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so we do need more leadership. we do need to commit to this period of truth and justice. i just believe, don, that there is something better waiting for us. there is something that feels more like freedom and equality and justice than you and i have been able to experience, during our lifetimes. there's something that waiting for us that might rid us that burdens black and brown people, that makes us vulnerable, that keeps us from being overpoliced and overconvicted and over senten sentenced. we won't get there if we can't talk honestly about this era. it's not a joke. it's not something we can pass off. i think we need an era of truth in justice. but we won't get there until we talk about the problems of the racial inequality in our society. >> i can't thank you more. i invite you and others because we ask people to tune into my
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podca podcasts. we have the same conversations that you and i are having right now. thank you so much for joining. and have a good night, brian. thank you, everyone, for watching. our coverage continues. president trump getting back on the campaign trail, preparing for a rally in a state where covid-19 cases are spiking and threatening any protester trying to steal the spotlight. while the president claims coronavirus is going away in america, the facts tell a different story, with several states setting a record for the number of daily cases. and another apparent friday night firing by the trump administration. this time, one of the most important u.s. attorneys shown the door. however, he's refusing to leave.
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welcome to ourers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. tulsa, oklahoma, is bracing for tens of thousands of people on saturday, as president trump holds his first campaign rally since the coronavirus shut down much of the country. his message, the country is back in business. his other message, protesters, watch out. tweeting that protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or low-lives, will be treated harshly, warning that oklahoma is not like new york or seattle. that is the president's message,
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even as the country is reeling from the deaths of george floyd and rayshard brooks that set off the protests he's talking about. people across the country marched on juneteenth to commemorate before the president heads to tulsa, home of one of the bloodiest massacres of black americans in 1921. officials are pleading with the president to protect his health and the e health of his supporters. oklahoma is seeing a massive spike in new covid cases and the largest longe single-day increase. people don't have to wear a mask at the rally and people have to sign a waiver that says they
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won't sue the trump campaign if they catch covid. ryan nobles has more from tulsa. >> reporter: president trump's rally is set to take place on saturday. this is despite a lot of concerns from public health officials here and the overtones from the racial strife going on across the country. we're in greenwood, where the massacre took place. a lot of folks celebrating the juneteenth holiday. there's protests expected. people coming to protest the president's appearance. and we expect thousands and hundreds of thousands of supporters of the president to show up at the bok center where the rally will take place. more than 1 million people have rsvp'd for the event. 100,000 can show up. 20,000 can fit inside the event itself. there's expected to be a big overflow crowd outside.
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the president is expected to speak to that group. but the concern is inside that arena. that's where 19,000 people will be packed in. they will get hand sanitizer and a mask. all of the temperatures will be checked. there will be little to no social distancing at all. and that has many of the public health officials here in tulsa concerned. but the president is committed to moving ahead with this rally. his campaign sees this as essentially the restart of his campaign in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. they want to demonstrate, if they can pull this off safely, it's a sign that the country is ready to reopen. that will go a long way to helping his re-election chances. ryan nobles, cnn, tulsa, oklahoma. the head of tulsa's health department is one of the concerned officials ryan just mentioned. >> we need to have conversations about what it is we need to do to stay safe and not having large gatherings is the number one thing we need to do to stay
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safe until we get a vaccine or therapy. we are coming up on a perfect storm of disease transmission. it's a perfect storm that tulsa can't afford. >> the people that attend could have an impact on the people outside of oklahoma. >> mulling around or in the community. they're not wearing masks in our restaurants. and our restaurant workers are wearing masks. they're having to put up with comments by folks who think it's silly, we're being sissies or something. this is going to impact us. it will also impact the other states from people that come here and they go back home.
