Day 1212: Trump wears no mask at WH event as U.S. death toll tops 88,000
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We've lost ten thousand more people. Just since we came on the air a week ago tonight gotta say the news out of the White House. Today was pretty great. President said quote vaccine or no vaccine. Were back he said quote? We are doing a great job and more good news. He said quote. It'll go away at some point. It'll go away then. He added quote other. Things have never had a vaccine and they go away again today. He cited the Nineteen. Seventeen flu pandemic. Which is what he calls the nineteen eighteen flu pandemic. He said in many cases you fight through it but quote what we'd like to do if we can is the vaccine. Speaking of the vaccine the president further raised hopes. Today that one will be available by the end of the year even though so many experts and doctors today immediately cast doubt on that and whenever there is a vaccine the president felt the need to say today quote. Not Everybody is going to want to get it. He said the White House has managed this so well in dealing with the nation's governors quote. We've made a lot of people look very good. And that's after he said again today quote. He inherited nothing from the previous administration. He reassured the American people that Corona virus effects quote a very very small percentage of people. He said quote the vast majority many people don't even know they have it. He said again. Some of them have the sniffles and he now says as far back as January eleventh quote we were out there trying to develop a vaccine January eleventh. That's a full eleven days before he gave that first assessment on the virus when he said it's one person coming in from China and it'll be fine well back here in the real world tonight as so many of us had into another quarantine weekend the US death toll stands at eighty eight thousand one hundred one the CDC projected today. It'll be at one hundred thousand by June first as of today forty eight states all but Connecticut Massachusetts are now in the process of opening. Backup in some form or fashion. Today in the Rose Garden the President formally announced his vaccine development program which he's calling operation warp speed. There's never been a vaccine project anywhere in history like this and I just WanNa make something clear. It's very important vaccine or no vaccine. We're back today. The prestigious medical journal The Lancet one after the administration's response to Corona virus. In an editorial they wrote this the administration is obsessed with Magic Bullets. Vaccines New medicines or hope that the virus will simply disappear but only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles like tests trason isolate will say the emergency brought to an end again. That's the land set not the Washington Post editorial page. Here's some more of what we heard from the president today on what the Lancet calls magic bullets and other essential pillar of our strategy to keep America open is the development of effective treatments and vaccines as quickly as possible. Want to see if we can do that very quickly. We're looking to When I say quickly we're looking to get it by the end of the year we can. Maybe before. We're doing tremendously well. You see Dr Fao. Ci there in a mask because he was exposed to a member of the White House staff who tested positive. The president's new vaccine czar told The New York Times today developing and producing a vaccine by January is a credible objective but added quote. Frankly twelve to eighteen. Months is already a very aggressive timeline. This has the Washington Post reports. Today there's growing friction between the White House and the CDC post reports at this way. White House officials said they are frustrated. But what they consider the agency's bulky flow of data and information the leak of an early version of the CDC's reopening recommendations and the agencies crucial early failure to create and roll out test for the virus. Meanwhile the issue of wearing masks once again came up today during the event in the Rose Garden as we said Dr Foul she could be seen in a mask so as Dr burks there on the left trump was not wearing one and the president indeed was asked about it the president. Could you just clarify? Why are some of you wearing a mask and why are some of you know wearing? We've all been tested. I've been tested. We've all been tested and we're quite a distance away and we're outdoor so. I told them I gave them the option. They could wear it or not. You can blame it on me. But I gave them the option. We could wear it or not here for our leadoff discussion on a Friday night. Susan page Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today. A bestselling author. Who's now at work on a biography of the speaker of the House Shannon Petty piece veteran journalists senior White House reporter for us at NBC News. Digital and Dr Irwin Redlener a pediatrics. Physician clinical professor with the School of Public Health at Columbia University. In New York where he also happens to be the director of Colombia's National Center for Disaster Preparedness With an expert expertise in pandemic influenza Shannon. What was that event about today of the medical ethicist Arthur caplan watching live coverage Guests right afterwards that it was about reelection that that's the that's what the end of the year. Buzz