CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018
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(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.]