tv New Day With John Berman and Brianna Keilar CNN October 14, 2021 5:00am-6:00am PDT
every industry in some way, shape or form has been impacted by the vaccines and different mandates and i think, listen, basketball, the nba is no different. and that's what kyrie irving is dealing with. and this is, you know, in his mind a grander fight but like you said, 96% of the nba is vaccinated. there is a pocket of about 20 players that are unvaccinated and kyrie irving is the only player that is impacted in his playing status is impacted. >> shams, thank you for being with us. i appreciate your reporting. >> thank you. and breaking news, some 10,000 john deere workers are on strike this morning, this comes after rank and file union members rejected a tentative six-year contract that had been worked out with the company by negotiators for the uaw. cnn's vanessa yerkevich is joining us with more. >> reporter: 10,000 workers on
strike as of 10:00 a.m. this morning after the united autoworkers union and john deere failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. and this is after 90% of workers voted down a contract that was actually reached on sunday. this is the largest private sector strike we have seen since the general motors strike two years ago. and john deere workers are not the only ones on strike. kellogg workers on are strike now, hollywood production crews threatening to strike on monday. and healthcare workers from kaiser permanente threatening to go on strike. this is what we're seeing now, the power of the american worker, they feel like with labor shortages and companies like john deere, posting these record profits, they have a true seat at the bargaining table. and it is important to note that that is putting companies on the run because without a workforce, brianna, they can't make money. they'll actually be losing money. so the american worker right
now, these john deere workers really feeling like they have nothing to lose as they are on strike this morning, 10,000 of them across the country. brianna? >> they certainly feel like they have leverage. vanessa, thank you for that report. and "new day" continues right now. good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is thursday, october 14th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. countdown to showdown. will the witnesses show and what happens if they don't? this is a pivotal day in the investigation of the capitol insurrection. we're about to find out how the john 6th select committee plans to handle donald trump's former aides if and frankly when they defy subpoenas. steve bannon and kash patel have been called for today. they're supposed to show up today. bannon's lawyer confirms overnight his client will not comply. trump has been urging his aides to ignore the committee's
subpoenas. >> a new subpoena has just been issued for ex-justice department official jeffrey clark. jeffrey clark is the one who drafted that letter that falsely claimed there were voting irregularities that had been discovered in georgia. clark was trying to get former acting attorney general jeffrey rosen to sign that letter. rosen met with the committee for eight hours yesterday. trump really running out of time here as he tries to block the release of documents from the national archives. so let's see where we are on all of this with cnn law enforcement correspondent whitney wild and cnn legal analyst norman eisen, a house judiciary special counsel in donald trump's first impeachment trial. okay, whitney, let's talk about the subpoenas, who is complying and who isn't here? >> well, of a list of basically rally organizers we know, a minimum of five of them are actively giving over to the committee the documents that they're looking for. so these are people who would have been at the very nucleus of the rally that preceded the riot. what we know now is that other
people of these trump allies are engaging with the committee, though it is unclear what engagement means. so that's where we're going to find out a lot more about today. we know, again, steve bannon, not going to comply. there is still a big question mark over kash patel, because we know that he's been engaging with the committee, we don't know what the result is going to be with his deposition. so that's the big question. this week will be extremely telling. and really the committee is going to have a moment where they're going to have to decide how hard they're going to go here and they made it very clear they're willing to explore every option available to them and that will include criminal contempt and they're willing to do it very, very quickly. >> we'll talk about the timeline in a second, because i think everyone wants to know about that. but, first, let's talk, norm, about the reason that steve bannon's lawyers are giving for why he will not participate. they say until such a time as you reach an agreement with president trump or receive a court ruling as to the extent, scope and application of the executive privilege in order to preserve the claim of executive and other privileges mr. bannon
will not be producing documents or testifying as noted previously mr. bannon will revisit his position if president trump's position changes or if a court rules on this matter. he's acting basically like president trump is still president. right? this has no -- this has no standing. >> brianna, good morning. that's right. this letter that bannon's lawyer wrote to the committee keeps talking about the president, the president, the president, they actually quote a case that i helped litigate when i was impeachment co-counsel that says the president can prevent an aide from testifying based on executive privilege, but donald trump is not the president. in the united states, we only have one president at a time, that president is joe biden, and joe biden has not authorized steve bannon not to testify. quite the opposite. the biden white house is opening the floodgates of information
