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i am erica hill. "newsroom" with john king starts right now. welcome to a special memorial day edition. i'm john king in washington. thanks for sharing your day with us. this is above all else a solemn holiday. the commander in chief last hour honoring the fallen with a traditional wreath laying at arlington national cemetery. it is also a sober and strange holiday, sober because of the pain and disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. strange because when he is not at a carefully scripted event or at the golf course the president is mocking both the dignity of this day and the gravity of this moment by spewing falsehoods, insults and conspiracy theorys in a holiday weekend treat rage. we will soon hit a numbing milestone, 100,000 american lives lost from the coronavirus. we will do so as america reopens and americans fill beaches and
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pack barbecues. this is video from over the weekend at a lake of the ozarks pool party. guests say there were temperature checks to get in and there was hand sanitizer at every turn, but you can see from the images pool goers clearly disregarding what nation's top public health expert should be our new standard in every day life, masks and social distancing. 50 of 50 states are partially open, not open enough in the president's view. he will lay another wreath next hour at fort mchenry, the baltimore mayor calls that a bad example because his city's residents are still under a stay-at-home order. the president is threatening to pull the republican national convention from north carolina because north carolina's governor cannot commit his state will be fully open for visitors and large gatherings by august. open faster and open for good, he says. >> so i was hearing millions of people and it would have been millions of people. if we didn't shut down, now
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would i shut it down again, no, because we understand it much better. we didn't know anything about it. >> you would not in ret stro spekt have shut down -- >> we've done the exact moves that i would have done and i did it early. >> ohio reopens its pools this week. kentucky barbershops can cut hair again. california plans to put out guidelines for churches to reopen later today. memorial day the unofficial gateway to summer but what you can do depends on where you live. let's take a look at the recent trends. number one, this is the national trend. over the last two weeks you see the seven-day moving average is the red line. that's a plateau, down a little bit but coming down very stubbornly. these are the newly confirmed cases across the country in the last four days. the united states still 20,000 cases a day. a few spikes but you see that line seven-day average slowly coming down but that's a slow drop. deaths these are the top five states as we approach 100,000 right here, new york the leader, new jersey, massachusetts, michigan and pennsylvania adding
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up to the top of that death toll. again, we will soon hit 100,000. let's look at the map as we enter this new week. 18 states heading in the wrong direction. that means their cases this week -- last week bigger than the previous week. we're just on a monday right now. 18 going in the wrong direction, the orange and the red, the red is even worse. arkansas there. 22 states, that's the beige, holding steady in a plateau, maybe down a little bit, but essentially flat in their cases. ten states heading in the right direction in green, including the big state of texas. michigan was hard hit, new york, massachusetts and connecticut hard hit, at the moment trending in the right direction. that's good news there. let's take a look at michigan. you see here, one day spike there but watch the red line, that's the seven-day rolling average, it is slowly but coming down. that is good news for the state of michigan. minnesota is a different story. again, you see some spikes day to day, follow the red line, seven-day moving average and it's flat at best, inching up a little bit if you look at the last few days. if that continues the red line
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will follow. and south carolina, again, flat, up a bit in recent days. the last four days the case count going up there. you see that line heading if this continues, that line will trickle back up. cnn's natasha chen is live in myrtle beach, south carolina. you're in a vacation haven. the trend line probably going in the wrong direction but i see modest crowds on the beach behind you. >> john, it's definitely less crowded today than it was yesterday and the city of myrtle beach has been careful about this. they had an executive order that i want to ask our guest about, the city's public information officer director, mark crua. tell us about this executive order and why it had to be put in place? >> we were trying to make sure that people followed the rules, that they were protecting themselves. this requires a good bit of personal responsibility. you need to make sure you're wearing a mask and you're self-distancing as much as
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possible. people on the beach have followed that rule. we wanted to make sure we did what we could to encourage that. >> i've seen one other person besides the two of us wearing a mask. how about yourself, have you observed that much in town? >> it varies. i will say the level of concern varies from person to person. usually you'll see a family group and they will all be wearing mask. i would say it's 50/50 or a little higher probably among the people who are on ocean boulevard or out shopping or going to restaurants. >> i know that there are city regulators who have been trying to make sure restaurants keep at that 50% capacity or lower. i hear there are a couple of them who have had too many people? >> we did have a few instances over the weekend where restaurants were too busy, too much of a good thing if you will, and we did have to advise them that you've exceeded what the governor's rules are in terms of occupancy and you need to break it apart a little bit. we've seen lines outside restaurants and perhaps that's where the social distancing is not occurring as people are
