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Health Experts Continue to Encourage People to Wear a Mask; U.S. May be Included in E.U.'s Travel Ban List; China Taking Preemptive Measures; More Than 10 Million People Now Infected with COVID-19; Global Coronavirus Cases Top 10 Million, Deaths Surpass 500,000; Impact of Surging Coronavirus Cases on Florida's Economy; Mexico City Reopening, But Too Late For Some Stores; Family Loses Father to Virus, 28 Family Members Infected; At Least Five Killed at Pakistan Stock Exchange; WAPO: Bounties Believed to Have Resulted in U.S. Deaths; Ex-Minneapolis Police Officers Charged in George Floyd's Killing Expected in Court; President Trump Retweets then Deletes Video of "White Power" Chant; Huge Companies Join Facebook Advertising Boycott; Couples and Wedding Industry Adapt to Pandemic. Aired 3-4a ET
Aired June 29, 2020 - 03:00 ET
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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the United States and all around the world. You are watching CNN Newsroom. And I'm Rosemary Church.
Just ahead, a grim global milestone in the fight against coronavirus. There are now half a million deaths worldwide. A quarter of them right here in the United States.
And as America opens up, some cities in China are locking down, we will take you live to Beijing.
And love in the time of the coronavirus. How couples are finding new ways to get married during the pandemic.
Good to have you with us.
A somber new milestone in the coronavirus pandemic as deaths around the globe now top 500,000. According to Johns Hopkins University. Cases also continuing to climb with more than 10 million reported worldwide. And it is the U.S. which still leads other countries in both the number of deaths and confirmed cases of COVID-19. Right now, only two states are actually seeing a decline in cases compared to last week.
Over the weekend, several states saw dramatic spikes including Florida and Arizona and with the jumping cases come growing calls for increased mask usage and greater social distancing. The country's health secretary put it this way to CNN.
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ALEX AZAR, SECRETARY, UNITED STATES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control. If we don't social distance, if we don't use face coverings in settings where we can't social distance, if we don't practice appropriate personal hygiene, we are going to see spread of disease.
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CHURCH: And now reporters across the nation are working their sources to bring you the very latest. Alexandra Field is traveling with the vice president in Houston, Texas. And Randi Kaye has new details from West Palm Beach in Florida. Let's start with Randi.
RANDI KAYE, CNN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: The state of Florida breathing a sigh of relief as the case numbers have gone down for one day after record high on Saturday of 9,500 cases, Sunday saw 8,500 cases. The governor once again attributing that to higher positivity levels and also more testing and a backlog of testing.
Those positivity levels he says are really because of the younger people he says they've been going to graduation parties and socializing. And it's mainly the 18 to 44-year-olds he says that are coming back with these positive results.
Still, he has closed the bars in the state of Florida to make sure that you can't consume alcohol in places where younger people might congregate. He has not closed beaches, although Miami-Date and Broward have decided to close beaches for the July 4th weekend on their own.
And also, the governor is still has not mandated masks around the state although many of them have said that they would like to see that because they think it's selfish for people to not be wearing a mask in order to protect others that they come into contact with.
Meanwhile, IHME which is the modeling for the fatality rate in this coronavirus pandemic says that if 95 percent of Floridians wear masks, by October 1st, we would see half the number of fatalities that they are now predicting. We'll see if those people aren't wearing masks.
Randi Kaye CNN, West Palm Beach, Florida.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Vice President Mike Pence touched down in the hard-hit state of Texas over the weekend he got off the plane wearing a mask, and he was greeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, also wearing a mask. He then went on to a campaign event that puts some 2,200 people inside a church. Masks were encouraged but require, about a 100 and people said during the rally without their masks on.
Still Vice President Pence took time while in Texas to reaffirm the importance of wearing masks, saying that they are effective in helping to stem the spread of this virus.
[03:04:56] A particularly pressing message here in Texas where we have seen cases spike day after day, where hospitalization rates have been going out for some two weeks now and where local officials had warned that the hospitals could be overwhelmed in just a matter of weeks.