saying that they will not exert executive privilege over both some of the witnesses and some of the documents. >> executive privilege cannot be used to cover up wrongdoing, right? >> it can't be used as a -- no privileges can be used to advance crime. it is known as the crime fraud exception. what could be a bigger fraud than the big lie that the election was stolen and there is other absurdities in this letter. bannon's lawyer says that executive privilege applies to a conversation, conversations bannon had with trump, years after bannon left the government. the letter says that the attorney/client privilege applies, but bannon's not a lawyer. so these kind of make weight arguments worked when trump was in the white house because bill barr was not going to prosecute criminal contempt. they're not going to work now. >> what does that look like, the prosecution of criminal contempt? clearly congress, democrats mostly, relying on the justice
department to precede with this. what do we know about this? >> well, there is a procedure put in place to put this question to the justice department, so this will begin with the house committee then. then eventually, you know, the assumption is it is going to move over to the justice department, which puts merrick garland in a very difficult position because merrick garland made re clear he does in the want to get -- wade into politics and this is an extremely political moment for the justice department, an extremely political moment for someone who say former appellate judge, methodical, thoughtful. so it is a difficult question, but there is a procedure in place, and we'll see how -- to what degree merrick garland is willing to follow the procedure and that's a question mark, but it is a very real possibility. >> one thing to not get involved, but at a certain point there is a nexus of not doing your job, right, where we're going to see where that line certainly is. norm, whitney, thank you so much to both of you. so today and tomorrow a panel of fda adviser will look again at covid-19 booster shots.
a new study shows some people might be better off getting another vaccine than their original shot. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us now with that. elizabeth? >> john, good morning. so these fda advisers, these are external advisers, mostly folks who are scientists at universities are meeting to look at the data behind a moderna booster. should folks who got a moderna booster -- a shot, rather, back in the fall of the -- back in the winter or the spring, more than six months ago, should they be getting a booster. look at the basic questions that these fda advisers are going to be looking at. they -- the company is saying they want to do a half dose booster. they say you don't need a full dose, six months later and it helps them spread out the vaccine to more places around the world. six months after your second shot. but you also have to be over age 65 or have a certain health condition or live or work in a certain risky situation, for
example, be a healthcare worker. now, my sources are telling me that the discussion around moderna is likely to be quite similar to the discussion around pfizer last month. we know now that pfizer boosters are available for many, many people. so i'm told this discussion will likely be very similar, but the one about johnson & johnson boosters that will happen tomorrow, i'm told that's a little bit trickier. john? >> watching it very closely, elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. so 40% of tsa agents remain unvaccinated. but the deadline to get the shot is just days before the busiest travel time of the year. >> and the mother confronts her school board about covid misinformation, just one day after burying her 10-year-old daughter. . >> i was sitting next to my healthy daughter's death bed. she died five days after showing symptoms.
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is one of the busiest travel times of the year. so what is going to happen here? cnn's kristen holmes with us now. that is a huge number, kristen. >> brianna, it is an insane number. and that november 22nd deadline you mentioned, that is to be fully vaccinated. so that means if you were to get something like the pfizer vaccine, you have to get that first dose by this monday, and there is no indication at this point that employees are doing that. so it is really no surprise that tsa is coming up with some contingency plans here. we heard from a tsa administrator who told cnn, 60% of our workforce has been vaccinated. that number needs to go higher in the next few weeks and we're building contingency plans if we do have some staffing shortages as a result of this. but i hope to avoid that. this is a big deal for two reasons. one, it could be a huge issue for travelers. as you mentioned, this is one of the busiest travel days of the year. as we have seen in a pattern the last several weeks, and months, this is going to likely be even
busier than normal. people didn't get to see their family last year. they didn't get to celebrate. a lot of people are vaccinated and they actually want to travel. they want to be able to celebrate this holiday season. so that could be a huge issue if we're going to see staffing shortages. the other thing that we're noticing here is this is really the first set of numbers that we have seen from a government agency on what biden's vaccine mandate might look like. and this could be an indication of some problems for the administration moving forward, if you're looking at an agency that 40% of people are unvaccinated, what does that mean across the federal government? so this is the first set of numbers we're seeing. not sure if it is going to apply too every government agency, but it is certainly a red flag when you talk about the vaccine mandate, which is set to go in place on november 22nd. >> you see the problem from here, going into the holidays. all right, kristen, thank you for that. an emotional message from a virginia mother who just buried her 10-year-old daughter on
sunday. >> covid is not over. no matter what people who have been standing up here have said. i was sitting next to my healthy daughter's death bed. she died five days after showing symptoms. >> theresa spearry was a health young girl before getting covid. she died on the 27th, the same day there was a school board meeting in her town where they advocated for the removal of the mask mandate, insisting the pandemic is over. joining me now is her mother, nicole. nicole, thank you for being with us. i am so sorry for your loss. it has been just a little over two weeks since theresa passed away. where do you find the strength to speak out like you are? >> it's -- it's mostly from her.
