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AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: It is Sunday, October 31st. Welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Amara Walker in for Christi Paul. And Happy Halloween, Boris.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, Amara. Happy Halloween to you. And to the folks at home thanks so much for joining us. I'm Boris Sanchez.
Let's get straight to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. He's in Rome for the G20 summit. Good morning to you, Wolf. An eventful morning already for President Biden and still plenty on the agenda.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: There certainly is lots going on here in Rome. They're all gearing up to head off to Scotland as well. The president and the world leaders focusing in on climate change and supply chain disruptions on this, the final day of the G20 summit here in beautiful Rome.
Up first for the president today, a key meeting with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We saw the two leaders arrive for their meeting during last hour.
The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, both NATO allies, has been rather tense over these past few years. Turkey's purchase of a Russian air defense system has contributed, certainly, to the tension. And just ahead of the meeting President Biden said he was looking forward to what he hoped would be a good conversation with the Turkish leader. We'll find out fairly soon.
Later today, President Biden will lead a discussion on the supply chain issues affecting the United States and other world economies. They'll focus in on short-term efforts to try to relieve bottlenecks in the system as well as long-term solutions.
As the summit wraps up, the president is actually scheduled to hold a formal news conference here in Rome. He'll face questions from reporters not just about the summit but also the fate of his domestic agenda back in Washington.
Climate change certainly dominates the agenda for President Biden today. After the G20 summit wraps up, he'll head to what's called the COP26 climate conference in Scotland. He will be there tomorrow and Tuesday.
Our chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins is here along with CNN international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson. So, what do you expect first of all, Kaitlan, based on all the background briefings you've been getting? What do we anticipate today?
KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, today has a big schedule, and it's wide ranging. Of course, first this meeting with the Turkish president, which I don't know if you could hear the president there but he did briefly say they are planning on having a good conversation. There's a lot on the agenda for the president and the Turkish leader.
Of course, Lebanon, Syria, also defense systems in the dust up over whether or not they are going to be able to get F-16s that Turkey is trying to buy from the United States which, of course, conflicts with their recent purchase of a Russian missile system -- a Russian defense system. And so that is something, of course, that is going to be a big topic for the two of them as they are behind closed doors.
We'll see what the readout of that meeting looks like from the White House and what they believe are the tangible achievements walking out of that. But we do know that essentially they're hoping to stabilize that relationship because it has been a frosty one between the two sides.
But then, of course, later on this evening the president is going to have a meeting on the supply chain with world leaders which we know has been an issue that is affecting almost every nation in the wake of these countries trying to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. And you see the president struggle with what to do at home on that and what really is in his capacity to be able to do to fix the supply chain which is not just a domestic issue in the U.S., but one that if you are going to fix a problem in the United States you've got to fix it in so many other nations. And so that's going to be a big focus in the short term what can they do to alleviate these shortages. And so we'll see what that actually looks like.
The president himself is deciding what to do at home. Recently, he said he would consider deploying the National Guard to help with those bottlenecks. The White House later said they were not actively pursuing that. And so we'll see if they make any tangible achievements, progress on that front.
BLITZER: Because you hear the words, Nic, supply chain. And you say, what does that exactly mean? It means it's going to cost more for people to buy products that they need. Inflation is going to go up if you're not getting in all the supplies that you need especially for developing these products. Huge problems with supplies for cars, for example. The prices are going to go up and this, in effect, becomes a tax on working class folks.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: It does. The United Kingdom, for example -- the U.S. has its own issues with the United Kingdom, containers that are landing at the major port for distribution across the U.K. are actually not making it to the U.K. [06:05:04]
They're being sent elsewhere because there isn't the infrastructure. There isn't the trucking capacity to move it around. And so it not only affects what -- the products that are available to people, whether there will be certain Christmas presents, products -- toys for children coming from China will be available, but it's actually a fate in the overall economy and it does -- it does feed down and hurt the less well off families.
So, the supply chain issue absolutely critical for all these leaders here. They will all be affected. It's all interconnected. That business that's now getting turned away from the U.K. is ending up, you know, for European partners.
BLITZER: And hovering over this certainly related to that supply chain issue, Kaitlan, is the COVID pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic, which still continues and continues all over the world right now. And it's a big subject here at the G20 summit because there's a lot of people that were worried about what's happening in the developing nations. They're not getting the shots, for example, the vaccinations, that they really need.
