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hinch didn't leave empty-handed, though. the event sponsor did give him $2,000 and a trip to st. louis for a tournament next month. thanks for joining us. happy valentine's day. "new day" starts right now. you're saying you have a problem with the tweets. >> i have a problem with some of the tweets. >> president made a great pick of bill barr as the attorney general. >> the attorney general is lying to the american people under oath. >> the number of confirmed cases, confirmed fatalities continue to rise each day. >> if we don't understand more about how they were infected, it's concerning. >> this is like seasonal flu. the only difference is we don't understand this virus. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's valentine's day.
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happy valentine's day. >> happy valentine's day. >> i'm waiting for my present. >> we're the cable news anchors that like each other. >> that's what make us special. >> i didn't get mine from you yet. >> all right. right after the show. that'll be coming your way. it's 6:00 here in new york. there appears to be trouble in paradise between president trump and bill barr on this valentine's day. the attorney general delivering a rare rebuke to his boss insisting the president's tweets about the justice department are making it, quote, impossible for barr to do his job. barr says he's not going to be bullied or influenced by anyone. >> key questions this morning. what exactly is the attorney general speaking out against? he's not necessarily opposed to leniency for the president's friend. he's just taking a bold public stance against tweets. also why did the attorney general feel he needed to do this interview? who is the audience and what does it tell us about anxiety
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inside the justice department? finally the white house claims the president is okay with all this and as a political proposition, maybe he is. but how long will he be able to stomach the rank and fa fantalization who are cheering the idea of limiting his screen time like a 12-year-old. let's begin with laura jarrett. you covered the justice department for a long time. this sends a lot of signals to you. >> it sends so many signals. the big question is was it all staged or is this pushback real? the attorney general says he can't do his job when the president tweets about criminal cases, but the president's behavior isn't new. so what gives? attorney general william barr delivering an unusual public rebuke of president trump. >> i have a problem with some of the tweets. >> reporter: a rare showing of disapproval from one of the president's most loyal cabinet members. >> i'm not going to be bullied
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or influenced by anybody. whether it's congress, newspaper, editorial boards, or the president. i'm going to do what i think is right. and, you know, the -- i think the -- i cannot do my job here at the department with constant background commentary that undercuts me. >> reporter: barr's criticism coming as the justice department is under extreme scrutiny. after he intervened to reduce the sentence of roger stone. >> did you talk to the president at all about your decision regarding the recommendations? >> reporter: the recommendations on this case? never. >> anybody from the white house call you to try to influence you? >> no. nope. >> reporter: but barr admitting trump's tweet calling it a miscarriage of justice did evaluate him to look at his next moves. >> now the tweet occurred and the question became now what do
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i do. do you go forward with what you think is the right decision or do you pull back because of the tweet? that illustrates how this tweet can be. >> reporter: telling cnn the president is not upset with the attorney general after his comments and neither are the president's strongest allies. >> i think the president should listen to his advice. >> reporter: barr is one of the president's biggest protecters. critics call on his willingness to launch an investigation into the willingness of the russia probe. last year barr pushed back. >> it's everything gauged by politics. from my perspective. the idea of resisting a democratically elected president and basically throwing everything at him and really changing norms on the ground. we have to stop this president. that's where the shredding of our norms is occurring. >> reporter: the attorney general denying he is doing the president's bidding.
