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telling residents that they have to put their masks back on, but first we have brand new reporting on the origins of the coronavirus. sources are telling cnn that senior biden administration officials now believe the theory that the virus escaped accidently from a lab in wuhan is, quote, deeply credible, unquote. this comes after months of the scientific community suggesting that the most likely scenario was that the virus jumped naturally from animals to humans. cnn's pamela brown broke the story. she joins us now. pamela, one year ago democrats were calling the lab leak theory xenophobic, unscientific. what's going on? >> reporter: you know that there is the 90-day review of covid origins that president biden ordered. we've learned that several biden administration officials including his national security adviser believed that the theory that the coronavirus accidently escaped from a lab in wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility it emerged naturally from an animal directly to a human.
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this is according to multiple officials involved with the covid origin's review that we have spoken with. this has been a team effort. to be clear, this does not mean they believe the virus was engineered in a lab or was intentionally released. but rather it could've been studied in a lab and escaped accidently. though. this is a dramatic shift from a year ago when democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory. but it is important to note that the view that the lab leak theory is deeply credible is what some senior national security officials view from an intelligence standpoint. most scientists who study coronaviruses and who have investigated the origins of the pandemic still say the evidence strongly supports a natural origin for the virus and that it's unlikely scientists were studying the virus in a lab and it leaked out. scientists who have found strong genetic evidence the virus came from animals say they want more access to what china knows about the pandemic's beginnings and have access to early samples. that's part of the problem here
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in investigating this. and from an intelligence perspective sources tell cnn china has not been forthcoming during this 90-day review to share any more raw information or data about the pandemic. but as the review has progressed, however, the white house has begun making more public threats as well with jake sullivan using stronger language toward china to be more cooperative. as you know, jake, china has strongly denied the lab leak theory and has said that the w.h.o. should look into whether it originated in other countries. >> yeah, and what has the world health organization, the w.h.o., said about all this? >> well, there was quite an interesting development. just recently, jake, the director of the w.h.o. actually said that the possibility that the virus leaked out of a lab should not be dismissed. as you know, there was a preliminary report put out by the w.h.o. earlier this year and said it was extremely unlikely that the virus leaked out of the lab and that it was most likely out of nature. but now you're hearing from the director now saying, look, that
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can't be dismissed, but, again, china continues with the same posture saying it's thrown all of its resources looking at this and it denies that that is what occurred here, jake. >> great reporting, pamela. thank you so much. it's the sequel that no one in los angeles wanted to see. residents being, once again, asked to mask up indoors even if they're fully vaccinated. cnn's stephanie elam is in los angeles where new covid cases jumped 165% over the past week. only a month ago california was celebrating their long-awaited re-opening. what happened? >> what happened is one thing. people are not getting vaccinated and people who maybe aren't vaccinated are taking their masks off when they shouldn't be. just to look at the data, it really does paint the picture, jake, and make it very clear. there has been a 700% increase in the number of cases since june 15th. and that's the day that california reopened. so you see that number. and then on top of it take a
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look at the test positivity. june 15th we were at half a percent in the county just about. and then yesterday they reported test positivity just one day test positivity of 3.7%. also keep in mind that over the last seven days there have been a thousand plus new cases announced each day. all of these numbers going in the wrong direction. and they're pointing to vaccination rates. overall, the numbers here in l.a. county are better than you might expect. they are saying residents 16 and older who have gotten at least one shot, that's almost 70%. the problem is they need people to come back and get the second shot. it's about 61% in the county. however, they are seeing the summer surge. so to stop it from going any further, this is what they're doing. but, jake, if i can just really break it down why we know that this is a problem and that people need to get vaccinated, just look at the numbers. early this week, l.a. county said every person who was in the hospital battling covid, every single one of them was not
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vaccinated. >> stephanie, how are los angeles residents taking this news? >> frustrated. in fact, i just saw a man who drove by with a sign hanging out of his passenger's side window saying, get vaccinated, do your own research, do your part to stop the spread. so, i feel like a lot of people here were looking forward to getting their life back to somewhat normally and now see this as a step back that everyone no matter whether or not you're vaccinated has to wear a mask. >> joining us now a primary care physician in los angeles and the co-founder of the this is our shot campaign. doctor, thanks for joining us. do you think the surge is going to get as bad as the last peak in los angeles, considering the county has a higher vaccination rate than the rest of the country? >> thanks, jake. great to be here. you know, i do feel hopeful. we do have a mask mandate back in place. it is that extra layer of protection. we are seeing cases rise. but i do feel hopeful, we have
