Full Episode: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tonight several developing stories as we come on the air after president trump takes aim at the head of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield what he said about a potential vaccine in time line the nation's top doctors tonight. Come to Dr Redfield Defense and what Dr Anthony Fauci is saying about when billions of Americans will likely get a vaccine the president offering his own time line much closer to the election at all of this is the US now nearly. Two hundred thousand American lives lost tonight here a reality check ABC news reaching out to the leaders, the scientists leading more than a half dozen vaccine trials. So what do they say about when there could be a vaccine and what Americans could get it also do obstacles for Schools New, York City schools, and two setback at the pastor who told members of his own congregation. They didn't have to wear masks now reportedly in the ICU battling the virus. The remnants of Hurricane Sally, the storm turning deadly Flash, flood watches, and warnings across several states. Tonight, all the way up to Virginia the Tornado Watch and the rescues still underway Rob Marciano in the storm zone the FBI director on Capitol Hill today grilled on the president's claims of voter fraud. The FBI directors answer far different and the head of the FBI pressed on the controversial comments from Attorney General William Bar overnight calling some his own justice department preschoolers. Also the AGEE's comments of the black lives matter movement and comparing lockdown because of the pandemic to slavery. New Reporting Tonight Vladimir Putin's foe from his hospital bed at new video emerging in the suspected poisoning what it could mean in the investigation and Martha Raddatz is standing by the popular Netflix's star under arrest tonight after the FBI raid at his home. At. America. Strong. Tonight the baby and the power of a mother's voice. From, ABC News World Headquarters in new. York. This is world news tonight. With. Deal. Good evening. It's great to have you with us here Thursday. We have a lot to get to that storm the remnants of Sally now turning deadly the rescues tonight and the Tornado watch up right now. But we're going to begin tonight with the coronavirus here the US and the CDC's dire new forecast that the death toll could be two, hundred, eighteen, thousand American lives by October ten. That's just three weeks from now tonight, the feud between President Trump and the scientists president trump telling Americans at the head of the CDC Dr Robert Redfield was wrong that he was confused when he said an initial vaccine could come in November or December but that it will be well into next year before millions of Americans get it the president suggesting a different line one that could mean a vaccine is ready before the election and the president claiming it would be available right away. Leaders in the medical community tonight coming to the CDC Chiefs Defense, hoping to offer the American people more realistic timeline. But it a polarized country with politics at play. Tonight what the American people are now saying about whether they even trust this vaccine is coming without political pressure and so we begin with our chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. Tonight the nation's top medical experts are backing up in battled CDC director Robert Redfield as president trump calls redfield confused and mistaken about when most Americans will be able to get the CO vaccine. Redfield told Congress that even if a vaccine is approved this fall, it will take many more months before it is widely available I. Think we're probably looking at third. Late second quarter third quarter. Twenty twenty one president trump says he called redfield directly to tell him he is wrong an extraordinary rebuke to one of the top experts on his coronavirus task force I think he made a mistake when he said that I believe you was confused, the President has repeatedly suggested the vaccine would be ready before the election and available to the general public right away. We're not looking to say, Gee, and six months we're going to start giving to the general public. No, we want to go immediately but Dr Anthony Fauci said even if a vaccine is Approved this fall it likely won't be ready for the general population until the middle of next year the idea of getting the entire population that wants to get vaccinated vaccinated in a month or two that's going to be very, very difficult to do the head of Operation Warp speed the trump administration's effort to develop a vaccine. Recently said, essentially the same thing while some twenty million doses may be ready for vulnerable populations by the end of the year. For the general public, it will take considerably more time we ramp up the manufacturing of vaccine does is. To be able to up based on our plans have enough vaccine to immunize the US population. By the middle of twenty twenty, one Joe Biden says he will trust the scientists not the president president who by his own admission downplayed the threat of the virus. Meeting a staggering number Americans to die tonight the CDC projects two, hundred, eighteen, thousand Americans will have died of Covid nineteen by October tenth, but the president has been trying to convince voters. He has done a good job handling the pandemic saying the death count would be much lower if you don't count states controlled by Democrats if you take the blue states out we're. At, a level that I, don't think anybody in the world would be a it was a comment roundly condemned including by New York's senior senator what kind of demented person. Would say that those American lives don't count and Joe. Biden tweeted the job is to be president of all Americans for the love of God start acting like it, and tonight, another former member of the trump administration has turned against the President Olivia Troy who served on the coronavirus task force as Vice President Pence his Homeland Security Adviser tells the Washington. Post. That president trump has quote flat out disregard for Human Life. We were in a task force meeting presidents said, maybe this Cova thing is a good thing. I don't like shaking hands with people I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people tonight Vice President. Pence said, troy, sounds like a quote disgruntled employees. into. Let's get to Giancarlo with us live from Washington tonight and John We know president trump has also fighting the CDC director after what Dr Redfield said about masks masks might be more effective even vaccine but there's also news coming in unmasks tonight that reports that as far back as an April, the