December 18, 2017

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December 18, 2017

Trump’s New National Security Strategy
Register at TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw in Anticipation of Trump Firing Mueller
The Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment
Program Notes

We begin with the new national security strategy President Trump outlined today based on “four pillars”, protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American Influence. Without mentioning human rights or climate change, he did label Russia and China as “rival powers” but pledged to attempt to build a “a great partnership with them”. Brian Katulis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia, joins us to discuss Trump’s criticism of his predecessors who he claimed “drifted” and “lost sight of America’s destiny” while he proudly proclaimed that “America is coming back and America is coming back strong”.

Then with the possibility that Trump will soon fire the special counsel Mueller looming, we will speak with Lisa Gilbert, the Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division. She joins us to discuss a coalition that has formed with Public Citizen and dozens of other organization who are encouraging concerned citizens to register at a new website TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org in anticipation of a constitutional crisis erupting and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans protesting nationwide.

Then finally we examine the deadly Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle in which rail cars plunged off a bridge over an interstate highway jammed with traffic. George Bibel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota and author of “Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters” joins us to discuss the derailment on the inaugural run of a new Amtrak high-speed train service from Seattle to Portland and why the train was travelling at 81 miles per hour on a curve.

Brian Katulis | Lisa Gilbert | George Bibel