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require manchin's support and he's not just there yet. >> we'll stay on top of it if he budges. hope to see you back here at this time tomorrow. happy st. patrick's day. have a good day. i am brianna keilar. president biden will speak soon about the killing spree in georgia that put asian-americans across the nation on edge. this after months of anti-asian attacks that people say have been intensified of the pandemic and racist language about the origination of the virus in china. eight people dead and a ninth wounded in the atlanta area but it's not clear if anti-asia racism was the motive.
investigators say robert aaron long gunned down people in a spa in cherokee county. investigators say long travelled less than an hour south to atlanta and shot and killed two more people at massage businesses across the street from each other. today the sheriff's department said long is talking to investigators and telling them a sexual addiction drove him to violence. >> it's still early but the indicators right now are it may not be, it may be targets of opportunity. again, we're -- we believe that he frequented these places in the past and may have been lashing out, and part of that in your media packet as well. >> but it's a sexual addiction rather than a racial profiling? >> during our interviews we asked that specific question and
that did not appear to be the motive. >> cnn's natasha chen is in atlanta. officials say the gunman was headed to florida when arrested and his family was critical in the arrest. >> reporter: yeah, the family of the suspect was critical in helping track him down. when they put out surveillance images of the suspect the family called in and that's how police were able to track him using his cell phone, and it involved a pit maneuver as he was traveling south on the highway towards florida to commit similar acts. here's what he said about why he may have been headed to florida. >> he made a comment to that affect, he was headed to florida and was going to do similar acts in that state. >> and the issue is he wanted to destroy what had been -- >> it sounds to me like these
locations, he sees them as an outlet for some of the things he should not be doing and he has an issue with porn and he was attempting to take out that temptation. >> reporter: they talked about how during the interview the suspect discussed his sexual addiction and that could have been a motivator more than a racial motivator, but it doesn't change the fact that the majority of the victims killed here were asian women, and that has hit the asian community hard especially given the recent spikes in anti-asian assaults across the country. we just spoke to a georgia state representative that said the white house office of public engagement reached out to him this morning to offer their help and support in any way possible. i know we are expecting to hear from president biden soon on these killings. >> this sort of theory they may be leaning into that this might
not be racially motivated, does that appear to be based on entirely what the suspect is telling them? have they been able to look at his social media or comments he has made about people who are asian? >> that's all part of the investigation they will be looking into. right now as far as what they told us during the press conference, they said everything is very preliminary. everything we discussed so far is based on that interview that he gave to multiple law enforcement agencies along with the fbi last night after he was brought into custody. >> natasha chen, live for us in georgia. thank you. as investigators investigate whether the attack was racially motivated, kamala harris made a statement for the victims. >> our prayers are extended to
the families for those who have been killed and we are not clear about the motive. i do want to say to our asian-american community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged america. >> cnn's jean casarez is in new york. >> reporter: their critical response demand has been deployed to the asian communities in new york city. this morning the mayor of new york city, bill de blasio said the city will use the strength of the nypd to protect our asian-american communities, and statistics show last year in 2020 there were 29 racially
motivated crimes against people of asian descent, and this year in one month alone in february there were six. i participated in a rally for cnn "stop asian hate," and i spoke with many asuians, and thy said they are watching and they are telling their parents and their elderly grandparents that they don't want them walk out on the streets of new york. >> jean, thank you. i want to talk now with attorney christopher chan in atlanta, and christopher, you heard what investigators in cherokee county are specifically saying at this point, they say it does not appear that anti-asian hate was behind the attacks and the suspect is
blaming a sexual addiction and it seems like a lot of this is based on his self report. do you have any skepticism about that? >> my first reaction would be that violence against any person, including asian-americans is wrong. crimes like this just serve to amplify asian-american concerns about hate crimes against their communities and whether this is -- this particular incident or incidents is determined to be a hate crime remains to be seen, but still it's of high concern because it's such a high profile event that has occurred against our community. >> they are saying essentially that this is what the suspect has said, he was not motivated by anti-asian feeling, he was motivated by -- they're saying a sexual addiction. do you think this needs to be more closely investigated
looking through social media, looking to see if he has any pattern of hate speech? >> sure, i think this needs to be fully investigated. the victim -- the suspect's statements stand on their own and certainly any other circumstantial evidence as to his motives and past statements against asians or any other race should be taken into consideration. >> one of the reasons so many observers look at this and say six of the victims were asian women, and two were white, but this is coming at a time when there has been an explosion of anti-asian rhetoric of hate crimes. they have reported being the target in over 500 incidents of harassment, violence or discrimination. what are you hearing from your community? what are people experiencing? >> yeah, the asian-american community here is in shock. we're outraged.