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more than half the county vaccinated. we need to make further strides in reaching harder-to-reach communities here and really providing accurate vaccine information so we can empower people to make that choice. i think if we can do that, we can get through this. but right now the numbers are increasing so we're taking that extra precaution. >> let's talk about the mask mandate. listen to former fda commissioner scott gottlieb this morning. >> i don't think it's the right move. i don't think you can tell who've been vaccinated that they have to wear a mask. >> what do you think, and are you seeing pushback from people who are fully vaccinated who don't understand why they would need to wear a mask? >> yeah, that's a great question, jake. it certainly is challenging. you know, we were very much making strides positively getting folks vaccinated. i really see masking as another tool in our toolkit. let's take the extra precaution. let's be extra safe. this virus is still deadly. this virus is still deadly, but we know the vaccine is safe, we
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know it's effective. we know it'll save your life. so i think until we reach that point where covid is truly, truly controlled, a mask is little to do for a life's worth of protection. >> in january you tweeted this after anti-vax protesters shut down the dodgers stadium vaccine site. quote, as a front line doctor who lives near dodgers stadium, this is outrageous and harm to the public. every eight minutes we lose an angelino. >> that's something i see every single day here as a doctor in compton and south l.a. right here behind me in this chair where i have conversations with my patients every day, we see the impact of misinformation, whether it is the micro chip, whether it's mass infertility, whether it is fear of the vaccine, although it should be fear of the virus. and so that has affected our daily conversations with patients. and i'll tell you what.
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the studies are very clear here. the british medical journal did a study. and when it looked at the top-viewed videos on youtube on the vaccine, that led to 63 million views of misinformation, jake. and so we are up against a sea of misinformation. but we are not giving up, and we are doubling down on trusted messengers like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, family and friends to reach community members and get them accurate information so they can make the best decisions for their loved ones and themselves. >> in the last hour of the show our data analyst talked about the link between people who think falsely that the election was stolen and people who think that the vaccines are bad for you. there is an overlap but it's not 100%. los angeles has had -- in california writ large, have had anti-vaxxers not from the conservative side of the political spectrum but from the liberal side, the jenny mccarthys of the world.
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is that part of the problem of what's going on here? l.a. in california? >> yeah, definitely, jake. what we're seeing anecdotally from the front lines is that there is a very, very small group of anti-vaxxers that have taken up much of the sphere of conversation. but the reality is that if we can talk to our patients, which is what we've done through the this is our shot campaign, myself, and other doctors, we've come together to mobilize doctors. we're noticing that nine out of ten of our patients, they want to do the right thing for themselves and their families. although there is a lot of attention on the anti-vax side of things, most patients want reassurance. they want data, and they want to do what's right to protect themselves. and so we're really trying to have as many of those conversations and giving people the tools, knowledge, and skills to disarm the misinformation, because that has -- we know
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vaccine misinformation is lethal, and we know it leads to a -- percent decrease. but we're doing it one conversation at a time one patient at a time. >> all right, doctor, thanks so much for joining us and good luck with that mission. coming up i'm going to talk to the reporter who has brand-new revelations about the final days of the trump presidency. the scary warning about a potential war with iran. that's next. plus, cuba's president angrily firing back after president biden calls cuba a failed state. we'll go live to havana. stay with us. honey, i'm home! honey! scuff defense. i love our scuff-free life. behr ultra scuff defense. exclusively at the home depot.
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in our politics lead, yet another piece of explosive reporting revealing the chaos inside trump's white house in
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his final months, weeks, days in office. notably, the former president's clashes with top military officials. susan glasser reporting in "the new yorker" that after losing his re-election trump was pushing for military strikes against iran despite the objection of joint chiefs of staff chairman mark milley. trump had a circle of iraq hawks around him and was close with benjamin netanyahu. if you do this, you're going to have an effing war, milley would say, uncensored, of course. glasser also reporting on mark esper back in june of 2020 when esper told trump he was against invoking the insurrection act against protesters. the president went ape-. trump would go on to fire per
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days after he lost the 2020 election. i apologize for the curse but we're quoting mark milley. >> if it's a quote of a curse then i think it's okay. so, susan, the story is nuts. i mean, it's really crazy. is there one element from your story that shocked you the most? >> you know, when i first learned about the level of alarm that the chairman of the joint chiefs had through the election and all the way into january, i have to say it was probably the most terrified i've ever been as a reporter in several decades. >> and just for people who don't know, you worked in russia. >> i did work in russia. and i might caveat that. like, i did cover the battle of turabora and that was extremely scary. >> as an american. >> absolutely. and it was extremely alarming.
