tv Inside Politics With John King CNN July 5, 2021 9:00am-10:00am PDT
held loaf. welcome to a special holiday edition of "inside politics". rescue crews are back at it in surf side. now a tropical storm is fast approaching as 118 families wait on word from the rubble. donald trump testing the everybody does it defense. he runs through the facts against the case of his name sake company and says so what. and president biden says this independence day offers special reasons to celebrate. >> today we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus from silent streets to crowded parade routes lined with people waving american flags. from empty stadiums and arenas
to fans back in their seats, cheering together again. from families pressing hands against the window to grandparents hugging their grandchildren once again. >> we begin there with the president's optimism about the country's covid future, and the question of whether pandemic progress both on the public health and economic fronts will translate into any political momentum for the broader widen agenda. bbqs and baseball with families and friends and fans made this extended holiday july 4th feel normal. the president telling a crowd outside the white house sunday the virus no longer controls our lives. but there are new warning signs in the pandemic data and in some polling numbers that suggest getting over the final covid hurdles will be a stubborn challenge. with me to show the reporting and insights, lauren fox, articlette signs and molly ball. there is no disputing -- thank you for sharing your holiday. i should say that up front.
there's no disputing the numbers. let's look at january 20th inauguration day and july 4th. a little over five months. 194 194,000 cases. it's now 13,000 and change. even the president noting there are pockets in the country where the data lags. the question is most of the areas tend to be red states. most of the areas, not all, tend to be more conservative. where a democratic president named joe biden is not going to be followed. he says get your vaccine. >> that's right. but the question i think is how much is the president going to lean into this optimism when there are always going to be caveats? there are always going to be things that are not finished whether you're talking about vaccinations or talking about new variants or talking about all of the different problems that we still have to deal with. he is trying to create a hopeful and optimistic moment.
and i have to say, if you go out in the country, people are voting with their feet. people are out there having fun. people are not behaving as if this is still a batten down the hatches crisis. i think the president has an opportunity to lean into that public mood. but he does have to contend with the situations that are still on his plate. >> and molly makes a great point. we're having a washington conversation. we get paid to do that. i'm going to talk about other pieces of the biden agenda. but to the part that people are at bbqs and baseball games and seeing family and friends they have not seen in months, that's a much better standard to judge people's mood. people's politics are affected by their mood. there's polarization. in that regard, the president should be happy on this july 4th. >> he should be very happy. that's the thing about winning an election. you get to take credit as president for whatever happens under your watch no matter how much you actually did to get it done. if it happened under your watch, you get to take credit for it.
he can take credit for -- he can take that victory lap and say look, now you can see your grandparents and go on that trip. all those things you couldn't do last fourth of july, that kind of sucked. this is much better. and look who is president now. >> well-put. >> and yet, and yet, the question is more having this conversation six months from now, the beginning of the midterm election year, will any of the numbers change? it is fascinating. this has been the case for the past several presidencies. republicans don't like things when there's a democrat in the white house. democrats don't like things when there's a republican in the white house. do you approve of president biden's handling of the pandemic. have you received at least one shot of the vaccine? nearly 9 in 10 democrats say fewer than half of republicans. that's a giant flag to the president. are you likely to get a vaccine or not? only 6% of democrats say i'm not going to get a vaccine. nearly half of republicans say i'm not going to get a vaccine. so you're a democratic president. we're going through the summer. in a month, kids in florida
start going back to school. six weeks, a lot of kids across the country. and eight weeks, most kids go back to school. if you don't improve the vaccine numbers, there will be regional spikes. >> they realize this was one deadline missed, but it's hard to make up for the progress lost. in part because how do you make the argument from joe biden who is not that popular with republican or conservative voters that he is telling you to do something that will keep you safe? the trust gap there is real. and i think this is where lawmakers on capitol hill have an obligation. this is where folks at churches have an obligation. to make the case to their con ge gants and people in their community, getting vaccinated keeps you safe. there are people who can't protect themselves if they're vulnerable. i think all those factors are something biden is going to have to lean into. it's a fight. i'm not sure that rhetoric gets you past some of the opposition. >> it's a complicated fight in the sense that the president can only do so much.