All that said, there is not a statewide mandate that requires individuals in Texas to wear a mask. Instead, the governor has recently agreed that local governments can require businesses to require their customers to wear masks. That's as far as the mask get mandate goes here.
In Houston, Alexandra Field, CNN.
CHURCH: White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was with Pence in Texas and she pushed for the use of face masks. Touting new research about their benefits.
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DEBORAH BIRX, COORDINATOR, WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE: I'm really appealing to every Texan to wear a mask. I think we know now there is scientific evidence that masks both keep you from infecting others but may also partially protect you from getting from infected. I think that's a new discovery and a new finding and it's very encouraging to Texans to know that you can protect one another.
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CHURCH: But her boss, President Donald Trump rarely wears them. And you can see in these images from Sunday no mask.
Well, now even some of his Republican allies are asking Mr. Trump to mask up.
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SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): If wearing mask is important, and all the health experts tell us that it is in combating the disease in 2020. It would help if from time to time the president would wear one, to help us get rid of this political debate and says if you are for Trump, you don't wear a mask, and if you are against Trump you do.
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CHURCH: Dr. Anne Rimoin is a professor of epidemiology at UCLA and she joins me now from Los Angeles. Always good to have you with us.
ANNE RIMOIN, PROFESSOR, UCLA DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY: Nice to be here.
CHURCH: So White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday that scientific evidence shows that wearing a mask protects both yourself and others. But many Americans are not wearing masks, so with cases skyrocketing, is it time to mandate their use?
RIMOIN: Rosemary, everybody should be wearing a mask. There is no reason not to wear a mask. We've now seen with data to back up the fact that wearing a mask works, and not only is it important to wear mask because it protects other people from you, but it does provide some level of protection as well to the wearer. All of these masks do.
You know, I think that the thing here is that when politics gets inside of these issues all of a sudden science gets thrown out the door and what we really need to be focusing on is the science. We are asking people to wear masks because this is the way that we will be able to reopen the country faster than anything else. We need to reduce the spread of the virus. And to be able to open up wearing a mask is going to be a key part of this.
CHURCH: And doctor, we saw Vice President Mike Pence attended Dallas church over the weekend, where a very large choir was singing and clearly not wearing masks. The vice president was wearing one. And he is now encouraging others to do so. But the president still refuses to wear a mask. What is your reaction to all those mixed messages being sent out?
RIMOIN: Well, there are a lot of mixed messages here, and the first thing I want to touch upon is that there was even a study showing that someone was able to spread coronavirus in a choir setting, so this was a perfect example of, we have data to suggest that not wearing a mask and singing is actually, if somebody is asymptomatic re-infected or presymptomatic, you know, before they actually are showing symptoms but contagious, that this can be a very important we are spreading the virus.
So, you know, that's first thing. Second thing is it's good to see Mike Pence wearing a mask, I think that the more we see leadership stepping up wearing a mask and modeling good behavior, the sooner we'll see this debate about should I wear masks, should I not wear masks, and really, there is no reason not to wear mask.
CHURCH: Right. The U.S. hit an all-time single day record for coronavirus cases, the numbers are just astounding. And ICUs are filling up, this country is failing to control the pandemic.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the window is closing to combat the virus. That's not what the president is saying. So, what needs to be done right now to turn this around or is it getting to the point where it's too late?
RIMOIN: Rosemary, it's never going to be absolutely too late to do something. And so, what I would say is we are reaching the point of no return where it is going to be a not gone from an unmitigated disaster to an uncontrolled disaster.
And so, we are really at a key point here. We need people to be doing everything they can, everybody doing their part. Wearing a mask, social distancing hand hygiene, avoiding crowded places.
You know, our ability to control this virus rests on all of us doing the right thing. And to do the right thing, it's as I said, wear a mask, social distance, and hygiene. It's the same three things we keep hitting upon over and over again.
But until we have vaccine or good therapeutics that makes it -- make it less likely to have poor outcomes, you know, we're really completely dependent upon these blunt social, this blunt public health measures. That will reduce the spread of the virus.
CHURCH: And doctor, you mentioned a vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that a COVID-19 vaccine may only be 75 percent effective and because many Americans say they won't get a vaccine, that could leave the U.S. without herd immunity. Why does Dr. Fauci think a vaccine will only be 75 effective -- 75 percent effective? Just explain all of that to us.
