CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
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(White House: Sara Murray) The decision by retired Adm. Bob Harward to decline the job held by resigned national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn & on the ongoing examination of the Russian connection featured. [In press conference, TRUMP - says this administration is a fine-tuned machine; states the "Russian thing" is a ruse; says he "inherited a mess"; defends the travel ban so we will tailor the new order; calls the leaks "criminal" & the reporting is fake.] The hasty nature of this press conference & how this is vintage Trump discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Kirsten Powers, NAACP president Cornell William brooks, Jim Sciutto, CNN's David Gergen, Carl Bernstein & Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord about Trump, the NSC post, the press conference. [SCIUTTO, POWERS, BROOKS, LORD, BERNSTEIN, GERGEN - offer views on the national security adviser as a key post, but Harward sees a White House in chaos, why Trump held this press conference, how the press was the object of criticism, Trump's mistake on the electoral vote count, how Trump has created a reality TV show "Beat the Press", how this press conference is a road map of his mind as he enters Nixonian territory, what Trump said about the Russian connection, how the press conference was a "fiasco".] Other material: the exchange between Trump & a reporter about the electoral vote count shown.
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