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>> the president of oklahoma's naacp says mr. trump should put the health and safety of his supporters first. >> when you put people's lives on the line, for you to be re-ele re-elected, that's what he's doing. he doesn't care anything about those that are out there supporting him. we live in a sad situation when we lean and depend on someone like that leading the country. >> president trump's rally comes as his administration is facing a series of crises. but mr. trump seems preoccupied with protesters. here's jim acosta at the white house. >> reporter: with trump supporters lining up this weekend, the president is issuing a warning who may show up, as well, tweeting that any protesters, agitators or low
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lives going to oklahoma, please understand, you won't be treated like you are in seattle, new york or annapolis. the president is ready to unleash the same tactics used to clear out lafayette square this month. the lowlessness that we saw before trump came out with the national guard. >> reporter: officials are trying to not catch the coronavirus at the rally. the press secretary said she won't be wearing a mask to the event. >> will you and other white house officials be wearing masks at the rally? >> it's a personal choice. i won't be wearing a mask. i feel that it's safe for me not to be wearing a mask. i'm in compliance with the cdc guidelines that are recommended but not required. >> reporter: members of the trump are not on the same page.
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>> i would ask my doctor for advice. >> reporter: the campaign manager will likely wear one at the event. >> you going to wear a mask? >> yes. i will probably be wearing a mask. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci said people should be wearing a mask if they cannot practice social distancing. >> to prevent the acquisition of and the spread of infection, will be to avoid crowds. you feel compelled to do that, which we recommend, wear a mask at all times. >> the white house is saying that the president's tweet is showing video, where two toddlers are running. the tweet, that contained phony news graphics was labeled manipulated videos by twitter. >> the president was making a
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satirical point that is funny if you actually watch the video. >> reporter: the white house tried to explain what the president meant when he told "the wall street journal" he learned the history of juneteenth, the day that the abolishment of slavery is done in the u.s. >> that's not true. >> reporter: as for the video tweeted out by the president of two toddlers on the sidewalk, a tweet that the president was trying to use to make of racism in the u.s., twitter has disabled the video in that tweet, saying it violates copyright rules. cnn, jim acosta. william barr is making a friday night shakeup. he is the powerful district for the southern district of new york. berman refuses to step down. "the new york times" reports
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that a person familiar with the situation, says that president trump has discussed removing per mab for some time. cnn's evan perez has details. >> reporter: manhattan attorney jeffrey berman is refusing to resign. he was asked to step down. but berman says he's not going anywhere. berman released a statement, saying, i learned in a press release that i was stepping down as the united states attorney. i have not resigned and i have no intention of resigning. my position, to which i was appointed by the judges of the united states district court for the southern district of new york. i will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the senate. the president plans to nominate
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jay clayton to take over the office in manhattan u.s. attorney. berman's office has been overseeing a number of sensitive cases, including the investigation into the president's personal attorney, rudy giuliani. evan perez, cnn, washington. jennifer rogers is a former federal prosecutor for the southern district of new york. she is a senior legal analyst, joining me from san diego, california. thanks for coming on. >> thank you. good to be here. >> another firing on a friday night. this has happened before from this administration. what do you make of it? >> it's not prisurprising they would try to get rid of jeff berman in manhattan. it's not astonishing. first, he was removed without
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his consent. he issued his own statement, about half an hour after bill barr's press release, saying i did not resign and i will not resign. berman is saying, until there's a senate-confirmed replacement of me, i'm not going anywhere. we have to see where that leads. that will lead to litigation in court, over who the u.s. attorney in manhattan will be. >> i was going to ask, who makes that decision. that could lead to a crisis in the justice department, perhaps. could it? >> it's highly unusual, because berman was appointed by the judges of the sdny, not confirmed by the president because the president didn't appoint him in time. that makes it difficult to figure out where it goes because this rarely happens. there's a couple of court pieces that seem to go different ways in similar circumstances. we have to wait and see how it plays out. according to bill barr and this
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is another highly unusual situation. the u.s. attorney of new jersey is said to become the acting u.s. attorney in manhattan on july 3rd. normally, when the u.s. attorney is replaced and there's a nominee, the deputy u.s. attorney runs the office until the nominee is confirmed by the senate. and there's no reason that that shouldn't happen here. the deputy in manhattan is very, very capable and experienced lawyer. that kind of really tells you a little about what this was about. this wasn't about jeff berman is isn't doing a good job. this is about investigations going on in the office, and them, wanting to stall them or thwart them all together. that's disturbing to me. >> the president has not liked how previous investigations were carried out. berman's office investigated
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michael cohen and is investigating rudy giuliani, as well. what investigations are under way right now, that would not be pleasing to this president? >> the rudy giuliani is at the top of the list. his associates, igor fruman and popovic is going to be tried in the fall. rudy giuliani is tied up in that investigation. as far as we know, that's ongoing. and it's unclear if rudy giuliani will be charged. and a lot of the conduct, not what they're charged with, a lot of the conduct, came out in the course of impeachment proceedings. this gets close to and inside of the white house, this investigation into parnas fruman and others. there's other things, too. there's the case involving turkey, that bill barr apparently wanted to squash.
