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that bernie sanders will release his medical records today. why is this an issue? it's an issue for every presidential candidate, he is 74 years old. and something he knows the vo voters want to learn about. >> let's go to iowa. they're waiting for an event to take place. jeff, tell us what you know. >> reporter: we are here at roosevelt high school in iowa. senator sanders is going to address a young crowd of supporters. i'm told by the campaign manager that he intends to release his medical records sometime today. this has been one of the questions hanging over the campaign when this 74-year-old vermont senator is going to release his medical records. and i'm told we the campaign manager, jeff, he has a clean
bill of house. sanders was in the house and congress. jeff is telling me that these reports will show that he's a perfectly healthy 74-year-old senator. all candidates are asked this. are you fit to serve? and it's a particularly important question for senator sanders because he's the oldest candidate in the race. we're always struck at his events how he draws the youngest supporters. he would be the oldest president if elected. he would be six years older than ronald reagan by the time he would take office. later today, i'm told, again, via, the sanders campaign, they're going to release the records. and the race is so close in iowa. neither side is comfortable with the margin here. they believe it is deadlocked. that's why mobilization and turnout is the key here in the final few days of this iowa caucus campaign. >> all right. jeff for us at that bernie
sanders event, set to begin any moment. we'll check back in with you. there's a lot of energy and big decisions for the sanders campaign. on the republican side, this is what we know. within the next 12 hours there will be a republican debate. within the next 12 hours there will be a big event down the street from the republican debate with donald trump at that event at the same time as the debate. trump not blinking, not debating, not on fox, not tonight. >> what's more is trump tweeted just a short time ago, this. wow, two candidates called last night and said they want to go to my event tonight at drake university. oh, the intrigue. so fox is not backtracking either. but does seem to be trying to fix this, sort of. bill o'reilly asked trump to reconsider the boycott on air last night. >> the bigger picture is, get your message to the folks.
>> there has to be something. you set the all time record in table history. >> they want to know you. they want to know you, but by walking away from this debate you're not giving them the opportunity to know them. >> i was pushed away. i'm not walking away. >> you're not walking. would you do me a favor. i bought you so many -- >> what happened, fox put out -- >> i bought you so many vanilla milk shakes. you owe me. will you just -- >> i bought you so many vanilla milk shakes. >> what does that mean? huh? let's ask phil matingly. phil, how many vanilla milk shakes have you bought me lately? >> this is exactly what i didn't prepare for, kate. no, look, i think there's a great back story behind bill o'reilly and donald trump. probably something a documentary
shou should delve into. donald trump has stood firm. his officials said the ink is dry on the venue that he'll be using tonight. they sold out tickets in two hours for that event tonight. i think a lot of people are going to be watching a split screen or a picture and picture trying to figure out how to keep an eye on donald trump and the debate tonight. >> all right. we're joined now by se cup and scottie hughes to talk about this. thanks phil. a lot of debate drama tonight. thanks forring with with us. scottie, let's start with you. >> actually, trump isn't on the debate stage tonight, but he does have to perform tonight. what does donald trump need to do? >> he has to hope that this gamble is a successful one.