RIMOIN: Absolutely. It's very rare to have a vaccine that is so effective that you are going to be reducing the -- that you will be preventing 90 to 100 percent of disease. In fact, the only vaccine that we have that comes close to that is measles vaccine which is 97 to 98 percent effective at preventing -- or preventing the spread of disease.
So, the deal is this, if only -- if this vaccine is only 70 to 75 percent effective, and we have only two-thirds of the population getting this virus, we won't reach this threshold of herd immunity, which is really somewhere around 60, 70, maybe 80 percent of the population.
And so, that is going to be an issue of how we are going to be able to completely arrest this spread of this virus. It's my guess that this vaccine will probably be something that's more like a flu vaccine, which in the best-case scenario is usually somewhere between 40 and 60 percent effective at preventing disease. And that would be a big win, you know, anything we can do to stop spread of the virus will be important.
But let me be clear. The vaccine is not going to be a magic bullet. The vaccine will be important in terms of reducing spread of the virus. But it is not the only thing that we are going to need to do. It's going to be layered on top of these same blunt public health measures like social distancing and wearing a mask and hand hygiene, to be able to really have a good effective opportunity to stop spread of the disease.
CHURCH: Dr. Anne Rimoin, always wonderful to have you on the show. Thank you so much.
RIMOIN: My pleasure.
CHURCH: Well, the country where the virus originated is taking a zero-tolerance approach to the kind of spike in cases that the U.S. is seeing.
This just into CNN, some 400,000 residents in China's Hubei province near Beijing are now under strict new lockdown measures, amid a small increase in cases.
So, let's get to the capital, Beijing now with CNN's Steven Jiang who joins us live. What is the latest on this, Steven? STEVEN JIANG, CNN SENIOR PRODUCER: Well, Rosemary, this is definitely
a deja vu for many people here in terms of draconian measures being put in place. Affecting a large number of residents. We are talking about seething off communities and residences and allowing each family to only send one representative out each day to buy groceries and also barring all outsiders and none locally registered vehicles from entering this county.
Now, this is interesting and catching a lot of attention because, remember, the latest outbreak in Beijing, the containment measures have been quite precise and officials have been emphasizing, they are not locking down entire districts, let alone the entire city. They are focusing on neighborhoods; we are talking about a few city blocks or a few residential compounds.
And this is echoing of course with the Chinese leadership has been emphasizing for weeks, that is they have to strike a balance between rigorous containment measures and the economic recovery efforts.
So, it is not been fully explained why this county, as you mentioned, 90 miles from Beijing, has decided to impose this county wide lockdown, even though they have only reported fewer than 20 cases since the latest outbreak began in Beijing.
Now, this is probably the political reality, if you ask analysts, that is the Beijing leadership could be emphasizing this balance needs to be struck. But for many local officials they are under such enormous pressure to have zero cases in their jurisdictions, they would rather air on the side of over caution and overreaction or risk losing their jobs. Rosemary.
CHURCH: Yes, working an abundance of caution there. Steven Jiang joining us live from Beijing, many thanks.
And coming up, Europe is discussing which countries it will let in when it reopens its borders this week, and the U.S. is unlikely to make the cut. We'll have the details after this.
CHURCH: E.U. ambassadors are set to meet this hour to discuss plans to reopen their borders to international travel. And crucially, which countries they will and won't allow in. The United States is expected to be among those excluded, and here is why.
Its coronavirus numbers continue to surge well above E.U. levels. The European Commission is advising ambassadors only to consider countries that have comparable or better than the E.U. average.
So, let's go to London where Salma Abdelaziz joins us live. Good to see you, Salma. So, given that the U.S. has the highest COVID-19 deaths in cases in the world, is it inevitable that U.S. travelers will be excluded this time from entering Europe?
SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN PRODUCER: The short answer to that, Rosemary, is yes. They will be excluded from coming into the European Union, at least for now. These 27 member states will be meeting today in Brussels, they have been discussing this since last week, they've been setting up a list of criteria. Key among that criteria is the rate of infection, and the United States has a rate of infection that is six to seven times higher than that of the European Union.
