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>> the nevada caucuses will be getting under way in the hours ahead. >> poor showings could make things difficult for several 2020 hopefuls. >> our democracy hangs in the balance. you have a decision to make. >> let us have the largest voter turnout in the history of the nevada caucus. >> alarming warning from the intelligence community. >> the top intelligence official on election security telling house intelligence committee members that russia is working in favor of president donald trump's re-election. >> they said today that putin wants to be sure that trump gets elected. here we go. aren't people bored? >> reporter: the president is still throwing his weight around the justice department, granting clemency for the well connected. >> i'm a trumpocrat. i'm going to vote for him. this is "new day weekend"
with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> top of the hour now. good saturday morning to you. two revelations, two candidates, two very different reactions as we learn the u.s. intelligence community believes russia is putting their support behind president donald trump and senator bernie sanders in the 2020 race. >> president trump calls the discovery by his own intel community a, quote, disinformation hoax by democrats. and now a loyalist he's brought in to take over as acting director of national intelligence is making aggressive moves one day into the job. >> senator sanders is calling on russia to stay out of american elections. he's dealing with in new reporting and what it means for his campaign in nevada ahead of today's critical caucuses there. >> following all of the angles of the story. we have more from las vegas. want to go first to sarah westwood at the white house. sarah, so much to talk about here, i know. what are you hearing regarding the president and his intel, how is he trying to frame this?
>> reporter: well, we can see that president trump is essentially rejecting this conclusion from the intelligence community that russia would prefer his re-election in 2020. sources say that president trump was angry that he found out about a briefing for lawmakers on capitol hill last week not from his own aides but from a republican ally on capitol hill. sources say that was republican congressman devin nunes. in that briefing, a top intelligence official told lawmakers about this conclusion that russia preferred trump in the 2020 election. trump is already labelling that a misinformation hoax in a series of tweets. and also at his rally in las vegas yesterday. take a listen. >> i was told a week ago, they said, you know, they're trying to start a rumor, it's disinformation. that's the only thing they're good at. they're not good at anything else. they get nothing done. do-nothing democrats. that putin wants to make sure i get elected. listen to this -- so doesn't he
want to see who the democrat's going to be? wouldn't you rather have let's say bernie, wouldn't you rather have bernie who honeymooned in moscow? wouldn't that be -- these people are crazy. >> reporter: the president clearly believes that democrats weaponize to russia after the 2016 election. that perception driving fears that the statement could happen in 2020. and the fallout from the briefing led the president to remove the acting intelligence director, joseph mcgwire, in favor of a loyalist, ambassador to germany richard grenell who started on the job making aggressive moves. his appointment was met by criticism from democrats who view him as woefully under qualified ed for the position. listen to what speaker pelosi had to say. >> so for the president to object to congress getting that information is frankly not unusual, but that it is public is unusual, a. and b, for him therefore to oust
the director of national intelligence and put somebody in with absolutely no credentials whatsoever for the job for something that is very much a part of our national security. this is dangerous. this is dangerous to our country because intelligence is how we force protection, how we protect our troops, how we try to avoid war, but if we have to engage in a military action how we do so with the most information and best intelligence possible. >> reporter: now grenell has asked for the underlying intelligence backing up the conclusion about russia's preference for trump, according to "the new york times." of course, his appointment and want president's reaction to this intelligence is only fueling speculation about how the president will handle russian interference in the 2020 election if it comes as the intelligence community has assessed. >> sarah, tell us about this new reporting out this weekend from the "washington post" about the
president's involvement in the -- the clearance of his former national security adviser john bolton's book. >> reporter: bolton's book is set to be published in a few weeks, victor, in march. but the president wants to keep much of its contents secret. he would like to, according to the "washington post," exercise executive privilege over virtually all of the conversations that he had with his then-national security adviser, john bolton. those make up a good portion of the book. now bolton's lawyers and the white house records office have been engaged in something of a battle as the white house records office looks over the manuscript for what could be classified information. bolton's team still wants to get that book out by march. >> sarah westwood at the white house. thank you. meanwhile, today is caucus day in nevada. hours before the contest is set to start we're learning that officials briefed senator bernie sanders that russia is trying to help his campaign in an effort
