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health care nobody can argue about. mike: i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message. a very good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. we begin with breaking news on the global impact of the coronavirus. it is just extraordinary. in japan, it's official, all schools will be closed for a month starting monday. right now more than 900 people have been infected there. nine have died. and there are concerns now about the 2020 tokyo olympics. are they in jeopardy? turning to iran, drastic measures to contain the virus that's killed more than 30 people there. authorities shutting down schools and public gatherings, of course, including friday
prayer there. >> yeah, here's the thing. all the accusations about politics coverage, et cetera, governments around the world are clearly taking this seriously. saudi arabia is now barring people from taking pilgrimages to mecca and medinah. millions of people a year do that. these are islam's holiest sites. it's an historic and unprecedented move. in italy, pro soccer teams playing in front of empty stadiums as fears grow over the virus. 650 people now infected in that country. 17 people have died there. they just don't want all those people in close proximity to each other. here in the u.s., california health officials are worried the coronavirus is spreading after the first case of unknown origin in the u.s. was confirmed there in california. >> california has 33 confirmed cases of the virus. governor gavin newsom says more than 8,000 people who flew into california on regular domestic
flights are also being monitored for any signs of infection. let's begin this hour with stephanie elam. she joins us live from sacramento. and that is thousands of people interacting every day with the general public. how great is the concern now in terms of the potential spread of this virus there? >> right, well, when you talk to officials will tell you this is something they saw coming because they know how diseases work in general. but when you take a look at the one woman here in solano county, one county over from where i am in sacramento, they are saying they've enacted a proclamation of local emergency so they can identify anybody, screen anybody, and then keep monitoring those people. this is the same county where the planes have been coming back from china, repatriating americans from parts that were contaminated that we know had an outbreak there. so there was some concern that perhaps this woman got it through any contact with travis air force base.
officials, however, are saying that's not the case. they still do not know how this woman was able to contract coronavirus. they are working very hard to figure that out. >> so stephanie, we're hearing a number that caught our attention today. this california monitoring now hundreds of people potentially who may have come into contact with this person just to see if it's gone beyond. is there evidence it's gone beyond that small group today? >> well, what we do know is that she was in her community for a few days before going to the hospital in her community in vacaville for three days and traveled by ambulance to uc davis medical center. they are saying there are dozens of people who are hospital workers who came in contact with that woman but less than 100. some of them are quarantined. some are isolated. some are staying at home and self-monitoring their symptoms. her family is also quarantined
as well because she was, obviously, in close proximity with them as well. so they are concerned about looking at these people and anyone in the community that she could have come in contact before she actually went to the hospital to get help. when she started to see that her condition was getting worse, when doctors started to see that, that's when they transferred here to the uc medical center, and that's when they found out they needed to do this test. that's when they found out she had coronavirus. still a lot of questions there. and not getting all the clarity, but at least notifying people who did come in contact with her. >> right. >> stephanie elam, thank you for being there for that reporting. a whistle-blower at the department of health and human services says more than a dozen people who were exposed to the first americans evacuated from wuhan, china, were exposed without the protective gear or the proper training, jim. >> we're joined by dr. whalid, director of infection control.
