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well, good friday evening to you from our headquarters here in new york. day 78 of the trump administration saw both praise and condemnation in the wake the president's decision to send 59 cruise missiles into syria. arguably the biggest consequence from a geopolitical standpoint. the strain on the already let's call it complicated relationship between washington and moscow. a putin spokesman kaeld called this a, quote, significant blow to relations with the u.s. and here in new york, that was on public display today at the united nations. >> we strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the u.s. the consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious. >> it could be that russia is knowingly allowing chemical
weapons to remain in syria. it could be that russia has been incompetent ten in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. or it could be that the assad regime is playing the russians for fools. the united states took a very measured step last night. we are prepared to do more. but we hope that will not be necessary. >> the trump administration is signaling a new round of sanctions on syria is forthcomi forthcoming. there are also reports tonight the pentagon is working to determine whether russia, as you may have heard there, was actually involved in the chemical attack earlier this week. the white house, meanwhile, is keeping quiet on what may come next. >> sean, will you talk about the next steps in syria. was this a one off does this change his policyrd ring syria.
what happens next. >> he is not going to telegraph his next move. it was proportional and i think it sent a strong signal not just to signal but throughout the world. >> that audio from sean spicer after they decided today to brief only audio and not with cameras. >> president trump today taking a hands off approach on syria saying we have problems here of our own. >> i'm the not the president of the words i am the president of the united states. from now on it's going to be america first. >> there is a political angle. the neck snapping change from those comments on tuesday of this week to what we saw last night is also fuelling questions over who has more influence inside the west wing. steve bannon or jared kushner. the turn away from america first
not sitting well with some plemts and players on the far right who up until now have large lae been behind this president. >> it's his daughter and his social, they are literally the enemies of the republic. i can't help it. >> if we dive head long into globalism donald trump may be the 40 roughly percent approval rating today of it will hit 20. that's not why we elected him. >> in d.c. the praise is coming from hawkish republicans and moderate democrats, the establishment that president trump ran against. here are some of those comments from today. >> i very much approve of what the president did. i think it was not only an important message to assad but to everybody else who may be wondering what this administration may be like. >> all i can say about this president, he has the instinct of romd reagan in many ways.
he is an emotional man, but he is also a very smart man. i think he feels he did the right thing by those children. >> it's going to take more than one air strike in one base in order to turn it around, but i think it's the right thing to do. but it's only the first thing to do. >> and making for odd political bed fellows, condemnation for strikes on syria is coming from both the isolationist wing of the gop and from the democratic left, some of whom say it's unconstitutional for the president to act without authorization from congress. to that point, this 2013 tweet from the president is getting renewed scrutiny today, quote, what will we get for bombing syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? obama need congressional approval, close quote. let's bring in our panel on this friday night, traveling with and covering the president nbc's chris jansing from palm beach
florida, barry mccaffery, a ground commander in desert storm, combat infantry in vietnam, three purple hearts, two silver stars, two distinguished service crosses and our terrorism analyst malcolm nance is here in new york with us. a 35 year veteran of that trade, including naval intelligence, special operations and homeland security. chris jansing, to you in florida first. in a way, starting this morning, this changed everything. it changed the optics, and it changed the discussion. >> reporter: without a doubt. i mean, they feel it is an overwhelming success. it's no secret this has been a very tough run for this president. he had approval ratings in the mid 30s. now he has taken what they believe -- this white house has been decisive very measured actions. they have hined to what the allies have been saying, praise from the uk, from germany, from france. you heard what has been largely approval from members of
congress, even those who think that he should have had congressional approval, many of those folks still agreeing with him. and they think it sets the stage, sending a message that there is a new sheriff in town, that this is not going to be the barack obama that president trump criticized, but this is someone who is willing to take action when it is necessary, brian. >> thank you. and general mccaffery, i heard a gentleman tonight on malaysia from the council on foreign relations say that the objective of a military mission should never be to send a message. it should be a military objective. number one, do you agree with that? number two, what do you think we witnessed last night. >> i certainly agree. i'm uneasy about the notion of political signaling using military power unless it's simply presence of u.s. naval elements offshore. i think this is probably more than political signaling. they definitely went after in a
