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CNN Anderson Cooper 360 [8PM] 11/25/19 | CNN Breaking TRUMP News Today Nov 25, 2019

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"AC 360" WITH ANDERSON STARTS NOW >>> GOOD EVENING

THE LAWMAKER WHO IS SECOND IN LINE TO THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAD IN HER WORDS A MELTDOWN TODAY THAT'S ONLY PART OF HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI'S ACCOUNT OF THE MEETING THIS AFTERNOON ON THE PRESIDENT'S SYRIA PULLOUT SHE SAYS HE ALSO CALLED HER, QUOTE, A THIRD GRADE POLITICIAN AND ON TOP OF THAT, A DEMOCRATIC SOURCE TELLS US AND A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR CONFIRMS IT AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM HIM IN A FEW MOMENTS THAT THE PRESIDENT ALSO CALLED JAMES MATTIS, HIS FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY, QUOTE, THE WORLD'S MOST OVERRATED GENERAL THERE IS, IT SEEMS, NO ONE WHO HAS WORKED FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO HE ISN'T WILLING TO THROW UNDER THE BUS TODAY ALSO SAW A LARGE BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE VOTE TO CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS IN SYRIA AND SAW A SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CALL THAT A MISTAKE

THIS MEETING THAT DEMOCRATS WALKED OUT OF CAPPED A DAY OF CONTRADICTORY AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON THE CRISIS FROM THE PRESIDENT EVEN AS SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ARE GETTING READY TO TRAVEL TO TURKEY TO TRY AND GET TURKEY TO STOP WHAT H THEY'RE DOING THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO HAVE ALREADY UNDERCUT THAT EFFORT MORE BAD NEWS FOR TV LAWYER AND UKRAINE BIDEN DIRT FINDER RUDY GIULIANI ANOTHER OF HIS ASSOCIATES HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND ANOTHER UKRAINE WITNESS WENT BEFORE CONGRESS THERE'S ALSO TONIGHT NEW REPORTING THAT TIES THE ACTING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE UKRAINE AFFAIR AND THE PRESIDENT MADE SOME STATEMENTS CONTRADICTING CLAIMS, INCLUDING HIS OWN, THAT THIS HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH ACTUAL CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE

CORRUPTION THAT HE SAID WAS ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION, HILLARY CLINTON'S SERVER AND PRESIDENT OBAMA, NOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE WE'LL TOUCH ON ALL OF THAT TONIGHT WE BEGIN WITH THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON TURKEY, SYRIA AND THE PRESIDENTIAL MELTDOWN SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS IT PRODUCED SHE ATTRIBUTED THE PRESIDENT'S BEHAVIOR IN PART TO THE HOUSE VOTE AGAINST HIM EARLIER TODAY

>> HE WAS SHAKEN UP BY IT AND THAT'S WHY WE COULDN'T CONTINUE IN THE MEETING BECAUSE HE WAS JUST NOT RELATING TO THE REALITY OF IT WE WITNESSED ON THE PART OF THE PRESIDENT WAS A MELTDOWN, SAD TO SAY >> THE WHITE HOUSE DENIES THIS, SAYING IN A STATEMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS, AND I QUOTE, MEASURED, FACTUAL AND DECISIVE AS FOR MAJORITY LEADER McCONNELL WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS PERCEPTIONS OF THE MEETING, HE MERELY SAID, AND I QUOTE, I DIDN'T MAKE ANY OBSERVATIONS IN THE MEETING