i don't really understand the strategy behind this. you're four days from the caucus, 40 % of iowa caucus goers are undecided. if you're undecided before you caucus, are you going to watch a fundraiser or a presidential debate where you can actually learn what the candidates stand for? it's sold out. he'll get a big attendance number there, and i'm sure people will tune in, but i don't know that this will actually work in iowa where voters expect you to show up for them and to talk about the issues, not just sort of grand stand because your feelings got hurt over at fox news. >> scottie, marco rubio basically weighing in on this feud between trump and fox and each other, the triangle. let's hear with marco rubio had to say. >> this is not a show. this is serious. we cannot lose this election. we have to turn this country
around now. we cannot wait another four years. >> sort of saying, like, come on, guys. seriously. but it made me think, scottie, what does marco rubio have to do tonight? what do these other guys have to do tonight? this poses serious challenges to every other candidate on the stage. the other debates were all about donald trump who was standing there beside you. he's not going to be there. so how do they handle it now? >> well, listen, even if trump isn't on the stage, he will be the major presence on the stage tonight. in fact, if they wanted to really make circles, they should say no one can say the word trump tonight in your answers or questions. but we know the word will be repeated several times. in the end, he won't be there to defend himself. rub if you take the total votes from new hampshire and iowa and add
them together, you get three less than south carolina. rubio is going after cruz. that is going the main play tonight. the question is can they get out of this cloud hanging all over them, or maybe the white elephant, of trump, who will be the constant person brought up. and the real winner will be determined tomorrow morning as to who is running the headlines. who is everybody talking about, and when the final numbers come out, that will be the end determiner as to who is winning in this situation. >> no matter the ratings, the final number that matters is who turns out for the iowa caucuses. this ratings game, especially four days out of iowa is a little bit silly. it doesn't matter who watches. it matters who turns out and what folks hear if they're going to turn in. do you think a candidate is on the big stage can avoid talking about trump tonight? >> i don't think they should. i think they should take advantage of this opportunity to
point out how substance trump's positions are without him being there. this is a gift for rubio. if trump came to this debate, all attention would be on cruz and trump. and how badly would they go after one another? with trump gone, then it becomes a cruz, rubio, matchup. those two are in different lanes at the moment. i think rubio has a great chance to contrast himself with cruz and the rest of the field and every other candidate up there needs to make the most of this opportunity where trump isn't there to talk about their positions. let's with clear. trump is not a big factor in most of the debates. i know he says that he wins them all, but that's not his strong suit. so he takes up oxygen just for sort of being in the room. but now with him gone, i think they should really make them the most of this opportunity. it's perfectly timed for them. >> but s.e., it's going to take
discipline. there will be a tendency, and the moderators will try to push them on. i can imagine chris christie saying come on, guys, this is not what you people out there watching in your dinner tables want to hear right now. >> but chris christie might also be the one who says look, i showed up. i am here. donald trump was too scared. donald trump is playing victim when no one in the world thinks of donald trump as a victim of anyone. we're here. he can't stand up to megyn kelly. i would expect that line out of chris are christy as well tonight. >> and you're probably right. the last minute attempts to try the get the spotlight tonight. you've seen cruz propose a debate for 1.5 million. carly saying come debate with us and we'll give money to the veterans. isn't that a win. except that's illegal. according to rnc policies, no
unsanctioned debates can happen, and participants in the debates would be disqualified in any future rnc debates. people are desperate and trying to say give me the spotlight, even if it means risking future attendance in the debates. don't you think they know the policy? >> what does this do to ted cruz right now? what is he doing right now? he was preparing to go man to man on stage. now he's the main target on the stage because of obvious polling in iowa. how is he hunkering down? what's the conversation right now with his debate advisors on what do we do now? >> i think they're rewriting their study guide. i think they planned for a lot of trump versus cruise attacks, and i think now he no longer has to worry about defending his eligibility to become president to run for president. but he does have to talk to marco rubio a whole lot more, and everyone else on that stage. and that means more probably on
immigration and other domestic issues, and foreign policy issues that have put those two at odds. they have been buried in the trump, canada, you know, stuff over the last few weeks. he has to have a different kind of debate, but i think that's good for iowa voters and good for ted cruz. he has a lot to say on substance. there are clear differences between him and rubio and bush and christie. maybe we'll get a chance to hear all those. >> scottie, quickly. donald trump says two candidates have reached out to attend the veterans events. at first blush people might say people on the undercard, insignificant. with huckabee, it's almost a one for one ratio. every vote for huckabee is a
vote not going to cruz. this gives him a platform and perhaps hurts donald trump's main opponent. >> it does, but at the same time, we're also seeing hospital michl wins. allies do win. this is smart if this is huckabee and santorum's campaign, and trump saying it's great they're joining us. ronald reagan did not attend the debate in 1980 in iowa. he might have lost the state, but he went onto win the country. that's just speaks that he spent the time out in the folks in iowa. >> he didn't sit out the debate because of an anchor -- >> that's not the reason. he's sitting this out because he doesn't go into bad deals, and he was insulted -- he was going to do this, if the snarky remarks from fox didn't come out. >> guys, thank you very much. i hate to cut you off.