phrase is all about well. It's really the way we started the week so on Monday. The president was in the rose. Garden held a big event about testing. That was around messaging to governor to the public that we have the testing capability in place to reopen in to get back to normal and business as usual. A lot of people have said we don't get back to normal until we have a vaccine. We have a stadium full of people until we have a vaccine so we end the week talking about vaccines and this very as you detailed lofty goal by the president to have a vaccine by the end of the year so giving the public this this assurance that we will be returning to normal by the end of the year with the vaccine of course as you laid out that is incredibly aggressive and I will do. The this was also intended to sort of launch this Manhattan style project to race a vaccine To the public to bring in the the military to be who will distribute this theoretical vaccine. That we don't actually have yet but we're in May and add this virus. I in January. So there's a question here of why are we now in mid-may launching this Manhattan Sow Project to get a vaccine to market doctor? Redlener more experts today forced to in other words sing for their supper. The health and Human Services Secretary who's literal first words were thanked the president for his leadership. The American public was today Promised a promise was held out. That will have a vaccine by the end of this year. Is that possible in your view. O'brien Yo know that. They have a potent in wonderland here. It is preposterous to make that statement and also to kind of mislead the American people about what's possible what's not possible. We can have a vaccine the two months if we wanted to forgo the absolutely critical phase of long human testing to make sure that the vaccine works and most importantly that it's safe. It is impossible to get that done by the end of the year. And this is clearly a like you indicated earlier a some sort of play or ploy to create the narrative. That's GONNA play out for the November election campaign so Y- I think there's a lot going on here but What wasn't going on was truth telling to the American people and I just. I just can't believe my eyes every day to see the president other members of staff even a basic math gone. I don't think he understands how impactful his words and his deeds are two Americans are looking in a losing credibility but that certainly plenty of people still sort of following his lead. Of course Brian Susan Page here. We are politically two nations in the face of an ongoing pandemic in all your time on earth or at minimum. In all your time as a journalist you ever recall a quote anything like this from a president quote other things have never had a vaccine and they go away well. It is a remarkable time. You know I was struck today by something that you said to me two weeks ago on your show you said it is going to be a red American a blue America reaction to this pandemic and I said no you know reality is GonNa make everyone to see this in a similar way. I turned out to. I think to be wrong. I think this has become yet another divide in our nation along partisan lines. It's is now a mask. Is the new gun. Control that you know. It's a sign not of common sense or health. It's a it's a declaration of liberty not to have a have a mask on and I think that is why the president has refused with only the exception of one or two times to appear in a matt. Max even though as a doctor Dr headliner was saying it would be helpful to have the president modeling this behavior for everybody else in the country. Yes Susan indeed and thank you for your candour. And I remember that discussion in giving it some thought I think we have. Two diametrically opposed patriotic duties the patriotic as a duty as some. See it to stay in the patriotic duty as some see it to go out. They can't both exist. Technically medically scientifically. I don't think during a pandemic Susan. Now that's right in there. There's cost both ways. That's the point the president has made but we do know from every national poll that we've seen that Americans continue to be more concerned about the health than they are about the economy. They are more concerned about not going out too soon. Having another wave of terrible pandemic seeing even more people I mean a hundred thousand Americans die by June I. It's you just can't get your head around it so the most Americans are on that sort of thing. But we have a really vocal minority. That feels quite differently that it is time to get out and it is wrong for the government to tell them. They need to stay home. Shannon petty piece president in his own words trotting out the date of January eleventh. Twenty twenty quote. We were out there trying to develop a vaccine a full eleven days before he was He ever commented on it. Know you've been attending the White House News Briefings. I know today. Us The press secretary in line with this well then were you guys laying in extra PPI increasing your stockpiles prior to January. What kind of an answer did you get on that well? It was interesting answered one that has fit with some reporting net. I've been hearing when I have asked of course. The president was in office for three years before this happened if the coverage bear. Why didn't you stop them? And you know what Kelly Macadamia the press secretary told today. Is that the administration