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livestreaming. go to cnn.com for that. thanks so much for being with me here today. we'll see you tomorrow. i'm brooke baldwin in new york. let's go to washington and jake tapper. "the lead" starts right now. >> police officer officer derek chauvin in minnesota and we got our first look at how the prosecution and defense plan to make their cases after chauvin was charged with killing george floyd last may by kneeling on his neck for almost ten minutes in a shocking viral video. chauvin has pleaded not guilty. today the defense suggested that he was not responsible for mr. floyd's death at all, instead that george floyd died because of a combination of underlying health conditions and being high on drugs at the time. they cited the county medical examiner's report. the prosecution is relying on an independent autopsy commissioned by the floyd family which says
that george floyd died solely because officer chauvin compressed his neck for an extended period of time and the jurors watched the video of mr. floyd's death where you can hear him say repeatedly he cannot preet as the officer knelt on his neck and back and a warning we will play that video momentarily, and it is graphic. the defense says officer chauvin was only restraining floyd as he was trained to do as cnn's sara sidner reports from minneapolis. >> on may 25th of 2020, mr. derek chauvin betrayed that badge when he use the excessive and unreasonable force upon the body of mr. george floyd. >> the prosecution's opening statement tells you everything you need to know about how they want the jury to see this case. >> 9:29, the three most important numbers in the game.
>> reporter: nine minutes and 29 second, the excruciating time that george floyd's neck was under officer derek church's knee. >> this case is not about split-second decision-making. >> reporter: and on that point he played the video. >> the relax. >> i can't breathe. >> the what do you want? >> i can't breathe. >> he does not let up and does not get up. you will learn that mr. chauvin is told that they can't even find the pulse. >> the first witness a 911 dispatcher. her mehtath dispatch was played in court showing she was watching surveillance video of floyd being picked down that day. >> i didn't know. we have the cameras up. >> my instincts were telling me that something was wrong. >> reporter: jurors were told that they would also be seeing and hearing all the video from by-standers' cameras, two police body-worn cameras as well as hearing from the minneapolis police officers, chief of police, medical experts and
witnesses on the scene. for the defense's case. >> derek chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. the use of force is not attractive, but it is a that's component of policing. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney eric nelson made clear this will also be a battle of exsigalerts this will ultimately be another significant battle in this trial. what was mr. floyd's actual cause of death? >> reporter: he wants the jury to look at the whole scene and listen to the use of force and medical experts as well as read the medical reports. >> that revealed mr. floyd had an exceptionally high level of carbon dioxide. dr. baker found none of what are referred to as the telltale signs of asphyxiation. there was no patichial hemorrhaging. there was no evidence that mr. floyd's air flow was restricted. >> reporter: instead, he
suggested it was illicit drugs that aggravated a medical condition that took floyd's life. >> hypertension, his coronary disease, the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl and the adrenaline flowing through his body, all of which acted to further compromise an already compromised heart. >> reporter: there was one thing the defense and prosecution did agree on. >> there is no political or social cause in this courtroom. >> reporter: but in the streets and for floyd's family chauvin is not the only one on trial. america's justice system is. >> to say that your skin should be a death sentence. america is watching. >> reporter: before the trial began the floyd family and their lawyers knelt outside court for nearly ten minutes to illustrate just how long floyd begged for his life under chauvin's knee. >> we came here for one thing and one thing only. we came to get justice. somebody needs to be held
accountable. >> reporter: and they are saying the whole world is watching as well as several members of the floyd family who are here also watching as this trial gets under way. we should also mention that in cross-examination that 911 dispatcher was asked about whether or not she saw the squad car that floyd was in when officers were on either side of it rocking back and for the, and she said that indeed she did. the defense clearly trying to show that there was a struggle between floyd and the officers and in the end when asked whether or not she still believed she still might have been seeing excessive force from her vantage point she said yes. jake? >> sara sidner, thanks so much. let's discuss. van jones, this is one of the most important and high-profile trials in recent history. what are the political and societal stakes of this trial beyond just the trial? >> well, they are astronomical. i mean, it reminds me of when i was a young person during the rodney king trial back in, you know, 1992. you're looking to see do i
matter? can -- can -- can anything happen to a black person that is considered a crime if a police officer does it? you have a whole generation globally trying to answer that question. if this conduct from this officer is ruled non-criminal, he's just doing his job, it's okay. it will feel like a declaration of open season for a lot of african-americans who already feel that even with this level of community oversight police get away with too much too often, so this is -- i think this is -- for a generation that's coming up, this is the most important trial for them. >> and sara sidner, still with us from minnesota i believe. sara, we've heard from two witnesses this afternoon, one of which was the 911 dispatcher. basically she was testifying that from her vantage point it