Now over the weekend, these E.U. ambassadors went to their respective countries to discuss the ban list, some of them, such as France, have made their list public, and France's list, to give you an example, only had 14 countries that would be allowed in under these restrictions.
So, it's a pretty exclusive group that's going to be let into the European Union. But this is for good reason. Now this has been a hard one battle for the European Union to get control of coronavirus, tens of thousands of lives lost, months of lockdown where people couldn't live their normal lives, millions of dollars lost in business, so they're simply not willing to risk those sacrifices for any reason.
And E.U. diplomats have been emphasizing, this is a health decision, not a political one regardless of how it will be perceived in Washington. Rosemary?
CHURCH: All right. Salma Abdelaziz joining us there live from London. I appreciate it.
And for more, I'm joined now by David Herszenhorn, he is the chief Brussels correspondent for Politico. Thank you so much for being with us.
DAVID HERSZENHORN, CHIEF BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, POLITICO: Hello.
CHURCH: So, is the banning of U.S. travelers a fait accompli at this point do you think?
HERSZENHORN: It is at this point the -- this decision it's a very bureaucratic process here in the E.U., but on Saturday night, essentially it was effectively decided unless they have a qualified majority of the 27 countries objecting, this is the initial list that will take effect.
And in fact, we believe that will be the case announced later today for certain. This has not easy for the E.U., you have countries that are very dependent on summer tourism, that were very anxious to get these travel restrictions listed. They went late into the night on Friday back-and-forth. But one thing is clear, countries like the U.S. that just haven't been able to get coronavirus under control are not going to be allowed to send their travelers just yet.
CHURCH: So, what will European countries need to see happen in the United States for member nations to, perhaps reassess this decision to exclude American travelers? And perhaps, allow those in who can prove they don't have the virus? HERSZENHORN: What they said is they're focused largely on the number
of infections, new infections cases per 100,000. Once the average matches in another country matches the average in the E.U., they feel more comfortable lifting that ban.
Now of course, this is tricky business, because the E.U. certainly doesn't want countries to achieve access because the E.U.'s rate of infection rises. That's another way that you can bring them into sync, of course. What they're looking for is the U.S., Brazil, Russia, some of these countries that have really struggled to get the COVID-19 situation under control, to bring those rates of new infections down.
We know that some states in the U.S. are locking down again trying to get that under control, and once they do that the nonessential travel will again be allowed. They are going to reassess these lists, at least every two weeks is the plan, so that as the conditions change, they will be able to rapidly adjust and allow travelers to start moving again.
CHURCH: And David, is this just about the numbers, or is there an element of payback with this move?
HERSZENHORN: No, this is very much about the numbers. There is some historic bitterness here, the E.U. is really stung in March when Donald Trump announced unilaterally, unexpectedly, a travel ban on the U.S. side. It was nighttime here in Europe, they woke up to chaos in the European airports, nobody was prepared for. But it was about a lack of consultation.
Here, they're really insisting this is not the time for playing these kinds of political games, they very much would like U.S. summer travelers in Europe spending their dollars, staying in European hotels, and enjoying European beaches. So, you got --
CHURCH: And is --
HERSZENHORN: -- countries fighting very hard to lift these travel restrictions.
CHURCH: And David, is there any concern on the part of member nations in the E.U. that Donald Trump, there may have some level of retribution for these actions?
HERSZENHORN: There's always that possibility with Donald Trump. Now we heard the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sort of brushed off this question, saying there already have been reciprocal travel bans in place, of course, what could happen is you have a situation where the E.U. still has a ban and the U.S. does not.
In that case, the president may want to weigh in. but again, economically, it really is self-harm for any country to perpetuate these kinds of restrictions any longer than they feel they have to.
[03:25:00] Now whether people will start traveling again, whether they feel comfortable with that is a whole other question.
CHURCH: And when will we get a final answer on this, and, how exactly will they go about doing this? What's the process?