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sdny has jurisdiction over the trump organization. there's investigations there that could be going on. there's things that we don't know about that could be giving the white house headaches and probably led to tonight's action. >> reporter: we know that the attorney general says mr. trump plans to nominate jay clayton, the leader of the security and exchange commission. he's never been a prosecutor. is that an unusual nominee then? >> highly unusual. sdny, it's been decades since there was a prosecutor nominated that wasn't an sdny. jay clayton is not even a litiga litigator. he's never tried a case. and bill barr is also not a prosecutor prosecutor. that's not troubling to him. the notion of the top prosecutor, never doing the job and never being in a courtroom,
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is really problematic. you need someone there who knows what he is doing. and jay clayton, why a capable corporate lawyer, is not that guy. >> cnn analyst, jennifer rogers, we appreciate your expertise on this. thank you. >> thanks very much. several states are having covid cases on the rise. what are americans to do? we'll talk about that. download now and get your first stock on us. robinhood. to sleepy smudges... to shower-skipping. these days call for a quick clean. luckily, help is still one wipe away.
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>> reporter: these eight states home to roughly one-third of all americans, right now, seeing their highest ever case counts. apple closing stores in arizona, the carolinas and florida. five players tested positive in clearwater. this is not over. masks work. those are facts. they're now politicized. the governor of nebraska is withholding federal emergency money from any county mandating masks in any buildings. orange county, florida, manda mandating masks for all, but the governor won't. >> it's simple. no vaccine, no treatment. all you need is test and trace, good public health. combine it with good responsibility. masks, social distancing and hand washing. put the two together, and you
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can go to zero cases in this country. >> you heard that right. new zealand reports zero cases in a day. let's take europe. a steep drop and fewer than 5,000 new cases a day. in the u.s., nearing five-times that and climbing. >> what europe did differently, is they stayed locked down a bit longer, a bit more uniformly. >> the day that florida started phase one reopening, there were fewer than 1,000 new cases reported in the state. today, nearly 4,000, a new record high. >> i don't think we can stacale back how we opened but we can move forward and put precautions in place like wearing a mask. >> reporter: the governor thinks the spike in cases is down to more testing. so does the president. his adviser disagrees. >> there's about 18 states right now where the positivity rates are going up. if the cases are going up, it's not just because you're doing more testing. >> the northeast is doing well
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lately. pushing ahead with reopening, was the new york governor's last daily covid briefing. >> today, we're seeing the virus spreading in many places. more people will die. and it doesn't have to be that way. forget the politics. be smart. >> and more bad news for friday. the toronto blue i jays is closing down the facility after a player showed symptoms. the tampa bay hockey people closed down after three players tested positive. a pga golfer has now tested positive for covid-19. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. >> let's talk about what is going on in the united states, with dr. peter drobak. good morning, peter. >> good morning, natalie. >> i want to talk about the
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country as a whole at the moment. let's start with tulsa, oklahoma. the crowd will be huge. cases in that state are up 110% from last week. masks will be handed out. but they're not mandatory. is that enough to protect people in a crowded indoor venue? >> it's not. this is a high-risk undertaking. superspreader events have been important drivers. if that's a church or a pub or the mardi gras festival in the u.s. i'm extremely concerned, as most in public health are, about the risk posed by getting 17,000 people into an enclosed indoor space. >> it's not just oklahoma. as we heard, seeing a huge rise in cases. 23 states have seen spikes in