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on the one hand i suppose it's reassuring to understand that we have a class of generals at the very top rank who really do worship, i believe, the constitution and the idea of an independent military that is separate and outside of politics. and i think that in some ways actually the trump story is a story of trying to separate out and to divide the leadership of our military. but this is unprecedented stuff. this is stuff that we've never seen before. >> you also report that general milley warned the joint chiefs to not take any orders from trump without calling him first. this is a rather unusual thing for the joint chiefs to say. >> when i first learned about this, i have to say i immediately thought of nixon and the final days and the fear that those surrounding richard nixon had that he would act in a volatile and dangerous way and saying, don't do anything unless
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schlesinger or kissinger had approved it. and that's the place that we were in until -- on the one hand i suppose it should be reassuring. there is a group of people who were determined that the constitution that the independence of our constitution would hold. on the other hand, they perceived the president of the united states to be the greatest national security threat at that time to the united states. >> that's chilling. abby, general milley is not publicly commenting on allegations made about him in books or in susan's reporting but he clearly wants his voice heard. one defense official said he's not going to sit in silence while he tries to use the military against americans. what do you make of all this? >> well, i think people have to remember that general milley was humiliated, effectively, over the summer, prior to all of this when trump basically enlisted
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his military brass in this walk from the white house after clearing the park of protesters to hold a bible in front of a church. and i think that that was an example in which i think the military felt like it was being used as a prop and not just any kind of prop but a prop against fellow americans, which is a bridge too far for a lot of these individuals. so you're seeing him who, by the way, i think, just to be clear, he is still in the job. it's not as if this is a former official. he's still in the job. all of these reports are coming out about what he said behind the scenes. and it's to make an important point, which is that the military establishment of the united states is alive and well, and it's there to protect the constitution against even presidents who tried to do things that are contrary to it. what's extraordinary about all of this is that obviously you see, to some extent, that there are limits to the checks and
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balances that are available against a sitting president of the united states. that is the scary part about this that had milley not done this, i'm not sure where we would be today. >> and yet, bill, with all these stories from these books and from susan's reporting showing how incredibly imperilled our democracy was. we already knew it from what happened in the months leading up to january 6th, but it was far worse than we even knew vice president pence afraid that the secret service were going to take him before he could certify the election and whisk him off somewhere so that he couldn't certify it. and goes on and on. and yet, amidst all of this, what does the house republican leader kevin mccarthy do? he goes and visits donald trump. >> just a couple of weeks after his colleagues in the senate attacked general milley with critical race theory, how could you be doing this? there are republicans, to an amazing degree, or at least part of the trump republican playbook
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is to divide the military. but i think it's really a conscious effort. these generals, they're a bunch of, you know, softies and they just care about keeping their prestige and their status. and there's this almost explicit appeal that to lower ranks. that nothing be done out of the ordinary, they make sure that orders are lawful and ethical and so forth. i mean, i think the threat remains, and the behavior of the republicans has been so appalling over the last six months, it's not quite at the peak it was on january 6th, but it's close. here's the experiment. if trump gets re-elected or even if desantos or one of these other guys gets elected, will they keep the joint chiefs of staff that they inherent, which has been the norm for decades?
