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♪ washington right now is not taking any chances on this innaug haitian. >> those who will guard the u.s. capitol during president-elect biden's inauguration are now being vetted in an attempt to head off any insider threats. >> the president, he's not going
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to be at the inauguration of joe biden. he will be at joint andrews. a send off you would see for departing head of state. >> the innaugural address will talk about restoring the soul of the nation. >> it's sad this is going to be the backdrop for joe biden's inauguration. >> i want to see joe biden do what is necessary, try to find common ground. help bring this country back together. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world, this is "new day." it is tuesday, january 19th, 6:00 a.m. here in new york. it's been quite a four years. i think that's fair to say. today is the last full day of president trump's time in office. and we will reflect on that today as we watch president-elect joe biden make his journey to washington for his inauguration tomorrow. 30 hours from now biden is scheduled to raise his right hand to be sworn in as the 46th
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president of the united states and to deliver the most consequential speech of his life. it will take place in front of the thousands of flags on display on an empty national mall, which would normally be packed with supporters, but that cannot happen this year because of the extreme trump supporters who staged that deadly insurrection at the u.s. capitol two weeks ago. this morning, we have new details about the message that president-elect biden plans to deliver to this deeply-divided nation. hearings for five of mr. biden's cabinet nominees get under way today, but he will enter the oval office with none of them confirmed. cnn has just released a new poll showing biden's favorability on the rise as he assumes the presidency. so we'll break down all of those numbers ahead. new reporting on inauguration security. "the washington post" reports that the fbi is privately warning law enforcement agencies that far right extremists, including qanon followers have discussed posing as national
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guard members to disrupt the event. remember, donald trump has heaped praise on qanon. and that vain, alisyn said, this is history, final full day of donald trump's presidency. he has not been seen in public for a week, because of shame or spite or both. he leaves house splouting out the traditions of grace and dignity of a president. what melania trump could not be bothered to do this week. trump himself iss expected to issue a round of pardons. after leaving lowest approval of one term of any president in modern times. today begins the pomp of welcoming wilmington, delaware, shortly. mj lee is there. >> reporter: this will be the last morning that joe biden wakes up here in wilmington, delaware, for a while. this is, of course, where he
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finished out his campaign, where his transition was headquartered for the last couple months throughout this pandemic. so in some ways very fitting he will first be attending a send off event here in wilmington where we will hear him speak. that is before he, of course, heads to washington, d.c. ahead of tomorrow's inauguration. you might recall that he initially had hoped to take the train, the amtrak, to washington, d.c., but because of heightened security concerns, he will no longer be doing that. and this evening is where he will participate in inauguration events starting with a memorial at the lincoln memorial reflecting pool where he and vice president-elect kamala harris will be honoring the many lives that have been lost in america and around the world because of the covid-19 pandemic. and of course, tomorrow we are looking ahead to the most important speech that president-elect joe biden has ever given. we're told by advisers and those close to him that this is a speech that he has been working on really since his general election victory.
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and while it is not surprising that we are expecting to hear him talk about themes of national unity and healing and bringing the country together, we know that the burden is now just going to be that much higher because of what we saw two weeks ago, this insurrection and violence that we saw on capitol hill. a very big day ahead for president-elect joe biden and again his final day here in wilmington, delaware, john. >> keep us posted on what you hear and any movements that we see there. as we said, this is history. the last full day of donald trump's presidency. he leaves with a slew of expected pardons, video taped message and reports of all kinds of behind the scenes rantings and grievances. cnn's jeremy diamond, live at the last day of the trump white house with the very latest. jeremy. >> reporter: john, as president trump begins his last full day in office, what we are witnessing here let's make very clear is nothing like the peaceful and dignified transfer of power we have witnessed every four years for so much of american history.
