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standard. >> we're going to honor the rules of the senate to get this bill passed. >> it's a big setback for lots of democrats who wanted to see this $15 minimum wage. u.s. aircraft struck a site in syria that defense officials say belonged to iranian backed militias operating in vasyria. >> this was ordered directly by president biden. this was a proportionate response. >> we're confident about the target we went after and were very deliberate about our approach. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's friday, february 26th. it's 6:00 here in new york. major developments overnight in the coronavirus relief bill and in u.s. foreign policy. it appears an increase in the minimum wage is dead for now. the senate parliamentarian ruled it cannot be included in the $1.9 trillion package because of procedural reasons. the biden administration says it's disappointed with the
decision. riner ironically, the rule may make it easier to get the overall bill through congress. it is expected to pass the house today. >> also developing overnight, the biden administration launching air strikes, targeting a location in syria used by two iran-backed militias. the move is retaliation for recent rocket attacks on american forces in that region. the pentagon says a, quote, handful of militants were killed. we'll have more on those air strikes in a moment. but let's begin with cnn's lauren fox. she is live on capitol hill with all of the developments on the relief bill. what's the latest, lauren? >> well, alisyn, not even halfway through biden's first 100 days, the house of representatives is on track today to pass his $1.9 trillion covid relief bill. this legislation includes direct checks, $1,400 checks to americans making $75,000 or less. it also includes money to get kids back to school, more money for small businesses still dealing with the effects of this
pandemic. and of course, direct aid to state and local governments, with an impact and emphasis on those governments that have experienced higher unemployment. now, looking forward, this bill is expected to have overwhelming democratic support. republicans have been whipping their members against it. this version today will include a $15 minimum wage increase. however, last night, senate democrats learned that their version of the bill will not be allowed to include that increase. that's significant. the parliamentarian ruled that they did not comply with the strict standards required through this process known as budget reconciliation. now, what this means going forward is that it could actually make things a little simpler for majority leader chuck schumer to pass this legislation through his chamber. that's because there had been two moderates, kyrsten sinema and joe manchin who had both expressed concerns about providing that provision all the way through it. so even though this minimum wage
hike is a disappointing setback for many democrats, many progressives, it may actually ultimately make it easier for biden to get this bill signed into law by march 14th, their self-imposed deadline. >> lauren, that's an important point you make there, to follow-up on that, it may very well make it easier to get this through the senate. and what about people like bernie sanders? do they say they're going to keep on pushing for a minimum wage increase? >> i think you certainly should expect that progressives and democrats are going to going to keep trying to push a $15 minimum wage increase. of course, without the rules of budget reconciliation, you are looking at a bill that would to have 60 votes. i'm told that the senate finance committee chairman, ron wyden, is looking potentially at some kind of tax incentive for businesses, perhaps that would be a way to try to move this forward in the covid relief bill, but that is not the same, of course, as a blanket, across-the-table, $15 minimum wage increase, that so many americans are really counting on, john.