at that point. Before this was more focused on responding to a bioterrorism event than some sort of mass pandemics sort of respiratory pandemic. And that's what. Hhs officials have told me that. There's always been this pushing poll on inside the US government about. Are we going to invest more in vaccines or in Amtrak's attacker smallpox attack or? Are we going to invest in a medical supplies? You would need to respond to with SARS or bird flu or big respiratory pandemic like. We're seeing right now and the pendulum swung back and forth. But going into this pandemic there had been a big move towards putting that five hundred million or so a year towards vaccines a building up the stockpile. Things like small pox vaccine. You know it's anybody's guess. Which one's going to get us? I that or a respiratory infection. It turned out that it was respiratory pandemic. When we are asking the question will why were the cupboard's bare in where was the P P? That's part of the answer to it and you know the statement that there was no P P P P in the covers. Were bears an exaggeration. But Obama Administration had used a lot of that any bola and h one n one and we're not replacing because of this emphasis on vaccines that's what I've been hearing from former. Hhs officials of course the missing link as you point out is the three years. They had During their administration. Doctor Redlener I'M WANNA play for you. Something this is the president today on testing no APP. It's a great. It's a great test. It's very quick test and it can always be very rapidly double check. If you're testing positive or negative it could always be double-checked but it's a very good test very portable very quick doctor. The president has been actively promoting the Abbott test. He's had the product out there displayed next to him on a small table with the presidential. Seal the Abbott test happens to be the subject of a CDC advisory warning of upwards of a fifty percent false positive false negative rate What do you make of that well? It's preposterous to be pushing this and has not been fully tested before it was released and and a fifty fifty chance. You might as well just flip a coin. It is a ridiculous situation that we've been put in here now with Edmund. Actually there's almost four hundred tests that have been given this emergency use authorization by the FDA and we still don't have what we need to have which is accurate reliable Really our ability to test on the spot and do it rapidly without that by the way this is a terrible dangerous situation for the governor's To be reopening any businesses until we have actual available tests. That at the point of service can be done. It could be done rapidly. I don't WanNa take my family nor does anyone else into a restaurant if we know if we don't know whether or not the kitchen staff the service and so on are negative or positive and we need to hold up on this rush to get things open. It's too soon it's too dangerous. It's a political ploy. And it's very unsettling Ryan Susan. Page a longtime friend of this broadcast and many of us. Kimberly Atkins Atkins tweeted this today. I'm going to read it to certainly by now. Someone on the president's team has told him when the nineteen eighteen flu pandemic happened. So why the insistence on saying nineteen seventeen clearly. It's an intentional message. But I don't understand what the message is Susan. What do you think that's about? I don't have the slightest idea because we we all know that we call it. The nineteen eighteen flu pandemic. I'm he could be clear. The days was buried in grants to. But maybe we need to get Jon Meacham or Michael Beschloss to find the best indeed. I just read the entire book on the nineteen eighteen flu pandemic and search throughout for one thousand nine hundred seventeen and there. It is nine hundred eighteen right there in the title of. I can't thank you three enough for joining us after another long week that we've all experienced late on a Friday night. Susan Page Shannon Petty piece. Doctor Irwin redlener are great appreciation coming up for us. What will our new normal look like in this country? 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When you're trying to address something diss severe and this fast moving in one of these facilities. That's this week on. Why is this happening? Search for wise happening wherever you're listening right now and subscribe. There's never been a vaccine project anywhere in history like this and I just WanNa make something clear. It's very important vaccine or no vaccine. We're back and we're starting the process the president today continuing to insist. The American economy is reopening wallet. Corona virus vaccine is at the very least still many months away for more on this tonight. We welcome to the broadcast. Dr Lloyd Minor. He's the Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Minor has expertise in predictive medicine. Diagnostic research also by training. He happens to be a head and neck surgeon. A member of the National Academy of Medicine. Doctor what do we do in in the face at? Here's another quote from our president of wrote this down twice today when you test you find. Something's wrong with people. Yesterday he wondered aloud. Testing may be overrated. Where should we be in your view on testing? What thank you Brian. It's good to be with you. Testing is important. It's critically important as we move