HERSZENHORN: Well, again, in the bureaucratic E.U. way, it's a qualified majority of E.U. countries which is a mix of both the number of countries, the 27 and their population size. It should be that by the time businesses get started today, and we know in fact that there's been no objection. That in fact it's now coming to force at least this initial list.
CHURCH: All right. David Herszenhorn, thank you so much for joining us. We appreciate it.
We'll take a short break here. Still to come, the pandemic has sent Florida's major economic indicators into freefall. Just when the state should be raking in the cash from free spending tourists. More on that when we come back.
And outrage over the U.S. President's retweet of a white power message as the country grapples with rising racial tensions.
We're back in a moment.
CHURCH: A warm welcome back to our viewers here in the United States, and of course all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church. You are watching CNN Newsroom.
From the United States to Brazil to India, we are seeing huge daily jumps in the number of new coronavirus cases. And now the global count tracked by Johns Hopkins University has passed 10 million, with the U.S. is still leading the world in the number of infections and deaths.
And despite the rise in cases we continue to see images like this with people not social distancing or wearing masks. America's top infectious disease expert has this warning.
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ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: They don't realize that while they're getting infected, it is likely they're going to infect someone else, who will infect someone else, who ultimately will infect a vulnerable person, and then you have hospitalizations and deaths.
So, like it or not, by getting infected yourself, you're not in a vacuum, you're part of the propagation of the dynamics of a pandemic. So you have your own individual responsibility to protect yourself. But you really do have a societal responsibility to be not part of the problem, but to be part of the solution.
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CHURCH: And Florida is among states seeing an alarming surge in new cases. More than 9,500 infections were reported on Saturday, the highest ever daily increase there. And with Florida looking more like the next U.S. epicenter, many fear how that might impact the state's economy. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich has our report.
VANESSA YURKEVICH, CNN BUSINESS AND POLITICS CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): It's a cruise ship parking lot at the port of Miami. Ships are idling, waiting to take the seas, which leaves Ana Castillo waiting for customers.
ANA CASTILLO, OWNER, SAFE CRUISE PARKING: It's very, very weird to see how empty it is.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on Florida's biggest money maker, tourism. It crushed businesses like Castillo's. She shut down Safe Cruise Parking in March and plans to reopen in September when cruises start again. But a surge in coronavirus cases in the state has her worried.
CASTILLO: I do think that people are going to look at Florida as like the new, you know, epicenter and probably be more scared to travel here. So, it is. Yes, it is concerning.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): It's a concern for agriculture here, too, the state's second largest industry. In just two months, farmers lost nearly $900 million in revenue during peak harvest season. And as they're planning for the next season's crop, another shutdown would be devastating.
GENE MCAVOY, VEGETABLE SPECIALIST, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: So if we see a spike that, you know, starts closing things down in October and November, it's going to be bad.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): Florida's construction industry, which took a hit, is also on edge.
FRANK D'ANGELO, REPRESENTATIVE, FLORIDA CARPENTERS REGIONAL COUNCIL: The spike is here. How bad that spike is going to be, we don't know. The best we can do is to try to keep our members working.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): Construction jobs were hardest hit in Fort Lauderdale, dropping 10 percent in April from the year before.
D'ANGELO: They definitely want to get back to work. Unemployment in Florida, it's relatively low compared to the rest of the country. Even with the federal stimulus of $600 a week, it still doesn't make up the delta they need to provide for their families.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): About $2.5 million Floridians applied for unemployment since March, many still waiting for checks, including one of Castillo's employees. She had to lay off all 15.
CASTILLO: I can't give these people jobs. You know, these people have been unemployed since March, and I don't know how much longer it will be.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, Miami, Florida.
CHURCH: Latin America is also seeing a huge spike in cases with Mexico reporting more than 4,000 new infections on Sunday alone. It's a worry as businesses in the Mexican capital prepare to reopen on Monday. But for many, the virus has already taken a toll that is too great to overcome. Matt Rivers reports.
MATT RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Lines out the door usually mean a business is thriving, except this one. The A Traves Del Espejo Bookstore in Mexico City is dying. Owner Selva Hernandez says, "The truth is we're really sad."