to interfere with the contest. >> cnn business and politics correspondent in las vegas with more. he's being vocal, isn't he, vanessa? >> reporter: yeah, theater. good morning. you know, just as voters are starting to head to the ballot box in just a few hours this morning, we're learning that bernie sanders says that u.s. officials briefed him saying that russians are trying to help him win the election. senators came out right away and said that he condemns this. but this is coming about a day or so after president trump revealed that he in fact received the same style briefing. senator sanders was asked why he didn't come out and say this sooner. this is how he responded to that question -- >> it was not clear what role they're going to play. we were told that russia, maybe other countries are going to get involved in this campaign. and look, here is the message -- to russia, stay out of american elections. and what they are doing, by the way, the ugly thing that they
are doing, and i've seen some of their, you know, their tweets and stuff, is they try to divide us up. >> reporter: and the senator's campaign said they didn't reveal this information because they thought it was sensitive information. they also said that they didn't know exactly how russia was trying to interfere. now we're starting to hear from some of the other democratic candidates, joe biden, pete buttigieg expressing their concern. but we're also hearing from michael bloomberg who is sort of jumping on this. this is what he tweeted just yesterday. he said they, referring to russia, either nominate the weakest candidate to take on their puppet trump, or they elect a socialist as president. he's referring to senator sanders there. but cnn reached out to the other campaigns, and we have not heard of anybody else receiving this similar style of briefing as sanders received. you know, victor and christi, this is coming on the day of the
caucuses. the sanders campaign clearly does not want this on the mind of voters and in the doubts of voters as they go to cast their ballot in just a few short hours here. >> all right. vanessa, we appreciate it so much. thank you. want to bring in crystal hayes, washington correspondent for "usa today" and senior citizen contributor garrett graff for getting up with us. garrett, since bernie sanders confirmed that he was briefed on this a month ago, there are a lot of questions this morning about why he held on to that information. is the onus on him and his campaign to release that he had this conversation that russia was interested in helping him, or is that the onus of the government? >> it's a hard call. and part of the challenge of this and you saw this come up as the obama administration weighed how to respond to the russian attack in 2016, is that when you
have foreign interference like this, you don't want to advance the goals of the foreign adversary. remember, they are actually, you know, politically agnostic as to what actually happens in u.s. politics. what vladimir putin and what russia's goal in an election attack is is to spread chaos and to just sort of generally destabilize and fuel discord in the u.s. and in the west. that's -- that's what they're trying to do by supporting bernie sanders, by supporting donald trump. sort of what -- and you actually remember saw russia support bernie sanders in 2016, particularly as part of their goal to spread division and discord in the democratic party. so any time you get a briefing like this, any time you see a foreign adversary weighing in, it's a very difficult decision about whether to make that information public. >> crystal, you cover congress. and there are election security bills that are held up in the
senate. do you expect that any of the reporting -- not just the last 24 hours but the last 48 hours, what we learned about the briefing regarding russians and president trump will motivate in progress on those bills? >> it's a big question for republicans. so far over the last couple. years, throughout trump's presidency, this issue of russian interference has hung over his presidency. and it's been something that democrats have harped on republicans to work on. and so far it doesn't seem as though republicans are willing to do anything more. they point to funding that they've increased, but it doesn't seem as though that will happen. i mean, it will be a big question next week when we get back, of course. >> uh-huh. >> garrett, i want to move to some of the questions about richard grenell, the new d&i here. and a lot of people noticing that the president is putting people in these positions, these acting positions that are loyalists, seen as loyalists to him. you wrote a recent article in "wired" regarding acting
directors. and people in temporary positions. you wrote this, "by the end of the day almost all of the roles created after 9/11 literally to prevent the next 9/11 will be either vacant or look permanent appointees." you go on to say "president trump is endangering this country by doing so." what is the most imminent danger do you think? >> the imminent danger is simply that there aren't people in these roles who necessarily have the background or the longevity ahead in order to make real change and to do the job as they said after 9/11 of connecting the dots of intelligence. i mean, after 9/11, we went through this big process to figure out what went wrong. and the u.s. government and the u.s. intelligence community did a major reorganization, creating roles like the director of national intelligence, creating departments like homeland security in order to help organize and ensure that the u.s. was focused on the threat stream coming down the road.
