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visit to walter reed medical center. he wore a face mask. he put on a mask inside the hospital and in front of the white house press corps. he told reporters he was not against masks but believe they have a time and place. stay there. we're live from the white house? just a moment. also today from the cdca new estimate of how many people may be infected with the coronavirus while experiencing absolutely no symptoms at all. as many as 40%, 40% are positive for the virus but not sick. the cdc estimates half the transmissions happened to people before they get sick. across the united states right now, look how many states are reporting a rise in coronavirus cases. in some areas, that rise is so significant. florida, georgia, south carolina
and today, we're hearing texas. all reporting record or near record high numbers of confirmed covid-19 infections in a single day. let's go live to kristen holmes. the president today visiting troops, wounded personnel at walter reed. he wore a protective mask in front of the white house reporters. something he has retraineded from doing. what has he said. >> you know it came after a lot of begging and pleading from aids and advisers who believed it was time for president trump to get on board with masks and just to walk you through it, as we know, president trump has said they weren't for him. he said meeting with dictators or other world leaders, or a mask, he didn't see it works out and behind closed doors, he said that -- he said that he leaved wearing a mask would send the
wrong message to the supporters as he tried to get away from the pandemic. here is why he said he was wearing a mask today. take a listen. >> well, i probably will have a mask. if you must know, i will probably have a mask. i think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, when you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the of raittioperating okay to wear a mask. i do believe they have a time and a place. >> a time and a place, not the same message his top health officials are saying, it's unclear wlmpbt this message that the aids anded a vi advisers we hoping a photo opportunity would send, it's okay to wear masks. the fact that he himself is limiting it to a small setting, it's unclear if that message is going to get across to his
supporters and those who are not wearing masks and listening to health experts. >> what happened today, i want to be precise and let the viewers know, it's different than a few weeks ago when he was in a ford plant in michigan. he was backstage, not in front of the whois white house press corps, and someone got a shot of him wearing a mask. he said he didn't want to give them the satisfaction of wearing a mask. today, the white house did allow, the traveling white house press pool, the photo journalist have him wearing a mask. today, we saw a different depiction with the white house blessings. the first time he had the ability to get the president wearing a mask. we're also hearing, kristen, for the first time, from robert mueller, the special council, and roger stone, he is talking
about the president's decision to commute stone. tell us about that. >> this is striking, wolf. the first time we have heard from robert mueller on his investigation, he is defending it in the public since last july when he test fied in front of congress. he is issuing an op-ed. it seems to be a direct response to president trump in the white house. and to give you an idea what he was responding to. he said how happy he was when he commuted the sentence of roger stone. this appears to be some ort of a direct response to that. he said he had to write this op-ed, and mueller said i feel compelled to respond to the claims that the investigation were ill legitimate and that
stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. he remains a convicted felon, and through the open ed, he walks through how they ended up with roger stone, what the jury said, how they found him guilty of lying. he lays out all of the lies that roger told, a portion of them here, and why it was that he was convicted. but probably the most powerful part of this op-ed, a direct response to dognald trump, is that we made every decision in stone's case based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance to the rules of love. the women and men who conducted the investigation acted with the highest integrity, and claims to the contrary are false. this is a man who largely stayed out of the pub lib eye. this is the first time we have
seen him in public since last july and issues a staunch defense of everything. >> very important. you're absolutely right. kristen holmes at the white house, thank you. for months, cinderella's castle has been vacant, no more. d disney world opened its gates, and some of the parks magic may be missing in favor of safety measures. natasha chen reports. >> reporter: disney theme parks may be an escape to a fingsal bubble but no amount of pixie dust can wipe away a pandemic. >> it's a world of temperature checks, parties separated on rides, touchless payments and required face masks that must loop around human heres, there have fewer people in the parks and advanced reservation for people who want to go in.