especially in the red states. you have some republican governors who almost don't want to acknowledge covid existed. many republicans say it's over. other republican governors who are trying hard. this is the governor of arkansas. west virginia was leading the pack early on in vaccinating the citizens. listen to the republicans trying to talk to their own people. >> we are in a race. if we stopped right here and we didn't get greater percent of our population vaccinated, then we're going to have trouble in the next school year and over the winter. >> the red states probably have a lot of people that are very, very skefbtive in their thinking and think, well, i don't have to do that. but they're not thinking right. >> the biden covid team the other day was talking about sending surge teams into parts of the country where the delta variant is take root. it's everywhere. but it's really bad in some parts of the country. is there any hope at the biden white house that republican governors will work and and hand
with the white house so when we get to the august, september, it starts to get cooler, kids are back in school, that the spikes are not as big as some people fear? >> the white house acknowledges they have both that messaging work they need to do and just the logistical work. when you think of those response teams, they're going to be sending into these areas that might experience surges due to the delta variant, they're going to need koorpg from the governors on the ground, from local officials and also just getting that message across, relying on the local people in the community to really make this case. but the white house has said that they realize they need to send more resources. they need to really ramp up their outreach as we progress through the summer to try to get more and more folks vaccinated. >> and they all need to work together to crack the code. the resistance. how do you get people, most public health officials say family doctor, neighbor, friend, not a politician of either party to do it. here's the question. the president is right to celebrate july 4th. to your point, people are living with their feet and mood.
they're out there and active. they're doing things they couldn't do a year ago. does it translate? better economic numbers. does it translate? i'm going to go around the table. the next six weeks, huge for the questions on the screen. what about infrastructure? is the president going to get his infrastructure plan? >> i think the big question is will something get through. i'm not sure something as big as biden hopes gets through. does something get through? perhaps. i think maybe. >> i'm going to take your optimism and put a check there. the democrats think they get a modest, let's say a modest -- significant but not as big as they want infrastructure package working with some republicans. then democrats want to have this giant 2 trillion, as big as 6 trillion reconciliation package that deals with a bunch of initiatives the democratic party can't get 60 votes for in the senate. yes? no? maybe. >> i think they get something on reconciliation likely. that's connected to infrastructure. i don't think that joe manchin
is going t -- it's not going to be $6 trillion, likely. but i think that they're going to want to get some of these priorities dealt with. i don't think they'll stand in the way of that. >> that gets a question mark as to the size. we'll see it there. somebody help me. someone tell me why i shouldn't do that and that. police reform talks will stall because it's complicated and a lot of republicans are saying we want a crime message. let's not give the president anything in voting rights. republicans trying to restrict voting rights. is there any reason to believe the republican will come on board for voting rights in washington or the democrats will change the filibuster rules? >> no, but that doesn't -- look, i don't make predictions. i think this is an open question. and i think more to the point, we have a senate in particular, but a congress that is functioning in a way that it really hasn't for quite some time. there are these bipartisan talks and deals being made. now, whether they go anywhere, whether they end up in
legislation, it is still the case that you have much more active legislating going on on political clil, and i think that creates an environment where any of these things are at least possible. that's not the way a lot of people on capitol hill have felt for years. >> that's why i want to close with white house perspective reporting. people are happier. people get to celebrate july 4th. the pandemic news is getting better. the president's party in washington says we need a giant infrastructure plan. we have to be bolder. where's the president? does the president think i'm fine being more in the middle if the country is in a good mood? >> i think the president wants to get that infrastructure package through in order to be able to show more economic progress to americans. that will impact them. but there's another range of issues like when you talk about police reform and voting rights. they are out there, specifically with voting rights, he's trying to portray that message and really that message there needs to be action on that. >> we'll see if there's any action or if that's part of the
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moments ago officials in surfside saying they have recovered three additional victims bringing the confirmed death toll to 27. 118 people are still unaccounted for. search and rescue operations will continue safer now the authorities say now that the rest of the condo building was demolished overnight. officials say that dramatic
demolition opened up additional areas to search teams at the site. another safety question right now, tropical storm elsa. let's get to natasha live in surfside. what's the latest? >> reporter: john, they were talking about the storm being a potential threat to the safety of the crew here, picking up debris. now that storm is looking like it's tracking away from here which is good. there are other florida task forces that were working on this surfside building collapse who had to go home. and prepare for the storm in other parts of the state. that's why task forces from other parts of the country are now assisting here. as you mentioned, three more people found overnight. the governor was just giving a press conference in the tent behind us there, and he was saying that it's unclear at this time whether those people were found in the newly opened up area that you described as a result of the demolition. but overall, officials are saying this is -- the right
