if any time, on the clearly anti-semitic statements that congresswoman omar has made. now look, i don't think any language that is used that takes
after people based on their religion is the right thing to do but i'm startled and fed up with the idea that we're not spending time talking about what congresswoman omar has clearly engaged in on the floor of the house of representatives and at other events. clearly statements that are anti-semitic, anti-israel and yet we're spending time on this. i'm willing to have a discussion that's full and robust regarding others' comments about others' religions but i'm not just going to pick on one sidor the other. the fact is that congresswoman omar's comments over the course of time that are anti-semitic, against jews in this country are absolutely uncalled for. >> i can tell you, we've covered all of those comments and these go way back that ilhan omar has made. she's apologized for several of those. we have not ignored those comments. we've reported it. but what's happening now you have this republican member of congress, governor, actually suggesting that this member of
congress might be a suicide bomber and might -- and she's joking about that as if that's a fun joke. >> look, i don't -- i haven't heard congresswoman boebert's comments so i don't know how to evaluate them and whether it was just ill-timed joke or something worse. but i have had the opportunity to hear congresswoman omar over a long period of time, wolf, and i'm very disturbed by it. as the former governor of a state that has a very large jewish population in our state. i understand and saw on a regular basis what acts of anti-semitism and language regarding anti-semitism has done. but also, as u.s. attorney, in new jersey in the aftermetath o 9/11, i also stood up for the muslim community and took a lot of abuse for nominating a muslim american to the state court in new jersey. and i stood up then and said i'm not going to make evaluations based upon people's religion. so my record is really clear on this and i take your word for it
that you've covered congresswoman omar's comments. but i haven't seen enough of it in terms of the coverage across the media and having that sensitivity as a former governor of new jersey on both sides, the jewish side and muslim side. there's no place for that kind of language and i think congresswoman omar has to be held to account just as much as anybody else. >> as i said, over the past year or two or three we've covered a lot of those comments she made. let me play for you what congresswoman boebert, you said you haven't been familiar with what she's said. i'll play this little clip we had from september. watch this. >> one of my staffers on his first day with me got into an elevator in the capitol. and in that elevator, we were joined by ilhan omar. well, it was just us three in there. and i looked over and i said,
well, looky there, it's the jihad squad. >> you want to react to that? >> look, this is the same kind of thing that, you know, when my muslim american nominee for the state court in new jersey was brought before the senate committee in new jersey, one of the things that one of the senators asked him right off the bat was, can you explain jihad to me. i think that any generalizations that we make about anyone, whether it's that or whether it's the things that congresswoman omar has said regarding jewish americans in this country, doesn't do anything to bring the country together. now tait appears to me from watching the video that she was making a joke there but in the end, sometimes jokes are not in the best taste and are not with the best idea behind them. but in the end, what bothers me more, wolf, and i want to repeat this is that congresswoman
omar's comments have not been jokes. and couldn't be interpreted as jokes. they have been serious policy statements that she has made that focus on anti-semitism and our anti-jewish comments that we can't stand for. everyone can interpret it however they want. i think any of those jokes are ill advised. but in the end, that was clearly someone trying to be funny that you can say was or wasn't funny. but congresswoman omar is talking about serious policy issues that are anti-semitic, wolf, and i think that's of a much graver concern. >> here's the difference, governor. congresswoman omar, those comments that were interpreted as being anti-semitic, she apologized. we didn't hear lauren boebert apologize. >> look, when you make anti-semitic comments, and i know you're sensitive to this as anybody, getting caught and then apologizing, to me, is okay, if,
in fact, then your policy positions don't also appear to be anti-semitic. and my concern about congresswoman omar, as i've said a number of times to you now is that it's not just the words. it's the actions. and i am concerned that an apology is made because your hand got caught in the cookie jar but you continue to follow policies, and we saw this in the vote regarding the missile defense system in israel and the iron dome. we've seen a number of policy things that seem to not make us believe she wasn't really sorry for what she said because the policy actions she takes as well. and that's why i'm so focused on that. i haven't seen any of the same type of things from congresswoman boebert. >> here's the difference, governor. when she made -- congress woman ilhan omar made comments seen to be anti-semitic, she was immediately criticized by the democratic leadership in congress.
