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good tuesday morning i'm chris jansing in for craig melvin let's get you caught up on the facts. right now there are more than 3.8 million known coronavirus cases in our country, and so far we've lost close to 142,000 americans. to put that in perspective for you, the 14-day tracking has cases up 32% and deaths up a disturbing 64%, but the president is tweeting this morning, quote, we are doing very well. that's the message the white house is looking to sell as this deepening crisis is now driving the president back to the briefing room. starting today, he will restart his daily coronavirus task force briefings for the first time since they were axed in april over concerns from his own party
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he was getting off message top white house negotiators are meeting with senate republicans to hash out some sticking points today, and that doesn't even take into account what the democrats want one of the issues centers on schools, and that fight is only heating up across the country. in florida, the largest teachers union is suing governor ron desantis over his push to fully reopen all public schools next month. more on that in a moment we start in georgia, though, where only in the last hour a judge in the middle of a critical showdown between the gov more and the mayor of atlanta recused herself on a case over coronavirus restrictions right before arguments were set to begin. the issue at hand there, governor brian kemp is suing atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms to stop the city from enforcing the mask man date and other orders this is unfolding as cases in
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georgia continue to steadily decline. let's bring in nbc's blayne alexander with the latest. the governor filed this lawsuit against the mayor last week. what do we know about why the judge has recused herself and anything else that's key to this case >> reporter: we know that recusal came at the very last minute the hearing was set to begin right now, at 11:00 a.m. in atlanta. we found out within the past hour or so she is recusing herself. we expect to get the recusal letter sometime later today. we should have more insight as to why she's step ag way from the case however, this is deepening this rift between georgia's governor, georgia's republican governor and the democratic mayor of atlanta, keisha lance bottoms. all of this really comes down to masks, whether or not they should be required and whether the city has the power to enforce people to mandate people to wear face masks tlaernt's mayor keisha lance
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bottoms says it comes down to data and science she says because the number of cases going up, because masks can help curb the spread of coronavirus, she says it's important to make it mandatory georgia governor brian kemp says he believes people should wear masks, too he says he's in favor of people wearing masks, but he says mandating it takes it a step too far. he says people do not need a mandate to do the right thing. let's listen to a little bit of what atlanta's mayor had to say. take a look. >> this governor is suing me personally for making voluntary recommendations to people on phased guidelines. these guidelines are based on where we are with covid, based on metrics, based on science, based on data. this continuation of claiming that we are playing politics really is laughable in this state. >> reporter: that was atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms speaking on the readout last
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night. all this comes as numbers in georgia, cases continue to rise. we saw the state add more than 2,400 new covid cases yesterday, chris. >> blayne alexander in atlanta for us again with that breaking news as we get more information ability that recusal, we'll bring it to youchlt meantime in florida, the coronavirus escalation has gotten so bad, it's being described in terms of a hurricane, a category five as one nursing home executive put it the state health department reporting 10,000 new cases today. sam brock is keeping an eye on all of this from miami bring us up to speed and tell us what you're hearing from residents on the ground here >> reporter: good morning. we've broken the streak. six out of seven days, ten out of 12 days of over 10,000 cases in florida 9,300 today. wh a lot of people here recognize the fact we're living in a hot
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zone they're skeptical where the numbers are as high as being reported on saturday, miami-dade county stopped reporting the two-week positivity rate which at last check had been 28% over two weeks. they're trying to reconcile those numbers with state statisticians right now. given that that's going on, the eyeball test at the moment tells you certainly we have a problem. at our local hospitals here, icu units are being stressed we know there are attending physicians, nurses and other hospital employees that are fatigued, staffing shortages all that is certainly true from firsthand accounts governor ron desantis was providing an update on this yesterday including the school issue, slated to open florida schools in three or four weeks here this is what happened during his update >> what cdc has said is anybody that tests positive, if they then die, that's a death amongst cases. but i think the public should know to say, okay, if somebody