COLLINS: Right. And, of course, this is the first time all of these world leaders have been together, Wolf, since 2019 because they have not had the G20 summit in person because of COVID-19 pandemic. So, all of these world leaders are coming to the stage with a whole new set of problems that -- before, of course, we still have the issues that there were previously, but now they're also dealing with coming out of a pandemic, dealing with vaccinations, dealing with a blow that it took -- and the toll that it took on economics, their economies. And so that is going to be a big one.
Vaccine sharing is a big part of that. Because, of course, a lot of these wealthier nations are on the hook for helping out those underdeveloped and developing nations to get more vaccines and that has been a really big push by world leaders. Because what you've seen from these global leaders as they've said, yes, you can vaccinate all the people you want in your country and we understand why that is important and that's your number one priority. But if we don't get the entire world vaccinated this is still going to be a problem that we are dealing with on a global scale. So, what is the solution to that and are wealthy nations doing enough to help developing nations get vaccines?
BLITZER: And if they don't vaccinate these people there are going to be more mutations potentially that can spread from some of the developing countries to the developed countries, and causing all sorts of problems in the developed countries. Sixty, 70 percent sometimes of the folks are fully vaccinated. In some of these poorer nations maybe two, three, four percent are fully vaccinated and that's a huge, huge problem there discussing here at the G20 summit as well.
Guys, stand by. Don't go too far away. Kaitlan Collins and Nic Robertson helping us appreciate what's going on. Meanwhile, the president is urging world leaders to more aggressively fight against climate change. Michael Mann is director of Earth System Science Center and he's the author of "The New Climate War." He's joining us right now.
Michael, thank you so much for joining us. And we've already heard some very pessimistic comments from world leaders just ahead of the COP26 summit that's going to be opening up in Scotland. What will you be watching for, Michael? How will you judge the success or failure of this hugely important climate summit?
MICHAEL E. MANN, DIRECTOR, EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE CENTER: Thanks, Wolf. It's good to be with you.
And I'm actually somewhat optimistic. You know, what would success mean at COP26? It would mean a number of things. First of all it would mean that all of the major polluters commit to the sorts of reductions that we know we have to see if we're going to avert catastrophic warming of the planet. That's roughly 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions within the next 10 years.
And part of the reason some people are concerned at this point is that there is what we call an implementation gap. There's a gap between the words that politicians are using, that world leaders are using, the commitments they're making and the actual facts on the ground, whether they're doing anything to meet those commitments.
Here in the United States, for example, while the Biden administration has committed to lowering carbon emissions by that necessary 50 percent within the next 10 years, we know that we don't yet have legislation in Congress that would codify that. And there is the continued construction of pipelines, gas and oil pipelines which ultimately is inconsistent with stabilizing warming below catastrophic levels.
Secondly -- so we're going to need to see the major polluters of the world all not only commit to these, you know, reductions, but to actually demonstrate that they're taking steps to meet their obligations. Secondly, we need assistance for the developing world. They need to be provided with the resources that are necessary for them to leapfrog past the fossil fuel stage. We can't afford India and other developing countries to make the same mistake we made or we will blow past those targets.
BLITZER: What worries me, Michael, and I wonder if it worries you, is that the leaders of some of the world's biggest polluters won't be in Scotland. Does that hurt the push to get more concrete commitments? President Xi of China, for example, is not attending.
MANN: Yes. Well, you know, there is still some friction between China and the United States and other countries on a number of issues, not necessarily climate change. There does seem to be an increasing alignment on climate change.
China has, for example, committed to building no new coal-fired power plants abroad. So, there's been some movement. They're back at the negotiating table with the United States on climate, but I think there's some friction on other issues and that may have something to do with why they're not there.
I'm a little bit more concerned actually of two other countries that aren't there, Russia and Saudi Arabia, because Russia and Saudi Arabia are petrostates. They see their main asset right now as being fossil fuels and they've fought tooth and nail over the last several years to prevent any international agreements to act on climate. I'm a little bit more concerned about those petrostates, those bad actors. And so we need to make sure that we hold them accountable in these proceedings.
BLITZER: As you mentioned, President Biden wanted to come to this summit with an agreement on his economic and climate plan, an agreement passed by Congress that obviously didn't happen. How does that impact his standing going in to the climate summit in Scotland?