as of this morning, right now, there is no confirmed director of national intelligence. there's no deputy director of national intelligence. there's no head of the national counterterrorism center. there's no homeland security secretary, there's no deputy homeland security secretary, there's no commissioner of customs and border protection, there's no director of immigration and customs enforcement, and there's no director of u.s. citizen and immigration services. that's an incredibly huge hole in the u.s. security apparatus, over 100,000 federal personnel -- >> i want to just ask, how does the president justify that? >> well -- >> you heard from the president -- go ahead -- >> he likes to say that he just likes actings. they are more loyal than senate confirmed appointees. >> crystal, to you, garrett talked about the inability to do the job that was laid out after 9/11.
the question is, what is grenell's job specifically? the deputy was ousted yesterday. joseph mcgwire, former acting d&i is out, bringing in patel, an aide to nunes. what is his job over the next few weeks or months as we understand it? >> well, you can be sure that this issue of russian interference is going to be a top priority for him and kind of getting to the bottom of this briefing between -- before the house intelligence committee that led to trump reportedly being pretty angry about a hearing about these findings that were given to the house intelligence committee, including adam schiff who, you know, as we all know is the head impeachment prosecutor. but above that, i mean, like garrett mentioned, the politicalization of these -- these agencies, of the heads of these agencies has been -- has been an issue. and you know, in a way this could be him showing whether or not he's worthy of fulfilling
this role and passed just a -- an acting role. the president said that he might not be the full-time director. but this will be him kind of taking in and remaining that loyal defender of the president. and we'll see kind of what actions he takes. >> so garrett, let me ask you this. as she's talking about the russian interference. it puts president trump in an interesting position because he's saying it's a disinformation hoax. if it's a disinformation hoax for the president, is it then a disinformation hoax for bernie sanders, as well? does he fall under the same defense as the president puts it out there? >> well, it's a little bit -- i think we can't take the president's language at face value here. that this is -- >> right. the question is how will he react to it. >> yeah. and i think what we are going to see is probably the same reaction that we've seen to the 2016 election attack which is the president has denied it straight through. he has cast aspersions.
one of the core parts of the impeachment battle this past year was the president's belief in a conspiracy theory that ukraine played a role in the election attack. you have a president of the united states who refuses to acknowledge one of the most significant attacks on the united states in the last 75 years. and that's an incredibly damaging and challenging and dangerous position for the united states in foreign policy. >> crystal, let me wrap up with you want again, this is a short-term job for grenell. the question is, who's the permanent nominee? the president tweeted four people being considered. announcement coming in a few weeks. two-part question. if you could tackle that -- who would want the job when they now know that the president prioritizes -- wants this person to prioritize his political sensitivities, and does this make the job in the senate any harder if confirming someone now that we've seen what happened to joseph mcgwire and we see the pick of richard grenell?
