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is evidence he was poisoned by the same nerve agent used against crem lkremlin critics. it is too soon to know the long-term effects. the kremlin meantime denies that he was ever poisoned. i'm brooke baldwin, thank you for being with me. special coverage continues now with pam brown. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to "the lead," i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper. and we begin with hour with breaking news. president trump moments ago wrapped up a meandering use conference defending his record on the coronavirus and then went after joe biden and his running mate kamala harris. >> biden and his very littleral running mate, the most liberal person in congress, not a competent person in my opinion, would destroy this country and this economy. should immediately apologize for
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the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now, talking about endangering lives and it undermines science. >> cnn's jeremy diamond joins us live from the white house. so, jeremy, this was billed as a labor day press conference, but what was really the point of this? >> reporter: yeah, there is no doubt the president turned this into a political attack speech as he does during the news conferences. going after joe biden in so many terms as to call him stupid and to suggest that china would own the united states if joe biden was elected president. but perhaps the most noteworthy comment was directed at the vice presidential nominee kamala harris. the president suggesting that harris made, quote, reckless anti-vaccine comments and he called on her to apologize. but that is just a total mischaracterization of what senator harris said yesterday to our colleague dana bash on state of the union. listen to what senator harris
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actually said. >> i think that's going to be an issue for all of us. i will say that i would not trust donald trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he's talking about. i will not take his word for it. >> reporter: now some have said that senator harris could have been clearing in touting that a safe and effective vaccine touted by public health experts that people should get that but there is no question that she made a direct distinction between what president trump would say versus what public health experts would say and making clear if public health experts say that vaccine was safe and effective, she would trust that. the president is insisting that it is the democrats who are making politics of this vaccine issue. the president once again today claimed or suggested that a vaccine could be ready by
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election day calling it a special day. public health experts haven't said a vaccine would be ready by then, only it would be possibly ready for the end of the year or next year. >> the earliest they say is by the end of the year and early next year. and he spent time denying the atlantic wort that claims president trump called service members who died suckers and losers. what is he saying today? >> reporter: yeah, the president once again saying that only an animal would refer to fallen service members in that way and he touted the latest denial by a former aide. this time was it was zachary fuentes. he did say that he did not hear the president make those comments but he also interestingly said that he believes the sources of the atlantic story may have been, quote, conflating stories, suggesting perhaps the president made these comments in another setting. i asked him a follow up question
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to ask about that and he has so far not replied. but what is notable, even as the president was defending himself from the allegations insisting he wouldn't attack the military. he went after the military brass claiming without offering any evidence that military leaders only want to be engaged in endless wars to support defense contractors with their production of bombs and war planes, et cetera. so nonetheless, the president continuing to make these questionable comments about the military. >> and he also went after john mccain again. all right. thanks, jeremy diamond. joe biden today, meanwhile, in pennsylvania, also weighed in on the possible vaccine for coronavirus after his running mate kamala harris told cnn she wouldn't trust trump as a credible source of information. biden said the president is, quote, undermining public confidence. cnn's arlette saenz is live from harrisburg. so the question is really whether biden would take a
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vaccine if it were offered before election day. what did he say? >> reporter: well, pamela, joe biden said he would take a vaccine if it was offered before election day but added that he wants to listen to the scientists. as he was leaving an event in lancaster, pennsylvania, he said he wants to see full transparency when it comes to the development and release of a vaccine. and he warned that president trump's misstatements about the coronavirus could undermine public confidence. take a listen to what he had to say. >> he said so many things that aren't true. i'm worried if we do have a good vaccine, people are reluctant to take it. and so he's undermining public confidence. but pray to god we have it. if i could get a vaccine tomorrow, would you do it. if it cost me the election, i would do it. >> reporter: now this comes after kamala harris said she would not trust the president's word alone on a coronavirus vaccine, that she would to hear about the efficacy relating to
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it from scientists. biden making clear today that if there was a vaccine, there would be no political influence on him whether to take one, if there was a effective vaccine approved by scientists. >> and you were in pennsylvania covering biden, of course this is a crucial battleground state, one that voted for democrats for the past two decades until 2016. tell us what is at stake for joe biden in pennsylvania? >> reporter: well, it's so important that he's spending his labor day here. this is the unofficial kickoff, sprint to the election. he'll be here again on friday showing just how important this state is to democrats heading into november's election. president trump won this state by 44,000 votes back in 2016. we are in a county that hillary clinton won during that election. so biden hoping he could run up
