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Trump / Mattis Resignation / Syria Policy / Cohen Interview / A Discussion #1133228

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 20, 2018
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(Studio: Jim Sciutto; Pentagon: Barbara Starr) The resignation of Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis in protest to President Trump's policies leaving the Kurds exposed to a Turkish invasion of Syria with sharp reaction from the military discussed; the letter from Mattis stating he can no longer support the president quoted; details given of Trump's order to withdraw half the US troops in Afghanistan with this indicating an isolationist positioning with ground being ceded to ISIS & the Taliban.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) A list of names of those left/leaving the White House outlined on screen.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto; White House: Jim Acosta) The word from Trump that a new secretary of defense will be announced quickly with Mattis resigning & distress on Capitol Hill that the wheels may be coming off the Trump presidency with no one so far {except Senator Rand Paul} defending the president's actions discussed.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen about the departure of Mattis. [COHEN - offers views on how Trump is believing Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than Mattis on several foreign policy issues with distraught Mattis feeling we are betraying the country by splitting with our allies & giving a free pass to Iran, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Turkey & Putin, that Trump is taking a wrecking ball to 70 years of policy: a chaotic world, that Trump is not fit to be commander-in-chief because he is betraying our interests.]

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's retired Adm. John Kirby & Jen Psaki & retired Gen. Mark Hertling about Trump, Mattis & US policies. [KIRBY, HERTLING, PSAKI - offer views on the service from Mattis, who had no choice but to step aside, the question of who could do the job with a president who does not want to be challenged, how the Mattis resignation indicates this administration is dysfunctional, the issue of withdrawing troops against the recommendations of the military & the allies.]

Sciutto, Jim;
Starr, Barbara;
Acosta, Jim

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