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cases, compared to just last week. what is going wrong in the u.s. why are we seeing this? >> it comes down to a total failure of leadership. at this stage of the pandemic, we knew enough about how the virus spreads, how it kills and how to stop it, that we've got a playbook that does work. unfortunately, that hasn't been followed in many parts of the country. what happened was, in many states, things reopened too quickly and we're now starting to see the results of that. this is not down to increased testing. we're seeing test positivity rates go up. we're seeing hospitals start to fill up. this is an extraordinarily dangerous moment in america. >> why is it happening in the u.s. and not europe? what did they do that we're not doing? >> a couple of things. across many parts of europe, we saw a massive first wave that overwhelmed health systems and parts of those countries as we did in the u.s. we also saw a significant
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lockdown. i think in many european countries, save the u.k., we held on to them longer. ? many parts of europe, we're seeing more mask use. we're seeing higher rates of testing, and in some cases contact tracing programs. what happened in the u.s., after all of the weeks of people making sacrifices of sheltering in place, we took our foot off the gas too quickly. now, we're paying the consequences. >> right. >> some people thought it was over and we're in phase one. the previous report we saw from our reporter, showed the hesitation of people to wear masks. and some leaders hesitating to mandate mask wearing, plus social distancing. where do you think state leaders should be on this? >> if you look at a place like
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arizona or florida right now, we have the early phases of a raging, uncontrolled epidemic. it's at a level, that even if there's great contact tracing in place, it's not going to be able to keep up with transmission at this level. there's a couple of options to slow this down. one would be to move back towards a lockdown scenario, where you slow down the reopening and get people back home. and frankly, that would be advisable. the second thing that could be done is to make mask wearing ubiquitous when people are out in public. that can significantly reduce transmission. the more evidence we have, the more important it is, it could be a six-fold decrease in transmission if people are wearing masks. governors need to think about this. if they are reluctant to slow down the openings, the only tool we've got is make mask wearing the norm. >> i want to talk to you, though, about what the world is seeing, peter. more than 150,000 new cases were
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reported friday, the most in a single day so far. a month into this, months have all kinds of responses to limit the spread. what does that tell you about this virus? >> as we've been saying for a long time, we're very much in the early days of this pandemic. anyone who thought we were out of the woods, unfortunately, was wrong. we're seeing the epidemic grow around the world. as quickly as it has, with concerning developments in latin america and some parts of sub-saharan africa and elsewhere. the flipside is, we have learned learn ed places like new zealand and south korea and china, have caug taught us how to suppress the virus. there is a playbook and it's not too late to go on offense against this virus and try to crush it. it won't be easy. it will require sustained attention and investment and solidarity. it is what we have to do before
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we get a vaccine. otherwise, we will continue to see extraordinary levels of unacceptable deaths. >> this will be a cycle. we'll have trouble getting ahead of it. peter, always appreciate your insights. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, natalie. so, for many people, no face mask, no problem. next, we go to oklahoma and hear to some of those trump supporters in line for saturday night's big rally.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm natalie allen. you are watching cnn newsroom.