decision to have done that. here's the mayor talking about while that is difficult to watch emotionally, it was the right thing to do. >> to collapse an entire apartment building is a devastating decision and the demolition was in no way a decision that i made lightly. bringing the building down in a controlled manner was critical to expanding our scope of search. >> the families, of course, of still 118 unaccounted people, they are nervously awaiting to see if this search will be more productive, and what we found is that they are very grateful according to mayor charlie that the search resumes so quickly after the demolition last night at 10:30 p.m. the mayor said within 20 minutes the serk and rescue was back and ongoing on the site. here is the mayor talking about this relentless effort, and they
will not give up. >> the search will continue for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until we pull out everybody in the rubble and reunite them with their family. >> and, of course, he and other officials have been very clear that the search teams have done multiple sweeps, using technology like thermal imaging to make sure that there are no pets, no animals left behind before that demolition happened. he said there's also been frequent communication with those families so they understand while this was very difficult, perhaps, to watch, that this was the best thing to do for this process. >> natasha live for us. thank you for the latest there. let's take a closer look at what elsa is and whether it could disrupt the surfside search efforts. chad myers is tracking the storm. >> i think you're probably going to see lightning, thunder, maybe some wind of 30. heavy rainfall. not out of the question. a water spout in the surfside, miami beach area. the bulk of this storm is going
to be on the west side of florida. right now it's about 20 miles south of the coast of cuba. the south coast. there is the visible picture looking down from satellite. here's the radar. seeing a few showers already pushing in to the lower keys. that will be the story. it will be heavy rainfall. but really the tomorrow force winds will only be on the west side of the state. because that's where the storm has tracked. not for a while. it was way back over by barbados, but there was a part of the line on the east coast. now that line has really shifted off to the west. this is what the radar thinks is going to happen. the computer model says we have this now. what's going to happen later? so we'll take you to 6:00 tomorrow morning. the storm likely very close to key west. but here are the storms coming on shore that i talked about with lightning, thushd, maybe some wind of 30. over here, the wind could be 60. all the way across the state it will start to drop off the farther you go to the east. potential for tornado? water land falling water spout?
absolutely. potential for eight inches of rainfall? no question about that. and the wind, pretty much stays on the west side of the state. >> chad, grateful for the update. we'll stay in touch and see where it tracks out. up next for us, donald trump holds a weekend rally and seems to admit to what prosecutors say was illegal conduct by his company and his top numbers guy. , more sun, more joy. neutrogena® beach defense® the suncare brand used most by dermatologists and their families, neutrogena® for people with skin.
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this case, i would think no thanks, sir? he essentially said yeah, companies do this stuff. it's not a big deal. >> well, and then he was saying well, companies do it. it's fringe benefits. who knows about the tax code? i don't think that's a defense. and i think normally that's why lawyers say you should be quiet, especially when you're facing criminal charges. i'm not him. not a former president trump, but a close associate of his. >> you make a key point in the sense that it's trade marc of trump. he'll say things today assuming we won't know what he said yesterday. let's listen to more of the former president on the who knows part. >> this is the kind of prosecution that they're doing as an example in new york, and they're doing it all over. that you would see in a third world nation. this isn't for us. murder is okay. human trafficking, no problem. but fringe benefits, you can't do that. every abuse -- and by the way,
every company and every -- who the hell? people don't even know. >> well, well, this is donald j. trump over the years. i know more about taxes than any human being god ever created. i think nobody knows more about taxes than i do. i know the details of taxes better than the greatest cpa. sometimes your words come back to bite you, but just i'll leave it at bite you. >> well, look, i think it is certainly possible to say -- to claim the former president is speaking hypothetically in this instance and using hyperbole. i think you hear elements of what the defense actually is going to be which is not just that oh, everybody does it and there are more serious crimes that exist that could also be prosecuted at this time. but that if trump and his company and the people who led his company were supposedly
doing this for so many years before he became a political candidate, why are the prosecutors only now deciding to make it an issue? and that i think is going to be at the heart of the more serious legal argument about whether this is a politically motivated prosecution, once he became a politician who is unpopular in new york city environments, and that's when they started going after him. >> you make an important point in the sense that they're going to argue as he argues that he's a martyr all the time. but if this is all you got, why didn't you negotiate this out? most companies would negotiate a civil penalty. the rally and this case raises questions. will republicans stay loyal to trump when he has the potential legal issues? "the washington post" today, i found the number fascinating. of the nearly 700 republicans who filed initial paperwork to run next year for either u.s. senate or the house of representatives, at least a third have embraced trump's false claims about his defeat.