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>> if he were to say go investigate somebody because -- and you sense it's because they're a political opponent, then the attorney general shouldn't carry that out, wouldn't carry that out. >> reporter: but democrats remain skeptical of barr's motives. >> i think it's very important to question the sincerity of the attorney general. and i think that's why the president's response was so muted. look, this is an attorney general who from the day he arrived in office has behaved as the president's defender. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi slamming barr for his handling of the situation. >> the attorney general has stooped to such lows. he's lied to congress for -- which he will be in contempt. he has engaged in these activities. what a sad disappointment to our country. >> reporter: "the new york times" reports that the attorney general had let the president know some of what he planned to say. barr is back in the hot seat on march 31st when he's scheduled to testify in front of the house judiciary dmee, guys. >> laura, thank you for all of
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that. obviously we'll be talking more about it throughout the program. so what are bill barr's motives behind that statement? i have some ideas. >> oh, really? john may not like them. stick around. ♪ ♪
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former federal prosecutor. elie, here's my theory. bill barr doesn't like to be made to look like a toady. that's it. he didn't like it looked like he was completely acquiescing to what the president's tweet said and just being cowed by the president. bill barr doesn't like that, so he had to come out and say, no, i'm independent. i have my own thoughts. i do things for myself and also as laura points out, because he almost had a mutiny, it sounds like, on his hands. >> i agree. i cosign that theory. i'm on team camerota. >> excellent move, you. >> i think he said what had to be said. what anyone in that position would recognize needs to be said. to address if nothing else the people that work at the justice department. but i do not think this a some bold, courageous declaration of his independence. because we have a record here. today is february 14th. normal human beings know it is
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valentine's day. i know it is the one-year anniversary of bill barr being confirmed by the u.s. senate. he's been there a year now. this is the first time he's done anything to show any independence and he has a long track record of doing trump's bidding. >> and he wasn't pressed at all about what has changed. we have seen attacks on this justice department for the better part of three years. we all remember all of the times he slammed sessions, berating him about all of the cases he wouldn't do. barr wasn't just not paying attention to that. he knew exactly what he was getting into. but he wasn't press, why now? why is the time you decide to speak out? >> because he was embarrassed. >> but he should have been embarrassed so many other times. >> it was personally about him. people were saying you're a toady. >> look what he did with the mueller report, right? why was he not embarrassed then? he defended the president, would bend over backwards to try to do everything he could to clear him before he put out the report.
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why wasn't he embarrassed then? >> because the first rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club. what the tweet did was talk about fight club. we could argue all day what his motivations were. he did say it and i know a lot of republicans say, you know, there are people in the left who are always calling on people to stand up to the president. but then when they do, they say you didn't mean it. you have to do a better job. he did it. period. his motivations are in question. laura, when you look at it, you see something more interesting here. you think there was open revolt in the justice department. >> i don't see any other reason to do this. i think that, you know, these are not people who typically kowtow to liberal outrage on twitter. it signals to me there were two intended audiences. one, the career prosecutors. and i think the other was the federal court. he says it quickly in passing in that interview, but he talks about how trump is constantly
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attacking the federal judiciary. we've seen that. we saw it this week. he's calling out judge amy berman jackson. and i think the fact the chief judge in a rare statement comes out to defend the judiciary, i think barr knows the integrity of those prosecutors. they have to get up every day in front of those judges. zblus building on the first audience, the people work on the line at doj having been one of them. normally on the line you don't know or care much what's happening in d.c. the attorney general didn't make much of a difference to me day to day. but this is different. i know plenty of people still on the line who took notice of what happened this week with roger stone and saw it as different in kind from what they'd seen before. >> more people were going to quit. they still may. >> we have been hearing people were furious on tuesday when all of this went down. and maybe tempers have cooled in the past few days. but i truly believe he knew he had a mutiny on his hands. and if he didn't go out -- even if it's all staged, all for
