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Trump / White House Shake-Up / Bannon Out / A Discussion #1114959

CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 18, 2017
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(Studio: John Berman) The picture from the White House of President Trump with five staffers, all of whom are now gone, except Vice President Mike Pence, with the exit of controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon shown. The dissolving of two presidential advisory panels, one scratched & the first resignation from his evangelical advisory board & criticism of the president following his remarks about the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, noted.

(Studio: John Berman; near Bedminster, New Jersey: Jim Acosta) The background to the firing of Bannon, who did not fit in the power structure under new White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, with Bannon already back at Breitbart & him already saying the Trump presidency is over plus reports controversial White House advisor Sebastian Gorka may be out soon discussed; various inset video of Bannon shown.

(Studio: John Berman) Report introduced.

(Washington: Tom Foreman) The emergence on Bannon onto the world stage during Trump's presidential election campaign reviewed; scenes shown Bannon & clips from his movies; details given about his business background & political views & his outside status within the administration & his ties to the alt-right. [BANNON - speaks about war with terrorists, the financial elite, the movement.]

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's "New York Times" Maggie Haberman & "Devil's Bargain" author Josh Green about Bannon out. [GREEN - offers views on how Bannon will "go to war" on behalf of Trump's agenda & against enemies like CNN; agrees Bannon exited with a plan; Bannon's view that he will be more powerful outside: he is energized now; gives a "Star Wars" analogy to Bannon leaving.] [By phone, HABERMAN - offers views on how this is not a "strategic distraction," how Bannon's leaving is not clear yet, but there was an agreement last week before events in Charlottesville, how Bannon's "The American Prospect" interview suggested there ia no military solution for North Korea, what Bannon is telling his followers that the "Trump presidency" is ending because he is not there, the issue of Bannon & race-baiting.]

Berman, John;
Acosta, Jim;
Foreman, Tom

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