tv CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera CNN July 5, 2020 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
live in the "cnn newsroom." thank you for staying with me. i'm ana cabrera in new york and just in to cnn. following news of a large spike in positive covid-19 test results today. more than 120 students who attend the university of washington in seattle are now infected with the coronavirus according to the university and the city's public health officials. almost all of these newly infected people live in the university's fraternity houses.
washington is one of the many states watches the number of new coronavirus cases shoot up this weekend. 34 states in all. that's most of the country, reporting an uptick in new infections. despite that somber news, the curve is not flattening let alone declining, americans across the country are celebrating independence day this weekend. either by going out or staying in following distance and safety guidelines or in many cases not. president trump and the first lady playing hosts to one of the nation's biggest holiday gatherings of people, music and fireworks on the national mall and people who attend wd not required to wear a mask but were able, they were available to people who wanted one. this as health experts warn the july 4th holiday weekend could trigger even more spikes in coronavirus cases and we are hearing new reports of large holiday gatherings with many people not following social
distancing guidelines. the videos are eye-popping. i bring in cnn's reporter. reporting on large crowds of partygoers without masks in several mid-western states this weekend. what more are you learning? >> reporter: look, ana, the reality, even with the warning from officials and real concern we could see a postholiday increase when the weather is perfect there are many people who certainly find it very difficult to resist the urge to head outside. of course, the main issue, they should be responsible. seeing much of that here in new york's coney island, for example, but some gatherings are getting a closer look. in particular one in michigan. the southwest portion of the state. diamond lake. video circulating on social media of a massive party yesterday. you see partygoers there clustered together, packed in tightly dancing in the water. according to one individual cnn spoke to basically a yearly
party organized by residents in and around that lake area for residents in and around that area. they were fully aware the party would happen and did speak to organizers, they tried to recommend they try to adhere to recommendations. the reality here is that the county, for example, the state, cannot necessarily -- it doesn't fall under jurisdiction compared to maybe other situations like bars, more established locations where they can enforce social distancing measures. all they can do, really, simply recommend they try to adhere to that, however that same local health official telling cnn they are prepared to have their tracers get to work especially if they is see ain crease. we point out it's too soon to fell if that in fact happened. also other images coming out of wisconsin. know whap ark water park in wisconsin. many people headed there. we point out the manager of that location speaking to cnn saying
they implemented a series of measures to present not only employees but guests as well. preparing for this already for multiple months with temperature checks. all guests required to wearing a masks in some of the more common non-water areas, and also some of those attractions that do not allow for social distancing were simply closed. two instances of events or gathers we're seeing across the country. they're not the only once. don't kid ourselves. it's likely people did come together across country. the main thing we hear from authorities, they should at least be careful and what we're seeing here in coney island. many are remaining relatively distance here, keeping masks on and, of course, those that don't, city employees are simply handing those out. ana? >> the videos, though, as if there was no pandemic right now. polo sandoval, thank you. and reporting nearly 10,000 new infections one day after
this state saw a single record-day high of 11,400 new cases. in miami beach for us, boris sanchez. now there's a mask mandate and beaches closed for the holiday weekend. what are you seeing? >> reporter: ana, earlier today there was quite a sizable crowd outside this covid testing center at the miami beach convention center. some 1,200 tests administers. both people walking up and in their vehicles. the line actually wrap around the block at one point hand to shut down early because of so much of a demand for testing. you're absolutely right about the numbers for florida. record-breaking and staggering. another day shy of 10,000 new covid cases for the sunshine state. keep in mind the first four days of july in florida seeing 40,000 new coronavirus cases and saw about 100,000-plus for the entire month of june, and a big part of that chunk of new cases is coming from right here in miami-dade county.