the big lie continues in the next campaign because republicans, a good number of republicans making the calculation it will help me in the primary. i'm not getting on his bad side. >> exactly. this legacy carries on every single day at the u.s. capitol. the site of the insurrection on january 6th. if it can live there, it can live anywhere. and clearly people who are running across the country for republican tickets realize that this is too difficult to run away from, because so many voters believe the former vth. when trump says something, people will follow him and believe it. that makes it difficult and you can argue whether or not it's moral, but it makes it difficult for a politician to really dig in and try to change anyone's mind at this point. they're moving forward with this and continue to support the former president. >> the legal issues could impact that. another thing that could emphasis on could, impact that is the new select committee to look at the january 6th insurrection. including the question of what was trump's role beforehand and his conduct that day. the number three house democrat
says it's possible, possible, the committee will want to talk to mr. trump. >> we're able to facts need. they may be able to get what they want and need without him testifying. i would not want to see a former president testify in a situation such as this, but if that's what it takes to get to the bottom of this, because this is more than any one person. >> given what we know from the mueller investigation from the four years of the trump presidency, over phenomenon that select committee said mr. former president, we'd like to hear from you, is there any expectation the answer would be sure? >> i think president trump will avoid sitting down, having to testify before any type of committee at all costs. he does not really want to be there reliving the moments of the insurrection, but democrats have really also made clear that they want answers and they want people to be held accountable. and i think also one thing to
think about when you think about the former president in this current white house, what you see them doing is really keeping their head down and doing the work. when biden was asked the other day about this case, it was almost like he was saying allen weisselberg who? they really are trying to keep off of this message and just focus on their work at hand. >> biden white house let other people deal with trump, see how long they can sustain it. >> the summer race to vaccinate and an eye popping number about recent covid deaths.
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president biden celebrating what we saw with our own eyes this past weekend. the progress against covid-19 allows for july 4th and other summer traditions to go almost back to normal. the administration fell short of the independence day goal of getting 77% of americans partially vaccinated an an increase in the coronavirus case count is linked where the vaccination rate is lagging. if you look at the case count, you see the line down here. when you remember in the winter you think wow, this is enormous progress. however, on june 21st, the average was 1 1,351 new infections. now 13,000 infections. that might not seem like a giant number, but cases are up more than 15%.
15% in the last two weeks. a lower baseline but cases heading in the wrong direction. in part, that's because of vaccination. if you look at the national map, you want yours darker. look down here, georgia 33. alabama, mississippi 30. some of them half of what the other states are across the country. another way to look at it is the president wanting americans partially vaccinated by the fourth of july. 20 states met the goal, some exceeding it. that means obviously 30 states did not meet this goal. at this point let's bring into the conversation to share the expertise, a doctor, a primary care and public health specialist. you look at the states that met the president's goal. i want to come to georgia, 33%. mississippi 30. louisiana 35. you have states in the 30s and states in the high 60s. what is the issue in those
states? is it just political persuasion? is it people who don't believe in vaccines? how do you breakthrough? >> you know, i thought about that for such a long time. and i think what we need to stop doing first is really polarizing and already polarized america. what i mean is there's no doubt that the southern states are lagging behind. i live in georgia below 40%. you mentioned 37%. but ultimately what the bmt line is there's a lot of misinformation out there, john. you know, it doesn't matter whether you are american or frerchg. a lot of young people are concerned the young people in the u.s. are concerned about, i have so far fought covid. i've been through the pandemic for a year. nothing has happened to me. i don't know anybody who has had covid. why should i get the vaccine? and another big concern that a lot of people have whether you're a democrat or republican, is this vaccine was developed in lightning speed. what is going to happen to me the next two or three years if i
get this vaccine? so really, the ground game, john, has just begun. we need to go to barber sshops d primary care physicians and dispel the myths. >> i thought dr. scott gottlieb was trying to dispel one of them by saying developed quickly in the trump administration. if you're a conservative, the vaccine work was done during the trump administration. one of the few things they can brag about when it comes to covid. if you look at the delta variant, the red parts and orange parts of the map where the tell a is over 50% of the cases here. if you're reluctant to get a vaccine, listen to dr. anthony fauci. if this does not motivate you to get a shot in the arm, i don't know what will. >> well, if you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2 % of them are unvaccinated.