we want attention drawn to this rising epidemic of hate crime, of crimes being committed against asian-americans. we want a stronger police presence if not attention to those crimes that are being purpos perpetrated against our community, and we welcome our black and latin x community leaders to stand with us in this call for increased attention to these crimes being committed against the asian-american community. >> what needs to be done? what support does the asian-american community need to feel safe and to stay safe? >> right, i think for starters the resent covid-19 hate crimes act that was introduced by a representative and a senator, if we could get that passed it would strengthen the reporting around alleged hate crimes
against heasian-americans and i would set in place department of justice procedures as well as coordination among state and local law enforcement as to the language being used to describe covid-19, particularly getting rid of and correcting descriptions as to how covid-19 is being described in the news and media. >> yeah. we have noticed a pattern of that certainly since it originated. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. president biden is making news on a number of different topics, including why he may act on a filibuster despite mitch mcconnell's scorched earth threat. plus, what biden is warning migrants coming to the border as the surge escalates there.
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floor and keep talking, and you could not call -- nobody could say, you know, a quorum call. once you stopped talking, somebody could move in and say i move for the question of. >> you are for bringing back the talking filibuster? >> i am. that's what it was supposed to be. biden dismissed suggestions also that he is encouraging migrants to comie to the u.s. >> while we are in the process of getting set up, don't leave your town, city or community. >> and he's weighing in on calls for andrew cuomo to resign and his handling of covid nursing home deaths. >> if the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign? >> yes. i think he probably would end up being prosecuted, too.
a woman should be presumed to telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward, number one. there should be an investigation to determine if what she says is true. >> on foreign policy president biden had tough words for his county part in russia. >> you know vladimir putin. do you think he's a killer? >> i do. >> what price must he pay. >> the price he's going to pay, well, you will see shortly. >> he said there must be consequences for russian interference in u.s. elections. >> i know him relatively well, and the conversation started off and i said i know you and you know me, if i established this occurred then be prepared. >> biden does admit it would be tough of meeting president trump's timeline of getting troops out of afghanistan by the
first. >> the failure to have an ordinarily transition from the trump presidency to my presidency, which usually takes place from the time you are sworn in costs time and consequences. >> he did say on some of these tough decisions his vice president kamala harris is filling much of the same role he did when he was vice president to barack obama. >> i give my opinion as the last guy and he was all by himself, he has to make that decision. >> is vice president harris the last one in the room. >> as a practical matter, yes, she is. >> he encouraged people to get the vaccines. >> i honest to god thought once we guaranteed we had enough
vaccine for everybody things would start to calm down. well, they have calmed down a great deal, but i don't understand the macho thing about i am not going to get the vaccine and my freedom to not do it -- be a prayatriot and prote other people. >> a lot to discuss. explain to us why biden's talk here about the filibuster is so significant and what potentially this change could mean down the road? >> well, it's significant because it's the first time we have actually seen president biden talk about overhauling and changing and reforming the filibuster, and before we only heard from his aide saying his preference was not to change the filibuster after we heard democrats and progressive democrats saying they wanted to change the 60-vote threshold you
currently have to get major legislation pass, and for most other priorities that president biden has, this is going to be a big hurdle potentially for it. you saw him saying he wants to bring back -- not necessarily change the 60-vote threshold, but if you have a filibuster, that senator has to keep talking, they have to be on the senate floor and continue talking for several hours on end and he was saying he is in favor of bringing something like that back, changing that part of the filibuster, but he did not want to change the 60-vote threshold and senator joe manchin who will be critical to how all of this plays out, he said he does not support changing that aspect of it. doesn't look like it will change. of course, how things happen in washington, things can change quickly. he was basically throwing -- >> guys, let's pause. i want to listen in to president
biden. >> i was just on the telephone briefed by the attorney general of the united states, director of the fbi and the investigation is ongoing and the question of motivation is still to be determined. but whatever the motivation here, i know asian-americans are in very -- they are very concerned, because as you know i have been speaking about the b b brutality against asian-americans, and it's troubling, and i am waiting for an answer from -- as the investigation proceeds, from the fbi and from the justice department, so -- and that's -- i'll have more to say when the investigation is completed.
