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DW News 11 Sep 2019

What is the true story behind John Bolton's sacking?


In Washington, speculation is rife that President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser John Bolton could signal a shift in US foreign policy. Announcing the latest White House sacking on Twitter, the president said that he "disagreed strongly with Bolton on many issues". Bolton is a 'falcon' hardliner on US foreign policy. Bolton gave a different version of events, saying he'd offered his resignation.

Netflix's "The Irishman," starring Robert DeNiro, depicts the true story of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. During his heyday, Hoffa was one of the most powerful men in the country, and had ties to the mob. He went missing in 1975. Endless theories surround what actually happened to Hoffa, including one urban legend that he was buried under the endzone at Giants Stadium. Hoffa's disappearance is considered one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history.
The term "deep state" usually conjures a secretive illuminati that is the real power behind the curtains - made up of spies, criminals, military leaders and businessmen.

In the world of US President Donald Trump, it has come to mean the civil servants who have been working for the government for years.

They are "holdovers" from previous administrations, and they are blocking his agenda and policy reversals. At least, that's the mantra that he repeats in his campaign rallies nationwide.

But is Trump using this construct as a punching bag to paint himself as an underdog who is fighting the powers that be?

"Deep state" has become a permanent fixture of the culture wars in the United States, and Trump is using it to energise his base.

So what is the reality of the "deep state" in US politics? Join Steve Clemons as he hosts a discussion on the ramifications of the constant presidential rants against government bureaucrats and diplomats.


Elaine Kamarck - Director, Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution

Adolfo Franco - Republican strategist and former executive, US Agency for International Development

John Neffinger - Former communications director, Democratic National Committee
In one of the most tense exchanges of the debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren said to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg that "billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president." Buttigieg responded that Warren's net worth is "100 times" his and "this is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass." Elaine Quijano anchors coverage with CBS News political analyst and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright, CBS News political analyst and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and CBSN political contributor Molly Hooper.
Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz argues President Trump is as politically strong amid the impeachment trial and John Bolton's comments alleging Trump withheld funds from Ukraine are untrue.

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