Her mom first opened the shop back in '95 and for 25 years, it survived earthquakes and recessions and Amazon Kindles, but the pandemic proved too much, and the government shut down the economy.
"It's a bookstore," she says. "We don't make a lot of money normally, and then we had to close, which means we couldn't pay rent, so the owner asked us to leave."
Her story is as tragic as anything you'd find on her shelves, but amongst small business in this city, it is a familiar narrative. One local chamber of commerce estimates of the roughly 400,000 small businesses here, some 40 percent won't survive, forcing more than one million people out of a job.
A short walk from the bookstore, keeping people employed and the neighborhood well-fed has turned into (INAUDIBLE) at Expendio de Maiz. They've managed to stay open during the crisis, just. Chef Ana Gonzalez says, "I see so many places closed and I just feel fortune I still have work right now."
RIVERS (voice-over): Sales are way down and they've all taken big pay cuts. And even as the economy is starting to reopen, they're not sure what that looks like.
"Day by day, people have less money," says co-owner, Jesus Tornes. "Even if they open everything, if there is no demand, it won't matter. This year is rough." But they know it's rough for everyone and good food helps. So, they're determined to try and see it through.
A good book can also help, which is why Selva slashed prices and invited people in one last time. She says the closing doesn't feel real. "I am happy to see so many people coming to say goodbye," she says. "It's a nice tribute because my mom loved for books to be cheap and accessible to everyone."
Her mom's chosen name for the shop, A Traves Del Espejo, means "through the looking glass," a literary reference to an imagined world. It's an apt name these days with the real world so different than it was before.
Matt Rivers, CNN, Mexico City.
CHURCH: California's governor has ordered bars to close in seven counties due to a recent spike in the coronavirus. The state has now reported more than 215,000 infections. In just one California family, dozens of people have tested positive. Paul Vercammen has their story.
PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A heart-wrenching story out of South Los Angeles. Twenty-seven-year-old Richard Garay says that 28 of his family members contracted COVID-19. That includes his best friend and father, 60-year-old Vidal, who did have some pre-existing conditions, but he died the day before Father's Day.
Richard said the family was cautious. They socially distance. They wash their hands. They use hand sanitizer. They wore their masks. They don't know quite how anyone in the family got it. But he wants everyone to pay attention to their ordeal because there is a lesson to be learned.
RICHARD GARAY, FATHER DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS: If we want to get out of this, then we need to do everything within our power, within your power, to follow those guidelines and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. And that's our message.
That's what my father would have wanted. That's the type of person that my father was. And I just want people to understand that. I just want people to grieve with us because we know that we are not the only ones.
VERCAMMEN: There is a lot to unpack here. For a time, they thought that Richard's wife did not have COVID-1919. Now, they suspect she does. She's quarantined within the family home. Richard is only talking to her via cell phone. He is now watching out for their 2- year-old son and 5-year-old daughter who have recovered. It is just a harrowing ordeal for this family in South Los Angeles.
I'm Paul Vercammen, reporting from Los Angeles, now back to you.
CHURCH: Thanks for that. And some of the largest companies in the world are boycotting Facebook right now as they call on it to stop hate for profit. We'll take you through the names. That's ahead. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
CHURCH: At least five people have been killed after gunmen attacked the Pakistan stock exchange in Karachi. Police and security officials are among the dead.
The director of the exchange tells CNN at least four attackers wearing what looked like police uniforms stormed the compound using guns and grenades. He says they were all killed and the situation is now under control. The attack reportedly happened in a highly secured area where a number of banks are also headquartered.
Well, The Washington Post is reporting U.S. troops are believed to have been killed because of alleged Russian bounties, but it's not clear how many died. The New York Times was the first to report on the alleged Russian program that offered money to Taliban militants for coalition deaths.
President Trump says he was never briefed about the Intel, but Democrat Nancy Pelosi says his response is part of a pattern.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've raised that several times now. You said you don't know what the Russians have on President Trump. But do you believe they have something on him?
NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Well, how else would you explain his refusal to even -- to ignore again and again the intelligence that puts right at the Russian doorstep, the involvement into our elections, for example?
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CHURCH: Russia's embassy in Washington has called the Times story "baseless allegations."