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marches, rallies and celebrations across the u.s. on friday, to mark juneteenth, extra special this year, because of the new push for racial equal if i and policing reform. juneteenth, known as emancipation day, celebrates the end of slavery in the united states. thousands called for unity and justice in the u.s., including in tulsa, oklahoma, where thousands marked the holiday at the site where one of the most deadly racial massacres in american history. hours from now, in tulsa, president trump will hold his first major rally in months. that rally in tulsa, was originally scheduled for friday, juneteen juneteenth. it comes in the middle of a pandemic, where wearing face masks and following advice is a
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political flash point. gary tuchman is in tulsa for us. >> trump supporters started lining up for his tulsa rally, days ago. >> i want to be front row, front and center. >> reporter: the daily number of covid cases is skyrocketing. the highest level yet. thousands will be in this arena for many hours. masks are being given out but not required to be warn. and social distancing is not mandatory. >> i have no concern whatsoever. >> it doesn't concern me at all. >> rallygoers must agree not to hold the trump campaign responsible, if they contract covid, which is not a red flag to anybody here. >> do i french kiss anybody? no. when i went to a dinner house at nebraska and nobody had mask on, and the lady said, you want more coffee? i felt normal. >> reporter: nothing about this
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concerns you? >> none. zero. >> reporter: in this same city. why did you decide to close this plant? >> it's for the safety of our employees. >> reporter: he is the manager of this school bus factory in stull is tulsa. he shut down his plant this week. confirmed employee covid cases are climbing in the last couple of weeks. >> i purchased 1,400 covid kits. >> reporter: earlier this week, all of the employees were told to come in to get tested. based on the results, the decision will be made how long the plant has to stay closed. when it's operating, 300 buses are made here each week. lots of money is being lost. but the plant manager says, this was the responsible decision, in an increasingly vulnerable city. >> i have to make sure people are safe. >> reporter: robert toe o is on his people. >> i think it was the right decision. not only for my safety, but the
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safety of my family. i get to bring that home if i get it. >> reporter: bruce start is the health director for tulsa and tulsa county. >> with thousands of people in this arena, many or most without masks, how worried are you about dramatic spike in cases? >> in any event of people not wearing masks. >> reporter: this many people? thousands of people? >> we're concerned. people coming tot without taking precautions, is what causes the virus to transmit. it gives the virus the ability to transmit from person-to-person. we're concerned. >> i'm not going to give it to someone else. >> how do you know that? >> you get a cold. >> reporter: one city, two different visions. a factory where people are relieved not to be inside because of the health threat. and upcoming rally where people can't wait to get inside, despite the health threat. the plant manager is prepared for the possibility of many of his employees testing positive. >> we take it seriously. it will continue to drive our
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energies until we drive it out of this plant. >> gary tuchman, cnn, tulsa, oklahoma. in other news, one of the former police officers involved in the death of george floyd has been released from jail after posting bond. he was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. the mayor of louisville, kentucky, are ready to fire a police officer involved in the shooting of a 26-year-old african-american woman in march. the detective is accused of blindly firing ten rounds into the apartment of breonna taylor, as part of a drug sting. taylor was killed when police broke down her apartment door and shot her eight times. no drugs were found. taylor's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
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former atlanta police officer, garrett rolfe waived his right to appear in court. he has been charged with 11 crimes, including felony murder. the case has caused some upset within the police department. law enforcement sources tell cnn, the majority of atlanta officers scheduled to work in two of the city's six police zones, did not report for work friday. the coronavirus pandemic is compounding the suffering of millions of refugees around the world who are forced from their homelands. coming up on this world refugee day, how covid-19 is draining aid resources, and giving them fewer places to find safety. we'll have a report. are you sick and tired of lookingand feeling heavy? probioslim promotes healthy digestion and helps you lose weight. patented probiotics ease constipation, gas, and bloating,
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june 20th is world refugee day. almost 80 million people will force to leave their homes last year due to war, conflict and persecution. the coronavirus pandemic is adding to the misery of many refugees around the world, as aid gets diverted to fighting the virus, less help is for those to support those suffering the scars of psychological trauma. arwa damon has one family's heartbreaking story. >> reporter: her voice does not hint at the depth of her pain, the pain she fights to hide from her children. i'm afraid to have my children sit next to me, because of the nightmares i have. i wake up and find fingernail marks on my skin because of the fear i experience in my dreams. she was imprisoned in syria over
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a year. >> translator: she was sentenced to death and they only got her out by selling her home and paying a bribe. >> reporter: when she emerged, she was scared of everything, a door slamming and a car honking. her mother went to prison for separate times and endured beatings. >> she can't raise that arm. her ex-husband, died behind bars. a syrian group supported them fighting the regime. when the family arrived from turkey, they got the ngo. the walls started closing in. a family of 11 confined in two rooms. there was no more work for her husband, the sole provider of the family.
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>> the landlord is coming asking for rent. but they have no idea where they will get rent money from. >> reporter: they can't afford baby formula for the twins. the weight they carried from syria just grew heavier in turkey. the stresses brought on by covid-19 pushed her to a breaking point. she says, lately, i've been thinking a lot about killing myself. her husband has hidden all sharp objects. the only support she can get, is from the therapist on the phone. she doesn't know how to help her daughter. she can barely help herself. she says she feels like a solitary planet, that is spinning in endless pain. arwa damon, cnn, istanbul.
