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good morning thank you. we are grateful to have your company on this saturday, april 10th. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. you are in the "cnn newsroom" and it is a crucial time in the race between the coronavirus variants and the vaccines, and what happens now will have major implications for what our summer will look like. >> more than 80,000 new covid cases were added yesterday. that's the third day in a row the u.s. has logged that many cases or more. the model from the university of washington's institute for health metrics and evaluation forecasts more than 618,000 deaths by august 1st. that toll jumps to more than 697,000 if people who are fully vaccinated return to pre-pandemic levels of mobility, let's say.
it does drop if we wear masks. >> the cdc says more than 20% of the u.s. population is fully vaccinated, nearly 60% of those 65 and older, more than 3 million people are getting a shot, on average, every day and we could soon see kids as young as 12 have access to pfizer's vaccine. but some states say they need more federal help. let's go to cnn's polo sandoval at a mass vaccination site in detroit. the governor there, polo, wants the federal government to surge vaccines to her state. the administration has said they're basing this on population, not on rate of transmission. break down the challenges there. >> reporter: yeah, the big challenge is trying to get a large amount of vaccinations here, especially in michigan, to try to cover more ground, which is what the state officials have been asking for. as you just noted, the biden administration saying at least not at this point, and simply put by governor gretchen whitmer just yesterday, with respect to the state of michigan, that it is unquestionably still a
national covid hot spot at the moment, especially where the test positivity rate right now, the covid test positivity rate is almost four times what we saw just two months ago. so it's certainly highlighting the need for people in michigan to spread to the vaccination sites like the one you see behind me. pfizer is requested to expand the emergency use authorization of the drugmaker's covid-19 vax to include people ages 12 to 15 in the u.s. the fda will evaluate the request as quickly as possible. the fda currently allows the vax's use in people 16 and up. the other two covid-19 vaccines made by moderna and johnson & johnson are authorized for emergency use in people ages 18 and older. the cdc is aware of several incidents involving adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine in four states, says the cdc. >> that's something that needs
to be vinvestigated. some people are going to get blood clots, so important to investigate. but right now i am not concerned for myself or anybody else who got the johnson & johnson vaccine. >> reporter: johnson & johnson also working closely with the fda to resolve any manufacturing issues at the emerging facility in baltimore. >> the company expects a cadence of up to 8 million weekly doses in total across state and federal channels later in april. importantly, johnson & johnson has also reiterated its commitment to provide at or near 100 million vaccine doses by the end of may. >> reporter: currently more than one in four adults are now fully vaccinated in the u.s. experts hope to get more americans vaccinated quickly as lockdown fatigue takes its toll as more transmissible variants of the virus become dominant. >> i don't think there needs to be concern about any shift or change in the efficacy of the
vaccine. >> reporter: all 50 states have committed to opening vaccinations to all americans 16 and up by april 19th. >> as cases increase in the community, we expect that cases identified in schools will also increase. this is not necessarily indicative of school-based transmission. >> reporter: duke university, the latest of at least 16 colleges and universities to require all students to receive covid-19 vaccines, states including california and vermont plan to fully reopen this summer. experts are warning to truly declare victory against the variants, americans need to be vaccinated and continue mitigation measures. >> we still have high confidence that these vaccines are effective, but because they are not perfect, that is precisely why we are still urging people to be cautious. it's why we have such an emphasis on getting the overall case numbers down, which we can only do by vaccinating and by making sure that people, until
we have a critical mass vaccinated, are wearing masks, keeping distance, washing their hands, avoiding indoor gatherings. >> reporter: and back here at michigan, which continues to face these worrying numbers, is question is what will the state do next? just yesterday governor whitmer laying out several recommendations that they would like people here in the state to actually try to adhere to for the next two weeks, and that includes calling on high schools to return to remote learning for the next two weeks on a volunteer basis, and also strongly encourages residents to avoid indoor dining, instead do outdoor dining and takeout. and finally calling on youth sports to suspend practices and games for the next couple of weeks. but, again, the governor making it clear this is simply recommendations. these are not orders or mandates at this point. >> polo sandoval, we appreciate it. thank you. cnn medical analyst dr. wen is with us now and also the author of an upcoming book