our focus here is getting the most accurate and immediate information out to our viewers here who are concerned about this. so, first, let's start with the simplest question. where can people get the best information about the spread of this virus in their community and what they should do about it. >> thank you for having me and thank you for asking this question. the best source, really, is at this time cdc, w.h.o., the state and local health departments in different states actually have websites available that one can look at and find information that's more reasonable and informative for general public. >> with the w.h.o., the world health organization, warning just this morning, doctor, that this has a real potential to be a pandemic, on the precipice of it, what should every parent, every person at home right now be buying, doing and not doing? >> so i think keeping ourselves
healthy, as healthy as possible, protected as much as possible and keeping our health care up to date as much as possible is three most important things. making sure we are vaccinated. making sure we keep washing our hands. and making sure we -- if we have diabetes and others, we are optimized. >> what about masks? i went to three pharmacies yesterday to try to buy masks for my family, and i couldn't find them. do i need them? >> that's again, very good question. so for general public there is no benefit to using masks. there is a lot of -- behind using masks in health care and that's because of our close proximity to the very ill. but for general public, wearing masks is not going to be beneficial. secondarily when we're taking the mask off, we're contaminating our hands. washing our hands is important. >> like so many issues now,
people are attempting to politicize it and say that information is coming from corners of the society, et cetera. i want you to focus on what we know. the president is saying it's going to disappear. do we know that? >> so, we don't know if it's going to disappear or if it is not going to disappear. we have seen seasonalities in illnesses, including coronavirus, so there is a hope if you will, that it might. but we are going to be prepared if it doesn't. >> dr. waleed javad, thanks for coming in. >> we're going to focus on bringing you the best information we have as soon as we have it. let's look now at the global economic effects of this because those are becoming very real. i'm sure you at home have been watching your 401(k), this morning. u.s. stocks on track for the worst week since the 2008
financial crise chis which is ry a remarkable comparison. >> minutes from now the markets set to open and markets set to fall again. this follows the worst single day point drop in history. point drop, not percentage drop. let's get to christine romans. what are you looking at here for the end of the week. >> struggling still. this has been a really ugly week for investors. and you still see unease around the globe. asian markets closed the week sharply lower. european markets opened up sharply lower. you have stock intendex futures still down. so it's still this same feeling in the markets. and i have to say, the magnitude of the move lower, the velocity of this move lower has really caught a lot of people by surprise. in just six days, you have a correction in the s&p 500. that's the fastest correction in something like 70 years. so usually it doesn't happen so
quickly. you've got basically seven months of gains for the dow wiped out in just a few days here. some 3,200 points. so you are seeing -- remember when the coronavirus began as a story, you still had stocks hitting record highs. so investors are just now coming to grips that companies are saying, this is real. this matters. it's going to affect their business. it's going to affect their earnings. and that's what we're seeing here. >> that's the thing i want to focus on. this is not a feeling -- certainly feeling, sentiment factors into the markets, but markets are looking at hard data, are they not? slowdown in the economy in china. the second largest in the world. and then slowdown in earnings for u.s. companies as a result. >> and even as it looks like maybe the infection rate in china may have peaked it is now spreading around the rest of the world. mfrkts microsoft, united airlines, the owner of british airways. the companies who have withdrawn their guidance saying, i can't even tell investors what kind of money we're going to have to
make this year, what clarity we'll have because we don't know what's going to happen. or they're already outright warning on hits to their sales and supply chains. this is a very globalized supply system around the world. china out of the game, even partially for a few weeks, has ripple effects that could last until christmas. >> yeah, you've noticed this, poppy noticed this. sometimes markets overshoot. sometimes they undershoot the mark. we should be prepared for that. christine romans, we know you'll stay on top of it. still to come, a group of lawmakers on capitol hill has just been briefed on the deadly coronavirus. we'll speak to someone who was in that briefing and bring you the latest information. patients that i see that complain about dry mouth.
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congresswoman donna shalala. also the secretary of health and human services under president clinton. an enormous amount of expertise on this kind of thing. thanks for taking the time this morning. >> you're welcome, jim. >> first, tell us what you learned from the briefing. what were the headlines, in your view? >> the headlines were that the administration is moving very quickly to get tests in place, to make sure that we have the resources to identify where the virus is spreading in the united states. let me say that this administration and the previous administrations have world class scientist physicians. the best people in the world to deal with this crisis work for the united states government. and the fact that it's now being coordinated by the vice president out of the white house, i happen to think is a good thing. even though the president stepped all over the message the other day. i don't know what it is about politicians. they have to get in front of the