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the score here as he's opening that pennsylvania could be one of those states that could help deliver him the election against president trump come november. >> all right, arlette saenz, live for us in pennsylvania. now i want to bring in abby phillip and gloria borger. gloria, president trump as we've been talking about, accused joe biden and kamala harris of undermining science by questioning his rhetoric on the vaccine. is that any direct proof to back that up. >> no. there isn't at all. if you talk to scientists and ask them who is undermining science, i think the answer here would be donald trump. what was stunning was he said we're going to have that vaccine, maybe before, very special date, and you know what that date is. meaning the november election. and then he goes on to accuse the democrats of politicizing the vaccine. so when you talk about getting a vaccine before the date of the election, and he clearly believes that is a silver bullet
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for him and i'm not so sure that is wise. but he clearly believes it is. and thinks he'll get a lot of credit for it. deserved or undeserved. and then he accused the democrats of saying no, no, no it is not me, it is them. and i think the public should say, wait a minute, we want the scientists to talk about the vaccine. we don't want any presidential candidate talk about the vaccine. let science to do it. >> could that backfire for the president? >> absolutely. a recent cbs poll found that 65% of americans thought though if a vaccine was available before the election, before the end of the year, that it would be the result of a rushed process. that is a really high number. it is a troubling number from a public health perspective, but also from a political perspective for the president. there would be nothing worse for president trump than being
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perceived as to be rushing a vaccine just for the purposes of his own electoral standing. and i think the american public is already skeptical of the vaccine process. they already skeptical of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in general. so reinforce that, by continuously seeming to suggest that the timing could be tied to the election, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. there is, i think the president seems to have the idea that the vaccine is going to be a panacea for him but the reality is a lot more complicated than that if so many americans don't trust it and when it is time for public health professionals to get americans to take this vaccine and they don't want to do it, that is a catastrophe waiting to happen and i think it is a real risk for the president to go down this road. >> gloria, if the vaccine is ready for the election, it is not like it just goes out to everyone right away. there is a whole process.
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it will take time, a fair amount of time until other people could get it beyond those first front line workers. but it does make you wonder when you hear the president talk like this, the cdc letter went out to the states to tell them to get ready, prepare, something to come late october. is he dangling it out there even if it doesn't come before the election because he thinks it will help him. >> yes. he wants to get credit for operation warp speed as he called it. early on dr. fauci warned that he didn't like the name operation warp speed because he felt take that it would give the american public a sense this is being rushed through and that is why you saw the drug manufacturers get together this past week and say, you know what, we're not going to rush anything through until we all believe what we have is safe and effective. and i think that is where we are right now. and for the president to say, you know, we're going to have it, i think he's setting himself
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up for a problem here. because it is very complex to distribute these vaccines. and people are skeptical. don't forget, this is a president who brought you hydroxychloroquine, that is a president who said that covid would go away in two weeks. and i think that the public is skeptical for good reasons. and they have to be able to see from the science that it is going to work before they put anyone they love or themselves in harm's way before taking the vaccine. >> and of course, another topic that came out today during this press conference was the atlantic report, the president claimed that that report, which claimed that he called u.s. service members who died suckers and losers was totally made up. but then, abby, he went on to attack the late senator john mccain again in the same way the article describes? >> exactly. i think this is what has made this whole situation so difficult for the president to try to deny. he has said these things about
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john mccain on the record, on camera, on social media, repeatedly. people have seen it. seen it reported for years. and so the president is trying to deny that he would ever call someone who was a prisoner of war, a former service member, a loser. he did it. he did it when it came to john mccain. he claimed to chalk that up to a personal disagreement between the two men but he said publicly that he doesn't like people who were captured. that is something that he said. nothing that something made up about him. he also cited a sort of denial by a former top aid zack fuentes who you heard jeremy talking about. but he denied that he was a source of the atlantic article. he said that he personally didn't hear that from the president. but he seems to suggest that the source of the atlantic article was people conflating multiple stories. it just raises a lot of questions about where this is all headed and it is not a clear