"lifelines". thank you for joining us. i want to get your reaction to what's happening in michigan right now. should they be getting more vaccines? >> yeah, i'm very concerned about what's going on in michigan and also in other hot spots around the country. and, actually, a core principle in public health is that you should target the resources to where they are needed the most. in this case if we know that there are certain areas that really need vaccines as a way to increase the protection, i don't see why the federal government can't reallocate their doses, especially because there are some states where the supply and demand are actually catching up on one another. there are some places where people are not using all their supplies. why can't we redistribute those doses to where they are needed the most? >> doctor, you've got a new op-ed in the "washington post" and i'm just going to read the headline here and then get you to expound. stop calling them vaccine passports. why? >> right. the term is inflammatory, it's
politically divisive and, frankly, it's inaccurate. when we think about passports, we think about some kind of government issued i.d., like a drivers license. if you don't have it, it may limit your ability to obtain benefits and enter certain places. that is not what most people are saying is what we need when we are talking about proof of vaccine status. what we're talking about is something more like a health screen. so imagine right now we already have, if you want to enter buildings, a lot of places are going to be asking you for a list of do you have these symptoms. some places are checking your temperature. some places may administer a rapid test. this is an extension of that and replaces those other mechanisms for checking your health status and i think it's a way for independent businesses, you had somebody in charge of a festival early other on your show talk about how this is a way to reassure customers and give them peace of mind. i actually think it's the height of hypocrisy for politicians who normally say they're pro
business to now not allow businesses to innovate, to provide covid safety protocols. >> if i could follow-up on that, you talk about politicians and in the op-ed you say not to make this political. but, you know, people politicized haircuts. there were protests for people to get haircuts in the beginning of this pandemic. what do you say to those governors, kemp in georgia, desantis in florida, abbott in texas, who are speaking to the c constituency? we know from polling, that the majority of the hesitancy is in white, rural republicans, white men specifically, and they're speaking to their voters. >> i know. i would say in this case that if they're truly for business and free market, then they should allow businesses to do what's best for their customers. you can imagine there may be a gym that's currently not allowing indoor fitness classes
because it's high risk for people to come together in cramped spaces for high intensity classes. if everybody in that group is vaccinated and they can verify vaccination status, they can allow those classes to come back. you were talking about college campuses. we can basically allow for college students to have something very close to a pre-pandemic college experience if everybody is vaccinated. so i think the politicians should be flaming it as free choice, that we're allowing businesses, entities to do what's best for the people they're serving. >> speaking of vaccines, we know that pfizer is asking the fda to authorize their vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. these were bridging trials, as i understand it, meaning that they were trials on children, several thousand, as opposed to maybe 40,000, in what is a normal trial. what is your take on that and how quickly do you think an authorization like that could take shape? >> i'm very optimistic, christi, about this, and that's because
the data from pfizer we've seen thus far are very strong. we've shown that in the 4,000 or so individuals 12 to 15 that the vaccine is safe, there were no adverse safety signals, and they were really effective. actually, they are shown to be 100% effective thus far in the trial. so i'm very optimistic about this. it could be a matter of weeks to months. ideally before the beginning of the next school year, so that teenagers, high school age students are all going to be able to be vaccinated, which is important, because first of all, we need them to get the benefit of the vaccine, but also it will help us to reach herd immunity a lot faster if we don't just have to rely on adults to be vaccinated and this older age group, unlike with younger children, they have a higher likelihood of spreading the virus, very similar to adults. so getting them a protective vaccine will help in keeping schools open and stay open. >> cnn has obtained data that shows that 40% of marines have declined to take vaccinations.
40% of those who have been offered it yet, so many still have not been offered. at camp lejeune the rate is 57%. the dod says they can't make it mandatory because the vaccines are only emergency use authorization, not full approval. what is your concern, beyond the concern for civilians, specifically related to military service members who are declining the vaccines at such a high rate? >> yeah, i think it's important for us to talk about why it is that we get vaccinated. yes, it is to protect us, the individual, from severe effects from covid-19, from this potentially deadly disease. it's also to protect others. there is growing evidence that being vaccinated sub stanchly reduces your likelihood of being a carrier for coronavirus able to infect others. for service members or anyone who is in close proximity to others, you can imagine there is a real benefit to being vaccinated. it protects other people around you, including those around us who can not yet be vaccinated.