looked as though it was excessive force to the degree that she even thought that the screen had frozen because he was kneeling on george floyd's neck so long. do i have that right? >> reporter: you have that absolutely right, perfectly right, jake. she talked about the fact that she's looking at this, remember, from a dispatcher's standpoint where she's listening in her ear and making calls, but she's able to finally see the sarbanes video up from the scene from the back of the car. she's actually able to see george floyd being pulled out of the car. of course, she didn't know who he was at the time, but she's watching that, and she's noticing that minute after minute is going by and yet officers are still down and chauvin in particular down with their knee down on his body, and so to her it seemed like it was an awful long time. she thought her screen was frozen and had she thought it wasn't she thought it was so significant that she called a supervisor and said, look, i don't want to be a snitch or anything, but this doesn't look
right to me, and she made that very clear on the stand, and i'm sure that that had a major impact also on the jury, and i know we're in just sort of the beginning phases of all of this, but some of this testimony, especially hers, has been quite strong, jake. >> former federal prosecutor jennifer rogers joins us now. jennifer, one of the most striking moments is when the prosecution played a full witness video of the amount of time officer chauvin knelt on george floyd's neck. the prosecutor told the jury he wanted to see them happen, quote, without lawyer talk and without lawyer spin, these jurors, some of them, watching that video in full for the very first time, and that's -- that's a long nine and a half minutes. >> it was really, really powerful, jake. i mean, i western we do have gotten a look at the jury to see if they had any reactions, but there's really no way you couldn't react to that amount of time and chauvin just sitting
there with his knee on floyd first as he's making noise and asking for help and then nothing. half of that nine-plus minutes is effectively him unconscious so i think that that was a really powerful -- >> yeah, jennifer's feed just froze. let me bring van back. van, the defense is also arguing that the force was necessary because, their argument, not mine, george floyd struggled with officers. he was taller and heavier and bigger than the officers. that's all factual. the defense also said that the officer did exactly what he was trained to do over his 19 years as an officer and that the use of force is not excessive. it's not attractive they said, but it's necessary. what did you make of that evidence? >> well, it's a lie. it's a lie. you can use the minimum force necessary to make an arrest and
no mar. the term excessive force is a term that means exactly what you said. were you using force in excess of what was needed to effect the arrest? clearly was. the guy was literally begging for his life, wasn't struggling and lost consciousness and begging for his mother and is not fighting back and that's why. the other thing you see is the police creating their own peril by being so brute a.m. towards this man, they draw a crowd, and then the lawyer says because of the crowd that they, you know, didn't take care of the person who was being arrested. it's because were you brutalizing the person that you had the crowd, so you're going to see all the classic stuff here. police crate a peril and use the peril they created to justify the misconduct. they will try to put george floyd on trial, not the officer, but at the end of the day you can believe -- they are going to tell you don't believe your lying eyes when you are see video after video of what looked
to the entire world like a lynching. >> sara sidner, they said and you described in your piece, the battle of the experts. you have the defense that has the county medical examiner saying that george floyd died because of drugs and his physical condition, and then an independent autopsy that says, no, it was because the officer was leaning on the guy's neck for almost ten minutes. at some point the jurors are just going to have to decide which one makes the most sense to them because, i mean, i find it hard to believe just as somebody who practices common sense that even if george floyd had the drugs in his system that he'd be dead right now if it weren't for the officer kneeling on his neck. >> right, and if you look at the paperwork itself, i mean, it says that he died of a homicide. that is because somebody else created his death and effected his death. i think one pay to put this. benjamin crump, the attorney for the family sort of put it the
this way. he was walking and talking and driving and sitting and doing all of the things in life until the officers put their knee on his body, and so that was one of the points that i think you're going to hear made at some point in this trial. jake? >> all right. it's going to be up to the jurors, of course. thanks to one and all of you, appreciate it. the biden administration pushing a $3 trillion infrastructure plan this week. the question is who is going to pay for it, and how? and now secretary of transportation pete buttigieg says several options are out but one is on the table. then, president biden making a big announcement about who can get a vaccine in the next three weeks. stay with us. >> good afternoon, last week --