MANN: Yes. And so we're sort of in this in between stage where there's this framework that has been announced, an initial framework, that would include about $500 billion for climate, for clean emergency, for -- for climate, clean energy and -- so that's -- that's -- you know, that's progress right there. But we need to make sure, again, that that gets codified in legislation.
BLITZER: And we should find out fairly soon if that, in fact, is going to happen. They are hoping -- the White House is hoping that the House of Representatives will vote on both of these legislative initiatives this coming week. Michael Mann, thank you so much for joining us. Appreciate it very much.
We've got a lot more coming up from here at this historic G20 summit in Rome. But right now I want to send it back to Boris and Amara for all the other late breaking developments -- guys.
SANCHEZ: A lot of big news, Wolf, including on the January 6th commission. Of course, we're going to check in with you throughout the hour.
We are learning new details about more than 700 pages of handwritten notes that former President Trump wants to hide from the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Those files cover dates up to and including January 6th, and they include specifics about efforts to overturn Trump's election loss.
WALKER: Yes. The U.S. House tells a federal court that the former president has no legal right to protect those papers that hold crucial information. CNN's Katelyn Polantz has more details.
KATELYN POLANTZ, CNN CRIME AND JUSTICE REPORTER: Good morning, Boris and Amara.
Until late Friday night we did not know the records that existed from the Trump White House about January 6th and now we do. The National Archives revealed in a court filing after midnight on Friday that there are many, many pages of files from the Trump presidency about January 6th. And those include things like visitors' logs, call records, 30 pages of Trump's daily schedule, even handwritten notes about calls and plans from Mark Meadow, the chief of staff.
Now, in all it's 700 pages that the National Archives has about January 6th from the Trump White House and Donald Trump is currently trying to keep those records private. He wants to keep them secret, and he especially wants to keep them from the House of Representatives, which is investigating January 6th with a special committee. So, the House committee is going to be looking for these documents and Trump is going to be in court this week on Thursday trying to get a court order to block the National Archives from turning over these records to the House.
Now, this is going to be a central part of the House investigation and what is being discussed this week, but also, we are learning new things about others that the House is trying to pursue, other questions they are trying to get answers to. We learned in a report from CNN's "KFILE" over the weekend that a lawyer that was working for Trump outside of the White House named John Eastman, he was advising about how Vice President Mike Pence would be able to overturn the popular vote of 2020 that would have led -- that did lead to Donald Trump's loss of the election. And he spoke to Steve Bannon four days before January 6th about what he wanted Pence to do.
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STEVE BANNON, FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST: Are we to assume that this is going to be a climactic battle that's going to take place this week about the very question of the constitutionality of the electoral count act of 1877?
JOHN EASTMAN, LAWYER: Well, I think a lot of that depends on the courage and the spine of the individuals involved.
BANNON: When you just said the courage and the spine are you talking on the other side of the football? Would you be -- would you be -- that'd be a nice way to say a guy named Mike -- Vice President Mike Pence?
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POLANTZ: Now, that is a more direct statement from Eastman than what we had known before about what he wanted Pence to do. And we also have learned in the past few days reporting from "The Washington Post" where e-mails John Eastman had sent to Mike Pence's lawyer saying that the siege is because you and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so the American people can see for themselves what happened.
That e-mail obtained by "The Washington Post" was sent from Eastman on January 6th as he was trying to blame the Capitol riot on Mike Pence not blocking the Electoral College certification. And this is the sort of thing that House committee is going to keep investigating. We know that they are interested in talking with Eastman and that is likely to be something that is discussed much on Capitol Hill this week. Back to you.
WALKER: Wow. Extraordinary stuff, Katelyn Polantz. Thank you for that.
Since January 6th private militias have been in the headlines but what do you really know about them? Well, this week, "THIS IS LIFE" uncovers how a constitutionally granted right has led to the modern militias of today. Watch an all new "THIS IS LIFE WITH LISA LING" tonight at 10:00.
SANCHEZ: Up next this hour, Election Day in Virginia just two days away, so what issues will this closely watched governor's race really come down to? We'll take you live to the campaign trail next.
WALKER: And we continue to follow what is happening on the second and final day of the G20 summit. There is a busy day ahead for President Biden focusing on climate change and those global supply chain issues. Our special live coverage will continue ahead.