significant way the capability for aviation delivered chemical weapons. and that may well stop chemical witnesses attacks for the foreseeable future. on the other hand, the notion that this is a decisive action is of course nonsense. it didn't change anything on the ground. you still have a lot of dangerous actors, the iranian revolutionary guards, hezbollah, the russians and a significant on the ground presence. i think the next step, we probably see the russians try and lay low. the a -- assad will be ill advised to take any significant action against us. and the question is where to from here? i have been arguing for humanitarian aid in significant amounts to the syrian refugees in jordan and on the border of turkey. >> and malcolm, the first thing we saw today, the syrians were careful to put out that video of planes taking off at the strip where we had targeted the attack
last night. >> yeah. it is a brilliant piece of propaganda. the best part about that propaganda is they didn't have to make it up the attack that we saw today -- i have taken part in numerous air strike planning operations and actual air strikes. was that we projected power. we did a demonstration of power, and the president executed his demonstration of power quickly and decisively. however, as general mccaffery says, you have to have an objective. it did reduce the capacity of the syrian air force. it did radios the capacity of that airplane, what it didn't do was destroy the airport. and most importantly, and this is why i think you will over all see this as a mission failure, they did not strike and destroy the chemical weapons. assad, all he had to do was throw them on a truck, disburse them throughout other parts of syria and quite possibly have them used for battlefield rockets or prepare them in case he feels like regime fall is
coming. mission not accomplished. in fact a political success, but a military failure. >> chris jansing, a bit of a different message in new york today. not the first time this has happened, with ambassador nikki haley at the united nations. there are reports tonight the white house was privately signaling to members of congress, this is it for now. she of course, part of her job, was to hold out the possibility this is not it, necessarily. >> yes, she said in fact that we are prepared to do more. we hope we don't have to but we are prepared to do it. we heard from the secretary of state rex tillerson who said our actions are going to be guided depending on how they react to what we have done. the clear thing here is, brian, that there is no next act that's ready and in place. in fact, the pentagon has signalled that there are no military plans in place. that's the complication that in fact way back when, when donald trump who was an average citizens was tweeting about barack obama's choices said, you
don't want to get involved in this more as that is this six year -- now a six-year civil war. that's what's facing them right now. what do you do? what is your game plan? is this just a one off is? or is it more? there wasn't a clear question from the administration today. >> general mccaffery, you are so right to mention the refugee population. they say in these last six years of conflict 45% of the population of sir yao has been displaysed is otherwise on the move or has moved to a neighboring nation. having said that, what dupg the best possible outcome is in syria -- what do you think the best possible outcome is in syria? >> i don't think there will be a good outcome. this is not a violates u.s. national security interest. our interests lie with north korea, russian aggression in eastern europe, iranian nuclear weapons, chinese adventurism in
the south china sea. so syria will not get solved. it is a going to come apart in the coming decade or so. it's a civil war between the sunni and the shia exacerbated by outside actors. i don't think there will be a good outcome. we can alleviate the human misery of the syrian people by aggressively spending significant resources along with our european allies of trying to sustain them in jordan and turkey, which we ought to get going on. >> malcolm, note how the conversation about russia has changed in the last 24 hours. and we've heard a lot about the president's process seeing that horrendous video of the victims of this sarin attack. but what now is our next trigger? a lot of talk about red lines in this country. what's our next trigger to act? >> well, it's quite possible that assad could use chemical weapons again in a small range. but i don't think that's going
to happen. i think what's going to happen here is a big shift away from the military operations involving red lines to where russia is going to step up as the middle man for once again trying to brocker getting away the last of the syrian chemical weapons and try to use that as leverage to the united states to have sanctions lifted against russia. you know, they feel like they want to be rewarded. and donald trump has said many times that if russia is doing good things, russia should be rewarded. and it makes me wonder, you know, because the russian troops that were on that base -- you cannot be on a base the size of shayrat which is very small and not know there is chemical weapons handling going on. so the russians were very well aware that the syrians were using these weapons stms. >> chris jansing in plain english what was it like for all this to take place during the visit of the leader of 20% of the world's population, the president of china? >> yeah, pretty high drama,
right? when you each look at the tick tok, brian, yesterday, 4:00 in the afternoon after what had been up to that point about 70 hours of conversations, deliberations, a series of five meetings that began with the presidential daily briefing at 10:30 in the morning on tuesday. then yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon, he makes the decision to go ahead with the strikes. he sits down to dinner with president xi. and a permit frankly doesn't like a lot of surprises, and tells him at the end of that dinner, oh, by the way, these missiles are flying. and then goes into a secure location with members of his national security team to watch as all of this develops. but it's clear here from the folks inside the white house that we've spoken to that part of the message was to china. you know, they want them to know that if north korea is going to try to weaponize intercontinental ballistic missile this is a president who