>> well, for the senate question, absolutely. i mean, there's going to be questions about staying loyal to the president, keeping politics out of this job. we've had the same question of who would want these jobs since the start of trump's presidency. there's been lingering kwegsz about politicization -- questions about politicization of numerous agencies, the department of federal justice. we saw in the last few weeks with the sentencing of roger stone, one of his -- the president's top allies. and, you know, the president having comments about his sentencing to the state department. we saw this throughout impeachment. in the aftermath, the president working to reframe who is working for him and wanting to keep loyalists there. but it's been a lingering question. something that, you know, we see a lot of career officials continue to take top posts in his administration which is something i wouldn't be surprised if it happens in the future. >> all right.
crystal hayes, garrett graff, thank you both. >> thank you. still to come, there are so many questions about whether these caucuses are going to go off smoothly today in nevada. the major areas of concern and how officials are planning to remedy things. and mike bloomberg says he will release three women covered by nondisclosure agreements detailing complaints against him. ahead, how the other campaigns are reacting to this decision. one more mile look reply all look own your look... ...with fewer lines. there's only one botox® cosmetic. it's the only one... ...fda approved... ...to temporarily make frown lines... ...crow's feet... ...and forehead lines... ...look better. the effects of botox® cosmetic, may spread hours to weeks after injection, causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away as difficulty swallowing, speaking, breathing, eye problems, or muscle weakness may be a sign of a life-threatening condition. do not receive botox® cosmetic if you have a skin infection. side effects may include allergic reactions, injection site pain, headache, eyebrow, eyelid drooping,
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surrounding a last-minute confidentiality agreement for some site volunteers. at least one has already quit because of it. cnn's diane gallagher has details for us. >> reporter: it looks like nevada's first-ever early voting in a caucus is paying off with huge numbers, but will it make getting results more complicated? the nevada democratic party says nearly 75,000 participated in the first-ever early caucusing. nearly the total number of voters in the 2016 caucus when roughly 84,000 people participated on caucus day. in 2008, 118,000 nevadans caucused in the democratic race. and while the parties celebrated the high turnout, it adds to the uncertainty of whether nevada is ready for saturday where if it will be a repeat of the iowa fiasco where final results are still pending. >> our goal is to have a successful caucus. and we -- we provide multiple sets of eyes and ears and wisdom and observations and lessons
learned from iowa so that we can be successful here in nevada. >> reporter: volunteer seth morrison raised a red flag early in the training process. now he's more optimistic saying things are getting better, but worried about lingering issues. >> one is we still don't know any details of the back office, of how all the early votes were tab a little, how this tool works. second of all, there's a massive shortage of volunteers. >> reporter: the democrats are scrambling to train caucus volunteers having added 55 addition additional training sessions. volunteers can try out the calculator which morrison says is user friendly. >> the tool is very well designed. it's very intuitive. >> reporter: but he does seep potential problems for people who aren't familiar with ipads. >> somebody who has not used that technology would find it challenging. >> reporter: the slides replicate what cnn saw during a party hosted demo of the
calculator. they did not allow our cameras to film the demo. it will have preloaded early vote information which will be combined of the choices to determine the winners and losers through two rounds ofnicians. the backup if the early totals aren't available is tedious. a lengthy process of manually searching a paper list of early voters' ranked choices. still, the chair of the democratic national committee says he believes everything will be smooth sailing come saturday. >> i am confident that we have thought of every contingency. >> reporter: seth morrison not l long after the issue went to collect supplies and had to sign a nondisclosure agreement. a nevada state party democratic official tells me that it's standard practice to have their staffers and volunteers sign ndas because they're privy to strategic information. morrison said he didn't feel comfortable doing it because it was broad in its language, prohibiting him from speaking to
the media at all and also from disparaging the party. he refused to sign it. they offered him a lower-level position he says that would not require an nda to be signed, but morrison said no, thanks, and he quit. seth morrison will not be a site lead come caucus time on saturday. diane gallagher, cnn, las vegas. >> thank you so much. by the way, seth gallagher is going to be with us next hour -- morrison, excuse me, seth morrison is going to be with us next hour to talk about why he quit, what he saw, what he's concerned about. so hopefully get some more ze s answers from him. >> stay with us for that. michael bloomberg is offering to release three women from confidealtality groups. he says they can be released from the agreements. his rival, senator elizabeth warren, says he needs to do
more. >> it's just not good enough. michael bloomberg needs to do a blanket release so that all women who have been muzzled by nondisclosure agreements can step up and tell their side of the story. >> remember, senator warren's been pressuring bloomberg on this issue. thursday she brought a physical copy of a contract that she wrote herself to a cnn town hall urging bloomberg to sign it. he did decline, by the way. so still ahead, jurors in the trial of harvey weinstein are deliberating on monday again. could a note sent to the court yesterday signal which way they're leaning? we'll talk about it.
