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Trump / Iraq Visit / A Discussion #1133342

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018
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(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Breading news on President Trump's visit with Us troops in Iraq after pushing Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis out the door early, the government shutdown, the status of the stock market after phone calls from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to bankers & unfilled White House posts introduced.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto; Pentagon: Barbara Starr) The background to Trump's first visit to a war zone after weeks of planning by the military & Secret Service with Trump bringing up domestic issues, what Trump said about ISIS in Syria after the Mattis resignation discussed; scenes shown of Trump signing red hats for the troops: a political activity.

(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's retired Adm. John Kirby, David Axelrod & retired Gen. Mark Hertling about the president in Iraq. [HERTLING, KIRBY, AXELROD - offer views on the symbolism of the president visiting the troops, but you should not get political, how Trump did not speak to Iraqi troops representing a new government there, how it is important he went to see the troops. Trump's decision to pull the troops out of Syria & some from Afghanistan, the problems with cross-border operations as he suggests, Trump's "lies" to the troops about military raises: it creates confusions.]

Sciutto, Jim;
Starr, Barbara

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