now i want to say happy st. patrick's day, it's good to have you on television. but next year in washington, next year in washington, for years, as you know, we celebrated this st. patrick's day. i always put out a breakfast at my home and the vice president's residents with leading irish-americans, your ambassador and our ambassador as well as some of those involved with this, and it was always a good time. then we would go into this very office and you would sit at a chair over here and i sit where the my national security adviser is sitting and we would have a long discussion with the president, and then we would go up to the united states capitol where the speaker of the house, starting with tip o'neal would put on an event as well, and i
always snuck over to the irish embassy as well, and i hope we can do that next year. i hope we can do that next year. thank you for the shamrock bowl. i don't know if you can see it, and it's a great tradition, and it goes all the way back to harry truman. tonight, i wish -- i hope you will be able to see this remotely, we will light up the white house in green and we -- to celebrate the deep, deep affection that we americans have, particularly irish-americans, have for the people of ireland and the people of ireland, and it includes millions of americans like my great grandfather, and my great
great grandfather all of whom were irish-americans on both sides of the family. my grandfather, ambrose finnegan, who was a great american football player and a newspaper man back in the turn of the 20th century, he used to always say later when he was much older and i would walk out of his home, and he said, joe, remember, the best drop of blood in you is irish, and i remembered that, i promise you, because if i dependant, my grandmother, geraldine finnegan would take me down. we have a lot of great memories as well in our family because one of your predecessors -- i have been over to ireland many times, but the first time i went back to see my roots and meet my family is last year when i was
president of the united states, and we went to mayo and balima, the city, and we went to the county where the finnegans were from, and it was a great, great opportunity for me to show my grandchildren and children and p brother and sister. i joked at the time, but i wondered why in the hell we left in the first place. it's beautiful. it's beautiful. so i think, you know, there's a lot of folks here in ireland, and they would say the american-irish think they are more irish than the irish, but we have a great affection for the country and the tradition, and the united states has a robust agenda that we have to deal with on the substantive
side, and covid-19, and strengthening global security and our economic cooperation and aoeur ireland's leadership now, and our u.n. ambassador is online with us here, and i just welcome the leadership and your partnership. you know my view and the view of my predecessor, of the obama-biden administration, we strongly support them and think it's critically important to be maintained and the political economic stability of northern aoeur ireland is in the interest of all our people, and i think the idea that we talked about renewing our partnership in the cancer consortium -- >> we'll duck out of this.
i want to bring back in caitlyn and gloria to continue the conversation about a critical point in the biden administration. gloria, to you, the filibuster position that biden is taking, maybe it will not have any major significant change but this is really a question about how this is going to be handled. how is biden -- what is the calculous here between liberals who really want to get rid of the filibuster and moderate dems that say wait until the shoe is on the other foot and we will want to be in the minority. >> well, biden would not have all of his democrats with him to get rid of the filibuster, and he knows that. what he's trying to do by saying let's go back to the future, is, okay, let's try it the way we used to do it, as he put it, in
the good ole days, when you had to stand up there like when jimmy stuart went to washington, and be on the floor and keep talking and talking, and the problem with that is that all of the business of the senate had to stop at that point. so now if you stop a piece of legislation because it doesn't have 60 votes you can continue with the business of the senate. in this circumstance you would not be able to. so maybe what biden is trying to do is to say, okay, you want to keep the filibuster that way? let's see. let's see how it works and then in the meantime buy himself a little bit of time to figure out what to do next, and to talk to democrats about what they would like to see, because right now they are not united. >> in the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell is talking about a scorched
earth -- eu >> yeah, but he used the f filibuster on judges, and so he didn't seem to be too concerned about it at that point. yeah, he can issue his threats, but if you hold up popular legislation, that could be a problem as well. >> yeah, it would be very much change the dynamic of the senate. >> yeah, sure it will. >> biden said vladimir putin will pay a price after the assessment that russia tried to denigrate biden's election. do we know what the price is? >> no, we should note how different his language is, and
trump would refuse to issue a harsh word against him, especially after a phone call they had and what president biden was describing was the phone call he had with vladimir putin and talking about what that looked like and he was up front with him. he said at the beginning of it, saying i know you really well and you know me well given his time as vice president and that his time in the senate before that dealing with russia, and the question going forward is what those repercussions will look like, and yes, they are also a nuclear superpower and it's something that they will have to deal with and work with on the u.s. on. how does that change the relationship? how does that alter it going forward when making them pay a price when the talks of nuclear treaties are still going forward? then he was asked do you believe putin is a killer, he said he does. he said it quickly after george
stephanopoulos asked, and that makes you think back when president trump was asked and he -- completely different answers from the two presidents when talking about russia. >> a huge contrast. i am sure the report did not surprise you, gloria, but it's so important to get the official word on these things, and the official word is russia meddled, and tried to do so to trump's advantage, and china considered doing something but didn't do it. i think the thing that maybe stands out the most, and i wonder what you think, is looking back at how many who are supposed to be more apolitical intel leaders, administration leaders backed up that lie that trump was telling. >> you mean, like, the attorney general, for example, telling -- >> yeah, and the dni. >> yeah, exactly.