The former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing are expected in court Monday. Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, will appear via video link. He's charged with second-degree murder. The other three officers accused of aiding and abetting in Mr. Floyd's death will appear in person.
The hearing comes more than a month after George Floyd was killed while in police custody. The incident, which was caught on video, sparks weeks of protests against racial injustice in the U.S. and around the world.
But over in the White House, the U.S. president is again accused of fueling racial tensions, this time for re-tweeting this video.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: White power, white power. Yeah, there you go white power.
CHURCH (voice-over): And you can hear the man in the video shouting "white power." Mr. Trump eventually deleted that tweet. The president has in the past denied his language is racist or inflammatory and dismisses criticism of such rhetoric. Jeremy Diamond has details on that and the White House response.
JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (on camera): President Trump on Sunday amplifying a video in which one of his supporters can be heard saying "white power, white power."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: White power, white power.
DIAMOND (voice-over): The president posting a retweet of that video and also adding this comment, saying, "Thank you to the great people of the villages." That is a location in Florida where this video was reportedly shot. Now, the president did delete that tweet after it was online for more than three hours.
And the White House says that the president simply did not hear that message before he posted that tweet. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere is saying in a statement, "President Trump is a big fan of the villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters."
(On camera): Now, this, of course, is not an isolated incident. It is the latest in a string of examples where we have seen President Trump amplifying hateful or racist messages.
DIAMOND (on camera): We saw the president, of course, after that white supremacist rally in Charlottesville say that there were many fine people among those at that rally.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Very fine people, on both sides.
DIAMOND (on camera): We've also seen the president retweet anti- Muslim videos and many other examples exist, as well. And particularly this is striking because President Trump has really struggled to address issues of systemic racism and racism broadly in America amid these protests since the death of George Floyd.
He has not in a comprehensive manner addressed that. Instead, what we have seen is him fanning the flames, and this was really just the latest example.
Now, while the president did delete that tweet ultimately after more than three hours, what he didn't do was apologize for posting it in the first place, nor that he condemned the Trump supporter who said "white power." Jeremy Diamond, CNN, the White House.
CHURCH: Starbucks has become one of the latest in a who's who of some of the world's biggest and best-known companies to pull the plug on spending their cash on Facebook, protesting what they see as the site's failure to stop the spread of hate speech.
So let's cross over to see John Defterios. He joins us live from Abu Dhabi to break down the numbers for us. Good to see you, John. So, the list of big companies boycotting Facebook is increasing. Who else is on that list and what impact is this having on the way Mark Zuckerberg and his company deals with hate speech?
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN ANCHOR AND EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: Yeah, it's moving fast, Rosemary, and as it does, we're moving into a whole new league of household names, that's for sure. So it's fair to say this is main stream and there are also major advertisers on a global basis, so they will have an impact here.
We have to remember, this started mainly with outdoor apparel companies. At Ben & Jerry's, the ice cream maker, they are progressive companies willing to put themselves up first.
But look at the list that you're talking about here. Starbucks joins Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Honda, Levi Strauss, Unilever, the household products maker. This is extraordinary in terms of the speed in which it's moving.
And I think Facebook is finding out that perceived complacency is not working when it comes to Black Lives Matter and this civil action that's been taken. It's only a week old, Rosemary. Let's listen to their response.
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NICK CLEGG, V.P. GLOBAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS, FACEBOOK: I'm not going to pretend that we're going to get rid of everything that people, you know, react negativity to, not least as you very well know politically. Folks on the right who think that we take down too much content, folks on the left who think we don't take down enough.
We will continue to do what we think is the only sensible way forward, to have clear rules, to bear down very aggressively on hate speech in particular, remove it from our platform where we identify, which we now do with greater speed, greater velocity, and a greater quantity than any other social media company.
We understand this is a very fraught, intense time in the nation and we will continue to demonstrate our sincerity in dealing with this problem with the responsibility that we clearly do bear.
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DEFTERIOS: Is it enough, is the real question here. And it seems that, Rosemary, time is compressed because one month ago, it was Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, who had a conversation with Donald Trump. We didn't find out what they talked about. And then on June 2nd, he held a town hall meeting with his staff and they had a virtual walkout.
