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WashPost: Lawmakers Say Trump Untrustworthy, Inconsistent

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By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 12:53 PM

Lawmakers in both parties are finding President Donald Trump untrustworthy, inconsistent, and easily distracted when it comes to negotiating, according to a Monday report in The Washington Post.

Some Republicans are openly calling into question his ability to negotiate, and are looking at ways to prevent the president from changing his mind, according to the Post. 

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., noted that Trump had spoken to him with support for a bipartisan healthcare deal. Then, last Monday, Trump's support cooled off.

"There was a lot of momentum building for Lamar's effort, until the president changed his mind after encouraging him twice to move ahead. You know, who knows where he'll be? Maybe where he is this very second?" said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Trump's method of making deals is, "'I am relentless and I am not burdened by the concern that what I'm doing is ethical or truthful or fair,'" said Tony Schwartz, the co-writer of Trump's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal."

"The expectation that you will stand by what you said you would do is higher in politics than it is in the cutthroat world of real estate. That's a brutal environment in which misdirection and bullying and making one offer and changing it later are all common practice," Schwartz added.

The president has faced culture shock at the slow pace of legislation, according to senators, the Post reported. "He's a guy who, you know, comes from the business world and he's in a hurry to get things done. Around here, that's hard," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Trump would be more likely to discuss bipartisan work than to focus on a party agenda.

"I think the Democrats are crazy to not try and deal with him directly. Seven years ago, he was a Democrat. It doesn't take any brains to realize that he'd be open," Hatch said.

Getting work done on Capitol Hill will require working around the president, said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Our Republican colleagues are going to have to realize, if they want to get something done, they can't follow his erratic path. They have to lead him, not follow him," Schumer said.

Schwartz said that focusing on Trump's ego would be effective. "Trump is motivated by the same concern in all situations, which is to dominate and to be perceived as having won," he said.

Trump will speak at the Senate Republican lunch Tuesday.

"We are pleased to announce that President Trump will join us next Tuesday to press our common agenda and speed a great American recovery," said Republican Policy Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

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