This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Jim Sciutto; West Palm Beach: Jim Acosta) How officials are trying to figure out what Trump meant about Syria policy, how he savaged former President Obama for pulling troops out of Iraq, what the Pentagon is saying discussed.
(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's retired Gen. Mark Hertling & retired Adm. John Kirby about Trump on policy issues. [KIRBY - offers views on how our allies are reacting to what the president says, on the positions of Russia, Iran & Syrian President Bashir al-Assad & what pulling out of Syria would mean, the possible role of incoming national security adviser John Bolton.] [HERTLING - offers views on what this does to military planning & the reaction of soldiers on the ground to this disconnect about the mission, how these diplomatic signals will cause things to happen elsewhere, how there is more to go in the fight against ISIS.] A tweet from Bolton quoted.
(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen & Gloria Borger about Trump's shrinking West Wing. [GERGEN - offers views on Trump's family & friends having jobs around him: indicates personal insecurity, the need for a chief of staff in the White House because the presidency is so complicated.] [BORGER - offers views on people saying he is reverting back to how he ran his business by trusting in his own instincts with only loyalists around him, how Bolton is an opinionator not an aggregator after McMaster got fired for disagreeing with Trump.]
(New York: Randi Kaye) The background of former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, who is now at the forefront of the Russia investigation, profiled; details given about Gates & Paul Manafort & their work in Ukraine & then in the campaign. [Aug. 17, 2016, Trump adviser Kellyanne CONWAY - praises Manafort & Gates.] The grand jury indictment of Gates for a money laundering scheme with Manafort while doing foreign lobbying work with Gates striking a deal & special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller's look at Gates' contact with a Russian intelligence officer reviewed.
(Studio: Jim Sciutto) Live discussion held with CNN's John Dean & attorney Laura Coates about the investigation & Gates. [From Los Angeles, DEAN - offers views on there being lying about Gates & the Russian.] [In studio, COATES - offers views on the role of Gates in the campaign & now the investigation, the cooperation of Gates with Mueller on his contacts with Russians with Mueller having more leverage.]
(Atlanta & London: Drew Griffin) A look at the massive data collection from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica to help President Trump that came out of the vision of Steve Bannon examined; details given about the role of Cambridge Analytica in Britain to change opinions & how Bannon used it to influence people to the right. [Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher WYLIE- says this was Bannon's baby to use a foreign contractor to fight the American electorate & make it open to an alt-right vision & how Donald Trump's campaign used the narrative.] ["Devil's Bargain" author Josh GREEN- explains the strategy to manipulate American public opinion.] How Cambridge Analytica may have violated US campaign laws discussed.