CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
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(Washington: Elise Labbot) The "madman theory" that President-elect Donald Trump is operating from President Richard Nixon's playbook examined; details given of Trump's stances on nuclear weapons, a Muslim ban, Taiwan diplomacy. [Former US ambassador James JEFFREY- says the idea is to use unpredictable, brash bravado to get the other side to change, but you have to give the enemy a way out.] [TRUMP - offers views on several issues.] [Former US ambassador Christopher HILL- talks about this approach to diplomacy.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord & former State Department official Shamila Chaudhary about Trump & the "madmen theory." [GERGEN, LORD, CHAUDHARY - offer views on the background to the madmen theory as used by Nixon & embraced by Trump, how Nixon learned this approach to "brinkmanship" diplomacy under Eisenhower, the diplomatic community's concerns about Trump's initial negotiating tactics.]
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