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instead, president trump becomes the first sitting president in american history in the last 152 years who will not attend his successor's inauguration. and that is not the only courtesy that president trump is not extending to president's elect biden. no oval office meeting, no phone call to president-elect biden to concede this election. and unlike president obama four years ago who greeted president trump, president-elect trump at the time on the steps of the white house, president trump won't be extending that courtesy either to president-elect biden. that's despite the fact, of course, that president trump was the main proponent of the birther lie and yet obama still greeted president-elect trump at the time here at the white house. the president is, however, taping a fair well video that is expected to address his four years in office. he taped that video yesterday. we're expecting to see that release at some point today. and he will have this splashy good-bye tomorrow at joint base
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andrews where he is having some kind of a military send off to cap off his term in office. but today, john, you can expect to see more action from president trump on his final full day in office. sources telling me that president trump is expected to issue 100 pardons and commutations at some point today. alisyn. >> jeremy, when you look at that video of president obama extending a hand to donald trump as he walks up the stairs and the warm greeting that they greet melania trump with, it's just all the more astonishing what had happened, what the precursor to all that was and what's happened in the four years since. >> a couple of birthers. they welcomed a couple of birthers to the white house. >> they did. because that's the tradition. that's the tradition. that's what you do in a peaceful transfer of power. jeremy, thank you very. "the washington post" reports that the fbi is privately warning law enforcement agencies that far right extremists have discussed posing as national guard members to disrupt the inauguration.
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cnn's pete muntean is live in washington with more. what do we know, pete? >> reporter: alisyn, only gets more and more locked down here in d.c. from here on out. police right now are closing the bridges from virginia into d.c. this is one of the check points. staffed by members of the national guard and the fbi tells "the washington post" that it is worried about domestic extremists posing as members of the guard. the goal is to have 25,000 members of the guard here on the ground in d.c. by tomorrow. but now the question is, how long all of this protection will have to last ahead of the d.c. department of homeland security says it could be some time. here is what he said. >> right wing extremism is not going anywhere. and i think we can definitively say that. and so one of the things that we want to do is see what is the new normal look like? and certainly this domestic terrorism, this right wing extremism is going to be with us
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for some time in the months and years ahead. >> reporter: now president-elect biden will look out on to an inauguration crowd like no other. 200,000 american flags planted in a completely emptied out national mall, all of that symbolic to represent those who could not be here in washington either because of the pandemic or all of this protection on inauguration day like no other. john? >> tragic beauty to this. point yens in a way, not the crowds that we would all love to see there, wish could be there but something very meaningful nonetheless. pete muntean thank you for your reporting. cnn releasing at this moment a new poll that shows how americans feel about the incoming president. cnn political director david chalian with the numbers. what do you got? >> reporter: how are you doing? let's take a look at where joe biden is standing with the public on the eve of his inauguration in terms of his approval of handling the
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transition. 66% of americans in this poll by ssrs for cnn approve of the way joe biden handled this transition. how does that stack up with some of his predecessors? well, take a look. it puts him more in the category with bill clinton and george w. bush there in the '60s, 60% range in terms of approval of transition, not as sky high as barack obama had back in 2009, but also well above what donald trump was at four years ago when only 40% of the country approved of his handling of the transition. and then as you noted, joe biden's favorability rating is at 59% in this brand new cnn poll. that is the highest number for a favorable rating that joe biden has scored in cnn polling since he was elected on the ticket with barack obama as vice president in november 2008. >> that's really interesting. and what about how do americans feel, david, about whether he'll be able to accomplish his goals? >> yeah.
