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Trump / Condolence Letters / A Discussion #1117317

CNN Evening News for Monday, Oct 23, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What is happening to condolence letters to families of fallen soldiers introduced; details given about what the White House did about contact information & rushing out letters to families. [October 16, President TRUMP - says I have written personal letters.] [October 17, in radio interview, TRUMP - says I have called virtually everybody when something happened to a soldier.] [In response to questions, October 18, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says the president has made contact with all the families via protocol.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Sciutto) The bureaucratic reasons as to why there was a delay in some condolence letters being sent out & the view of some there is a coverup discussed. [On "Good Morning America," Myeshia JOHNSON - says the president said he knew what he signed up for & could not remember her husband's name, La David.] Trump's tweet in response to the widow defending his conversation with her quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's retired Gen. Mark Hertling & Gloria Borger & "Roll Call" reporter John Donnelly about the White House contacting military families. [DONNELLY, HERTLING, BORGER - offer views on the White House getting contact information with half the families saying they got no calls or letters as claimed, the concerns about the recurrent themes of leadership principles, the president's claims & the White House scrambling on defense creating a political problem & a personal problem for Myeshia Johnson, how Trump is just shooting himself in the foot, the issue of multiple casualty incidents & processing letters, the role of the president as commander-in-chief, how Mrs. Johnson "feels" slighted & the president won't apologize for a miscommunication.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Sciutto, Jim

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