tv Ayman Mohyeldin Reports MSNBC July 2, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT
good afternoon, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin. in new york the long holiday weekend begins with good news on the economic front. the government saying employers added a better than expected 850,000 new jobs in the month of june and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.9%. however, there are still nearly 7 million fewer jobs than at the start of the pandemic. president biden hailed the job's report giving credit to his administration's policies.
>> this is historic progress. pulling our country out of the worst in 100 years. vaccinating our nation and beating back the pandemic. as well as other elements of the american rescue plan. >> right now the president is marking the start of the july fourth weekend by holding a ceremony at the white house to welcome 21 new american citizens from 16 countries. meantime, the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan is a big step closer to reality today. u.s. officials telling nbc news that all u.s. and coalition forces have now left bagram air base. a key military facility near the capital of kabul. and the death toll from last week's partial collapse of a high rise condo building near miami stands at 20, including the 7-year-old daughter of a firefighter supporting the rescue efforts there. officials say 128 people remain unaccounted for. newly appointed members of
the select house committee to investigate the january 6th riot are getting down to work as we wait for house republicans to appoint the panel's remaining members. the committee chair mississippi congressman benny thompson joins us in a moment to talk about what lies ahead for that committee. but joining us to start off this hour of coverage, jonathan lamire, nbc news political reporter and joining us from beach haven on the jersey shore is stephanie ruhle and host of "stephanie ruhle reports." good news for the white house today, that's how they're billing it. what does the job's report tell us about the state of the economic recovery in this country? >> it's good news for america. when you think about it, that v-shape recovery that former president trump used to talk so much about we're actually seeing
it. but we're seeing it in conjunction with getting vaccinated. the more people that get vaccinated, the more the country can reopen. we're seeing people get back to work, back to business. and we might actually see some level of a triple win here. you heard so much about all the open jobs out there. we saw a ton of hiring, specifically in lower-wage industries, service industries, hotels, hospitality. we're seeing those wage increases we have wanted for so long and at the same time, businesses are seeing very high demand so they can afford to pay their workers more and for consumers who have saved up over the last year, we've got places to go and places to spend it. >> jonathan, the president heads to michigan tomorrow as part of his reopening america tour. how does what we saw today, this jobs report, help or hurt him when it comes to making the case for his infrastructure plan and other economic plans? >> first of all, stephanie is
right, it goes hand in hand. the white house won't quite hit their goal for july fourth in terms of percentage for americans getting a dose. they're not far off. they believe they'll get there soon and they still think that is a win even though there are pockets of vaccine hesitant americans and they're certainly worried about this new delta variant of covid-19. this, yes, tomorrow the president goes to michigan following his trip to wisconsin earlier this week on the same theme touting this infrastructure bill. the bipartisan hard infrastructure plan that has been agreed to and now has to get written and then down the road a little bit, timing slightly tba, the larger reconciliation bill. the president certainly today took a little bit of a victory lap evoking republican president ronald reagan saying the nation hasn't seen a recovery like this since reagan was in office. certainly we're hearing from
republicans who say, look, if the economy is bouncing back like this, why do we need to put more money into it and why do we need the stimulus? infrastructure is something that we all need and americans will benefit. if he points to polling that says most of the nation backs him up. >> stay with me for a second, i want to cross over to the white house and naturalization ceremony that the president is speaking. let's listen in. >> renewed start of the united states of america. if i could hold a second and i'm often asked by world leaders i'm with, particularly autocrats. how could i define america? i was with and i traveled with him 17,000 miles and it was a private meeting just and contemporaneous translator. he said, can you define america for me? i said, yeah, i can.