>> lauren fox, terrific reporting. thanks so much. joining us now, senate parliamentarian emeritus, alan frumin. thanks so much for being with us here. one of the things you will hear from the left this morning, when i say the left, progressive who is still very much want to see the minimum wage to be part of this. they say, look, the parliamentarian ruled it can't be included in reconciliation, but that can be overruled from the chair. we can decide to ignore what the parliamentarian said. how would that work? would it work? and what would it entail? >> good morning, john. thanks so much for having me here. to answer questions about what it would be like to disregard the woman whose sole purpose in life, whose sole professional goal is to guard the integrity of the senate's institutions. so we naturally do not recommend ignoring her advice. now, you are correct, she simply gives advice. the presiding officer of the
senate has the absolute right and discretion to ignore the advice of the parliamentarian. however, that almost never happens. it never happened during my 35-year tenure at the senate. it's simply something that would create procedural chaos, if whoever presides over the senate decides that the advice of the professional, non-partisan career professional, whose sole career objective is to give procedural advice in the senate, is to be ignored. >> mr. frumin, can you explain in layman's terms, i mean, not just the process, but the substance. why can't a minimum wage provision live in this bill? >> the purpose of reconciliation bills is to affect the federal government's budgetary bottom line. and it's most important in this context that the provisions contained in this bill have an immediate and direct effect,
either on spending, or on revenues. and my understanding of the nature of the minimum wage increase is that there are no federal dollars immediately impacted and that whatever affect there is on the federal government's bottom line is as secondary or a tertiary effect. >> and when they say they may try to create a bill to create tax incentives or refunds to companies for the minimum wage, that would potentially create some budgetary impact that might allow it to be included in reconciliation? >> that strikes me as a reasonable alternative. i am not familiar with the specific language that chairman wyden has in mind, but conceptually, it strikes me that that's feasible. and based on the content of this
massive bill, it wouldn't surprise me if they can't accomplish that while this bill is being considered tonight floor of the senate. >> alan frumin, senate parliamentarian emeritus, thanks so much for joining us. the important thing to remember again as of this morning, the minimum wage all but dead unless changes are made, not even going to be part of the senate bill likely at all. thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> you're very welcome. thank you. >> let's move on to other news. this developing story. the u.s. carries out air strikes in syria targeting iranian-backed militias. this is the -- these are the first known air strikes by president biden. the air strikes are in response for recent attacks against american and coalition forces in iraq and cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon for us with the latest. what do we know, barbara? >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. these strikes carried out
yesterday after president biden made the decision to go ahead. there had been a number of rocket strikes by these iranian-backed militias inside iraq and then the recommendation to strike back. defense secretary lloyd austin talked to reporters briefly about the target and why they made the decision to go ahead. >> we're confident that that target was being used by the same shia militia that conducted the strikes. we allowed and encouraged the iraqis to investigate and develop intelligence and that was very helpful to us in refining the target. >> so what you have here is this first action by president joe biden and the world watches anytime an american president, especially a new president, orders military action. there was a very definite message in mind. the pentagon press secretary, john kirby, aissuing a statemen
saying in part, and i quote, the operation sends an unambiguous message, president biden will act to protect american and coalition personnel. act to protect them against these iraniani ianiranian-backe but a very narrow strike also aimed at not escalating tensions with the iranian regime. john, alisyn? >> barbara, thank you very much for all of that reporting. so how is the middle east responding to u.s. air strikes this morning? we have a live report for you from baghdad, next. (vo) welcome to the next, next level. this phone paired with 5g ultra wideband-- wow! (vo) the new samsung galaxy s21 is here and it's on verizon 5g ultra wideband, the fastest 5g in the world. available in parts of many cities. it's not just a great network. it's ridiculously fast. (vo) stream your favorite shows in ultra hd. i'm so excited about this. streaming is crystal clear. select unlimited plans get the disney bundle included and discovery+ on us. yes! buy samsung galaxy s21+ 5g. get one on us. only on verizon.