towards recover restore and reopen what we know. The new normal is going to involve continuing our social distancing continuing to shelter in place areas. It still have a high incidence of infection. But increasingly as the infection rate declines will be able to gradually restore some activities gradually released some of the restrictions on on social distancing. But we're going to have to be able to test rapidly developed symptoms and if they do have the infection to make sure that they're quarantined and their contacts are traced. What if can you use all of your predictive powers and let us in on what you think Thanksgiving Christmas time? We'll be like talk about the new normal coming. In a matter of months. What is a Stanford home football game going to look like? Is the stadium going to have checkerboard? Separated seating? Will there be a crowd. Do you reckon in Stanford by this fall. I think it's unlikely that we're going to be able to have large scale gatherings of people as in large-scale football game or event that brings a lot of people in contact with each other in one location that I think is going to be longer than the fall before that's feasible. I do think that if we're able to continue to lower the incidence in across the country and we're able to scale up testing and have contact tracing that we will be able to resume some of our normal activities that will be able to be in public places probably with masking to be safe but we have to have these other elements in place before we can move forward with that plan. If and when we get a vaccine do you need closer to seven billion doses of vaccine to cover the planet with it? We're going to need a lot of doses. We know that based upon the transmission rate the infection rate of this virus that we're going to need to have immunity in a large proportion of people in an environment in order to to curtail the epidemic. We probably need to have immunity and sixty to eighty percent of people now vaccine offers a very promising way to achieve that immunity on a relatively short timescale compared to the development of immunity from other mechanisms. But until we have a vaccine on board we also need to focus on antivirals on treatment in the outpatient setting on enabling more and more people who become infected to recover safely at home. Those are areas at emphasis as well. Few places on Earth are quite as beautiful as the Stanford campus on a Beautiful Day in California. And when you walk around town when you see people who appear to be going back to pre corona virus life of people who were fighting human nature. We say it all the time. WanNa go to a Bar. Go to a restaurant go to the beach. What are your thoughts well I? I'm really pleased and proud to be a member of the Stanford community. I think we have responded very responsibly. To this crisis both in our healthcare delivery system where we provide care to people in our region and at our university and our broader community and I think that's been a main reason why although we were initial hotspot in terms of numbers of cases we've been able to curtail that and dramatically lower the number of new cases in our region but we have to continue to be vigilant and careful. It's really difficult. There's never been this degree of change and disruption in our life. Certainly in my lifetime I think in almost all of our lifetimes and I know it's difficult but it absolutely is the safest thing to do and it's the way we're gonNA protect ourselves and and broader society moving forward. It's nothing to your to your point. It's nothing less than a fight against human nature especially this time of year will. That's certainly true. It is of course possible to be outside and maintain social distancing to wear a mask were appropriate but we have to keep those things in mind we know that this is a respiratory virus. It's principally transmitted by droplets and those droplets can travel some distance. But if we maintain social distancing and look for environments where we're not in crowded a crowded in large numbers of people then we can safely enjoy some of the things that we were able to really do without thinking about it. Before Dr Lloyd Minor Dean Out of Stanford thank you very much for making time for us on a Friday night. We really appreciate it up for us. The President says he puts America first when dealing with the pandemic. But what does that mean for the rest of our world veteran diplomat. Richard Haass is with us. He'll let us in on that when we come back. These vaccine's manufacturer that we're going to be focused on and manufacturing. They're all going to be right here in the USA. Now working as I said with other people outside we know exactly where the other countries are. And we'll be very happy if they were able to do. It will help them with delivery. We'll help them with in every way we can. We have a no ego when it comes to this comforting at minimum that we know exactly where the other countries are but it was clear again today. America first is the rallying cry even when it comes to this vaccine. The botched handling of this pandemic and the nation's persistently increasing death toll prompted this scathing headline atop the very latest column from Eugene Robinson of The Washington. Post the United States as a country to be pitied. Our next guest veteran diplomat. Richard Haass writes in his new book quote. The United States cannot be an example to