almost a quarter of those cases are here in miami-dade county. we actually heard from the mayor of miami earlier, francis suarez, talking about people acting as if there, they weren't in the middle of a pandemic and folks ignoring social distancing and he points to that as being a big cause of this surge. listen to more of what he said. >> at the end of march miami had a remain-at-home order in place which lasted through may 20th. a week later restaurants had been allowed to reopen, and dine-in customers at 50% capacity. is that what contributed to this? >> there's no doubt that the fact that we opened, and the city of miami was the last city in the entire state of florida kr to open. i was criticized for late-of-waiting so long. and people started acting as if the virus didn't even exist. >> reporter: the concern, ana,
this fourth of july weekend, so many already ignoring social distancing we may see a spike after the two-week incubation period and other numbers in the state seeing -- of course, i was able to take a test earlier today. it's easy for folks at home. all you need, government issued i.d. uncomfortable second of a swab up your nose and you get the results in three to five business days. one organizer told folks to try to show up early. this spot opens at 9:00 a.m. by 6:30, there's already a very long line. ana? g. . >> good to hear there testing seems to be available for anybody. i talked to people having a hard time getting tested even if they know somebody infected with the virus and been in close proximity in other parts of the country. boris, we know the gop convention is set to take place there in next month. is it going to be safe? >> reporter: that's a wide-open question now, ana. if you listen to the fda
commissioner stephen hahn, seems as though he is waiting to figure out if it's actually possible for the convention to be held in jacksonville, about eight hours north of here saying it is too soon to tell. that's not exactly what we heard from florida's governor ron desantis a week ago today. he said he believes by the time the convention rolls around in august the numbers here will be going down and we should know jacksonville actually has a mask mandate in place in all public setting. an interesting image if the president is up there accepting the republican's nomination in a crowd wearing a mask and there's a question whether he would wear a mask or not if that's the mandate in jacksonville at the time. ana? >> boris sanchez, thank you. i'm joyed by a doctor, a primary care physician and public health specialist. dr. matthew, when you see large groups at water parks and pool parties, is this like memorial day all over again and what does this mean for the fight against the virus? >> hi, ana.
it's like the similar comment i made a few weeks ago when you asked me that question, and i would say my response would be, "much worse." we are in a dire situation and that mountain keeps getting steeper and steeper and steeper. and, look, ana, you know, i urge all americans to really look inside, and do a little bit of introspection, and ask ourselves, how important is it for us to get back to our normal lives again? how important is it for us to be able to get on the plane and travel and not wear a mask? call a friend up and say, listen, let's go to dinner tonight? that's really important to me. i'm making a lot of sacrifices. i haven't hugged my parents in four months, and yesterday our july 4th party was in a garage, you know, the garage was open. there was a table in the middle. my parents were nine feet away from me and i was on the other end. we all need to understand that we have to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain.
otherwise, this will continue to be an uphill battle and, remember, one last thing is, a virus somewhere is a virus everywhere, unless we fight this together, we will continue to have restrictions really for a very long time to come, until we get a good affective vaccine. >> there may be a false sense of security among younger people. right? who re are seeing in some of these videos because we still know according to the data majority of people dieing from this illness are elderly. however, we're starting to see this surge in people who are hospitalized because of this virus. even if they're not dieing, they are sick enough to be hospitalized. arizona reports that 91 percent of its icu beds of full. officials in texas warned hospitals in some cities there are at risk of having a shortage of icu beds. today's the former security
officer warned, tom bossert, some states experiences surges need moor than a mask mandate. do you agree? >> 100%. ana, with the cases being so xpo nentially high and keeps growing day by day just as our reporters mentioned from the field, just wearing a mask in and of itself is not going to do it. listen, from day one, ana, we have been behind. we have been trying to play catch-up. we never shut down together at once. only 50% of the u.s. shut down back in march. we opened too quickly, didn't follow met tricks. look at these other countries. south korea, europe, that are not only flattened the curve they're crushing the curve. look at our neighbor canada. they is have the same tools available to us and we just need to realize in a if we can do this together, we can definitely at least try to what i would say quiet the virus. that's all we can do at this point until we get a vaccine. >> last night president trump
falsely claimed 99% of covid-19 cases are "totally harmless." of the known cases here in the u.s., the current fatality rate is over 4% now. put that aside for the purpose of this next question, because i want to know, what are we learn ak the long-term effects of this virus? >> not very good things. one of my best friends is an icu doctor up in chicago, and he tells me, ana, about the long-term lung complications. we know that there's a part of this virus that attacks the immunological system and puts it into a hyperactive mode where patients are developing blood clots to the brain. we have patients that are recovering from covid-19, but are still sick three to four months later. we're talking about young people that are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. nobody wants to try to get covid-19. this is a mu virus and every single day, ana, we are learning more and more. my friend had to hold a cell
phone so that a 4-year-old could say b -- 40-year-old could say bye to his wife. we need to take this seriously and really try to work together to combat this pandemic that's out of control. >> dr., thank you for the reality check. your expertise is so important. thank you for being here and being a voice for all of us especially this holiday weekend. >> thank you, ana. stores, dens and sayre sahas able to open in some states even as some governors are shutting down bars? are these incredibly buyiiased are bars really that dangerous? i believe you with this video and then we discuss on the other side. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." n better? unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva has clinically proven ingredients that fuel five
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after a deadly holiday weekend gunfire that left three dead in that city where memories of protests after the police shooting of rayshard brooks are fresh. mere keisha lance bottoms spokes moments ago of one killing of a girl just 8 years old. the shooting happening just across the street in a parking lot where brooks was killed. >> we talked a lot about what we are demanding from our officers and our kmauncommunities. we protested. we demonstrated. we've been angry. we've cried. we've demanded action. well, now we are demanding action for decoria turner ar for all of the other people who were shot in atlanta last night and over the past few weeks because the reality is this -- these aren't police officers
shooting people on the streets of atlanta. these are members of the community shooting each other. and in this case, it is the worst possible outcome. there were two other people who were actually shot and killed last night and several others. enough is enough. >> meantime, in washington, d.c., the mayor and police identified the 11-year-old boy killed last night. his name was davon mcneil. no suspects. the mayor says there is as 25 $25,000 reward leading to the arrest for those responsible. another sign how our snaour nation is divided. seeing this video painting over a black lives matter mural p. a group of community members got a permit to paint this mural.
