‘The Circus’ Episode Guide (April 9): Donald Trump’s Military Response; Russian Election Interference

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‘The Circus’ Episode Guide (April 9): Donald Trump’s Military Response; Russian Election Interference

“The Whole World is Watching” (04/09/17) – All eyes are on Donald Trump as he takes his first major military action as president, launching an air attack on Syria at the end of a week when three heads of state visit America, North Korea stages a missile launch, and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee steps aside from the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

In this season’s fourth episode, “The Circus” takes an in-depth look at Trump’s foreign policy and its implications as the new Commander in Chief grapples with the most serious global challenges he has faced so far. Airing Sunday, April 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, the episode features conversations with lawmakers and national security experts, as well as on-the-ground coverage of the visit of the Chinese president to Mar-a-Lago.

Highlights of the week include hosts John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon on Capitol Hill, talking with key Republican Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio, as well as Democrats Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker, as they react to the Syrian chemical attack and North Korean missile launch. Heilemann also speaks with two influential Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee – ranking member Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell – about their frustrations with the White House and their committee’s own chairman, Devin Nunes, and where the investigation into Russian election tampering is headed.

Mark Halperin is back on the road, this week to South Florida for President Trump’s summit with China President Xi Jinping which began with news of the U.S. military response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack. With so much intrigue surrounding Trump’s frequent visits to his Palm Beach property, Halperin explores the impact with media and the Palm Beach community neighboring the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate when it is transformed by the presence of President Trump and foreign heads of state. Halperin also catches up with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone for his unique perspective on Trump’s role in the world and a busy news week for the Trump presidency.

“The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth” is hosted by New York Times bestselling co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Game Change and Double Down). “The Circus” is produced by Left/Right (a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group) for Showtime. Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Banks Tarver, and Ken Druckerman serve as executive producers.


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