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CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) How President Trump is using military deaths to criticize former President Obama & what White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly has said/not said about the death of his son in the war in Afghanistan introduced; Kelly quoted; details given about how other presidents who have honored the fallen. [On Fox News Radio, voice of TRUMP - says I dont know what Obama's policy was.] Photos of the four US soldiers who died in Niger shown. [TRUMP - says I have written them personal letters & will call the families; states a lot of them {presidents} did not make calls.] The false statements from Trump about the other presidents & Trump's lack of war service noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen & David Axelrod about presidents & Gold Star families. [GERGEN - calls Trump's remarks unfortunate, how former Presidents Bush & Obama dealt with the families in private; speculates about Trump's compulsion with lying about things after criticism, but is cheapens our politics.] [AXELROD - explains how this {the fallen} is a sobering duty for presidents like Obama & that Trump can never be wrong; comments on the usual growth of presidents when in office, but Trump is consumed with himself: a lack of empathy.]

Cooper, Anderson

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