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will they make the mistake of appointing a senator like jeff sessions, someone like jim mattis. so i think the lesson of this is that we narrowly escaped a terrible outcome. but that that terrible outcome could reappear in 2025. >> absolutely. and i think it's clear you see what's going on around the country with people who served in their office according to what they were supposed to do like the secretary of state of georgia, brad raffensperger or other individuals being purged. the executive director of the michigan republican party was basically just chased out of his job because he said trump lost. how do we preserve our democracy when a major political party is doing this? >> that's the problem. after watergate, we were all taught, well, the institutions
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held and we're resilient and the constitution held. and maybe that was the case then. right now i don't think the institution's held. it was that we were blessed to have certain few individuals of character. general milley, secretary raffensperger. i think bill's got a really powerful point. susan's reporting is going to be very different if you have a different general sitting there, a different defense secretary being ordered to fire on civil rights protesters to smash their skulls, according to the reporting that we've seen. it was this time it was the people. back when i was in government one of the mantras was personnel is policy. who you put there will determine whether your policies get done. but i'm terribly worried that the next one will put people of much lower character in there. >> and lastly, susan, let's be honest, there are some crazy generals out there. and what if trump had put somebody like mike flynn in that
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job, somebody whose mental acuity and stability is questionable? what might've happened? >> well, look, first of all, our system is it designed to weed out things like this. and mike flynn is an interesting example because he was trump's first national security adviser. if there hadn't been an fbi investigation and he had stayed in longer, things could've gone much worse from the very beginning. >> but that's the least of it. he's a qanon guy now. >> trump has admitted in his crazy statements that he only picked general milley to spite jim mattis his former defense secretary which is a remarkable admission. >> mattis and obama didn't like milley. therefore i picked him. >> remember that trump thought that he had picked his guy. and in my reporting i don't think it's in the piece, but one of the things i was struck by was milley saying to others when confronted with this exact thing, somebody said but you were supposed to be trump's guy. he said, well, they got the wrong guy. so it was almost an accident that trump didn't get the
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loyalist he wanted. >> oh, god. susan, paul, bill, abby, thank you so much. i wish i were going into the weekend feeling better about things. be sure to catch abby this sunday hosting "inside politics" with abby phillip. that's at 8:00 a.m. eastern only here on cnn. coming up, the crisis in cuba could soon make its way to american shores. we'll explain, stay with us. okay, we're not gonna ask for discounts on floor models, demos or displays. shopping malls can be a big trigger for young homeowners turning into their parents. you ever think about the storage operation a place like this must rely on? -no. they just sell candles, and they're making overhead? you know what kind of fish those are? -no. -eh, don't be coy. [ laughs ] [ sniffs, clears throat ] koi fish. it can be overwhelming. think a second. have we seen this shirt before? progressive can't save you from becoming your parents.
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in our world lead now, the war of words heating up between havana and the white house. today cuba's communist leader miguel diaz-canel posted a series of tweets attacking u.s.
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policy towards cuba and how the u.s. has handled the pandemic. the statement in response to president biden's rather harsh words yesterday. >> cuba is, unfortunately, a failed state in repressing their citizens. >> no lies detected. words aside, the actions by the cuban people this week hitting the streets in historic protests are also a warning sign of another potential problem playing out on the high seas. cnn's patrick oppmann reports from havana. >> reporter: the mass protests across cuba and the communist-run government's heavy-handed crackdown. may be creating conditions for a new crisis on the island that could soon land on american shores. cubans once again taking to the seas to escape a worsening economic and political situation. u.s. homeland security secretary
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alejandro mayorkas himself an immigrant from cuba issuing a stark warning to those thinking of crossing the florida straits. >> allow me to be clear. if you take to the sea, you will not come to the united states. >> reporter: but that's not stopping many cubans desperate to leave. according to the u.s. coast guard, this year has seen the highest number of cuban migrants since 2017. the journey often perilous is driven by despair. after 16 days at sea, these cubans had to be rescued when their overloaded boat capsized off the coast of florida. >> they just had a wave take them out. the boat just flipped over. >> not everyone is so lucky. the coast card reporting nearly 20 cubans died in recent weeks.
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beatrice told me her daughter was trying to reunite with her husband in florida. >> translator: my daughter is a good mother, she says. she wouldn't have done this if everything wasn't safe, if everything wasn't okay, she wouldn't have put them through this. her children are everything to her. with daily covid-19 cases more than tripling in the last three weeks and the government struggling to get it under control, cubans find themselves with nowhere to go. most air travel to and from the island was suspended during the pandemic. for many, that now means they have one option, the open waters. building a boat or paying smugglers to take you to florida is expensive. recently it's become common to see cubans posting ads online offering homes for sale with everything inside. it's a sign, people here tell me, of cubans trying to scrape together whatever money they can to buy their way onto a boat. cubans picked up by the u.s. coast yard are brought back to
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the island under an agreement between the two countries. cnn got rare access to the port where the exchange happens. the day we filmed there we found among the migrants' return to cuba, a woman and her 8-month-old baby. cuban officials say the u.s. has not agreed to hold migration talks in nearly three years. >> so the recipe and the conditions are there for an uncontrolled migration through the ocean, something that we want to avoid that we believe it is possible to avoid. >> reporter: but any cooperation seems increasingly unlikely with cuba's president blaming the u.s. for this week's islandwide protests and president biden firing back with -- >> cuba is, unfortunately, a failed state. >> failed or not, as cuba faces increased economic and political upheaval, the time to avoid a new humanitarian crisis may be running out. >> and, jake, president biden also said yesterday that he will
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not restore the money that cubans send back to the relatives here because the cuban government keeps too much of that money. that money is literally often the only way a lot of people are able to eat here. by cutting off that money it's almost guaranteeing more cubans will need to leave. jake? >> all right, patrick, thank you so much for that. for cubans on the island and for exiles here in the united states, this week's protests are a call to action. >> this is a message to the world. we need to stand up, step up. but if you don't understand what's going on, then you need to wake the [ bleep ] up. >> that was cuban-american rapper pit bull visibly frustrated in an instagram post this week trying to rally global support for protesters in cuba. boris, what is he saying?