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reaction at this stage from the iranian government. no direct comment regarding these strikes. and also, no comment, really, as of yet, from the iraqis. it is, perhaps, though, quite significant in a certain sense that the u.s. military decided to carry out this strike against a target inside syria versus one inside iraq. even though there are plenty of targets for them to choose from here. and that is because the stability of iraq is very much at stake. this country is the main proxy battle field between the u.s. and iran. and what we're really seeing now is something of a return to this rather sordid game that is being played out between these two powers, where you have these iranian-backed militias,
repeatedly lobbing mortars and rockets at u.s. interests in iraq, the americans. then carrying out calculated air strikes. but it's also worth noting that that sort of a posturing is what we had prior to the killing that took place almost a year ago, of iranian general qassem soleimani on iraqi soil, a killing that really threatened the stability of this country, as well as escalating this proxy warfare happening between the u.s. and iran to an entirely different level. so there is right now a certain degree of awareness among all parties that while they do have to continue sending these messages to each other, escalating right now may not be in any's best interests. >> arwa, thank you for explaining all of that and giving us that context. joining us right now is david sanger. a white house and national security correspondent for "the new york times." so david, what do these air strikes mean going forward
relationship, for the iran nuclear deal, everything? >> alisyn, i think it's interesting that they did this in such a sort of narrow, proportionate way. and last night, lloyd austin, the defense secretary, told reporters that they actually allowed the iraqis to go out and conduct an investigation, so that they could sort of figure out how this attack happened and help. it the targets. so, i think that was an interesting element, because you're showing that the biden administration is very concerned about making sure that the iraqi government is sort of a partner in this. the message for the iranians, i think, is simply that they won't tolerate these kinds of attacks, that there would be retaliation. but they did it in such a quiet way, that i think they're just trying to avoid blowing up whatever diplomacy could be happening now in the nuclear
field. and you didn't see president biden get out and talk about it the way president trump did in his first strikes in syria, when he was down at mar-a-lago. the whole thing was sort of done without presidential comment at all. >> david, another significant moment, foreign policy moment we are expecting today, which is the imminent release of this intelligence report on the murder of "washington post" columnist, jamal khashoggi. now, the content of the report is pretty much wildly known thanks to reporting from papers like "the new york times". it will place a lot of the blame on the crowned prince, so it may not be the information in this report that makes the news. it's how the biden administration and president biden deals with the public release of this information and approaches the relationship with saudi arabia going forward. what do you see here? >> that's exactly right, john. this is sort of the first big test that president biden has in how he's going to go deal with
what is essentially a rogue ally. remember that during the campaign, he said at one point that saudi arabia was essentially a pariah state. and at another point, he said that their government right now, in his view, had no redeeming social value. that would make you think that he's going to hit pretty hard at the crowned prince, who as you say, this report will indicate was at least knowledgeable of and may have ordered the killing of mr. khashoggi, who was a saudi dissident, and as you said, a columnist for the post. so here's the choice it set up. do you sanction the crowned prince, who is likely to become the king of the country pretty soon, say that you can't travel to the united states, leave him open to potential criminal prosecution if he did, because khashoggi was a u.s. resident. or do you simply say, you know, that just threatens the
relationship too much. that they just can't go that far with somebody who they're going to have to deal with, like it or not, when he takes over as king of the country and as essentially as the de facto ruler now. my guess, john, is that you're going to see president biden be a lot more cautious than candidate biden was. >> that's interesting. i mean, obviously, it won't be the relationship that the trump administration had with the crowned prince, where it was complete cover -- i mean, providing complete cover for any bad act, particularly this khashoggi murder. but why would he be cautious? why not send a message that you can't butcher a journalist? >> it's a really good question and we'll have to see what he does. my guess is that they will do everything short of that. that they'll find some ways to send a message to the saudis. i don't think that you're going to see mohammad bin salman, the crowned prince, invited to washington. i don't think the saudis would want to send him here, because
they know what the protests would look like. but you know, it's a very big decision to go say that you are going to sanction somebody who is a leader of a country. we've done it with some actors in the past, mugabe, for example, and others, but not those who were american allies. and that's really the choice. this is going to be a really hard one for the president, because he's said stronger things about the saudis during the campaign than i've ever heard a candidate say about allies. and now he's got to decide whether he's going to live with those words or sort of go back to a, we have to manage a relationship, the saudis do a lot for the united states, counterterrorism, and he doesn't want to drive the saudis into the hands of the chinese and russians, where they are tempted to go anyway. >> david sanger, thanks so much. a stark warning from the
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members of the militia groups that were present on january 6th have stated their desires that they want to blow up the capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the state of the union. >> that is a jarring warning from the acting chief of the u.s. capitol police, telling lawmakers about a threat to congress when president biden delivers his first address to a joint session. joining us now, elizabeth newman, she was the assistant
secretary of homeland security during the trump administration. she's now the director of the republican accountability project. elizabeth, thanks so much for being with us. as i said, that's a pretty stark warning right there. how seriously do you think lawmakers should take that this morning? >> well, i'm more concerned that law enforcement takes it extremely seriously. i think we've already learned from the mistakes of january 6th that we should not underestimate the threat that is posed by domestic violence extremist groups. we know that i'll take one segment that was there on january 6th, qanon. qanon is starting to plan for what they think might be another opportunity for president trump to become president again on march 4th. it's this kind of bizarre conspiracy surrounding the original date during which we did inaugurations over a century ago on march 4th. and they think that magically, trump is going to become president again. they're going to be discouraged when that doesn't actually happen and that could be a trigger for certain entities to take action.