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show, it means something. >> one other notable thing was that mitch mcconnell sided with bill barr. and so he said -- i mean, he stuck to his talking point like glue. he was asked many times, many different ways what -- if he wanted to expound on this. here's what he said last night. >> the president made a great choice when he picked bill barr to be attorney general. i think the president should listen to his advice. >> so you have a problem with the president's tweeting as well? >> i think the attorney general says he's in the way of doing his job. maybe he should listen. >> i mean, we're at the point in this country where that is notable. >> maybe it's like a high level intervention. because i think if you could get into the minds and hearts of all the republicans, they will tell you, yes, he should stop tweeting. maybe they're seeing a chance to suting or not subtly tell the president we love you. but ease up on the twitter. >> i think this is one of the interesting things that should develop. the white house says the
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president is okay with this. as a political proposition, i bet he is. because this was good politics. it put out a fire. however, the way that bill barr and the way that mitch mcconnell are now talking about the president in public -- i have to read this because i have trouble. infantili infantilizeization of the president, i don't think he can take it. they're basically saying the baby can't use his cell phone. we have to take the cell phone away from the baby. that's what they're saying. i don't think over the next few hours the president will like it. >> i think they're treading on a thin line here. we saw a statement out from senator lindsey graham, one of the president's fiercest defenders. not even an hour after that interview from bill barr. if the president starts to feel like this is a pile-on, we're going to see a reaction on twitter. he will not go quietly into the night if he feels like they are exposing him too much. >> maybe we have the montage of how other republicans when asked
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how they felt about the president meddling in the justice department, they said something quite different than what bill bar did. this was sort of a more typical response when manu raju caught up with them. >> so the president is going to be weighing in on a case involving his friend. >> i'm not somebody who is going to tell the president what he's doing to do. >> he's going to express what he's thinking. >> what are you thinking? do you have a smart idea. >> i'm not the president. >> what about the roger stone case? >> it's not the thing i've been following. >> there we go. >> i mean, again, that's why yesterday was whatever the motivations as you point out, yesterday was notable because it was so different than those typical responses. >> and one of the benefits to those republican senators is they no longer have to give that ridiculous eye rolling response. now they can at least follow the lead of bill barr and mitch mcconnell and say he should not overtly meddle in our cases. so it did them a favor. >> so covertly.
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>> yesterday was also notable because the president seemed to catch himself in a lie and/or admit to something that was a key part of the entire impeachment investigation. i want to go back down memory lane to november 27th when in a withering interview facing withering questions from bill o'reilly, the president said he didn't order rudy giuliani to go to ukraine. >> rudy giuliani, he's your personal lawyer. giuliani's your personal lawyer. so you didn't direct him to go to ukraine to do anything? >> no, i didn't direct him. >> that was then. but now under questioning from heraldo rivera, listen. >> was it strange to send rudy giuliani to ukraine, are you sorry you did that? >> not at all. rudy is a great crime fighter. >> in november he said he didn't
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do it. yesterday he said i'm not sorry that i did do it. boom. i mean, his story just changed 100%. >> look. if anybody thought rudy giuliani just went on a frolic in the ukraine all on his own, i think that that was probably dreaming. and the president admitted on the july 25th phone call, he said to zelensky, get with rudy. right? we all knew exactly how this went. the problem is that he's already been impeached. the house has already done the worst possible thing that they could do to a president. so what do they do with this? as more and more of these sort of distinct stories and lies come into the fold, as we continue to see more and more documents, as we get john bolton's book and say it goes completely against what the president has said, what's the result? >> speaking of the july 25th phone call, bill barr was asked about it and bill barr it turns out was not pleased to be part of the july 25th call. listen to this moment.
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>> a bit irritated by it. you know, the conversation jumped around. so i'm not sure what he meant by some of what he was saying. >> i wasn't sure what the president meant by some of what he was saying on that. >> i know exactly what he meant. he said to talk about the investigation into a political rival. completely unambiguous. so why is it irritating to bill barr? is it irritating because he was found out or because he didn't know about it? >> also if he didn't understand what the president was saying, i suppose he could ask the president. >> of course he was irritated. what he should have done is recuse yourself. you get mentioned in a call like that, you're a witness. and the thing that donald trump said in the rivera interview that was extra crazy, he said i had a choice. i could go through the comeys or i could go through rudy. the comeys, that's the fbi. how you're supposed to do these
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things. rudy is a private citizen. if he wants former prosecutors to do things independently, i'll do it for him. i'm not really requesting it. >> i'm not sure he'd pay you. zblil do it for free. >> great to have you on this morning. the battle of the billionaires. michael bloomberg, president trump now playing out in the presidential campaign. also we have a really interesting new poll out from a key super tuesday state and it has a major headline. that's next.