>> i do feel a bit nervous trying to do all the things i love and enjoy doing again, and remembering to do it as safely as i can. wearing an n-95 mask. packing clorox wipes, and watching my hands. >> for locals and theme park bloggers in orange county, florida, where covid cases are rising along with the rest of the state -- >> we feel safer at theme parks than we did at any store or restaurant. it feels safer because they're putting in that extra effort. >> he says the extra effort is more visible at diz never than he has seen at other theme parks. rides frequently stop so employees can an advertise them. politics -- plexiglas. >> it blew me away that everyone
was following the rules. i didn't expect that. >> orange county officials were asked if they had seen covid cases stemming for the theme parks that are open. >> i would be lying to say we wouldn't seen a case here and there that mention one of the parks. but we have never seen an outbreak in any of the parks that opened so far that we are aware of. >> disney's chief medical officer said in a blog post this week, we have reimagined the disney experience so we can all enjoy the magic responsibly. that includes the rest rantds, like chef art smith's homecoming with a patio and spaced out tables. >> everyone wants to enjoy their time here. but safely. and i think together, we're doing that. >> he says people need a safe way to get a little comfort food and magic right now. >> how we are in good times. it's how we are in challenging
times. okay? >> natasha chen, cnn. >> thank you. the pandemic is clearly growing across the state of florida. the state is up to 95 deaths so far today. the day is not over yet and you can see the past month, the numbers are skyrockets in florida. joining us now, the florida democratic congresswoman, the former secretary of health and human services, thanks very much for joining us. your district includes miami and miami beach. how are the conditions there on this saturday night? >> well, very sad. because we've had to close the restaurants and basically close down our community. and it's tragic. i represent the hotels, the rest rantds, the port. the airport. miami is just an economic
disaster. and we have not controlled covid-19. we may be edging up to closing the whole thing down again for 14 days or so because the infection is really out of control. it's out of control across the state. because our governor -- our governor won't tell everybody to wear a mask, at least in miami-dade county, everyone must wear a mask when they're outside. i wish we had the kind of resources disney has to protect people in the restaurants. our testing is limited and workers that have been asked to go back to work cannot even get tested. and even when you can get a test, it takes too long to get a result. so that all of the pieces that should have been put in place by the trump administration have not been put in place. we don't have strong leadership
out of the white house. and in our case, we don't have strong leadership from our governor. >> yeah, well, earlier in the week, we spoke with the mayor of atlanta, and she pointed out, she has coronavirus, it took her eight days to get the results of her coronavirus test. keisha lance bottoms. she has coronavirus. people are mentioning that. they are waiting 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days for the results. simply too long. we just showed the viewers, the scene in disney world, florida's theme park. the largest employer in the u.s. how worried are you that it's reopening on a limited basis with strict precautions? >> well, i'm not as worriried about people that are in the disney enterprise. but what happens when they leave or travel to get there? that's the worry.
disney has millions of dollars to spend. it tells you how difficult it's going to be to open schools if we don't have billions of dollars. but disney can do it inside. but no one else has that kind of money. and it's people traveling there f they have to stop, and stay some place. you know, they're not walking over there. so that's what the worry is. and we will not know for at least ten days what the impact has been. but no one has that kind of money. >> your governor says 21-year-olds have the most cases in your state right now. here's the question, should bars, jims, other places that draw 30-year-olds, 20-year-olds be open or shut down? >> we shut them down here, and the governor has shut down bars.
we also have limited people to 10:00 at night. but that's not -- that's just not good enough. we are not starving this virus. we should have done it months ago. the worst thing that can happen to us, and i said it three months ago, is that we could have to shut down again because we didn't shut down properly. so that's a situation we're in now. it's out of control. and we're not driving the virus down and we're not starving it. we need to starve it. conta conta conta contact tracing has no impact. so you can starve it down to a point where you are manage it. this an american tragedy. that is a result of a lack of leadership from the white house. and we're all running out of words. for what we can say about this lack of leadership. the president putting on a mask today means nothing. because he qualified it so much.
he refuses to follow public health guidelines and that's resulting in american illness as well as deaths. >> yeah, he says he was wearing a mosque because he was in the hospital. then again, everybody has to wear a mask in the hospital. and congresswoman, good luck to you and everyone in miami. we'll hope for the best. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> states across the country break new records, new cases, some school districts are scrambling big time to try to figure out how tory open in the fall. is it actually possible with students in classrooms? we will take a closer look at how one city is planning to try to handle it. stay with us. you're in the situation room. e . they're going to be paying for this for a long time. they will, but with accident forgiveness allstate won't raise your rates just because of an accident, even if it's your fault. cut! sonny.