SANCHEZ: We are 20 minutes past the hour. And now in the final stretch of the race for Virginia's next governor, with a race essentially a tossup at this point, both candidates are making their final pitches to voters.
WALKER: On the campaign trail Saturday, Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin attempted to position himself as a unifier for all Virginians.
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GLENN YOUNGKIN (R), VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: It is not Democrats versus Republicans anymore. This is not -- this is not people standing around holding up certain political philosophies. This is Virginians coming together and defining a new way forward for our commonwealth.
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WALKER: Let's go now to CNN national political reporter Dan Merica live in Manassas, Virginia, this morning. This is a very closely watched race. What is the latest, Dan?
DAN MERICA, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER: Yes. Good morning, guys.
I mean, this is a tight race coming down to it and you really could see that yesterday as both candidates stumped and really ran around through vote rich areas across the commonwealth. And the reason yesterday was so critical was it was the last day of early voting. And it seems, based on numbers from the Department of Elections here in Virginia, that they were successful. Over 1.1 million people have cast ballots in this race before even Election Day happens on Tuesday.
And that tightness that you're talking about has really nationalized this race. Because it's one of the only races going on this year it has nationalized this contest. For Youngkin, there are questions about whether he can win areas like I'm in right now, suburban and exurban areas. And for McAuliffe, what has hung over his entire campaign has been the success or failure of the Biden administration. Voters seeing this as a possible referendum on Democratic leadership in Washington and that's why it's been so important. And McAuliffe has long been waiting for Democrats in Washington to pass those two spending bills that are currently being talked about in the House and the Senate.
And in a somewhat cruel twist of irony we learned yesterday that those two bills would get a vote in the House on Tuesday, Election Day here in Virginia. That is not something that McAuliffe wanted. He obviously wanted to close his campaign running on those two bills, and now obviously, because it's happening on Election Day, he won't be able to do that.
My colleague, Arlette Saenz, asked McAuliffe about this. Take a listen to the hint of irony he seems to feel in that vote happening on Tuesday.
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TERRY MCAULIFFE (D), VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: Arlette, it is what it is. I mean, people here in Virginia want to hear about my education plan, job creation, what I do on health care. I don't get asked about it. I'd like to see them do it as soon as possible because it is $7 billion dollars of roads here in Virginia, but as long as they get it done by the time I'm inaugurated I'm happy.
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MERICA: You know, I talked to Senator Tim Kaine off camera who said he was disappointed with his colleagues and -- so that is why this is hanging over this entire race. Today you're going to see Youngkin actually in the farthest west regions of Virginia stumping there. McAuliffe will be here in Manassas. He also has an event near Richmond and then he closes the day with a Halloween parade in Leesburg. Boris and Amara.
WALKER: All right. Dan Merica, thank you so much for breaking that down for us.
Here with me now is managing editor of Axios and CNN political analyst Margaret Talev. Good morning to you.
So, let's start with that, I mean, this being a referendum on Democratic leadership, you know, when it comes to McAuliffe's chances. I mean, how will the stalled agenda impact McAuliffe and his chances?
MARGARET TALEV, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Yes. Good morning.
He does have, you know, a day and half to make the case that they're on the cusp of doing this in Congress, but it is true that for many Democrats in leadership there's been a real frustration with that element of the kind of standoff between the Manchin wing and the progressive wing, is that the Virginia race has been on the calendar forever. Everybody knew what day it was. And Pelosi and her team were, you know, really leaning into the idea that getting it passed earlier would have helped McAuliffe. But, look, this is the moment that the Democrats are at, and for McAuliffe, the challenge is two fold.
It's turning out African-American voters, and it's competing for the folks who haven't voted yet for White women voters in the suburbs and for independent voters. And the challenge for McAuliffe is that Youngkin has really been, the polls show, gaining in terms of momentum with that independent vote. You're going to see McAuliffe in Leesburg (INAUDIBLE) in Loudoun County. It's going to be a crucial county for turnout in this race. It's like the third biggest county in Virginia, and it's one of these truly swing counties that have been trending blue. The question is, can Republicans get it back?
And ironically education -- public education is one of these issues. Separate from COVID, separate from Biden, separate from infrastructure, separate from the economy, public education is an issue that Glenn Youngkin has really been able to take advantage of. And the polling, again, shows that with those independent voters they are embracing his conversations around education.