you know, she -- we did everything we could to protect people, and she's not here anymore. and i feel like i have to fight for her to make sure people know that this is still going on. >> the day that she left you, there was a school board meeting to remove the mask mandate in your area, where people were saying covid is over. what was it like for you to hear that? >> i was enraged. i'm sitting next to her, you know, and wishing she was going to just wake up and i was, like, if this was over, then i wouldn't be sitting in the icu room looking at her and just -- i was lost at that moment. and i was enraged because people were still saying this.
and it was -- i was -- i was enraged when i heard it. and that's when i knew i wanted to speak at the school board meeting. >> we have been putting pictures of theresa up on the screen. so beautiful, and so vivacious. there was -- there is a mask requirement in the school still. you say theresa was a healthy girl. i mean, how -- do you know how she got it and how it all happened so quickly? >> we don't know exactly. you know, we know that she was the school nurse for her classroom. we know nobody here in our household had gotten -- was sick before she was the two friends that she played with quite frequently, they weren't sick beforehand. we tried to limit any time at
any other places except school. so we would assume it is at school, but we can't say exactly for sure it was at school. >> and what is your message to other parents out there, across the country, and maybe in this community who are tired, fed up dealing with covid right now and just want it to be over? >> i want it to be over too. like i said in the school board meeting, it's very hard to teach phonics to third graders, but we still do it because we want to protect other people. wearing a mask is just a simple gesture of compassion to say i'm protecting others who may not be as healthy. we have a decent tribe of friends and a lot of them have health issues that, you know, chemo or rare genetic diseases and things like that, that if
they get covid, they would die. and it is just about compassion and caring for others. a simple mask, vaccinate if you can. >> i want you to tell me about theresa, and i understand you have a poem that her father jeff wrote about her. >> yeah. he wrote it while he was in quarantine himself, and it says, my heart is broken, like a million pieces of glass, what once was so full is empty so fast. i miss my princess, the most loving person i know. i can't hear her laugh anymore, i can't watch her grow. she would have been beautiful, just like her mom. i see her dance in my heart, but i won't see her go to prom. she is so kind to her friends, always takes care of those around her. i won't see her babies, she would have been a beautiful -- a wonderful mother.
i can't find the end to this, i'm hurting too bad. with this hole in my heart, i'm not but sad. forever my princess. she was a friend to everybody. she would stop if we -- even before covid, and we would be going to the stores, she would stop and compliment random people on their shoes or their shirt or their hair. even during covid, if we took her to the store with us, she would still compliment people. especially if it i was cute designed mask. i like your mask, it is really cute. you know, she always had a smile for everyone, she always was there to help everybody. it's -- the world is definitely missing out on a great person. she was -- she was my mini me.