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safely. what it will look like are key questions that remain unanswered. cnn reports. >> i think the commonalty in the schools and the school leadership and the teachers and administrators, that we all want to protect the safety of the children that are in schools. >> the cdc director on cnn's coronavirus town hall attempting to clear up the confusion to withhold funding for schools that do not reopen. something they did not have the legal authority to do on their own. as well as his cdc guidelines. >> we think it's an important tragedy for helping the schools reopen. >> for months, school districts have been scrambling trying to figure out just try to reopen safely as the acting superintendent of the houston school district showed us.
>> two students a table, and one student a table. we have to sit out 11 students in a classroom. >> most recently, may bill de blasio telling new york city they should plan to spend one to three days a week inside a cloo classroom. the other days online. >> some days in the week, you learn in the classroom, and other points in the week, you are learning remotely. >> local officials rely on guidelines as well as the cdc. one of its top recommendations is social distancing in opportunities. the hybrid model is stuntds are in smaller groups, rotating days and hours in class seems to be the most feasible. but the trump administration is now pushing schools to reopen full time in the fall. an endufer -- endeavor made for
challenges as states see spikes in cases. in florida, an emergency order ordering all schools to open at least five days a week. >> if you can go home depot, if you can do walmart, you can do these things, we can do the schools. >> but some educators say they will not follow the order if cases don't go down. >> i think it will be counterintuitive with positive increases and restaurants just being shut down again for us to pack up schools. >> in texas, governor greg abbott said schools have to offer flexibility. and in california, goff nosh gavin newsom says schools will reopen when the data says they
can do so. there is still time to get it right. >> the time to plan is absolutely right now. in particular when we think and healthy building strategies, schools have to be paying attention to and looking at their mechanical and ventilation systems right now. >> cnn, new york. >> thank you, and georgia, one of the earliest states to reopen, covid cases right now are surging, more than 114,000 confirmed cases and nearly 3,000 deaths. against this backdrop, the atlanta school system is saying no clo to classrooms when the school year starts. lisa is joining us now. i understand you're going to start again with what's called virtual learning. so what factors went into learning this decision? >> yeah, and thank you, you are correct. for atlanta public schools, we appreciate the opportunity so have this conversation.
let me speak to what helped us in this decision. first, simpbly been the science of the data. we recognize that in georgia and in atlanta, community spread is increasing. atlanta's become a hot spot. as we have been trying to govern or decisions, and fulton county public health. we are in a state of spread. knowing a 10 to 14 day window allows to you have a sense of how it moves, we have to make a decision relative to the safety and wellness of the staff and students for reopening. the first day of school could have been august.
>> we know it's difficult to close please the recommendations of all. as a school system, the first prirtd priority is not only the safety of the children but also the staff. throughout the month of august, we identified a space to focus on the continued development of the teachers for virtual instruction. we want to have instructional integrity in that. all of us were disrupted in march so we had an opportunity to acknowledge what the challenges have been and we had a chance to interface with small groups as we transition, and august 24th is the virtual learning experience. i heard earlier, the reference to hybrid models and face to face. it's important to know, we identified those as potential considerations but the data
change, the science of what the pattern has been has been to be a key figure in that, and beyond the data, we spent the time for me and the leaders for the system, talking with specialists, and epidemiologists, and it's in the not just an isolated decision, but a complex one that require recommendations and the opinions in the experts of the field of public health. >> what is so heart breaking, correct me if i'm wrong, there are a lot of kids in kindergarten and high school, poor neighborhoods, who don't have access to a computer, internet right now. what do you do about that? >> that is perfectly stated. and the level of inequities that exist in a city like atlanta are real. we know they are in place. and prior to my transition, the district helped outfit students in need and start an initiative to help keep aps connected.