i have two little kids. they can't be vaccinated because the vaccine is not approved for children. so i think it's important for us to understand the reasons why people are choosing not to be vaccinated, to meet them where they are and make vaccines the convenient and easy choice and eliminate access as the potential barrier to address those potential concerns. but at some point i think it is really is important for us to ta tackle all the disinformation and misinformation that's out there that is preventing people from getting this life-saving vaccine for others. >> that is an excellent segue. thank you so much for being with us. tonight our dr. sanjay gupta is going to go on a journey to learn why some people are afraid of vaccines. a new cnn special reporting "the truth about vaccines" begins tonight at 9:00. still to come, voting rights under attack in texas. details on what republican lawmakers are proposing and warnings from the governor to business leaders. >> plus, funeral arrangements will be released soon for prince
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thank you so much. what do you make of the governor's call to shut down that facility? first of all, what would happen to the children who are there if it happened, and do you believe that to be the right call? >> you know, i think it's safe to say every single person, whether they're republican or democrat, however they feel about what's happening at the border, you want to make sure that they're treated well, and so if the governor heard of mistreatment or abuse that's happening, he should turn that over to federal authorities. the administration has said that health and human services is investigating these claims. my hope is that the governor will work with health and human services to make sure that if something is happening, they get to the bottom of that. but it also strikes me as very disingenuous because this governor stayed totally silent
for four years as donald trump inflicted cruelty on many, many children and their parents, and so this seems more like somebody using these children as a political prop, using this entire situation to try and score political points. i hope that's not the case and i hope he'll cooperate with hhs. that's what it feels like. >> i want to listen to president biden as he pointed to vice president harris a couple of weeks ago and did this. >> i've asked her, the vp today, because she's the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with mexico and the northern triangle, and the countries that help -- are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border. >> he essentially named the vice president as the point person on
immigration. where is the vice president? should she be at the border? >> first, it was a very smart move for president biden to put vice president harris in charge of dealing with mexico and these northern triangle countries. she's someone who knows this issue, has dealt with these issues when she was attorney general of california. she's well steeped in them. she has a respect of these foreign leaders, so when she picks up the phone and makes those calls, they're going to answer and they're going to work with her to try and ensure that the flow of migration is stemmed, and that maybe, most importantly, this is about getting to the root causes of this migration. i applaud the biden administration for doing something that donald trump wasn't ignored for four years, which is to say, look, if we want to see less people coming to the border, we need to make sure that people can find safety and opportunity at home in one of these northern triangle countries, instead of feeling
compelled to make this dangerous journey. to me, that is the true measure of success of this effort, how do we work with mexico and these three northern triangle countries, to improve conditions there so that people don't feel compelled to come to the united states. that's not going to be solved in one week or one month or even a year. it's a longer term kind of investment we're making. >> but the white house has shied away from calling what we're seeing there a crisis. do you call it a crisis? is that what it is? >> i think it's a challenge. what i believe is that this is something that we see year in and year out. we saw these kinds of numbers of people coming when president obama was president, when president trump was president, and now we're seeing it under president biden. the difference with this administration versus the trump administration is, number one, they have people who are actually competent in these roles to deal with the migration
that's coming. secondly, whereas the trump administration wanted to inflict cruelty on these children and their parents to make an example of them and try and deter other families from coming, and that didn't work because they kept coming, this administration is actually treating people in keeping with the ideals of our country, with compassion, with common sense, with care, and they're trying to get at the root causes of this so that we don't have to deal with this next year, three years from now, five years from now. that's actually smart, too. >> the immigration issue has been decades old, as congress tries to iron it all out as well. so there is definitely much there to be done. i want to pivot to the voting restrictions, particularly the texas house committee that has advanced election bill hb-6. it allows for several things, allowing poll watchers to record video and photo of people who