about 0.8 % are vaccinated. it's really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable. >> we know, doctor, this delta variant is nasty. it is more contagious. there are many who believe it's more deadly. 99.2% of the deaths in recent days and weeks among the unvaccinated. could there be a more powerful motivator? >> not really. i can't think of anything else. over 99% of people that are die as we speak right now are people that have not gotten vaccinated. ultimately, this is the way to think about it. whether you like it or not, you are going to have an encounter with the virus. you don't want to have a date with a delta virus. it's 60% more contagious than the alpha strain which was first identified in the uk. and alpha strain was 50% more contagious than the strain that was moving and circulating in the u.s. so ultimately, what's happening
is the virus is looking for a host. so as long as we have unvaccinated people, we're giving a chance for the virus to replicate and develop into more dangerous mutations. the delta strain that's not the last danger mutation we're going to see them and something else i tell all my patients is listen, the unvaccinated people are also threatening the vaccinated. because what's happening is the delta strain, the vaccines don't work as well. they work great 90%. that's absolutely superb, but it drops the efficacy. if you're hanging around a lot of unvaccinated people, there could be breakthrough infections in the vaccinated as well. >> grateful for your insights. we'll continue the conversation as we go through the important weeks ahead. up next, nightmare scenarios. a deep dive into president trump's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
a new book details the bungling of the covid-19 response by the trump administration. there are new details about the former president's disdain for science and view of coronavirus as more of a reelection year public relations challenge than a deadly public health emergency. the authors detail how the response was hampered even more by the dysfunction of the trump white house and administration staffing. for example, the book says this. many of the senior staff and
cabinet members who joined trump in 2017 left. who was left? a mix of family members, 20 somethings, hangers on. fourth stringers, former lobbyists and a scattering of well meaning aides who mostly kept their heads down. the book, the authors are here now. let's start on that part there. one of the things we're watching now into the biden administration is they quickly staffed up the key public health jobs and response jobs with accomplished professionals. you talk in the book act when this hit the united states, the trump administration was from both a president who doesn't believe in science, brushed it aside and a personnel standpoint, not prepared. >> yeah. i mean, if you look at who was left, his first health and human services secretary left about a year into the administration. he was also on his second cdc director, his second fda
director. those were people who were fairly qualified for their jobs but not the strongest leaders for the moment that you need someone to stand up to the president and tell him what the science said and speak up in defense of it. if you looked at the white house aides, he was on his fifth chief of staff who had never even been given the permanent chief of staff title and other aides who didn't have the qualifications and weren't prepared for a crisis of this magnitude. >> one of the things that's sad is you're in the reelection year. the president is concerned about his reelection. everyone understands that. but keith coming to the president saying we need to explain this to the american and tell them to get ready. instead, we got a lot of this. >> and we think it's going to have a very good ending for it. >> it looks like by april in theory when it gets warmer, it miraculously goes away. when you have 15 people and the 15 within a couple days is close
to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done. >> it will go away. stay calm. it will go away. >> reckless, my word, not yours, for many of the things the president said. to the point where what is damning is about the public relations versus public health str strategy. trump didn't want anyone suffering from covid-19 to enter the united states. he wanted them kept off u.s. soil and had dramatic ideas about how to achieve it. don't we have an island we own? the room was silent. where was trump going? he continued. what about guantanamo? everyone froze. we keep terrorists there, not americans or anybody with a potentially deadly disease. >> yeah. that was chilling for us to report out. he was obsessed with not so much whether americans were sick but whether the number on television screens that recorded how many people were sick would go up. so if it was at 14, he wanted to keep it at 14. he didn't care if the actual number was 5,000.