I DON'T HAVE ANY TO MAKE NOW WELL, HE MAY NOT HAVE MADE ANY OBSERVATIONS, BUT IT IS NOTICEABLE AND NOTABLE THAT THE PRESIDENT'S TOP ALLY IN THE SENATE IS NOT TRYING TO REFUTE SPEAKER PELOSI'S ACCOUNT THE PRESIDENT'S SUDDEN DECISION TO PULL SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS FROM THEIR POSITIONS IN NORTHERN SYRIA MAY HAVE GREEN LIT THE INVASION BY TURKEY, THE KILLING OF KURDS, THE ESCAPE OF ISIS PRISONERS AND A LAND GRAB BY BASHAR AL ASSAD AND HIS BACKERS, RUSSIA AND IRAN BUT TODAY THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED TO CLAIM IT WAS ALL PART OF HIS MASTER PLAN >> SO I VIEWED THE SITUATION ON THE TURKISH BORDER WITH SYRIA TO BE FOR THE UNITED STATES STRATEGICALLY BRILLIANT

>> STRATEGICALLY BRILLIANT IF HE REALLY BELIEVES THAT, IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE LETTER HE SENT TO TURKEY'S PRESIDENT WITH WHOM HE HAD THAT FATEFUL PHONE CALL LAST WEEK THE LETTER WAS ALLEGEDLY SENT THREE DAYS AFTER THE CALL IN IT HE WARNS ERDOGAN NOT TO DO THE VERY THING HE HAD MADE POSSIBLE BY ANNOUNCING THE IMMEDIATE ABANDONMENT OF THE KURDS QUOTING FROM THIS LETTER, LET'S WORK OUT A GOOD DEAL

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SLAUGHTERING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND I DON'T WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING THE TURKISH ECONOMY, AND I WILL THE LETTER IS DATED THE 9th OF THIS MONTH THAT IS THE SAME DAY TURKISH TROOPS WENT INTO NORTHERN SYRIA AND KURDS BEGAN BEING SLAUGHTERED SHORTLY THEREAFTER, ISIS FIGHTERS BEGAN ESCAPING KURDISH CUSTODY THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT ALL OF THAT TODAY

>> EVEN AFTER ALL YOU HAVE SEEN, ISIS PRISONERS FREED, ALL THE HUMANITARIAN DISASTER, YOU DON'T HAVE ANY REGRET FOR GIVING ERDOGAN THE GREEN LIGHT? >> I DIDN'T GIVE HIM A GREEN LIGHT THAT'S THE SAME THING AS YOU JUST — WHEN YOU MAKE A STATEMENT LIKE THAT, IT'S SO DECEPTIVE JUST THE OPPOSITE OF A GREEN LIGHT >> THE OPPOSITE OF A GREEN LIGHT, WHICH I GUESS WOULD BE A RED LIGHT OR RED LINE, A STERN WARNING NOT TO INVADE PERHAPS OR A DECISION NOT TO PULL THE SMALL NUMBER OF AMERICAN TROOPS WHO WERE HOLDING BACK THE TURKS FROM INVADING AND ATTACKING THE KURDS, OUR ALLIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS BUT THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND RED OR OTHERWISE

IN FACT IN THAT SAME PRESS CONFERENCE HE SAID HE EXPECTED THE TURKS TO INVADE >> NO, PRESIDENT ERDOGAN'S DECISION DIDN'T SURPRISE ME BECAUSE HE'S WANTED TO DO THAT FOR A LONG TIME HE'S BEEN BUILDING UP TROOPS ON THE BORDER WITH SYRIA FOR A LONG TIME, AS YOU KNOW >> SO HE EXPECTED THE TURKS WOULD INVADE, HE SEES THE TROOPS BUILDING UP ON THE BORDER FOR A LONG TIME, AND HE DECIDES TO SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT MUCH WARNING REMOVE THE ONE OBSTACLE TO IT, US