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plan for almost 2 trillion. just this afternoon president biden announced that the nation is closing in on his goal of allowing every american adult to be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by may boosted by doubling the number of pharmacies where american adults can get a shot as cnn's kaitlan collins now reports. >> and as much as we're doing, america, it's time to do even more. >> moments ago president biden announcing he's accelerating vaccine access in the u.s. >> for the vast, vast majority of adults, you won't have to wait until may 1. you'll be eligible for your shot on april 19th. >> biden now says 90% of u.s. adults will be eligible to get vaccinated by april 19th and to make that possible the administration is more than doubling the number of pharmacies nationwide where people can get vaccinated. >> 90% of americans will be within five miles of a location
where they can get a shot. >> the president is also preparing for his next big push, infrastructure. >> in the coming weeks the president will lay out a vision for a second package that focuses squarely on creating economic security for the middle class. >> reporter: on wednesday biden will return to pittsburgh where he announced his presidential campaign, this time to lay out his ambitious infrastructure plan to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, water systems and technology. >> we're currently 13th in the world. no one believes we should be there. >> reporter: aides say biden's far-reaching plan will include $3 trillion in new spending and biden will have to address how he plans to pay for t. >> i can assure you that when the president lays out his infrastructure plan, he will also lay out a plan to pay for t. >> reporter: that could lead to the next battle with lawmakers given that biden's agenda is expected to be offset by a wide range of tax hikes on corporations and wealthy americans. >> if they share a goal of building our infrastructure for
the future but don't like the way he's going to propose to pay for it, we're happy to look at their proposals. if they don't want to pay for it, i guess they can propose that, too. >> reporter: and we expect that announcement to jump start what will be very lengthy negotiators with lawmakers on capitol hill on what that infrastructure plan will look like and one other thing to note when president biden was speaking earlier to reporters he called on governors to mayors to reinstate mask mandates if they rescinded them saying it's not about the politics but keep people safe in the wake of rising cases in several states. jake? >> kaitlan collins, thanks so much. joining me now is transportation secretary pete buttigieg. thanks for joining us. the republicans want to keep infrastructure and any packages limited to roads and bridges, not interested in a green new deal as the committee chairman
put it. which is more important to the biden administration, getting the proposal president biden wants in its entirety or getting legislation that's likely more modest burr bipartisan with republican support because it does not seem like you're going to be able to get both? >> well, i think that there's a tremendous opportunity to have a big bold package. i'm seeing it in the conversations with democrats and republicans on the hill and definitely in conversations that i'm having with people across the country. americans don't new zealand a lot of selling to know that we've got to do big things when it comes to our infrastructure, and the truth is you can't separate the climate part from this vision because every road we fix, every bridge we build, we can either do it in a way that's better for the climate or worse for the climate. why wouldn't we want to be creating the jobs in a way that's better for the climate. >> so that sounds like you're saying that there's an opportunity for bipartisanship
but you want to do what's big and bold and you feel is needed. take a listen to senate minority leader mitch mctonight last week. >> we earring hearing the next knew months may bring a infrastructure proposal that may be a trojan horse for massive tax hikes and other job-killing left wing policies. >> so senate democrats are it keeping open of introducing this legislation under special budget rules that would require 50 votes, not 60, and what would that mean if the first two initiatives by the president get zero republican? >> let's remember, there was a lot of support by republicans, just not here in washington. we can do better with the infrastructure build. this will reflect popularity among american people but i hope we can work in good faith with folks across the aisle in congress to -- to get some votes there. ultimately it's up to them
whether they are going to support something, but we're going to work with them to try to shape it in a way that earns as much support as possible and at the same time the american people can't wait. we've got a $1 trillion backlog just in things like our roads and bridges. we've got to act, and i really am encouraged by the -- what i believe to be the sincere expressions of interest from the other sides of the aisle. let's make very clear. this is a jobs bill that's going to have climate benefits, and i think that's something we should all be able to get behind. >> who are some of the republicans that you're talking to that you feel encouraged when you talk to them? >> you know, i'll leave it to them. some of them like to talk in public about our conversations and some of them don't and i'm fine with that. i'm trying to find the deal space for what we can all come together around, and -- and as the president rolls out his vision beginning with the wednesday announcement i think nokes are going to find that it strikes a chord around the country. my hope is that means it will bring people across the aisle to the table here in washington, too.
