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U.S. Beats England To Reach Women's World Cup Final; Good Samaritans Prevent Man From Taking His Own Life; Seattle Patient Dies From Mold Infection In Operating Room. Aired 7:30-8a ET

Aired July 3, 2019 - 07:30   ET



[07:32:38] JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: This morning, the U.S. soccer team is just one win away from a World Cup title. The Americans defeated England two to one -- you just saw two stars of that game -- to advance to the finals on Sunday. And amazingly, they did it without star Megan Rapinoe, who did not play.


MEGAN RAPINOE, CO-CAPTAIN, U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: No, I wasn't fit for selection today. Just a minor hamstring strain and now I have the extra rest day and looking forward to the final. So, I expect to be fit by then.


BERMAN: All right. Joining us now, CNN sports analyst Christine Brennan.

I don't know where to begin. There was like so much drama involved with this game and there's so much to talk about going forward. But let's just discuss what happened first.

Two to one, a really tough game. It required feats of heroics from the U.S. goalie Alyssa Naeher to even get us to the finals.

What did you make of the game?

CHRISTINE BRENNAN, CNN SPORTS ANALYST, SPORTS COLUMNIST, USA TODAY: Yes, John, it was everything you would hope it would be.

England finally cares about women's soccer. For generations, they didn't -- they didn't even have women's soccer -- and now, they care. And they started the game of soccer, of course, invented there. So the fact that it was England -- big, bold, broad-shouldered England against the United States, the best team in the world over the last 20-25 years, it was really everything you'd hope.

And it was a classic battle -- back and forth it went. There were controversies -- the kind of stuff that people will be talking about 20 years from now, which happens all the time in men's sports but now it's actually happening in women's sports as well. ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: And so, I know this is blasphemy, but does the fact that Megan Rapinoe had to sit it out yesterday suggest that she's not as critical to their success as previously thought?

BERMAN: Blasphemy, blasphemy. It is blasphemy.

BRENNAN: Well, you know the depth of the United States is extraordinary and you see it on that field, Alisyn. You also see it if you just drive around your neighborhood and watch girls playing soccer. Those girls are going to grow up and be the next stars of this national team over the next 20-30 years.

So, yes, in that sense, Megan Rapinoe is replaceable. She's irreplaceable in many ways. But she's also almost 34 -- she turns 34 in a few days -- and she was injured.

And so, the fact that the U.S. could put Christen Press right in -- and who scores the first goal, Megan Rapinoe's replacement. And that's, I think, the essence of this team. It is just so deep and so strong that you almost don't miss the stars when they're out.

BERMAN: And one of the things that you hear, perhaps arrogantly said, is that the U.S. could field the two best teams at this World Cup with their first squad -- their first squad and their second squad.

Do you think she'll play? Do you think Rapinoe will play on Sunday?

[07:35:01] BRENNAN: I do, John, but the good news for the United States is it's not necessary that she plays.

I mean, again, we saw the depth. Carli Lloyd, the star of the -- of the 2015 World Cup -- she just came in in the last few minutes and was just instrumental in throwing her body around and doing what she does. So, you could have Carli Lloyd start. You don't need her.

I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the same starting lineup that we saw with Christin Press coming back in this -- in the game, although we don't who the U.S. will play yet, Sweden or The Netherlands. They're playing today.

So I guess it will depend a little bit on strategy based on what the coach, Jill Ellis, sees. I think either way, the U.S. is in good shape but you don't want to look past either of those two teams.

CAMEROTA: So, Christine, after that -- after watching that game, remind me again why aren't the women paid as much as the men?

BRENNAN: I know. I know, Alisyn. When you've got the jerseys -- the number-one selling jersey -- the women's jersey of all time for Nike, when you've got these T.V. ratings.

I saw tweets yesterday where people were on planes. They were taking a picture and everyone on the plane had the T.V. on to women's soccer. That's a -- that was a sentence I would have never been able to utter even 10 or 15 years ago, but it's that big of a deal. I think if you had to plan a strategy to get to the bargaining table, the U.S. women are doing exactly what -- and things are happening exactly as they would hope they would as they head into bargaining once the World Cup is over.

BERMAN: You know, you mention you saw tweets. I saw tweets from Ellen DeGeneres, Phil Mickelson, Billie Jean King, Maria Shriver, Hillary Clinton, former president Barack Obama.

One person, and I keep checking, who I have not seen tweeting congratulations to the U.S. Women in getting to the World Cup Finals --

CAMEROTA: Still nothing?