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presidential candidate michael bloomberg punching back at president trump on the campaign trail. this after the president's been going after bloomberg a whole lot for a number of things including his height. joining us now is christina oleschi and jen psaki. i just want to give you a little more of the flavor from michael bloomberg who wastes no opportunity at this point to go directly after the president. >> president trump knows only how to divide and destroy. and he has no idea how to create and unify. and it reminds me of sam raburn's saying you might know. any jack ass can kick down the barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one. he's a one trick pony, and i'm running to make sure he's a one-term president. >> so if you're keeping score at
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home, in the same event he talked about dogs, cats, jack asses, and ponies. i have a whole list of other things bloomberg says about president trump directly. the insults. what does bloomberg and the campaign, what do they think they're getting out of this? >> oh, wow. they are getting a whole lot out of this. first and foremost, the narrative of trump versus bloomberg is exactly what they want to play out. because the narrative of bloomberg versus democrats is a whole heck of a lot more complex to play out. so they want to keep the focus on the fight between these two men. and it also has the benefit of if bloomberg's not engaging or attacking the other democrats, there's a unifying message. every democrat can get behind attacking trump. at every dump we've heard him say trump is scared of me.
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so these things feed into bloomberg's stump speech. also they believe there's a pent up demand from democrats to get in the mud and see this kind of fistfight with trump. and they are feeding on that demand. and you see that on instagram with the memes. we see that on twitter. this is not the first time this language is being used. you saw a couple of weeks ago one of bloomberg's spokes people were teasing trump about his fake tan and lying about his obesity. >> they seem to be enjoying it, jen. i guess my question to you is trading insult for insult effective? >> i think not on its own. but the advantage mike bloomberg has at the moment is he's on the air with $250 million with ads. and anywhere in the country you see a mike bloomberg ad. they're introducing him to the country. they're talking about rebuilding america. his work on gun safety.
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they have it with barack obama. they're attacking trump. then at the same time what people are seeing is he's getting under trump's skin. every democrat is attacking trump. what democrats are looking for is somebody who can get under his skin and land a blow that will get him to respond. i also agree with what christina said. it's easier for him to run against trump. and obviously to run in very well put together ads. than when he gets into the debates with the democratic candidates. because there are real questions he's going to have to answer and started to answer that, you know, may be more difficult for him. >> i just want to add one thing to what jen said. when i was on the campaign trail with him over the past two days, i pressed him on when he was going to start making the case about why he's a better candidate than joe biden. he will not engage in that question. >> what did he say? >> he basically said -- he gave a lame response, to be honest.
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he said i don't know other people's platforms or policies. i'm here to talk about myself. >> one interesting question. if michael bloomberg qualifies for the next debate in nevada which he might, will he choose to go? will he choose to stand on that stage with the other -- >> why wouldn't he? >> because he doesn't want to answer the question she pressed him on. >> if i were him, i wouldn't go. ultimately he has enough money to introduce himself to the public. it's effective right now. on the stage it's not just his choice on whether he's going to criticize the other candidates. he deserves credit for not doing that. but he's going to have a lot of incoming because the other democrats see him as a threat of them winning the nomination. he could get that not just from bernie sanders but also from pete buttigieg and amy klobuchar and others who also want to be in the more moderate lane. >> i want to bring up a poll that came out last night from
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the state of texas. this is from the texas tribune. texas is a super tuesday state where michael bloomberg has spent a fortune. look at this poll from texas. this is a primary poll. bernie sanders now leading in this texas poll. and what's really interesting is this poll was taken between january 31st and february 9th before bernie sanders won new hampshire. so when you talk about polls, the important thing is trends. sanders, the trend for him is up, up, up. even in states you wouldn't think he would be up and where bloomberg is spending a fortune. >> and he has a lot of ground game in texas. and remember, this isn't necessarily new for michael bloomberg. michael bloomberg has made a lot of stops in texas particularly in houston. he has a great relationship with the mayor there. his philanthropic organization has given money in past years to the city.