are voting. it criminalizes the distribution of vote by mail application to voters that don't request one. it basically could put local election officials in jail if that happens. we've seen businesses come out and support this by their word. in fact, american airlines is one of a couple of corporations who are urging the legislature to drop this bill. they said, we're strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder. we've heard from decades from both sides of the aisle about lobbying and the influence of businesses, the connectivity of companies and politics appropriate in this vein? >> it's not just about the companies. i certainly applaud, for instance, delta, that came out in georgia after similar legislation was passed in georgia. i'm glad that american airlines,
dell and microsoft have made their voices heard and i hope they continue to do that. i hope southwest airlines, at&t, and others do the same. this is an all-hands-on-deck situation. it's not about whether somebody is republican or democrat. it's about texas republicans playing a power grab here trying to do jim crow 2.0, trying to achieve in texas what they achieved in georgia, which is to pass legislation that would allow for voter suppression and voter intimidation. one of the elements of this legislation is that you could be filmed while you're voting. you can have one of these partisans filming somebody while they're trying to vote. this is voter intimidation. of course i believe that we need to control big money in politics and i don't like corporations having more influence than everyday people. but i also recognize that these
are their employees, these are their consumers, their customers, and i do think it's appropriate for them to voice concern when you're dealing with a fundamental right like the right to vote, and people are going to be affected, whether they are republican or democrat. >> and the question beyond that, what is the significance of those words if they are, in fact, just words at this point? i'm sorry, we've run out of town. secretary castro, good to have you with us. thank you so much, sir. florida congressman matt gaetz says he will not resign. there is now an ethics investigation in the house, there's a federal investigation into alleged trafficking. his message to supporters, his first message publicly since these investigations became public. we have that for you next. ss uses unconventional thinking to help your business realize new possibilities. only one 5g partner offers unmatched network, support, and value-without any trade offs.
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republican congressman matt gaetz says that he's not going anywhere. florida congressman is defiant in the face of now two investigations. last night he denied allegations that he broke six trafficking and prostitution laws during his first public speech since the investigations became public. >> cnn has learned that federal investigators are looking into whether the congressman was provided travel and women in exchange for political favors. sources say investigators are also looking into a trip he took to the bahamas. cnn justice reporter kaitlin is tracking this for us. what are you learning about this? >> reporter: we are gradually
learning more and more about what might be looked at by fal investigators investigating matt gaetz. initially they are looking at whether he had sex with an underage girl and whether he was provided money and also looking at a trip to the bahamas. that's important in an federal investigation because federal investigations, there have to be reasons to look at travel across state lines. now, all of this, we really don't have a full picture, even though we're gaining little bits about it. what we do know and what we've seen so far, at least in court, is that there is an associate of gaetz who has been indicted on a sex trafficking charges related to allegations with relationships with minor women. he's pled not guilty and he's been in jail and this week came out and indicated he was interested, potentially, in pleading guilty, which means there could be the possibility that he will cooperate.
we don't know if he will have that type of deal, but it is something that if it would be helpful to investigators about gaetz, it may be something that he would share with them that could aid an investigation into gaetz. now, gaetz's office has staunchly denied these allegations and the reporting about the federal investigation. they've said that allegations are blatantly false and have not been validated by a single human being willing to put their name behind them. now, on that side, that's all of the legal issues. there's also a political issue that he's facing. the political pressure has been mounting this week. the house ethics committee came out and said that they were also going to be investigating the same things that the federal investigators are said to be looking at, and also would be looking at things like cnn's reporting that gaetz had shown nude pictures on the house floor of women he says he had slept with to other lawmakers, and so that comes at the same time that gaetz is also seeing departures among his staff and that one
republican has said that he should step down. one republican colleague in the house. now, all of this comes, gaetz comes out last night for the first time. we see him after these investigations and here's what he said. >> the smears against me range from distortions of my personal life to wild, and i mean wild conspiracy theories. i won't be intimidated by a lying media and i won't be storted by stormer doj officials and crooks he is working with. the truth will prevail. >> reporter: and that speech that he gave last night was before a friendly crowd of supporters from what we can understand of that speech. back to you. >> thank you so much. reporting from washington there. with me now to talk about all of this, cnn political analyst, jackie kucinich. jackie, good morning. >> good morning, victor. >> let's play a little more of congressman gaetz and his
