8 Feb 2020

The week in US Politics - Nicholas Fandos

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 8 February 2020

It's been an action packed week in US politics.

First a debacle over the Democratic results in the Iowa caucuses, where a combination of technical glitches and an archaic voting system meant delays in results being announced and continuing debate about the legitimacy of Pete Buttigieg's slim lead over Bernie Sanders.

Then the theatre of President Trump's State of The Union address (and speaker Nancy Pelosi's paper ripping reaction to it).

Finally, and as expected, the president was acquitted of the impeachment charges against him, with voting largely along party lines.

How will these events impact each party in the race towards the November presidential election?

Nicholas Fandos, a reporter based in the Washington bureau for The New York Times, joins us to unpack the week's drama.

US President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper that displays a headline "Acquitted"  while speaking about his Senate impeachment trial in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 6, 2020.

Photo: AFP