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commits suicide, for example and they turn up positive, should that be attributed to the coronavirus? for the perspective of the state's reporting, they'll keep doing it the cdc's way at least the public should know how many of those types of fatalities there are >> reporter: he's taking issue right there with the phi at that time count in florida which is over 5,000 governor desantis saying, if somebody else had another ailment and also covid-19, should the covid-19 be counted in the overall tally either way, chris, this is a very serious juncture right now in what's going on with florida. looking at a positivity rate, the latest numbers, 17.3% for the state. that's much higher than just about anywhere else in the country. florida at this point in time has the highest per capita new infection rate of any state in the country. chris. >> sam brock with those disturbing statistics. thank you so much. i want to bring in nickie fried, the florida commission of
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agriculture and consumer services, the highest elected democrat in the state. thank you so much for joining us let me start by simply asking after we heard what sam just had to say, what in the world is going on in florida? >> it's heartbreaking what's happening here in the state. as sam just reported, we are seeing record numbers every single day six out of seven of our dies have seen over 10,000 cases. over 50 hospitals are at capacity in our icus we're seeing no leadership from the governor the governor continues to downplay the severity of the virus which means he's not giving the right information to the public we're having to count on our businesses, our individuals to protect themselves we're not seeing leadership. we're getting into very dangerous territory. certainly opening up schools is going to be an issue that's going to continue to prevail in the coming weeks here in the state of florida
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>> it is against the backdrop of those statistics that florida's largest teachers union, as you know, is suing the governor over his push to fully reopen all public schools next month. the head of the teachers union was on "today" this morning. i want to play a little bit of what he had to say. >> the commissioner and the governor gave our community at large a choice, to go to the beaches, to be reckless at bars, at restaurants we cannot simply get this wrong in our public schools. there are 2.8 million children depending on us to get this right. this is a live or death situation. we don't want to be reckless and irresponsible. we don't have personal protection equipment we have no education as relates to how to social distance. our schools were built for social interaction, not social distancing >> are you worried, commissioner, the state is getting it wrong by having schools fully reopen in a few weeks as cases are speaking in many places around the state >> first of all, i absolutely
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stand with our teachers union. in our florida constitution, our schools have to be safe and secure in order to be open that's not what's going to happen here. we have had about 23,000 of our kids who have tested positive. that's one-third of our kids who tested have tested positive. if we're going to open up our schools, we need to make sure we're doing it safely. unfortunately the governor and the executive order are very confusing. our parents, our teachers are scared, are worried. they're seeing absolutely no leadership we need to have steady leadership with a clear path and give our teachers and our schools the right direction and the right protocols in order to open up safely this is going to be a concern as we continue to see the number of cases continue to increase >> let me go to the other end of the age spectrum one place we've seen a lot of skepticism over the virus is in the villages for those who don't know, it's one of the biggest retirement communities in america, in
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central florida. more than 120,000 people, most of them over 55. "the new york times" reports it this way, quote, since the beginning of july, hospital admissions of residents from the villages have quadrupled at the university of florida health the villages the hospital's critical care doctor said as of last week the hospital admitted 29 villages residents, all of them with the virus, said the pulmonologist and critical care doctor there. that was up single digits from just three weeks before. as the times reports, many residents had been going about their lives as if the coronavirus didn't exist how do you get older florida residents to take this virus seriously, especially some who called it a hoax in the beginning? >> that's one of my greatest criticisms of the governor, because of his lack of leadership and non-emphasis on the severity of what is happening here in the state, he has toted how the villages had
