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Shutdown-gate-palooza-fest, White House exodus continues with Mattis resignation, troops withdrawal from Afghanistan




U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Defense Secretary James Mattis arrive for an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of attack on the Beirut Barracks in the East Room of the White House October 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Defense Secretary James Mattis arrive for an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of attack on the Beirut Barracks in the East Room of the White House October 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday a closure could drag on "for a very long time" and he tried to lay blame on congressional Democrats if there's no deal over his demand for U.S.-Mexico border wall money.

In other DC news, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned yesterday, apparently over President Trump’s decision to order troops withdrawal from Syria earlier this week. Hours after the Mattis’s announcement to depart, the White House said that it’ll pull 7,000 troops from Afghanistan.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Sahil Kapur, national politics reporter for Bloomberg News who has been following the story; he tweets at @sahilkapur

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies



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