and the director of national intelligence. this report made it clear, in fact, one of the reasons china was not tinvolved is because thy didn't like biden or trump. they didn't like any of them, so they didn't go all in on picking a side. this is not to say they couldn't in the future, because, of course, they could. in this particular case it was russia trying to put its thumb on the scale in favor of donald trump. what that stunned me, and maybe it shouldn't have, what stunned me about it was that we have been responding an awful lot of time reporting about the 2016 election and bob mueller's report about how he could not prove a criminal conspiracy or what we call collusion with trump's staff and the russians, but it is -- because he couldn't prove it in court, he didn't have enough information. this intelligence report echos
that from going forward through the 2020 election. basically doing everything except naming rudy guiliani about somebody that the russians said, you know, come on to our side we will talk to you, either witnessingly or unwittingly the people close to donald trump were duped. that was going on in the former president's first election and in the second election. what we don't see, and what we don't know, this is a report that has been declassified, we still don't understand exactly what happened and why the russians felt these people were so gettable. we just don't know the answer to that yet. >> caitlyn, finally to you, biden also took his toughest stance yet on new york governor cuomo who is facing sexual assault allegations? >> yes, we know the two have had a previously close relationship and he said he was letting the
investigation play out and that's what you have heard from the top leading democrats who have not called on governor cuomo to resign. the house speaker pelosi is saying to let the investigation speak out, and president biden was saying the investigation should play out and he was asked should governor cuomo resign if the allegations are proved against him, and not only does he say yes, but he also says he believes he will be prosecuted and that is a step further and it's surprising to people saying he said that on his own unsolicited. so i think that that is something that everybody is watching closely because, of course, there are so many leading democrats that have called on governor cuomo to resign and president biden has not done so yet but with these words he makes it clear what should happen once the gu
investigation is over depending on what it finds. >> it's worth pointing out a lot of people facing allegations like governor cuomo are facing even worse, sexual assault charges, find themselves not charged and people in position of prominence, and we have seen high profile cases where that's not the case and we have seen convictions -- if we could pause for a second, there's a white house covid briefing. >> today releasing details about how our testing strategy can be advanced in three additional critical ways. first, first is how we can reduce the disparities and health outcomes by investing more testing resources in under served communities. we will also discuss how we will get critical therapies to
under-served communities. second, the investments we are making in testing to increase screening and surveillance. third is how we can strategically invest in testing to ramp up the opening of schools and get them back open. first you will hear from dr. smith, and then she will introduce dr. fauci. between all of them you will hear how various elements of our testing strategy come together. with that i will turn it over to dr. smith. >> thanks so much, andy. good afternoon, everyone. you know, as andy said, we are continuing to advance robust efforts to ensure equity in our federal covid-19 response. making sure there's access to
all covid-19 resources, and kwhr that's access to masks, vaccines, and access to testing, which you will hear more in today's briefing, and today i am here to provide an important update on how this administration is making covid-19 treatments more accessible for those in the hardest hit and highest risk communities. you have heard dr. fauci discuss the benefits of the therapies previously. there are three. the positive impact of these treatments has become pretty clear. for individuals diagnosed early with covid-19, that's early testing, and who, you know, although they are currently doing okay, are really at risk of getting pretty sick.
these treatments can make a huge difference in presenting them from developing certain illness from covid. in fact, eli lily's newest antibo antibody combination therapy can reduce deaths by up to 87%. so in the infectious disease society of america, over 12,000 physicians, they specialize in infectious disease and they both formerly recommend the use of the treatment in patients with mild or moderate covid-19 who are at risk of progression to severe disease. there's a really strong signal being sent to patients all over the country, that these treatments are efficaciation.
