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but that they clearly are looking forward now. wolf, kaitlan, thank you both so much for walking through with us. now they go in a closed-door meeting and much more to come out of this very important meeting of president biden and the french president. kaitlan collins and wolf blitzer, thanks so much for being here with us. thank you all. i'm kate balduan. "inside politics" with john king begins now. >> thank you, kate and welcome to i-polltic. i'm john king in washington, a very busy consequential day for the president on the world stage. just moments ago, you see them right there, pictures at the french embassy in rome. a very important meeting between two allies after significant tension in the relationship between the united states and france. you can see president biden there with president emmanuel macron of france. asked by reporters if the relationship is repaired, there was a big dustup last month. france had a deal with australia
to sell them submarines. the united states came in with the uk to upgrade those submarines. the deal with france went down. the president expressed regret and said it was not handled with grace, but he says there are big issues in the world and that france is an extremely valuable partner on the world stage. a lot to discuss about the president's trip, including a meeting earlier today with the pope. cnn's chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins joins us from rome. kaitlan, the meeting with the pope, some contention there, but the white house says it went smoothly. let's focus on what we just saw. a month ago the president was in a position he didn't like the word of apologizing, at least trying to make amends with france. even here the gesture, the president of the united states went to the french embassy in rome for this meeting. the both leaders i think trying to put them behind them and say, yes, there might be some tension there but we have bigger issues at play. >> yeah. john, from the logistics that have meeting to the opening statements you saw how the u.s. was making some concessions towards france, whether it was the president's words or the
fact that it was the french hosted this arrangement, this meeting between the two leaders. often what would happen in a neutral site and a summit like this, of course, among other world leaders, but this is happening at the french embassy in rome. that's where you're seeing those two presidents sit. now they are meeting behind closed doors where they obviously have more candid conversations, but there the president was pretty blunt, talking about this thwarted submarine deal that infuriated the french so much that they recalled their ambassador back to france for several days. i believe for the first time in the u.s., french relationship history, of course. that is something that the white house is hoping to move on from, but the president did address it is there when reporters were asking if the relationship had been repaired. it started from the moment president biden got out of the car. you saw handshakes, a smile from the french president as he greeted him at the door. president biden was asked if he needed to apologize, and he asked to whornlgs and they followed up, of course, meaning the french president, given that submarine deal that had gone wrong and essentially cut out france of a multi-billion dollar
deal, and the president said we've already talked. yes, they have had two phone calls, but this is the first in-person meeting. you saw president biden there saying the way that that went down he believed was clumsy that. eshow he described it, and he said that he honestly thought that france was better informed what have had happened with that deal. they struck a deal with australia to provide the diesel-powered submarines and then there was an agreement made between the united states, the united kingdom and us a tuesday have nuclear-powered seb submarines to help thwart and curtail it the influence of china. that's something that cut france out of that deal and, of course, what has led to this diplomatic rift between the two, but the president there being conciliatory saying that it should have been handled better. he thought that they knew more than they did, of course, as we've now learned and the french president himself saying now is the time to focus on moving ahead and moving forward and trying to put this rift behind them. >> remarkable day, kaitlan collins, appreciate the live reporting from row. let's bring it into the room to share their reporting with our
guests. there's so many different ways to come at this. number one, this is the first g-20 meeting. we're seeing the leaders side by side. joe biden reaching across and touching the president of france so watching these meetings is a big deal after the year and a half that we've lived through. both leaders seem determine. we know macron was furious at the white house about not being kept in the loop about what was happening and about the end result, too, but especially about a friend not telling them that we're going do something that will infuriate you. look, they have to deal with the covid pandemic, trying to come up a global tax system, trying to figure out a sweeping global agreement to advance the fight against the climate. both seemed determined to say, yeah, still some rough edges to work out, but bigger fish to fry. >> a goal for both of these leaders really when president biden was elect was to shore up these relationships, both between the united states and european leaders. when you look at president