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denial that the president wants to make it out to be today. >> and that statement certainly raised a lot of questions. thanks so much. and now let's discuss this with dr. rashiel winski, the chief of infectious diseases at massachusetts general hospital. nice to see you. i want to tauslk about the vaccine. that was a big topic for the president today. he denied that he was politicizing a vaccine and blamed democrats of doing it. do you worry there is so much partisan fighting that americans won't trust a vaccine once it is actually approved? >> it is a great point. good afternoon, pam. you know, there is an enormous amount of vaccine hesitancy in this country at baseline. we know the flu vaccine that has a long history of safety generally every year only about 45% of americans who are eligible receive the flu vaccine. so you layer on top of that the fact that it is moving very, very quickly. layer on top of that the lot of
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the politics embedded in conversations and then finally the concern that over the last several months we've seen what i would perceive and my colleagues i believe would perceive as missteps in the fda, in the cdc, with regard to convalescent plasma and guidelines on covid testing and many of the agencies seems to be falling under the political thumb of the administration. and so there is a lot of concern and trust and i think we've seen that in the polls of people who would take the vaccine. in july, about one in three american voters said this woe be interested in taking the vaccine and more recently now it is down to one in five. given how critical that vaccine is good in the tool box of tackling disease, i have real concerns about it becoming a political discussion and not a scientific one. >> and that is a valid concern. let's game this out. let's say that a vaccine was approved for a release by the election, late october, early
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november, when would the majority of americans actually have access to it? >> right, it is a really key question and part of the question is how many vaccines we'll have, how many of the trials will demonstrate proven efficacy and safety. and i think we can believe that this would be a limited resource for at least the medium term. the first vaccine that started in clinical trials was the maderna vaccine. that is a two-dose vaccine. and the outcomes of that vaccine not only wait until two doses but two weeks after the second dose. so we're really talking about millions of americans needing vaccination, we're talking about many of them needing for the moderna vaccine, anyway, two doses of vaccination. so this is not a quick fix regardless. the national academy of medicine has been asked by the cdc and the nih to think through who would be prioritized.
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i think everybody recognizes that this is a scarce resource as soon as we have it. and the first phase of prioritization is toward first responders and physicians and elderly in settings. >> and we're at the mercy of the phase three trials and how that goes in terms of collecting enough data to approve release. but this new data is showing the coronavirus vaccine trials, they're still not enrolling enough minority participants. is there any way to know if a vaccine is safe unless the trials could meet the goals? >> right. it is really important. we know that there are about 2.5 times the number of cases of covid among latin x and black and hispanic communities and there are about 4 1/2 times the hospitalizations among the communities compared to whites. so we very much need to make sure that the vaccine is going
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to be effective and safe, specifically among these communities and they have been underenrolled compared to white communities. this past week moderna agreed to slow down enrollment in hopes of increasing enrollment for black and latin x community. >> >> doctor, thank you so much. this discussion will continue that's for sure. >> thanks for having me. let's take a look at scenes like this from around the country over labor day weekend could mean for coronavirus in the fall. and then president trump claims rochester, new york, had a, quote, bad night of protests. now that city's mayor is responding. we'll be back. op for a cold. [man] honey... [woman] honey that's why there's new dayquil severe honey. it's maximum strength cold and flu medicine with soothing honey-licious taste. dayquil honey. the daytime coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, power through your day medicine.
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and welcome back to a
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special edition of "the lead." i want to turn to the health lead. there are new fears coronavirus cases could spike as the massive holiday gatherings health experts have been warning against for weeks are popping up across the country. there were not many signs of social distancing as crowds packed the beaches in new jersey and maryland down to florida and georgia. the mayor is calling this party right here with more than a thousand people in san francisco, quote, reckless and selfish. this is where the united states is today. 16 states are seeing a rise in cases. with 16 others holding steady and 18 seen decreases. but we saw spikes after memorial day and then after july fourth and top doctors worry it could happen again now. rosa flores is live in miami beach, florida, so what you have seen? >> reporter: walk with me. because i could show you around. as you mentioned i'm on iconic miami beach and you could see that mostly we're seeing a lot
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of families, the furniture out here on the beach is spaced more than six feet apart to allow for social distancing. we do see people with masks and others have their masks with them just in case they end up in a situation where they can't social distance. but like as you mentioned, experts are very worried that there could be a spike in cases just like we saw right after the memorial day weekend and right after the july 4th weekend. if you look at numbers nationally, you'll see that during that summer surge nationally the u.s. was reporting more than 60,000 cases in one day. now it is down to more than 40,000 cases a day. here in the state of florida, which was the epicenter of the crisis in the u.s. for a while, at the peak of the surge, we reported here in the state of florida, more than 15,000 cases and that of course now has dropped down to about 2,000 to 3,000 cases in the past week.