post office was planning to mail out six hundred, fifty million masks to American families nationwide but that plan was shelved. In fact David the plan was so far along that. The Post Office actually drafted this press release back in April announcing the press just obtained by the oversight group American oversight and it details six, hundred, fifty million masks to be sent out working with the Department of Health and human. Services. The White House did not respond to our questions about why the plan was scrapped but. The Washington Post is reporting that there were concerns at the White House that the plan sending out all those mask would cause Americans to panic. David. Eric Giancarl leading off tonight John Thank you. Of course, Jon you know all of this comes the US now that new in grim milestone, the death toll nearing hundred thousand now at more than one, hundred, Ninety, seven, thousand lives lost. New York City schools suffering another setback tonight and this evening reality check right here our team reaching out to the heads of all of the major vaccine trials amid this political battle this back and forth between the president and the scientists. So what do they say about what a vaccine could come? What they told US tonight, here's our chief national correspondent Tom Yomas now. Tonight a major reality check in the race for a vaccine of the eight companies in operation warp speed. Just three vaccines are in the final stage of trials and only one Pfizer says it might know next month it's vaccine is safe and effective. We have quite the good times more than sixty percent that we were. Now if the product works or not by the end of October, but of course, mean that it works means we were know if it works. But during the telling us, they could have an answer on their vaccine by November but AstraZeneca's. US trial. Is Still. On hold waiting for a green light from the FDA after British vaccine volunteer was hospitalized the fight to get the upper hand on the virus coming as schools wrestle with reopening and tonight for parents in the country's largest school district with flash just days before reopening New York City announcing yet another delay for most students we need to make sure there's the appropriate number of educators in each school the mayor also citing a teacher shortage after another showdown with unions representing faculty and staff I feel like the parents and the students are in between the mayor and the. And I feel like we always are losing out I mean I understand that they're trying to make us safe but What we have to get into a routine, we need to move forward. Some teachers are calling for more staff and P P at five thirty two in Brooklyn. We met Sherry Bailey last month as her school was getting ready to reopen every day we have two dollars to keep students safe and to keep them learning, and now safety is more important than ever was some troubling news WYNN resorts in Las Vegas reporting nearly five hundred workers tested positive for the virus since the hotel and casino reopened. In June. The company says contact tracing found nearly all the cases were contracted outside of work and in Idaho. Pastor who told congregants, they could go without masks after reopening for services has been hospitalized with the virus in the ICU. So let's get right to Tom yomas tonight because Tom I mentioned at the top this evening that there's some new polling, what the American people think about all this and whether they actually trust this vaccine, will it be safe with her political pressure? Is actually a rushing it? That's right David and what we're learning tonight from this new survey from the Pew Research Center's at there is real concern they've found only fifty one percent of Americans will definitely or probably take the vaccine that's down from seventy two percent back in May. And more than three-quarters of those polled said, they have real concerns whether this vaccine is being rushed and whether it will be safe and effective David Thomas. Great to have you tonight and one more note on the virus. Tonight much of Europe is very concerned this evening fearing they're seeing the beginning of a second wave possibly the World Health Organization warns of quote very serious situation citing alarming rates of new transmission more weekly cases now than when the pandemic I peaked in March the UK imposing new restrictions just this week Germany Italy and Spain all seeing increases. Backyard home we're going to turn out of the FBI Director Christopher Ray on Capitol Hill today grilled on the president's claims voter fraud. The director was also pressed on what Attorney General William. Bar. Said overnight calling some of his own prosecutors at the Justice Department preschoolers and the AG also comparing lockdowns during a pandemic to slavery. Here's our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas Tonight. Tonight. Despite president trump repeatedly raising concerns about the potential for mass voter fraud, the FBI director telling Congress he's seeing little evidence of such. We have not seen a today, a coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election. But what he is seeing is hard evidence of the Kremlin meddling in the US presidential election. Again, targeting Vice President Joe Biden and using social media to sow discord. He also said the FBI is investigating whether Iran and China are trying to meddle as well. The FBI director was asked about the threat of white supremacy at home he said loan domestic radicals of the deadliest with White Is being the largest group within the domestic terrorism bucket racially motivated extremists over recent years have been responsible for the most lethal activity in the US ray also asked about black lives matter. Have you seen any excessive violence that can be attributed to black lives matter I can't think of one sitting here right now ray also responding today to combative comments made by the Attorney General overnight William Bar reminding all DOJ employees they work for him and comparing some to preschoolers and as I say the FBI agents whose agent do you think you are I will say we the FBI worked for the American people bar also showed his utter disdain for the leaders of black lives matter. They're not interested in black lives they're interested in they're interested in props a small number of blacks who were killed by police during. A conflict with police Usually. Less than a dozen a year. Who they can use props to achieve a much broader political agenda and when talking about lockdowns in the pandemic bar invoked slavery, you know other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint. This is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history. Then