in one word. one word. possibilities. possibilities. it's one of the reasons why we're billed sometimes as being somewhat egotistical. we believe anything is possible in america. anything is possible in america. i think about my own family's journey here, at least two-thirds of it came from a ship in the irish sea back in 1849. having no idea whether they would make it across the atlantic to the united states and to the united states of america. but certain if they did, they could do better. and they did. they did better and they eventually built a life and raised a family in scranton, pennsylvania, over generations. here i stand on the shoulders and sacrifices of my great,
great-grandfather, my great-grandfather and just all that they did because they believed. they believed, like you believe. anything is possible. just want to thank you all for choosing us and i mean that sincerely. thank you for choosing the united states of america. believing that america is worthy of your aspirations, worthy of your dreams. making this journey you've done more than move to a new place. and i've often said that america is the only nation in the world founded on an idea. every other nation in the world is found on the base that either your geography or ethnicity or religion, you can define almost everyone else based on those characteristics. but you can't define america. i defy you to tell me what constitutes an american. you can't do it.
we're an incredibly diverse democracy. but there's one thing that does define us as a country. we're founded on an idea that we hold these truths to be self-evident. all men and women are created equal endowed by their inaileniable rights. sounds corny to americans as we learn this in grade school and high school. we never fully lived up to it, but we've never, ever walked away from it. and every generation opens up a little wider. you know, go back as i said, you know, since our nation's founding, the quintessential idea in america has been nurtured and enriched and advanced by the contributions and sacrifices of so many people. almost all of whom were immigrants.
native americans were, in fact, the only people who were here. the only people who were here. so people inject new energy and new vitality and new strength. we've seen that most clearly during this pandemic and scientists and on the front lines of finding vaccines. another defining moment of our nation in the past year was nasa. landing rover on mars and flying above the surface as i talk to them. what is considered a sort of out orspace wright brothers moment. i spoke to the team about this historic mission while it was under way, which includes
immigrants, the team was made up of immigrants who told me they grew up looking at the stars literally. not a joke. i'm not making this up. this is what they told me in our conversation. looking at stars and believing that only america could take them there. well, we see it each and every single day. folks among you are six members of the united states military. i ask all to please stand. thank you, thank you, thank you for your service. [ applause ] thank you. folks, please sit. please sit down.
i was telling our new citizens in the other room before we came in that one of my most, i don't know how to say it, fulfilling moments was as vice president when i went over to saddam hussein's god awful gaudy palace and there i think 167 men and women in uniform standing in that palace. as my wife, i don't know, but the first lady to go into an active war zone. she was with me. we both stood there as i was able to swear in every one of those military officers as u.s. citizens. i thought to myself, i thought to myself, what incredible justification for all the things that saddam didn't believe in. and they stood and a number
there who won silver stars. not like you, not citizens when you join. won silver stars, bronze stars, conspicuous service medals and purple hearts and i got to swear them in in the palace of a dictator. also among the incredible group this year. health care workers and front line workers who went above and beyond the call in the fight against covid-19. they did so in hospitals and clinics and national institute of health, nih, restaurants and retailers, as educators also in our schools. i want to thank you all for risking your lives to help keep our country andt others going. joining you today are your families. and i want you to know and understand that this is your day, as well.
can only imagine the pride you must feel. pride in where you come from and who you are and the lives you built together as america in america and the communities that make you stronger, make us stronger. all of you represent how immigration has always been essential to america. constantly. we come out of this pandemic and build an economy, we're going to build it back better. if we're going to do that, we need to fix our immigration system and fully tap the talent. i kept my commitment on sending reform bill to the united states of congress. it includes smart border management and security for 11 million undocumented people in america. vice president harris leadership
we're getting at the root causes of why people are migrating from honduras, guatemala and el salvador in the first place. the gangs, political unstability, the hunger, the natural disasters. and made it clear we can work together on other critical issues, as well. pathway to citizenship for dreamers. young people have only known america as their home. the pathway for immigrants who are here on temporary protective status, tps, who came from countries manmade and natural and a pathway for farm workers who are here putting food on our tables when they're not citizens. folks, the competition for the 21st century, we need an immigration system that reflects our values and oppose our laws. we can do both. i'll close with this. no matter where you come from, a
culture that has made us, the language we speak or the faith we follow one of the most basic acts of respects is inviting others into your home. you know, as we close out immigration heritage month and start our nation's fourth of july weekend, i can think of no better way to honor each occasion than by welcoming all of you into the white house. the people's house. i might add designed by an irishman. for real. in a nation shaped by the immigrant's heart. i look forward to standing with you as you embrace your new rights and responsibilities as american citizens and as generations have done before you. so, welcome, my fellow americans. now before we take the pledge of