camera and he said something the opposite of what scientists have said. it will spread. there's no question about that. and we have the capacity to put people into the hospitals, to put them in isolation, if necessary. many people will be isolated in their own homes. but there's no question that it's going to spread. >> okay. >> we're trying to get our tests in place. we're making sure that in the budget that we're working on with the republicans we're going to have the resources that these scientists need. >> so you're saying that despite the somewhat muddied message from the white house, in terms of actual action and resources, you say the administration is doing what's necessary? >> well, with the congress. the congress is going to provide the administration with resources. remember, the administration cut the budgets of cdc and hhs. we're not going to just restore
those budgets, but we're going to give them the kind of supplemental budgets they need to handle this crisis. but that's the problem. we -- the problem is that every time we have a crisis, we have to give them supplemental resources as opposed to building this infrastructure so it's sustained over a long period of time. >> okay. let's get to that because i want to show on the screen some of the proposed cuts by this administration to the cdc. around the world reduction in the budget. cut to hospital preparedness program. cut to staff as well. now you're saying, and again, these are proposed cuts. you're saying there's bipartisan agreement in congress to stand in the way of those cuts in effect and get the money where it needs to be? >> there's bipartisan agreement we're not going to accept those cuts, and we're going to put supplemental money in to handle the crisis. look, we've got to get over
these criticisms and pull together because this crisis requires both democrats and republicans to stand together and to fund our governments. and i mean state and local governments appropriately. >> you heard the president, and you referenced them to some degree, just quickly here, that the president will in his words, disappear, putting a, you might say rosy, a rosy spin on the situation now. is that a helpful message in the midst of the response? >> the problem is, it's not accurate. we have to have a balanced message, and it's got to be carefully accord nated. the administration is just starting to do that. i'm a big fan of the deputy that they just appointed, debora deborah birx. she's been running the pepfar program for three previous administrations. she's first rate. they'll pull things together. i think we have to be supportive of any administration that has
to deal with anything this large. and we can criticize their budgets, but, frankly, we just have to fix it. >> yeah, and pepfar, enormous effect, u.s. investment abroad that saved -- folks credit it for saving millions of lives. i want to get on the 2020 race. something you know well given your district in florida here. you are familiar with bernie sanders' comments praising fidel castro. you called on sanders to, quote, talk to your constituents before praising a murderous tyrant. do comments like that from sanders threaten democrats' ability to win florida in 2020? >> absolutely. it's not only his comments on the castro regime, but also on maduro in venezuela. he seems totally insensitive. it's not just about politics. it's about the accuracy of statements, about murderous
dictators and while he tried to offset it a little bit, it puts -- it not only puts us at risk, but it puts the whole country at risk when we have a presidential candidate that has good things to say about me murderous dictators. >> i've been to cuba a few times. spoken to those who challenged the government. doesn't end well for them. donna shalala, great to have you on the program. >> great voice to hear from. >> it's interesting. you and i have spoken to democratic lawmakers over the last several days. a consistent message there saying, we've got to work together as a country, as parties, and a deliberate effort, it seems, not to take shots at the president. it's notable. >> which is different than a number of the democrats running for president taking shots at him and the administration's efforts on this and we'll get into it more later. but the importance between proposed budget cuts to nih and cdc versus an actuality of what
happened or didn't happen is also important in all of this. let's dig deeper on the 2020 race for the white house. democrats making their final push before their next critical test in south carolina primary. let's bring in joseph. you were there at bernie sanders' rally in spartanburg. tell me about the vibe there because he just -- he had a disastrous performance in the primary there when he was running against hillary clinton. and it just seems so different this time. >> yeah, his crowd last night was more than 1900 people. it was packed. they were loud. they were cheering for him all night long when he was speaking for about 45 minutes. it was the upstate part of south carolina. it's a place that is a little more white, so it's a part of the state that may be more supportive of him.
and also near north carolina which votes on super tuesday. >> sure. >> south carolina is important. we'll get a lot of the information out of how voters go tomorrow, particularly on joe biden's candidacy, but very soon after, you'll have super tuesday. and joe biden, despite his strength in south carolina, has something of an interesting strategy because he is not invested much in those super tuesday states. kind of relying on a strong performance in south carolina to lift, you know, lift the tide, the biden tide on the super tuesday states. is that a workable strategy? >> well, i don't know if i'd call it a strategy as much as a necessity. the reality is he doesn't have the money to invest in those big super tuesday states like california and texas where it takes a heck of a lot of resources to be able to buy air time on television, radio. so he's got to have a big bounce out of south carolina in order