biden's foreign policy strategy, two of the main principles was, one, restoring credibility for the united states in his own words but also competing with the economic influence of china. you look at that submarine deal. it gets to both of those principles and undermines both of those principles, you might say in terms of striving towards compete with china by assisting australia but at the same time angering allies in europe. so this meeting was pivot a. right. it was a test. it was a step in the biden administration's strategy to once again strengthen those relationships, even if it means overcoming an initial hiccup. >> and the white house is headed into this trip, especially with these talks with france, to try to make amends in this area, so the white house, you know -- france is looking for the administration to potentially give some guarded endorsement of their own separate military force outside of nato so whether the white house appears poised to do that, you heard macron there speaking alongside biden about a clarification in what
european sovereignty meant and how security is a part of that, so they are definitely looking for the white house to come their way to show that as biden said they made a bit of a mess and a clumsy mess in terms of how they handled that original deal. >> and it's not the language of diplomats, but this trip is also giving us a taste, if you will, of a competition for who is on first among european leaders, if you will, because chancellor merkel is leaving the stage in germany. she has been the glue of the european alliance. the uk to the european perspective has left, if you will, because of brexit, an important ally and not part of the european family per se. president biden was meeting with the italian president and now macron has national interests on the horizon. who is the most trusted friend in europe if you sit this trip aside? >> we'll watch over the next few days who is exactly, especially after he mentioned this dustup
with macron. we'll see how does this all play out. have the democrats reset the button after the trump administration and they are starting these relationships anew? >> is he weaker or stronger in the sense that the president wanted congressional passage of the infrastructure plan, congressional timeline to pass sweeping spending plan that mostly has nothing to do with foreign affairs except for the climate part of t.biden wanted the wind at his back, personal political momentum and a climate piece that comes at the climate summit that comes at the end of the trip. he does have landmark investments in the framework. not guaranteed to get to the finish line. does he have the wind at the back or are europe dwran leaders looking at joe biden saying you're not donald trump but we're not sure. >> it's interesting if you listened to jake sullivan he was kind of asked these questions saying, look, we have to think that these foreign leaders also understand the domestic politics at play when it comes to implementing policies, but what it certainly does it definitely increases the sense of urgency here. there's no question that if the president went on this trip and went to europe and had that
clean electricity provision in his bill, had the central point of basically his climate change policy in that bill, that it would give him a little bit more legitimacy as he basically negotiates and tries to compromise these, and, look, that's -- you just have to look back at john kerry's comment two weeks ago when he said, look, if we don't, you know, have something to say for climate change going into this trip, then he compared it to when the united states dropped out of the paris climate accords. i mean, he later kind of softened those comments, but if you listened to the administration itself it's clear that they wanted more in the reconciliation bill to address climate change going into this trip. >> we'll watch that play out in a few days. i want to shift to what the president of the united states had to be a first highlight, first stop of this trip, president biden, the second catholic president of the united states meeting right there meeting for 90 minutes with pope francis at the vatican. the president called the meeting wonderful and said, quote, he was happy i was a good catholic and keep received communion. that's noteworthy because many
of you know catholic bish on, some of them back here in the united states say mr. biden should be denied communion because he supports abortion rights. the president said abortion didn't come up at all with the meeting with the pope. the two focused instead on shared goals like fighting poverty, the climate crisis and getting covid vaccines and other relief to corners of the globe that are often forgotten. let's discuss with jonathan marritt who joins us now. grateful for your time. let's start with the personal. america's second catholic president. we see joe biden go to church every weekend. there has been that dustup about should he receive communion? conservative u.s. bishops essentially want to call him out on that. listen to what the president's take on what the pope told him about that. >> mr. president, did the issue of abortion come up at all? >> no, it didn't. he talked about the fact that i was a good catholic. >> he said you're receiving