we haven't seen that from the republican leadership as far as congresswoman boebert is concerned and as a result, there is a major difference right there and it involves your party, right? >> wolf, look. first of all, i'd quibble about whether they seem to be anti-semitic. they were. >> and she apologized for that. >> wolf, i understand that she apologized. here's my problem with it, though. the apology seems to be less than sincere. when your policy positions that follow that are consistent, not with the apology, but are consistent with the original statement. and we don't have that with congresswoman boebert. we don't have any actions on her part in the congress, on her policy positions that support that that was anything then an ill advised joke. here with congresswoman omar we have policies consistent with the statement. it's something we should be
spending much more time on and that's why i'm bringing it to your attention. >> very quickly, governor, can you give me a yes or a no. do you want to be president of the united states? >> well, i did in 2016, wolf. and we'll see what happens come 2024. but right now i'll focus on 2022 and helping republicans win governorships, the house and senate back. that's where my focus is going ton and that's why i wrote the book i wrote. >> sounds like it's still possible you may run. former new jersey governor, chris christie. you've been very patient. thanks for joining us. up next -- president biden touting his agenda as concern grows over the new coronavirus variant. we'll be right back. heartiness? yes! living life to the flavor-fullest? heck yes. panera. live your yes. now $1 delivery. ♪ limu emu... & doug ♪ ♪ superpowers from a spider bite? i could use some help showing the world how liberty mutual customizes their car insurance
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president biden is in minnesota tonight as he tours the country to tout the benefits from his new infrastructure law. here in washington, though, there are new roadblocks to the rest of the president's agenda that are unfolding right now. let's discuss this and more with mitch landrieu. recently tapped by president biden to oversee the implementation of the infrastructure law. he's joining us now for his first interview since taking the job. he's the former mayor of new orleans. mayor, thank you so much for joining us. let's talk about what's going on. the president right now in minnesota touting the bipartisan infrastructure law, but a lot of this funding will go to long-term projects, three years, five years, ten years down the road. how long will it take until americans feel the impact of all of this in their daily lives? >> wolf, thanks for having me. as you mentioned, the president is in minnesota today at the
dakota county technical college where he's talking about new jobs for a new future for working class americans. this morning before he left he was thrilled to be going because this really is the picture of what he wants america to become and the chances he wants to give to working class folks that actually are going to rebuild america. that's the only way it's ever been done. it's very interesting for 50 years we've been waiting to get this done. the last three or four presidents have tried and president biden and his team with the help of a bipartisan congress put us over the goal line. now we have an opportunity as the president said to rebuild the economy from the bottom up and the middle out. and that's really important because we're about transforming the economy so that we can compete and win the 21st century. there is some money going out of the door as we speak. i spoke to a number of governors this week. the infrastructure team today. there's $100 million in broadband money at a minimum for each state if it's applied for as we speak. there's also formula funding through the department of transportation and, of course, across other agencies there's
money that's available now. but as you said, we're about building the future of the country. it's a lot easier to tear down something and quicker than to build it and the american public understands it. we get into the business of making sure roads, bridges and lead pipes are changed and we create good-paying jobs. americans will see that benefit and know this was an investment in the long-term future of our country. >> the president backed away from the initial plan to pass infrastructure and the larger social spending bill in tandem. now there's very little indication that senator joe manchin, for example, wants to move ahead with the broader social spending bill. how does president biden get him on board when manchin has major reservations about a lot more spending, for example? >> you saw over the last couple of months the difficulty that the white house and congress had in getting passed the infrastructure bill, much less they build back better plan. they're going to continue to work on that. i think the president has full confidence that at the end of the day, the team will be there
to put the second piece of this together. on the infrastructure piece the president asked me to help him with, one of the things that's really important is that we now execute. and that's the much harder part of the job. and so when you think about this, in terms of rebuilding the country, there has to be horizontal and vertical inteication. the federal government, the mayors, the parish presidents, the tribal leaders all have to be on the same page. one team, one fight, making sure the money gets to where it's supposed to go. when the president was the vice president and oversaw this for president obama, he was really interested in making sure the money got where it was supposed to go and make sure there's transparency and accountability. that we move fast but also move smart and as we build, we build back better. what does the better mean? the better means we focus on climate, on equity, on racial equity as well and make sure we build back with american-made products. and that brings its own challenges as well. so there's always a balance here in getting stuff in the ground
and getting it coming out. and the american people need to be confident that when we build america back, it's going to be better when we're finished. >> if that social spending bill is also passed, will you be in charge of implementing that? >> i haven't been given any indication. i'm not trying to take that job. this one is big enough. $1.2 trillion. it's the biggest one passed since dwight eisenhower. i'm happy to help any way that i can. >> i'm sure you are. when you look at everything on democrats' plates right now, passing the national defense authorization act, avoiding a government shutdown, that's critical. raising the debt limit, also critical. will that push talks on this -- will that push the talks on this spending -- social spending bill into next year because there's so much that needs to be done in december. >> well, i think the members of congress can do a lot of things at once. and i feel confident that the president is going to be able to get it done. i think everybody hopes it doesn't get pushed into the next year and they'll push hard to get it all done.
it's within congress' hands to do it. but i'm looking forward to get it done. i'm interested in turning dirt and really changing the future of america for the better. >> the white house says inflation, higher prices, gas prices for example, supply chain issues will subside when we get the pandemic under control. now with this new omicron variant spreading, potentially, not yet here in the united states, as far as we know but eventually it almost certainly will be here is it time to acknowledge these problems could be with us for a long time, that this is not transitory? >> well, i'm not ready to say that. i don't think we know. there are lots of things in our lives we can't control. i think i can speak on behalf of all the american people when i can say the last year and a half has been a lot. with the rise of this new virus it adds a level of uncertainty. but i feel very confident that the president and his team have been doing everything they can within their power and control to make sure that this is transitory and they have put a lot of plans in place to make that happen.