to propel him into the super tuesday states. but those are only a few days away. those are on tuesday. and south carolina is on saturday. so the question is whether -- even if biden does really well, will it be enough to sort of break through and give him momentum in just a few days' time. >> and joseph, keith made the point earlier and just to build on what he said about why it's so important for joe biden's camp that he doesn't only win but that he wins big time, right? and we heard clyburn -- congressman clyburn say that to wolf blitzer as well. he wants to see not just a 10 or 11-point win but a 15 or 16-point win to propel him, right? is it not just a win joe biden needs? >> i think he may -- they may be looking for a result similar to what bernie sanders got in nevada because with some of those super tuesday states, there are many southern states in those that will be voting. but there's also california and texas where bernie sanders is looking to do well which also
has a lot more delegates. >> keith, of course, as you know, there are members of the democratic party, party leadership who are concerned about sanders as the front-runner. "the new york times" reported earlier this week that they -- some at least, are willing to risk interparty damage to stop a sanders nomination. i have to say, rings familiar back to 2016, right, and that caused deep divisions within the party. is this a smart response? >> no, i don't think it's a smart response. the democratic party should let the process unfold. it's not the time to be talking about stopping bernie sanders or stopping any candidate. but letting the voters decide who they want to pick to be their nominee. i don't think it's a good idea for the former president or for any other person in the party, this house speaker or the unpledged delegates to try to put their fingers on the scale while we still have a process
ongoing. the question is, why panic right now? there's an orderly process. we've only had three states that have voted right now. we haven't even had more than -- we've only had 4% of the delegates decided. less than 4% of the delegates decided. you need 1,991 in order to win the nomination. if you have a candidate, why not put your money and your investment and time and energy supporting that candidate instead of tearing down another. >> keith boykin and joseph bustos, we'll take your advice and see what the voters decide tomorrow. bracing for the bell. stocks on track for the worst week since the financial crisis. we'll take you live to the stock exchange next. e® cleans virtually 100%. helping to prevent gum disease and bad breath. never settle for 25%. always go for 100. bring out the bold™
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there is the opening bell on wall street. the market seconds away from opening just one day after the dow fell a remarkable 4%. >> cnn's alison kosik at the new york stock exchange as she has been all week. alison, futures looking at another drop today. do traders see a bottom here? what are they looking for? >> you know, a lot is just unknown at this point. one thing is clear, though. anxiety is just gripping wall street and continues. we did see some relief in the early to premarket trading when an idea was floated of some sort of global coordinated central bank action that could happen over the weekend. i.e., a rate cut. but that relief looks like it's fizzled out as the dow is still beginning several hundred points lower. heads are still spinning about that 1200-point drop on the dow, not just because of the amount of points it dropped but at the
speed which it took for the dow to go from a record high to a correction yesterday. it took just ten trading sessions. if you are keeping score, the dow has lost a whopping 3,200 points this week. for all the major averages, $3.4 trillion of stock market value has literally been wiped out. one trader puts it this way saying there just doesn't seem to be a lot of confidence that the u.s. has any -- has any control or is prepared for the coronavirus, even if officials say they are prepared. >> that's a big question there. investors at least not convinced that the government is ready for this. alison kosik at the stock exchange, thanks very much. let's talk about all of this with cnn economics commentator kevin hasset, formerly the ceremony of the white house counsel of economic advisers for president trump. kevin, so good to have you. you read goldman sachs' note on wednesday. they are saying a more severe pandemic could wells lead to a
recession. >> i think we're right at that moment where we just don't know. one thing i did last night as i was getting ready to be on the show is a charted the equity market during sars in 2002-2003 and the equity markets now. we're following almost exactly the same path. and the bad news is that sars ended up down about twice as far as we are right now. before it was clear that we had a cure, or that we could contain it. and then once that became clear, the market took all of that space back. so go out a couple hundred days from the discovery of sars and markets were up from where we learned it existed. so do we get ahead of this one, too? if so, there will be a happy end here and clapping again. we saw them opening with clapping but i don't think there will be any other clapping today. >> that's only the opening bell. this is not clapping at the market. it's important to put into context. there have been 22 market corrections since november of '74. only four have turned into bear
markets. is this going to be a bear market? >> it depends on whether the coronavirus is contained. the kind of things we're hearing are giving us negative news about that. people are getting it a second time. we're seeing new cases spread all over the place. and, you know, even places like iran where it's pretty warm and so if basically people are able to spread it outside of the flu season, this has legs into the summer and you are absolutely looking at a recession globally. >> i want you to listen to what your good friend peter navarro told us when he was on last week. a chief economist now at the white house. this was his answer when i asked him about apple saying they'll miss earnings projections because of this. >> the good news about apple is that it's kind of -- it's one of the most heavily dependent companies on china for its production and some of its growth. so we don't see apple as the