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waiting to get in to a restaurant. >> and i know that the businesses are really welcoming this cash flow, but also it comes at a risk? >> it does. this is a quicker start-up than i think we anticipated. there must have been some pent up demand among the public to get out and do something. we're glad myrtle beach is their go to place but you have to recognize we're not quite back to fustrength at this point. the restaurants don't have their full staff necessarily. >> thank you so much for swroing joining us on the beach, but people are desperate to get out at a health risk. >> thanks so much. thank your guest for us as well. the nation's top health officials are being clear, as more people start getting out and about wearing a mask can help stop the spread of coronavirus. >> we have said to people is there's clear scientific evidence now by all the droplet experiments that happened and that others have done to show that a mask does prevent
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droplets from reaching others. and out of respect for each other, as americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance. >> so that leaves local leaders with a decision do they recommend or require them? minneapolis, masks are required in public indoor spaces from retail stores to government buildings. businesses have to mandate their employees to wear masks though they do not have to provide that mask and they can refuse entry to any visitor or customer not wearing one. joining me the mayor of minneapolis jacob fry. thanks for your time on this important day. walk through the decision, again, you know, you've seen some of the protests, a lot of people worried about government overreach, mask is common sense, why did you decide require not recommend? >> minneapolis, as the largest and densest city in the state of minnesota, has to take additional precautions as our economy opens in some form and
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requiring to wear mask in an indoor public place of accommodation is simply the right move to help out our immuno compromised neighbors. people are to the wearing masks because the government told them to but because it's baked into our values. we want to look out for our neighbors and our family and we recognize while i myself may not be particularly high risk, there are others who we want to help that are. >> one of the interesting dilemmas if you want to call it, maybe that's not the right word at this moment f people are looking for advice they can look to their mayor if they live in your city or their governor and getting a lot of incoming from the president of the united states who demanded over the weekend and he was thinking about your governor in particular, reopen churches. reopen churches. the president wanted it done this past weekend. here's what your governor said and let's listen to a little bit. i'm working on it, but be patient. >> starting on may 27, places of worship may open at a 25% occupancy if they adhere to
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social distancing and other public health guidelines to keep congregants safe. >> you mentioned you're an urban dense area for the state, how do you feel about churches beginning to reopen in your city and is the advice from the president in this case helpful or not helpful? >> i support our governor. i think he's doing a tremendous job and he's looking out for the entire state of minnesota, whereas i'm looking out for the unique characteristics associated with minneapolis. move up to 25% capacity and up to 250 people in places of worship is a recipe in minneapolis for a public health disaster. that is not the route that we can or should be going on right now. we are considering some form of an emergency regulation ourselves to prevent that number of people gathering in one place. and look, think about the characteristics of these places
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of worship. it's oftentimes older senior citizens attending services, singing and breathing and at times even with physical distancing they're in close proximity to one another. we've seen how this has played out in other cities throughout the world. in frankfurt, a one particular religious ceremony had like 40 people that came out with covid-19 and six were hospitalized. out in washington state, you had almost the entire choir that contracted covid-19 in some way. so we need to be looking out for public health right now and, you know, the truth is there is no right to put other people's health at risk. >> mayor, give me a sense of where you are right now, your state and area have been a roller coaster, starts to go down, and then up. new confirmed cases. that's a pretty flat line if you think about it, a dip in the middle. it's hard to read that, one day up, one day down. if you're the mayor trying to
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get a steady down, that would be a plateau, maybe if you disagree please jump in. what's your sense? where are you right now? >> we took fairly aggressive measures very early on to elongate the curve and because we were able to elongate the curve, we're still seeing ae ascending numbers right now. most public health experts are saying we won't hit our true peak until some time in late july or august. here's the important thing that people often forget. by taking all of these measures, we're not decreasing the total number of people that contract covid-19. we're decreasing the total number of people that contract covid-19 all at once to the extent that it would overrun our hospital system and we wouldn't have enough icus and ventilators to keep up. we're taking the right precautions now looking to -- listening to public health experts and then making decisions based on that data
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here in minnesota. >> keep in touch as you go through those weeks as you say, weeks and potentially months ahead as you stretch this out. thanks for your time, sir. >> thank you. as we do to break a reminder on this memorial day right here from the governor of virginia. >> we all honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the blessings of liberty that we hold so dear. i ask that you remember their courage, their devotion and above all their sacrifice. i ask that you remember the pha families that they left behind. "cnn newsroom" brought to you by tractor supply company. providing pet food, animal feed and gardening supplies. when i was a young kid in third grade,