WALKER: So is that what it's coming down to? Because -- I mean, I just want to come off of your comments about, you know, how he's gaining -- Youngkin is gaining with the independent voters. You know, we know that Virginia has been viewed as a purple state for a long time. In fact, it's become increasingly blue, right, with Biden who won the state by more than 10 points in the last general election. So, talk to us about how Youngkin turned this into a -- such a close race?
TALEV: Education is one of these issues and it's a sort of combination of events. We all know nationally watching this interest in school board races, something that's really energized Republican voters, questions not just about masking policies in schools, but around curriculum, how race is taught, how race is talked about, and some of these culture war issues that are playing out among our teenagers and among school administrators. And, you know, for decades, basically Democrats have kind of been branded closer to public education and embrace of funding, teacher funding, all these issues.
What we have seen in this race is that the research shows a real erosion in people's kind of affinity or alliance around the idea that Democrat are who you would vote if you were centrally interested in promoting public education. There's been a pretty effective job by the Youngkin campaign addressing these issues. A couple of bumbles by Terry McAuliffe's campaign -- by Terry McAuliffe himself, I should say.
But the only thing that I heard from Democratic strategists is just that there's kind of a softness around this idea of malaise because COVID (INAUDIBLE) because the economy has had a hard time digging out, probably better obviously because of stimulus but it's still -- we're stuck still in a pandemic now a year after the presidential election. And that, you know, it's hard for polling to measure, but those issues around enthusiasm and around how the country is doing are really also important drivers.
So you have a combination. You have a good candidate on the Republican side who is skilled, who's -- adeptly tried to balance distancing himself from Trump so that he doesn't turn off swing voters, and yet appealing to the Trump base, trying to kind of have it both ways. He said he's campaigning for all Virginians. He's definitely campaigning for all Republicans and Republican leaning independents and trying to figure out if that's enough this year.
WALKER: Yes. Definitely walking that tight rope and this election definitely will have national implications and be seen as a test case particularly for Republicans. Appreciate you joining us, Margaret Talev. Thank you so much.
All right. Up next, the FDA grants emergency use authorization on vaccines for kids. Now, the final decision is in the CDC's hands. We'll tell you how soon shots could get into arms and what it means for millions of children across the country.
BORIS JOHNSON, CNN ANCHOR: Some promising news to share with you this morning on the COVID pandemic as more Americans get vaccinated. According to the CDC, nearly 58 percent of the United States population is now fully vaccinated. And almost 18 million people have received a third dose or booster shot since mid-August.
And that good news comes as the FDA on Friday issued emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids ages five to 11. On Tuesday, the CDC's vaccine advisors are going to meet to weigh in with their recommendations. And that means that by Wednesday, kids from five to 11 could begin getting their vaccines.
Let's discuss this and more with epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. He's the former health commissioner for the city of Detroit. Dr. El- Sayed, always great to see you. Good morning. A new poll shows that about a third of parents said they would get their 5 to 11-year-old vaccinated as soon as a shot is authorized. But many are concerned -- oh, it looks like we've got some technical difficulties there. That's unfortunate. We're going to try to get Dr. Abdul El-Sayed back as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we're going to go to a quick break. When we come back from that break, fans call it the tomahawk chop, others just call it racist. Former President Trump alongside former First Lady Melania joined the crowd at last night's Atlanta Braves game and doing it. We'll look at the follow up next.
SANCHEZ: Clearly being Halloween, we had some goblins in the system. But we've got epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed back with us now to discuss all things COVID. He's the former health commissioner for the city of Detroit. Dr. El-Sayed, always great to have you. Before we went off, I was saying that a new poll shows that only about a third of parents would get their 5 to 11-year-old kids vaccinated right away.
Another third said that they would wait and see what happens and yet the last third said that they would never get their kids vaccinated. I'm wondering what you would tell parents specifically about their hesitation and why they should get their kids vaccinated.
DR. ABDUL EL-SAYED, EPIDEMIOLOGIST: Well, I'll tell you this. I'm a father of a toddler and she turns four at the end of November. I wish that she was turning five because that could mean that she could be vaccinated against this disease that's hospitalized 38,000 children, 170 kids have died.