i think that all of the experts and on tv today have said the best way for americans to protect ourselves is to get vaccinated and to get boosted. that's the surest way to give us the tools that we need to move into where this, in fact, is transitory and we can get into building america as we've talked about before. >> certainly is critically important to get vaccinated and get boosted, of course. mitch landrieu, good luck with your new job. it's a huge job. i'll stay in close touch with you. >> great to be with you. coming up, at least three students killed and eight people injured in another school shooting. this one at a michigan high school. we're learning new details. we'll update you when we come back. from unitedhealthcare. medicare supplement plans help by paying some of what medicare doesn't... and let you see any doctor. any specialist. anywhere in the u.s. who accepts medicare patients. so if you have this... consider adding this. call unitedhealthcare today for your free decision guide. ♪
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17-year-old that went to high school today, shot and killed in the middle of the school day. seven other students shot and injured as well as a teacher. the shooting spree unfolding over five minutes at a high school north of detroit. the shooting suspect, a 15-year-old student who had been in class earlier in the day. officials say the shooting spree lasted five minutes. 15 to 20 shots were fired before the suspect was taken into custody without incident. a massive response, wolf. some 25 agencies responding, 60 ambulances racing to the scene, trying to reach the victims, put an end to the shooting. the governor of michigan reacting tonight, offering her support to the community. listen to her. >> i hope that we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families, the effected children and school personnel, and the community.
it is unimaginable tragedy. i think this is every parent's worst nightmare. >> every parent's worst nightmare. no truer words. the suspect had a semi automatic handgun. they say he is not talking to authorities right now, that his parents have hired an attorney for him. a search warrant has been executed on his house. as for motive, that's something investigators are trying to piece together. the sheriff's department there saying they were not aware of any previous threats. certainly this is something they're going to be looking at now. we know they're already starting to talk to students, already starting to pour over anything they may find on social media. wolf, again, 100 calls to 911. a lot of people have information to share. >> heartbreaking, deepest condolences to the families. awful situation. we'll stay in touch with the
latest on that. meanwhile, another story we are following, legendary tiger woods addressing his future nine months after a serious car accident. he says his days of being a full time golfer are officially over, but he is hoping for a part time come back once he is fully recovered. brian todd is following the story. brian, what are you learning? >> tiger woods says being a part time golfer is quote, an unfortunate reality, but his reality. the five time masters champion gave dramatic accounts of the hospitalization and rehab. tonight, tiger woods laying out a stark new reality in his first news conference since the february car accident left him with multiple fractures in one leg. >> it is hard to explain how difficult it has been just to be immobile for three months and lay there. i was looking forward to getting outside. that was a goal of mine.
especially for a person that lived his entire life outside. >> he he addressed his future in the bahamas where he is hosting a tournament. >> as far as playing at the tour level, that, i don't know when that's going to happen. now, i'll play a round here and there, little hit and giggle, i can do something like that. >> but the real bombshell was posted in an interview with "golf digest." he saved that news for the end of his nearly 38 minute interview. >> i think something that is realistic playing the tour one day, never full time ever again. pick and choose, an unfortunate reality but my reality. i understand it and accept it. >> the man that meant more to his sport than any other, winning 15 major championships, capturing the top prize, the masters five times, now becoming a part time player as he nears 46 years of age. those that cover him know what that means. >> losing tiger is an absolutely crushing blow to a sport he
really almost single-handedly built to where it is today. there's a different feel when tiger is at a tournament and when he isn't, when he is playing well, ratings are off the charts, ticket sales are off the charts. he is one of the few players that has proven he can appeal to a nongolf fan. >> woods says he is lucky to be alive. police said woods was driving 85 miles per hour when the car crashed on a winding road on february 23rd near l.a. the safety features and that he wore a seat belt likely saved his life. he was hospitalized three weeks. >> there's a point in time i wouldn't say 50/50, but damn near i was going to walk out of the hospital with one leg. >> think about that, what that would look like. tiger woods with a prosthetic leg. one of a sporting icons limping
around with a prosthetic. >> tiger woods says he is not even at the halfway point of rehabilitation. what motivates him, he says, is the prospect of playing golf with his 12-year-old son charlie, watching his son play in tournaments, wolf. we'll see what kind of tournaments he plays in and how well he does. >> he is a legend. no doubt about that. brian todd, thank you very much. the new omicron variant now confirmed in at least 20 countries, prompting new travel bans. scientists are scrambling to figure out the threat posed by the latest coronavirus mutation.
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happening now. the variant is on the move, spreading to at least 20 countries. the cdc is becoming more aggressive trying to learn if the new coronavirus strain has reached the united states. also tonight, after weeks of defiance, mark meadows is now cooperating with the january 6th select committee. this as former president trump's legal fight against the panel is met with skepticism by appeals court judges hearing the case today. and breaking news on a deadly shooting at a high school in rural michigan. we are learning more about the 15-year-old suspect who is now in custody this hour. welcome to viewers in the united states and around the world. i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the u.s. is on high alert for the omicron variant. the cdc is expanding its surveillance to