is serious. this was a message for russia, we heard it from rex tillerson who is by the way going there next tuesday who said either they were complicit or imcompetent because they were charged with making sure syria didn't have these chemical weapons under a 2013 agreement. clear message to china and the xi, who left this afternoon. a message to russia. a message to north korea, that's what at least publicly the white house wants to deliver. >> after another long week our thank to all our guests for joining us late on a friday night. coming up after our first break this evening, has president trump had enough? the "new york times" is reporting tonight he has told his warring staff members to, quote, work this out. the author of that piece shares details next. for my constipation, my doctor recommended
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we mentioned this before the break, the headlines about a major change coming perhaps inside the trump west wing are starting to pile up. for starters this is from from the wall street jurn. donald trump considers major shakeup of white house team. on politico, banner and jared hold sit down and attempt to bury the hatchet. and from axios, trump eyes new chief of staff, house leader on short list. that would be kevin mccarthy of california. tonight kellyanne conway dismissed the reports but didn't flat out deny them. >> donald trump, as businessman and president of the united states surrounds himself with a diverse group of people who are
brilliant, have expertise who have strong opinions. >> is bannon there to stay, is reince priebus there to stay? >> i would assume so. that's up to donald trump. i have heard nothing but rumors and innuendos and press reports that would make any of us believe that the real shakeup going on in washington is the way donald trump is coming in as the disruptor. >> there was that. and now, the "new york times" has this headline, trump fires warning shot in battle between bannon and kushner. joining us tonight, one of the authors of that piece, jeremy peters who is also an msnbc contributor. stefani rule is here with us, veteran of the world of business and finance and now politics. and bob costa, msnbc political analyst. jeremy, my job here is to ask a very simple question, share with our audience, please, what it is you know. >> so donald trump has become
increasingly exasperated, brian, by the constant back and forth in the media reporting on his top advisors sniping and knife fighting. it's become a distraction, imagine you are sitting there at mar-a-lago you are expecting to have a weighty experience of hosting the president of china and you have to drop bombs on syria. and all the while your top aides are fighting it out in the press. he turned to them in front of a cadre of other white house advisors and said, you guys work this out. i'm tired of hearing about it. i don't have time to deal with. you are adults, solve this problem. and this reflects the deep division in the white house, that it is not only an issue of personalities, but an issue of eidologi ideaologists. what type of president is donald trump going to be, one who
reaches out or who governs loyal to the right, and that right now is the fight in the west wing or at mar-a-lago. >> stefani, there is no situation room at mar-a-lago but last night a photo was released that shows cabinet officials gathering in a small event room. it was noted they are sitting on wedding reception cold chairs. an interesting assemblage. gary conen, reince priebus, son-in-law jared cubner, and the treasury secretary, commerce secretary, spicer in the corner, secretary of state. just an interesting backdrop. you have your own sources within this administration. same question as jeremy, what can you share with us? >> if you think about what jeremy is saying in terms of this battle between jared and steven bannon -- other members of that room, dina connell
wilber ross, people who worked in finance, in new york, none of them people came to the white house to work for jared kushner. they came to join the administration. is jared kushner coopting them because they have got similar views -- a guy like gary cohen for example, he worked at goldman sachs over 25 years. he is a registered democrat, but he is there to work on the economy work on tax reform, if there was a shakeup could he take on a bigger job, he corks he has the skill set. is it do you think people within goldman sachs got along with each other? not so much. >> robert costa, having said all that and it's been an interesting week just in the life of jared kushner who i guess started his week in iraq, came back to prep the boss for the visit of the chinese leader and oh, by the way was there for
a cruise missile strike. what is it you know that you can share with our audience tonight robert? >> his father ran a family business, speaking of the president. president trump ran a family business for decades. family how he thinks about his political life, it is a how he thinks about his business life. as close as you can get to president trump, no one will have the access or the trust that someone like jared kushner has even as a son-in-law. because he has become part of the trump family and that has made him the all powerful force within the west wing that has many trump trends within a cab net that has trump conif i dapts. he is the one who is part of the family. that is why no one wants to cross him. you hear taunts and comments privately from some of my sources about gary cohen and dino powell. what they are really talking about -- and i have written about this at the post with my
collegues, they are real he auto talking about kushner. he is seen as someone who is not an ood log, and the idea log on the right wing are uncomfortable with the direction he is taking the president on the question of policy and politics. >> has staffinfighting actually hurt donald trump thus far or is it being being blamed for hurting donald trump? >> i think it's part this noise that surrounds the administration that basically says to the american people this guy isn't getting anything done. he implements this controversial travel ban which on its own would have been divisive enough, but it's been blocked by the court. so that's done. his first legislative initiative in health care gets blocked. then you have these then aides at each other's throats cop standly in the press. et cetera a cacophony of bad news. ivanka trump herself has said to her father, look, these headlines are intolerable.
