tv First Look MSNBC July 17, 2020 2:00am-3:00am PDT
we thank you so very much as always for being here with us. on behalf of all of my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. another new alarming milestone. united states hits another record, recording 70,000 new infections. also with cases surging in florida, the republican party leaders have decided toe scale back next month's convention. and new reporting that hackers from russia's intelligence services are trying to steal coronavirus vaccines from the united states and canada. good friday morning, everybody. it is july 17th, and i'm yasmin
vossoughian. we are going to begin with northward record-setting day for new cases of the coronavirus here in the united states. nearly 73,000 new infections were reported yesterday, breaking the record. 71,000 were reported ten days ago. seven of the last ten days have been among the worst of the new cases since the start of this pandemic, and florida reported the highest number of deaths and hospitalizations in a single day. 495 people were hospitalized, according to state data released yesterday while 156 people died, the most deaths since july 1st. florida officials also reporting that nearly one in three children who tested in florida have come up positive for the virus. while they show little or no symptoms, the long-term effects are unknown. doctors say they're running low
on the drug remdesivir, which has been proven effective in treating the virus. however, there's no shortage here in the united states. the trump administration stockpiled it earlier this month. florida doctors are now being forced to decide who gets it and who doesn't. florida's governor said yesterday he has asked the vice president to replenish the supply there. marko rubio said shipments are coordinated by the federal government, and we have a bad disconnection between what they think we need and what we really need. working hard to solve this problem immediately. also an unpublished report prepared by the coronavirus task force recommends strict public health measures by taken by at least 18 states. those states are being located what is described as the red zone for cases of covid, meaning
more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people reported just last week. the 359-page document dated tuesday and published by the center for public integrity yesterday suggests that states enact tougher guidelines including limiting social gatherings to ten people or less, closing bars and gyms, ramping up tests, and mandating, mandating the use of masks. the order calls for the mandating of masks across georgia and three other states. the governors have not yet ordered this. also larry hogan of maryland sharply criticized the president's handling of this coronavirus pandemic, and a new piece in the "washington post" titled "fighting alone." in it hogan explains in the essay how the government left him with nowhere else to learn,
so he relied on his wife who secure half a million tests. i have watched as the president downplayed the outbreak's severity, and as the white house failed to issue public warnings, draw up a 50-state strategy or dispatch. eventually it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation's response was hopeless. governors were being told that we were on our own. it was sink or swim. and if i didn't do something dramatic, we slim wouimply not close to having enough tests in maryland.
he goes on. many actions could be taken in the early days but were not. while other countries were racing ahead with well tested regimes, the trump administration bungled the effort. white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany was asked about hogan's piece. here's how she responded. >> yeah. it's really striking, his comments, especially when you compare them to his past comments this. is revisionist history by governor hogan and stands in stark contrast on march 19th where hi praised the president for the communication he's had with governors. >> house speaker nancy pelosi also chimed in on the president's coronavirus response, comparing him to a man, quote, who refuses to ask for directions. >> the president has made so bae wish he would make a good executive decision and do that.