communion? >> yes. >> president biden has to be pretty happy with that, a message to some catholic critics back home that the pope says keep doing it. >> yeah, that's right. you know, the pope has said this from the beginning. he said that -- that communion is -- it's a pastoral issue and shouldn't be policized, but he's at odds, with the u.s. catholic of catholic bishops and there's many, many conservative bishops that say if you buck the system on this, if you oppose the church, that you should be refused communion, and that's a big deal for catholics like joe biden who are -- who are devout. this means a lot to them. >> and talking just about the style of this meeting itself. american presidents meet the pope when they travel to rome. joe biden as vice president has met pope francis before. he handed him a challenge coin, leaders call it. this one very significant to the president because it had the -- the delaware national guard unit, his son beau served in, and francis helped console the biden family after the death of
beau biden. president biden met with the pope for 90 minutes and his meeting with trump back in the day was 30 minutes, president obama 15 minutes. does the timing of the relationship, does it make it more important, more special? >> well the time, you know, the time may actually reflect that. we know that with the previous president there was a lot of tension with the pope. the pope at one point said that anyone who is interested -- more interested in building walls of any kind than building bridges is not christian, and so that was a -- that was a huge blow, and there was a lot of tension there. there's not been a lot of tension with this president. they do have a warm relationship, and in fact he has put a -- a photograph of the pope featured prominently in the oval office which i think is -- is sort of symbolic of their unique relationship. >> and the common ground that they do have, fighting poverty, trying to get covid relief to corners of the world that are often forgotten. is the vatican a key player from
a policy perspective, or is this more a moral push in the back, if you will? >> i think that they are -- i think they are a key player. i mean, moral language is obviously very, very important when you're talking to religious voters. we know that presidents have always disagreed with the catholic church on a range of issues. if you want to name a president who has agreed with the catholic church on every jot and tiddle of doctrine of policy you're not going to find one. meetings with the pope go back to woodrow wilson, and if you look at different presidents like richard richard nixon who met with the pope twice, despite deep disagreements on vietnam, jimmy carter or even president reagan who met with pope john paul despite deep disagreements on nuclear weapons, this is sort of a common occurrence that they meet, they discuss things and they have their disagreements but at the end of the day they want to keep that relationship strong because there are an awful lot of catholics in the united states who love the pope and that relationship should
stay warm. >> should stay warm. great, jonathan marritt, grateful for your insights on this important day. up next for us, another republican critic heads for the exits. a key voice who strongly denounced january 6th. s on what. whether it's ensuring food arrives as fresh as when it departs... keeping crews connected as they help build communities... or providing patients the care they need, even at home. we are the leader in 5g and a partner who delivers exceptional customer support and facebook advertising, on us. network. support. value. no trade-offs. unconventional thinking, it's better for business. opportunities... are all about timing.
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victory for trump who vows revenge against those who defy him. kinzinger vows his effort to raise money in support for republicans who reject trump will continue. >> i cannot focus on both a re-election to congress and a broader fight nationwide. i want to make it clear this isn't the end of my political future but the beginning. serving six terms in congress has been an honor of a lifetime. >> cnn senior legal analyst laura coats joins our discussion. he told manu raju just days ago, not that long ago, a couple weeks ago he would run no matter what, even in a redistricting complication. we can put up on the screen the ten republicans who voted to impeach trump, he's the second never mind i'm not facing a primary challenge. in this case it would be against an incumbent republican and most likely pro-trump challengers as well. he says he'll going to continue the fight but you have to score this as a short-term win for