something big is happening at "the washington post" head quarters. jason rezaian is speaking. let's listen in. >> i'm honored to be a parking lot of this ceremony marking the next chapter in the history of the washington post. for much of the 18 months i was in prisoner, my interrogators told me "the washington post" did not exist, that no one knew of my plight, and that the united states government would not lift a finger for my release. today i'm here in this room with the very people who helped prove the iranians wrong in so many ways. each day since my release, i learn more about the efforts to gain our freedom which began the moment we were taken from our home and continue on in support of our reintroduction into the
world. there are so many people to thank. the post leadership including fred ryan, marty barron who worked tirelessly on our behalf, along with the post lawyers. jeff basos, who not only gave me a ride home to freedom but spent the past year and a half supporting the post efforts on my behalf and encouraging them to do whatever they could to get me home. bob kimmet and his team to led the outreach with the u.n. and others and global outreach. i'm truly fortunate to have this opportunity to thank secretary kerry and brett m mcgerk who advocated on my behalf.
no other country would do so much for an ordinary citizen, and i know that. to my colleagues at the post, you guys are all awesome. there's so many of you who i want to talk to, and i hope we'll have time to do that over the coming weeks and months. knowing what you went to to keep my story alive is humbling and should make us all proud to be part of the future of the washington post. and lastly i want to thank my family, my heros, my mom, mary, my brother, allie, and my wife, yeggie. you guys mean everything to me. and i'm just happy to be home with you. thank you very much. thanks. [ applause ] >> wow. let's just listen in. [ applause ]
>> thank you, jason, for those heart felt words. i know i can speak for everyone in the washington post. not one of those 545 days went by when you weren't top of mind in our hearts and prayers. great to have you back. instrument tall in securing -- >> that's the publisher of the washington post speaking quickly after jason. >> you saw it. i think you heard him say, apologizing of how clearly nervous he was to be speaking in a large group of people because he hasn't spoken in front of anyone in a very long time. and visibly emotional. just thanking everyone for being there, thanking "the washington post," thanking secretary kerry
who we're seeing taking to the podium right now. >> i received the invitation weeks before we knew whether or not jason would be able to be released and the others. i look forward to being here for this celebration, special celebration of the opening of the building and the moving of the washington post, but obviously, this is particularly sweet for everybody now that jason is home. in the military, as you all know, and in other dangerous callings, the most sacred pledge you can make is to never leave a buddy behind. like most pledges, it's a lot easier to say than to do. carol morello where wro a wonderful story about the efforts of bill, gojery, your
folks at the effort, the leadership at the post did a remarkable job everywhere, and they were everywhere, and consistent, and jason, you have the best bosses you could have in that regard. but despite all of that effort, for everybody, this gnawed at us. because we sensed the wrongfulness. and we knew that jason and others were living the consequences, 545 days. so i will tell you, frankly, that a week ago on saturday was really one of the days that i enjoyed the most as secretary of state. it was also, perhaps, the most nerve wracking. i have to tell you we had 12 hours of delay working through complications on implementation day, last-minute negotiations, and then after we had announced
implementation day, i came out of that announcement, and zarif came up to me and said, we can't find his wife and his mother. now, you know, from some people, that might make sense, but iran couldn't find the wife and mother? so, you know, there was an enormous amount of activity, very, very quickly. and to the credit of zarif, he moved rapidly. he got a number of people moving in iran, including the president's brother. they woke up a judge in the middle of the night, got papers signed that needed to be signed to release yeggie, and now we know the end of the great story. the same gnawing and anxiety is true for the other families.
