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Trump / Troops in Syria / Kinzinger Interview / A Discussion #1133201

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018
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(Studio: John Berman) The Republican reaction to the announcement from President Trump he will withdraw US troops from Syria introduced; details given of the statement from a senior administration official critical of the decision for endangering the country with no one in the administration having details about a withdrawal plan. [Senators Marco RUBIO, Bob CORKER, Lindsey GRAHAM - criticize the decision.] Trump tweet about defeating ISIS in Syria quoted. [April 3, TRUMP - says I want to bring our troops home.] What the State Department said about Syria last week & what a Pentagon report said about ISIS fighters in the region introduced. [Dec. 11, State Department OFFICIAL - says internal security forces need to be in place, so we just can't pick up & leave.] [TRUMP - says we won against ISIS.]

(Studio: John Berman; White House: Jeff Zeleny) How The President's morning tweet caught everyone in the White House by surprise & the critical reaction to the decision after the commander-in-chief made the call on his own with many questions remaining discussed.

(Studio: John Berman) Earlier interview held with Representative Adam Kinzinger about the Syria decision. [KiNZINGER - offers views on his initial reaction to the news about leaving Syria immediately & it is wrong, on what Senator Rand Paul, a Libertarian, said about foreign policy.]

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen & "Black Flag: The Rise of Isis" author "Washington Post" reporter Jody Warrick about Trump & Syria. [GERGEN - offers views on the resulting split in the Republican Party after the Trump quick decision hat could elad to the Kurds being slaughtered: a victory for the other side, how the US is "turning tail" on its own friends.] [WARRICK - offers views on how ISIS is not yet defeated with signs of resurgence in Syria, what it means for Iraq.]

Berman, John;
Zeleny, Jeff

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