They said you're not being forthright with your intentions and how to handle this. This is seen counter to the position Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has taken -- challenging, tagging, labelling everything that Donald Trump puts out, but also much more forthright when it came to the campaign here by the civil rights groups who are stepping up and saying this is no longer acceptable.
CHURCH: Yeah, very different approaches there. And John, what does this boycott mean in duller terms? How big are the losses for Facebook so far?
DEFTERIOS: Well, it's too early because you know why? The advertising is now saying, I'm pulling "X" amount for the month of July, Rosemary. But some are actually suggesting. This is where I think it gets interesting. This may carry on longer than a month. It may include all the social media spending.
But we know Facebook and Instagram, which is bought back in 2012, are in the eye of the storm. But to give you a taste of the amount of money we're talking about, Starbucks spent $95 million on Facebook in 2019. So it's big money.
Then it raises some other questions that will start to percolate, I'm sure. The monopoly, perhaps, that Facebook has here because 94 percent of the chief marketing officers use Facebook or Instagram in one form or another.
So it has a phenomenal reach, 2.6 billion monthly users, 2/3 of them are adults. So it's kind of prime time for these brands. But I think the climate has changed quite rapidly and they need to see Facebook move more aggressively.
CHURCH: Yeah, meet that moment. John Defterios is joining us live from Abu Dhabi. Many thanks.
Well, some couples can't wait to get married, even during a pandemic. Creative ways to say "I do" while staying safe. We'll take a look when we come back.
CHURCH: Well, this pandemic is impacting just about every aspect of our lives, including weddings for those who had planned on getting married during the last few months. CNN's Tom Foreman shows us how the wedding industry has been affected and how couples are finding new ways of saying "I do."
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They knew that they both loved "The Wedding Crashers," knew what her dress looks like, which colors they use. Kelsy Gibson and Alex Ferrara knew they were going to have a perfect wedding. Then in the Michigan cold, the worst crasher of all came.
KELSY GIBSON, WEDDING POSTPONED BY PANDEMIC: It's so crazy. We would have never thought that this would ever happen.
FOREMAN (voice-over): The pandemic swept away the pomp, the party, and the promise of 200 guests sharing their special moment.
ALEX FERRARA, WEDDING POSTPONED BY PANDEMIC: Then there came a day when the honeymoon got cancelled. It just kept progressing as one item, like dominos falling.
FOREMAN (voice-over): They're not alone. Spring kicks off the wedding season each year in a big way, but not this time, according to a leading matrimonial website, theknot.com.
JEFFRA TRUMPOWER, SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR, THE KNOT WORLDWIDE: As we look at data, there were supposed to be a little over 500,000 weddings over the course of the last three months. So tons of couples are rescheduling their weddings, getting married, you know, may be virtually and postponing their reception for later.
FOREMAN (voice-over): The Knot estimates the average couple employs more than a dozen vendors, dressmakers, florists, photographers, caterers, limo drivers, many of whom rely on the wedding trade. So the industry is climbing its way back, embracing new tongue and cheek ideas like delay the date notices and supporting small private services while awaiting the return of big celebrations.
TRUMPOWER: We are seeing what we are calling the (INAUDIBLE) right now. Bakeries are sending many wedding cakes. Florists are sending many bouquets or maybe some center pieces that the couple can enjoy.
FOREMAN (voice-over): As for Alex and Kelsy, as his company started making masks and she dove into her work in public health --
GIBSON: We talk to our families about it. We talk to our friends.
FOREMAN (voice-over): They loaded up a few close friends on strict disinfecting rules and their puppy, drove to lakeshore, and got married anyway, while their families watched online. The virus made their big reception wait, but not their love, and --
FERRARA: Our wedding was perfect in spite of the circumstances.
GIBSON: Our wedding was absolutely perfect even though it wasn't planned.
FOREMAN (voice-over): Tom Foreman, CNN, Bethesda, Maryland.
CHURCH: They did it. And thanks so much for being with us. I'm Rosemary Church. I will have another hour of news in just a moment.