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done it right, encouraged them to be going out and playing golf and show them as a huge success story. that's just not the case we're seeing spread across both spectrums of our youth as well as our senior citizens here in the state. we have a significantly high senior population in comparison to the rest of the country florida has 27% of the population at 65 or above. they are the ones the most at danger and the vulnerable populations, to be ending up in the icu, ending up on ventilators. we no ed to take it more seriously and make sure we're relying on leadership and our state government which we're not seeing i really encourage everybody who is watching this, please, make sure you're wearing a mask, that you're social distancing, that you're not being in crowds, you're washing your hands and taking it seriously. just because establishments are open doesn't mean you should be going to them. please take it upon yourself to be responsible
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unfortunately government has failed our state so now we're going to be relying on our corporations and businesses, that's the only way we're going to be able to get through this as well as get our tourism back tourism in the state of florida is the number one economic driver until which time we have this virus under control, it's going to continue to hurt our tourism, will continue to hurt our economy. in order for us as a state to heal, we need to save lives and save our economy, making sure we've got this under control >> commissioner nikki fried, thank you for taking the time to be with us we do appreciate it. meantime, critical decisions are being made right now on capitol hill treasury secretary steve mnuchin and white house chief of staff mark meadows are negotiating with senate republicans over the next round of covid relief they will also meet with senate minority leader chuck schumer and house speaker nancy pelosi new fault lines are appearing
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over trz and his own party he wants a payroll tax cut and little to no funding for contact tracing and testing. garrett, what can you tell us about the tensions at play and any timeline for when we might see a relief bill? >> reporter: these negotiations are just getting under way even as we speak this morning the points of tension are as you laid them out, the payroll tax cut that the white house wants but no enthusiasm from anyone i can detect on capitol hill this idea for more money for tracing and testing is something every senate republican would like to see in the bill. they recognize the route to reopening the economy runs through more testing the white house thinks there's money already ag kated that could be spent for that purpose. that's a continuing point of discussion a short time ago mitch mcconnell was on the floor and laid out a couple of planks of what we know will be in the bill. he said there will be $105 billion, with a b, set aside for
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schools and for school reopenings we don't know exactly how that money will be used it's a big money, more money in the house-passed heroes act back in may he confirmed direct payments to individuals in this next bill. we don't know how much money that will be that's been another one of those moving targets for the negotiators up there as for the timeline, pretty much everyone involved understands there's immediacy here they want to get this done ideally by the end of this month and the next ten days so they can get things like unemployment benefits sorted out before those expire and before rent is due for next americans on the first of the month it's tough to see congress moving fast under the best of conditions chris, these are hardly the best of conditions, still operating under this pandemic here in washington. >> hardly the best of conditions garrett haake on the hill, thank you so muchme for that. while u.s. lawmakers hash out coronavirus relief, today in grueling negotiations our european allies passed their own bill the price tag totals more than
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$857 billion, and in a groundbreaking move, it allows countries in the eu to sell bonds collectively rather than individually which means the money raised will be given to member nations hit hardest by the pandemic as grants that will not have to be repaid. for comparison to where we are in this crisis, the eu has largely bent its case curve while cases in the u.s., of course, are still climbing. coming up, a teenager still in custody during the pandemic raising a complicate ed debate about what merits detention during a health crisis plus, back at the podium president trump set to restart the covid briefings today after walking away three months ago. why he says now's the time first, one california nurse describes the sheer kmugs she and frontline workers are feeling, but adding they're still committed to the fight. >> we're exhausted, just
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the michigan supreme court is considering the case of a 15-year-old girl who is detained despite the pandemic activists say it puts a spotlight on racial inequalities and detention rates in a majority white suburb of detroit. let's go to the groves high school in beverly hills, michigan nbc's heidi przybilla is there keeping an eye on all of this. this is a complicated case lay it out for us. can heidi hear us?