SPECIAL FORCES WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH AND FIGHTING WITH AND TRAINING THE KURDS DOESN'T THAT SEEM LIKE A PRETTY CLEAR EXAMPLE OF WHAT A GREEN LIGHT WOULD LOOK LIKE? IF THIS WAS ALL UNEXPECTED, IF THIS WAS ALL AS EXPECTED, I COULD SAY, THEN WHY THE THREATENING LETTER? WHY THE PUSH FOR ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON WHAT IS, AFTER ALL, A NATO ALLY? WHY SENDING THE VICE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF STATE TO TURKEY TONIGHT IF THIS IS ALL GOING TO PLAN AND IS STRATEGICALLY BRILLIANT? WHY THE APPARENT RAGE AT THE MEETING THIS AFTERNOON? ONE ANSWER IS SIMPLE THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING OR DIDN'T CARE WHAT HAPPENED THERE IT SURE SEEMS TO BE THE CASE IF YOU LISTEN TO THE WAY HE DESCRIBES OUR KURDISH ALLIES >> YOU HAVE TO SAY IT, NOBODY WANTS TO SAY IT, WE'RE MAKING THE KURDS LOOK LIKE THEY'RE ANGELS

WE PAID A LOT OF MONEY TO THE KURDS, TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY WE'VE GIVEN THEM MASSIVE FORTUNES, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S WONDERFUL, THEY FOUGHT WITH US BUT WE PAID A LOT FOR THEM TO FIGHT WITH US >> THEY FOUGHT ISIS AND ABOUT 11,000 KURDS WERE KILLED THE PRESIDENT REPEATED THAT THE KURDS HAVE RELEASED ISIS FIGHTERS FROM PRISONERS, AN ALLEGATION HE HAS NO PROOF OF

>> JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND, WE WERE THE ONES THAT CAPTURED ISIS PEOPLE LET SOME GO, THEY OPENED A COUPLE OF DOORS TO MAKE US LOOK AS BAD AS POSSIBLE >> THIS CLAIM HAS BEEN CALLED FALSE BY A SENIOR PENTAGON OFFICIAL WHO TELLS CNN THE PRESIDENT, QUOTE, FALSELY CLAIMING THAT THE SDF KURDS ARE LETTING ISIS PRISONERS OUT OF PRISON IS WRONG BECAUSE THEY'RE THE PEOPLE THAT DEFEATED ISIS WRONG BECAUSE THEY ARE CURRENTLY RISKING THEIR LIVES TO DEFEND OUR FORCES AND WRONG, BECAUSE THEY ARE FIGHTING A FORCE THAT INTENDS TO ELIMINATE THEIR PEOPLE BECAUSE WE GREEN LIGHTED THEIR OPERATION

EARLIER I SPOKE WITH SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WHO WAS IN THAT MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT SENATOR MENENDEZ YOU HEARD SPEAKER PELOSI SAY THE PRESIDENT HAD A MELTDOWN, HER WORDS MAJORITY LEADER SCHUMER SAID HE WAS NASTY, HIS WORD YOU YOURSELF TWEETED LISTENING TO THE PRESIDENT MADE YOU FEEL DEEPLY CONCERNED FOR THE COUNTRY CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MEETING, WHAT YOU SAW? >> WELL, FROM THE MOMENT THE PRESIDENT CAME IN, I WOULD DESCRIBE HIM AS BELLIGERENT

HE SMACKED DOWN A SERIES OF FILES ON THE TABLE AND SAID, WELL, YOU ALL ASKED FOR THIS MEETING I RELUCTANTLY GAVE IT TO YOU AND SPEAKER PELOSI SAID WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MR PRESIDENT, WE DIDN'T ASK FOR A MEETING WITH YOU, WE ASKED FOR A BRIEFING FROM THE SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE, STATE AND INTELLIGENCE TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ACTIONS YOU TOOK AND THEN HE SAID, WELL, THEN LET'S END THE MEETING

SHE SAID, WELL, WHILE I'M HERE AS THE SPEAKER, I HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TELL YOU THAT THE HOUSE JUST VOTED 350 SOME ODD, I FORGET EXACTLY WHAT THE AMOUNT WAS BUT AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE TO DISAPPROVE OF THE ACTIONS THAT YOU TOOK IN SYRIA AND THEN HE GOT — THAT DEVOLVED INTO IT'S NOTHING BUT A HIT JOB ON THE REPUBLICANS SHE SAID, WELL, MANY REPUBLICANS JOINED US THEN HE CALLED SPEAKER PELOSI A THIRD-RATE POLITICIAN HE SAID THAT THE KURDS WERE NOTHING BUT COMMUNISTS AND ALL OF US DEMOCRATS WHO WERE SEATED THERE MUST BE HAPPY WITH THAT, YOU KNOW, SUGGESTING THAT WE ALL SUBSCRIBE TO THAT VIEW OF BEING COMMUNISTS