if it keeps up, you are no longer going to be at 36%. you have a risk of dropping even further. >> brian, that's -- >> so absolutely. >> that's also because the viewpoints of these people within the white house are so different. ivanka trump could be saying the ka could haveny of bad news hurts us. maybe that's because ivanka trump's views on defunding planned parenthood or backing out of u.n. funding, helping women and children in some of the poorest areas. >> or the environment, yeah. >> or the environment, maybe that goes against what steven bannon wants to do. maybe that's the issue. >> and robert, what about the boss's -- the image of donald trump as a certain kind of chaos enthusiast, at least where it comes to management style? >> he loves it. i remember being -- interviewing the president three or four years ago, and he talked about how in his business life he relishes competing power centers around him, different points of
view. that's why i think jeremy's piece tonight is intriguing and revealing in several ways because it shows classic trump. in fact, he's not encouraging the disputes around him, he's trying to settle it so it doesn't always spill out into the news media but he is not exactly picking a side. he isity letsing it play out. this is a trade we've seen throughout his career. trump in many ways always embraced chaos because it allows him to be the decision maker, him to have an eye on every. and that's the way has always liked it. >> it's what see in less sophisticated not publicly traded companies. throw a piece of meat in the middle of the room and let's see who gets it. you don't see that in government or in companies that are traded in public. you don't see that at jp morgan or goldman sachs because they do want all that noise out there. he doesn't want all the people
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leaks and some low level attempt to influence north korean's thinking. first of all it would be a violation of our consider law to assassinate a head of state. internal attacks in north korea with special operations forces sound luke utter non-sense. look we have got a problem in north korea. these people are dangerous. they have got maybe 15 nukes now. within a decade they are going to have over 100. they are clearly on the verge of having an icbm that could strike the united states. they are probably five, ten years short of having a submarine launch capability. and they have got a guy in his early thirds shooting all his military and political advisors because he is loose in the saddle trying to maintain control. i don't think in this case you can bluff with military power. you can signal are u.s. military power. if you are going to use military measures against north korea, you better write down our objective and decide what you
are trying to achieve. >> well, if you were the briefer, if you were called in to mar-a-lago tonight to talk to the president, how would you advise him on how to go forward on this? >> well, i think, look, we have regional allies there that are vilg to us. the japanese, the south koreans, the australians. this is a collective challenge. the u.n. can be background noise, but essentially, it seems to me we are going to have to make a utterly serious monumental program to pull together ballistic missile defense. that means in south korea, in japan, the navy offshore with agis missile systems, thaad short range intercepters. we do have a strategic anti-ballistic missile capability in the united states. it does work. we deny that in public all the time and talk about its failings. we have got to have an insurance policy or the american people
will be at risk in the coming ten years. >> so it's probably germane that you are in seattle, one of at least two major west coast population centers that when we talk about a ballistic missile, this is where it gets real. and you are actually saying too, because he is so uncontrollable, go to the prevention stage. make sure we can stop what is incoming, and let's hope that their technology is not very good? >> yeah. sure. i don't think we can get them to do away with nuclear weapons for any reason. he's not putting that jeanne back in the bottle. i do think we can communicate to him, look, two things. one, if you use these weapons, our defensive capabilities will mute your offense. and then secondly, if you use these weapons against us or our allies, we will strike the north korean population. look, at the end of the day, this is a dreadful situation.