observing his behavior, i have concluded that he is who refuse directions. all the answers are there. the scientists have the answers. we know that testing, tracing, treating, distancing, masking, sanitation can stop the spread of this virus, and yet the president continues to go down the wrong path and refuses to ask for directions from scientists who know better than any of us. >> all right. let's talk about the gop convention here briefly. so the republican national committee planning to restrict the attendance at next month's convention due to the surge in
covid cases in florida. there's been a lot of back and forth here. in a letter to the committee chair it's said they'll be limited. and on the fourth and final night when the president delivers and accepts his nomination acceptance speenks delegates can bring one guest and alternate delegates will be able to attend. they plan to use a mix of indoor and outdoor venues while implementing a series of protocols. the president moved the convention to jacksonville, as you remember, last month after roy cooper would not permit the rnc to host a full-fledged convention in charlotte amidst the coronavirus outbreak. let's get into this a bit. political editor for "the
examiner." talk about the reactions you're hearing about this down-sized convention in jacksonville. >> anybody who's been to north florida in late august knows that it can get rather sticky there and humid. so the notion of holding some events outdoors is not going particularly well with a lot of delegates and others who plan to attend the event, but some will be held indoors. i would not be surprised if they scale this down even further to get this done in a couple of days or so because the longer it lingers, the more stories about covid, particularly in the state of florida because with those numbers, it is spreading rapidly. the numbers are not going in the right direction in that state and many other places. >> and we actually already heard from certain republican senators who have said they will not be attending the convention even before this announcement was made that they were going to
dial it back a bit. let's talk about larry hogan, governor larry hogan's essay that i read from briefly in the "washington post." you've got larry hogan obviously breaking from the president. he has broken from the president before, especially with regard to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. other republicans, some doing so as well. do you think at all his words along with other folks that we are hearing from will impact his re-election? >> governor hogan of maryland represents one of the most republican states. he's always had to play toward the middle. he's an outlier. he's trying to create a throwback to center right republicans, internationalists, trying to work across the aisle. that's not where trump's party is. we'll see how 2024 goes, but it
does not seem like he's really in the center of gravity of where the majority of republican voters are, at least during the trump era right now. >> well, i mean it's honestly even interesting to hear that quote from marco rubio with regard to the supply chain to florida and hearing him say the federal government is not supplying them with what they need and there's a disconnect because he to this point has been an ardent supporter of the president as well. so finally hearing from him and saying there is a disconnect when his state is being affected with those astronomical numbers is astounding. david mark, thank you. stay close. i will talk you do again in just a bit. still ahead, everybody, with growing infections on the rise, a growing number of retailers are starting to require masks inside storrs. also brian kemp starts a new legal fight with the city of atlanta over restrictions. those stories and then a check
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welcome back, everybody. with covid cases on the rise, more than half the states have issued mandatory mask requirements to help stop the spread. arkansas is on the growing list. it will apply to people 10 years and older. the rules will go into effect on monday. earlier governors in two concerned states said people will be on gated to wear masks while in public. meanwhile the political battle over masks is escalating with a showdown between state and local government. yesterday brian kemp and his administration filed a lawsuit seeking to block atlanta from requiring residents to wear masks. the lawsuit challenges keisha
lance bottoms. he said, quote, this lawsuit is on behalf of atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to work during these times. the mayor noted, quote, a better use of taxpayer money would be used to expand testing and contact tracing and said, quote, if being sued is what it takes, then we'll see them in court. the legal battle comes after mayor bottoms accused president trump of breaking the law by not wearing a mask at the atlanta hartsfield-jackson airport on wednesday. the president said he following the guidelines presented by the cdc during his trip. joining me now, msnbc legal analyst danny cevallos.
great to see you this morning. what do you make of the governor's attempt to override the mask rule. >> it's interesting. the governor forced a state to not force its citizens to wear a mask and this complaint essentially charges the governor issue and executive order. that report argues that he required it but any locality that is inconsistent with this gronk order is no good. now, it's a hard thing to say that the city of atlanta's order requiring masks is inconsistent with the governor's order because the governor's order strongly encourages the wearing of masks. so i can see a court looking at this and saying, well, the governor encouraged wearing masks and now the city of atlanta is mandating those masks, and just because the governor thinks it's inconsistent and, therefore, not
allowed doesn't mean it actually is. i can see the court saying that, yes, this requirement to wear a mask in atlanta is consistent with the governor's order strongly encouraging masks. what can be more consistent with a strong encouragement than carrying it out as a rule. >> two things here. are there any legal repercussions if mayor bottoms continues to defy this order? and, secondly, talk about the case she has here, considering the fact that cases in georgia are skyrocketing, atlanta is a more populous area. she, in fact, has tested for covid as well, and she said, we will see you in court. she's going to fight this thing all the way. >> more important than that unfortunately is the governor's broad power to issue executive orders in times of emergency. that's consistent with other state's power that they give to the governor in varying degrees.