trump, do you not? >> i would think so because of the fact that this is one of his most vocal opposers in congress, someone who is sitting, as you noted, on the january 6th select committee. clearly what factored in for kinzinger is a mixture of he would have been pitted against another republican who have have been far willing to align himself with trump and also where his party is headed and how kindsinger is headed in a very different direction than the republican party. he's made clear that he along with liz cheney are speaking out and saying that what trump is saying about not only january 6th and the fact that trump has tried to revise history there but also the big lie around election fraud, that kinzinger and cheney won't stand for that. now where his political future lies, that is a huge question because i'm not sure where kinzinger sees the next opening for himself. >> back in january, he started a super pack. he said he was going to raise money to help candidates who
reject trump and reject the big lie and who want to run on traditional republican principles. he says there i'm not done, but how do you continue that? i guess can you continue that from the outside or was it the challenge for the republicans, you can put that back up on the screen. the other eight are still fighting so far in their primary challenge, wasn't the test whether you could fight from within? >> yes, you know. what's so frustrate begun this is the idea of -- although he has his own reasons, i'm sure his own personal political journey he appears to be throwing in the towel when the voice is needed all the more because what you said is acura. the notion here of people who are going to oppose the big lie, ie, they will support democracy, and we actually have free and fair elections in this country. doesn't matter who wins, but if you have a fair and free election that's what democracy requirements of to say essentially look, enough is enough. government is not functioning the way it's supposed to. the cost benefit analysis of being able to run and focus on my oversight and legislative
functions, that's a real statement about how our actual elections impact the ability to have the checks and balances we need in our democracy. they are not apparent there. >> look in, his defense, not my job, but let me give you the devil's advocate here, he's a republican not welcome by his own leadership and would have an incredibly tough path to re-election. let's assume he got there, the republicans think they will take power next year, not welcome in their leadership, makes sense to say i'm going to take a break and figure this out and takes off the elected battlefield one of the very few people in the party willing to stand up for trump. >> yeah. for sure. he was essentially political cornered. he did not have a lot of options politically. we have new maps in illinois, and there were questions about what he was going to do going forward. he's been so focal the last few months, speaking out against trump over and over and joining the jan 6 panel, so in those steps there has been some speculation is kinzinger possibly thinking of walking away from his seat and trying
something different? i spoke to him a few weeks ago wondering this question, and it sounded to me like he was keeping his options open so in some ways this is a stunning blow for the party, for the moderate wing of the party but in other ways it's also in some ways not surprising. >> and as he does the work on the committee, he promised this anyway and now he doesn't have to worry about being on the ballot. doesn't have to worry about a primary challenge or worrying about what he has to do on the committee at getting to the truth. the other way to get to the truth are these court cases, and you had a key judge involved of the d.c. district court here in washington. he wrote this about the justice department. the government has essentially tied the sentencing judge's hands on restitution and on clear sentencing options that are normally available. the rioters were not merely tras passers or merely disorderly. judge howell saying he thinks the justice department is being too lenient, not being tough enough against the people who stormed the capitol. these are some of the words he used in his decision. schizophrenic, baffling,
muddled, peculiar. puzzling. from a federal judge. >> mm-hmm. >> what do you make of that? >> those were the nice words and goes on to talk about the idea no wonder the american people are confused about whether this in fact was just mere trespassing or really an attack on the citadel of democracy because of the decisions they have made. remember, prosecutors make decisions not because they are supposed to be swayed by public opinion but because the evidence that supports the case, either it's there or it's not. they had the opportunity to essentially analyze the resources they had, talking about hundreds of people who i would note were allowed to walk out of the capitol but hundreds of people who had existing crimes committed across the district, limited number of prosecutors toss do it, have you to undergo this balancing act what have are the high priority cases and which are not? these are all high priorities in the sense of democracy, butful charges can be accomplished through a conviction on a misdemeanor so be it providing there's nothing higher they could have charged. the judge wants to talk about the idea, look, i want to be able to exemplify through the