and it remains true for the family of bob levinson, and we will continue and do continue to make the same efforts that we have made for everybody else in order to find out what has happened there. these detentions, each and every one of them, defined, for us, an injustice. >> very emotional secretary of state john kerry. >> not a man that gets emotional. >> tearing up, choking up, when he talked about the sacred pledge to leave no friend behind. recounting how negotiations helped free jason rezaian. >> he called this particularly sweet in one of the days he's enjoyed most as secretary of state, and telling in more detail than many of us -- any of us have really heard of the nerve wracking 12 hours with challenges and complications and trying to get them, jason, his wife, and mother on a plane to
get out of iran. >> and jason rezaian said himself no country would do so much for a citizen. i know that. >> let's bring in brian stelter. this comes on an important day for the washington post, but amazing to hear from jason. >> they happened to be having a celebration for their new head quarters. on the day rezaian was able to get on the plane, i wondered if he would be in a condition, if his health would be strong enough to be back in the u.s., and he is. he visited the news room yesterday more quietly. he was greeted with a standing ovati ovation. now today able to speak for the first time. there was a time when the post editors thought he might be behind bars for many years. to see him there today at the grand opening is incredible. >> he said at the beginning of the statement, he said his interrogators told him there is
no noaa wa post. no one is talking about your plight, and he said, i know how untrue that is. >> that's why. when he was on the flight home, he wanted his mom's ipad. he was scrolling through news stories about himself. he was discovering the whole world was paying attention to his situation. he's grateful for that. >> 545 days, jason rezaian, you're seeing the video, speaking before his colleagues at "the washington post." saying you guys are all awesome. i think that sums it up, and important to note, jason is free. jason is back, and secretary kerry also noting there, bob levinson, who they still are not sure about his where abouts, a former fbi contractor. he says their efforts continue to try to locate bob leverensin. brian, thank you. a lot more ahead for us.
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platform and format to do it. it's up to them to decide whether or not to utilize some of those platforms or resources. >> you don't tell the campaigns what to do, but you have told people involved in the debates what to do. in some cases you said don't show up. you pulled a national review from the debate. explain to me why you think in this case, megyn kelly is different? i'm giving you donald trump's point of view. he says that her questions and how fox has been treating him is unfair. why do they not qualify for the national review or nbc treatment? >> right. well, i think every candidate has an opportunity to decide whether or not a moderator's questions are fair or unfair, or whether they deem them appropriate. there's a difference between a difference with a moderator and a bias by an entire debate partner or network. in the case of coming out pro or con, one particular candidate, that's vastly different than a
disagreement with a particular moderator over the tone or tenure or type of question they ask. >> so, you are comfortable having megyn kelly on that stage, yes? >> well, it's not a question of being comfortable or not. there's two things that are important. one is the networks choose the moderators. two is after november of last year, when we had the issues with cnbc, the candidates made it clear that they wanted to be in direct communication with the networks regarding the criteria, the moderators and leave that kind of negotiation up to the candidates themselves. that's what we have done. that's what should be done. the candidates should be the ones that have those direct negotiations. that's what's happening now. it happened last debate in the case of dr. paul where he chose not to attend. and it was up to him to decide whether or not he believed fox business was in his best interest to attend that debate. we're just following what we've been doing sonar and allowing
the candidates to have a direct communication with the networks. >> will he show up, or how long until he has to decide? >> i don't know up until what time, but i know that fox and the rnc have both made it clear that we'd love to have him there, and we'd love to have all the candidates there. i don't know what the drop dead time is. but i think we'll continue to hold out hope up until the last possible moment. >> one thing that the rnc has been very happy about, reince priebus has talked about it and you. you've been happy about how people have wanted to watch the debates so far. with that in mind, and the goal, obviously, being is having as many voters watch these candidates, is this press helpful having one candidate counterprogram your debates? >> again, i would like, and i
think chairman priebus would like all the candidate here. as you mentioned, we've gone through tremendous effort to make sure that we've got a great debate process. we've got double the number of debates the democrats have natu. they're trying to add a debate, with clinton, it's fumbling in new hampshire and calling for an additional debate to rescue her campaign. our process is working. but it's up to the candidates. i would like all of them. i wanted dr. paul at the last one. i'm glad he's become, and i'd like trump at this one. it is ultimately up to the candidates. it's not our decision. >> john spicer, thank you for being with us. you don't have an easy job. and there are folks out there not making it easier. >> i enjoy it, and we have a great team. it's fun to be part of this. >> it looks like fun, a lot of fun. >> it sure does, shawn.