it was allowed to be there. once finish, a man and woman painted over it making spiteful comments about racism, slavery and the black lives matter movement, we're told. anyone with information should contact the martinez police department. just in to cnn. the owners or managers of three montauk, new york, established arrested saturday following misdemeanor charges related to coronavirus safety. this happens as more health expert worry bars could be contributing to the rise in new infections. brian todd reports. >> reporter: a carefree crowd at a bar in austin, texas. many inside not wearing face masks. in jersey city, this bar was cite ed twice in one weekend fo being overcrowded. hundreds inside not wearing masks or social distancing. at this club in houston, an owner says they required patrons to show they had a mask in order to get in and had tables spaced
out but customers ig nortd tnor rules. >> much as we tried to base it on the guidelines it's not the facility, it's the people. >> reporter: these scenes from recent days prompted america's top voice on the coronavirus outbreak to issue a strong warning about bars. >> bars really not good. really not good. congregation in a bar inside is bad news. we really got to stop that. >> reporter: in texas where a coronavirus spike has surged to alarmingly dangerous levels, governor greg abbott admitted he made a mistake with his state's reopening. >> i could go back and re-do anything it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars. now seeing in the aftermath how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting, and, you know, how a bar setting in reality just doesn't work with a pandemic. >> reporter: abbott and his state are not alone. texas, among almost a dozen
states, some of that experiences massive spikes in cases, which have either shut down bars completely or have partially shut them or paused reopenings. experts say crowded bars alone don't account for the recent spikes, but they say the natural social atmosphere in bars is especially dangerous. >> bars are place where is people are not wearing masks. places where people aren't social distancing, and after some drinks, of course, lose your inhibitions. >> reporter: the doctors we spoke to say there's almost no way to make an indoor bar setting safe during this pandemic. indoors, they are say, especially at this loud music playing at bar is like a petri dish for spread of the virus. >> inside in a bar, if it's noisy, music playing, the ambient noise is going to make you talk louder. when you talk louder you expel more droplets from your mouth. those droplets, of course, that contain the virus can infect other people. >> reporter: another part of
th so-called perfect store, the average age of people who go to bars. >> they feel because they're young they won't get sick. >> reporter: has this pandemic killed the bar scene completely? the medical experts we spoke to don't believe it has. they believe traditional crowded barless make a comeback but it can't be until there are proven vaccines and herd immunity and they say that could take another year or so. brian todd, cnn, washington. if the election were held today, joe biden would be inaugurated in january. that's if the polls are accurate. we dig into the numbers and when we return, you're live in the "cnn newsroom." nefertiti: as a young girl
welcome back. president trump's re-election strategy is in full display think holiday weekend facing an uphill battle going into november's election. trailing far behind former vice president joe biden in polls. the last few months especially rough for the white house. the country's in the middle of a pandemic with rising racial tensions and an unemployment rate still in the double digits. joining us now is margaret hoover cnn political commentator and host of "firing line" on pbs. and a senior writer and analyst for cnn politics and brian stelter chief anchor of "reliable sources." harry, start with you. how far behind is president trump right now in polls? >> hello, ana.