for all americans these treatments for covid-19 are free and the cost of administering them is covered by medicare, medicaid and most private insurance companies. these therapies are already available across the united states and we shipped these to 500,000 across the country, and that's emergency rooms, doctor offices and infusion centers. there's still work to do to make sure these treatments are available to those in the highest risk communities. so today we are announcing a new $150 million agreement, signed by the department of health and human services specifically to help us make sure that any individual and any community who meets the kcritical criteria ca have access to the important
therapies, and giving us the ability to continue to meet people where they are. this new effort is going to speed assistance to hard-hit communities, and increasing the administration of the therapies preventing hospitalization and death. this assistance may include additional staffing, infusion center capacity in traditional and nontraditional health care settings and the equipment necessary to administer this intravenous infusion. so this is just another example of how we are committed to an equitable covid-19 response. we're working absolutely to keep people from getting covid-19 in the first place. the vaccines currently being administered across the country are key to doing just that. for those individuals who get covid-19 we want to make sure that they too have the benefit of the latest and scientific discovery to help them hope and
help towards a speedy recovery. you can learn more about these treatments by going to the website. with that i will hand it over to the response team. >> thank you. when the president announced his national strategy to fight covid he outlined a comprehensive plan to scale testing to reopen schools and society. today thanks to the american rescue plan, we're turning that plan into action. we know school districts want to reopen but up to this point many lack the resources to put up screening programs to help keep covid out of our schools. today that all changes. earlier today the department of education announced the state funding allocations for the $122 billion in the american rescue plan to help schools invest in
ppe, more space and critical learning and enrichment programs. with this funding for testing, every state in america will have access to millions of dollars to set up screening testing programs, to add a layer of protection for schools, teachers and students. this funding can be used to test teachers and staff, students and others with sim actuals of covid, and those who may have been exposed and to establish sustained regular screening testing programs across the school system. we recognize that establishing a covid testing program is new for many schools and that's why cdc will work with state and local health departments to help schools and states in standing up and implementing these programs. with this critical finding through the american rescue plan we hope more schools will open
across the country and more kids will be back in the classroom soon. we know that testing works. we know it works for identifying case and slowing the spread of covid and we look forward to working with schools to implement this exciting new program. >> we have been listening there to the white house covid task force, the concerns about variants becoming dominant in the u.s. and also what they are doing to help schools reopen. let's talk about this with elizabeth cohen, our senior med medical correspondent, and lena nguyen. elizabeth, this is a pretty big announcement here regarding the money for schools to expand testing. recognizing, they say, this will be new to schools knowing how they are going to proceed with a testing program. how important is that to getting kids back into the classroom and to convincing parents that it's safe to send their kids back into the classroom?
>> well it's very important. throughout the trump administration we heard people saying if we could test kids it wouldn't solve everything, you could still have outbreaks in schools but it would go a long way to helping tamp down outbreaks in schools and help keep kids healthy. it's a tough endeavor. there are a lot of schools all over the united states, and there's no one centralized authority here, and some of these schools have more resources than others but if they can really get a good testing program going for schools, that really could be quite -- quite -- make quite a difference in keeping outbreaks out of schools and keeping kids healthy. >> doctor, what did you think about what you heard there? >> i am glad the white house covid team is not just focussed on vaccines, and president biden has done a lot when it comes to ramping up the vaccinations, but
other things are important including testing and early treatment. we know there are now these therapies that we have available, these antibody therapies available but they have to be given early in the course of somebody's illness, and that emphasizes why testing is really important, because if you don't know you have it how can you get treatment for it? it's important because it helps people from progressing to a more serious illness. i think it will be really important, and i really appreciate, as always, the biden's team focus on equity, recognizing that access is a major problem that prevents so many people from accessing testing and treatment. >> it's such a good point because we have heard about these monoclonal antibodies, but when they are going to be administered too late, perhaps they are going unused and they are available but by the time they could be used the bus has