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georgia, there are 80,000 containers piled up there on the docks and ships are waiting. they're waiting now up to a week just to get a slot to drop off their shipping loads. let's go there live now, bring in cnn's amara walker. the backlog is just tremendous, amara. >> reporter: it is tremendous, brianna. in fact, i can tell you when daylight came up and my producer and i arrived here this morning, the scene was just staggering. just look here behind me, at this mountain of shipping containers here at the port of savannah, piled high, as you can see, at this terminal. we're told about 70 to 80,000 of these steel boxes are stacked up here and they have been here for days. this is a 50% increase in the number of shipping containers that the port of savannah typically sees. why are we seeing such a backlog right here on land? i'm told that much of this has to do with the retailers who are
not picking up their goods. of course, this also highlights the fact that there is a shortage of truck drivers that we're seeing play out across the country. but we're told on average these shipping containers will sit at the terminal for about four to five days, while it is not normal days. the average is now about 12 days. and i also spoke with a ship communications director, he tells me there are hundreds of these shipping containers sitting here at this terminal beyond this 12-day average for several weeks now. what they're doing is getting on the phone, calling the retailers and saying, hey, your freight is still here, when are you going to come and pick it up. they do stress to me, the georgia port authority, there are no operational issues, things are actually moving smoothly even though they may be feeling more overwhelmed than usual. so a major backlog here on land, right? that's the scene. at sea, we're talking about a
major traffic jam where the rush hour is lasting for days. so we're told that there are about 20 cargo ships in the queue and most of them are waiting for up to about five days to just drop off their goods. so to alleviate some of the mess or the congestion, i should say, that we're seeing here on land, we're told that the georgia port authority is in talks right now with the federal government to identify some pop-up storage facilities where they can move some of the cargo to inland storage facilities. the last thing i want to mention, a lot of people are wondering what does this mean for me? am i going to get my christmas gifts or holiday gifts on time? the georgia port authority said they spoke or pulled some of the retailers they worked with, and they're feeling cautiously optimistic. take it for what it's worth. back to you. >> cautiously optimistic, so many products being affected by this bottleneck that is, you
know, it is where it is coming and where it is going. this is a big deal. amara, thank you, live for us from savannah. so supply chain bottleneck, inflation, look, president biden in the white house facing a whole heap of issues and it has some democrats worried. joining me now, former democratic senator al franken, now the host of "the al franken podcast" an on tour with the show "the only former u.s. senator currently on tour" tour. >> that's right. >> i said democrats, i said democrats are getting nervous. you see inflation numbers which are higher than they have been in a long time. you see the supply chain backups. you area chear christmas in jeo >> hanukkah is more in jeopardy. >> they're both in jeopardy right now. equal opportunity jeopardy. you see the democratic agenda stalled for now. we're waiting to see what happens with infrastructure and the stimulus bill. as a democrat, how nervous are you, scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest?
>> i am nervous, depends what -- what you're asking specifically about. on this stuff, about a 3 or a 4. first of all, on the build back better, it is going to get done. it is. because they have to get it done. so whether i like to see it sooner, and i like to see things that -- people really like what's in the package f you ask americans what's in it, they like child care. they like medicare being able to negotiate with the pharmaceuticals, so it will bring pharmaceutical prices down. we pay two to three times as much as europeans do for our pharmaceuticals that we produce. they like pre-k. they want kids, 3 and 4-year-olds, to be able to go to school. there is so much in this package that -- and what i don't like is
when we refer to it as the reconciliation package instead of the elements of it, the elements are so popular. and i don't know whether -- where between 1.5 and 3.5 it is going to land, but it is going to land and we're going to get it done. that i'm optimistic about. >> it is interesting you talk about this in this way. we have a brand-new poll at cnn, where we asked people about this. and we asked them how will it impact their live if it is passed, the measures that the biden administration wants to get passed. and better off is 25%. worse off is 32%. about the same is 43%. so only 25% of people think in the end any of this is going to change their lives. >> that's -- i do believe that's because it is in the news, it is called the reconciliation package. and the -- it is all about manchin, sinema, as opposed to what's in it. >> is that our fault or is that
democrats' fault or the white house's fault for not making a bigger deal about what's in it? >> all of your fault. >> i'm here with you talking about it. but, no, look, are they talking about it enough? are they doing a good enough sales job? >> i think it is being covered in the news media as a reconciliation package and i, of course -- democrats aren't the best at messaging, like all our bumper stickers and with continued on next bumper sticker. so perhaps it is on us. but the elements of this are great and i do believe that once people see what has passed when we pass it, they will be very happy about it because this is going to be, you know, free community and technical college is really important. job training for people who otherwise would be the have it. i was a big champion of workforce training. and that's -- and it's done in
community and technical colleges. the elements of this package are very, very, very popular. >> what would you give up if you had to get down below $3.5 tri trillion? >> do you make it a ten-year certain programs ten-year, make them five years. do you means test something, like medicare, there is talk about doing a dental and eyesight and hearing. well, you say, well, maybe that shouldn't go to people who make over $100,000 or $150,000, $200,000. you can do -- but i'll tell you one thing we should be doing is that once this is implemented, we should start getting -- people should start delivering right away. because i want people to get these benefits so they know what they are, and they -- and republicans can't take it away. because the longer they have these benefits, they'll be going, like, don't take it away from us. and the child tax credit is huge. that would reduce childhood
poverty in half. this is -- we had that this year, we passed it as part of the relief package, that's about $3,000 tax credit to -- for each kid you have, up to, again, means tested, but it is -- it makes a huge difference, the families, it will reduce childhood poverty by 50%. >> want to ask you about something the former president has said. he's still talking, still lying about the outcome of the 2020 election -- >> this is former president trump, not carter? >> i'm talking about former president -- not harrison, not grover cleveland. >> talking about the living ones. >> if we don't solve the presidential election fraud of 2020, republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. >> well, good. but, you're not going to solve it because there isn't any. look -- every day he says something bogus, you know that.