>> now you have said that you want to have it paid for, at least part of it, with either spending cuts or tax increases. it's possible that there's a moderate democrats who won't support a raise in taxes, including congressman josh gottheimer of new jersey. he told axios he's worried tax increases could slow the economic recovery saying, quote, we need to be careful not to do anything that's too big or too much in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis, unquote. as of right now, is raising taxes on wealthier americans the primary funding source for your plan? is it. >> well, you're going to hear more details from the administration in the coming days about how to pay for this. one thing i will do is reiterate the president's commitment that his proposals will not raise taxes at all on anyone making under $400,000 a year. >> so nobody who makes under $400,000 a year will see a tax increase. you said also that a mileage tax showed, quote, a lot of promise
as a way to help pay for the plan. that tax would charge people for how many miles they drive. is that under consideration? >> no, that's not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill, so just want to make sure that that's really clear, but you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision being able to fund this, and, again, these are carefully thought through responsible ideas that ultimately are going to be a win for the economy and need to be compared to the unaffordable cost of the status quo. >> so something of a backtrack on that. let me ask you about that. is there a possible increase in the gas tax? that's a tax that has not been raised in years as you know. is that under consideration? >> no, and, again, i want to reiterate the president's central commitment here. if you're making less than $400,000 a year, this proposal will not involve a tax increase for you. >> there's still about 10 million americans unemployed
right now. how many jobs do you anticipate your infrastructure and transportation plan will create and is putting people back to work the primary goal, or is it the secondary goal? >> well, i think the president views this as an opportunity to boost american competitiveness, so i think of this as a jobs vision which also means a lot in terms of climate, means a lot in terms of recovery, means a lot in terms of equity. i know some folks in washington want to try to slice these things or separate them. to me talking about infrastructure and saying you don't want to mention climate is like talking about food and saying you don't want to mention nutrition. they all go hand in hand, but fundamentally this is a jobs bill. as far as the numbers, i'm real excited to see what the economists do to score the details that the president will be sharing in the next few days. safe to say we'll be looking at millions of jobs and maybe most importantly of all a chance to restore america's leadership role at a time where right now
we run a very real risk of being left behind because of the cost of disinvestment in our infrastructure. >> this afternoon your department announced that more than $30 billion from the american rescue plan will be available for public transit systems who are no doubt suffering during this pandemic. how long do you think it will take in order to get the ridership back up to a place where the busiest transit systems have enough riders to break even? >> well, what we've been able to do thanks to the american rescue plan is get back from the cliff that a lot of these transit agencies were up against. as you said over $30 billion being made available f.isn't the big city transit agencies that you think about but also going out to rural communities everywhere that it's needed and it's helping us fight covid by getting things to where they need to be. and in terms ridership, we still don't know what the permanent changes will be because we've been in such a shift that the
way americans work, that the way americans get to work may change, too. that may take years to play out but what we've been able to do right here and right now is avoid the route cuts and layoffs that are going to be very well this spring had the congress and president not acted with the rescue plan. >> transportation second pete buttigieg, good to see you again. >> thanks. a desperate appeal for the director of the centers for disease control. >> hold on for a little while long remember? what is happening across the united states that's causing such concern. stay with us. challenging times are nothing new. neither are resilient people. there's strength in every family story.
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s. in our health lead today, a candid moment today from the cdc director who threw out her speak to address the recent spike in covid cases in the united states. cases are up in 27 states right now. the national average jumped 16% in just one week, that's the highest spike since mid-january, and with more americans vaccinated, the biden administration is considering guidance on vaccine credentials or vaccine passports so people can prove they got their shots as cnn's alexandra field reports. >> i'm going to reflect on the current feeling i have of impending doom. >> reporter: a desperate and emotional appeal to all americans. >> i'm speaking not necessarily at your cdc director but not only as your cdc but as a wife,
as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer. >> reporter: dr. walensky pleading for the public's health as new covid-19 cases start climbing in more than half the states. >> right now i'm scared. i know what it's like as a physician to stand in that patient room gowned, gloved, masked, shielded and to be the last person to touch someone else's loved one because their loved one couldn't be there. >> reporter: a similar plea from president biden calling on all states to pause reopening efforts. >> i'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. please, this is not politics. >> the biden administration trying not to repeat past mistakes as former president trump's coronavirus response coordinator lays bare some of those failures. >> there were about 100,000
deaths that came from that original surge. all of the rest of them in my mind could have been mitigated or decreased substantially. >> reporter: 20% of american adults are now fully vaccinated. progress accelerating with 3 million shots on each of the last three days according to the cdc. every state but arkansas says it plans to meet or beat president biden's may 1st guideline to make vaccines available to everyone 16 and up and a new cdc study shows just how effective the vaccines really are out here in the real world. when given to 4,000 health care workers and first responders moderna and pfizer's vaccines were 95% in preventing infection, 80% after the first dose. >> as we increase the number of people vaccinated we know some people may have a need to demonstrate they are vaccinated. >> the administration now working to develop guidelines for people to prove they have been vaccinated while some states like new york push ahead