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this memorial day most ceremonies honoring the fallen are being held virtually or with restrictions. ♪ ♪ >> that a bit earlier today. the president, vice president, secretary of defense attending the annual wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. next hour the president is visiting fort mchenry in baltimore. already there is our next guest bonny carroll, the president and founder of taps, the tragedy assistance program for survivors. thank you for sharing time with us on this special day. when i was a kid my dad was active in his local vfw post leadership and it was a day to go to the cemetery and military memorials, to have a parade and crowd and people around to honor the fallen and their families as
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well. it's very different this year. >> it's very different, john, and for 25 years, taps has brought the families of american's fallen heros to arlington to participate with the president but this year things look different. we held our survivors seminar with thousands of families across the country but it was held virtually. today we have just a small group of our families here for this white house ceremony at fort mchenry. >> you have this experience born of sadness but such critical and heartwarming experience because you help the families of the fallen, the survivors, people who need to get through their grief and find a sense of direction, perhaps. now you're trying to help people with covid-19 who are dealing with this, whether it's frontline workers. welcome us through those efforts. >> grief is tremendously isolating, but there are resources available. we have a wonderful site at
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taps.org/covid that's available to absolutely everyone. we want people to know that they're not alone in their grief, that there is support available. please check out that resource. it's got the mourners bill of rights, it has so many useful tools that will help all those who are grieving, but today as we honor those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom, we stand with americans who are struggling as well. >> and what are you learning? obviously you deal with this mainly with military families in the past, what new things are you learning? you talk about how isolating grief can be, people are losing family and can't say goodbye, that happens to many military families if the serviceman or woman is deployed overseas when that happens. is there similarities and what are the differences? >> absolutely, john. it's incredibly similar. for military families they have struggled with that separation, that anxiety of losing a loved one while being separated, much like people are experiencing now
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with covid. but we let our families know that they can recognize their grief, that they can have rituals. they may look differently, but they can honor the life lived. it's not about the moment or the manner of the death. in our case it's about the service given to this country and today on memorial day we remember and honor all those who have served and died for america. >> yes, we do. it's important, sometimes people are afraid to ask for help, especially if they come out of a culture of strength in the military. talk to those who at home whether from a military family or somebody deal with the coronavirus if they think maybe it's a sign of weakness to reach out and get the help that you can give them? >> no, it's so important to reach out that our website at taps.org/covid/together really lets folks know that they're not alone, that what they're feeling is completely normal and that they can reach out for support even if it has to be physically
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distanced. >> bonny carroll, thank you so much for your time and expertise today and your compassion. it's critical every day, but especially on this day. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much. just ahead on this long weekend, dedicated to the fallen, the president of the united states for whatever reason is in a twitter rage. customizes your insurance, tl so you only pay for what you need! [squawks] only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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the president's twitter feed is a rolling display of conspiracy theories and grievances this long holiday weekend. insults spewing to hillary clinton and jeff sessions, and today a threat to pull the republican national convention out of north carolina. the president tweeting in part unfortunately governor cooper is still in shutdown mood and can't fully guarantee we will be in full arena. vice president mike pence mentioned two states with republican governors this morning as he discussed alternative ps. >> we think of texas, florida, georgia, the last two states i
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visited last week that have made a tremendous progress on reopening their communities. we look forward to working with governor cooper getting a swift respond and if need be, moving the national convention to a state that is farther along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there. >> with me now two trump watches who work for the "washington post." let me start with you in this threat to pull the convention. governor cooper says science, data, i need time. i'm not sure if it's going to be wise to bring thousands of people interest all around the country, have them descend into one packed arena and then go home. he says he needs time. does the white house have a timeline here? we are talking days away from trying to find an alternative site or do we think this is a push is this. >> it's always hard to tell with the president because there's a difference between what the president is doing and the officials within the white house
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and campaign are doing. i've spoken to people in north carolina who have said they have been working cooperatively with members of the rnc, republican national officials, who are actually trying to decide how to move forward in a way that's safe and makes sense and they're working cooperatively behind the scenes. when the president blows up the process with a tweet like this and makes it seem like he can easily decide on impulse to say he's leaving north carolina and moving toward a more friendly state, on the phone with governors of florida and texas all the time i wouldn't be surprised if a president calls an audible and overrules the work going on between the rnc and officials in north carolina. >> in a bizarre way in the world of trump we could at least say this tweet is about something real, right? the president does have a convention scheduled in north carolina. if you look at the twitter feed this weekend we can scroll through some sf it it's hard to keep up, vicious insults at hillary clinton, jeff sessions,