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>> indeed, covid-19 is having a dire impact on many of the 80 million people forcefully displaced worldwide and making this year's world refugee day particularly distressing. joining me to talk about it is math you sa matthew saltmarsh, a spokesman for the u.n. agency. that story was quite disturbing. that is just one family's story. the number is staggering. almost 80 million, forcibly displaced last year. what regions of the world are contributing to these numbers, matthew? >> as you mentioned, today is world refugee day. that is a day we would celebrate creativity and the resilience of refugees. but the numbers are enormous in forced displacement. in the region, seven in ten of the world's refugees now come from just five countries.
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that's syria, venezuela, afghanistan, south sudan and myanmar. and of course, most of the world's refugees are in developing countries, like 85% of them. and the world's refugees are in a country neighboring the country from which they came. it is primarily an issue and a problem in the developing countries, even though in the west, we often look at it as an issue from a developed perspective. >> with tens of millions vulnerable and in an area with access to services, such as medical care is limited, how important is it that the international countries, this world, comes together, to help the fligplight of these people? >> it's crucial. and you mentioned the covid situation.
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covid has layered an emergency on top of an emergency, for the refugees and the displaced. there is access to asylum, about borders being closed. in addition to that, there are the health concerns. refugees lost their livelihoods. they are unable to work and provide for their families. that makes them yet more vulnerable to -- to issues like health and also to potential abuse and gender-based violence and so on. we have a perfect storm of problems at the moment for refugees. >> and as you mentioned, some countries are reportedly closing their borders now, due to the pandemic. that is having an effect on the crisis, as well. want to talk about the united states role here. the u.s. was the largest destination for asylum seekers in 2019.
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but the trump administration has said it would accept just 18,000 this year. that's the lowest ever. is the u.s. helping or hindering this crisis. >> the u.s. has a long history for support. it's a country of support and a bridge to safety. the situation has changed and if we take resettlement, a vital pathway for refugees, the numbers have declined significantly. overall in the world, the numbers are down to 100,000. and the u.s. proportion is also down. that is having a direct affect on refugees' lives. it's something we're talking about for years and years. it's a problem with other countries, as well. thank you for your insights.
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we hope it works out and you get the cooperation that your organization is working for. matthew saltmarsh for us, thank you. >> thank you. next here, the covid crisis is taking a toll on sports in north america. just ahead, the impact on spring training for some baseball teams, as players come down with the virus. other leagues and college teams also reporting new virus cases. we'll have the latest on that. hey allergy muddlers... achoo! your sneezes turn heads? try zyrtec... starts working hard at hour one... and works twice as hard when you take it again the next day. zyrtec muddle no more.
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clemson university has a different problem. at least 28 of its athletes have tested positive for coronavirus, including 23 football players. the home of the tigers tested more than 300 student athletes and staff. the university says most cases are asymptomatic and no one has been hospitalized. and the national hockey league says, 11 players have come down with covid-19. their names were not made public. but they are self-isolating. three of the skaters are with the tampa bay lightning. some of them have low-grade fevers. the team says it has shut its training facilities as the league tries to figure out how or whether to resume the next season. cnn has learned that major league baseball is temporarily shutting spring training facilities in arizona and
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florida to deep clean and disinfect them. this comes after several players there tested positive for coronavirus. a baseball source told cnn upon reopening, anyone entering will need to test negative for covid. the league and players have been in tough talks about having a season since everything was suspended in march. so much up in the air. i'll be back with another hour of cnn newsroom. our top stories are after this. it's pretty inspiring the way families
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thousands gather in tulsa, oklahoma, despite warnings that a trump rally there tonight could be sigh super spreader of coronavirus. despite president trump's claims that the virus is going away, the number of cases in parts of the united states is rising, some at record levels. also ahead this hour, refusing to step down. a powerful u.s. attorney who investigated associates of the u.s. president is in a standoff with the trump administration. these stories are all ahead this hour, we're live at cnn headquarters in atlanta. welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen. and this is "cnn newsroom."


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