allegiance together, i want to invite one guest, sandra lindsay, please come up on stage. [ applause ] sandra immigrated to queens, new york, from jamaica when she was 18 years old. in the past, i don't believe this, 30 years, she doesn't look 30 years old. pursued her dream of becoming a nurse to allow her to do what she wanted to do most. give back to her new country. she earned a batch ler's degree and then a master's degree and then a doctorate degree and her citizenship. and now she's director of nursing for critical care at a hospital on long island. and during the height of the
pandemic, she poured her heart and soul into the work to help patients fight for their lives and to keep her fellow nurses safe. with a grandson at home prematurely, she did what she had to do. she kept her distance and kept him safe. he is safe. and she lost an aunt and uncle to the virus. and in her pain, she didn't lose hope. when the time came, she was the first person in america to get fully vaccinated outside the clinical trials. she can now hug her grandson. she's out there making sure her patients and folks in her community are getting vaccinated so they can give back to the lives and loved ones. sandra, if there are any angels in heaven as i told you, having spent a lot of time in the icu, they're all nurses, male and female. doctors let you live, nurses
make you want to live. make you want to live for real. sandra's vaccination card and hospital scrubs and the badge that she wore will be included in the smithsonian national museum of natural history museum exhibit on covid-19. [ applause ] today, she's receiving the u.s. citizenship and immigration services outstanding america by choice recognition. which recognizes the naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to our country through city participation, professional achievement and responsible citizen. sandra, thank you for representing the very best of all of us. thank you, all, in this room, thank you, again. this is america. happy fourth of july.
may god bless you all and may god protect our troops. [ applause ] >> all right, you are watching president biden there at the white house celebrating the naturalization of new american citizens to this country, including six service members. some powerful words there from the president saying that america is born out of an idea and thanking those who made the choice to come to this country enriching it. i do want to go back to our panel that has been patiently waiting for us and bring back in stephanie ruhle. you did hear the president. talk about the economic recovery, build back better, his phrase, obviously, from the campaign trail. talking about the importance of immigration. but i do want to play for you something he said earlier today when he was talking about one of the key impacts the pandemic has had on the economy. take a listen to this. >> instead of workers competing with each other for jobs that
are scarce, employers are competing with each other to attract workers. that kind of competition in the market doesn't just give more workers the ability to earn higher wages but to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. more jobs, better wages. that's a good combination. >> so the president, stephanie, called this flipping the script. what does this dynamic mean for the economy in the long term? >> listen, the president isn't wrong. for years and years workers have not had any power. employers had all the power. now that's switching. while we do hear from lots of businesses that say, i can't afford to pay my workers more. let's be honest, ayman, if your business model is such that you cannot pay your employees a living wage, then news flash, it is not a valued, functioning business model and it's time to change that. especially as you look at fortune 500 companies, big
businesses. they've had an extraordinary year. look at the stock market. the gains shouldn't only be gotten by executives and shareholders. it's time to actually give back to workers. trickle down economics doesn't work, but we're in a scenario right now where if you lift the bottom, it could potentially mean everyone rises. now, are there inflation concerns? without a doubt. things are getting more and more expensive. we know the fed is concerned about it and the treasury department is concerned about. more levers to curve this and they're not going to do anything major just yet because it is transitory. we just got back to everything being reopened. every business is trying to hire at the exact same time. so, give it a few months. wait until things reopen before you get completely panicked that inflation is taking everything over. for the time being, we're on a very good path. more money for workers. that's good news. >> certainly is. what more are we learning about where house republican leader kevin mccarthy stands when it
comes to the select committee to investigate the january 6th riot and potential sanctions against congresswoman liz cheney for accepting speaker pelosi's invitation to join that table. >> kevin mccarthy has yet to announce and there are a few things we can say about where mccarthy's head is at based on his own public statements and based on what people close to him have said about this. the first is that he's invested in portraying the select committee as a political exercise by democrats. he is, he has no appetite at this point to criticize former president donald trump. he dodged several questions yesterday about whether he still believes, as he said in january, that donald trump bears responsibility for the attack on this capitol. this is in large part because kevin mccarthy believes that donald trump's support is critical to his prospects of some day becoming speaker. to the extent that mccarthy wants anything investigated here. he will put a focus on speaker
pelosi and whether there is something she could have done to get more natural guard troops to defend this capitol. i did check in with mccarthy's office just moments ago and they said they have nothing to add. he will make his announcements on his own time table. one thing to remember, speaker pelosi doesn't have to accept his recommendations. she has veto power if he tries to nominate a far right member to this committee. something the democratic chair told us yesterday when he was walking out, he is not going to allow mccarthy to slow walk. they have a quarm based on the eight employees which includes liz cheney. >> jonathan, my apology to you, stephanie ruhle wins best backdrop of the day. thanks to the three of you for getting me started off this hour. joining me now the chair to investigate the january 6th attack on the capitol.