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americans are pretty optimistic that joe biden will do a good job in this role. 61% say that he's going to do a good job compared to 35% who say he's going to do a bad job or poor job. but take a look compared to his two most recent predecessors. again, sky high numbers when barack obama took office 12 years ago. 79% said he would do a good job. donald trump at the other end of the spectrum never got a majority who thought he was going to do a good job. 48%. joe biden in the middle, 61%. the challenges are steep, folks. take a look at how the country assesses sort of the state of play in america right now. how are things going in the country today? this is just sort of a temperature gauge we ask 77% of americans in this poll say things in the country are going badly. we have not seen a going badly number that high in 12 years, since april, 2009, when we were facing that financial crisis. but in terms of your question,
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alisyn, about his goals, joe biden's stated goals the country really believes he'll get most of it done. 83% say he'll sane an additional stimulus bill. 74% say he'll restore relations with allies around the world. 70% says he'll deliver on the 100 million shots in the first 100 days. 64% says he'll get a public option going for healthcare. the only one without majority support only 44% say he is going to reduce political division that call for unity that joe biden is saying. >> donald trump is flouting every tradition of grace, dignity and courtesy as departs the presidency. how much do americans care about that? >> well, listen, we just asked in general not attaching donald trump's name it to give you a chance. presidents think it's important presidents attend inauguration of successor. 58% there who say that it is important for the outgoing president to attend the
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inauguration. as you said, donald trump is deliberately not doing that because of course he's attempting to try to give joe biden as tough a start as possible. >> david chalian, don't go far. i have a feeling we're going to want much more from you very shortly. stand by for that. we're waiting to see joe biden depart wilmington, delaware, for the last time as president-elect. we're getting new details about what he will say to the nation in washington. his inaugural address. here is a pop quiz for you, who is the only first lady to leave the white house with a net negative approval rating? >> how much time do i have? >> i'm going to give you the answer shortly. >> okay. wondering what actually goes into your multivitamin? at new chapter, its' innovation, organic ingredients, and fermentation. fermentation? yes. formulated to help you body really
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president-elect joe biden arrives in washington this afternoon. and in a series of inaugural events his team will honor the nearly 400,000 american lives lost to coronavirus. cnn has learned that biden has been crafting his inaugural speech for weeks. he will talk about the challenges of trying to unify a deeply-divided nation. david chalian is back with us now, also joining us cnn political analyst margaret talev, the managing editor for axios. what a moment. we talked to you for the past four years, you know, if not everyday, certainly every week. and this is just such a sort of, i don't know, strange moment. it feels a little precarious because we have still 30 hours to go before this transition.
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who knows what will happen. but margaret, let's just start there, that we expect joe biden, he's been crafting this speech. he's been working on it. but how will he begin to address everything that's happened over the past four years and how deeply divided we've become over these four years. >> good morning, alisyn. i think that's right. look, you don't have to be in washington. you can see this on tv to understand just the starkness and the austerity of the moment. it's almost like time has been put on pause. nobody is out on the streets a unless they're armed and in vehicles. it's like every restaurant is closed. people are home. people are in a way waiting to get through the inauguration so that they can exhale so that people can breathe a sigh of relief that the change of guard has happened and that we're not repeating january 6th. and i think it is kind of in that moment of almost like
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silence that president-elect biden is going to become president biden. and that kamala harris is going to become the vice president. and so, i think we already know the answer to how he will begin to govern because he is who he has always been and who he has taken great pains since the nomination to show he wants to find a spot, perhaps not in the center, but as close to the center of american politics as his politics allow him to exist and to begin to reach across the aisle to talk to americans about unity, about moving forward, about reckon silluation, about moving on. he's probably not going to begin that moment with an up swell of support from the republican party as exists right now in washington or around the country. that's why we're going to see a series of executive actions, executive orders and a broadcasting already like there's no mystery about what's going to happen on the first day. ron klane, his incoming chief of staff already laid it out,
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environmental policy, immigration policy, acopproach economic recovery and so on and so forth. we're talking about expectations and norms. just sort of history making nature of president trump's refusal to participate in the change of power. but i think inside joe biden's immediate world, biden, his wife, their inner circle of family and advisers, i don't think they're terribly upset about it. i don't think that joe biden necessarily wants to figure out how to navigate that moment where president trump is handing him a letter. what could the letter possibly say? or pretending to wish him well when we all know that he doesn't. >> answer to my trivia question is harry anton. melania trump is the only first lady to leave the white house with a negative net rating.