military power again is not going to solve it preemtdively in my view. the city of seoul, 25 million people, is within range of thousands of north korean artillery pieces, and we can't get at them with conventional power. again, this is a dreadful situation. we need prevention and defensive measures in a major way. and privately, we are going to have to tell the north koreans, use these weapons, and we will retaliate with a nuclear strike. >> wow, general barry mccaffery, when you call it a dreadful situation, it seems like an understatement. thank you so very much for this conversation, general. coming up, the win for the trump administration today that was overwhelmed by other headlines we've been covering. and this development, which will affect american life and law for the rest of our lifetimes. we'll have that story when "the 11th hour" continues. ray's always been different. last year, he said he was going to dig a hole to china.
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the nomination of neil m. gouch of colorado to be an associate justice of the supreme court of the united states is confirmed. >> that was a big story today. come monday we will have a new justice on the u.s. supreme court. and a court at full strength for the first time in over a year. as you saw, the senate today confirmed judge neil gorsuch after a year of public argument over who should choose this justice when antonin scalia died last year. and majority leader mitch mcconnell's big gamble to block president obama's court selection just in effect paid off. no one is allowed the leave here, robert costa and jeremy peters are still with us tonight. jeremy, i'll begin with you. before we talk about the judge specifically, what just happened to the u.s. senate this week for people who haven't been following it closely? >> i think, brian, the senate
has been cracking for so long, this was just one more rupture in the civility and camaraderie that used to exist in this extra institution. i think many senators would themselves wonder if it's still as great as it used to be. used to be you didn't think twice whether or not a supreme court justice could get 60 votes, which is the threshold that almost everything in the senate these days has to get. but now it's almost inconceivable that there could be anything bipartisan done, in & this speaks not just to the difs of difficulties in confirming nominees to the court going forward but how the president is going to get anything through when you can't get democrats and republicans to agree on the most basic fundamental principles of governing. >> robert costa, a hypothetical. let's say the democrats have a bang up midterm election and manage to flip the senate, flip
the balance of power. let's say the president gets -- [ audio problems ] -- >> delts are gimocrats are gird big fights on these vacant sees should they come on the trump nomination. they know that the seats was likely going in a conservative direction. what we were paying attention to was the filibuster. jeremy was talking about the institution. he is right. it is cracking. and it was a rule change to get rid of the filibuster for supreme court nominees. my question is are they going to get rid of the filibuster more broadly in the coming months? is there nothing that can get done without a filibuster. it seems to be the case, if you don't have 60 votes you can't
pass a bill. >> how is that not a net/net from scalia to gouch? i suppose surprises are still public, the bay ike was surprised by brennan, bush surprised by suitor. what do you think just happened to balance of power and opinions. >> i think the next test for that question, brian, is going to be what happens with the vacancy that comes. right? is it going to be keptdy. it is going to be ginsburg? whom ever. that teps the balance of the court. i think by eliminating the 60-vote threshold for supreme court justice you allow the president to nominate somebody who is more idea logical than would have otherwise been able to get through. donald trump, let's face it, he has a taste for vengeance. he feels he was treated unfairly in this process. and i could see a situation in which he says, look, you didn't treat me fairly so i'm going to nominate whoever i want to
nominate. ted cruz, mike lee. as ideological conservatives as you can imagine, donald trump will be able to nominate that person. and now there is not a thing democrats can do about that. >> robert costa, i guess because it came in the wake of a cruise missile volley, a cruise missile attack, this in the ends have been tree for donald trump, victory for mitch mcconnell, our segment here tonight did not get the attention it probably would have. >> i'm not here to say whether it was a win or loss politically. what i will say is look this president did a lot with executive authority early on. the military strike is being hotly debated, about whether it was legal or politically appropriate. republicans are certainly cheering it. gouch is a win for the conservative right in that they got the scalia seat to be filled by someone with many of scalia's views, though your point about
suitor and kennedy in the past is an asterisk. this is something he can put on the chalkboard as something that got through. >> gentlemen, i said this before. i moon it for the second time. it's been another long week. it's late on a friday. we truly appreciate you both coming on or broadcast. rebound costa. jeremy peters. thank you. another break for us. up next, we've asked sense the dawn of this still young administration how donald trump would respond to a crisis? as they say, what have we learned in these past 24 hours? when "the 11th hour" continues. it's the phillips' lady!