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but officials here are very concerned that what you're seeing out here could lead to another surge and pamela, here is the other concern, what you don't see. now officials here in miami-dade county saw a surge in transmission in the home. so that is the message here from officials, saying don't just be careful and substantial distance and wear a mask while outside, but also when inside of the home, especially when you have parties at home, or at rental properties which is where we saw the big spike here in southeast florida. >> that is where the transmission often happens. thanks so much, rosa. well this afternoon president trump once again suggested a vaccine could be available before the election in november. but three of the company's working on vaccines are planning to make an unusual pledge. not to russh the process under political pressure according to the "wall street journal."
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liz edge cohen joins me life. what do we know about the pledge and why the companies are making it now. >> they are making it now because they want the public to have confidence in the vaccine and part of the reason me don't is because president trump makes it sound like we're going to have a vaccine ready to go by election day. but i will tell you, i've spoken with a federal official who is familiar with what is going on in operation warp speed. that is the sort of perhaps unfortunately named federal vaccine effort to get a vaccine out on the market. and let me tell you what this federal official told me. they said, i don't know any scientist involved in this effort who thinks we will be getting shots into arms any time before election day. so that is someone who worked within the trump administration who said i don't think we're getting shots into arms on election day. and pamela, i will tell you, this is where every infectious disease expert, everyone who has ever run a vaccine trial, who i've ever talked to said, they
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said it is just not going to happen. we just won't have the data in time. pamela. >> so help us understand this process with the private companies developing the vaccine. so they're going to make this pledge that they won't put anything out under political pressure but how much control do the private companies have about over what the u.s. releases? >> well, i mean they do have control because they apply for the permission to put it on the market. so they decide when they're going to apply. by definition, they should not be applying for permission to put a vaccine on the market until the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective. so the fact they're putting out a pledge saying don't worry we won't put out a vaccine until it is safe and effective, it is like a milk company saying don't worry, we won't put sour milk on the market. of course, of course you wouldn't ask the fda to put out a vaccine until it is safe and effective. the fact that they have to do is
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and welcome back to a special edition of "the lead." turning to our national lead, the vice presidential contenders are both visiting wisconsin in the wake of protests sparked by the police shooting of jacob blake. kamala harris met with the blake family and legal team when she landed there. blake called into the meeting from the hospital bed where he told harris he was proud of her. and as vice president pence, toward an energy utility company, he said the trump administration stands with law enforcement and condemned rioting and looting. shimon prokupecz joins me now with kin osha, wisconsin. what are you learning about the harris/blake meeting there. >> reporter: according to the attorney for jacob blake, there was an our long meeting and seven people talk part in the meeting. you have jacob blake sr., you had his sister was present, and then his mother was on the phone and several other people were on
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the phone. and then as you said, jacob blake jr. called in and there was this moment, according to the lawyers, between kamala harris and jacob blake jr. where he told her that he was proud of her and she told him how proud she was of him for working through his pain. and she also told the family that they should use their pain to help america progress to end systemic racism. and as we know, jacob blake jr. over the weekend putting out a video describing all of the pain that he has been in, all of the pain that he's been enduring. and then to have this moment with senator harris talking about the pain and talking about how proud she is of him and then him in turn talking about how proud he is of her. and as i said, that was a meeting that took place for been hour in milwaukee after the senator landed there.