as she noted, the state of the union address is another opportunity. you might see more other types of threat actors like white supremacists or anti-government militia taking up arms. but these groups are very passionate right now. they're very -- they're actively recruiting from disheartened maga, meaning, you know, the trump supporter that's not an extremist, they're trying to radicalize and they're trying to mobilize to violence. so it's a very dangerous period that we're currently operating in and law enforcement should be taking the threat seriously. >> elizabeth, i'm so glad you brought that up. yesterday, i sat down with a focus group of qanon folks. three who had been in it, had been radicalized, clawed their way out of it, and three whose loved ones are still trapped in and are trying to figure out how to reach them. and they said exactly this. march 4th, so march 4th, as you know, is the date that's swirling around where they think that trump is going to be reinstated as president.
and when that doesn't happen, they said, the confusion, the anger, the vitriol, they predict, will just bubble up and will need an outlet somewhere. and so, i mean, obviously, i have to assume that the fbi is listening in on some of these same chats and calls and that they know that all of this is happening. but the point is, it's not over. january 6th wasn't the end of anything. that was just sort of a fire d drill for what's next. >> about the only thing we have going for us right now is that trump doesn't have that large platform without a twitter handle. and so january 6th, he gave them the date, he told them to show up, he told them to march down to the capitol. he's not able to do that right now. so there's a little bit more disorganization among the various groups. because what showed up on january 6th, while there were coordinated aspects, it was a lot of different groups and
ideologies all coming together in one moment of a lot of anger and a lot of, you know, a lot of people brought a lot of weapons and so, thankfully, we don't have that precise moment except maybe around state of the union. but again, i think the law enforcement preparations will make it much more difficult for them to try to plan something of a coordinated nature. >> we hope so, except this began at cpac. they will be hearing from donald trump and they parse everything he says to the syllable and hear things even when he doesn't say things overtly. they could hear a message of some kind. >> i hadn't thought about cpac, alisyn. that is a concern. and hopefully it doesn't translate to a specific location or a specific activity. i mean, but i'm fascinated -- i can't wait to see your focus group, because so much of what is happening, it defies logic. it's really hard to predict, which is why i get really
frustrated with like these january 6th assessments that we're hearing from members or from like the capitol police chiefs and the sergeant of arms t that, well, the intelligence didn't tell us it was going to be that violent. and you're like, sblintelligencs never that predictive. it's about having one small puzzle piece and you don't even know what the whole picture is. of course not. you're always overprepared and always anticipating that something may go worse than you think it might. same problem set here. we don't know who is the individual that's going to take that step to mobilize to violence. we don't know where they're going to be, which is why everybody across the country needs to be prepared. you know, i think there are lots of targets of opportunity for these groups. we've known that they target and talk about targeting information. they would love to target a mass gathering in particular if you're a more sophisticated extremist group that tends to get a lot of attention. so, everybody needs to be on
their guard and don't assume just because you don't have that magic piece of intelligence that something isn't being planned. that's not how intelligence works. >> you talked about the role that the former president plays, as the inspirational leader. and truly, the inspirational leader for these people. what happens then, when people like mitch mcconnell, who had been on the record saying that the former president was directly responsible, a dereliction of duty, you know, will never live it down, liable for criminal charges. what happens when last night, he goes on television and says this. watch this. >> if the president was the party's nominee, would you support him? >> the nominee of the party? absol absolutely. >> what? >> i don't even know what to say anymore. poor mitch. i feel like -- i don't -- i don't even know how to rationalize that. it's irresponsible. i'm grateful for people like liz cheney and adam kinzinginger an