the court is going to look at whether or not atlanta exceeded its authority in issuing an executive order. you can imagine any number of cities issuing some kind of order that's inconsistent with state law, and that's the kind of thing that can be invalidated right away. but the court here is going to look at whether or not atlanta really did defy the governor's order, an order which, again, i can't stress enough, strongly encourages wearing a mask and atlanta makes it official by saying, no, you have to wear masks. it's a rule. >> all right. danny cevallos, thank you as auchlts great always. once again president trump uses campaign-style speech and stokes flames with his remarks. and mary trump, his niece, makes a bombshell accusation about her uncle, claiming he's used racist and anti-semitic slurs in the past. we're going to show you some of
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welcome back, everybody. months of testing, can you believe it. assistant secretary of the department of health and human services said to reporters yesterday, we want results back as fast as possible. he acknowledging while some people have waited at least 12 days for results, the ideal turnaround time is three days. however, a study published yesterday in the medical journal the lancit makes it impossible to stop the spread of the coronavirus. with that is correct let's get a check of the weather with meteorologist bill karins. good morning to you, bill. >> good morning, yasmin. we're about to fine out how difficult it is to go through a pandemic in the midst of a heatwave. that's going to be building up
this weekend. we have heat watches in the philadelphia area. and all of the middle of the country is in heat advisories or watches. this will be the hottest period of the season. for today, look at the map. the area in blue is the actual temperature. when you add in the humidity, that's the feels-like temperature. kansas city, 104, washington, d.c., will feel like 101 this afternoon. you get the picture. it's plain ol' hot just about everywhere coast to coast. and then it expands to the northeast. it hasn't felt like that often. boston will feel like 93. minneapolis will feel like 108. that's hot by minneapolis standards. and then early next week, look at washington, d.c., on monday. a chance for your first 100-degree temperature of the summer season. new york city not quite as bad. boston has a chance for a couple
of days on monday and sunday, near 95. there's the heat index values. this is the feels-like value. d.c. on monday, that's about as bad as it gets, feeling like 108. we have a few showers and storms. one cluster out there. we'll have hit-and-miss showers. our real concern, the area of red, there's a moderate risk. we expect a severe thunderstorm outbreak in grand forks and near areas in watertown. tomorrow, the storms will roll into wisconsin, minneapolis, and into wisconsin. yasmin, this is about the middle of july, and this is what you expect. it is very hot fro coast to coast. >> this is what we expect. thank you, bill. coming up, we're digging into reporting that russian hackers are trying to steal vaccines. the details of that story coming right up. e details of that storg right up a lot of healthy foods are very acidic
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian. we're going to begin this half hour with another instance of the president stoking racial divisions. an event that was billed as remarks on deregulation turned into yet another campaign-style speech on white house grounds yesterday with the president warning that democrats and specifically joe biden want to ruin american suburbs. >> our entire economy and our very way of life are threatened by biden's plans to transform
our nation and subjugate our communities through the blunt force incident of federal regulation at a level that you haven't even seen yet. >> the democrats in d.c. have been and want to at a much higher level abolish our beautiful and successful suburbs by facing far left washington bureaucrats in charge of local zoning decisions. your home will go down in value, and crime rates will rapidly rise. joe biden and his bosses from the radical left want to significantly multiple what they're doing now and what will be the end result is you will totally destroy the beautiful suburbs. >> and the president again compared the national guard response to minneapolis protesters as a, quote, knife cutting through butter. >> we want to be strong.
we want to respect everybody. but we have to have strong law enforcement, and that's taking place in the areas that we're responsible for. we want others to call us for help. there's nothing wrong. let chicago call. let seattle call. we were going into seattle, all set to go. and they did it themselves. all set to go. they heard we were coming in, and the hands weekend up. they gave up. it's so terrible when you see what's happening. minneapolis, we said get the guard in there. three nights, get the guard, get the guard. we got the guard in. the national guard, they've done a fantastic job. as soon as they showed up, it was like a knife cutting through butter. you saw that, right? after four days of horror. >> so he made similar comments back in june, adding it was, quote, a beautiful scene to see the use of tear gas to disperse
protesters there in minneapolis. president trump's niece said that she has heard her uncle use racial and anti-semitic slurs. mary trump who's promoting her best-selling book "too much and never enough: how my family created the world's most dangerous man" responded bluntly when asked in an interview with rachel maddow. >> i have to pressure you a little bit, if president trump wasn't an exception to that in your family or if you ever heard him express either these anti-semitic words or n-word or racist slurs or sentiment like that, or do you mean this was an ambient thing in your family but you can't say you heard it from him, or you heard it from him too? >> oh, yeah, of course, i did. i don't think that should surprise everybody given how vir lently racist he is today.