so what difference does today's bogus thing make? either the election was stolen or it wasn't. and it wasn't. so, i mean, we know that. and you're seeing people, like, my god, chuck grassley embracing him in iowa, you know, if you won't risk your political future when you're 87, you're just not a profile on courage. i mean, it's amazing how these republicans have just -- and they know it. i talked to my former colleagues. they know this election wasn't stolen. and they just are basically saying, well, i won't get, you know, i won't get the nomination, you know, two-thirds of the republicans in my state believe it was stolen. >> what do you say to chuck grassley, he's across the border from you. >> chuck! you know, i -- i say, chuck, why are you doing this? well, you know, because i want
to -- i want to serve again. until i'm at least 93. and then i'll make another decision. that's chuck. >> that isn't a bad chuck grassley. >> i know chuck pretty well, yeah. >> do you think he's caving? >> is he -- yes, of course he is. of course he knows the election wasn't stolen. and, again, he's 87 years old. if you can't stand up at 87 and say, look, this is -- this is jeopardizing our very democracy. it really is. it really is. and it is an existential threat. that's why to me the freedom to vote act is actually the thing i'm most worried about. you said on a scale of 1 to 10, what are you worried about, that's what i'm worried about. the freedom to vote act addresses this very existential threat, all these republican states have passed measures where the state legislature can
overturn elections. that is extremely dangerous. so that's the thing i'm most worried about. i am worried about how fast they will get to the package of -- the build back better package. but i believe they will. >> senator al franken, today playing the part of senator chuck grassley, we appreciate you being with us. >> well, thanks. my pleasure. >> okay. the archbishop of the u.s. military defy the wishes of pope francis. why he says it is okay for catholic troops to refuse getting vaccinated. and it was supposed to be the happiest day of this couple's lives. but the bride's family missed the entire wedding. how things went south fast and who they're blaming. subway® has so much new it didn't fit in our last ad. like the new app with customization, curbside pickup and delivery. there's so much new, we don't even have time
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he writes, no one should be forced to receive a covid-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience and his message defies the wishes of pope francis, making this clear just a couple months back. >> joining any now, cnn religion commentator father edward beck here to talk about this. okay, walk me through how you're interpreting roglio's statement here, he's saying you can go with your conscience, catholic troops, but he's also essentially saying you can go with your conscience, but that would be defying as we see the church's teachings about the vaccines, especially pfizer and moderna. >> the archbishop is correct that in catholic teaching there
is a primacy to one's individual conscience. however, the teaching says that when you're making up that conscience and deliberating, you have to take into account church teaching and you have to be informed about what you're deliberating. so, first of all, the person has to say what is the church teaching about this? as you just said, pope francis is saying take the vaccine. the official stance of the church is that you should be vaccinated. the second part, are you informed? so, brianna, if you talk to people as i have who are claiming religious exemption, the primary reason i have heard people say is because, well, the cells are from aborted fetuses and i don't want that injected into my body, i'm opposed to abortion, therefore i can't get the vaccine. well, that is not informed. and that is incorrect. these vaccines were developed
with cell lines, which were cloned copies of cells from decades ago. so we're talking about two abortions, by the way, in the netherlands, one in the '70s, one in the '80s, the abortions were not done for the sake of research, so over decades, you're talking about thousands of generations removed from that fetal tissue, cell lines were developed that were used in research for the vaccines. so they contain no tissue from fetuses. and yet you hear people saying, well, i'm not going to have that, i want religious exemption because fetal tissue is being used. that's not correct. that's to say then you shouldn't take chicken pox vaccine -- >> or ex-lax. the list goes on and on. i also want to understand this, he said those who refuse the covid-19 vaccine must continue to act in charity for their
neighbors and for the common good by undertaking means to mitigate the spread of covid-19. the fact is, father, you cannot do that in a submarine, you cannot do that in a tank, you cannot do that in a small office, you know, where so many service members also work. how do you square that? >> i don't think you can. if you're saying this, this you have to protect neighbor, love of god and love of neighbor go together, you're saying you can't serve normally anymore. you can't live with others. you can't work with others. you have to isolate, you have to basically become a hermit to ensure you're not going to transmit this virus to your fellow men and women. so i don't think you can say, well, i'm going to be careful with this. we're told that's not enough with this virus. and so i really don't think religious exemption works for troops here, because your very situation puts you in close contact with others and you have the risk therefore of infecting them. >> yeah, i think this will come
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it should have been one of the happiest days of their lives, that they could share with their loved ones, but for one chicago newlywed couple, that huge southwest airlines cancellation issue we saw last weekend, more than 2,000 flights, it meant their beloved family members including the mother and the father of the bride were left scrambling at the last minute trying and failing to get to their wedding. instead, this is how the bride's parents watched their youngest daughter get married.