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>> he says that there are still demonstrations and there's still violence in the streets of cuba. we're not seeing it largely because of this internet blackout. though videos are leaking online. tells me he's been bouncing back and forth between hope and dread. he's hopeful because he's never seen anything like this in cuba before. he says there is no going back, i have to be free now. he believes this is a new chapter in cuban history. simultaneously, he's fearful because he knows that talking to me is putting himself at risk of jail or, worse, and he said he doesn't care. he says that cuba is already a prison and he's willing to die for this cause. he got emotional talking to me about seeing thousands of people on the streets calling for liberty. here's more of what he said. >> i don't think anyone, no cuban can express someone feels
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when you see that. i saw a thousand people yelling for freedom. it was insane. >> the price of freedom. and, notably, he told me he doesn't want u.s. intervention in cuba. he says that this is our fight for cuba. he also is 100% against the embargo, but he says that the embargo is only one small portion in the bigger calculus of all the problems that are happening in cuba. he told me of the crisis, quote, the decisions the regime has made, that is not covid or the embargo. it is what they did. jake? >> all right, boris sanchez, thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up next, new york governor andrew cuomo about to face investigators over sexual harassment allegations and more. what that might mean about the
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the national lead, one of many investigations involving new york's governor andrew cuomo now could be in its final stages. the state attorney general's office is expected to question governor cuomo tomorrow over a number of troubling accusations against the democrat, including sexual harassment allegations. several women have publicly accused the governor of making unwanted advances and physical contact. cnn's brynn gingras has been following this story. >> reporter: the governor is going to sit down with the two investigators appointed by the attorney general. and it's unclear right now if there are any parameters or what they are or set for this line of questioning for really how long the interview is going to last. if you remember some of cuomo's
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accusers have told me in the past that their interviews have gone on for hours. in some cases women have been interviewed more than once. that's of course what's possible for the man at the center of this probe. there's also reporting that the lawyers have already met with members of cuomo's senior staff. so you can imagine cuomo is likely the last person to be interrogated in this probe. that's why this meeting really signals this now more than five-month-long investigation. yes, that's how long it's been, could be nearing its final stages. the attorney general's office has said it has no time line of when we can expect that report to be released. remember, tish james opened this inquiry after two former cuomo staffers came forward accusing the governor of inappropriate behavior and then since then we know of more women that have made claims against him. cuomo has denied those allegations, has apologized to anyone he says may have interpreted his remarks as unwanted flirtation. however, these allegations something that's really just
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been hanging over the two-term governor for the past few months as he's tried to really take this business-as-usual approach. cuomo has been fundraising through all of this ahead of a likely announcement that he'll ask voters for a third term. cuomo's senior adviser saying, we have said repeatedly that the governor doesn't want to comment on this review until he has cooperated, but the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the attorney general's review. those motivations suggested there are that of the attorney general that she may also put her name into the governor's race next year. that's something that isn't confirmed but there is a lot of speculation about it. >> right out of the trump playbook calling it a witch hunt. brynn, thank you so much. ready, set, spread? a week from today the start of the olympics' opening ceremony just as covid cases are spiking. that's next.
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homes and hopes and lives washed away by some of europe's worst flooding in decades. this is our worldly today and one more example of the devastating impact of climate change, which is real and which is hear. climates say a warmer atmosphere holds more water, leading to unprecedented rain falls. this week belgium and germany saw two months' worth of rain in a single day. and you are looking at the result. at least 125 people are dead. hundreds more missing. germany just deployed 850 troops to help with disaster.