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deliberating four days. weinstein is facing ten charges. there was a note from jurors to the judge suggesting they were deadlocked on two of the most serious charges. predatory sexual assault. cnn's jean casarez walks us through where we stand now. >> reporter: the jury has been dismissed. they will be back on monday at 9:30 in the morning. they did send a note out before the end of friday's deliberations that shows that they are working very hard at the very least. now there are six accusers in this case. but three of the accusers, females that all say they have been assaulted and/or raped by harvey weinstein, are the ones that have counts that are going actually to the jury. and the verdict form and the five counts involved are predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree, and rape in the third degree. and the note that the jury sent
on friday afternoon says if we find count one and three hung, meaning they cannot reach a unanimous verdict, and that is the most serious count of all -- predatory sexual assault -- can we find two, four, and five, can we not nab mouman mouse. they didn't -- unanimous. they didn't say which way. to find someone guilty you have to be unanimous. those are the counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree and the two rape counts. so this jury is working, they are trying. but that note appears as though they may have an issue with predatory sexual assault, the most serious charge in this sexual assault case. it potentially has a life term. jean casarez, cnn, new york. let's bring in paul callahan, a former new york homicide prosecutor and cnn
legal analyst. paul, good morning to you. >> good morning, victor. >> let's start here with the weinstein case, and then i want to move to a couple of other things. so the jurors say that they are potentially hung on counts one and three, the predatory sexual assault. but we know that weinstein's defense attorneys are willing to accept a partial verdict. does that -- does that mean they expect acquittal, and can you from what you're learning about the charges they're anonymous on and hung on see which way they're leaning? >> these are tough tea leaves to read. the two most serious charges, counts sun and and three, bred -- counts one and three, br predatory sexuality, it's the weight of a sentence of life on those charges. they're the most serious charges it appears the jury's hung on those. now there was a witness who was very important in those two charges who was the former "sopranos" actress, anabella
sciora. it could believe they didn't believe her, and they would throw the counts out because you have to have two people who have been sexually assaulted. and they have moved on it the individual counts involving mann and -- rather hailey. so one view of this is possibly they can't reach a verdict on the most serious counts but maybe they've found him guilty on the lower counts. now there's an alternative view that i think the defense attorneys have, and they're saying, well, we probably think that he's been acquitted on the lower counts because i don't see the defense attorneys agreeing to take a partial verdict unless they thought it was an acquittal. these are not a walk in the park, these lower charges. these are charges that can hold up to 20 or 25-year prison sentence. so at his age, he could be in prison for 10 to 20 years just on the lower charges. >> yeah. >> so it's going to be very interesting on monday when we sort this out and the jury
returns. >> we'll see if they can get to some agreement on counts one and three next week. let's move on now to roger stone and his late request yesterday that the judge in his case, judge amy berman jackson, recuse herself from his request for a new trial. he's asking for a new trial again because he alleges jury misconduct. but he says the judge complimented the jurors' integrity in her remarks at his sentencing on thursday. and that makes her incapable of reserving judgment. what's the merit of that argument? >> i think it has no merit, and the reason i say that, having tried a lot of cases myself, is that judges at the end, after they've taken a verdict in a case, they always compliment the jury. and they frequently would say that the jury has shown diligence and hard work and integrity. that doesn't mean there's been an individual endorsement of the integrity of all of the individual jurors. it's also possible, and it