mississippi democratic congressman benny thompson and chairman of the homeland security committee. thank you for your time and i appreciate your patience while we were getting that event from the white house. let's talk about the priority from the committee. once your committee is up and running, what will your first priority be? will you have subpoena power and any individuals you would want to call first like former president donald trump? >> well, thank you very much. first thing, the house resolution 503 is the ability for the chair that has subpoena power and we will exercise it judiciously. we're not trying to pick on anyone. we will just let this meeting go wherever facts lead us. the view you are showing right now is what all of america saw. but what our challenge is to look and see what caused this to happen. to see where the systems broke down.
not to just break into the united states capitol. while we were not better prepared when this breach occurred. what happened with the department of defense. what happened with the capitol police. there are a lot of unanswered questions and, basically, it's the select committee's responsibility to feel it out, the investigation of talking to witnesses and looking at material and coming up. with the report back to congress as to what we found and what we will recommend. >> are you prepared, sir, to also investigate and subpoena your colleagues like representatives mo brooks or paul gosar or even kevin mccarthy, if there was any reason for you to believe that they somehow contributed to what happened on january 6th? >> well, let me just say i am
prepared to go wherever the facts lead the committee. we will hire the best professionals in this country to assist this committee and its work. we will make sure that to the extent we can, our deliberations will be bipartisan. we plan to get to the facts. we know right now a number of committees have held oversight hearings on what happened on january 6th. but most of us are troubled that how did we let that happen as some of you know, i was actually, physically in the building on january 6th. so, for about two hours, a lot of us had to be protected from the people who broke into the capitol and never in my wildest dreams would i have imagined that that would happen to the united states capitol. something went wrong.
and so now our select committee appointed by speaker pelosi will have the responsibility for looking at any and all of the facts that led up to that and come back with the recommendation from the select committees as to how we can make sure that this will never happen again. >> let me ask you about the composition of the panel for a moment. as you know, republicans have not been onboard with the establishment of this committee. minority leader kevin mccarthy. he is set to make recommendations to speaker pelosi about which republicans should be appointed to the committee. but given their positions already and what they have said publicly about it, who do you expect to see him pick and, more importantly, do you think mccarthy's picks will be good faith recommendations and participants in this panel or are they going to be working from the inside to try and derail it and make it appear political?