mitt romney and ben sasse who have trying to -- they've chosen a position and have stayed with that position and they're trying to mark out a distinction. it's funny enough, it's not a policy distinction, just a distinction of, we stand for truth, we stand for character, we stand for being honest with our constituents. i mean, i will go back, i've been saying this for it feels like four months now, by participating in donald trump's big lie, by brushing aside what happened post-election leading up to january 6th, which is quite a few what mitch mcconnell seems to be saying. like, oh, okay, that mistake that led to an insurrection, i guess i can put that aside and support him if he ends up the nominee. by doing that, it just keeps feeding the large percentage of republicans that believe that the election was stolen and that some small percentage of them will believe that it is then
justified to carry out an act of violence, because they believe that the government is illegitimate. it's not illogical. if you think your government is illegitimate, we come from a country based on revolution. that the idea of pushing back against ill egitimate authority. so if you keep feeding that, keep stoking that, we're going to see more violence. so them standing up and saying the election was not stolen and what donald trump did leading up to january 6th was abhorrent and he can never serve again, that just -- that just keeps the fuel going for more violence to come from. and it's just so disheartening. i need these folks to start living up to their oath of office. >> elizabeth neumann, thank you very much. so one of the questions everyone asking with the vaccinations speeding up, can you start to see loved ones if you've been vaccinated?
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what we're seeing right now, even though it isn't backed by data, it's backed by common sense that if you have two vaccinated people and they want to get together, be they family members or friends that you know that are vaccinated, you can start getting as individual people, even though the risk is not zero, the risk becomes extremely slow when you have both parties vaccinated. >> that was dr. anthony fauci, finally answering the often-asked question of when, oh, when, might we be able to get together with our loved ones, if they've been vaccinated and if we've been vaccinated. joining us now is william haseltine, he's the president of access health international and former professor at harvard medical school. professor win understand the bind that dr. fauci is in. he doesn't want to get ahead of the cdc. he can't be making policy on cable news. he's waiting for the science to confirm these things. but, i mean, as he said, common
sense tells us that if you're vaccinated and it's 95% safety efficacy rate, you can get together. >> well, that would seem like common sense. but you know, in this struggle, we're fighting an adversary which isn't static. i'll just give you an example. in the last month, the virus has changed. it's affecting people in my city, new york city. at the beginning of the month, maybe 5% of the viruses that were out there, that were infecting people, were the standard virus. today, it's about 25% of a variant that resists vaccines. which means if you've been vaccinated, you might not be protected at the same level. so i think that is part of why tony is -- or dr. fauci is being more cautious. this virus is a very wily opponent. and the variants that are popping up are not only just
evading our immune response, they look like they're going to be more dangerous than the original strain. so there are unknowns out there that he has to be aware of and other people should be aware of, too. the other thing that i think that is in everybody's mind is that what looked like a very rapid fall in cases has slowed. and in many countries, including our own, is there's an uptick this week, about 15% in many countries around the world, ranging from france to the united states to 40% uptick week over week in italy. so this is not over. >> let's just throw that up on the screen so people can see it. because there has been an uptick in cases. cases are started to rise again. you can't see it great in this graphic. at the very end of the drop. what has been dropping had stopped a little bit and gone back up a little bit. hospitalizations are still dropping, which is a very good sign. the vaccination battle, which may have an impact on this, it will be joined soon by the johnson & johnson vaccine. the fda panel is meeting today.