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melissa bell is in belgium. >> reporter: the flood waters were moving north wards by friday, leaving behind a trail of devastation. vast swaths of germany, belgium and the netherlands only now beginning to realize the cost of historic storms. the question is whether any of this really comes as a surprise. for years, experts have been warning that in this part of the world, one of the effects of climate change was always going to be heavy rain and flash flooding. and, yet, by the time the waters came, no one was prepared. from germany to belgium, the pictures caught by terrified locals give a sense of how fast and furiously the waters rose on thursday, sweeping away everything in their path. by friday morning, the scale of the devastation was becoming clear. in the belgium village, people
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returning to what was left of their homes and their liv livel livelihoods. this family's wine shop engulfed in a thick layer of mud. the owner says in 70 years her father has never seen anything like it. >> reporter: in the nearby town, french military personnel and equipment have been brought in as part of what is now an international rescue effort. as you can see, the water here really rose quite high. what the locals told us, many of them still trapped in their homes but now running out of food and water is that when the floosh flood came it was a mighty torrent that came down these streets. there was nothing gradual about it. the streets filled up within a couple of hours. the rescuers going house to house. in germany, the scenes are heart-breakingly similar. in one town, the residents of a
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disabled care home were trapped. they had been asleep and attempts to get them out failed. across the country, at least 105 people have been killed with many hundreds more missing. we are doing everything we can to save lives, repair damage and avert further dangers you aren't the most difficult of conditions. but even as europe begins to count the cost of the worst floods in more than a century, its politicians are looking to lessons for the future. >> it is the intensity and the length of these events where science tells us this is a clear indication of climate change and that this is something where we really, really show the urgency to act. >> an urgency all the clearer from above, a part of the world not used to the kind of humanitarian crisis it now faces.
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jake, tonight, those large scale rescue efforts continue in a part of the world that continues to see dangerously high water levels, landslides, dams breaking down and power outrages. those scenes of chaos caused by natural disaster that this part of the world is simply not used to seeing so far, jake. >> thank you so much for that report. our sports today is running neck in neck with our health lead. we're just one week from the start of the covid delayed summer to limb perolympics in t. we're likely to be asking who's sick as much as we'll be asking who won? will riply is in tokyo. will, what are the conditions in japan today? >> reporter: the weather is sunny, but the mood is gray. you have the highest case numbers in six months. you have japanese who 8 out of 10 of them don't think the olympics should be happening when the ioc went to hiroshi
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yesterday, protesters told him to go home. the middle of one of their worst outbreaks since january. >> tell us about the effects. more athletes have withdrawn or said they wouldn't participate. >> reporter: highly paid tennis players aren't bothering to come here. there was an australian woman's basketball player who said she is pulling out because she is having anxiety attacks. even from team usa, the health and safety protocols are so strict, there was a washington wizards player that had to stay home. some athletes who have come here, if somebody on their plane is positive or in the case of the brazilian judo team, they are now also in isolation, losing out on practice time. >> will, what's being done to keep people safe? >> reporter: well, we have been
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taking covid tests on an almost daily basis since we arrived after filling out this huge pile of paperwork and getting tested to come here. the athletes have to keep masks on all all times. they're not allowed to high five or yell or cheer or support their teammates. they're completely forbidden from having social interaction. kids from all over the world have to leave two days after the event and just not interact with anybody. it is a very spartan existence, in many ways tell porting us back to the height of the worst lockdowns in covid. then the medal ceremony, they will get a tray and they have to put on the medals themselves. >> will riply in tokyo, thank you so much appreciate it. a man with 50 firearms and 5 pipe bombs arrested in a spark to start a government overthrow. that's next. rawberry poppyseed .
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back now with the national lead and a terrifying plot. today we're learning federal authorities arrested two men in california who were discussing plans to bomb the democratic headquarters in sacramento. the justice department says the men wanted to spark an overthrow of the government all because of the 2020 election. in text messages the pair discussed, quote, war after president biden's inauguration. they wanted tone sure outgoing president trump remained in office. one of the men who had 50 firearms and 5 pipe bombs in his home according to law enforcement was arrested before the inauguration. the other was arrested this week. tune in to "state of the union" sunday. we'll talk to the u.s. surgeon
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general. republican senator rob portman of ohio and democratic senator amy klobuchar. until then, follow me on facebook, instagram, twitter. our coverage continues now with one mr. wolf blitzer right next door in "the situation room." we'll see you next monday. happening now, new data confirms what experts have feared for weeks. covid cases are now on the rise in every single american state. and now deaths and hospitalizations are climbing as well. also, cnn has learned that new york is working to gain the cooperation of a top executive at the trump organization as they build a case against the former president's company. and the tokyo olympics set to begin one week from today under the cloud of a surging covid pandemic. tonight experts say japan is dangerously