>> well, i help so. that america deserves a panel that works. if we look at what happened again on january 6th, we have to come with the facts, i look forward to chairing the committee, my homeland security committee that i chair in another responsibility. it has the reputation of being a bipartisan committee. one of the more bipartisan committees in congress. i helped the other commission that we thought we had an agreement and at the last minute leader mccarthy pulled the rug out from under the republicans by opposing it. but, as you know, we still have 35 republicans who supported that. so, i hope leader mccarthy understands that the appetite of this country is we have to protect the citadel of democracy
as we go into this july fourth weekend celebrating our independence as a country. we can't afford to allow to take over the united states capitol. we're better than this. something failed. the systems somehow did not work. and our committee, the select committee, is committed to making sure that whatever systems fail we'll identify them so we'll bring back to this congress a report that will correct it. >> bennie thompson, thank you for your time. you have a standing invite to come back. thank you for your patience, sir. >> thank you. and we're following some breaking news from the pentagon. just moments ago the department of defense announced that general scott miller the top general in afghanistan will transition out of the job by the
end of the month and key leadership will shift roles to make up up a smaller presence in that country. john kirby also saying the department of defense believes it will complete a full u.s. troop withdrawal from afghanistan by the end of august. that is earlier than the september 11th deadline that was set by the white house. last night u.s. troops officially pulled out of america's largest space in afghanistan. bagram air base was the central post for nearly 20 years of war waged by the united states in that country. america's handover of bagram comes weeks before president biden's september withdrawal deadline as we mentioned. while military leaders warn that civil war should be a concern as the taliban gains ground, there is growing concern about what it will also mean for the region. joining me now is courtney, good to have you with us. break down these developments for us. what do we know about the timeline that it has been accelerated or are things moving
so well for the united states in terms of exiting the country that they're trying to do so ahead of the september deadline? >> the timeline has not had a whole lot of reporting. in the pentagon and the military have been very circumspect about it mainly for operational concerns. they're worried if the taliban finds out exactly when they're leaving, they will become targets. the reality is everything is actually pretty much on track with what we've been hearing at the pentagon. that was we were expecting bagram to be handed over around this week, you know, late june, early july. the reality is with this announcement today the vast majority of u.s. troops are already out of afghanistan. so, remember, this announcement was made that the u.s. was going to start the withdrawal around early may and all would be out by september 11th. the military has been quick to say that is by september 11th. there was always a plan, there was always an expectation that
most troops would be out. they were somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500 when that announcement was made. they're smaller than that. we expect there will still be after the resolute support is over and after the war is officially over, we expect there still will be nearly 1,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. about 650 of them will be protecting the embassy. somewhere in the neighborhood of 200, 300 will be assigned to protecting hamid karzai international airport. that is because you can't have an embassy presence there without a secure air field where you can get people in and out. the turnover at bagram that was a marker we were looking for. if you're running a marathon and if the withdrawal of u.s. troops is running a marathon, we're at mile 25. this is really, this is symbolic. it's this enormous, sprawling base where tens of thousands of coalition troops have deployed
in and out of over the years and an enormous airfield where most u.s. operations, air operations have operated out of throughout this war. now, all u.s. troops and all coalition troops are out of there. there are no aircraft left there. it is mainly the u.s. presence that is primarily there in kabul. we really are at the very end of this presence. now, another announcement that we got here at the pentagon today was the u.s., general miller, will be transitioning out later this month. he will be replaced by another four-star general, frank mackenzie the u.s. head of central command. general mckenzie will maintain all the authorities there through the end of the summer, probably until about the end of august. then they will transition to another headquarters and another command called u.s. forces afghanistan that will be led by a one star u.s. admiral based there in kabul working out of the embassy. a lot of announcements. a lot of announcements but at the end of the day, the u.s. is largely out of afghanistan as we speak. >> 20 years in the making and a
lot of unanswered questions about the future of that country. courtney at the pentagon for us. thank you so much. joining me now to discuss this further is admiral james diplomacy analyst and the author of "2034 a novel of the next world war." admiral, great to have you with us. your reaction to down and what it means for the future of this country. your key take aways as we look at the war in afghanistan. >> let's start by keeping this final bit in perspective. when i commanded this mission from '09 to '13, we had 150,000 troops in the country. we have been well below 10,000 troops for a couple years. courtney is right. this is the very end of a marathon of withdrawal. it's time to go at this point. the president has made the decision. what we need to do, ayman, going forward is continue in the
president's pledge to do this. to support the afghan security forces you're seeing on the split screen right here providing them resources. weapons, training out of the country. we also need an over the horizon capability so that we can come back in if we have to, god forbid, to get our people out if the taliban do overrun the country. right now, i'd say, there's a 50/50 chance that the wheels stay on the car. but, unfortunately, the taliban are on the move. they're on the forward foot. it's going to be a challenging period of time immediately after our withdrawal. >> it will be a real test for the afghan government to see if it can hold its territory. admiral, i apologize for the short interview. we were dealing with some breaking news out of the white house but i know we'll continue this conversation in the weeks and months to come. i greatly appreciate your insights, as always. >> let me just add, let us all