others around the world nor can it effectively promote order abroad if it is divided at home distracted by domestic problems and lacking in resources. We're happy to have with US tonight. Richard Haass veteran diplomat under multiple presidents. He's the longtime president of the Council on Foreign Relations and importantly the author of his latest work. The world a brief introduction Richard. Thank you for coming on good evening. Why is our friend Eugene Wrong? Or is he dead right? We'll look the reaction around the rest of the world. They look at the United States. There's a lot of head shake. This is not the United States. They thought they know or back they did. No we're not setting an example that anyone in the world wants to emulate given the periodic if you will ineptness of our response party guest inconsistency and messaging. We still don't have enough testing. The statistics about deaths are are obviously overwhelming. So in that sense in people look at us. It's not what they WANNA see. Also Brian as you know. This isn't unique. Look the dysfunctionality of politics. They fly into the country and they see the Agent tearing down of our infrastructure on and on. And there's a sense that there's something wrong with the United States that is pervasive If you go to our friends and allies in the world that's what they said. It appears that if the president can't lead on a leadership if he can't run for reelection on things like health care if he's running away from growing death toll. It looks to everybody like apparently he's going to run against. Brock Obama and against China on the ladder which gets into your forte. What's the danger of that? The century more than anything else is GONNA be framed and defined by the relationship between the United States and China the two most powerful countries the two most influential countries and to go out of our way to to pick a fight with China. Snuck there how that helps us if we need Chinese help. San Dealing with North Korea's nuclear capability dealing with climate change obviously in dealing with a pandemic stellar. China has behaved badly on this from the get-go most recently the reports that they're trying to steal American intellectual property the work we are doing on antivirals and maxine they covered op. They ALLOW PEOPLE TO ESCAPE BEHIND. So no one should be making the case for trying to here but again but we need is a foreign policy that can push back against. China where need but on the other hand still reserves the potential operate with China selectively when it is in our interest you're veteran of the State Department. How much does the State Department in the time of Richard Haass? How much of it survives today by percentage of the State Department is much diminished in quantity and quality and influence? I would think The next secretary of state one of his or her big jobs really needs to be rebuilding of the Foreign Service rebuilding on diplomatic capability for the most important tools. You've got the military tools Brian but we tend to overuse it got sanctions TASS again. We tend to overuse road. We need to strengthen America's diplomats and the bonuses. And they're they're the front line there if you will. The soldiers of American national security tool however is diplomacy negotiation consultation. And we simply don't have enough of it. I was reminded tonight that about a month ago. You wrote that the pandemic rather than reshaping the world would accelerate it Explain that and has it come true in the intervening thirty days. My argument was simply that if I looked at all the trends that existed before you and I at anyone watching this ever heard of over nineteen mood have had things like deteriorating. Us relationship we would have had a European project. The European Union that was that was moving backwards rather than forwards the rising nationalism the rise of populism. I mentioned already a North Korean nuclear program in Iran nuclear program averaging Venezuela. I could keep going. You get the idea but all of those things are still there including most of all the United States That is more distant than ever from its traditional Mantha low of of world leadership were distracted an increase in. We don't have the resources to to bring to bear on the world and that's a bad combination right now. Here we are talking tonight. You've got all the old national security Jeddah including China and Russia. Now you've got this new national security agenda by mid change pandemics. What have you all at a time? The United States our alliances or in really disrepair to trillions of dollars here at home most of our bandwidth is going to be preoccupied urine. How so we're going to have less ability and willingness to be involved in the world but anti-big big but the principal lesson of this pandemic is the world affects us fundamentally and all of that makes for a really worrisome future reputation. How do we get it back? Look reputations take a lifetime to earn and that can be lost rather quickly Personally especially in this case for the country. I think it's going to be a slower by that. I mean a slow return. It's GONNA mean economic recovery. The once again. How Positive Growth United States officials to a quarter of the world's economy? That's one thing. I think the example. We sat here at home. In terms of our politics and serves our society that will make a big difference And then it's it's what we