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pam. >> let's talk about what we heard from jacob blake. because we heard from him from his hospital bed for the first time since the shooting. tell us what he said. >> reporter: yeah, he put out this video. he was in his gown laying in his hospital bed. and he talked about the pain that he has been suffering through. and here it is in his own words, pam. >> where life and not only just your life, your legs, something that you need to move around and move forward in life, could be taken from you like this, man. it is the pain. it hurts to breathe. it hurts to sleep. it hurts to move from side to side. it hurts to eat. please, i'm telling you, change our lives, out there. we could stick together. >> reporter: and there is jacob blake offering words to tell people to stick together to continue on doing what they're
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doing but most importantly unity and that is the message today from, it would seem, senator harris telling the family to keep fighting and then we have it there from jacob blake from his own mouth, from his hospital bed talking about all of the pain that he's been through, pam. >> all right, shimon prokupecz live in kenosha, wisconsin, thank you. and up next the one item that belonged to his late son beau that joe biden carries with him everywhere. i'm leah and that's me long before
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candidate as he recalled her bond as part of the new cnn documentary biden's long journey. >> reporter: while the vice president tried to help his son, the son tried to help his father. >> i absolutely believe and i'll believe it to the day that i die that the thing beau was noeft afraid of was not dying. what he was most afraid of it the impact it would have on his dad. that would really take his dad out. >> did he tell you that? >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. all of the time. >> reporter: it is something that the vice president wrote about in 2017 in his book "promise me, dad." >> beau just made me promise, this is just before he died, he said, dad, you have to promise me you're going to be okay. he said, dad, look at me, look me in the eye dad, give me your word as a biden, dad, you're going to be okay. >> are you okay? >> i am.
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because it is still emotional. but i knew what he meant. he was worried i would walk away from everything i worked in my whole life, the things i carried about. he knew i would take care of the family. he never wondered about that but he didn't want me walking away. >> reporter: beau biden died on may 30th, 2015. he was 46 years old. >> is it true you keep beau's rosary with you? >> got it in my pocket. >> all of the time? >> i keep it all of the time. he had it when he passed away. it was more gold. you could see it's worn. >> and cnn's gloria borger joins plea now. wow, gloria, as we saw biden, he
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got emotional talking about beau, understandably, based on your work on this documentary, how is beau a driving force for this campaign. >> well, i think beau kind of seems to be in a way overseeing everything. biden talks an awful lot about finding purpose after suffering through something like he suffered through with beau. and you heard him talk about his conversation with beau. and in many ways, i think when he sometimes jokes about it, what would beau do, and what would beau think about this and we heard him after he chose kamala harris, one of the things that he pointed out, pamela, was that of course beau was friended with kamala harris. and that seemed to be a big point on her resume in terms of how he decided. so i think that in a way biden thinks beau is the more perfect biden. and will always consider him that way. >> and he showed us the rosary,
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the rosary that he carries with him and credits faith to keep him going. >> he's a very devout catholic. and he was throughout beau's illness and i remember talking to jill biden about this. i said did you ever lose faith whether beau was so sick and diagnosed with this deadly brain tumor, and she said, i did lose faith. but my husband never did. and i think you see that in biden in a lot of ways. in carrying the rosary. i talked to people while beau was sick, biden would take out a rosary, it wasn't beau's and they could tell he was praying. so it is implicated in him since he was a young kid, they were an irish catholic family and i think he carries it with him. >> and beau's military service is something that we know that drives biden's reaction like
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what we saw last week after that atlantic article, right. >> right. i haven't seen biden that angry in a very, very long time. and when he came out it was clear to me he was coming out as the father of someone who has served. and that he took those insults that were quoted in the atlantic very personally. as the parent of a soldier. and i think i could see that anger in him and i think everybody else could too as you're watching it and he said, my son served and clearly believes his son was not a loser and his son was not a sucker. >> so this documentary is a very personal look at biden. and i know that we're going to learn more about him that we didn't already know even though he's been in the public eye for so long. what do you think people will walk away with from watching this documentary? >> i hope they get a whole sense of his entire career. we know about him as vice
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president. but you have to go back to the days when he ran in 1972 for the senate at the age of 29, pamela, before you could even serve. you have to be 30 to serve in the senate. so his birthday was after he won the election. and take lihim through the year in the senate, chairman of the judicial committee for the bourke and the clarence thomas hearings with anita hill and chairman of the foreign relations committee and involved in foreign policy decisions, of course and the vice presidency with barack obama. it is a public serve career that spanned almost five decades. so i think there is a lot to go over. and a lot of things i thought i knew, but i didn't really know until i started doing the reporting on it. >> i cannot wait to watch this. gloria. be sure to watch this documentary, biden's long journey airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. right here on cnn. a vocal critic of vladimir
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in our world lead, russian opposition leader alexei navalny is out of a coma weeks after german doctors found that he was poisoned with a soviet-era chemical agent. and with the putin critic now awake, we could learn how and who poisoned him. cnn's matthew chance brings us the mystery from moscow. >> reporter: they're calling it the mysterious poisoning of alexei navalny. russian state television trying
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to sow doubt among its viewers that the kremlin's loudest critic was silenced on purpose. the suggestion if he was poisoned it was by another's hand. >> translator: everything looks like a special services operation in which a poisoned navalny is needed more than a nonpoisoned more. the poisoned navalny is an excellent playing card in the hands of the americans. >> reporter: you think the poisoning in russia theory would be hard to deny given these disturbing images of navalny writhing in agony as he was stretched off a plane in siberia last month. even the testimony of german officials who say the nerve agent novichok was the cause. >> i don't know exactly what happened. i think it's tragic, it's terrible. it shouldn't happen.