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, IT JUST — IT WAS BELLIGERENT AND SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER SEEN IN 27 YEARS HERE IN CONGRESS AND SERVING UNDER FOUR DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS I'VE NEVER SEEN A MOMENT LIKE THIS >> THAT'S NOT HOW THESE MEETINGS USUALLY GO? >> NO WELL, NOT WITH OTHER PRESIDENTS AND I'VE HAD PRESIDENTS FROM CLINTON TO BUSH TO OBAMA AND NOW TRUMP

I WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH PRESIDENT BUSH WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT WE MIGHT HAVE DISAGREEMENTS BUT, ONE, IT WAS NEVER DISAGREEABLE, IT WAS ALWAYS RESPECTFUL AND THERE WAS EXCHANGES OF VIEWS AS I SAID TO THE PRESIDENT WHEN I STAYED AFTER THE SPEAKER AND OTHERS LEFT, I SAID, MR PRESIDENT, EVERYBODY HERE LOVES COUNTRY NOBODY HERE LOVES IT MORE THAN ANOTHER

BUT WE CAN HAVE A DISAGREEMENT AS IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY WITH REPUBLICANS VOTED TO DISAGREE WITH YOU YOU'RE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BUT I DISAGREE WITH WHAT YOU DID AND HERE'S WHAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES, THE RECONSTITUTING OF ISIS I DON'T KNOW IF THE MILITARY PEOPLE TELL YOU, BUT YOUR INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SAYS THERE'S STILL 14 TO 18,000 ISIS FIGHTERS IN SYRIA IF THE 10,000 HAVE BEEN DETAINED GET UNLEASHED AND ARE FREED, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A POTENTIAL FIGHTING FORCE UP TO 30,000

THAT'S A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES YOU'VE OPENED UP A LAND BRIDGE FOR IRAN TO BRING SERIOUS WEAPONRY AND TO POTENTIALLY ATTACK OUR ALLY, THE STATE OF ISRAEL THAT'S A HUGE RISK AND AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU'VE CHANGED THE POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF THE REGION WITH JUST ONE STROKE AND YOUR SANCTIONS ON TURKEY HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

THE TURKISH STOCK MARKET WENT UP THE NEXT DAY SO — >> HOW DID HE RESPOND TO THAT? >> HE BASICALLY STARTED SAYING THAT, NUMBER ONE, YOU KNOW, WELL, WE CAN DESTROY TURKEY'S ECONOMY, BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO DRIVE TURKEY INTO THE RUSSIANS, WHICH OF COURSE TURKEY HAS ALREADY BEEN WITH THE RUSSIANS THEY HAVE BEEN BUYING THE S-400 FROM THE RUSSIANS, WHICH IS SANCTIONABLE UNDER US LAW

>> HE'S ALSO JUST GIVEN RUSSIA A HUGE VICTORY IN SYRIA THEY HAVE BEEN PROPPING — THEY HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING AND PROPPING UP THE REGIME AS WELL AS IRAN >> ABSOLUTELY I MEAN, LOOK, THE BIG WINNERS, AS I SUGGESTED TO HIM, THE BIG WINNERS ARE IRAN, RUSSIA AND EVEN TURKEY IN THIS REGARD AND SO THIS LETTER THAT HE HANDED OUT TO ALL OF US AT THE BEGINNING, WHICH IF HE HADN'T HANDED IT OUT HIMSELF I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WAS NOT A REAL LETTER, BUT BASICALLY — >> THIS IS THE LETTER HE WROTE TO ERDOGAN IN TURKEY? >> THE LETTER HE WROTE TO ERDOGAN IN TURKEY, WHICH HE GAVE OUT TO EVERY MEMBER THAT WAS THERE