BERMAN: -- is the President of the United States.

BRENNAN: And I hear he tweets a little bit, so -- yes, I -- that is unbelievable.

It was nine days ago in that "Hill" interview where he said it was inappropriate for Megan Rapinoe to do what she does at the National Anthem, which is, by the way, stand ramrod straight with her hands behind her back, not singing -- she's not kneeling. I am not quite sure what the president was talking about there.

And so, he picked a fight with the team that is the most popular women's team -- maybe the most popular team, U.S. men's or women's, ever -- a team that is popular in red states and blue states. And that is exactly where you do not want to be as this team shows how it keeps winning these incredible games -- the France game, the England game.

So it's fascinating to me that Trump would be the one person who is not tweeting and who would be the one person on the opposite side of this team -- picking a fight with this team at the time of the height of its popularity.

As we head into the Fourth of July, the game's on July seventh -- the final. Red, white, and blue all over the place and the President of the United States not -- isn't there. That is really something.

CAMEROTA: Christine Brennan, have a wonderful Fourth of July. Thanks so much for joining us.

BRENNAN: You, too. Thanks, guys.

CAMEROTA: All right, you have to hear this story.


CAMEROTA: This is an incredible story. There were two Good Samaritans and they managed to talk a man out of taking his own life because they saw a story right here on NEW DAY that inspired them to act. You'll hear their whole story, next.


[07:42:04] CAMEROTA: We have an incredible update to share with you this morning about a story that aired a few weeks ago on NEW DAY.

You'll remember that our Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiled a man named Kevin Hines who tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He survived and since then, he dedicated his life to suicide prevention and raising awareness about mental illness.

Here's just a short clip from Sanjay's report.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: What surprised me then and still surprises me now is the story that Kevin tells about the day that he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.

He made this pact with himself, which was that if anybody, basically, is kind to me -- if anybody looks at me and says what's wrong, can I help you -- wants to be compassionate in some way -- if anybody had done that for him he wouldn't have jumped.

That stuck with me and I think it's -- I think in some ways, it has influenced and directed a lot of the other stories that I do. It's never about a single individual, it's always about the circle of individuals -- the ecosystem of society as a whole.


CAMEROTA: OK, here's the incredible update. Two women living in Los Angeles saw Sanjay's story and they say they were inspired to intervene and save a man's life because of that story. Their husbands captured this harrowing ordeal on video of them trying to talk someone off from jumping.

And joining us now are those women, Jen Principe and Toni Musso. And, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is also with us.

Oh my gosh, ladies, what incredible -- what an incredible story. Just -- I know that your husbands captured that home video -- cell phone video, I guess, of you trying to talk to that desperate man.

Can you just bring us back to that day and tell us what happened?

JEN PRINCIPE, GOOD SAMARITAN: We were just chitchatting and all of the sudden she looked up and we were at the Kanan Bridge overpass and she went, "Oh my God, is that guy going to jump off the bridge?" And we saw him on the outside of the bridge just starting to make his way out towards the center of the bridge.

And the first thing we did was call 911. And we went under the bridge very, very quickly. We said call 911, which we did.

And then within like seconds, that interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Kevin Hines just came back to me and I said we have to turn back -- we have to go back. And they said, "What? Why?" And I said because I heard this interview and this is what Kevin said -- if anyone tried to stop him.

And so we immediately -- she was like "pull off the road." And we pulled off and we looped back around. We pulled over and there he was just all the way in the center now, at this point, of that freeway overpass.

And we looked at him and the first thing we said is "We love you. Please don't jump."

BERMAN: Sanjay, in that clip we showed this is exactly what you say you're hoping for in your stories -- to tell one story that everyone sees and learns from.

What is it like to hear this?

[07:45:00] GUPTA: I mean, it's very emotional.

I mean -- and Jen and Toni -- I mean, you got to save a life. I mean, just let that sink in. You got to save somebody's life. Somebody is here today that likely would not have been without you.

It's what we try and do, I think all of us as journalists, right? We don't get to see the impact, I think, of stories that we do. That's the challenge sometimes with being a journalist.

Here, it's a very tangible sort of thing and a good reminder that I think it's within all of us to be able to save a life. Look people in the eye and say hello to people.

We turn away when we see somebody who may be mentally ill. Someone is having a cardiac arrest, you pump on their chest. If they're clearly in mental crisis we often turn away. They didn't and somebody's probably alive today because of it.

CAMEROTA: Toni, what did he say to you? What did you say to him in those moments of crisis?