do in the world. We once again. Have to become predictable. We'd have to come reliable friends and allies who put their security eggs are they've gotta know. That's a wise choice. They better know that. If and when push comes to shove we can be out the not so it. Means the United States needs to stop beating up on its allies. Start working with them. Rejoin some international Agreements essentially be the United States that beginning in World War. Two and for the last three quarters of a century as essentially made the world work and as a result has done things like made the world more peaceful more free and much more prosperous we once again need to become that United States are thanks to our friend. Richard Haass say thinker and writer and diplomat once again. The book is the world a brief introduction handy to have around these days when we need so many things explained Richard. Thank you very much for joining us. Great to see you again and coming up for us after. Another break is America's ninth largest city. Ready to reopen. Well it ready or not. We'll talk to the mayor. I want to make sure that we are being a good partner to the governor and to the state and making sure that we help our private business comply with the order but doing so in a way of course they prioritizes the safety of our residents. Some businesses in Texas have been open now for two weeks including restaurants. Golf courses gun ranges. The next phase begins Monday with Jim's manufacturing coming back online the reopening is moving forward despite jarring headlines. The warn the situation there remains pretty dire just yesterday. The State confirmed fifty-eight more confirmed corona dire virus deaths. That's a daily record for the state of Texas and one new study says Dallas County could see a summer surge in Cova nineteen cases for more. We are pleased to welcome to this broadcast band with a tough job. Eric Johnson is the Mayor of Dallas Texas Mr Mayor. If we were on the streets of your fine city tonight what would it? What would it seem like? What would it feel like well? I'm not on the streets right now. I'm at home. I think what you'd see is that we don't have as many people jumping back into the economy as maybe some folks might have expected just because the governor said it's okay to do so I think until we get the widespread testing and contact tracing. That's going to get people but confidence on the virus is on the decline our community. You're going to see people. Continue to trickle back in but we have not seen rush of people back into the economy yet. If you see spikes and on curious how you're going to be following data. Are you willing to take that awful decision and move to shut it down again? God forbid if we get a second wave. Texas law is very clear in an emergency such as this but Texas Disaster Act of nineteen. Seventy five gives that authority to the governor to issue orders that would trump local orders and our governor has already said that from here on out he wants these orders to come from Austin and to make them uniform across the state and he has superseded our ability to issue orders at the local level so it will come down to me most likely being able to order folks to go back home. But here's what we are doing. We're telling everyone in Dallas. We have to be smart and we have to take care of ourselves. We need to continue to wear masks to continue to social distance to continue to use good hygiene we continue to think about our loved ones in our family in our friends and our our neighbors and not engage in behavior that's put us in additional risk but ultimately the governor is going to make the decisions from here on out on what opens when when not we have a second spike or there's a spike in the summer of the. The governor's GonNa have to make some tough decisions about when we go back on. Stay at home. Let's talk about mask wearing. What have you noticed? Can you put a percentage next to how many of your residents how many of your citizens have been wearing one because this too has been caught up in red versus blue politics in these past few days in a pretty decent manner and I truly hate the fact that mass wearing has become a partisan issue? I've been crying that at every turn because I think it's common sense and it's the right thing to do is the conscientious thing to do. It's not a sign of weakness. It's not a sign of taking a political side to want to prevent the spread of this disease as much as we possibly can. So I'm all in favor of mass where. I think we should be doing that. I'm encouraging everyone to do that here. Locally and anecdotally one I do venture out of my house. I do go to city hall once a week for Council meetings. I do see people wearing masks. I can't put an exact percentage on it but I think we're getting pretty high level of voluntary compliance here in Dallas. I think people have gotten the message about flattening the curve. And they're trying to help us do that Finally Mr Mayor. Your unemployment rate locally. Anything like mirroring. The national numbers these tragic national numbers were saying we are seeing an impact here locally of Arstan staying home orders in the impact that our economy has had has been tremendous. We're expecting a twenty five million dollar shortfall in our budget this current fiscal year. Maybe four five times that much net next fiscal year so we are feeling the effects and our unemployment rate is