for us to make the decision relative to virtual learning, we also had to dmocommit to two things. you can't do a device if you don't have connect activity. so we are committed to making available hot spots in the house hold. when i mention the frame work, the first two weeks of august, august 3rd to the 21st, we are outfitting teachers, and also the students. and when you mention inequities, it's important we have to talk about the social and emotional challenges that have -- we have all faced in this time. so we have a recommendation and a plan to look at trauma to transition, those who experience other challenges, whether they have been in the house or in other experiences in our country. and it's important. as an educator a heart and one
that recognizes the excitement to the first days of school, going to a new school building or a new teacher, we are not trying to take away that moment but we mechanirecognize there he newness. in the first nine weeks, according to the data, it's simply has to be guarded and the decision has to be made carefully. >> they are life and death decisions. it's so painful. all of us remember the first days at school and a lot of the kids are not going to be able to enjoy that right now. thanks for joining us, and thanks for the work you're going in atlanta. we are grateful for you. >> thank you, and wolf, and on behalf of the atlanta public schools, thank you for letting us have this moment. >> igs is so important. thank you. we just heard when atlanta is planning to do with students. should other cities be wise to follow the same plan? we will discuss and whether the
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back to school or keep learning from home? we are talking about a thorny question tonight. joining us know, epidemiologist dr. sayed. and with us, dr. morgan from the life span brown ufrth. doctor, let me give your reaction to from what we heard from the atlanta public schools. the commissioner decided not to
farm formally open the new school year, with classroom learning. they are going to do it virtually for the time being. do you think that's the right decision? >> you know, it makes me sad for those kids you dbut i think it' right decision in georgia. our goal is to have them open for the kids' sake but we have to look at the rate of covid-19 in a community. once it's too high, it's not safe to open schools and we have to look at the preparation of the school system. it's questions whether they are maintain social distancing, where they have enough masks. whether the teachers are prepared to come back. whether they are able to handle tra transportation. given the rates of covid-19 in atlanta right now, i think it's very much the right decision for that school system. >> doctor what do you think? you were also the former detroit
health commissioner. if you were advicing drit detroit's mayor, what would you advise? >> you need to do everything you can to prepare schools to open in the fall. that being said, it all has to do with where and what the status of transmission looks like in the time of reopening. the fact of the matter is, we have seen this disease can double in a matter of 223456 days. so for us to be making decisions about what is's going to happen in the end of august and september, when many epidemiologists think it's early. and i think it's really smart, as heard from the commissioner atlanta to think about what we need to do to build out. and if the decision's going to be, look, we're not going to open up, so be it. if the decision is we way tonight to have face to face learning, let's make sure we can do it safely. be and let's note make the call
right now. >> we got discurbing information from the cdc, it says that up to 40% of the people who have the virus may be totally asymptomatic. how worried are you about that? >> you know, wolf, that information is skis with some preliminary studies we have been worries about. how important it is to maintain physical distancing and to wear that mask if neither you nor the person you're with think you're sick. what the 40% number means is that you can be around someone who seems perfectly healthy, and they can still be spreading covid-19. it also applies to the school situation we're talking about. and i think going forward, having a percentage of asymptomatic testing, and the average person who is out and about, that's going to be so
critical for controlling the disease. >> yeah, and a lot of the asymptomatic people are in their 20s and 30s. they think they're fine and showing no symptoms at all. but they can pass on the virus to their parents, grandparents, friends, strangers. they don't even know -- that's why they should all be wearing masks. it's a simple procedure. >> that's right. i want to be clear about something, wolf. being asymptomatic is not the same thing as immune. a lot of people think because they are young and healthy, with a low probability of serious illness means they are immune. that is dangerous for population spread. we know when people have symptoms, they seem to sequester
themselves. and that is key. and i means wearing a mask when you're out and about. so it's really, really critical that people follow this advice and don't be somebody who spreads the decide to somebody you know or love or care about. >> or somebody you don't know and that person ends up being very, very sick and could potentially die. thank you so much for joining us. doctor, thanks to you as well. important to hear what you both have to say. we will have much more on the coronavirus epidemic coming up, and other news, the president today forcefully saying his decision to intervene with a former aide and robert mueller is making a public state. we have details and a new information. we will share it with you. draw the line with roundup. the sure shot wand extends with a protective shield to target weeds precisely and kill them right down to the root.