poster child analysis of all these people but the prosecutors are the ones that bring the case to the judge. if they have decided this is the best they can do and secure a conviction, so be it. as far as the fines though, that's where the american people are probably going to take issue. $500 fines here and there and misdemeanors does not add up to the millions of dollars in damages to the capitol. that's where congress though has to come in and do some more heavy lifting because look around the room. proudfoot users aren't the ones making the discretion to say give them a slap on the wrist. if the reason kinzinger and others are wanting to walk away because members of kwhong were the ones are not the ones wanting to do the he have lifting. >> the investigative committee is going to face similar decisions about how tough to be against others. granted more time to several of the pro-trump witnesses they want to bring. in the question is what happens after that? >> yeah. committee has tried to say, bennie thompson and liz cheney said they are going to be very forceful, but you've seen in recent days where they have postponed some of their attempts to hold those in contempt or they have postponed witnesses
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a bit of a rorschach test for how washington views the fate of the biden agenda. look at the headlines from major papers and the president's gubl is one of doom, embarrassment, unfill filled, stumbles, but listen to this key democrat last night. thursday may have finally unlocked the path to making the biden plan and its giant changes the law of the land. >> we got a framework from the president. the progressive caucus then endorsed that framework which meant that our 96-member caucus agreed that that framework in principle was something that we could enthusiastically support. in three weeks by progressives holding the line and saying these two bills need to go together because we're not leaving anybody behind we were
able to get more negotiation to happen than has happened in the last six months with these two senators. >> joining our conversation work the columnist catherine rampell. let's start and let's accept that. congresswoman jayapal thinks they are going to get there. still some things to be determined and senate work to be done. if you look at what's in this framework, the president was right yesterday and she is right there saying this is fundamental change, things that have not happened, role of government in ears. universal pre-can is in, child tax credit extension is in. some form of clean energy tax credits, obamacare subsidies, medicare coverage for hearing. some taxes on higher earners to help pay for it. what's out and progressives are now willing to say we got the best we can get, gone, paid family leave, medical coverage for dental and vision, free community college and allowing the government to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. a lot of those things thrown overboard, katherine, were longtime progressive priorities, including biden priorities, and
they poll off the charts, but democrats are giving them up. >> well, at some point they have to slim this thing down, right, and so they can either do that by throwing things overboard entirely or by having them expire early and even some of the things that you just mentioned that are still in the bill are only there for a year or for a few years, and that will raise questions about how well they will endure going forward, right? at some point somebody is going have to fund them. we have ten years of funding from a millionaire surtax to fund one year of a fully expanded child tax credit or six years of child care. what do you do then? so i don't know what this means for the biden legacy, but they are trying to cram as much in as they can given the constraints that they have. >> so the question is do they get the final couple of steps that they need to get to the finish line which is sign off from manchin and sinema in the senate and some details, still a few details to be worked oumptd the president wanted them to say essentially we'll get there and vote yesterday on the bipartisan infrastructure plan. essentially give him one win and
the second win to be determined when it's on the calendar. alexandria ocasio-cortez among the progressives who said, no, we're not going to do this and told this to punch bowl i think we need confidence that this is going to pats senate. there's still a lack of faith among key progressives that those two senators will actually sign. >> yeah. it was really interesting to see the optimism after the failure to push this through yesterday from progressives specifically and seeing jayapal on the senate side meeting with moderate members trying to hash out a deal. she does raise a valid point. they have come a long way in a month. yesterday was very disappointing for the party on the hill. they thought possibly they could accomplish a lot more but they did not. but this signals they have come a long way. they have brought that price tag down from 3.5 to close to under $2 trillion, so it's -- it's spreading a lot of hope for progressives to say, listen, just give us a few more days, maybe it's a few more weeks and really maybe we can hit the finish line. >> and there's frustration in the moderate ring of the party as well, right?