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speaker pelosi, stay aabrams, flat out conspiracy theories accusing former congressman who works in the media business of murder. to that point as you watch all these things roll through here, adam kissinger the republican congressman from illinois tweeting about the president retweeting a conspiracy theory. just stop. stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia, it will destroy us. this issue comes up from time to time but here we are, the memorial day weekend, we pause to remember those who wore the uniform for this country and died doing so, and we're about to hit 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, and i don't know what to describe except just rants and rage. >> he is taking out all sorts of grievances which we have seen over his presidency do that, but is especially stark on this memorial day weekend and almost -- it is always a solemn time to remember those who have given their lives for this country but at a time when the pandemic is still sweeping the
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nation, we are about to hit 100,000 people who have died from this virus in the coming days and the president is still using his old playbook. he is digging up these old grievances against hillary clinton and particularly after jeff sessions who is fighting in a senate primary in july that he is likely going to lose because of all this an. i this the president has towards his former attorney general. what you're not hearing from the president on his twitter feed, his preferred method of communication, his preferred megaphone is, you know, very solemn messages about memorial day. i mean he is is retweeting some public health guidance from the cdc on what to do and keep yourself safe, but this is part of this kind of back to normalcy theme. we see him wanting to make sure that the convention goes on. he is like with the convention, he surprised us by saying the g-7 is back on in person and the white house is scrambling to hold that by the end of june
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because he knows that the handling of the pandemic and republicans know that the longer that the focus stays on him, the worse it is for his re-election of the party. >> and yet, the president does understand politics, whether you agree or disagree with the president at home, he is guided by his politics which is why his travel is to battle ground states. the abc poll 39% approve of how the president is handing the coronavirus. we know this will be a referendum on him, because he's the incumbent in a pandemic. six in ten disapprove. a modest amount of republicans disapprove number one and number two, any republican will tell you nancy pelosi is speaker in part because of tweet rants and rages like this. suburban women have turned on this president because they watch him, they have to run their lives, run their families, keep it together at times of stress and crisis like this and
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see how he behaves. >> yeah, that's exactly right. one of the things that have kept voters in president trump's camp, members of his base, the fact that we had a strong economy, maybe didn't like the tweets or some of his antics, decided that, you know, the economy was strong, he had pretty good approval ratings on the economy and now that's really out of the window. you see the president talking about a transition to greatness, talking about opening up the economy, talking the third and fourth quarter being big rebound opportunities for the american economy because he wants people to focus more on the economic side of things rather than on the pandemic and the fact that we still have thousands of cases every day and hundreds of people dying on a daily basis and he's trying to figure out how to change the narrative away from the pandemic back towards the economic rebound that he hopes will come in the later part of this year. >> and so this is another one of those moments where republicans are not only worried they might lose the white house in this election, they might lose the senate as well and see no chance
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of regaining the house majority. the head lines over the weekend about the twitter rants in "the new york times" trump tweets and golfs makes no mention of the virus toll. trump shares messages about prominent female democrats. breitbart, in the president's camp, democrats trying to exploit coronavirus for vote by mail scam. the president and breitbart not factual. there is zero evidence voting by mail increases fraud. evidence that it increases participation and relatively fraud-free. the president is a contrarian here. republicans, his own campaign team tell him dial it back and he thinks i got this. >> and he is his own strategist and he does what he thinks is best for his political campaign but you're right, right now, republicans are really concerned not just about the white house and not -- but the down ballot effects. you and i both know how silent mitch mcconnell can be, but the fact that he is talking up now,
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six months before the election that he does -- he is very closely watching and he is concerned about the senate majority, it tells a lot. you know, the republican senators are looking at the president's handling of the pandemic in the key swing states where the senate majority will be won. north carolina earlier for the convention, that is one of the states. we're looking at maine, colorado. and again, as always it puts these republican senators in a difficult position because they can't, you know, ever really completely extricate themselves from the president. they have to rally their base voters and they have to turn out their own party members, but they also know that -- >> i'm sorry, i'm sorry to interrupt. we go to the former vice president of the united states joe biden speaking in his home state of delaware. >> you got the whole country behind you. >> thanks for your service.