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>> reporter: that's right, chris. the supreme court in michigan is considering whether to hear the case of a 15-year-old named grace. grace has a history of violence against her mother, and grace was detained in may actually after violating terms of her probation. her lawyers say grace poses no threat to the community and that violation, that was a failure to do her homework. according to the judge who passionately disagreed in a hearing yesterday, she said grace does pose a threat she poses a threat to her own mother grace had a history of violence against her mother the police had been called out to the home several times and grace is actually being detained at a rehabilitation center where she's benefiting from the rehabilitation that she's receiving psychological services and behavioral services. chris, this case raises questions about detention during a pandemic and what raises to
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the level of detention the governor here, governor whitmer, issued an executive order saying the child must post a substantial and immediate risk to the community in the case of ms. grace, she committed no violence against her mother since november. even the prosecutor who brought this case said grace should probably be let go protesters here said this case puts a spotlight on racial disparities on detention in this predominantly white affluent suburb where nearly half the cases of children detained amid the pandemic since june are black children propublica said they can find no other case of a child detained for violating probation by essentially failing to do their homework the oakland county courts family division weighed in the other day. they said assault, in effect, were two of the factors that weighed into the decision to take ms. grace back into
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decision and race was not one of those factors. now, if nothing else happens here, the supreme court does not decide to take this up, the next step will be another hearing on september 8th, chris >> heidi przybilla in michigan for us thank you for that update. up next, our doctors will be here to answer your covid questions, from custodians to after-school care, the biggest concerns on yo murind.
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right now the white house is pushing congress to pass a coronavirus relief package that focuses on kids, jobs and vaccines which are just three of the many topics we've received questions from viewers on every single day with the country rapidly approaching 4 million coronavirus cases, the virus clearly is not slowing down. so we have brought in two of our experts to answer more of your viewer submitted questions dr. peter hoe tez, the founding dean of the national school of prop cal medicine at baylor. and dr. kavita patel, an msnbc medical contributor. let's start with this question from paula in tacoma i'm in a district that keeps
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cutting back staff claiming a lack of funding. last year they cut all of our hourly employees, then reduced our custodial force. how important is main power in the containment of this virus? will there be a problem if we don't have enough add daults to monitor and carry out safety protocols. dr. patel? >> chris, i think the first and foremost important message is that everybody needs to be safe, children, workers, teachers, administrators so key in guiding the process to safety, social distancing, masks, all the processes that we've been talking about so to specifically answer her question, i think anything you need to do to make sure you are safe is what will ensure the safety of the school so a frank conversation between teachers, parents and administrators needs to happen so that the staffing is at kwat and also supports your own health there's in places you can go to online to just advocate for what can keep you and your children
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safe >> custodians always essential, but never more so than they are now. let's go to a question from barbara. states need to be sure, if they open schools, even part time, single parents may need child care for when students are not in school. is anyone addressing this issue. how can single parents who work out of the home home school their children dr. hoe tez, what can these single parents and parents working from home do >> this is very tough, even heartbreaking situation. especially in communities where there's a lot of virus transmission and it's not safe to open schools. there's no easy answer to this i'm intrigued by a recent op-ed written by an astronomy professor at university of texas who makes the case that what we can do is create safe online learning centers in the school, so even though kids being home schooled, kids who are no choice, no place to go, we can
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create online learning centers where they can be partly supervised this could even provide nutritional support because schools are important for food security as well as mental health counseling. that's an interesting idea that we use some of that unused space for some students who have no place else to go and who need the extra support. >> next we have a question from roman in new jersey. we know that there are many labs working on a vaccine for this pandemic how about developing a better procedure for testing. why can't someone develop a test with instant results you can be tested negative today and by the time you get the results, you could be positive dr. patel, we know testing has been a real problem. i think instant tests generally have been less reliable than ones that go to a lab. bring us up to date on where we are with that. >> that's right, chris just briefly and for roman's benefit, the real gold standard has been the swabs you do in the
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nose or mouth and you try to find basically the genetic material, called a pcr test. you may recall that's what all the delays are for that test itself is not able to be done instantly because the samples need to be taken to a lab where a human takes the sample, processes it, puts it through a machine. all these steps can take, even in the fastest form hours, but because there's so much demand for the test, it's taking days the more instant test, what's called an antigen test looks for kind of pieces of the protein on a virus. that can be processed in minutes. here's bad news, chris even my clinic is backordering the machines to process the tests. the demand is so high that even a test that's not that reliable is hard to obtain. i think this is going to be a fundamental story that continues as we struggle to get more tests to people quickly. >> it's going to tell a lot when
