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Russian Connection / Trump, Russia & Mueller / A Discussion #1128206

CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 03, 2018
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A Keeping Them Honest look at what President Trump & his administration are saying about Russia & how it is at odds: one White House, two messages, introduced. [At Pennsylvania rally, TRUMP - says he & Russian President Vladimir Putin got along really well, that the Russia investigation is a hoax.] What Trump says about the Mueller probe, that the Russians are unhappy with his winning the election & his position on Russia cuts against his own national security team outlined. [Earlier, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NIELSEN†, national intelligence dir. Dan COATS†-, FBI dir. Christopher WRAY - speak against Russian interference.] The contradictory messages noted. Trump tweet calling collusion a hoax quoted. [WRAY - says Russian attempted to interfere.] [The day before, TRUMP - speaks about Russian meddling: could be other people.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's former CIA director & former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta & David Axelrod about the two White Houses on Russia. [PANETTA - offer views on the confused message from the administration on this national security threat, how Trump is sending messages to the Russians & his base as well as to the American people about Russia, that no one on the national intelligence team knows what was said between Trump & Putin, that Russia is engaged on undermining our democracy.] [AXELROD - offers views on how this is "unthinkable": the president undercutting his security/intelligence team, how there is a threat now & Trump is parroting Putin's line.]

Cooper, Anderson

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