>> have you heard the president use the n-word? >> yeah. >> and anti-semitic slurs specifically? >> yes. >> shocking to hear that. msnbc reached out to the white house for kbhenlt. they said this. this is a book of falsehoods, plain and simple. the president doesn't use those words, from the white house. so pentagon officials are weighing in on a new policy that would bar the display of the confederate flag at dod facilities would wow actually mentioning its name. while no finally decisions have been made, they tell the associated plan the new way create as create in way to ban the confederate flag that may not raise the eyire of the president. it may be displayed at military installations, the confederate flag not being amongst them without singling it out in a
ban. joining me once again for the "washington examiner," david mark. david, good to see you again. you're hearing the president once again there continuing to stoke racial tensions, saying the national guard, it's like cutting butter with a knife -- cutting through butter, i guess, as he said when the national guard spilled onto the streets of minneapolis to clear out the protesters. talk about this and also the accusations that we have now heard from his niece mary trump. what kind of reactions are you hearing? >> well, regarding trump's claim the democrats want to abolish the suburbs or his line along -- in that frame, i know a lot of democrats who live in the suburbs, like living in the suburbs. so it seems kind of a stretch to say that. i'm not even sure exactly what he means by that, but it sounds good in his speech in the rose garden at least to his supporters, so he must have some reason for saying it. as far as mary trump goes, this
is in line with what we've been hearing since the 2016 campaign that supposedly there are outtakes of the apprentice out there where trump used language about african-americans, jews, and others at least in some cases. we've heard it anecdotally. we've never heard it directly from trump's mouth. but the fact that his niece is saying it, she spent an awful lot of time around him. if you given him the benefit of the doubt like other reporters, you're going to dismiss it like the white house. if you're the majority of the country, you know there's some truth to it and you're probably on her side for this. >> for the president to use the white house grounds as a place where he can deliver campaign-style speeches, basically attacking his opponent joe biden. >> right. this is -- like so many of the
things that have happened during the trump years, it's not clear he's violating an explicit rule. it's absolutely the spirit of the law. of course federal officials are not supposed to use federal grounds for campaigning, and members of congress and others are meticulous about this, really fearful. the president wants some exceptions under laws. now, when the president flies "air force one" to a campaign rally, there're supposed to reimburse the taxpayer. i'm not quite sure how you enforce this unless the next president hands him a bill. nonetheless, it's violating the spirit of the law, and it's just tacky. >> david mark, great to see you as always. thank you. coming up, what bill barr is saying about reports that russia and china are trying to steal
welcome back. russian hackers are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research. it's tiled apt29, targets covid-19 vaccine development. it says they've targeted various organizations involving covid-19 vaccine development in canada, the united states, and uk. highly likely with the intention of stealing information and intellectual property relating to the development and testing of covid-19 vaccines. russia for their part flatly denied the allegations saying, quote, this, we do not have information on who hacked the
pharmaceutical companies and research centers. we can only say one thing. russia has nothing to do with these attempts. the head of the cyber security center said the cyber attacks were first detected in february and so far there's no evidence the data was stolen. china is also accused by the u.s. of stealing vaccine research, the latest accusations coming from attorney general bill barr in a speech he delivered yesterday. he said in part, this, chinese nationals working at pharma as employees have been caught stealing information and china has long engaged in cyber espionage and hacking of u.s. academic medical centers and health care companies. having been caught covering up the coronavirus outbreak, beijing is desperate for a public relations coup and may
hope that it will be able to claim credit for any medical breakthroughs. i want to speak with willem ma x marx. great to see you this morning. you're reporting about one effort in particular that could change the game. tell us about this. >> reporter: well, good morning, yasmin. yeah, you're absolutely right. there's a lot of promising technologies out there. a lot of them focuses on our breath. as the coronavirus metabolizes like any substances, it throws off gases and compounds. there are essentially smells you and i can detect on someone's breath. computers, nano sensors can also detect those smells, those come pound -- compounds and there's one company in finland essentially trying to figure out which ones match the profile of a positive covid-19 patient. i spoke to the managing director