happens sometimes, that you find out something you didn't know during the trial that would undermine your faith in their integrity. so i've never seen a trial judge who recused herself or took herself off a case like this on such a motion. >> let me ask you this about the far-reaching implications of what we saw from the attorney general last week. his intervention in the sentencing recommendation for roger stone. in california, the "sacramento bee" reports that prosecutors in the case of a man who was involved in a fraud scheme, he was -- they recommended 13 months. but the man's attorney told the judge that the a.g., what we saw this week from barr, in the stone case was a watershed moment. and this is a quote from "the bee" here -- "we're always told how important the guidelines are, that they're set in stone. as it turns out, in a case 3,000 miles from here in the u.s. v stone, the u.s. attorney's
office said the guidelines are props technically applicable." was this a watershed moment? there's no indication that the judge took that into consideration when instead of 13 months he gave this man home detention, but what's your view of this being invoked on the other side of the country? >> well, you know, i think that attorney figured out a way to generate a headline for himself by invoking the roger stone case. it doesn't -- it doesn't strike me as being relevant to his client's case, an entirely different fact pattern. the federal strength guidelines are advisory to federal judges. and they will department from them quite frequently. now in the stone case, remember, the initial recommendation by the justice department was for nine years in prison. that subsequently was amended by the attorney general who said it should be something less than nine years. and the judge seemed to agree with that. she handed down a sentence of about three years. and i will tell you, most federal lawyers that i've spoken to think that the original
nine-year recommendation was probably on the high side and that i think if you put together a totally objective panel of federal prosecutors, they might have said a lesser sentence would be warranted in the stone case. obviously judge berman who's very respected agreed with that and handed down the lighter sentence. >> all right. paul, thank you. >> thank you. there is a fragile truce going on right now in afghanistan. the united states and the taliban try to find a road to a potential peace deal. what this could mean for america's longest war. systems in all seven countries. and online sales? that's a whole other system... and different regulations. there's real estate credits, solar incentives... and we have no way to integrate all that? no... but bdo does. people who know, know bdo.
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42 minutes after the hour now. just hours after an agreement between the taliban and the u.s. to reduce violence for one week started, taliban fighters attacked a check points in afghanistan. >> no one was hurt, but the move could complicate a fragile compromise. barbara starr has more for us. >> reporter: it's the first but fragile step toward ending america's longest war -- the war in afghanistan. if the deal to reduce violence between the taliban and the united states works, the parties will sign a more permanent peace agreement for afghanistan next saturday. it also gives president trump a talking point for the campaign trail. earlier this week, he made the case that the deal is better than any alternative. >> we could win that very quickly and easily if i was willing to kill millions of
people. i'm not willing to do that. i'm not willing to do that. >> reporter: significantly, this is not being called a cease-fire. it is almost certainly not the end of violence. >> i don't think at this point we should trust the taliban. they continue to -- to fight the afghan government, fight the united states. >> reporter: and the taliban leaders negotiating with the u.s. may not even be able to control the thousands of their fighters still in the field. if there are suicide or ied attacks, general scott miller, the head of u.s. and nato forces, has to quickly determine if the taliban are responsible. there are still major hurdles to any deal. one of the biggest being the taliban, which once shielded bin laden, wants all u.s. forces out of afghanistan, something the pentagon is not ready to do. >> nobody's right now calling for the complete removal of u.s. and coalition forces. u.s. forces will remain there as long as necessary to support our
afghan partners. >> reporter: the pentagon expects to initially reduce troop levels from approximately 12,000 to 8,600. enough firepower, it says, to suppress terrorist groups and fight remnants of al qaeda and isis. the people of afghanistan certainly have paid the price of decades of war, but so have american forces. more than 2,000 american troops killed in action in this war, more than 20,000 wounded. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> thank you to barbara there. now the number of coronavirus cases is growing worldwide. globally there have been more than 77,000 confirmed cases, and at least 2,300 deaths. the bulk of those deaths coming from mainland china. >> in wuhan, the epicenter, chinese officials are trying to contain the virus in part with these makeshift hospitals. you know, they go up in a few days. cnn's david culver, he got a