BASICALLY STRIKES ME AS A LETTER TO COVER YOUR BACKSIDE BECAUSE WHAT HE UNLEASHED HE NOW CANNOT RECALL AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S TO TRY TO RESPOND TO THE INCREDIBLE CRITICISM IT'S AN INCREDIBLE LETTER THE WAY IT'S WRITTEN AND YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT — >> I'VE READ IT IT DOES NOT — I MEAN IT'S NOT THE KIND OF LETTER I THOUGHT A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD SEND TO THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY IT JUST — IT DOES NOT READ AS A — I MEAN AT ONE POINT IT SORT OF ENDS WITH DON'T BE A TOUGH GUY, DON'T BE A FOOL, I'LL CALL YOU LATER

>> YEAH, THAT'S HOW IT ENDS AND IT JUST — TO ME IT WAS TO BE ABLE TO — FIRST OF ALL, THE LETTER IS JUST AN INCREDIBLE LETTER THE WAY IT'S DICTATED BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S DEFINITELY DICTATED DIRECTLY FROM HIM THE WAY HE THINKS AND SPEAKS AND SECONDLY, IT WAS TO TRY TO COVER HIMSELF FOR WHAT WAS UNLEASHED WITH THE TURKS GOING AHEAD AND INVADING INTO NORTHERN SYRIA AND THE CONSEQUENCES THAT FLOW THEREAFTER >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE, WHICH SOUNDS INCREDIBLE

WE'RE TOLD BY A DEMOCRATIC SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH THE MEETING THAT SENATOR SCHUMER READ A QUOTE FROM FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY JAMES MATTIS WHO SAID, QUOTE, IN THIS CASE IF WE DON'T KEEP THE PRESSURE ON, THEN ISIS WILL RESURGE IT'S ABSOLUTELY A GIVEN THAT THEY WILL COME BACK THE PRESIDENT REPLIED BY CALLING MATTIS, QUOTE, THE WORLD'S MOST OVERRATED GENERAL, END QUOTE, AND CONTINUED WHY HE WASN'T TOUGH ENOUGH, I CAPTURED ISIS MATTIS SAID IT WOULD TAKE TWO YEARS I CAPTURED THEM IN ONE MONTH

IS THAT ACCURATE? >> THAT IS ACCURATE HE FURTHER CALLED GENERAL MATTIS WEAK ALL OF WHAT YOU SAID IS EXACTLY AS IT TRANSPIRED >> WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT? >> THIS IS WHY I TWEETED AFTER SPENDING AN HOUR WITH THE PRESIDENT I'M CONCERNED FOR THE NATION AND FOR OUR FIGHT AGAINST ISIS I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS NO — IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY

I THINK HE HAS NO CONCEPT OF WHAT HE HAS UNLEASHED AND I DON'T THINK HE UNDERSTANDS THE CONSEQUENCES HE SUGGESTED, WELL, THEY'RE 7,000 MILES AWAY, WHY SHOULD WE FIGHT THERE? ANOTHER COLLEAGUE REMINDED HIM ON SEPTEMBER 11th, THEY TRAVELED OVER 7,000 MILES AND HAD ONE OF THE WORST TRAGEDIES IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY IN AN ACT OF TERRORISM I DON'T THINK HE UNDERSTANDS AT ALL WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE AND THAT'S WHY IT WORRIES ME I HAD NEVER SEEN THIS IN ALL OF THE YEARS I'VE SERVED IN A NATIONAL SECURITY POST ON THE SENATE AND HOUSE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

I THINK HE HAS NO GRASP OF IT I THINK HE HAS NO GRASP OF WHAT HE'S UNLEASHED IN THE REGION BEYOND SYRIA I DON'T THINK HE UNDERSTANDS HOW HE'S EMPOWERED IRAN, SOMEONE, A COUNTRY THAT HE'S SUPPOSEDLY BATTLING ON THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM HE HAS EMPOWERED IRAN HE HAS EMPOWERED TURKEY, WHO HAS NOT BEEN A GOOD NATO ALLY IN THIS REGARD AND IS CREATING OTHER SERIES OF ISSUES