of the company. i asked him what he thought of the usefulness of the technology, his development. >> i think it's useful because we see the biggest worry being people not having trust to their next of kin, their co-workers in the society and people. i think we'll have peace of mind and we know what our situation around us is. >> reporter: and, yasmin, the real benefit of this device is it takes just two minutes to get a result at the moment. they're thinking it will cost around 2 bucks. really looking forward to the next four or five weeks, having gotten these prototypes out to countries, including san francisco, they're going to make that information as accurate as possible and hope to start
manufacturing as soon as september. >> that really could change the game from 12 days to some worst-case scenarios to two-minutes time to know whether you're negative or positive. willem marx, thank you, my friend. i want to get a check of the weather with bill karins and the covid numbers he's tracking for us. once again, numbers coming out of the south, specifically florida, breaking records that nobody wants to break. >> yeah. we're waiting to see where they peak, you know, where's the top of that wave. let's go it into into it. i know you hit it at the top of the shoerks aw, all the record-breaking numbers. yesterday, it was over 173,000. that breaks the old record, 172
172,00 six days ago. right now there are 67,162 per day. that would mean 1% of our population every 50 days would be getting infected. that's pretty staringing. think of your family and friends and 100 people you know. yesterday, the average seven-day, 761 days. highest three days since early juchb june. as far as the forecast, the northeast, shower activity. then the heatwave arrives. washington, d.c., to philly, new york, danks heat begins on saturday, but especially on sunday. hit-and-miss showers and storms
in florida. dangerous heat on sunday and monday in our nation's capitol. the peak of the heatwave and it looks like it will cool off a little bit next week. >> all right. thank you, bill. still ahead, e about, continuing signs of economic crisis as the coronavirus rates are pushing things to its low t eest level. that story coming up. level. that story coming up lease the 2020 es 350 for $359 a month things to its lowest level. that story coming up. ushing things to its lowest level that story coming up ce amazing at your lexus dealer.
welcome back, everybody. cnbc's julianna tatelbaum is joining us live from london. juliana, great to see you this morning. what's going on here? >> good morning. so this move that we've seen in mortgage rates down to below 3% really signifies how much policy has had an impact, the policy to support the u.s. economy as we deal with the pandemic.
now, economists have pointed out an interesting factor here, the fact that the job losses that we've seen as a direct result of the pandemic have disproportionately hit younger renters as opposed to would-be home buyers. so we're seeing, therefore, a pretty robust housing market, and the latest mortgage figures came alongside other data yesterday, showing home builder confidence pre-juul had returned. now, in terms of masks, i know this is a topic you guys were discussing earlier on the show, we've got some more retailers joining the fray , requiring shoppers to wear masks, walmart, cvs, starbucks, and target. target will begin enforcing the policy on august 1st. this follows similar moves by walmart, starbucks, verizon,
apple, at&t, and costco, which i know you guys have been discussing at length. >> so one thing that has taken off amidst this pandemic has been tik tok, and it seems as if now the united states seems now the united states is thinking of adding tiktok to a blacklist. why? and what does that mean? >> tiktok has been caught up in tensions between the u.s. and china, and just yesterday reports began emerging around the white house considering a ban on tiktok as tensions between beijing and washington escalate. one of the options could include putting the video app's parent company on a blacklist or pushing for a breakup of the companies. that's according to government sources who spoke to the financial times. larry kudlow weighed in telling reporters yesterday that a move by tiktok to move the company
would be a better option than a ban on the op. we should have a decision from the administration within a month. so this is a space to continue watching. >> there would be millions of folks across this country that would not be happy if a ban on tiktok happened. i can say that for sure. julianna tatelbaum live from london for us. thank you so much. coming up on "morning joe," driven by 18 states and what the white house calls the red zone, the u.s. notches its highest number of cases in a single day. we'll check in with health experts about the rampant crisis. "morning joe" is moments away. "morning joe" is moments away. - i'm norm.