there is concern as well that the longer this holds, if you don't get the infrastructure bill through as well as the sprawling social spending package, then at what point does also -- is there a concern that this will impact voters as well, you know you? look at a governor's race in virginia and whether or not the perception that there's a lack of efficiency and actually the biden administration pushing forward on its agenda, that could also impact and have a ripple effect across democrats, across the country and that concern is echoed when you talk to people in the party and when you talk to white house officials as well. >> polling suggests, never mind how quickly can you implement the programs, can you get through to people is how their lives are going to change. this is an a.p. poll, how much do you know about the biden agenda, a lot or some 42% and little or nothing at all, a lot of people want to know do i like this. >> whether it's democratic
pollsters or democrats in the caucus thinking we need to start selling this until you know what's in the bill. over the summer biden was pushing allowing medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices of the right now that's totally off the table and also according to his former pollster in the 2020 campaign one of the most popular elements of the bill. there are some democrats that are still trying to see if there's a way to get that in there, the same with bernie sanders still trying to see if he can get dental and vision attached on to the hearing for medicare coverage expansion, so there is still some talk of trying to get a little of those pieces that were left on the cutting room floor back into the bill, but right now i was just talking to a source this morning who said that, look, after yesterday. trust is very low again in the democratic caucus. it is groundhog day after the september where the exact same thing happened just a month ago. >> and, if let's again -- if the president in the next couple of weeks signs a bipartisan infrastructure bill and they get to the finish line on universal pre-k and child tax credit extension and clean tax energy
credits and when you're at this table one year from now and we're about to have the mid-term elections, a, would it help the economy, do we know that, yes or no and, b, would people see it by then? one of the problems with obamacare was that it passed but it took so long to implement and write the regulations and doing everything that they got wiped out in the next mid-term election even though they had done something that they were trying to do for 50 years. >> do they execute the programs well or do they execute them quickly, and there is some tension between those objectives, right? part of the reason why obamacare took so long to get off the ground is because it was a real complicated thing to set up. we're talking about a dozen really complicated things to set up that will require a lot of executive regulations essentially. >> competence and quick competence. first they have to get the bill to the finish line. we'll see how that plays out. virginia's moment of choice, vice president harris hits the trail again as the governor's race with national implications heads into the final weekend. let's check out the hook audrey sent. ♪ i right these wrongs like rhymes ♪ ♪ o like me oh my ♪
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eva mccann, i want to start with you. the republican candidate is in a tight race in a blue state and one of the successes that youngkin has had is keeping trump at an arm's length and the former president will par tis nate a big tele rally on monday, the eve of the election. what does the youngkin campaign think about that? is that a plus or a minus? >> well, they want nothing to do with that, john. we asked them about this. they said that they found out about this event when we did, and that really illustrates how youngkin continues to keep the former president at an arm's length. it was a packed crowd at this mexican restaurant in downtown charlottesville. i spoke to a man who told me, a former university of virginia professor who says he's voted for republicans and democrats throughout his life and he's never seen the level of enthusiasm for a republican candidate in virginia so this really doesn't have anything to do with trump.
young kin has been saying this for week saying this is a movement, into the campaign and certainly the energy on the ground matches what they have been saying for a while. >> interesting to see if it does play out. dan, to you, terry mcauliffe said glenn youngkin is trump in a vest, trump in a button-down. i assume democrats will try to take advantage of the plans of trump to call n.democrats should have an advantage. terry mcauliffe was the governor, raised a ton of money. had the advantage of early voting. how do they feel heading into the final days? >> it's tense i think among the mcauliffe camp and democrats in washington are very closely watching this race and there's a real mix here of energy and enthusiasm and also exhaustion and that's why it the event today will feature pharrell williams and what you've seen is a difference between events like that where you have big-name
democrats coming in and speakers coming in. he did an event in charlottesville and in lynchburg. yes, there have been people there, but they haven't been this fired up crowd that you see a few days before the election and they were somewhat sparsely attend. more rural settings, not as many people, but it still says something about this race that mcauliffe has had to call on a number of top democrats to come down here and rally the troops and real the support, get people out to vote for early voting. you've seen obama and harris and biden and other folks saying this is a really important election. this will be a test of the trump messaging. is it possible for democrats to just try a republican to trump in any care, and it's what you've seen from obama and biden and other folks. i will say that this is the first year that virginia has had excuse-free early investigate, so this late enthusiasm that you're seeing, maybe that doesn't matter it is a does in some other elections because
campaigns, youngkin and mcafl, have been able to bank votes, john, for a few weeks now. >> fascinating final weekend. glad you're both out on the campaign trail. grateful for the reporting and we'll stay on top of this one. we'll count votes tuesday night. >> a federal health official says the fda could authorize pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 as soon as today. up next for us the time line for final approval and availability at your doctor or pharmacy
the reaction just in from the former president donald trump reacting to the pending retirement of one of his chief critics in congress, and it shows the former president, yes, is keeping score. republican adam kinzinger today said he would not run for re-election. mr. trump says this. two down, eight to go. kinzinger, of course, one of ten house republicans who voted to impeach donald trump, two down, eight to go. that's the word from the former president. let's move on to some covid news. the next step in getting a covid vaccine approved for children ages 5 to 11 should come together. a federal health official telling cnn the food and drug administration administration is ready to grant emergency use authorization to pfizer's smaller dose covid vaccine for kids.
