Podcast: Week in Review — Russia & Nerve Agent Attack, Trump Dumps McMaster, and Stormy Daniels v. Trump-Russia

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin

I joined Paul Ross of talkRADIO early Friday morning for our weekly look at the highlights (and lowlights) of the week in the US and the UK.

We start this week with the investigation of possible Russian involvement in the nerve agent attack in southern England, with a mis-step by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and a steadier course of action by his Government colleagues.

Then we take on the newsflash that Donald Trump has pushed out National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster — “one of the last adults in the playground” — for hardline, walrus-moustached John Bolton.

Before going into our bunkers, there’s a glance at the latest around the cases of Trump’s claimed sexual encounters with women such as porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Will they be Trump’s downfall or will it be the Trump-Russia investigation?

Our farewells: the black comedies of Trump’s election congratulations to Vladimir Putin and a large-postcard appeal to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad bin Salman to buy US weapons.

Listen from 10:58 in 0100-0130 Segment

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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