TONI MUSSO, GOOD SAMARITAN: He kept saying he just didn't have anything to live for. He didn't want to live anymore.

So I brought -- there was one point where I thought he was actually going to fall back and let go, and I just put my hands up on the fence with him and I said, "Just hold my hands with me and just look at me and listen to me," and I just talked to him gently.

And then I said -- when I really thought he was going to jump, I said, "Imagine what could happen to the people below. You're not only going to hurt yourself but potentially, there's a family in a car and the two of us have to witness this horrible, horrific act.

If you can just get through today, tomorrow might be a little different and you might feel different and you may not have wanted to do this. You've just got to give yourself one more day. Just give me one more day with you and I promise I'll stay with you."

And he agreed to, and then I just kind of started walking him off the overpass. And then when the police came he got very startled at that point and he said, "They're going to arrest me." And I said, "I won't let them do that. Just stay with me."

And we were about halfway through where I knew that he was actually ready to not hurt himself or anybody else and he got scared and he started to look back. And I said, "Just don't look back. Just keep looking at me and keep walking with me. I'm here with you and I'm not going to let you go." And I continued to walk off the bridge with him.

PRINCIPE: The police came up and we said you need to leave us alone. And there were two sets of police officers that came up and you can see them in the video kind of turn away and walk away. And they said you guys got this, you got this.

BERMAN: And you guys tell it so matter-of-factly --


BERMAN: -- but the fact is this is extraordinary. I mean, you put yourselves on the line and you hung it all out there and really took a chance. And I -- you know, hats off to you. It's just remarkable what you did.

PRINCIPE: Thank you.

MUSSO: Thank you.

BERMAN: And Jen, I know this is personal for you also. Your sister- in-law took her own life, correct?

PRINCIPE: She did. Yes, she did. And having it within my own family, I have gone through what it -- you know, what suicide and mental illness looks like, and it's so painful and it's preventable. I don't want to say it's always preventable but it can be preventable.

I feel grateful that we're here and that we're able to even share this story because it's a -- it is a ripple effect.

CAMEROTA: Sanjay -- I mean, just last, hope is also contagious, you know?


CAMEROTA: And so, I know that the suicide rate is a real problem in this country right now, but this is the -- talking about it like this is the answer, Sanjay.

GUPTA: I think there's no question. I mean, suicide rate -- just the numbers are startling. It's gone up 33 percent over the last 20 years.

We look at what's happening in this country -- life expectancy is dropping. Much of it is self-inflicted and suicide is part of that.

But you're absolutely right. I mean, it's all within us to be able to try and make a difference. It's the lack of hope that I think oftentimes drives people, and if you can provide it in some way it can make a huge difference.

BERMAN: Yes. Jen and Toni might not be there but someone is. There is someone --


BERMAN: -- there always.

Sanjay, thank you for your reporting.

GUPTA: Yes, thank you.

BERMAN: Jen and Toni, thank you for being heroes --


BERMAN: -- such heroes. We really do appreciate it.

PRINCIPE: You're welcome. Thank you.

BERMAN: And I want to put up this so everyone can see it right now.

MUSSO: Thank you.

BERMAN: This is -- this is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline -- 1-800- 273-8255. There is someone always there to listen.

CAMEROTA: What a story.

All right. Meanwhile, a provocative question just in time for the Fourth of July. How proud are you to be an American? A new poll asks that and the results may shock you. A must-see reality check, next.


[07:53:40] BERMAN: All right. This morning, all 14 operating rooms at the Seattle Children's Hospital are shut down after a patient died from a mold infection. The hospital is blaming an air quality problem.

Elizabeth Cohen joins us now with the latest on this. What's going on here, Elizabeth?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: John, actually, six patients, in total, were infected. As you said, one died. Three patients infected last year, three patients infected this year.

Now, these are mold spores that infected them. Now, you and I breathe in these mold spores -- they're very common. However, when they get into an open incision that's when you get problems.

The hospital has apologized and said that they're taking this situation very seriously.

BERMAN: Aren't there supposed to be protocols to prevent this?

COHEN: There certainly are. Operating rooms have filtration systems and Seattle Children's Hospital says that there were, quote, "gaps" in that filtration system. And they said they're putting in new systems so that it will work better.

You know, John, one thing that is unclear is why did it take six cases for them to figure this out or for them to make this announcement? Why didn't they figure this out after the first one and then shut the operating rooms down? That is unclear -- Alisyn.

CAMEROTA: Elizabeth, thank you very much for reporting on that.

