This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) The Trump administration's targeting Rice for trying to learn the name of Trump operatives picked up in surveillance of Russia, the skepticism of Rice going back to Benghazi days & the Bowe Bergdahl trade in 2014 examined. [On MSNBC, RICE - denies using intelligence for political purposes.] [Voice of Senator Tom COTTON- calls Rice the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What Trump said to Haberman about Rice's wrongdoing being the "biggest" story examined; scenes shown of Trump using the "biggest" phrase in 9 stories as candidate & president. Live discussion held with CNN's Kirsten Power, Trump supporters Kayleigh McEnany & Jeffrey Lord, Matt Lewis, Ryan Lizza & Philip Mudd about Trump & the Rice story. [POWERS, McENANY, MUDD, LEWIS, LIZZA, LORD - offer views on why Trump cares more about the Rice story, whether he has evidence of a crime about her "unmasking", how this is "shuck & jive" by the president while the Russian connection is being investigated, if she leaked names & Rice is a serial liar or is it normal NSA business.] Other material: [On CNN, former CIA director Michael HAYDEN - defends Rice's handling of foreign intelligence.]
(Washington: Jeff Zeleny) The toughening of tone from President Trump following the gas attack on civilians in Syria featured; details given about the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council with national security adviser H.R. McMaster empowered by the move. [In Rose Garden, TRUMP - reacts to the attack on children in Syria: that crosses lines; states now he has responsibility; suggests he "inherited a mess.".] [US Ambassador to U.N. Nikki HALEY - mentions Russia.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Several Trump past tweets about Syria quoted. Live discussion held with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Gloria Borger & military analyst Gen. Mark Hertling about Trump & foreign policy about Syria. [ZAKARIA, BORGER, HERTLING - offer views on the "education" of Trump about Syria, a country about which there is no good side, the past attacks on Syria by the government, how Trump did not mention Russia's role, Trump's changing view of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, who has been supported by Russia, Assad's strategy & what Trump's words mean, the removal of Bannon from the National Security Council at McMaster's request, how McMaster is catching up on a national security plan.]