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what's remarkable here and you say this is bad news for bloomberg that sanders is up. but it's also good news that he's up. because if he's going to take on a democrat, that is the democrat he wants to take on because those are the most, you know, ideologically or politically opposite ends of the spectrum. if he goes up against joe biden, that's probably the worst case scenario for bloomberg. but to your point, at this point he spent a lot of money in texas. he's got people on the ground there already. he's got to pull it through in texas. and that's part of their super tuesday strategy for sure. >> christina, jen, thank you both very much for all the reporting and the insight. now to this. the sexual abuse scandal at ohio state university is putting a spotlight on a key republican in congress. >> tim jordan called me crying, cry i crying, groveling. >> all right. what that former wrestling
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a former ohio state university wrestler claims that congressman jim jordan begged him to deny an account of sexual assault perpetrated by the team's doctor. jordan was an assistant wrestling coach during the time of the sex abuse allegations. polo sandoval has more. >> the spokesperson calls these allegations another lie. you recalled he has repeatedly denied accusations he was aware of any sexual abuse that happened during his tenure at ohio state university when he was an assistant wrestling coach. and this week lawmakers were told jordan begged him to contradict his own brother's story. mike blew the wrist l on the sex abuse at the university. >> tim jordan called me crying. crying. groveling.
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on the fourth of july begging me to go against my brother. begging me. crying for a half hour. that's the kind of cover-ups going on there. >> yeah. listen to the entire testimony here. he also testified while he was captain on the university's team, he reported the abuse not just to jordan but other university officials who in his testimony describing as continuing to turn a blind eye. more of what jordan's spokesperson has to say about these latest allegations writing, congressman jordan never saw or heard of any abuse and had he, he would have dealt with it. congressman jordan would never ask anyone to do anything but
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tell the truth. you recall the ohio congressman was recently hailed as a shining star by president trump for his work on the house judiciary committee during impeachment proceedings. >> thank you very much for all of that background. in the next half hour, we will speak with adam about his testimony yesterday and his claims about congressman jim jordan. all right. new numbers in the coronavirus outbreak. that's next. [ indistinct talking ]
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every time china releases new numbers on the coronavirus outbreak, there are new questions and rrn feason for concern. this morning china said 1700 medical workers on the front lines of this outbreak have become infected themselves. six of them have died. cnn's david culver is live in beijing. as i said, we keep getting these new figures that are raising questions. >> reporter: and it's so disturbing, john. we should point out this is something cnn began reporting on early in this. since leaving wuhan before the lockdown. my team and i in beijing, we've been in touch with doctors and nurses and they have described to us the dire need for supplies. we're talking protective equipment like the hazmat suits, the face masks, goggles. basic things really. one nurse said she felt like she was going into battle without any armor. early on images like this one
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here, they were portrayed in state media. they showed resorting to making the protective equipment out of trash bags. they feared there would be casualties. today's numbers are reflecting that. health officials here in beijing said 1716 workers have contracted coronavirus. six of them have died. we did connect with dr. yong who you might recall was silenced by local police. but a week after we were in touch with him, he died from the virus. so he's among that count. i should point out that chinese health officials have resorted to things like hazard pay for some of these medical pay. offering them up to basically what equates to $42 u.s. a day as a subsidy. the government has mobilized to expedite supplies to the front line. we're hearing the supplies are
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finally getting there. but the numbers reflect that for so many, they're arriving too late. >> we're going to be asking the secretary of health and human services about all of that stuff and the u.s. response. david, thank you very much. the cdc is warning that the coronavirus is not going away any time soon. they say it could linger into next year. cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins us now. i know you had this rare opportunity to speak with the director of the cdc. what did you learn? >> yeah, we were in the emergency operations center which they've activated for this outbreak. there's a couple things that really struck me. some of the policies going into place right now in the united states around this outbreak are strategies that haven't been employed in some 50 years in this country. gives you an idea of the seriousness which they're taking this. one thing that also struck me was the idea we still don't have clear vision exactly on what's happening where david is in china. the cdc's been wanting to go in
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there for some time. i think it's been a huge source of frustration for them. >> you know, this is going to, obviously, be a significant investment. >> reporter: on the same day the cdc confirmed the 15th u.s. coronavirus case, i went inside the agency's emergency operation center with director robert redfield. how good is the infrastructure at reporting in? to give you an idea of how rapidly the situation is changing. by the way, the numbers changed. it's 15 there. it's a lot to keep up with. what is the worst case scenario here in the united states? >> so far we've been able to contain it. but i think this virus is probably with us beyond this season or beyond this year. and i think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission. and you can start to think of it in a sense like seasonal flu. the only difference is we don't understand this virus. >> reporter: which is exactly why the cdc wants to be on the ground in china.