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how do you explain that president trump is trailing his opponent by double digits nationally and in battleground states with majorities disapproving his handling of race relations and coronavirus? >> that would be a question for the campaign when it comes to campaign polling, but what i would say is we believe this president has great approval in this country. his historic covid response speaks for itself with
delivering on ventilators and testing, therapeutics, the 13 vaccine candidates. this president's response has been historic, we believe his support in this country reflects that. >> that was white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany yesterday touting the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic, despite plummeting poll numbers and soaring infections. joining me now with a look at axios a.m. political reporter hans nichols. good morning to you, great to see you on this friday morning. give us axios' 1 big thing today. >> good morning, it's great to see you as well. happy i guess it's friday finally this time. we have alexi mchammond who has a smart piece, looking at the
ways that elizabeth warren is influencing the biden campaign and the policy rollouts, you see warren's fingerprints all over a lot of biden's plans. we know they're in close conversations. you saw it last week in the green energy proposal where vice president biden moved up his time line by 15 years when you want to get to 100% renewals. we know they're in close conversations. the implications, everyone is wondering whether or not who is going to be the vice president's basically anything anyone is talking about in washington right now. this piece gives us a hint there's a lot of si nor ji between warren and the former vice president. but that pick we're expecting in a couple weeks. a couple more policy proposals, big rollouts, and once they get that done they'll shift theo wh
their choice is for the number two spot is. >> considering the fact that he's taken so many policy cues as has been laid out from elizabeth warren, i know she's been on the short list as a vice presidential pick. where are they on this search? >> there are a couple of forces taking place here. one of the main ones is how you respond to the george floyd killing and how you adequately meet the moment with the black lives matter protests. that's led many to suggest that the former vice president has always said it's going to be a female, it should be an african-american female. what we're hearing from some sources, especially in the black community, if there's anyone that talked to this moment and the underlying factors behind black lives matter it's elizabeth warren talking about racism, the inequities, the challenges that so many families face trying to raise kids with
dual incomes. so yes, elizabeth warren is still a 71-year-old white female, but at the same time she has the ability to speak to these issues that the activists say are the underlying causes of structural racism leading biden. >> it's interesting because we kept asking the question as we learned biden gaining in this thing whether or not he would become more progressive, if he would adapt more of elizabeth warren's type of policy, and it seems that's what he's doing. you covered biden this week. what did i learn? >> i was out with biden, he did give the green speech in wilmington. at the top of his speech, even though it's a big policy speech, he mentioned president trump's response to coronavirus. and you see this at almost every event that biden does. and by inserting something at the top of his remarks. he all but ensures it becomes part of the conversation.
it's the two track approach from biden, they're doing policy announcements, laying out a road map for how they'll govern if they win but at the same time they know they're winning on the coronavirus conversation they want to insert that into every debate, every bit of conversation out there. you see the vice president topping off his remarks, putting it in there, they think this is a winner for them inside the biden campaign. >> hans nichols thank you very joining us. i'll be reading axios a.m. in a little bit. you can sign up at axios.signup.com. that does it for me, i'm yasmin vossoughian. "morning joe" starts right now. we have many exciting things we'll be announcing over the next eight weeks, i would say, things nobody even contemplated, thought possible. things we are going to get done.
we're taking on so many aspects of things, but you'll see levels of detail and you'll see levels of thought that a lot of people believed very strongly we didn't have in this country, we're going to get things done. we're going to get things done they've wanted to see done for a long, long time. so i think we'll start on tuesday. >> it'll get better starting sometime on tuesday. okay. good morning and welcome to "morning joe," it is friday, july 17th. joe is off this morning. along with willie and me, we have msnbc national affairs analyst, executive editor of "the recount" john heileman. msnbc political analyst, michael steele. and former aid to the george w. bush white h a