look, two polls came out this week. two national polls from the pew research center monmouth university. both had him down double digits and both polls had joe biden over 50% and this is something we've seen across the national polls. not just one or two. pretty much all national polls have joe biden up around ten points and seen that in the swing state polling as well with significant leads for the former vice president in states that matter, michigan,ing west virginia and pennsylvania. >> and going into the election, how do you think americans think he's handling this crisis? >> poorly. i mean, something we have seen going on and on and on. the president's approval rating on the coronavirus headed southward and more than that if you look at polls that matches up biden versus trump on who do you trust more on the coronavirus, what we see there is that joe biden is more trusted by about 10 percentage points, mirrors his national lead in the polls, right?
joe biden, 50% who is trusted more on the coronavirus? that is the big issue of this election. if donald trump cannot get more americans to trust him than trust the former vice president on the coronavirus poll results you see now are going to last until election day. >> brian, one of the reasons i wanted you as part of this discussion we know the news consumption is up sharply since march. suggesting americans are just paying that much more attention to what the president says or doesn't say and his actions, or inaction, during this extremely challenges and painful time. could that have something to do with the president's drop in the polls? >> that's a pivotal point. cable news ratings are at an all-time high. people are signing up for newspaper subscriptions, digital newspaper prescriptions by the millions. a scary time for americans and they're paying close allegation to the news and can tell the president is not trustworthy on this subject. harry mentions pew research
center. one of their findings in june three in ten americans believe they can really trust what the president or his administration says about the virus. six of ten americans believe they can trust the cdc and other government agencies. that's a good thing. this is really an international outbreak happening locally. the outbreak, happening locally and people are watching and reading local news and hearing does not match up to what the president is saying. that's a serious factor in his lack of approval right now. >> margaret what do you think is behind trump's slump in the polls? >> i think we have a, an economic disaster, calamity, that while there has been some optimistic science in the last few days, surely, you still have tens of millions of people out of work. 25 million people out of work. i think the economy and his bumbled handling of the coronavirus is undoubtedly behind his slump in the polls, and, look, there was, there's a
story that jared kushner, not a story. multiple people told me this. that president trump is the only person who can beat president trump. there is national enthusiasm for joe biden certainly and a very large majority sometimes double digits of republicans and democrats both afraid of the future of the country, are fearful for the future of the country, frightened, angry. and that is american carnage. that is donald trump's america nap that is not the america most americans want or aspire to especially on this holiday weekend. >> harry, obviously, it's early july. we still have a long way until november. historically, has an incumbent president come back from a gap this big in the polling at this point? >> yeah. i mean, look, you know, yes. we're four months out. if you were to look since 1972 and look where all the incumbents who went on to win the election were polling.
polling in high 40s into 50s. donald trump pulling in low 40s, much more like the losers. if you were to find one example that might be decent for president trump you go all the way back to 1948 pt fact of the matter, fact go back to the time my mother was born, you have to go a long way back. love you, mom, but that's a long time ago. >> the president had an opportunity this weekend to speak to all americans celebrating the nation's independence. however, this was his message largely divisive. a tone that has worked for him before. pointing to immigrants in 2016 in that election, but here he is this weekend framing fellow americans as the enemy. margaret, do you think this could work for him politically? >> ana, here's what we all need to remember about donald trump's
campaign strategy. their strategy has never been a nixon re-election strategy, try to win all 50 states. it's always been a electoral strategy from the trump campaign from the beginning. it they can just get 271 electoral votes they can win. it's a divide and conquer stratly. energize this base, divide and conquer pup see him picking, this weekend where did he go? mount rushmore. picked a cultural issue he believes is a winning issue for his base. it doesn't help unify the country not optimistic for the country but what he believes will rally his base and keep them motivated, because all he needs is 270 votes to win. >> brian -- >> electoral votes. >> talk more about the white house messages, brian, the press secretary mcenay only in the role since april and given quite a few press briefings in stark contrast to her predecessor. what's your assessment of the job done so far?
have they been good for the administration and good for the american people? >> well, she's trying to pick fights with the press creating opportunities to attack the media and to that end i suppose it works for the base. for the trump base. virtually no difference between the white house and the trump campaign. the president's speeches this weekend were officially white house events but looked and sounded like campaign events. denialism, the kind we see from mcenany and the president saying that the raging fire of the pandemic are only embers. that denialism does not ultimately win campaigns. look what happened a month ago when the trump campaign sent a letter to cnn, cease and desist claiming we were breaking the law publishing a poll showing biden beating trump by 12 points. since then, harry noted, a bunch of other polls have shown biden with a double-digit advantage. denialism is not a winning campaign strategy. >> thank you all. good to have you with us.