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decision. >> "the new york times" reports they are weighing putting up negative ads against clinton. something he's pledged not to do up to this point. gentleman, start your engines. bob, first to you. bernie sanders going negative or not, maybe, you've been in these types of meetings before. what's the conversation? what's the calculation? >> well, i've been in iowa for six presidential races. i've given away my age here, but iowans are not big on negative ads. in every campaign i've participated in there, we were reluctant to go negative unless it was essential. for sanders, this is a big risk. he's on the cusp of being able to overtake hillary clinton if they get a turnout that's bigger than, say, 200,000 votes. it was 250,000 when obama ran there. i think for bernie, it's a very big calculated risk. if he wins and goes onto win new
hampshire, maybe it was worth taking, but i'd be careful. >> bob, the brutal attack on gary har, essentially saying bernie sanders shouldn't go anywhere near the grill. >> where's the beef had two great advantages. it was a real ad, and it kept me on the speaker trail for 20 years. i mean, what's wrong with that? >> absolutelily. what is wrong with that? i would just -- >> there's another aspect to this which is the decision to go negative, and someone leaked the fact that this is a discussion. a meeting last night about do i put on the positive or negative ad. they have both cut. strange that they're leaking those drireliberations. >> you know certain strategists in the room want their point of view to prevail, and so they
leak it and try to set a trial balloon and see if they can gather momentum for their side. this story was out yesterday, and late yesterday, sanders was asked about it in the hallways of the senate when he was in washington. he said he's committing to his promise that he will not go negative and run a negative campaign. that doesn't mean he won't run a contrast ad. negative is in the eye of beholder. he said he's never run a negative campaign and doesn't intend to. it sounded to me like this internal debate that got leaked, i don't know that the candidate feels that torn over it. >> maybe not. and how do you, bob, go from simon and garfunkel go to ac/dc? >> the comparison is about as far as i would go. i would say hillary clinton has been a magnificent public servant. i was against the iraq war. she was in favor of it.
i think that's a pretty fair and mild negative ad. if he goes after her on wall street contributions, god knows if he goes after her on hillary clinton, it's going to backfire on him. these iowa voters are pure voters. there's a lot of them who are going to be there who have not been there before. they may be a little less negative toward negative, but i can hear it. you're right. they leaked it last night, both stories. the story gets out this morning. now that bernie is ready to hear from all the people, the contributors and others and make their mind up. say go with it or don't, and you have the ten minutes before it goes up. he has a lot of options available to him, but i'd be very careful. >> interesting to see, and the goal is to turn out new voters. david, one of the issues about new voters is getting them to caucus night. one of the things about getting them is to make sure the weather is okay, and we're seeing the first weather forecasts for monday night saying there could be some snow.