with their own system, vaccine passports. >> the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport nor a place to hold the data of citizens. we view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do. >> reporter: jake, set aside that issue of vaccine pass ports and what you can do once vaccinated but the bigger question is what people are doing before they get vaccinated. on sunday we saw another pandemic era travel record set and health officials in some states are saying they are seeing a growth in cases among young people. young people, of course, have had less access or no access at all. >> thanks so much. let's bring in an emergency room physician at brown university. doctor, thanks for joining us. you heard the biden administration does not want to discourage people from getting a shot as they are also working to
create guidelines for a vaccine pass port. could you see people will really need this to travel or to return to work? >> you know, already there are universities and workplaces across the country that are asking for proof of vaccination before you can return. one university that's already said it's going to be required for students before coming back to campus next fall. vaccines protect not only those of us who get them but they protect everyone around us, and i can imagine a world once when these vaccines get full approval, once they make it past the emergency use authorization when they will indeed be required, not just here at home but also across the world. >> both president biden and the cdc director today said that states reopening too soon, lifting their mask mandates and more may be contributing to the recent spike in cases. you're an e.r.physician. what do you think is going on? >> that is absolutely what's going on. i mean, i'll tell you.
my last week of sifts in the e.r. i saw more covid patients than in the prior month. it's because we're letting more people into restaurants unmasked. we're allowing bigger public gatherings, often unmasked. it is absolutely incontrovertbly true that when you get together people who are not yet vaccinated in a public setting without masks on covid spreads. we have been through this movie before, and it boggles my mind that governors across the country are unwilling to hold on just a little bit longer in order to protect people. jake, i admitted a 40 something-year-olding is to the icu a week ago. he had not had the chance to be vaccinated yet and now his life is forever changed because he caught covid at work from someone who had been socializing. it isn't fair to our populations to be lifting regulations so quickly when we haven't gotten vaccines out to everyone yet. >> not time to -- to -- for people to let up yet. we've been hearing a number of former officials from the trump
administration blaming the trump administration for problems early on in the pandemic. the former white house testing czar now admits the testing was not as widely available as the trump administration made it seem. take a listen. >> we said there were millions of tests available. there weren't, right? there were components of the test available but not the full meal deal. >> all right. that's what admiral giroir told sanjay gupta for the special last night but take a listen to admiral giroir when i had him on "state of the union" last summer and i was pressing him on the lack of testing. >> in terms of the number of tests that we have available. look, we're able to achieve almost all of our goals right now. we want to improve our testing, but we have enough tests right now if we use them in the right way to achieve the goals that we need to achieve. >> what do you make of all these former trump administration officials now saying the things were much worse than they were
saying at the time? >> you know, i wish to god that they had spoken up last spring, last summer or last fall. we were being gas lit as aiesna. most of us on the front lines were sounding alarms that we had no ppe, that we had no tests and were running out of beds and we were being told by the administration that we were lying. i am glad they are telling the truth now, but i wish they had spoken up earlier. i wonder how many lives would have been saved had they done so. >> dr. birx so hundreds of thousands potentially. doctor, thank you so much. a new challenge has been filed to the restrictive voting laws. that's next. th a cfp® professio. a cfp® professional can help you build a complete financial plan. visit letsmakeaplan.org to find your cfp® professional. ♪
in our politics lead, silvina pelosso rights and voting rights groups including the georgia naacp, the league of women voters and common cause have filed a lawsuit challenging georgia's new voting rights law. the law that limits voting drop boxes, shortens in-person voting hours and even makes it a misdemeanor to offer food or water to people waiting in line to vote if you are not with the polling officials there. president biden last week slammed the republican-backed law as sick and said it makes, quote, jim crow look like jim eagle. let's discuss. nia, let me start with you. the suit claims that republican officials included specific changes in the law to target voters of color after the record turnout and democratic victories in the november 2020 presidential election and the two senate runoffs in january 202
202 is. the goal is to limit voting in many ways. do you think that they have a case here? >> listen, you know. we'll see. as you said there will h been kind of a rollback of some of the more draconian, you know, approaches that many of these lawmakers wanted because of public pressure, because of public scrutiny as well, so we'll see what the naacp and other groups that are certainly looking at what's happening, what they are able to do as well as there's being pressure put on some of the businesses there as well. the big businesses, places like coca-cola, home depot, george has been transformed, right, into the new south because of the presence of those businesses so there are some pressure points being applied, and we'll see if any of that is able to effect any change with these laws. >> senator lindsey graham of south carolina was asked about president biden comparing this new law to jim crow. take a listen. >> every time a republican does
anything we're rates of. if you're a white conservative, you're a raves. if you're a black republican, you're either a prop or an uncle tom. they use the racist card to advance a liberal agenda and we're tired of t.hr-1 is sick. not what they are doing in georgia. >> hr-1 is the democratic package of voting reforms, the goal of which is to open up voting as opposed to restricting investigate. what do you make of lindsey graham's response there? >> well, look, we're going to see more members of congress, republican senators as well as on the house side trying to use the president's word, taking this subject to criticized hr-1, the house effort and democratic effort to expand voting rights. we have heard more members of congress continue to say that it is as matter of inning fringing on states' rights but as you expand voting access.