>> thanks, ana. president trump is facing multiple crises right now. deadly pandemic, record unemployment and now allegations that at best he fails to read and at worst ignored intelligence that russia was offering bounties to the taliban for killing u.s. service members serving overseas. our next guest has an incredibly unique perspective on this. retired big deer general don bolda who served this country for 36 years, and has had even a bounty on his head. we'll talk to him, next. er try febreze small spaces. just press firmly and it continuously eliminates odors in the air and on soft surfaces. for 45 days. some companies still have hr stuck between employeesentering data.a. changing data. more and more sensitive, personal data. and it doesn't just drag hr down.
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troops in afghanistan but passed the reports as incomplete, and potentially dubious. however, the "new york times" says a number of former national security officials say the way the memo was written suggests it may have been intended to justify the trump administration's inaction. joining us now is retired u.s. army brigadier general don bolduc who served in afghanistan. he was wanted by both the taliban and al qaeda and also a republican candidate for the senate, and general, thanks so much for taking the time with us. you found out when you were in combat that there was a cash reward for anyone who killed you. fast-forward to now. how important is it for the u.s. to get to the bottom of these current bounty allegations? veracity, and whether any american casualties occurred as a direct result? >> well, good evening. you know, tonight, of course it
is really important -- really, my main message tonight is that the political divisiveness between the two parties on the bounty issue must stop. this is not a democrat problem or a republican problem. this is an american problem, and i know if i was down range right now in afghanistan, i would be saying, we must set aside this finger-pointing and beckering and deliver a unified message to the taliban, al qaeda, isis and any other nation including russia who wants to do us harm, wants to do our service members harm they'll pay a huge price and this is what we are as service members and what we owe their families. >> for just a moment, can you tell us more about your own situation? the bounty on your life and how did you find out about it and how in the world do you even process that? >> yes. well, we found out about it while it was, the first rotation and every rotation after that i did ten tours in afghanistan. total of 66 months there in afghanistan.
along with all other kinds of special operation force guys who had the same kind of bounties. both of my brothers had bounties on their heads. so this is part of the operational environment in afghanistan. and it is part of this unconventional environment. and we just use our common sense, we use our training, and we, you know, deal with it. and it is, we usually discover it, because we capture somebody, and they tell us. we find pocket litter, and we have it translated and it's there, or we intercept it. in signals. and we hear it point blank from them. right? and, you know, that's how it's done. we have 18 to 21 intelligence organizations, i've lost count now. if we expect them all to be on the same sheet of music before we decide to do something we're going to be waiting quite a while. this requires leadership. it requires unit.
>> so do you believe these reports about the bounties recently? because president trump calls them a hoax. >> well, you know, i don't have access to the intelligence, but, you know, nothing would surprise me in this environment. particularly knowing in my own mind what, you know, not only russia but china's objectives are in afghanistan. and, you know, i mean, they want free reign in there to take over resources in afghanistan and can only do this if the international community gets out of their way. the way to handle this is through diplomatic means directly with russia and putting out a strong message. you know, al qaeda, isis and the taliban, they get outside support financially. so it's not i would say -- you know, out of the helm i realm ts
is happening. >> i mentioned earlier you were running for senate in the state of new hampshire and first one to say you are not a political person but here you are with your hat in the ring during a time when the country is so deeply divided on party lines. general, the president is hold ag rally in portsmouth next weekend. will up attend and do you support his decision to keep holding these rallies despite the potential threat to public health? >> so i think it's great that the president of the united states is coming to new hampshire. it just goes to show how important new hampshire is in this election. and i think it's great for people to see and hear the president. we, of course, need to take the proper safety precautions. yes, i will be there, taking the proper safety precautions with everybody else there. and -- >> like what? >> for me it looks like social distancing. it looks like wearing masks when
it is appropriate. and i think that is, you know what we owe each other in this, you know, in this very, you know, dangerous time of the virus. and -- but we still have to move this country forward. we still have to get our economy moving forward, and leaders get out and assume risk, and if you're going to be a leader you have to assume risk and you have to get your message out there, and you have to rally the country in moving forward. >> brigadier general donald bolduc. thank you for take the time. >> thank you very much. ana, my 5-year-old grandgranddar this i'm on the air with ana from "frozen." thought i was coming on with ana cabrera, she asked was a ana from "frozen." hurricane hadley i call her. god bless you and everybody there and happy fourth of july