HE'S GIVEN RUSSIA A MAJOR ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT IT NEVER HAD, ALWAYS ASPIRED TO HAVE, AND NOW MANY COUNTRIES IN THE REGION ARE RECALIBRATING AND THINKING ABOUT WHO DO I ALIGN MYSELF AND WHAT DO I DO? >> JUST FINALLY, WHAT IS YOUR SENSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PRESIDENT? YOU SAID HE HAS LOST TOUCH HE'S OBVIOUSLY ANGERED HIS OWN PARTY WITH WHAT HE'S DONE IN SYRIA HE IS MAKING EGREGIOUS, FALSE, UNINFORMED COMMENTS HE'S ALSO OBVIOUSLY UNDER PRESSURE FROM IMPEACHMENT IS HE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS PRESSURE? >> WELL, WHAT I SAW IS NOT THE COOL, CALM HAND OF SOMEONE WHO HOLDS THE NUCLEAR CODE TO THE COUNTRY

I DID NOT SEE A PERSON IN CONTROL AND THE BELLIGERENCE, THE DEMEANOR, THE LACK OF TEMPERAMENT IS NOT WHAT I'D WANT TO SEE IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHETHER THEY BE A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN >> SENATOR MENENDEZ, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME THANK YOU >> THANK YOU

>>> MUCH MORE AHEAD TONIGHT, INCLUDING NEXT A NEW PHOTO FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING LATER, MORE ON THE SYRIA CRISIS FROM A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR WHO IS ALSO A WOUNDED IRAQ WAR VETERAN >>> PERHAPS NOT UP EXPECTEDLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TRYING TO GET MILEAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WALKOUT OF THE SYRIA MEETING WITH THE WORDS NANCY PELOSI'S UNHINGED MELTDOWN, THE PRESIDENT TWEETED OUT AN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO THIS PHOTO OF THE SESSION SHOWING THE SPEAKER STANDING UP AND POINTING HER FINGER IN THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AS HIS TEAM BRACKETED HIM THE PRESIDENT HAS A HARD-TO-READ LOOK ON HIS FACE

YOU CAN JUDGE FOR YOURSELF IT IS MEANT AS AN INSULT NORMALLY WE WOULDN'T ACTUALLY SHOW THIS PHOTOGRAPH BECAUSE IT WAS TAKEN BY AN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER AND THERE WAS NO POOL REPORTERS PRESENT WHO COULD ACTUALLY VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THAT MOMENT BUT WE'RE SHOWING IT TO YOU BECAUSE MOMENTS AFTER THE PRESIDENT POSTED HIS TWEET, THE SPEAKER MADE THE PHOTO THE COVER ON HER OFFICIAL TWITTER PAGE AND NOW IS USING IT FOR HER OWN PURPOSES JOINING US NOW TO DISCUSS ALL THE LATEST ON THE MEETING, THE LARGER SYRIAN CRISIS, DAVID AXELROD, JEN PSAKI, A CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AND CNN LEGAL ANALYST CARRIE CORDERO

DAVID, THIS PHOTO THAT THE PRESIDENT TWEETED OUT IS TRYING TO CAST SPEAKER PELOSI AS THE ONE HAVING THE MELTDOWN, WHICH IS THE WORD SHE USED TO DESCRIBE THE PRESIDENT'S BEHAVIORS I MEAN I DON'T KNOW, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS WHOLE MEETING? IS IT THE DEMOCRATS SIMPLY TRYING TO MAKE HAY OUT OF A MEETING THAT WENT BADLY? OR IS IT REASON FOR REAL CONCERN? >> LOOK, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE MEETING THE SUBJECT OF THE MEETING IS WHAT SHOULD REALLY CONCERN PEOPLE DONALD TRUMP SPENT A LIFETIME IN BUSINESS HIS PRACTICE WAS TO ABROGATE CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