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after leading not guilty yesterday. both weisselberg and the trump organization charged. their next court date is set for september 20th. joining me now is reporter and co host of nyc podcast trump inc. which ended earlier this year and david k. johnston columnist and author of "the making of donald trump." great to have both of you with us. let's begin with you. help us understand where this investigation goes next and what are the larger implications for the broader trump organization, if you will. how damaging could it be for the company to face these indictments? >> well, it could be very damaging for them. the trump organization depends on bank loans. they depend on government contracts in many cases and they have golf courses on public land and they have hundreds of millions of dollars in bank loans that may have other
provisions that require them not to be convicted of a felony or not to be involved in crimes. we don't know all the details there, but i do imagine in the days and weeks ahead, we'll start to hear about nervous business partners, perhaps wanting to distance themselves from trump. but i think it's worth taking a step back here and just dwelling on what the da told us yesterday with this indictment. he said that this crime was systematic and long running, deliberate and it unfolded over a 16-year period that included the entire trump presidency. all four years. donald trump famously did not recuse himself from his business when he became president. meaning he didn't put in a blind trust, he didn't sell-off the assets. he was able to draw income from this business. so, if he was drawing income from a business that was committing fraud while being president of the united states, depriving his own irs of money
that it was owed, that is a very striking thing to imagine even if he is not, in fact, charged in this indictment. >> david, prosecutors mention a co-conspirator twice in the 25-page indictment. do we have any sense of who that could be at this moment? >> well, i don't. there's several candidates but i don't think there's enough to speculate and i don't think it's particularly useful. what is important is that all the way through this very carefully written indictment, which anybody can understand. you don't need to be a lawyer to understand this. donald trump's fingerprints appear and there are clear messages to other people that you may be the next person indicted. this is just the first indictment. it is not the whole case. and there are plenty of people around trump who, if they have looked at this or their lawyers have are starting to talk about, well, do we make our bed with donald or do we decide to turn states evidence.
>> even if trump wasn't charged yesterday, is this still dangerous for him in any capacity as you were talking about the potential role that he may have had within the organization while he was president? >> oh, i mean, it's very dangerous to him. potentially dangerous to his children who, of course, are an important part of the trump organization. his three eldest children, ivanka, who left the trump organization to join the white house but was there for a substantial period during the conduct that is described in this indictment. you know, "new york times" has reported that ivanka trump was quite likely paid by the trump organization as a consultant and independent contractor. on hotel projects, i think, in canada and hawaii. that's really interesting because allen weisselberg charged in this document took payment as an independent contractor and he did that allegedly for the tax benefits that came with it. so you can imagine, and i think
they're dropping a pretty strong hint here, that conduct that we only know about from press accounts could, if there are additional charges, eventually touch other people in the trump organization and the trump organization is not big. it is trump, some immediate family members and some long-time people who have been close to him for a very, very long time. this could be very damaging even if donald trump himself is never charged. >> david, back to a point you were talking about. the messages sent. what messages do you think these indictments send to the broader in the organization. it does mention the scheme although it benefitted allen weisselberg was made up by several executives. >> well, iyla hit it right on the head about the trump children, who were executives of the children were no doubt participants in this and eric and don jr. were supposedly running the company. donald tru
white house. all the way through this are suggestions that there are more schemes that they're aware of and i'm sure there are. the curious thing i find in this indictment is that if they're trying to flip allen weisselberg, he could get 15 years. the charges against him do not require any prison time. i suspect allen weisselberg and his lawyers talking about the gamble. if he goes to trial, huge efforts to try to and they'll say, you get probation. so what. that may not be enough to flip him. but there are hints that his son, barry, who works in the trump organization among others might become the subjects of future indictments and, of course, latisha james, the state attorney general, although she generally only has civil authority one of her powers is she can dissolve the trump organization. >> all right, david cay johnston, iyla, thanks to the
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>> it is clear that communities where people remain unvaccinated are communities that remain vulnerable. as the delta variant continues to spread across the country, we expect to see increased transmissions in these communities unless we can vaccinate more people now. >> in south dakota, less than six in ten residents have had a single dose of the vaccine but the town of keystone and other areas around national parks are seeing a surge in tourists. joining me now is msnbc news correspondent cal perry live from keystone. good to see you, my friend. describe the crowds where you are and does it appear coronavirus is a thing of the past there? >> certainly here. it's like the virus is over, the pandemic is over. people are getting out for the very first time. we spoke to a member in the chamber of commerce who said business here in this town is up 150%. the hotels are booked and restaurants are booked and impossible to get reservations.