but first, we turn to the white house. late friday night, president trump commuted the sentence of his long time friend. and this afternoon, the president tried to discredit the stone case in stark contrast to what his own attorney general bill barr has been saying about the conviction for months and days. watch this. >> roger stone was treated horribly. roger stone was treated very unfairly. roger stone was brought in this witch hunt, the political witch hunt and the mueller swam. it's a scam. it's been proven that, and he was treated unfairly. what i did, will i tell you, people are treatmently happy. because in this country, they want justice. and roger stone was not treated properly. >> well, as you know, the stone case was prosecuted while i was
attorney general and i supported it. i think it was established, he was convicted of obstructions and witness tampering. i thought that was a righteous prosecution. >> also tonight, robert mueller responsibilitied with an op-ed in the washington post and he writes this, i feel compelled to respond that the investigation wasillegitimate, and the russia inge inge investigation was important. and stone was prosecuted because he committed federal crimes. and joining us now, senior legal analyst laura coates. what is your reaction to the rare public remarks from mueller? he and bill barr appear to be on the same page when it comes to roger stone. the president obviously on a
very different page. >> the idea we haven't heard from mueller since july of 2019. it's been able a year since we heard from him. and to hear him talk about it, compelled to offer the explanation and defend in a way he frankly didn't defend with the same vigor to have him and attorney general barr talk about it being a righteous prosecution? there is a reason for that. that is not somebody who was handed down a preosecution. it was jury trial. and the people with a jury, decided he was guilty of federal crimes. remember, federal prosecutors stepped back. they were trying to roll back his sentence. that is how much they felt he violated the federal law. you hear the president of the
yith not fully pardoning but come mutding. the president does not feel as though the witch hunt line he has been running, he felt he still had to do it. it's shocks. >> it's pretty amazing too, that the attorney general, robert mueller, barr said adds we heard, the prosecution was righteous, the guge gave -- was fair. you know, it's amazing that the president two or three days after his attorney general says this, comes out with the communation and a different position. >> a totally different one. remember, he is just a few days from serving the sentence next week. so the idea, why now? why would the president be doing this? tone wasn't just ten tenssenten yesterday, this has been looming
for some time. it begs the question about the pit's m.o. distractions, or the news with the headlines or how he feels in a sense of what just happened a few days ago, wolf? the supreme court handed down two rulings about his financial documents h his trail blazers returns, and a witch hunt, a persecution of him. and almost a knee jerk reaction trying to show he is going to do something about it. and what you have here, what should be happening on the legislative side. and about having parameters around the presidential power to commute, and to have something related to the president in his dealings, you have a lot of pandora's box again because of the president's action. >> always great to hear what you have to say. but especially great today.
it's a very, very special day for you, laura. happy birthday to you. many, many more. >> thank you. happy 40th. thank you. >> you look much, much younger. appreciate it. >> go on, thank you, thank you wolf. >> coming up, mexico is forging with plans to reopen despite new cases, over 7,000 in one day alone. we're going there live. i don't keep track of regrets and i don't add up the years, but what i do count on... is boost high protein... and now, there's boost mobility... ...with key nutrients to help support... joints, muscles, and bones. try boost mobility, with added collagen. and its mission is to make sleep...feel...cool.
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reopen. mexico is trying the same but its on curve remains far from flat. cnn's matt rivers is in mexico city with the latest. >> reporter: from june 2 hnd to july 2an mexico city's cases jumped. also their market, crowd asked confined reopened. this woman invited us to see her stall. she says she and seven family members all had covid-19 back in april. when the government opens markets back up she jumped. she says the people that work here live day to day and we can't survive otherwise. people like her could presumably survive, though, without shopping for clothes. but there she was. she says, god willing, it stays open because it is really nice to have contact with people again. but experts say it is contact with people that's the problem, though most in this market didn't seem to care. they also didn't seem the care
in other parts of the city like here despite the government's healthy distance awareness campaigns, in many places it is just not happening in i think it is too dangerous to re-establish the social activities? mexico. >> reporter: we have seen what happens when places reopen too soon, thinking of course of the united states. mexico city started reopening malls and restaurants last week when new cases were still high this. chart from mexico city's government shows a slight trend down wards from its peak something health experts say could be easily reversed if scenes from market like this continue to happen. though the government insists they can do this safely. he says it is fundamental for the economy but we do have to be on top of everything, which it is clear they are not. requirements like using anti-bacterial gel, social distancing and temperature checks were not enforced in most places. and people knew it. you know, a woman just came up to us off camera and said hey
stop filming because when your video airs thir they are going to have to close the market back down. but you don't have to be a public health expert to see what is happening right now at this market is not safe. across awful mexico cases and deaths tripled since june 1st and they keep going up. across all of mexico certain sectors of local economies are reopening like this. that is a dangerous combination. matt rivers, cnn, mexico city. >> thank you, matt. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. i will be back tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. eastern for another special edition of the situation room, a cnn special, "things i wish i knew before i started talking" starts right after a quick break. michael smerconish. we'll be right back. ...or an ov. get all your pet essentials right when you need them, with curbside pickup at petsmart. just order online, drive up, check-in, and pick up.
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