really left the station here. at this house hearing, elizabeth, on the u.s. vaccination effort, it was the energy and commerce and over site and investigations, and the variant identified in california, tell us about this because it's now being called by the cdc a variant of concern. >> right, so we have heard about the uk variant, the south africa variant and now we are hearing more about the california variant. the concern is it appears to spread more easily, and then it seems to be evading to some extent some of the treatments we have out there, for example, one of the antibody treatments we have, and it doesn't seem to work so well against this variant, and convalesce kwrupt plasma is when somebody gives their antibodies to somebody who is sick, and there's a decrease in effectiveness when that
person has the california variant. there are treatments that don't seem to be working so well on the california sraeurvariant. it seems the vaccine is fine, but it's worry isome to see the variants pop up especially when we hear they can spread more easily. >> yeah, it is. thank you both for being with us. michigan is the fastest rising race for covid-19 cases in the u.s. i want to bring in adrian. what is triggering the spike in the new covid cases in michigan? >> a number of factors. a short time ago i spoke with the medical director for the state's regional health department and she points 20 multiple factors. first, she talked about covid
fatigue. she says of course people have been experiencing and living in the middle of the pandemic for at least a year, and people are not staying at home. she told me data from the state shows transportation is at pre- pandemic levels, aside from covid fatigue she also talked about governor whitmer rolling back some of the covid-19 restrictions, and because some of the restrictions have rolled back people in michigan, she says, have skipped out on mask wearing, and they thought that was a green light to skip the mask, but she wanted to underscore that folks should still continue to wear the mask. you talked about that spike, more than 50%, and let's take a look at some of the numbers. here in michigan, on average, the number of new daily reported covid cases is about 2,300. on top of that, michigan has been tracking a rise in covid cases since january. just moments ago we heard elizabeth talking about that uk
sraeur variant, and that uk variant has been reported here in michigan, and they have the second highest number of cases of the uk variant. they are hoping the max vaccination site will help slow the spread. >> adrian in detroit, huh. the homeland secretary is not calling the situation at the border a crisis despite reports of conditions that some migrant children are taking turns showering and have not seen the sun in days.
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. in the you homeland security chief testifying before congress and telling lawmakers the border is not open amid a recent surge of migrants seeking to enter the u.s. and he is pushing back against characterizing the new influx as a crisis. >> i will share with you how i define a crisis. a crisis is when a nation is
willing to rip a theo 9-year-old child out of hands of his or her parent and separate that family to deter future migration. that to me is a humanitarian crisis. >> cnn has learned that more than 4,200 unaccompanied children are in border patrol custody that is up from 3,701 week ago. i want to bring in cnn's lucy kafanauf. this comes as president biden warns, don't come. but is it a warning migrants are listening to? >> it doesn't seem to be. the numbers continue to increase. we continue to see minors, families and individuals attempt to cross the border to get asylum here in the united states. we are in fact in front of the kay bailey hutchison center in dallas expected to temporarily shelter up to 3,000 unaccompany
minor teenagers, boys aged 15 to 17. and begin prapgss as early as today. we have seen red cross teams go in and out. we don't nope what the conditions are inside the specific facility. but it's being referred to as an emergency intake site. the red cross is going to be helping with operations. posed to have clean and comfortable bedding. toiletries, access to medical services and we have learned they are going to be tested for covid-19 inside the facility as well. and in part fema has been tapped by the biden administration to create centers like this because the facilities at the border are so overwhelmed. we nope of at least cbp facility in dona, texas where lawyers says the kids haven't been able to shower for days. haven't seen sunlight for days. haven't contacted parents. this is something difficult for the federal government to deal with at the border. that's why they're expanding to sites like this one. earlier governor greg on abbott arrived in dallas. he held a press conference he
blamed the the biden administration for enticing minors into inhumane conditions. take a listen. >> these sites are a direct result of president biden's reckless open-border policies that are causing a surge in border crossings and cartel activity. the administration has yet to provide answers that texans deserve. >> so he expressed concerns about whether the children were being accused. he demanded access from the biden administration for texas officials to go in and interview the children when the kids arrive. no word on whether that's expected to take place, brianna. >> yeah, important questions. certainly things that should be answered. there does appear to be a double zd as we have seen compared to this administration and the last from governor abbott. lucy from dallas thank you very much. we are following the investigation into a deadly series of shootings at massage
. hello i'm brianna keilar. and moments ago the president spoke about the killing spree in georgia that put americans across the country on edge. this after months of asian-american attacks that many say were original eight natured by the racist attacks against asians from mc. >> the question of motivation is still to be determined. but whatever the motivation here, i know that asian-americans are in very -- very concern