dr. schaffner, grateful for your time. the pfizer vaccine for the younger children ages 5 to 11 would be two doses given 21 days apart and the dose is one-think the size of the dose now given to those who are 12 and older. a, after the fda, it goes to the cd kris, the advisory committee and then the cdc director. this appears to be on a path for the possibility of kid getting a shot by the middle of next week. do you see any chance that that would be stopped? >> not really, john, i think people are looking forward to it, many parents have already said they would welcome that decision and take their children to be vaccinated, and i certainly know that my pediatrician and family practice colleagues are just waiting for this. they want to get in and protect the children against covid as quickly as possible. >> put it in the context of where we are right now. by that i'll bring up the cases in the country, down 31%, the seven-day average of cases, 71,000 cases, new infections
reported on average yesterday, down from 109,000. there's been progress in the case counts and hospitalizations are trending down and deaths gratefully starting to trend down. 28 million children in ages 5 through 11 and adding that and what impact is it likely to have, might it have on the trend lines? >> i think it will keep that trend line going down. you know, we've heard, john, children are less seriously affected with code of, that's right, but they are not immune to covid. over 2,000 children have been hospitalized in this age group with covid. about a third of him required intensive care unit admission, and we've had documented within the last year, october to october, 66 deaths of children due to covid in this age group. i would like to stop this in its tracks by getting our children vaccinated. at this time last year we were
worried about the onset of cold weather and if you bring up the trend map, even though cases are going down here, he's reinstated the covid daily briefing because he's worried about the seasonal change and the governor of colorado is worried they might have to get back to saying elective surgeries need to be pushed off because we need the beds for covid. is this part of the new normal? even though the overall trend lines are good or state-by-state variations, do we have things to worry about? >> i think we have to still keep our eye on it because i hope the trend lines keep going down. i think they will, but they won't get down to the same level in all states. the better vaccinated states will be lower than the less vaccinated states, including my own, unfortunately. we have to keep getting people to accept that first dose of vaccine while we're giving boosters to the others. >> dr. schaffner, as always, grateful for your time, sir. thank you. >> thank. up next for us, the former new york governor andrew cuomo
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accuser and after the scathing report came out in august we know the woman identified as executive assistant number one did make the complaint of a groping allegation with the governor and we know back then the sheriff's office and d.a.'s office were going to work together. the woman was interviewed multiple times with that office and here's the interesting thing here, john, this complaint was filed by the albany county office and we notification that the district attorney's hfs had that no it was this was filed and florida when we're talking about the former governor of new york. ryota glavine said governor cuomo has never assaulted anyone. we are learning that we should
hear from the sheriff himself and he's going to be in court. >> we'll continue to track the case and thank you for your time on "inside politics" today. hope you have a fantastic weekend. erical hill picks up our coverage right now. >> president biden jid-in admitting the handling of a deal to sell submarines. france recently pulled its ambassador from washington saying it met with italy's president and prime minister and he gan the day to meet with pope francis. he has a war