i saw maybe one to three inches of snow in the des moines area. are you hearing anything about this, and who would bad weather hurt or help the most? >> well, they are watching the weather forecasts closely in all the campaign head quarters. as you know from being here, one to three inches in iowa isn't a huge deterrent. these are tough folks here, who are used to pretty bad weather. anything more than that could have a detrimentl effect on turnout. that would not benefit trump or sanders. your die hard caucus goers, if they only show up, that's better news for cruz or clinton. >> it's also the case that both trump and sanders rely on young voters. and they're the least likely to show up at the polls. older voters favor clinton and cruz. so my guess is that that's really where the divide is. will young voters go out in three inches of snow?
i've been out there when there's three feet of snow. nonetheless, we've had enough. let it stay in iowa. >> bob, we weren't going to tell everybody. you were the one who told everybody you showed up late. >> two hours to get from my house which is 20 minutes away. what can i tell you? where's the beef? >> where is the beef, bob? >> that's what we asked during the first 40 minutes of the broadcast. great to have you here. >> thanks, guys. coming up for us, donald trump says he's going to raise some money for veterans tonight in his not the gop debate tonight. but one group is telling him to keep the cash. >> we're getting breaking news, a man carrying two guns, ammunition, and a koran just arrest at the disney lasnedisnee
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breaking news just in to cnn. french police arrested a man at disneyland outside paris near the entrance of a hotel in the amusement park. we're told he was carrying two handguns, ammunition, and the koran. we'll bring you updates as we get them. just hours from now at the same time the other republican debate in des moines, donald trump hands to hold a special event that he says will benefit veterans. >> some veterans are furious that they think they're caught in the middle of this political cross fire. the founder of the iraq and afghanistan veterans of america is tweeting this. saying if offered, the iava will decline donations from trump's events. we need policies from candidates not to be used for political stunts. let's hear from a former navy officer and senior advisor.
it's great to have you here today. thank you for coming in. the head of your group put out a very strong statement about this. it says to trump, specifically, you're a loser. you're a third rate politician who clearly doesn't understand issues, is so scared of megyn kelly exposing it that you're looking to use veterans to protect you from facing her questions. wow. why such strong feelings, peter? >> we have a simple message to donald trump and the other republican candidates. now ted cruz is getting into this. where veterans are not political props that they can just trot out and exploit because they don't want to answer hard-hitting questions. donald trump has made it clear he's not a commander in chief. he's a pt barn um. there's not much substance. he's afraid that megyn kelly is going to expose him for lacking substance. he wants to hide.
that's fine if he wants to hide. that's his business. don't do it behind veterans. >> it sounds like you have a combination of problems here. one, you're mad that he's using veterans to get out of this debate. and two, he doesn't have much to begin with. >> he doesn't have much of a position. if you go on his website, he refers to the veterans administration, a cabinet level agency since 1988. he doesn't have much depth of understanding of actually what we need to do to help veterans in this country. it's almost as if the policies that he has on his website, he puts to some staffer at google, and they cut and pasted it. there is no depth of understanding, no specifics. and when you look at a candidate like hillary clinton, who actually goes in, painstaking detail about how we can reform the tricare system, how we can turn around the v.a., how we can use telemedicine. she understands these issues in a way that none of the republican candidates seem to. donald trump at the head of the class there. >> that gets to a point we
should bring up. your group says you endorse and support both republican and democratic candidates but have gone out of your way, or definitely speaking highly of hillary clinton's positions on veterans' policies, especially. what are -- do you support any republican candidates that are out there right now and their positions on veterans? well, we're certainly open to hearing more. but just what we have seen over the past couple days, where donald trump wants to hide behind veterans to skip this debate, hide from questions, now ted cruz is getting into the act. he's going to try to bribe trump with a donation to a veterans' group. we don't want it. if you want to support a veterans' group, support a veterans' group. don't bring us into this trump-ted cruz-now carly fiorina. >> would you accept a donation? >> i can't speak for my organization, but no, i don't believe we would. i don't see them having the substance to back up what they're saying. >> peter kauffman, thanks for being with us. really appreciate it. >> thanks, peter.