weekend. >> happy fourth of july. i would love to pretend i'm princess ana. my daughter is 4 1/2 and a big "frozen" fan as well and pretends often that i'm princess ana. good to have you. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. coming up, it's a big week for the supreme court with a ruling expected on whether the president will be forced to release his financial information including his tax records. that's next. but first, here's this week the "before the bell" with christine romans. >> hi, ana. stocks kicked off third quarter higher after the best quarter in decades. nasdaq finished nearly 5% higher for the week ending at a record high. better than expected jobs numbers could help the rally continue. the economy created 4.8 million jobs last month pushing the unemployment rate down to 11.1%. the government noting in that jobs report the jobless rate should be really as high as 12.3% if all of the people misclassified in the pandemic
were counted as unemployed. americans are facing more uncertainty even at the economy is reopening and recovery from the coronavirus session could take as long as a decade. the congress' budget office estimated the ten-year average unemployment rate will be 6.1 percent. cbo noted the riddled with uncertainty because of the virus itself. wall street looks to washington lawmakers hint at growing mow 34e7b9 um to shape another round of stimulus before the august recess. in new york, i'm christine romans. >> announcer: "before the bell" brought to you by -- [squeaky shopping cart] [sniffing] is the salmon wild-caught? she only eats wild caught.
welcome back. more than a year after house committees demanded president trump's financial records, we could soon know as soon as tomorrow whether the president's bankers or accountants will finally be forced to cooperate. and house democrats aren't the only ones demanding to see what the president doesn't want you to see. the manhattan district attorney is waiting to hear from the justices. cnn's supreme court reporter is joining us. first, what's at issue in both cases? >> reporter: usually at this point, the supreme court term would be over. but the justices usually like to end by june. but because of covid, things are delayed. there are eight cases remaining. as you said, two of them are two of the biggest cases of the term, president trump and his
bid to shield his financial documents from disclosure. the two cases, the first one is brought by the house. and here, democrats in the house, they're looking into trump's financial statements, his relationship with foreign actors, maybe some of his lending practices. they sent these subpoenas out and president trump's lawyers are fighting back, saying this is too broad, this is an illegal fishing expedition. the other case is brought by this new york prosecutor and he's actually seeking the actual tax returns. he's looking into alleged hush money and there in that case, anna, president trump's personal lawyers are saying that he has broad presidential immunity while he's in office from some of these criminal investigations. >> chief justice john roberts has been something of a wild card lately, siding with the liberal justices in three major cases in recent weeks. should the white house be worried? >> reporter: well, it's true. those were unexpected victories
where john roberts sided with the liberals. during oral arguments, he seemed to be looking for some kind of a balance. he was rejecting the extreme positions on both sides and that could mean several things. it could mean that he would allow some of the documents to go out or maybe he would vote with his colleagues to set a new standard and send the whole case back down to the lower court. but he's going to be key, just as he's been key, as you said n the last few weeks. >> what are rulings could we see from the court this week? >> reporter: there's eight, as i said, that are remaining. there's also a big case concerning the electoral college. that's going to come down in the middle of the election campaign. and on top of that, there's a case concerning the affordable care act's contraceptive mandate that has a lot of religious liberty undertones. >> are you starting to hear anything about possible retirements?
we know the president is eager to put up more nominees? >> reporter: at the end of june, every term, there seems to be a float of potential retirements and you've heard the president, he seems to want a vacancy. he brings up the supreme court all the time on the campaign trail. but i would say this year the chances of a retirement are pretty slim. >> thank you so much for being here with us, my friend, especially on your birthday. happy birthday! >> thank you. >> i hope you can enjoy it the rest of the evening. up next, as cases rise in 34 states over the holiday weekend, the president continues to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus saying 99% of cases are totally harmless. how are health officials in his own administration responding to that baseless claim? you're live in the cnn newsroom.
♪ welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. i'm ana cabrera in new york. the celebration of america's independence, normally an upbeat holiday, overshadowed this year by the flip side, the deadly coronavirus pandemic. let me show you the parts of the country right now where the number of new infections is on the rise. a lot. 34 states in all, some of them with a more than 50% spike in new cases. beaches and parks are open and busy in places where the disease is running less rampant. health officials begging people to avoid large gatherings, to cover their faces, whatever they can do to keep the virus from spreading. president trump, we're learning, is planning to hold another