We have this perception from early coverage that somehow this disease doesn't affect children. That's just not true. And I don't want my kid to be one of them. And so, as I think about all of these children who's -- who are now coming eligible for this vaccine, all of their parents who worry about them, this is the single best thing you could do to make sure that this worry is now behind you to protect your children, protect your family. And I would be making the same decision. That's probably the best endorsement I can give. I would ask -- I would have my child vaccinated.
SANCHEZ: Doctor, I've seen a lot of misinformation throughout the pandemic on social media. And more recently, some parents have peddled nonsense about fertility issues that might be caused by the vaccine and future issues in kids. Have you seen any evidence to back up those concerns?
ABDUL EL-SAYED: There's absolutely zero evidence that this vaccine is associated with any fertility issues in adults or children. In fact, it's been a big issue with adults because a disproportionate number of people who are filling up the ICUs are pregnant women. And we could prevent this if of course, we got vaccinated.
And so, you know, you're going to see misinformation and disinformation. Unfortunately, this is part of living in the 21st century with the likes of Facebook, and social media moving information around us. But the facts are, is that this is a safe and effective vaccine, 91 percent effective. We know that it is safe, and it's the best way to know that your child is protected against this disease that is affected so many people.
The good news here is that the FDA has already approved it. We should be hearing from the CDC early in the week. 15 million doses waiting to go out starting on Wednesday. Again, if my kid was old enough, we'd be the first in line.
SANCHEZ: And Doctor, obviously a lot of kids trick or treating tonight. What advice would you give parents trying to keep their kids COVID-free?
ABDUL EL-SAYED: First, have a great time. It's nice to have Halloween back. It also happens to be my birthday. So, that's, that's great. Go out, celebrate, but stay outside. That's probably the most important thing. And make sure that if you stay outside. We know that the risks of transmission are extremely low. So, I hope that folks have a fantastic Halloween. Hopefully, it doesn't spook your internet like it spooked mine, but I hope folks enjoy it.
SANCHEZ: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, we'll leave it there. Thank you so much. Thank you.
And coming up, we'll take you back out live to Rome as the G-20 begins to wrap up. A lot still ahead on the agenda for President Biden. We'll check in with Wolf Blitzer and our team tracking all the latest developments.
AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: So, the Atlanta Braves widened their lead in the world series against the Houston Astros now ahead three to one.
SANCHEZ: Among the thousands of people taking in the game last night was former President Trump. He's now drawing scrutiny this morning from some for taking part in the controversial Tomahawk chop. He was one of many in the crowd to do it. It's been a chant and gesture used at Braves games for about three decades now, but it's been criticized by Native American advocacy groups as mocking native culture.
They argue that the chop and the team's name is racist, reducing Native American history to caricature. Others argue that the chant is actually a tribute. And we should know that similar chants are performed by other sports teams like the Florida State Seminoles with support from some native groups.
Nevertheless, the former president, no stranger to this kind of controversy. This only the latest episode in a career that's been marked by culturally insensitive and often downright racist statements.
WALKER: In the meantime, CNN's Donie O'Sullivan went to the ballpark ahead of the game and spoke to Georgians about how they feel about the former president showing up.
DONIE O'SULLIVAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Baseball fan showing up here at the World Series in Atlanta tonight having mixed feelings about the former president showing up to the game. Have a listen.
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O'SULLIVAN: How do you think Trump will be received?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I hate to say it. We are -- we are fans. Yes, we like his policies. We don't like his attitude sometimes, but we like his policies.
O'SULLIVAN: You think -- you think you'll get some more cheers than boos maybe tonight?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: More chairs and boos, absolutely. Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His personality is a little bit over the -- over the top.
O'SULLIVAN: There's a special guest coming tonight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yes, we've heard. The one that doesn't like baseball.
O'SULLIVAN What do you think about that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're here to see the baseball game.
O'SULLIVAN Yes. Do you think -- do you think he'll get a warm welcome or booed or what?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mixed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Probably mixed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. If he -- up till a few months ago, he wanted people to boycott, right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I couldn't figure that out. You'll Ever see baseball boycotters here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
O'SULLIVAN: There's a special guests coming in tonight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who's that? Trump?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's my man.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yes.
O'SULLIVAN: You think -- you think he's going to get a warm reception here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely. Atlanta fans love him. He should have won the election.