we'll hear all kinds of questions about it. but we can imagine they'll grant emergency use authorization for it. millions of johnson & johnson vaccines will hit the market over the next few weeks and months. we're starting to see the impact maybe of what the vaccinations have had. and if you can throw up on the screen, this is the percent of people who have received at least one shot. 50% of people over 65. 60% over 75 and among long-term care facilities, 75%. why is that significant, professor? >> well, it's really very good news, especially in long-term care facilities. about 90% of americans who have died have died in long-term care facilities. and today, you can see that number plummeting. the number of the fraction of deaths that have occurred in long-term care facilities have dropped very dramatically. and that's very likely due to the vaccines that are out there. that's extremely good news. and let's hope that's good news for the rest of us who are
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major questions this morning after the coach of the 2012 women's olympics team was found dead by suicide hours after he was charged with 24 felonies in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. cnn's jean casarez joins us now. this was a stunning series of events, jean. >> so stunning. can you imagine if you were a victim? because so many young girls, they trained under john gettard. and now they are women and they have longed for justice for so long. and in a matter of hours, full justice, they are not able to
achieve. former usa gymnastics coach john gettard died by suicide thursday officials said, just hours after being charged with two dozenfulness in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. >> these allegations focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple victims. >> reporter: michigan state troopers discovered gettard's body at a rest area on interstate 96 thursday afternoon. the michigan attorney general had charged him with 20 counts of human trafficking and forced labor, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, one count of continuing criminal enterprise, and one charge of lying to a police officer. >> reporter: the victims suffer from disordered eating including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured,
extreme emotional abuse, and physical abuse, including sexual assault. >> reporter: gettard was the head coach of the gold-winning usa gymnastics team at the 2012 london olympics and used to own a gymnastics club in michigan, which was one of the places disgraced former physician larry nasr admitted he sexually abused young athletes. nasr is now in prison. gettard's case comes after nassar's investigation. some gymnasts speaking out about the coach during nassar's sentencing in 2015. >> the dynamic duo that is larry nassar and john gettard had lasting effects on me that goes beyond physical ones. there isn't one bone in my body that doesn't hate john gettard for everything he has done to me and my career. >> reporter: sara klein, who identifies herself as nassar's first known victims calls gettard's death an escape from justice and traumatizing beyond
words. and usa gymnastics writing in a statement, quote, we share the feelings of shock and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community. >> alisyn, when i was in the courtroom for larry nassar's sentencing, and how can we forget this? and i was talking to the young women and everyone involved, they just kept talking to me about john gettard. and they said, there needs to be justice here. how many years ago was that? that was a few years ago. so cnn worked very hard to confirm that law enforcement was sort of gently looking at him at that point. it's taken up until now for these charges to occur and then, obviously, he wasn't taken into custody right away. he was allowed to turn himself in. and that gave him the time to do what he did yesterday. >> just horrible, jean. horrible on every single level. and of course, it does raise even more questions. thank you for reporting on this for so long for us. >> thank you.