norm. >> since then, you have the warnings on earnings from microsoft, coca-cola, alcoa, marriott, you name it. is this a one-off? >> so again, think about it this way. airline stocks are going to have a lot of trouble. oil prices are way down because there's depressed economic activity and there will be less drilling and mining. i said on your show the last time that i'm looking at taking about a percent off of the first quarter. right now gdp now has the first quarter, thank goodness it started strong before all this came out. almost at 3%. and so i think we're still looking at even with all the bad news, the first quarter that's not in recession territory. if a recession starts, it's got to start in the second quarter. >> kevin, look, everything you've said about what we're seeing with the markets is all having to do with coronavirus. when the president was asked about it, he pointed at the democrats and their performance on the debate stage. here's one of those moments. >> are financial markets overreacting here? >> i think the financial markets are very upset when they look at
the democrat candidates standing on that stage making fools out of themselves. >> is this a reaction to the democratic debate? >> you know, the history of this is something i studied. you tend to get big swings in equity markets as the presidential election gets closer. >> but the market fell 2,000 points before the debate. >> no, i am responding, but it will be normal -- my point is just that, let's just say, i stipulate that this is a coronavirus moment that if we have a typical equity market response to the presence of an election, just the uncertainty of it, you are looking at another ten points down from here. and so it's -- so the election effect is very common going back to the civil war. you see the -- everybody sort of takes risk off as an election approaches. i don't think we've seen that yet, but the president is right it's going to have to this year. >> you're not saying it's because of how the democrats debated. let's move on from there. goldman sachs' note and warning this week also said if the coronavirus epidemic materially
affects u.s. economic growth, which you're saying it will, at least a point off this quarter, it may increase the likelihood of a democratic victory in the 2020 election. do you think this could hurt the president's re-election chances? >> i'm not a political expert. the one thing i was thinking about, though, just as an economist, is that what we're seeing in markets is flight to safety. and the flight to safety is going away from equities and loading up on bonds and so on. and i just wonder if flight to safety doesn't have an impact on the democratic primaries. i'm not exactly sure who the safest one is, but, maybe it's joe biden because he was there for so long and so on. but i would expect if these are troubled times and they have a political effect, it will reduce the risk preferences of people out there who are maybe used to taking a big swing for this guy but they'll -- >> are you saying a joe biden presidency is less risky than a trump presidency? >> i'm not even comparing the two. i'm talking about the current democratic primary. so i bet you the flight to
safety is one of the stories you guys talk about after you watch the election in the next week. >> you have bond yields, treasury yields at 50-year lows. quickly, 30 seconds, you saw kevin morris, the former fed board member write in the journal this week that we need a coordinated effort among central banks to get in front of this. is that what we need to terms of coordinated global rate cuts? >> i disagree with my hoover institute colleague. what's happening here is we've had a negative supply shock. and when you have a negative supply shock, that reduces output but it increases inflation because basically the little bit of stuff that's still being made has to be sold at a higher price. against that backdrop, most think the fed needs to satly sit there and watch for a while. >> kevin hassett, always good to have you. thanks. tensions are escalating in syria after government-backed forces killed dozens of soldiers.
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always go for 100. bring out the bold™ two russian war ships armed with cruise missiles are moving toward the coast of syria. this comes as turkey vows revenge after 33 of its soldiers were killed in air strikes launched by russian-backed syrian forces in the last rebel-held part of that country. the attack coming days before turkish deadline for syria to pull back those troops, jim. >> cnn's jomana karadsheh is in istanbul. what you have here is russia, you know, i don't want to say at war, but exchanging deadly fire with a nato ally of the u.s.
which, by treaty of the u.s. is committed to defend. is this escalating? >> well, you know, jim, overnight this did look like a very dangerous situation where we were basically looking at a situation where you would have had a military confrontation between the russians and turkey. what we understand happened, they say their troops inside idlib province came under aerial attack. air strikes carried out by the syrian regime. but what the minister of defense is saying here is that they notified the russians. the russians, the backers of the syrian regime, they had notified them of the position of these turkish forces. and as this air strike was taking place, the initial air strike, they sent warnings to the russians. they say the attack did not stop. and that it continued even as ambulances were arriving at the
scene. now the russians, for their part, are denying they knew that turkish forces were in that position. and they're also claiming that this was the syrian regime basically responding because turkish forces were in the area with what they call terrorist groups. that's the blanket term they use for the opposition groups. now turkey says it has responded, that it carried out multiple air strikes and drone strikes on different regime targets inside syria. as you mention, we've seen the movement of these two war ships by the russians to the region. and it really looked like a very dangerous situation with this escalation. in the past few hours, jim, we've heard from the kremlin. we've heard from the turkish presidency saying that both presidents erdogan and vladimir putin spoke on the phone and that they have agreed to meet face-to-face in the near future. it's unclear when. as you mentioned, there's a deadline that turkey set that