(END VIDEO CLIP) O'SULLIVAN: So, there you have it. The former president back in a state Georgia that he falsely maintains that he didn't lose in the election 12 months ago. Of course, we are now only 12 months out or so from the midterm elections. At the World Series, I'm Donie O'Sullivan in Atlanta.
WALKER: Donie O'Sullivan getting the pulse of the people in Atlanta. Up next for us, spooky or a treat? We'll take a look at the Halloween forecast.
SANCHEZ: Plus, a tricky weekend for American Airlines passengers after the carrier canceled hundreds of flights. We'll tell you why.
WALKER" But first, we salute everyday people who have committed their lives to making the world a better place. This week, we announced the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2021. Here's CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Now that we've announced the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2021, it's time to show you how you can help decide who should be CNN Hero of the Year and receive $100,000 to continue their work. Just go to CNNHeroes.com where you can learn much more about each hero. And when you're ready, just click on vote. You get 10 votes every day to help support your heroes. That means you can cast all your votes for one hero or divide them among your favorites.
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WALKER: Go to CNNHeroes.com to vote for who inspires you the most. And remember to join Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa live on Sunday December 12th. We'll be right back.
SANCHEZ: This weekend has been a nightmare for some travelers after American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights. The company said bad weather and staffing shortages caused the cancellations. Two days of severe winds in Dallas Fort Worth affected flights at their largest U.S. hub. And crew members were stuck in locations outside of their regular routes. And it's continuing today. The airline says it's already preemptively canceled nearly 300 flights.
WALKER: Parts of the Northeast will experience heavy rain and strong wind this Halloween. A slow-moving storm system continues to pass through New England, but for many others across the U.S., today looks pretty dry, just in time for kids to get out and Trick or treat, including you Boris.
SANCHEZ: That's right. Allison Chinchar is live from the CNN Weather Center. Alison, what can we expect this Halloween?
ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Right. So, the main focus really for the worst weather is going to be across the Northeast. And when you look really, the heavy rain is really focused across New England, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. That's we're really going to see the bulk of the downpours today.
Flood warnings in effect not only for some of those New England states, but we also still have some flood advisories left over from all the heavy rain yesterday across the Mid Atlantic. Elsewhere, they'll all be in a little cold in the central portion of the U.S. We really have relatively dry weather across much of the rest of the country. But the real question is, what is the weather going to be like tonight as a lot of folks are going to be heading out.
New York getting mostly clear skies. You're going to gradually see that decrease in clouds throughout the day tonight. Washington D.C., Atlanta, clear skies for this evening. That will be fantastic. Same thing over near Chicago. We're going to see increasing clouds for places like Denver and Cheyenne and some cloudy conditions over in San Francisco.
But, guys, what about maybe some of the spookier parts of the country we're talking about maybe Sleepy Hollow New York looking at mostly cloudy skies tonight. Temperature about 57 degrees similar conditions in Salem. Now, Batcave, talking about 53, some clear skies there. Munster Indiana 48 degrees with clear skies.
Out to the West, we do have the potential for at least a few snow showers in the forecast for places like Casper, Wyoming. So, one concern there, Boris and Amara, it may be a little hard to see the Friendly Ghost if you've got some of those snow showers kind of limiting your visibility.
WALKER: And these are real names Screamersville and -- wow.
SANCHEZ: We will -- we will be out looking for Casper. Yes, these are really great names. Allison Chinchar from the weather center, thank you so much.
WALKER: Well, you usually have to travel as far as the Arctic Circle to see the northern lights. But this weekend, it will be a little easier. A solar flare hitting Earth is supercharging the Aurora Borealis enhancing its visibility. Very cool. The Northern Lights will be visible with clear skies in the U.S. from New York to Portland and even as far south as North Carolina and across the Atlantic in northern parts of Europe.
SANCHEZ: Buenos Dias. Good morning? It is Sunday, October 31. I'm glad you could join us this Halloween. Welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.
WALKER: Good morning to you, Boris. I'm Amara Walker and for Christi Paul. And let's get right to it. CNN's Wolf Blitzer is in Rome for the G-20 Summit. Wolf, good morning to you.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, guys. Lots going on here. Very dramatic developments indeed. A very busy final day of the G-20 Summit here in Rome. And topping the agenda today, combating climate change and solving supply chain bottlenecks which are enormous right now.