some current and former prosecutors were offended by bars comets especially, those comparing them to preschoolers David Pierre Thomas. Thank. You the remnants of hurricane sally turning deadly now flash flood watches and a tornado threat at this hour and Rob Marciano from the storm zone tonight. Tonight more than twenty four hours after Sally, made landfall in the Gulf coast rescuers still bringing trapped families to safety. This after had to be saved from high water Wednesday many by the national. Guard. Breaking Sally was feast one hundred and five mile per hour winds and feed of rain tonight. The true scope of the damage is coming into view. Families now salvaging what they can from damaged homes and businesses. This marina is just a mess. You've got Docs eating into the sides of boats, stearns, and bows of boats crunched up against each other millions of dollars in damages in this area alone. Sally. Knocking multiple barges loose in the Pensacola area. Brian go due to his family was riding out the storm in their brand new home when the water started rushing towards them she looked back and it just coming down like a waterfall. From the backyard and she grabbed the kids Brian cutting down this fence divert the water away from the house just came out of nowhere in hard hit Orange Beach Alabama at least one person killed another still missing it's been mighty. Bay. In our state is reeling just as people are hurting. Now, what's left of Sally is spreading through the Carolinas with up to a foot of rain falling in parts of Georgia down trees all over the Atlanta Area Alba's. Shaken by it felt like a dumpster being dropped in my yard this huge oak crashing into two cars thankfully no one was hurt tragically sally approached one person was killed by another fallen tree. Rob with US live tonight from Atlanta and rob this isn't over yet. It's not you see what it did here in east. Atlanta now it's heading through the Carolinas and we still have a Tornado watch that supposed to take it out on the radar scope not only that but heavy rain it's moving up through Virginia DC. Even New Jersey. Flood watches are posted for those areas until Sally moves offshore at which time ever. Meet up with our next storm, which is Teddy. Now, a category four storms GonNa make run-up Bermuda on Sunday night and then maybe Canada and here's the watch out of all the action look at the Gulf of Mexico. A good chance of seeing this next one to develop and that won't be close to home. We'll be watching that one over the weekend. David All right Rob Marciano. Thank you. Multiple nights of great reporting. Thanks rob tonight in the West. Firefighters are recently shore up containment lines before dangerous weather returns crews in the Angeles National. Forest are putting out isolated hot spots near the Observatory Mount Wilson in Oregon tonight heat and storms are in the forecast along with a threat of lightning. They are on alert for more troubling weather there overseas. Tonight, we have new reporting Vladimir Putin's Fo- Alexei navalny recovering in a German hospital. There's new video tonight emerging in the suspected poisoning and here's Martha Raddatz. Tonight while Alexina ve only remains hospitalized in Germany new and alarming details in this deepening mystery video just released showing the Hotel Room when a volley whose biggest critic had stayed. In Siberia, colleague seen gathering the evidence including a water bottle they say a German military lab had found traces on of the same deadly nerve agent used poison Nepal. Knee eventually looking to be alive. This is one of the most potent chemical weapons over created. The hotel room searched by his supporters was launched immediately after Nova only fell violently ill on his flight to Moscow passengers recording the sound of his moaning. Before navalny was rushed to the hospital after an emergency landing and move to Germany a few days later, Germany confirmed that he had been poisoned by the military grade nerve agent Nova Chuck. The traces of the toxic agent were not found in the water itself suggesting rather that Nevada only had been poisoned before he touched the bottle and before he got to the airport. The Russians denied they had anything to do with navales poisoning, but the same type of nerve agent as has been used in a prior assassination attempt of a former. Russian. Spy who dared defy poop David Martha Raddatz more. Thank you. Staying, informed has never been more important. Get information is coming at US faster than ever. So how do you make sense of it all start here? Hey, I'm Brad milkey from ABC News in every weekday we will break down the latest headlines in just twenty minutes straightforward reporting dynamic interviews and analysis from experts you can trust always credible always solid start here from ABC News Twenty minutes every weekday on your smart speaker or your favorite podcast APP. In this pandemic, a new study showing that if you wear glasses, it might help Chinese researchers actually found a lower proportion of covid cases among those who are nearsighted it turns out those people were wearing glasses they believed the glasses actually helped protect them from the virus. The store of the Netflix show cheer was arrested today charged with production of child pornography prosecutors in. CHICAGO. Say Twenty one year old Jerry. Harris repeatedly requested sexually explicit images from to underage boys and social media. The FBI raided his Illinois attorneys for Harris did not comment funding tonight here, America strong the baby and his mother's voice. Mason. Mcmillan Board in Richmond Virginia four months. Premature wing just one pound. Among he would spend one, hundred, Fifty, eight days in the Nikki gaining strength is family and doctors though began to realize that Mason could not hear them. But this week at Vcu Children's Hospital Mace was getting fitted for his hearing aids sitting on his mother's Lap Watch Mason as about to hear his mother Lauren's voice for the first time. Mason. High. Can you hear me? Baby? Hey you hear me. He S. Good To hear me? Kaycee. D Like how everything sounds. Yeah. Makes his mother and father right here. Tonight. David all home together and all still smiling mason is so thrilled to be able to hear everything. Now, he just can't take his eyes off of whoever's speaking. Thank you so much for sharing Mason's video and telling his story to thank you. Tom. Yeah. We thank you and we love Mason. Smile. Heartbeat that with so much at stake so much on the line more Americans turn here than any place else ABC News World News Tonight with David Muir. We have made it through another week together America's most once program across all television.