now to another horrible story. a manhunt is underway this morning in southern california for the two men who shot lady gaga's dog walker and stole her two french bulldogs in the process. surveillance video captures this terrifying attack wednesday ni night. >> i mean, he fought valiantly to try to keep the dogs and paid for it with his critical injuries. this morning, the dog walker is hospitalized in critical condition. he has not been publicly identified. lady gaga is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of hr er o dogs and i assume the kpr of the suspects. so we'll stay on that. coming up, a much lighter story. prince harry like you've never seen him before, riding in a tour bus in l.a. and opening up about why he stepped away from
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it was a really difficult environment as i think a lot of people saw. we all know what the british press can be like. and it was destroying my mental health. i was like, this is toxic. so i did what any husband and any father would do. i was like, i need to get my family out of here. >> that was prince harry opening up about why he stepped away from his royal duties in a revealing new interview with funny man james corden. cnn's max foster is live in london with highlights. so tell us about this. >> reporter: yeah, we got those very serious elements to it. but actually, overall, it was just a very charming video, i have to say, where you see a side of harry, which has always been there, but we've never really seen on tv before. so corden did a great job of bringing that out. it's obviously part of the new
brand, the new duchess and duke of sussex as they are in los angeles, away from all the formality of the monarchy. we learned that megan calls him has. we see corden picking him up on a double decker bus and having tea on the top deck and the tea falls over harry. and for the first time, confirmation that harry has watched "the crown." >> and how do you feel about "the crown"? >> they don't pretend to be news. it's fictional. but it's loosely based on the truth. of course, it's not strictly accurate. of course not. but loosely -- >> but you think, loosely, it does feel like -- >> it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that. i'm way more comfortable with "the crown" than i am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself.
>> max, did he talk more about meghan and archie? >> reporter: we saw meghan, actually, on a phone call during the video. corden just rings her up and she calls him has. that was the interesting moment. obviously, a lot of this privacy issue was around archie. they're so private about him. they wanted to protect him. so he very rarely speaks about archie, but he did here. let's hear what he had to say. >> when did you know that meghan was the one? >> the second date, i was starting to think, wow, this is pretty special. it was just the way we hit it off with each other and so comfortable in each other's company. >> how are you finding fatherhood? >> my son is now just over a year and a half. he is hysterical. he's got the most amazing personality. he's already putting three, four words together. he's already sing songs. >> what was his first words? >> crocodile. >> three syllables. >> that's a big word!
>> reporter: it was interesting just hearing a bit of that. they're clearly thriving as a family over there in los angeles, but they've got these very weighted issues, as well, in relation to how they left the royal family. we've got the oprah interview coming up next sunday, alisyn. i think that's going to be very different. i expect it to be sit-down, quite explosive, very serious. that's going to be a big moment, i think, in their whole narrative, as to how honest they can be about why they left the royal family, how they felt they weren't supported, just about the media, it's going to be a big insight there. we're not being given much steer, but it's pretty clear it's a big deal for the couple. >> and you know the gauge for that, when john berman is fascinated and stops what he's doing to listen. >> he endorsed "the crown." seriously -- >> that's not the big news. >> it's not insignificant at all when "the crown" is this thing that's been seen as this massive hit on the royal family, harry didn't say it was 100% accurate, but didn't sit there saying, i hate it, i hate it, i hate it.
>> he said it's bigger than the tabloid coverage. >> that's a pretty big deal for a royal to say that. also, has, max, that's what meghan calls me. >> has been is what she calls you. >> it means different things when she says that. and also, look, no one's first word is crocodile. i want to throw that out there. >> come on, what were your boys -- >> crocodile is like daa. i know they're erudite, but not that much -- >> my daughter's first word was guacamole, so i believe it. >> maybe you have royal blood. >> i guess so. >> max just left. he didn't even wait -- >> he headed out. "new day" continues right now. the president has pushed for an increase in the minimum wage and the senate rule keeper, she determined that it was not allowed as part of this overall package. >> obvious that this wasn't going to be included in budget reconciliation. i think the democrats wasted a
lot of time on this. >> it is shameful that in the richest country on earth, we have people that are working 40 hours a week. a u.s. aircraft struck a site in syria, a site they say was used as a weapons smuggling site, using iranian weapons. >> we're confident that that target was being used by the same shia militia that conducted the strikes. >> in my view, it's a very good response by the new administration. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> and we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." we begin with a big moment for the biden administration and its first major piece of legislation. today, the house votes on the president's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. it is expected to pass along party lines. this one will include a $15 an hour minimum wage hike, but when it goes to the senate, that minimum wage will be stripped from the bill, after the senate parliamentarian has rule