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the bidens do care about ritual. david, it's not like this is going to be that season of dallas, patrick duffy is in the shower and turns out it didn't happen. this season happened. the last four years happened. and i'm just curious what you think the lingering impact of that will be on the beginning of the biden presidency. >> well, i think in practical terms, john, the first real impact that you're going to see is that joe biden is not likely to get much of a honeymoon here. as margaret was sort of getting at, these divisions exist. the polarization that existed before trump and that trump sort of turbo charged have solidified. and you see it in our brand new poll numbers that are out. you see that joe biden, while he has the goodwill of the country, if you look at just how republicans feel about how he's handled the transition or if they think he's going to do a good job, they are as poor on biden as democrats were on trump
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four years ago. this is totally different than even at the beginning of the obama administration, really was bipartisan goodwill. that's one thing you're going to see is that joe biden who does plant himself the middle of american politics, who does have this desire to really reach out and get his way through congress through relationships and the way that he sort of grew up in the senate of how things got done, just doesn't meet the reality at the moment. we'll see if he's successful at that. it's not how it's currently constructed. the only other thing i would just note is his call for unity, this moment in time, it's going to all go through getting his arms around the covid crisis. this has been the entirety of his campaign in 2020 since the pandemic hit. and they are attacking it at the very start with that huge rescue package. they're going to get vaccine distribution ramped up or at least that's their goal. and if they are successful at those things that is going to be
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their best, best hope at actually rallying the country around what joe biden is doing. >> i mean, who knows how it's going to go. but at least he's going to try. at least joe biden has articulated a plan to try to get our arms around the vaccinations, the testing, bringing the positivity rate down. david, one more thing, back to that poll that you shared with us last segment where it said that 44%, only 44% believe that biden will achieve the goal of reducing political divides. i think that that is underestimating the american spirit, number one. and number two, that tone comes from the top. by definition, joe biden is not a divider. he brings down the temperature just naturally. that's sort of who he is. you know, you've heard him in all of his speeches so much more even keeled, not throwing any bombs. >> the flip side of that number -- again, this is respondents in our polls.
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this is america telling us what they think, what their expectations are, but 53% marx jurorty says he won't be able to do that. but to your point, alisyn, you have to remember there are huge majority of the republican party, big swaths of the republican party right now don't even believe that joe biden was legitimately elected. yes, it does come from leadership. joe biden is a uniter in nature. he's not going to have rhetoric daily that is aimed at dividing the country and dividing neighbor from neighbor in america. that's not his approach at all. so, there's reason there to be hopeful because he has set this goal to really try to bring america together and he actually says he thinks it's the only way to succeed at battling covid. and so, it's his mission. i think you're right to be optimistic, but i think you have to understand the country is so divided and that number i think exposes the division more than anything else. >> david chalian, margaret talev, thank you both very much
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♪ new this morning, cnn has learned about a sense of betrayal among some u.s. capitol police officers. they say their feeling after they say leadership left them unprepared for the insurrection. cnn jessica schneider has these. what have you learned. >> reporter: they're speaking out to cnn and say they feel betrayed by their leadership because there was no planning, no pre-planning and no direction on how to handle the thousands of people who descended on the capitol that day.
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these officers tell us there was no all-hands planning session that usually proceeds major events. they actually had to shout out that they were officers, too. in what was a chaotic scene inside and outside the capitol. >> this is our capitol! >> reporter: when a pro-trump mob overran the u.s. capitol earlier this month, some law enforcement officers left to protect congress say they were unprepared to fight against the rioters. five u.s. capitol police officers speaking to cnn on condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs describing a feeling of betrayal by leadership. one saying, there was no planning, no pre-planning, nobody was giving direction on what to do. the officers said they knew about president donald trump's rally and of a protest, but were not briefed as normal for major events and said they were left unable to defend themselves or the capitol or make arrests.
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the insurrection was not completely unexpected. the u.s. capitol police chief who resigned after the assault told "60 minutes" he asked to activate the national guard days before the siege, a request he says was denied by the sergeants at arms. >> we expected demonstrators with some potential for violence, not a directed coordinated violent attack toward the nation's capitol. i consider those two different things. >> reporter: after the president rallied his supporters january 6th, one officer recalled a supervisor warning them on police radio about trump supporters headed to the capitol. not expecting the crowd to quickly devolve into a riot. there was not enough people to stop what was coming. what hurt us was these people planned for it. they knew we weren't going to shoot, an officer recalled. one black officer added there was a lot of racism that day. i was called racial slurs and in the moment i didn't process this as traumatic. i was just trying to survive. once inside, some rye yotders
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surrounding and fighting law enforcement while on their rampage. an officer telling cnn they came in packs and officers inside were trying to lock down areas where members could be and trying to get members to secret hide aways and tunnels where they'll be safe. nancy pelosi announcing last week an investigation into the security failures. >> we must subject this whole complex, though, to scrutiny in light of what happened and the fact that the inauguration is coming. >> reporter: and house speaker nancy pelosi has announced a retired general will lead that investigation into the security failures. meanwhile, capitol police did not respond to our request for comment. and update now on riley williams, that pennsylvania woman who the fbi is investigating for potentially stealing a laptop from nancy pelosi's office and looking potentially to sell it to russian's foreign intelligence service, she has surrendered to authorities, but it's still not clear if she actually did steal
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a laptop or if an informant was exaggerating the details of what he told the fbi. john? >> jessica, thanks so much for that report. we're also getting new reports this morning about fears of right wing extremists including qanon trying to infiltrate the national guard protecting the inauguration. how does this change the security plans for tomorrow? next.
