Real estate billionaire Donald Trump is disappointed with how Republicans negotiated on the fiscal cliff, giving up a tax increase on the wealthy for little in return, according to The Hill
“Well, I’m a Republican, and I will tell you that I’m so disappointed in what the Republicans are doing,” he tells Fox News. “I’m so disappointed in their negotiating ability and what happened recently.”
A grand bargain was possible, Trump says. “They could’ve wrapped up a big, beautiful package that would’ve been great for the country, but they didn’t choose to do it. Instead they’re going step-by-step and losing each step of the way. The Republicans are being eaten alive.”
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A debt ceiling increase should have been part of the fiscal cliff accord, Trump says. “You have the debt ceiling coming up, which they should have put into this package, not waited a month or two months. And you have all of these things coming up and Obama would have folded . . . like a deck of cards.”
But GOP negotiators didn’t realize they were dealing from a position of strength, Trump says. “They had all the cards, I don’t know what’s happening. I don’t know who these negotiators are. They’re the worst I’ve ever seen.”
All the leverage has been handed to the Democrats, Trump says. "Now you see Nancy Pelosi saying, 'Well, that was just one tax raise. Now we’re going to do it again.'”
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