defense last night. >> they lie about me because i tell the truth about them, and i'm not gonna stop. so when you see the leaks and the lies and the falsehoods and the smears, when you see the anonymous sources and insiders forecasting my demise, know this, they aren't really coming for me. they're coming for you. i'm just in the way. >> so that strategy raises money. i don't know if it raises much support. beyond the federal investigations, what does this now ethics investigation in the house mean for the congressman? >> well, i think the ethics investigation is probably the least of the congressman's concerns, considering how much the federal investigation is allegedly looking into. but this could cause him some problems in the house, he could
be censured potentially. but i think the issue, he hasn't been charged with any crime. however, if he is, congressman kevin mccarthy, the minority leader in the house, could remove him from his committees, either temporarily or permanently, pending that investigation. so i think one of the things -- i should go back. when all of these scandals first broke, was the lack of surprise in the house of representatives among gaetz's colleagues. our reporters were speaking to republicans who had sort of said that they were just waiting for something to happen with gaetz, because of his behavior during his tenure in the house. he doesn't have a lot of allies. he doesn't have a lot of friends. and you can see that by the silence. there's no wagons circling. even the man whose words he seemed to be following, former president trump, has been
uncharacteristically quiet. he did say after "the new york times" broke the story about matt gaetz lobbying for a blanket pardon for himself and other people in the trump world, he said matt gaetz didn't ask for that. but that was an issue where it actually involved president trump himself, not just defending congressman gaetz. so that silence speaks volumes. >> let's talk more about the silence, because thus far we've only heard from congressman adam kinzinger, calling for gaetz to resign. listen, kinzinger likely wasn't, we know, a fan of congressman gaetz before these investigations became public. but we talk about the lack of support. where is the expected potential condemnation or statements? they'll have their first opportunity to duck reporters after they return from easter break. where is any of that? >> stay tuned.
the minute they step into those halls and there are going to be reporters with cameras and recording devices and i think we're going to hear a lot of that, either people on their phones ducking reporters, or people saying that -- i think one of the things that you hear when these sort of things happen in the halls of congress, is, you know, let's wait until all the facts come out. let's wait to see what happens. but among probably some of his detractors, like congressman kinzinger, people are going to go further. if someone is unpopular and there's blood in the water, foes tend to pounce. >> we'll see if that happens after they return from the easter break. jackie kucinich, thank you. >> thanks. coming up, the compelling testimony from the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on george floyd's body. what he revealed about floyd's death. now i'm running for me. i've always dreamed of seeing the world.
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key testimony friday in the derek chauvin murder trial. medical examiner andrew baker took the stand and stood by his ruling that george floyd would not have died if not for his interactions with police. >> the medical examiner did say heart disease and floyd's drug use were contributing factors. cnn's adrienne broaddus has more. >> reporter: the second week of the derek chauvin murder trial concluded with a key witness, h h the medical examiner. he acknowledged that heart disease and drugs played a role in george floyd's death, but the manner of death remains a homicide. >> it's what i put on the death certification last june. law enforcement subdual restraint and neck compression. >> reporter: baker's statements capped off a week of testimony from medical experts and law enforcement officials repeatedly
poking holes in chauvin's defense, which argues floyd died from a combination of underlying health conditions, along with the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl. >> that's the moment the life goes out of his body. >> reporter: dr. tobin, a world- world-renowned pulmonologist broke down critical factors that he says caused floyd to stop breathing, like lying on the asphalt, which restricts his lungs. >> you mentioned several reasons for mr. floyd's low oxygen. you mentioned handcuffs and the street, correct? >> correct. >> you mentioned knee on the neck? >> yes. >> prone position? >> yep. >> and then the knee on the back, arm and side? were those the four? >> yep, these are the four. >> reporter: defense attorney eric nelson argued that floyd could have died as a result of taking drugs moments prior to
officers forcing him to the ground. >> is it fair to say that you would expect a peak fentanyl respiratory depression within about five minutes? >> right. i mean, obviously it would depend on how much of it was ingested. but if there was any amount of it ingested, yes, the peak would be five minutes. >> reporter: tobin ultimately conclude drugs didn't kill floyd, testifying that he had not taken a proper breath for almost ten minutes, at which point the carbon dioxide in floyd's body had reached lethal levels. the jury also heard from chauvin's former boss, minneapolis police chief arradondo. he later said what happened to floyd was, quote, murder. the chief was asked about chauvin's use of force. >> is it your belief, then, that this particular form of restraint, if that's what we'll call it, in fact violates departmental policy?