rising but we are doing everything. We can here to advocate our partners at the federal level to get legislation. That would help us. Be Able to plug some of those holes in hopefully get some people back to work. We're trying to push at the council level. Douse I policy to be able to hire locally. Try to encourage our local businesses to do business with the city and put people back to work. So we're doing all we can but we are feeling the pain Eric. Johnson is the mayor of the city of Dallas Texas. Thank you very much mayor for spending some time with us on a Friday night. We greatly appreciate it my compliments to the artist of the artwork over your shoulder by the way thank you. That's my son William Fantastic. It takes apparent to note art work from a kid. Thank you very much coming up. Will there be any letters from camp this summer. What the pandemic is doing this summer? Plans for millions of children and they're anxious parents. Let's talk about a right of summer. A normal summer that is and that's summer camp books have been written about movies have been made full. Grown adults recall formative stories from Camp. Like they were life crucibles like they happened yesterday. Kids look forward to it at least for the most part and let's face it even parents who cry at off usually enjoy their subsequent freedom. This summer is different. Of course this year the feds have had to release guidelines to help camp directors decided on how to proceed parents not so much our report tonight from NBC News Correspondent Sam Brooke from tug of war to arts and crafts camp in the age of Corona. Virus is now at a crossroads for twenty million kids something that they look forward to all year round is one of many parents deciding whether to send her boys to summer camp. There's been talk about them testing before they get on the bus to go to overnight camp in which case if everyone passes that test than they just quarantined together tonight brand new guidance from the CDC doesn't address testing specifically but does establish checks and balances for camps which appeared have wide discretion on whether or not to open the agency says health screenings for children employees and following state and local orders are essential the CDC also strongly suggesting social distancing measures keeping kids in small groups and staggering. Drop off times in all my years at camping. I this is the most important summer ever. Jonathan Gold Runs Three Day camps in New Jersey plans on keeping them open. You're planning on opening your camps. How are you going to do that? Safely at the lay out all the protocols all the safety things that we're going to do to mitigate the risks and then let parents choose other directors aren't taking that Chance Rubin are Quillivel is shutting down fifteen overnight. Pass both the known risks and the unknown risks really threatened our most sacred value and safety and life a great camp debate for those trying to keep this cherished experience. What's your favorite part about Bashar? A pool of their to eight. That's crazy the hallmarks of summer hanging in the balance for many families San Brock. Nbc News and think about another tradition this time of year. That's been blown sky high. And that's graduation along those same lines. We have a programming note for you tonight tomorrow evening. Eight o'clock eastern time on this very network. We're going to be holding a special event for high school graduates of twenty. Twenty graduate together is going to feature musical performances inspiring messages curated by students and educators across our country. It will also as you may have heard feature a keynote address by one Barack Obama former two-term president of the United States. So that is coming up for us tomorrow night on. Tonight's broadcast some of the biggest names in Hollywood. They have a message. They would like very much for you and our lawmakers to here time for the last thing before we go tonight. Keep in mind as you watch this. The president repeated today. We're going to take care of our seniors in this pandemic what we have for you tonight as a public service announcement from some of our favorite stars. It's about the subject of this last hour. Our nation our world this pandemic that we find ourselves in the middle of we will let them tell you for themselves but the gist of it is this. They're dying vote in November. They just don't want to risk death by voting in November. I'm call Reiner George Dickie here. I'm having this November for many of us won't be safe to go to the polls I ab- almost eighty nine years old. I eighty three years old. I'm ninety two months old and underway after tunes in my right to vote in my desire to. Luckily there's a simple solution but to do that. Spoke vote much rather just vote. Guy. Congress needs to give states resources to expand absentee voting during the pandemic call. Mitch McConnell and tell him. Older Americans shouldn't have to risk their health to vote I'll have what Carl Reiner's having they also speak for a good many young people some of our favorite names in the entertainment business taking on politics to play us off the air tonight. That is our broadcast for this Friday evening and for this week. Thank you so much for being here with us. Have a good weekend. Please stay safe and well and on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of NBC News. Tonight from our temporary field headquarters.