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we do the post mortem on all this this next question is from derrick in memphis if professional athletes are hesitant about participating in sports right now because of covid-19, shouldn't high school athletes be concerned also in our school system fall coaches were told to individually submit their own covid-19 safety plan and the school athletic directors and our athletic association will approve them shouldn't the coaches at least be offered some type of training first? there is no plan to test the athletes or the coaches. dr. hotez, you come from a state known pretty well for its sports right now it's a coronavirus hot spot how would you answer that question >> they wrote the word insanity there. that's what it is. it is insane to think we have to ask school teachers, now coaches, to become epidemiologists and figure this out. they are paying the price for kicking the can down the road. the federal government is
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kicking it to the gaf nors, the governors to the county judges, county executives and the mayors, and then to the school districts and then to the teachers and the coaches they're not -- they don't have the training to do this. they're not getting the guidance the bottom line is we need a new plan for the nation to really make some hard decisions about how to limit community spread. there's really no way to open schools safely in areas where there's high levels of transmission so it's all about -- we've got to sort of kick it back to our elected leaders to make some hard decisions to bring down community transmission to containment mode, one new case per million residents per day. then we can do all these things like open schools and colleges, even have sporting events. to ask the individual coaches and teachers to figure this out in the middle of a covid epidemic like we have here in texas or florida, it just makes no sense at all.
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>> that kind of responsibility where the consequences are potentially so high. dr. peter hotez, thank you dr. patel, you're going to stick with us. the nfl is taking new steps to keep its players safe we'll talk about that coming up. plus, course correction? the president flaunting two things he once refused to do, wearing a mask and restarting those regular covid briefings. are ratings and not informing the public his motive? granted. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ with spray mopping to lock away debris and absorb wet messes, all in one disposable pad. just vacuum, spray mop, and toss. the shark vacmop, a complete clean all in one pad. ♪ ♪
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call today and find out more. i'm proud to be a part of aag, i trust em, i think you can too. the very coronavirus task force briefing that got canceled in late april makes its return at 5:00 eastern time this afternoon. it got the axe in the first place after critics, among them worried republicans up for re-election, were asked about statements like these. >> i look at it, i view it in a sense a wartime president. that's what we're fighting
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it's a very tough situation. >> somehow sitting in the oval office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk, i think wearing a face mask as i greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, i don't know. somehow i don't see it for myself then >> then i see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a inmutt, one minute is there a way we can do something like that by injection. >> but with the president's pole numbers in rapid decline and because, as he points out, the briefings got high ratings, trump believes the briefings can be a big asset with voters nbc's carol lee is at the white house for us what are you hearing for the reasons for restarting the briefings, clearly the misinformation you put out the first time didn't engender the himt of the american people
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to focus on when he resumes his appearances at the podium in the briefing room. he's struggling essentially answer questions about his leadership on the pandemic this is the white house's attempt to try to course correct on that. he's under a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism officials told us they've had internal polling that they looked at that show americans really have no idea what the federal government is doing in terms of the response to the pandemic but the president, however, had his own reasons he has outlined for why he wants to return to these briefings. let's take a listen to what he had to say yesterday >> as i was doing them, we had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching in the history of cable television, television, there's noefr been anything like it. >> reporter: it's worth noting, chris, this is not necessarily as billed, a task force briefing in the traditional sense the white house has listed it as
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a news conference. officials tell us he's expected to, as of now -- this could always change -- be the only one appearing at this briefing so none of the other medical experts or others we've seen at these brief innings in the past. i will tell you the thing his aides want him to do is stay very focused on coronavirus during this briefing when he appears later today and to really just talk about what he's doing to deal with the pandemic rather than veer off into other topics we'll see if he's able to do that. >> yeah. what they want him to do and what he does is always a crap shoot, isn't it? carol lee, thank you so much for that we have so much to talk about as the president gets ready to restart these briefings. let's bring in jonathan capehart, opinion writer for "the washington post" and an msnbc contributor. former white house policy director and msnbc contributor dr. patel is also with us.