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okay. guys, thank you. sno thank you for coming here today. >> we don't see the vice president out and about that much. the presumptive democratic nominee, you see him now getting back into his motor vehicle. this is new castle, delaware, veterans memorial park, again, in the governor of new york andrew cuomo speaking at his daily briefing. to the governor of new york and new york city. >> wreath in honor of memorial day to her left gareth rhodes who has been working with us from the onset of this tragic covid situation. we're at the "uss intrepid" sea, air and space museum. this is a remarkable, remarkable facility and it's always a pleasure to be here. it was started by the fisher
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family, one of the great families of the state of new york, susan is here with us today, the president of the organization. we want to thank her for her kindness. today we honor the service members who have lost their lives. we remember their families and the pain that they've dealt with. we thank them all for their service, their bravery and their sacrifice. i want to thank the geld family, stu and ellen, for being with us today and giving us the honor and let's take a moment of silence in memory of all those who have fallen and wishing their families peace on this difficult day. thank you. this is the "uss intrepid."
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i've been here a number of times. every time i come i learn something else. remarkable history itself. launched in 1943 over 30 years of service. served in world war ii, the cold war, vietnam war. it really is a phenomenal walk through history visiting this great ship. 250 americans who served on board lost their lives while they were serving on this ship and that is -- brings home the message of today. president kennedy was speaking about memorial day and giving thanks to those who served and who made the ultimate sacrifice, but he reminded us that as we express our gratitude, never forget that highest appreciation is not about uttering the words, but to live them. that is the greatest acknowledgement of the sacrifice
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that has been made, to carry it forward, and this memorial day i think it's especially poignant and powerful when this country is going through what it's going through and we know something about loss because we're living it again. over 100,000 americans will lose their lives to this covid virus. how do we honor them? we honor them by growing stronger together, and during these times, there are so many americans who have really risen to the challenge, done more than anyone could ask, more than anyone could expect, and we want to make sure that we remember them and we thank our heros of today and they're all around us and they did extraordinary service to allow us to continue doing what we're doing. i can just imagine the responsibility of a chief executive who has to call men
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and women into war and how they deal with that responsibility. i know that i feel a fwrgrave responsibility to our frontline and essential workers who understood the dangers of this covid virus, but went to work anyway because we needed them to. we needed the nurses and the doctors to perform phenomenal service in the hospitals. we needed the police, the fire department, the ems to show up. we needed the frontline workers in grocery stores to show up so others could stay home and be safe. and i bare heavy the responsibility of explaining to the people of this state and beyond what we were dealing with when we were dealing with the covid virus and how dangerous it was and in the same breath to ask people to please show up
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tomorrow, having just explained how dangerous it was. and many of those people who showed up and did their duty and served with honor lost tare lives. to keep others of us safe. that is a microcosm of what we're here talking about today on memorial day. but as john f. kennedy said, remember with your actions and today we're saying we honor that service and we're going to make sure that every government in the state of new york provides death benefits to those public heroes who died from covid-19 during this emergency. i also believe the federal government should be doing the same, honoring the frontline workers, showing americans that we appreciate what you did, that you showed up when it was hard, that you worked when it was hard, you appeared for duty when
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it was troubling to do so and i'm sure many people were afraid to show up, but they showed up anyway. and they deserve not just words of thanks, but actions that show the appreciation. and i think the federal government should dedicate federal funds and pay hazard pay to those workers who showed up. it's a way of saying thank you, we understand what you did, we appreciate what you did, and it's a way of showing americans that when there is a next time -- and there is a next time -- that we truly appreciate those people who show up and do their duty. today we also honor the veterans who we lost to coronavirus during this epidemic. jack conyers, steven patty, cleveland jesup and those are