in the same interview senator graham criticized one port of the law in georgia, providing water and food to people waiting in line. this isn't isolated to georgia. it's not just going to be the state. there's republicans in 40 different states, jake, that are pursuing similar kind of legislation. >> yeah. his signal is going out there a little. let take a quick break. stick around. they are both coming back. the biden administration saying they need 34,000 of this item to keep up with the cries on the border. what is it? stay with us. u can live that scuff-free life. honey, i'm home! honey! scuff defense. i love our scuff-free life.
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. also in our politics lead the white house will brief house democrats tomorrow on the situation at the southern border. the biden administration will need an estimated 34,100 additional pedestrians to cape the projected number of my grant kids arriving at the border through september according to internal government estimates obtained by cnn. let's bring back our panel. republican senator ted cruz of texas released these images from his visit to a border facility in texas of kids on the ground covered with mylar blankets. biden continues to deny press access to see how the kids are being treated. they are being treated in taxpayer funded facilities under policies bearing our name. i think senator cruz has a point. we should have these open to journalists, yes? >> the biden administration thus far has allowed access into a shelter managed by hhs, jake, but what's important for viewers to know it that is not enough to
really fulfill transparency here. the facilities that are holding children. the facilities currently pushed beyond capacity where roughly 5,000 children are being held, facilities initially designed for the short detention of individual adults, those are the facilities that we have put requests in to tour at this time. you also mentioned that there will be a briefing soon. it will be interesting to see where the biden administration goes forward and whether they continue to use that pandemic emergency rule to rapidly expel single adults back south across the border. >> nia malika, your thoughts on how the biden administration is handling this crisis. >> it's hard to point to any administration that handled this well. this is a biden administration that says this was expected in
some way, also a surge in 2019. if that's the case they probably should have been much more prepared for it. we're going to see more of these my grants coming up from central america because of what's going on in those countries, so they have a big complicated problem on their hands as have other administrations, and we also know that congress hasn't done much about this. >> thanks to both of you. appreciate it. we pulled it off. a look at the roller coaster ride in the suez canal to free the huge cargo ship. stay with us. ent people. there's strength in every family story. learn more about yours. at ancestry. we started with computers. we didn't stop at computers. we didn't stop at storage or cloud. we kept going. working with our customers to enable the kind of technology that can guide an astronaut back to safety. and help make a hospital come to you,
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in our world lead today. after six long days, very expensive days, the massive cargo ship blocking the suez canal have finally been freed. there's still 422 ships still waiting. they will be able to cross on a first come first stock basis except those carrying livestock. even though the effort given have been freed it could take three and a half days for the backlog to clear the canal. we want to take a moment to remember one of the 549,000 lives lost to covid in the u.s. today we remember fred posovitz, the police chief of clinton township near detroit, 64 years old. spent most of his entire adult life with this police department and even backing its first canine officer. he was big on family and community.
he was set to retire in june but he died of complications from covid one week ago. to his wife and his family and colleagues, our deepest condolences. our coverage on cnn continues right now. wolf blitzer is back. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we've been fooling a dramatic and very emotional first day of testimony in the trial of the former police officer accused of killing george floyd. prosecutors began the opening round of arguments by playing the graphic video of derek chauvin kneeling on floyd's neck for nearly ten minutes telling the. and i'm quoting now, it's murder. you can believe your own eyes. we're also following new developments in the coronavirus pandemic.