they watched on facetime. joining me now are the newlyweds, joining us from their honeymoon, i thank you guys for being with us during this time. kimberly romano and her new husband kyle halavety. congratulations to you guys. i'm so sorry, kimberly. this must have been so upsetting to not have your parents at your wedding. >> thank you so much, yes. definitely a disappointment, more so than anything else. very emotional day for the most part, yes. >> kimberly, were you able to enjoy the day or was this just hanging over everything? >> you know, we did the best we could to make the best out of a really horrible situation. tried to get all of my emotions out before the ceremony, to just really be present with my husband while we were getting married. and, you know, we enjoyed our first dance together and our vows with each other and that's most important. >> kyle, this must have been
tough for you to watch, kimberly there without her folks and other family members. >> it was. >> yeah. incredibly tough, i imagine. kimberly, tell us, your family is from chicago. they're in chicago. your wedding was in las vegas. beautiful, i might say. when you realized there was this issue with the southwest flights, what did you try to do? >> so saturday morning we received a text message from actually one of kyle's friends who was scheduled to be on the same flight as my parents. that was the first notification we got that the -- their flight had been canceled. so we immediately tried to figure out what was going on, i called my parents, asked them to try to figure out what was going on, we called southwest, customer service, the time frame to talk to someone was obnoxious, over 120 minutes. and then we decided then to just go to the airport to try to speak with an agent to see if maybe an agent could help us
faster than trying to get someone on the phone. but unfortunately that was unsuccessful as well. >> why was that unsuccessful? >> when we got up to the desk to talk to the agent, she just was not very helpful at all, essentially told me that i need to call, there is not much she can do on her end. and during that time my sister was, you know, on hold with southwest customer service, she eventually got someone on the phone and was able to get my parents a flight out of milwaukee at 6:00 a.m. on sunday morning before our ceremony that started at 2:00, but late at night it was like after midnight that flight had been canceled as well. >> and so southwest has put out this blanket apology, they talked about weather and some external constraints that left aircraft and crews out at preplanned positions. what do you think about that blanket apology and has anyone personally reached out to you, kimberly or kyle? >> no.
no one has personally reached out to us. i'm more so just looking for, like, a sincere authentic apology about what happened, why it happened and why we weren't informed sooner of these cancellations because had we had just a couple more hours, i really think the outcome could have been different. we could have found them a flight out of a different airline or rented a big vehicle and all my family drove down together. there could have been a different solution had we had a bit more warning and that's the most upsetting more so than anything else. >> are you going to re-create something so your family can maybe be a part of this or is that the whole thing they missed? >> you know, we definitely want to try to re-create something at home, i really want those memories with my family that i feel like were kind of taken from me in a sense that this was my first wedding, hopefully my only wedding. and it would have been different had i, like, known in advance
they weren't going to be there or had there been an actual, like, emergency, someone had to go to the hospital or something like that, like, that would be something that i could accept, but it is just heart breaking that something that could have been prevented or something that we could have found an alternate solution to took my day from me, more so than anything else. >> i am so sorry. look, may your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding. and i hope that you do find a special way to share it with your family. thank you so much. and here's what else to watch today. >> thank you. >> thank you. all right, more on our breaking news, a second trump ally will not show up for his
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