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just a handful of people from new york. we're still in the midst of this covid battle. we are making progress here in new york. again, the hospitalization rate is down. the net change in hospitalizations is down. intubations is down, which is very good news. day to day hospitalizations are down, which is continued good news and if many ways the most important news. the number of people who are coming in to our hospitals on a day-to-day basis continues to drop, and the most important number to me, the number of lives lost, 96, is still painfully high, but only in the relative absurdity of our situation is that relatively good news. and we remember those 96
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families today. john f. kennedy's words of appreciation were echos of the thoughts of abraham lincoln after thanking the -- those who lost their lives in the civil war, it is for us the living to be dedicated here to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. it's about the unfinished work. that's what abraham lincoln said and john f. kennedy said and almost every great leader of this country has said. it's about dedicating ourselves to the unfinished work. and we do that here in new york. we honor the memory of the fallen by going forward, by living, by growing, by advancing, by learning from it, by being stronger than ever before, by taking the values and principles of america that they lived and died for and rising -- raising them to a new level.
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by rising even higher and even stronger than ever before. we will do that. we will do that here in new york. we'll do that in this country because america and new york are tough, smart, united, disciplined, and loving at the end of the day. and that has brought us to this point where this country is the strongest, best country on the globe and it will take us forward. questions? >> yes, governor, when you had required people in nursing homes who are working there to get tested twice a week, were you also requiring the patients to be tested as well? >> we are testing the patients. it's not really -- it is a requirement that staff be tested twice a week. some of the nursing home
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operators have pointed out that that's a burdensome task and i understand that it is, but it is a requirement to maintain your nursing home license in the state of new york. we've known from day one that the nursing homes are the most vulnerable places for this covid virus. we were introduced to it, seattle, washington, in a nursing home, vulnerable population in the most vulnerable place in a congre gant setting. we're working to get the testing but we can all say at the end of the day that we did everything we could. we still lost 96 people yesterday. god and mother nature has a hand in this, but we did everything we could. they got the best hospital care, the best nurses, the best doctors and still we lost 96 people. i want to make sure we can say that all across the board and say that about nursing homes. that's why it is a requirement to test the staff.
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we're also testing the patients, the residents of nursing homes. i wouldn't call it a requirement so to -- you know, but we are testing all the people in nursing homes. >> when would they be tested? >> they're tested on an ongoing basis. it's happening thou. they're tested by nursing home staff or we have state personnel who are doing the testing, but the whole thing with this virus is to find it early and isolate. again, nursing homes are the prime breeding ground for this killer. >> governor, on the death benefits this is funded by the state given the state's finances? i'm sure it's difficult. who qualifies as a frontline worker on this? >> any public employee who works in the state of new york, whether a city, county, state employee, those -- that local pension fund or state pension
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fund will pay those benefits. frontline workers we have a full list, but they're the people we've been discussing. it's the frontline public health care workers, police workers, ems workers, fire department workers. the people who showed up. look, they showed up because i asked them to show up, they showed up because i required them to show up. there's not a transit worker who drove a bus or conducted a train or a nurse who didn't walk into an emergency room who wasn't scared to death. they knew what we were talking about. i mean it was enough to shut down society, right, tell everyone to stay home. but then in the same breath i say to them you have to go to work in the morning. it weighed heavily on me and it still does, that i had to ask people to do that, to put their lives literally in danger.