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dr. fauci said yesterday he thought he'd be back for at least some of them just the president behind the podium at least he was straightforward about this he touted ratings as the key reason for restarting these reasons, jonathan. >> yeah. that's really unfortunate. he's doing these briefings for all the wrong reasons. we have more than 140,000 americans dead of a global pandemic with no national strategy. when the president was doing the briefings a couple months ago, at least you had drs. fauci and birx there to try to weave reality into the happy talk coming from the president and vice president the fact that carol lee just reported that he's going to be the only one standing there behind the podium, that these are not official coronavirus briefings, that his staff is hoping that he will stick to the
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topic of coronavirus tells me that those folks -- it's like they're riding in the front seat of a roller coaster with no lap bar. he has shown over 3 1/2 years he has no discipline. we saw when those briefings were happening, sure, his ratings were up, but his poll numbers came down. the idea that he wants to gin these back up to get his pole numbers back up to me is a fool's errand. right now what the american people want to hear and should hear from the president of the united states is a clear articulation of a national strategy for testing, a national strategy for contact tracing and how that will play into reopening schools when it is safe and appropriate and how he is bringing all the governors together, not pitting them against each other in a wild hunt for ppe and other things that they're trying to do on their own to keep their people safe that's what the president should
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do that's what president trump should do, but we know he isn't capable of doing it. >> and again, not bringing in the medical experts. dr. fauci just spoke with maria shriver for the "today" show i want to play a little part of that conversation. >> over the weekend the president described you as a little bit of an alarmist. >> i consider myself a realist as opposed to an alarmist. >> you're dealing with reality, as you would like to say >> i believe so. but then again, others have different opinions >> clearly, though, jonathan, the idea behind this is the white house wants to continue to push this narrative that everything is going great, just the way the president actually tweeted this morning, about how well everything is going i guess part of the problem is that it's one thing to say things that are incorrect. it's another thing to say things that are wrong and may give
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people license to do things that actually could be deadly, deadly for themselves, deadly for other people. >> that's right. that's what we've been seeing with the pushback on wearing masks, with the pushback on socially distancing and this drive to reopen everything before it was time, truly before it was time. this is an opportunity -- this should be an opportunity for the president to rally the governors. but what we're going to see is more happy talk, more expressions from the parallel universe where the president believes and thinks that everything is going great. but on the ground you have governors from both parties, local officials from both parties who are dealing with the reality that people are sitting in line for hours on end for testing, if they have testing, and then those people are waiting days, if not a couple
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weeks, for those test results. then you have these local officials who are trying desperately to safeguard their citizens we've got major metropolitan areas who are losing hospital -- not losing hospital beds the hospital beds are filling up, and the trauma that new york went through, that we all watched back in march and april and into may, that is now happening in texas and florida and arizona and again in california now is the time for national leadership >> so dr. patel, in addition to the 5:00 briefing that we're going to have, kaileigh mcenany, the press secretary is briefing now, and our colleague, kelly o'donnell has been tweeting about some of the things she says the press secretary was defending the president's choice not to wear a mask by saying he is tested multiple times a day,
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that's a quote multiple times a day previously they talked about him getting tested daily is there even a medical reason you can think of forgetting tested multiple times a day? everybody wants the president and the people around him to be able to have access to testing, but multiple times a day >> it certainly doesn't make any sense, especially when we're trying to talk about how we can prevent illness. wearing a face mask as well as practicing everything we've been telling ourselves and our families to do seems to be a model that the president should set for himself, and testing multiple times a day really only gives you an insight into that specific moment in time. and we already know that there is still cases of this virus where people can test positive one moment and be asymptomatic and still spread the disease given his position, not just for national but international security, it just makes good sense to practice the very
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prevention that, by the way, his entire secret service, and now, as you look, most of the staff around him as well as the white house press pool have already been practicing, because they're just as scared this is another case of do what i say but not as i do. >> we've all heard stories about people who can't get tested. i know personally in the last few days of a nurse who showed multiple symptoms and had an incredibly difficult time finding a place to go and get tested dr. kavita patel, jonathan capehart, good to see you both up next, a win for nfl players. the league makes big changes after several mvps raised covid concerns where does that leave fans anthony fauci stepping away from his day job long enough to throw out the first pitch this coming thursday night at the mlb season opener. fauci, of course, a fan of the reigning world series champs, the nationals.