NOW HE'S RAISED THAT TO THE LEVEL OF NATIONAL POLICY IN THE WORLD, AMERICAN POLICY IN THE WORLD WHAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST TEN DAYS IS TRULY HORRIFYING THAT'S WHY THEY WERE THERE, TO TALK ABOUT THIS POLICY YOU KNOW, I THINK HE IS — I THINK HE IS LOSING IT I THINK HE IS FEELING THE PRESSURE OF THIS IMPEACHMENT

BUT NOT ONLY TO DISS THE SPEAKER, YOU'D EXPECT THAT FROM HIM, BUT GENERAL MATTIS? YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED MILITARY MEN OF HIS GENERATION >> WHO, BY THE WAY, CALLING HIM MAD DOG MATTIS HE WOULD ANNOUNCE HIM IN FRONT OF RALLIES HE WOULD PRAISE HIM TO THE HEAVENS IT IS JUST YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THERE IS NOBODY WHO THIS PRESIDENT WILL NOT THROW UNDER THE BUS AS SOON AS THEY LEAVE THE ROOM

>> BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS SUCH — THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MILITARY HERE ARE REALLY PROFOUND I THINK WE'VE READ ABOUT WHAT THE SPECIAL FORCES THERE FELT ABOUT THEIR REMOVAL, ESSENTIALLY HAVING TO ABANDON THEIR KURDISH ALLIES AND THAT SENDS A REVERBERATING FORCE AROUND THE MILITARY BUT TO DISS MATTIS NOW ADDS TO IT HE IS ESTRANGING HIMSELF FROM EVERY INSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT, FROM ALL OF OUR ALLIES IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS A HORRIFYING SITUATION

>> CARRIE, PRESIDENT TRUMP OPENED HIS MEETING WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TODAY BRAGGING ABOUT HIS, QUOTE, NASTY LETTER TO ERDOGAN IT SEEMS AS IF HE'S PROUD OF THIS LETTER THERE'S CERTAINLY A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY FIRST SAW THIS LETTER THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS ACTUALLY KIND OF A FAKE LIKE A HOAX LETTER THAT HAD BEEN PRETENDING TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT BUT IT'S ACTUALLY APPARENTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT SENT OR, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST IT'S DATED THREE DAYS AFTER THE CALL, THE DAY TURKEY INVADED

>> RIGHT THE LETTER IS INSANE I WONDERED IF IT WAS A REAL LETTER AND I SAW REPORTERS THAT HAD TO CONFIRM THAT IT ACTUALLY WAS BECAUSE IT'S NOT ANYTHING THAT WE'VE EVER SEEN COME OUT BEFORE >> WHY DO YOU SAY THAT? FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE LETTER, WHAT ABOUT IT IS SO WEIRD? >> WELL, BECAUSE IT'S WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT IT IS — IT IS WRITTEN OFTEN THE WAY THAT HE SPEAKS IT IS NOT A WAY THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT SOMEONE TO CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY

BUT THIS IS THE WAY THAT HE CONDUCTS FOREIGN POLICY >> WE JUST PUT ON THE SCREEN PART OF WHAT THE LETTER IS SO I JUST WANT TO QUICKLY READ IT THIS IS TO ERDOGAN WHO ON THIS DAY OF THE LETTER HAS LAUNCHED AN INVASION TO KILL THE KURDS AND TAKE OVER TERRITORY, CREATE A BUFFER ZONE HISTORY WILL LOOK UPON YOU FAVORABLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS, IF YOU GET THIS DONE THE RIGHT AND HUMANE WAY IT WILL LOOK UPON YOU FOREVER AS THE DEVIL IF GOOD THINGS DON'T HAPPEN