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developing this morning, "the washington post" reports the fbi warned law enforcement agencies that, quote, qanon adherence discussed posing as national guard to try to infiltrate the inauguration. elizabeth newman, the former assistant secretary of homeland security in the trump administration. elizabeth, add this to the fact that you have the oath keepers and the 3%ers, these groups that do have an overlay with former military and law enforcement personnel, folks arrested for the invasion of the capitol, now concerns about qanon and others trying to infiltrate the national guard. what do you see here?
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>> you know, less concerned today than i was a week ago. i'm seeing u.s. secret service, fbi, everybody clicking into gear the way we expect our law enforcement and security services to handle a threat of this type. it makes it very difficult for the extremist to be successful in their attempts at attack. we're seeing less chatter online, indicative of any large group gathering. that doesn't mean they might not have moved to platforms that they can't monitor or attempts by individuals as you suggested with the washington post reporting perhaps trying to infiltrate, but everybody's guards are up. they're looking for things that look suspicious. we've already had a few incidents that caused all of us to raise our eyebrows and then calm back down because there was nothing there, but that's what we want. we want everybody to be alert. we want to see something, say something. and we have all of that in
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place. i think it would be very difficult for anybody to do anything that would interrupt the inauguration proceedings or put the president-elect in harm's way. i'm more concerned about perhaps the threat being dispersed to other parts of the country where we know there are a lot of anti-government extremist activity and maybe some indications that they do want to go to state capitols. they have less resources and of course that may mean that we might see some activity outside of the washington, d.c. area as well. >> elizabeth, it's so comforting to hear you say some of your anxieties have been nullified. when you heard that report, i don't know if you heard our last segment, but that the u.s. capitol police are saying how betrayed they felt during all of this because there was no grand meeting that they had beforehand that they normally have as they prepare for big events. and they weren't clued in to what was going to happen. two weeks later, do you understand why they weren't and what went wrong there?
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>> i can completely appreciate their frustration and anger. it's very justified. i remember watching the attack unfold and was on the phone with some people going, why don't they have any riot gear? they look completely unprepared. i'm sure they were very frightened for their life. this was absolutely a failure of leadership. it wasn't a failure of intelligence. the capitol police intelligence unit warned them. so i'm looking forward for the investigation to come forward to find out why such bad judgment calls were made. at a minimum, it's really bad judgment, perhaps there's something more nefarious who knows. they absolutely are hear rows in my book. the majority of them did the best that they could to keep lawmakers safe and to try to keep a very volatile situation
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from more loss of life. >> elizabeth newman, thank you so much for being with us this morning. appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. i want to show you what is arguably the most important briefcase in the world. that is the so-called nuclear football. donald trump fleeing washington before the inauguration, how will the military handle the hand-off? we have incredible new details next. u. we salute how you balanced work, family and home life. we salute your courage. and your service. by offering you our service. newday usa specializes in helping you make the most of your va benefits. from home purchase to refinance. ♪ ♪ r■z&■■:': 2020's doneq a new era has begun
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it's a critically important but usually unseen part of swearing in a new president. handing off the so-called nuclear football. given that president trump will not be in attendance, how will this be handled? cnn's barbara starr has learned about this. she is live at the pentagon with details. >> reporter: good morning. just like everything with this inauguration this time when it comes to the football, it will be different. >> reporter: the most important briefcase in the world carried by the military and never far from the president of the united states.