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and we knew they were putting their lives in danger and that they did it anyway, i have such respect and esteem for what they did and i want to make sure that we repay that, not just by saying thank you and running nice television commercials, right. that's why i use the words of jfk and abraham lincoln, you want to say thank you, show that you're grateful, show the respect, and the least we can do -- and i would say what we must do -- is for their families, those who died from the covid virus, make sure they get the appropriate death benefits. >> it's based on numbers, but given the -- >> the governor of new york, andrew cuomo, his coronavirus briefing on this memorial day on the deck of the "uss intrepid," that a former aircraft carrier, now a military museum in new york city. the governor going through the
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case count as he always does. encouraging news in new york. hospitalizations down, intubations down, new cases down. the governor also saying he wants to pay tribute to those state and local government workers who are on the frontlines, transit workers, police, firefighters, who lost their lives to covid-19 by guaranteeing that they are paid death benefits and the governor saying it's time for the federal government to ante up as well. on this memorial day the governor of new york paying tribute to the fallen as we all do annually, those who died in service to this nation and saying the loss of the covid-19 makes it all the more poignant. moments ago on this memorial day the former vice president and the current presumptive democratic nominee joe biden you see him here with his wife jill biden laying a wreath at the delaware memorial bridge veterans memorial park. let's listen for a moment.
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the former president is at home paying tribute to the fallen, as it is appropriate and worth knowing, we have not seen him out in public in quite some time. >> yes, that's right, this is joe biden's first public appearance since march 12th when he gave the speech related to coronavirus right here in wilmington, delaware. you saw him and his wife jill biden laying the wreath. you saw the precautions they took, they were wearing those face masks. biden has talked about he's been wearing face masks and gloves. we are seeing he's following through with that protocol as well. both of the bidens have a strong
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tie to the military family. their own son bo biden served in iraq. the five-year anniversary of his passing from brain cancer is later this week. the bidens making their first public appearance since the coronavirus pandemic really put the country and the nation at a standstill, the first time we have seen biden out in public since march 12th. john. >> again. pause and watch the video. the former vice president of the united states, joe biden out. still ahead for us, arkansas now experiencing a second peak because of a cluster of new coronavirus cases. yes. neutrogena® ultra sheer. superior protection helps prevent early skin aging and skin cancer with a clean feel. it's the one. the best for your skin. ultra sheer. neutrogena®.
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>> that's the question. >> reporter: that's the question that health experts continue to monitor here in the coming days. we should be clear that arkansas has not seen the widespread case numbers and deaths that have been seen in many part oss of t country. if you dig deeper to what has happened here over the last four days, there are signs of concerns. there are about 5,900 cases seen here in the state of arkansas. 900 of those have been reported in just the last four days. so that's a troubling trend. the first peak happened around april 20th, it haas been about a month. this is in a state where there was no stay-at-home order by the governor but there were other restrictions put on businesses and restaurants and school closures. the governor here says this is more of a product of widespread testing. he does say people need to be mindful when they are out.
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>> i don't think we'll say you can't invite anybody over to a pool in the backyard of your home. i think you have to exercise discipline and make sure you have the right restraints in place. we got to think about next fall, where are we going to be? we got to manage the risks next fall by the infrastructure that we are building now. >> john, the reopening phases have begun here in arkansas where restaurants are able to open and limit capacity. this new trend appears to be in the process of changing any minds of how the reopening will continue of the days and weeks ahead. >> ed lavandera, thank you for that. let's check in our global cnn's correspondents around the world. >> reporter: here in brazil, the outbreak is far from peaking.
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with the number of new cases exceeding 15,000 everyday for the last week. making it the country with the second most infectious worldwide. over the weekend the united states announced it was barring entries to foreigners who recently been to brazil. no reaction from the president of brazil. brazil itself closed its borders to foreigners back in march. it appears another pro government rally over the weekend, the mayor of brazil appeared over the weekend without a mask.
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>> cnn, south paulo. welcome to a special memorial day edition of the cnn newsroom, i am john king in washington. this is a solemn holiday. the commander in chief at this hour will lay a wreath in fort mchenry in baltimore. see the president there rising. let's pause for a second. ♪

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