DON'T BE A TOUGH GUY DON'T BE A FOOL AND THEN THE FINAL LINE WAS I'LL CALL YOU LATER >> IT'S RIDICULOUS BUT IT SHOWS HOW HE IS ACTUALLY CONDUCTING AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN WE SAY HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND OR, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND SORT OF HOW TO DO THESE THINGS, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THIS IS ACTUALLY HOW HE'S CONDUCTING FOREIGN POLICY AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN UNFOLD OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST WEEK WITH HIS PHONE CALL TO ERDOGAN AND THIS LETTER THAT HE'S TRYING TO COVER UP A LITTLE BIT I THINK PROBABLY WHAT WAS IN THE PHONE CALL WHERE HE PROBABLY LET ERDOGAN GO AHEAD AND DO WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO IS WE'RE SEEING WHAT IS BASICALLY HIS DOCTRINE OF FOREIGN POLICY, WHICH IS TRANSACTIONAL, WHICH IS US MILITARY ENGAGEMENT OR US

FOREIGN POLICY ENGAGEMENT BASED ON WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE BEING COMPENSATED OR HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST US IT IS A FOREIGN POLICY THAT IS VALUES FREE IT'S A FOREIGN POLICY THAT IS COUNTER TO OUR COUNTERTERRORISM INTERESTS IT'S SOMETHING THAT HE THINKS IS BASED ON HIS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, AND SO THERE'S ALWAYS THAT QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER HIS INTERACTIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS ARE FRIENDLY BECAUSE HE HAS SOME OTHER BUSINESS INTEREST THAT MIGHT BE IN PLAY HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

AND SO WE'RE REALLY SEEING A REVAMPING OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY >> JEN, FOR ALL THE TALK ABOUT HOW TOUGH THE PRESIDENT — THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS SAYS HE'S SO TOUGH ON RUSSIA AND THE EXAMPLE THAT WAS ALWAYS USED WAS THE AMERICAN TROOPS IN SYRIA, THE RUSSIANS AREN'T HAPPY ABOUT THAT THIS IS A HUGE VICTORY FOR RUSSIA RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE NOW QUICKLY OCCUPIED THE BASES, THE FORWARD BASES THAT US

SPECIAL FORCES HAVE BEEN IN AND NOW HE'S JUST BASICALLY KIND OF LINKING ALL THE KURDS TO DO PKK, WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION WHICH TURKEY DOES HAVE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT TERROR ATTACKS BUT THAT — YOU KNOW, THE KURDS WHO ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR THE US AND FOR THEMSELVES IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS, THOSE ARE OUR ALLIES >> THAT'S RIGHT

AND WE WOULD NOT HAVE DEFEATED ISIS IN THE PARTS OF SYRIA WE DID WITHOUT THEM THEY WERE A KEY PARTNER IN THAT HIS FOREIGN POLICY, I WOULD ADD TO CARRIE'S EXCELLENT RUNDOWN THERE, IS ALSO WITHOUT REGARD FOR CONSEQUENCES THAT'S NOT HOW ANY PRESIDENT OR ANY NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS EVER CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY IN ADDITION TO RUSSIA

WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE RT IS BIZARRELY INSIDE SOME OF THESE BASES BUT IRAN HAS AN OPENING TO PLAY A BIGGER ROLE HERE ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT CAME UP REPORTEDLY IN THIS MEETING FROM SENATOR SCHUMER AND OTHERS IS WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR CONTAINING ISIS? THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF ISIS FIGHTERS THAT HAVE BEEN HELD BY THE KURDS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? AND HE DIDN'T HAVE A PLAN THIS HAS NOW BECOME A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF COURSE IT IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC TO LEAVE OUR PARTNERS, THE KURDS, AS WE HAVE TO BE SLAUGHTERED BY TURKEY

BUT NOW WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF ISIS FIGHTERS BEING OUT THERE WITHOUT ANY REGARD OR ANY PLAN ON HOW TO ADDRESS IT >> THANKS SO MUCH >>> JUST AHEAD, A LOOK AT THE LATEST TESTIMONY ON CAPITOL HILL WHEN IT COMES TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS ALSO — SITUATION,

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