when he knew people were sick on a cruise ship, he did not want them setting foot in the united states and he wanted to put them in cuba. he brought it up twice to aides until they got together and said we can never let it happen. it's a public relations catastrophe. at the same time, there were thousands of flights aliving with tens of thousands of people from all over the world. many of them were sick. >> coorsness is something you see in how people treat people. just a fact. include trump tried to joke about the virus for months, sometimes mocking people who were ill. john bolton he said hopefully covid takes out john. that's demented. >> yeah. i mean, like dame nan said, i think we found a number of surprising things in the reporting about the way the president talked about the disease and talked about what the country should be doing about it. it was always in relation to him. and what it meant for him. i think this joke about john bolton one we first learned
about the guantanamo bay proposal, it made us realize we couldn't rule out anything. if we heard a tip, even if it sounded crazy, we should run down everything we heard. this fell into that. it shows you how he was thinking about the virus and how he was thinking about the country's response. it was all in relation to him and what it meant for him and less so about what you do to protect other americans? >> and in realtime, many thought this might change is when the president himself got covid. a lot of people thought he's going to understand what a kick this is, how hard and difficult it is. he's going to remember most people out there watching don't get access to the special health care he gets and maybe. you talk about this. the doctors hope trump would emerge from walter reed a different president. there's nothing like a near-death experience to serve as a wakeup call. it was a national security failure. the president had not been protected. if this wasn't the turning point, what would be? and yet, i remember texting what you refer to in the book as some
of the well intentioned aides at the time hoping the president is going to understand now the severity of this. and yet, we got something quite different. >> i don't think it's high beshly to say that was one of the most consequential weekends in recent american history. the president obviously thank goodness he made it through, but he could have come through with a new appreciation for how deadly it was. he did get incredible access to treatment no one else did. if he would have come out and said listen, this is no joke. we're heading into the fall and winter. this is dangerous. let's buckle down as a country, there could have been a different result. he said listen, i beat this. no big deal. everyone else can beat it two, let's live our lives. >> and that was closing in on the election at that point. there was a question of whether you can have a debate. you report in the book about the chief of staff mark meadows at the time. people close to mark meadows said he was consumed with fear that trump might die. i assume you're only consumed with that fear if you've been told by the doctors this is not
a mild case of covid. >> right. what we learned in reporting and trying to stitch together the weekend is when trump was sent to walter reed, his doctors were fearful that he was going to have to be put on a ventilator. he was taking a rapid downward turn. he was supposed to do a call that day from the white house in person. it kept getting pushed back and he couldn't be available for it. we remember from the weekend, when trump's doctor came out and said he was starting to look better and gave a kind of upbeat prognosis and mark meadows came out the cameras caught him saying he wasn't out of the woods. he was scared at the moment. it was before the experimental drug the president got access to. one of the people familiar with it thought it helped and he was starting to turn the corner. >> one of the things you report in the book is you can see it play out in realtime. dr. fauci says a and the president says z. some people weren't telling the
truth. >> one of the worst legacies of the experience is continuing now. because half of americans believe one thing. maybe you don't need the vaccine and half the americans believe you do. we're heading into another fall. there could be tragic k conse consequences. >> that's why history matters. you can look back and learn as we go forward. i appreciate you both coming and appreciate the great work in the book. up next, a disturbing display of hate. white nationalists march through the states of philadelphia on what is supposed to be a unifying national holiday, july 4th. hey, i just got a text from my sister. you remember rick, her neighbor?
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topping our political radar today, a sad and ugly scene in the city of brotherly love. hundreds of members from a white nationalist group marching down the streets of philadelphia. the members of the group patriot front, police say one member set off smoke bombs as they tried to get away from bystander who is confronted then. more questions about the president's lightning speed withdrawal from afghanistan. sources telling cnn, the white house, pentagon and central intelligence agency actively debating the drone strike policy. and when they need permission from the white house, still under consideration. the amazon founder officially passes off his ceo title today. the reigns are in the hands of a 24 -year veteran of the company. bezos still the company's
largest individual shareholder and the richest man woin the wod with a net worth of more than $200 billion. that wraps up our coverage this hour. have a good day. good afternoon. and thank you for joining us. i'm boris sanchez. right now urgency and anguish in surfside, florida as the outer bands of tropical storm elsa inch closer. the death toll rising. more remains discovered. officials saying the site is now safer. >> late last night, officials bringing down the rest of champlain towers south ahead of elsa's arrival. and now as efforts enter day 1