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it's probably redfield's biggest frustration. >> right now there's no evidence to me that this outbreak is at all under control. it's definitely not controlled. and the sooner we can help them get it under control, the better for the whole world. >> reporter: so i guess that raises the questions why are we sitting here in atlanta talking about this rather than the cdc being in china collecting the data? >> i don't think it's a medical reason we're not invited in. >> reporter: you think it's a political decision? >> i don't think the director of the cdc is making that decision. >> all i can say is it's boff the direct ore of the cdc. >> reporter: china has accepted help from the world health organization. the cdc is waiting to hear whether it's going to be part of that team. in the meantime, redfield says his priority is to keep americans safe. >> our whole issue right now is aggressive containment to try to give us more time. it's going to take one to two years to get that probably
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developed and out. to prepare the health systems to be able to be flexible enough to deal with the potential second major cause of respiratory illness. >> so that was really interesting, sanjay. now that you've spoken to him, what is your biggest fear this morning? >> well, you know, i think that it's a little bit like a black box right now in china from the cdc's perspective. they're only looking at this from the inputs and the outputs. they don't really have a good sense of the internal workings of what's happening there in china with regard to this outbreak. i heen, this has been going on for a couple of months. and look, there's a lot of data coming out, but we also know that some of the most crucial important data, the first data was not exactly representative of what was happening with this outbreak. the outbreak started much sooner than we were first led to believe. there was evidence of
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human-to-human transmission much sooner. and some of those early patient who is were infected may not have even been in touch with that particular animal market we heard so much about. so time matters here. days and weeks matter here. and days and weeks are lost. so i think that's the biggest concern. can we trust exactly what we're hearing still out of china? >> sanjay, i also know there's some confusion and you've been looking at this. can patients spread the virus before they show any symptoms? >> yes. they can. and i asked dr. redfield about this very carefully. they've been looking at a lot of these cases and trying to understand the transmission. but i -- we really drilled down on this yesterday, alisyn. because it's such an important point that someone who does not -- who's not sick, does not have any symptoms can still spread this. now, just to be clear, it's a lot less likely to spread when someone is asymptomatic. and what dr. redfield believes is it won't be a huge driver of
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increased numbers. but it can happen. and because it can happen, that changes exactly how you approach this. the quarantine, the length of quarantine, and who specifically in terms of patients you're targeting. >> thank you very much for bringing us all of the latest information you gathered in the field. >> thank you. so this morning for the first time the houston astros are addressing the sign stealing scandal. and the words they chose to do so, not sitting well. >> but first, the world has watched their every move, and now cnn presents the story of the world's most famous royal family. the windsors. inside the royal dynasty premieres this sunday at 10:00 p.m. on cnn. >> we are making history. >> 27 million people watched this ceremony. >> i know that i'm in love with this girl and i hope she's in love with me.