you can actually hear, these are the scenic helicopters that show people mt. rushmore and as you said the vaccine is on people's minds and even if they're trying to break out of their houses we ask people whether or not they're worried asked people if worried being in crowds. is this the first trip out since the pandemic? >> outside of the state. >> reporter: is it nice to get out? is it nice being out? >> it is. it's been nice. there's still a lot of people in colorado that wear masks everywhere we go. it's kind of refreshing to see everybody's faces. >> reporter: is it nerve-racking being around all these people? >> i had my shots back in march, so in las vegas it's still optional so you see half the people with masks and hatch the people without. when we got here nobody had them on. it was a little nerve-racking. >> reporter: i'm kind of showing you half of the tourism scene. i am get out of the road. we're actually blocking
somebody. this is the town of keystone. the restaurants are packed. we talked about the tourism in south dakota and you hear this from business owners, they have a big advantage, they're an outdoor space, so the camp spaces, the rvs are, quote, flying off the lots. a number of people are camping for the first time. and we are seeing and the people we talked to people taking that great american road trip stopping along the way. you heard there from somebody who started in las vegas. ayman? >> i know there are business there is that thrive on tourism. are they taking precautions to protect themselves and their workers from all those that are coming from out of town? >> reporter: ske to a number of business owners who said they are vaccinated and their employees are vaccinated. one thing we heard, and this is a very political spot. the governor of south dakota is very political about these issues. we've heard from a number of people saying i came from a locked down state. nobody is here wearing a mask, and i love it. we heard that a number of times. >> cal, thank you very much. we're going to take a quick
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thursday. it now stands at 20 people with 128 people still unaccounted for. two victims were found last night. one of them was a 7-year-old daughter of a miami firefighter. "the miami herald" reports her father was at the recovery site supporting the rescue efforts and the firefighter and his brother had both been staying on site every day until they found her. now relief efforts could face more challenges ahead as hurricane elsa barrels up the caribbean. it's expected to reach south florida early next week. i want to cross over now to sam brock in surfside, florida, with a quick update for us. sam? >> reporter: ayman, good afternoon. we are waiting and expecting an update some time around 5:30. so a little bit earlier than usual. a confirmed 20 people, 128 unaccounted for. that number had come down a little bit after they did some auditing and realized there were some family members missing but their loved ones that were actually accounted for. so the total figure of people affected right now 150 in terms
of unaccounted for and confirmed deaths, or 148. you think about that, ayman, the number of family members and friends and extended loved ones beyond that, the multitude of seven or eight or nine or ten that's affected, you could have a first responders also dealing with the same sort of psychological and emotional trauma that everyone else is dealing with right now. you mentioned a 7-year-old child uncovered overnight. and it's our understanding her father is a firefighter for the city of miami. his brother is also a firefighter. they had been standing vigil. and when her body was discovered in the early hours of friday, we are told the rescuers covered them in columns so they couldn't be visible and there were hundreds of people there. ayman, right now there are all these families seeing that microcosm of how it's affecting loved ones and those efforts will continue. as soon as we have updates, we'll bring it to you. ayman? >> heartbreaking. sam brock, thank you very much for that update. i greatly appreciate it. that wraps up the hour for me
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