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we haven't had any proof yet, but i will take a look. >> reporter: but doubts in the u.s. add credence to conspiracy theories over here. these were the scenes this weekend in belarus where popular anti-government protests stoked fears that russian forces could intervene according to the embattled belo-russian president who wants moscow support that the navalny poisoning was a distraction fabricated by foreigners to keep the kremlin out. he even released what he said was an intercepted phone call between unidentified figures in germany and poland discussing the plot. >> translator: i agree we need to discourage putin from poking his nose in the affairs of belarus. the most effective way is to drown him in russia's problems. >> reporter: russia has form when it comes to making stuff up to explain what looks like overwhelming evidence against it. back in 2018 after another novichok poisoning of a former
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russian spy in britain, the two suspects, russian military excellence, according to british authorities appeared on state television with an extraordinary tale of two men with a shared love of architecture on a short break together. unfairly accusing the couple of close friends or silencing a kremlin critic at home. for russian tv, there are no lengths its enemies won't go to, to make russia look bad. well, pam, tonight there's a bit of good news for alexei navalny. apparently according to the clinic in berlin where he's being treated, his condition has been improved. he's been weaned off of the ventilator he's been on for weeks. and he's responding apparently to verbal stimuli according to the clinic. but the doctors there say they still can't assess at this stage what long-term damage may have been done by what they describe as a serious poisoning. pam? >> and the uk has summoned its russian ambassador because of the poisoning.
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is that right? >> reporter: it has. the british government has been expressing its outrage to the russians that this could have happened. dominic raab who is the british foreign secretary summoned the russian ambassador to register what they say is their deep concern about the poisoning of alexei navalny. it is completely unacceptable to a banned chemical weapon has been used and russia must hold a full transparent investigation. that's in stark contrast to the words we heard from president trump who still has not publicly accepted the evidence that alexei navalny was actually poisoned. >> matthew chance, thanks so much. and coming up, a massive wildfire is burning over 7,000 acres because of a baby gender reveal party that went terribly wrong. and that is not the only fire burning out of control. we'll be right back. tide pods child-guard pack helps keep your laundry pacs
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this is cnn breaking news. and welcome to the special edition of "the lead." i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper today. and we begin with our 2020 lead. it's now the final stretch of the presidential campaign. and joe biden, kamala harris, and mike pence, the vice president, are all in battleground states today. president trump is here in washington defending his record on coronavirus and attacking
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comments kamala harris and joe biden made about a coronavirus vaccine. >> his very liberal running mate, the most liberal person in congress, by the way, is not a competent person, in my opinion, would destroy this country, it would destroy this economy, should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now, talking about endangering lives. and it undermines science. >> well, all of this is happening as fallout continues over that "atlantic" article which claimed president trump had called fallen u.s. service members suckers and losers, as cnn's jeremy diamond reports. >> reporter: today president trump seizing on senator kamala harris' vaccine comments calling on harris and joe biden to apologize. >> biden and his very liberal running mate should immediately apologize for the reckless

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