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beat heartburn fast. tums chewy bites. so the players on the houston astros offered an apology kind of for the sign stealing scandal that tainted their world series title. carolyn manno has more in the bleacher report. wow. >> good morning. there is no room for hubris in a scandal like this. but their management went a different way. they had a news conference addressing the el pant in the room and an attempt at damage control which by most accounts ring hollow. >> i'm really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization, and by me. i have learned from this and i hope to regain the trust of
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baseball fans. >> the whole organization and the team feel bad about what happened in 2017. >> stunningly as jim crane attempted to apologize, he went to one of the questions. >> do you use the word cheating? was this cheating? >> we broke the rules. and you can phrase that any way you want. >> the astros fired manager a.j. hinch and jeff luhnow over the scandal. no players were punished. and president trump will give the demand for drivers to start their engines before this sunday's daytona 500. trump will be the grand marshal. george w. bush attended as president in 2004. trump is the first sitting president to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies. this is something normally reserved for celebrities. this time around it will be
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president trump. he'll have a warm welcome there. >> no doubt. all right. thanks very much. so president trump and michael bloomberg have been trading insults. much of it has to do with their height. jeanne moos looks at how both measure up. >> reporter: there is nothing mini about the height war. >> little michael will fail. >> reporter: in a matter of minutes, president trump called little michael mini mike, said he reminds him of jeb low energy bush. suggested no boxes, please. as in no box for bloomberg to stand on at debates. reporters read the tweet storm from their phones. >> mini mike is a 5'4" inch mass of dead energy. >> reporter: never mind that mike bloomberg is actually around 5'7." the white house even shared a photoshopped image of bloomberg made to look extra petite. but there was nothing petite about bloomberg's response. a carnival barking clown,
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bloomberg said people call the president. >> where i come from, we measure your height from your neck up. >> reporter: we measure your height from your neck up? is bloomberg comparing brains? on a more cerebral note, the campaign tweeted a quote from "gladiator." >> the time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. >> reporter: president trump has been dishonoring his opponents this way for ages. >> little rocket man. little marco. don't worry about it, little marco. >> reporter: but when he called senator joe manchin munchkin -- >> i guess he's confused on that because i am a little bigger than him. he's got about 30 pounds on me on weight. >> reporter: ever since sean hannity played word association with him. >> michael bloomberg. >> little. i just think of little. >> reporter: partisans have been churning out memes. slinking the other guy or his hands. when the age of television
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began, 12 of the 17 presidential contests have been won by the taller person. >> there is nobody i'd rather run against than little michael. >> reporter: but as one anchor noted -- >> mike bloomberg, same height at vladimir putin. >> reporter: and you don't hear president trump calling him little vlad. jeanne moos, cnn. >> little michael. >> we measure your height from your neck up. >> reporter: new york. >> the president says it and then people talk about it. that's exactly what he wants. >> i guess if voters vote on height. >> i'm not saying they do. but the president will take great glee in the fact people are even talking about it. >> maybe they should each stand on their wallets and see who's taller. >> no doubt. although credit cards i don't think take up that much space. meanwhile, attorney general bill barr taking on president trump and his tweets. "new day" continues right now. >> i have made a decision i
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thought was reasonable. once the tweet occurred, the question is now what do i do? >> if they had spent any time with this attorney general, he has the highest character i have ever been around. he is very independent. >> this is an toernl general who thinks his role is to defend the president of the united states. not represent the people of this country. >> bloomberg. he's a lightweight. his presence is zero. >> mike knows how donald trump operates. mike is everything donald trump aspires to be. >> he calls me little mike and the answer is, donald, where i come from we measure your height from your neck up. >> welcome to our viewers around the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." this morning the attorney general's big, brave, bold, public stand against tweeting. attorney general bill barr did a high-profile interview getting all kinds of attention this morning. he did not oppose the president's position asking far lighter sentence for his

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