Meanwhile, President Trump says he's proud to be an American and he plays the song to prove it. But according to a new poll, other Americans do not feel the same way.

[07:55:03] Just in time for Independence Day, John Avlon this patriotic reality check -- John.


So look, if you have ever caught the beginning of a MAGA rally, then you've probably heard this.




AVLON: And whether he hugs a flag in the process, President Trump loves to stride in to the sounds of that Lee Greenwood classic.

Well, just in time for the Fourth of July and the president's military parade, it seems that fewer people actually are proud to be an American, according to Gallup. Just 45 percent of folks polled said they are extremely proud to be an American. Now, that's the second- straight year under 50 percent and a new record low since the poll began in 2001. That's not good.

Now, one rung down, folks who say they are proud, just not extremely proud is at a healthier sounding 70 percent. But that's still down from a high of 92 percent.

And it's sad but not surprising to see a partisan split here. Just 22 percent of Democrats say they are extremely proud to be an American in the Trump era, along with 41 percent of Independents. But get this -- fewer Republicans say they are extremely proud than did in 2009 at the start of the Obama administration.

So why is patriotism down under this nationalist president? Because of politics.

Just 32 percent of Americans say they are proud of our political system, with our democracy divided and dysfunctional. And just 37 percent say they're proud of the way our country handles health and welfare. But, Americans are proud of the nation's military and you don't need a parade to prove it, as well as science and the arts.

You've probably also heard President Trump say this.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The world is really respecting the United States again.


AVLON: Unfortunately, that's not true, according to a 25-nation Pew survey from late last year. Only one-third of our North American neighbors have a positive view of the U.S. And among our key European allies, confidence in the U.S. for the president to do the right thing soared under Obama and then plummeted when Trump took office.

What's worse is that the current American president is less trusted to do the right thing in foreign affairs than Vladimir Putin or China's Xi Jinping. That's just absurd.

Speaking of absurd, a culture war kerfuffle kicked off this week when Nike decided to can a special edition sneaker featuring the original 13-star Betsy Ross flag. And they did it because Colin Kaepernick told them to, according to "The Wall Street Journal".

Now, the concern is that the battle flag of the Revolutionary War could be associated with slavery and has apparently been co-opted by some white supremacist groups. This is why we can't have nice things.

Yes, slavery is America's original sin. But, no, not all founding fathers were slave owners. For example, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton.

And to cast the Betsy Ross flag as the moral equivalent of the Confederate flag crystalizes the slippery slope that many conservatives warn about. It could also serve as shorthand for the idea that Democrats are patriotic and fewer (ph) history with this day.

That's a potent weapon for Republicans heading into an election that already promises to be fought along negative partisan lines.

The American flag is not the province of any one political party. Celebrating our independence and our constant imperfect effort to live up to our founding ideals that all people are created equal is something that should unite us, especially on the Fourth of July.

And that's your reality check.

CAMEROTA: You're right, that was a good one, John. Thank you very much for that special edition.

BERMAN: All right. Thank you to our international viewers for watching. For you, "CNN NEWSROOM" with Max Foster is next. For our U.S. viewers, these new pictures from the government -- from

the Trump administration, itself, that expose just how bad it really is inside the migrant shelters on the border. NEW DAY continues right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We saw women placed in prison-like cells. They were sleeping on the floor. Those are just disturbing images.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm very confident that we are meeting and, in fact, most of the time, exceeding these standards.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A border patrol agent who's had enough.


TRUMP: We're going to have planes going overhead and we're going to have some tanks stationed outside.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who is going to pay for all of this? What budget is this coming out of?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have this special VIP area being auctioned off to Trump cronies and donors to the RNC.

LEON PANETTA, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: We're the strongest military power on the face of the earth and we have never had to display that power.


ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman.

BERMAN: All right. Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. It is Wednesday, July third, Independence Day Eve, 8:00 --

CAMEROTA: Yes, I observe.

BERMAN: -- 8:00 here in New York. The stockings are hanging.

This morning, we are getting a new look at these new photos which raise questions about conditions for migrants at the U.S. border -- deplorable conditions -- overcrowding. These released by the Trump administration, itself, so it's not like they can be denied.

It was uncovered by a government watchdog during unannounced visits in May and June. You can see the pictures here. Hundreds of migrants, including children, crammed into these border facilities.

CAMEROTA: "Shameful" -- that's the cover of the "Daily News." "A ticking time bomb" is what "The Dallas Morning News" warns. And, "Squalor Pervasive".