rare look inside one of those field hospitals. this is what he found. >> reporter: you are walking through one of several wuhan field hospitals. this one a converted exhibition hall. it is aimed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. notice bed after bed after bed, people crammed in, just feet apart from one another. portable toilets, a bit messy inside, trash cans overflowing. you can see the piles of used facemasks. the woman who toured cnn via video chat tells us the conditions here worry here, fearing rep tugs-- repercussione asked that we her lisa wang. >> there's a chance of cross infection and people being here by mistake. >> reporter: this was aired before it opened, much cleaner n inside. wang said she and others were healthy and were still forced into the facility. >> translator: i'm very angry
because i feel i shouldn't have come here. i'm auburn house is. i want to be -- anxious. i want to be home soon. >> reporter: wang contracted it in late january but recover friday a couple of weeks. both her scan and swab test results that she twice tested negative. but officials still bussed wang and several others to the field hospital for further treatment despite her negative test results. >> translatranslator: they toldi refused they would force me to go. >> reporter: this man's wife was a confirmed case so he was listed as a close contact person. his first two tests came back negative. the neighborhood committee tried to hospitalize him nonetheless. >> translator: i feel quite angry about this because there are so many people who have not been hospitalized at the moment. why would they quarantine the healthy people? >> reporter: cnn reached out to the wuhan health commission to better understand how the field hospitals are being used and to ask why people whose medical records show they're recovered were taken here.
we've not yet heard back. people in all kind of circumstances are getting rounded up in multiple parts of the province, the epicenter of the outbreak. in tee an end city, the local government picked up people who were disobeying police orders to remain off the streets and have confined them to a jim maze yum, part of the strict lockdown policies. after wang complained to local health officials wednesday, she acknowledges they responded swiftly. the next morning, she says she and six others who had likewise already recovered were transferred to hotel quarantine. she's still bothered by how officials initially handled the matter. >> translator: they couldn't provide me with a hospital when i was sick. now when i'm recovered, they forced me into one. >> reporter: cnn did reach out to the world health organization. they have repeatedly praised china's rapid containment efforts. but we've not heard back in response to this story in particular. meantime, many residents are questioning the effectiveness of rounding up the healthy. david culver, cnn, shanghai.
president trump. cnn's jeanne moos investigates. >> reporter: did mike bloomberg really say to donald trump, yes, donald, i do love you? it was enough to make some swear off bloomberg. two peas in a pod. next, actually, two peas of such different sizes, probably wouldn't fit in the same pod. it was bloomberg himself who described the love quote, he said it happened about a month after president trump was elected. trump noted he saw bloomberg talk him at the democratic convention. >> i'myorker, and i know
a con when i see one. >> reporter: after mentioning the speech, trump said -- >> but you do really love me, don't you. i said, yes, donald, i do love you. >> reporter: hold the presses, proclamation of love looks bad for bloomberg until you hear the word love after the head line. >> i said, yes, donald i do love you, i just disagree with everything you said. >> reporter: and tweeted trump and bloomberg looked chummy. bloomberg went on to say -- >> if you sat and had dinner with donald trump you'd probably walk away saying everything he said is [ bleep ], he can't be doing that. >> reporter: remember kim jong-un? >> then we fell in love, okay? >> reporter: better to express love for the masses. >> i love "the avengerthe vn"te.
>> reporter: nobody is going to make a head line out of that comes back to knock you out. ♪ looks like a tko >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> what you don't hear is victor singing the song? >> yeah. >> alrighty. well, we'll see where nevada stands tomorrow morning, won't we? >> yeah. we'll see for -- >> pivotal day. >> this is a bombshell day for a couple of campaigns. we'll have information from the intel community that could have major implications on the 2020 election. stay with cnn. we'll talk about it. [ distant band playing ]
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