Episode 80: Merry Shutdown and Withdrawal Greetings

After two chaotic years in office, President Trump struggles to maintain any semblance of control. And even for a dysfunctional administration like this one, the turmoil was more pronounced than ever this week.

Despite the objections of his Cabinet, Trump unilaterally decides to withdraw US troops from Syria— enraging Congress and dumbfounding allies; Secretary of Defense James Mattison and presidential anti-ISIS envoy Brett McGurk both resign in protest; the government partially shuts four three days before Christmas, and the stock market has its worst week in a decade.

How will Congress maintain a check on this administration when it feels like the wheels are coming off? And is the White House ready for an even more chaotic next two years?

As always, you can jump to a section of the show by using our available chapters:

  • Intro

  • Highlight/Lowlight

  • Withdrawal from Syria  

  • Christmas Government Shutdown 

  • Rankings

  • Closing

The shows we discuss today include:

Check out Brendan’s analysis of Chris Christie’s Mic-Takeover Analysis :

Christie takes over the panel on  This Week

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