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How It Happened: Trump’s Last Stand: An Off-The-Books Mission


15 February2021

In this bonus story for How It Happened: Trump’s Last Stand, Axios political correspondent Jonathan Swan details a botched attempt, made during President Trump’s final days in office, to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

  • Trump desperately wanted ending America’s longest war to be part of his legacy. Instead, it will be Joe Biden’s.
  • Nonetheless, in a recent interview with Swan, Trump took credit for Biden’s announcement, insisting he set in motion a plan that could not be stopped.
  • Swan provides listeners the full story of what Trump tried to do, how, and why it ultimately didn’t happen.

Note: This episode contains some explicit language.

About this show

In How It Happened: Trump’s Last Stand, national political reporter Jonathan Swan reveals the inside story of Donald Trump’s last few months in office.

  • Starting with Trump’s COVID-19 recovery, this is the deeply reported story of what really led up to the insurrection on the Capitol and the current unprecedented moment.
  • Swan will take listeners into the Oval Office, onto Air Force One, and behind closed doors, sharing previously unreported details.
  • New episodes will publish on Mondays, beginning Jan. 18.

Credits: This show is produced by Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin and Alice Wilder. Dan Bobkoff is the executive producer. Margaret Talev is managing editor of politics. Sara Kehaulani Goo is Axios’s executive editor. Sound design by Alex Sugiura and original music by Michael Hanf.

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