February 13 - "Survivor: The West Wing"; The Knives Are Out in the White House; The Meeting Between Canada's PM and America's President

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We begin with a White House in chaos with a torrent of leaks fanning the flames of intramural fighting amongst top officials blaming each other for the dysfunction. David Grahama staff writer at The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his latest article “Who Will Be the First Victim of White House Chaos” and the tenuous fates of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn who appears to have lied to the Vice President, Press Secretary Sean Spicer who has been mercilessly lampooned by Melissa McCarthy, Reince Priebus who is increasingly isolated from Trump’s inner circle and Kellyanne Conway who has managed to provoke the slavishly friendly Republican Congress into questioning her ethics. We look into how the real world is colliding with reality TV inside the White House as it emerges that Trump is running the U.S. government like  “The Apprentice” in what is becoming “Survivor: The West Wing”.

 

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Part 2

Then we look further into the fate of General Michael Flynn who Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today is being “evaluated” by Donald Trump. William Danvers, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, who served as a special assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and worked for Leon Panetta at the CIA and the Pentagon in the Obama Administration, joins us. We will discuss the extent to which the knives are out in a White House in a state of turmoil that could soon be thrown into even more chaos.

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Part 3

Then finally Rodrigue Tremblay, professor emeritus of economics and international finance at the University of Montreal, who was a member of the Committee of Dispute Settlements of the North America Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, joins us to examine the discussions that took place today in the White House between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump as well as the women’s business forum that Trump’s daughter Ivanka presided over to set up a cross-border council to advance women into executive positions and encourage entrepreneurship.    

 

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