>> thank you. >> we'll see what happens tonight. coming up for us next, a dangerous virus s quote, spreading explosively. that's from the world health organization. world health organization has new advice now for pregnant women. dr. sanjay gupta joins us live for important information. we'll be right back. performance... ...reimagined. style... ...reinvented. sophistication... ...redefined. introducing the all-new lexus rx and rx hybrid. agile handling. available 12.3-inch navigation screen and panorama glass roof. never has luxury been this expressive. this is the pursuit of perfection.
new this morning, the dangerous zika virus is spreading sploefl. of that's according to the world health organization, and the organization says there could be 3 to 4 million cases in the americas in a 12-month period. >> so this is spread by mosquitoes. there is no cure or vaccine for it. and it is linked to underdeveloped brains in children. want to bring in cnn's chief medical respondent correspondent, sanjay gupta. the advice to women is essentially don't get bit by a mosquito. is that enough to fight this?
>> well, no. and obviously, it's a very challenging thing to do. i mean, this is a sort of stretches out against -- across all sectors. i mean, individuals are being given this guidance. societies are being told to do things to try and reduce the number of mosquitoes, remove standing water, make sure there's plenty of insect repellant. this is a unique situation. this particular virus is not something this part of the world has seen before. so we don't have immunity in our systems to sort of fight this. and that's part of the concern here. obviously, these tragic stories of the pregnant women and children with birth defects, microcephaly in particular, they're trying to get a handle on the situation right now. >> so sanjay, here in the u.s., there have been about 31 cases reported in the u.s. so far. how concerned are health officials about it in the u.s.? >> you know, i think there's a level of concern more so for people who are traveling to places where -- so the 31 cases
were all people who traveled to one of these places, came back and were subsequently diagnosed. there is no evidence that it's spreading within the united states. and that's really the thing they look for. i'll give one example. for reference sake, you look at something like dengai fever, also spread by mosquitoes, a similar virus. and we do hear cases of dengai in the united states, but it was never the explosive spreading that you saw in some of the other countries around the world. so very different. and i think zika could behave the same way. we will see it probably in the united states, it may spread to the united states. but more like dengai, more in pockets in certain areas as opposed to widespread. >> i know this is a huge concern in central and south america. south america, of course, brazil, hosting the olympics coming up this summer. is there a reason to be worried about that, sanjay? >> i think they have to figure out -- like, keep in mind, most people who get an infection with this will have little or no symptoms. 80% of people will have no symptoms whatsoever.
they won't even know they had been infected with this. so for the vast majority of people, this is not going to be a concern. people who do get symptoms, they tend to be more like flu-like symptoms. joint pain, redness in the eyes, things like that. for pregnant women, though, and unless there's other guidance between now and then, that's going to be of concern. pregnant women specifically women in their first trimester of pregnancy who may be traveling to that country for the olympics, hopefully they'll be updated guidance. but right now the guidance seems to be don't come here unless you need to be here for some reason. so if you're pregnant. so we'll have to wait and see on that a little bit. but that's going to be the biggest population of people affected. >> wow. absolutely. all right, sanjay, a lot more to be learned about this, for sure. but pretty alarming statement coming out from the world health organization today. thank you so much. >> thank you. and before we go, we do want to remind you of more breaking news. the french police have arrested a man at disneyland outside of paris near the entrance of a
hotel in the amusement park. we're told he was carrying two handguns, ammunition and a koran. he is now in custody. a lot more to be learned there. we're going to have more details as they come in. thank you guys so much for joining us at this hour. >> "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts now. hello, everyone, i'm ashleigh banfield. welcome to "legal view." time is running out for either side to blink in this controversy that's now consuming the gop race for president. and speaking, of course, of donald trump's refusal to take center stage or any stage, for that matter, at fox news' debate tonight in des moines, iowa. trump plans, at least for now, anyway, to host an alternative event billed as a special event for veterans, which one of america's