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it's often called the nuclear football. the case holds the highly classified equipment and authorities needed for a president to order the military to launch a nuclear weapon. on this inauguration day, with president trump planning to depart washington early and not attend the swearing in of joe biden, there will be two nuclear footballs and the challenge of ensuring it goes smoothly. one for joe biden in washington, d.c., the minute he becomes president. one that will accompany president trump to florida until he no longer has power and his nuclear authorities are deactivated. house speaker nancy pelosi questioned whether trump should have the authority to launch a war. >> i had sought information from those who are in a position to know that there are protections against this dangerous president initiating any military hostilities or something worse than that.
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>> reporter: pelosi recently said she spoke to general mark millithe chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about the safeguards in place for ordering a nuclear strike. senior military officials say while the president has sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, he cannot do it alone. if an adversary were to launch a missile at the u.s., the president would immediately be on a classified communication network, receiving minute by minute intelligence and recommendations on how to proceed. there are safeguards against illegal attack orders whether it's nuclear or conventional. to be legal, orders must have legitimate target, a clear military objective and use proportional force. the general who recently commanded strategic weapons and is now number two at the pentagon is adamant the military will not follow illegal orders from any president. >> illegal, guess what's going to happen -- >> you say no.
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>> i'm going to say, mr. president, that's illegal. guess what he's going to do? he's going to say what will be legal and we'll come up with options to respond whatever the situation is. that's the way it works. it's not that complicated. >> barbara, next question, we know that you spoke to the army secretary ryan mccarthy about what happened during the capitol insurrection so what's his story? what did he tell you? >> well, ryan mccarthy, the top army civilian was in charge of getting the national guard up to capitol hill quickly on january 6th. a lot of criticism that the national guard did not go in time, that it just took too long to get them there. so i started by asking mccarthy how close did this country come to disaster? >> you saw a lot of people run to friction in support of the capitol hill police. it came far too close, something like this should never happen. this country has the talent and the resources to do anything,
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but the pre-planning and coordination and the intelligence were not really managed well and we're not in a position to be successful that day as a country. >> not in a position to be successful as a country that day. very sad and tough words from a man who is a former army ranger, one of the few in the trump administration at top levels that's actually seen recent combat. mccarthy says a lot of things need to change. he says in washington, d.c. the structure is not in place for the city to be properly defended in this kind of situation. too many agencies, too many people, no one really in charge. no one able to make fast, quick decisions that were needed so badly on january 6th. alisyn? >> apparently not as we saw on stark display on the 6th. thank you, barbara, for all of that information and those interviews. so, only 3% of the u.s. population has received the first coronavirus vaccine. how will joe biden ramp that number up?
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♪ this morning the united states is on the brink of 400,000 coronavirus deaths. president-elect joe biden will honor the victims this afternoon at a ceremony at the reflecting pool. joining us now dr. peter jotez and he's the dean of the national school of tropical medicine at baylor college of medicine. it's interesting that president-elect biden will honor the victims. we don't often -- we talk about the victims a lot. nationally you don't hear the president or his team talk about the victims. and as we just said, there's about to be 400,000 of them. >> yeah, absolutely right. you know, president-elect biden's predecessor did everything he could to down play the severity of this pandemic and epidemic in the united
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states. and if you remember all last summer tried to attribute covid deaths to other causes and did everything possible to avoid launching a national control program. and so, the biden administration is setting appropriately the right tone, reminding us that this is a horrible, horrible, deadly disease. remember, we're still the middle of it all. as bad as 400,000 deaths are, we're looking potentially at 500,000 deaths over the next couple of months. so this is still -- we're still in free fall unfortunately. >> professor, you think we're at a rcritical moment right now, yu think we're in a race at the different variants come to the united states and spread, you think we're at a race between the new variants taking hold and getting these vaccines in people's arms. what do you see really starting tomorrow with the new administration? >> well, you know, we now have to recognize the daunting task