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peace and harmony will in the end prevail. >> welcome back to "the 11th hour." the president there last night just after ordering this missile strike on syria to talk about what we have just witnessed in these last 24 hours. we welcome back to our broadcast presidential author and historian michael beschloss. michael, talk about your thoughts over these last 24 hours on the handling of a crisis in this case compared to others. and more than that, on the pulling of the lever of awesome military power, the pressing of the button of awesome military power. >> yeah, brian, you know, i think we are always thinking with a new president, perhaps particularly with donald trump, you for example how to measure this against presidents who have gone before. you know, two presidents i was thinking of last night when we were going all through this and watching this, one was ronald reagan. in 1986, there was a terrorist
attack against the lab bell disco tech in berlin. killed two american service men and 79 were injured. reagan responded with air strikes that were in retaliation. he talked about this, and people were not surprised by it because reagan was very tough on terrorism. and he was trying to respond to each incident that occurred like this so that it wundt happen again. at the other end of the scale, fall of 1980, jimmy carter was running for re-election, as you well remember, and there were 50 american hostages that had been taken in tehran. a lot of people said why don't you do air strikes against tehran to intimidate the iran yans to buckle and let the hostages out. carter didn't do it. since then he said he feels if he would have done those air strikes he might have gotten
reelected but hostages might have been killed. when carter did that that was so much in line with what carter had been saying and doing, that people weren't surprised. i think the thing that strikesly about what happened last night was that donald trump on syria only a few days ago was almost 180 degrees from what he did last night. and i think this is jarring to us, whatever you think of what he did last night, jarring in foreign capitals around the world. >> look at the backgrounds of the men you talked about. jimmy carter came up as a navy man, trained under the admiral affectionately called father of the nuclear navy. >> right. >> ronald reagan was a hollywood man, governor of california. they both the learning curves when arriving at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. has there been a learning curve like the one we are seeing now though? >> nothing as sharp as this because we never in american history have had a president who had not served in high political office or in the military.
so it's even more incumbent on donald trump, i think, to say, you know i'm not going to do something like this last night just as an ad hoc one time event. this connects with all sorts of other thoughts i have about what america should do in the the middle east and in the world. and then also talk to the american people, you know, this happened last night. where does this lead? is this part of a larger strategy?
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and a last item before we go tonight. another in a series of weeks that was. the pace of news and disruption and confusion and misdirection continues at break neck speed. let's look at where we have been just in the space of this week. monday started let's not forget with the visit our alsisi of egypt, a leader who was not welcome in the white house during the previous administration. on tuesday came word of the chemical attack in syria. while gruesome and so hard to watch and in violation of all global norms of humanity, it was hardly, sadly, the first of this civil war but it was the first donald trump on television as president. on wedsday came the visit of king abdula of jordan. rather confusing remarks from donald trump who had just come from an interview where offering no evidence he suggested susan
rice committed a crime promising one of the biggest stories of all time. yesterday devon nunes stepped aside from the leadership of that house investigation into russian ties with the trump team. he is under an ethics investigation. and then today in the wake of the cruise missile strike last night in syria the senate confirmed neil gorsuch for the supreme court after changing its own rules to do so. gorsuch will be sworn in as justice neil gorsuch on monday. that is our broadcast for tonight and for this week. thank you for being here with us. have a good weekend and dp night f -- good night for all of us here in new york. in 1952, we have great
images of this. 1952 iraq's king, iraq's teenaged king came to visit the united states. he was a teenager. he was only 17 years old. he apparently loved baseball. while he was here he met jackie robinson and the u.s. secretary of state. he met president truman. he had been king since he was a little kid technically speaking but came to the u.s. at the age of 17. he became officially an adult the following year at which point from 1953 on the more or less worldly teenage king of iraq, he assumed his position as the ruler of his country. it didn't last. he was only 23 years old when a coup was launched against him in 1958. in that coup he was murdered along with much of his
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