ultimatum for tomorrow, the end of the month for the syrian forces to withdraw from positions they've advanced to in idlib province. so while this might seem like a possible de-escalation here, that this is where it's headed, it still does not resolve the key issue of what happens to idlib province and the situation there. >> 33 dead turkish soldiers. and we know russia backs that syrian regime. >> huge development. jomana, thank you. if you listen to esper, the defense secretary this week, it was clear there's no appetite for re-engaging there. >> from the u.s. perspective, absolutely. and a lot of people fleeing that violence. a story we'll stay on top of. here at home, new reports the democratic leaders are willing to risk damage to their own party. why? to stop bernie sanders from becoming the nominee. we'll have reaction from his deputy campaign manager next. all right. and to the uk. queen elizabeth takes the throne but soon faces scandals and
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joining me now is ari rabenhoff, deputy campaign manager for bernie sanders. thank you for taking the time this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> so let's start in south carolina. i don't want to get too caught up in polls. if you look at them across the board, they show a strong performance for joe biden, perhaps a strong victory over bernie sanders. i wonder from the campaign's perspective, is this concerning for you about sanders ability to appeal to african-american voters who make up a bigger proportion there in the states that voted so far? >> no, we think we're going to do just fine here in south carolina. we had some great turnouts, some great events in myrtle beach, in charleston, thousands of people out to see bernie sanders. we think those people will come out to vote. we think we'll get our coalition, which is a multiethnic, multiracial coalition of working class americans. we'll come out and vote here in south carolina like they did in other states, jim. >> would a distant second, would
you consider that a loss for sanders? >> look, i'll leave the punditry to the pundits. i think we will fight for every vote, we'll fight for every state, we'll fight for every delegate. we are taking a message to voters that says we need the working class in this country, we need an agenda that works for the working class of this country and we think that will be a successful message here in south carolina. >> you undoubtedly heard the reporting, new york times, cnn's reporting as well, that 93 democratic party officials are willing to have a brokered convention if sanders does not receive the majority of delegates by convention time. i wonder what your response is to that. do you see the party or some the party as working against you? >> look, bernie sanders consistently polls as the democrat with the highest favorability ratings in this race. bernie sanders is the candidate who can win wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania. yesterday or this week there was a poll from ulenburg that showed him as the contender in this
race to win pennsylvania. we're confident that bernie sanders is the best candidate to beat donald trump and the democratic party will see that. >> let's talk about florida. as you know, that's crucial, proven decisive in fact in many recent presidential elections. we had donna shalala on a short time ago, democratic congresswoman from florida, who took particular issue with bernie sanders doubling down on the praise that he's had for fidel castro, she describes him as a brutal dictator. i asked her a question a few moments ago, i want to play her answer and get your response. have a listen. >> sure. >> it is not only his comments on the castro regime, but also maduro in venezuela, he seems insensitive. it is not just about politics, not only puts us at risk, but it puts the whole country at risk when we have a presidential candidate that has good things
to say about murderous dictators. >> i asked her directly if it makes it less likely that democrats would win florida in november. and her answer to that was absolutely. what is your response? >> look, there is no candidate in this race. i'm very confident in saying this. no candidate that stood up against authoritarians more than bernie sanders. he's always condemned authoritarianism, in cuba, in saudi arabia, where washington, d.c. was about a year behind bernie sanders in condemning mbs. >> why not condemn this -- >> can win florida and all over the country. >> it is a simple answer to a simple question, why not condemn this dictator and talk about literacy programs when you and i know what fidel castro -- >> he has condemned -- he has absolutely condemned the authoritarianism of fidel castro. nobody wouldn't, jim, but he has a consistent track record unlike others in this race who are profiting from xi in china. bernie sanders has condemned
authoritarianism all around the world. >> here's the thing, as you know, donald trump has been criticized, often rightfully so by democrats and others, for prai praising vladimir putin or perhaps separating qualities he likes in a putin or a xi or an erdogan in turkey from their, you know, horrible record on human rights. why does it make sense to say, okay, here is a brutal dictator, by the way, he helps kids read and i'm not going to back away from that. why not just a definitive, i don't support this guy? >> well, bernie sanders has said he doesn't support authoritarianism around the world. bernie sanders delivered speeches about how he does not support authoritarianism around the world, how he's for democracy. bernie sanders is the only candidate who condemned authoritarianism all over the world. i really do think this is a nonissue, brought up by people who want to find something to condemn, but the fact is, because bernie sanders is the most anti-authoritarian candidate in this race. >> well, there are democratic
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top of the hour, good morning, everyone. i'm pappy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. the deadly coronavirus is spreading, we're working to bring you all the latest most accurate information, countries around the world are now taking serious measures in the fight to contain it. let's look at some of them. in japan, schools hav