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ahead of us. it's not just the race with the variants but the fact we've squandered every opportunity to control this virus and vaccinating is maybe our last hope for this. but, the task is enormous. we're looking at having to vaccinate three quarters of the american people in order to interrupt virus transmission through vaccine-induced immunity, that's 240 million people. two doses with most of these vaccines that's half a billion immunizations. so far what have we done, john? 10 to 20 million. so, you know, 10 to 20 million divided by half a billion is a rounding error. we essentially not done anything to vaccinate the american people yet. so we now have to go from 0 to half a billion in a very short period of time. and that is going to be the biggest challenge, the most important challenge that this administration is going to face. >> the latest numbers, because you asked, 31 million doses
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distributed, 12 million administered. as you say, that's just -- it's almost zero in terms of the u.s. population. then when you look at the people hospitalized right now, doctor. seven-day moving average if we can put that up, you can't see this with the naked eye. basically there's a little at the end on the right that shows it's possible it's ticking down a little bit. do you see a decline here? is this reason for hope or just an anomaly? >> i wouldn't put too much stock in it. and you know, those who have looked at it have also made the statement, well, remember the new variants are now going to be picking up. so those numbers will trend upwards again. but there is going to be some normal variation. there's certainly no cause for celebration or declaring victory at this point. we're in a terrible shape. the good news is we have a team in place now that recognizes the severity of the epidemic and is working towards a plan to opening up vaccination hubs and
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making it possible to vaccinate the american people. and we're also going to need other vaccines to get up. so i think in the coming weeks the other big information i'm looking at is getting the j & j vaccine online the johnson & johnson, maybe the astrazeneca online. we have a vaccine nova vaccine. that's going to be big news because we need a bigger supply of vaccine to get the job done. >> 30 seconds left, professor. what's the one thing and i don't know how specific joe biden will get about coronavirus tomorrow in his inaugural address, generally speaking what's the one thing you think he should say? >> the one thing he's got to say is we're going to conquer this and the way we're going to conquer it is through vaccination. and we have to become a country again that is willing to do hard things. and in all of last year, we've looked for every shortcut not to do anything with catastrophic consequences. now we have to -- we've got to -- it should be throwback comment to say, you know, we've
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always rallied together in hard times. and this is how we defeated fascism in world war ii, the cold war, how we defeated aids. how we landed a person on the moon, two individuals on the moon in july of 1969, and we can do hard things again. that i think should be the tone. >> dr. peter hotez, thank you very much. >> thank you. "new day" continues right now. the nation's capitol is a fenced in fortress. >> what we see in washington, d.c. is overwhelming forces being deployed to make sure we have a peaceful transfer of pow r. >> in coordination with the secret service and fbi they're screening all the personnel that are coming in. >> president trump's final full day in office. he has now recorded this video, basically listing what he believes are his accomplishments of his time in office. >> this is a unique challenge for biden. on day one, he will be pushed. waiting really isn't an option. >> trump presidency will be over and hopefully this very, very
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dangerous and frankly reckless experiment over electing donald trump will be over. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, this is "new day." 29 hours until joe biden takes office. 29 hours left in the presidency of donald trump. 29 hours of anticipation, reflection and frankly trying to figure out what the blank just happened. more on that shortly. first, every step of the inaugural choreography is poignant and full of history. very shortly joe biden leaves wilmington, delaware, for the last time as president-elect. he arrives in washington this afternoon. vice president-elect kamala harris there already. new details about what bide season planning. new details about donald trump's last grievance-filled day in office. pardons, video tape release and general flouting of all traditions of grace and courtesy. and this morning, flags, not
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americans, will fill the national mall because it's locked down after the capitol insurrection from trump supporters. meanwhile, president trump will reportedly snub the bidens by not greeting them at the white house tomorrow. that's something, of course, the obamas did for the trumps despite all of the birther lies they pedalled about the obamas, they still believed in the tradition and the exercise of this moment of dignity and grace because it's what the country needed. so historic day ahead as joe biden becomes the 46th president of the united states tomorrow. cnn's mj lee live in wilmington, delaware, kicks off our coverage. mj? >> reporter: well, alisyn, president-elect joe biden's time in wilmington, delaware, comes to an end today. he is first going to be attending a farewell event where we're going to hear him speak along with dr. jill biden and then of course he heads to washington, d.c. ahead o

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