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this morning, as the mlb and the nba are closer to resuming their seasons, the nfl is still facing some big questions about resuming its games safely. yesterday it did reach an agreement with the players' union over new safety protocols for training camp after pressure
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from a number of players on social media to tackle safety concerns good to see you, robert, what can you tell us about plans to keep the players safe? >> players are pushing for testing and many owners are committed to testing that's been the sticking point outside of that, facilities are gearing up for daily testing during training camps and a hundred staffer members allowed to interact with those players on a daily basis they'll be keeping the facilities clean, trying to create social distances between people in meetings but the big difficulty that players are anticipating is having actual football practice with this virus, because there are huddles, there is physical contact. if a center, for instance, has the virus, you know, he may come into contact with 30 to 40 people over the course of a
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normal nfl practice. and these questions that players have and concerns that they have about the risk of transmission haven't really been answered by the ownership. >> well, exactly and according to an nfl player association database, as of july 17, 65 players league-wide are known to have tested positive for coronavirus. so again, like you say, for a sport that's contact-based, where there's huddles, you can only imagine a nightmare scenario where one person gets sick and the next thing you know, there are multiple people on their team or the team their playing against. >> and they're not playing in a bubble teams will be traveling back and forth. while they probably won't have a preseason, teams will be traveling for the regular season, getting on airplanes, staying in hotels. the idea that given more freedom than nba players have at the moment, a group of 800 unmarried
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millionaires in their 20s aren't going to slip up and go out to a bar or go out to a restaurant is pretty dubious >> yeah, there are major nfl players, drew brees, j.j. watt, who have raised concerns about training camp because of their safety, wilson for one has a pregnant wife. what do you see as the main hurdles they'll need to clear ahead of the september start, what are the big sticking points at this point? >> i think they'll have to determine whether or not they'll have daily testing part of the ownership pushback has been that they don't want to take tests from the general public and use them on nfl players when it's unnecessary in their minds. i find that interesting, coming from a league that really hasn't shown a lot of grace in terms of public concerns, given how they handled the concussion crisis a
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decade ago and how many teams rely on public assistance in terms of building nfl stadiums however, that's been their argument and that's the sticking point right now between the league and the nflpa. really everything else is agreed upon i just think a lot of people across the league, players, owners, coaches, what have you, are skeptical that this virus will not ravage an entire nfl team >> robert klemco, thank you very much for taking the time to be wi uths today. "andrea mitchell reports" will start right after this short break. or could things go a different way? i wanted to help protect myself. my doctor recommended eliquis. eliquis is proven to treat and help prevent another dvt or pe blood clot. almost 98 percent of patients on eliquis didn't experience another.
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good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington where the white house is reviving its health task force briefing today for the first time since april as the president's advisers now see his downplaying of the pandemic as a threat to his reelection here are the facts at this hour. the president on twitter today continuing to falsely claim that the u.s. is doing very well compared to most countries around the world ignoring rising death and hospitalization rates here today, bipartisan talks begin for the first time on a new covid relief bill involving senate republicans, nancy pelosi, and chuck schumer. the treasury and white house chief of staff but even rubca


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