>> i absolutely agree that it violates our policy. >> reporter: the defense pushed back, arguing that chauvin's knee placement, which they say was actually on floyd's back, was a proper police prone hold. >> does this appear to be a neck restraint? >> no, sir. >> does this appear to be a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee? >> yes. >> reporter: but the testimonial theme from law enforcement and use-of-force experts was clear, witnesses clearly told the jury that derek chauvin used, quote, excessive and deadly force on george floyd when restraining him with his knee, for more than nine minutes. >> and thank you, again, to adrienne broaddus reporting. just ahead, we are watching the united kingdom as they try to figure out how to say fare well to prince if i will ip.
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today to a beloved royal, prince philip. the nation marked his day with a 41 gun salute to honor his life and accomplishments and military service. >> the longest serving spouse in monarch history, a beloved companion of the queen for 70 plus years. think about what this means to her, 70 plus years. he died just two months shy of his 100th birthday at windsor palace. >> let's go to anna stewart, joining us from windsor. >> i know it's been quite a day thus far already. i think all of us are thinking about the queen. do we know how she's doing? >> reporter: such a good question. one can only imagine what it feels like to wake up a widow after 73 years of marriage. we know she has been spending time with her family, some of her children visited her yesterday at windsor castle and today we've seen prince edward and his wife pay a visit.
as they left, sophie, was really upset, looking tearful. she said the queen has been amazing. and tributes have poured in from all around the world. every country you can imagine, to be honest. and the tribute we had here with the 41 gun salute was a really poignant moment, a gun round every minute for 40 minutes, sounding out on land and sea throughout the uk, on her majesty's ships. a magical moment, i think we were focused at that time of thinking about prince philip and his military career, his active service in world war ii and his many honorary commands. this was so important to him and i feel like over the coming days we will just tease out all these amazing elements that made prince philip who he was. >> speaking of that, i know that he did not lavish in the royal lifestyle necessarily, the pomp and circumstance of all of it necessarily. he has requested a very simple service. but i'm sure that there are people there in the uk that want
to celebrate him in some way. in the middle of a pandemic, how do they do that? >> reporter: it's so incredibly difficult, and yesterday, honestly, within an hour of the news breaking, we had people coming to the gates of buckingham palace and people comi coming to windsor castle, even though they're being told by the government and palace that they mustn't gather outside residences. people want to be there and pay their respects and all of this will be so difficult, as will the funeral taking place in the midst of a pandemic. christi. >> anna stewart, we appreciate it. thank you so much. up next, there are thousands of residents on a caribbean island that are being forced to leave their home after a volcanic eruption. we have the latest on the evacuation efforts and what's happening with that volcano next. and in an emergency, they need a network that puts them first.
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the caribbean island of st. vincent is waking up this morning to extremely heavy ash fall and an odor of sulfur after a volcano erupted for the third time since friday night. >> some residents are being evacuated by cruise ships, going to neighboring islands, while others are hunkering down. listen to one witness who saw the eruption. >> people looked up and there is this huge plume of ash hanging
in the sky. silent, deadly, dreadful. and within minutes you could just feel a change in the mood and the tone. >> the last time this volcano erupted was more than four decades ago. >> we hope that you make some good memories today on your saturday. victor, i hope you have good memories every day. >> yes, thank you, thank you. our last show together. i have enjoyed it. >> don't even say it. >> all right, i won't. bo bo boris sanchez will be here tomorrow. fredricka whitfield is up next. >> wait, you are not going to get out of here without me getting to add to the tribute and the so long geographically for now. of course, so happy for you, and, you know, alisyn and her team are so lucky to have you.
i know, christi, you have conveyed that. i'm not going to get teary, because you're only a plane ride away. i have to say you are the consummate professional and you have been dedicated to the draft and professional of story telling overall and you're a fantastic example and they're so lucky to have you. we'll miss you down here, but we'll all be sharing the air waves, so it's not like you're going away. >> fred, thank you so much. this is the whole atlanta contingency right here for all of the shows. >> i know. i had to wish my fellow howard university brother the ultimate best and you'll be fantastic. continue to soar. >> thank you so much. thank you. >> and, christi, i'm here with you, arms locked always. >> yes, together always. >> have a great day. >> you, too. >> that's what we say in atlanta, y'all. all right, the "cnn newsroom" begins right now. thank you for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield.