When Donald Trump spoke at the first Republican debate during his presidential run, he introduced himself as the author of “The Art of the Deal.” Deals, he wrote in the book, were his art form, his equivalent to someone creating paintings or sculptures. Putting him in the White House meant America would be led by a master negotiator. “Deal from strength or get crushed every time,” as some of his supporters sang at one rally. [This guy wrote Donald Trump’s ‘USA Freedom Kids’ Song, by Melissa Chan, Time, January 14, 2016]Query: do Donald Trump's reported comments on Haiti and other "hellholes", coupled with his resolute refusal to apologize or grovel, mean that he's more serious about dealing than we feared?
But deals are all about leverage. And President Trump is giving all his leverage away by using the DACA amnesty as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the Democrats over immigration. Weakened by the defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama and facing the likes of Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham within his own party, President Trump doesn’t have the means to pressure the Democrats into making a good deal.
It didn’t have to be this way. [More—read or listen.]