Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Most Awesome Negotiator Ever!

The Washington Post published full transcripts of Trump's conversations with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia, revealing what an awesome negotiator Trump is. And by "awesome" I mean awesomely bad. Here are some sample quotes from Trump:
  • This is going to kill me.
  • Boy that will make us look awfully bad.
  • That puts me in a bad position.
  • It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.
  • This deal will make me look terrible.
  • This shows me to be a dope.
  • I look like a dope.
  • It is horrible for me.
  • This is a killer.
  • I am going to killed on this thing.
  • It is embarrassing to me.

Have you ever heard such whining, wheedling and cajoling from a grown man?

Trump also seems to hate the New United States, especially New Hampshire, running it down in front of the Mexican president:
“We have a massive drug problem, where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” Trump said. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
First, Clinton won New Hampshire. Not Trump. Second, drugs cost a lot more than candy. If drugs sold for more than candy, you can be sure drug dealers would be pushing Snickers bars. Third, it's not so much kids getting addicted to drugs, but adults getting hooked on prescription drugs who then turn to fentanyl, which is a problem across the country.

When the president of Mexico said he wasn't going to pay for the wall, Trump had this exchange:
“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump said repeatedly, according to a transcript of the Jan. 27 call obtained by The Washington Post. Trump made clear that he realized the funding would have to come from other sources but threatened to cut off contact if Mexican President ­Enrique Peña Nieto continued to make defiant statements.

The funding “will work out in the formula somehow,” Trump said, adding later that “it will come out in the wash, and that is okay.” But “if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”

He described the wall as “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”

Trump's defenders will claim that we should give the guy a break, he's new at this. Which is a total crock: the entire reason we were supposed to trust this clown was because he was such an experienced negotiator and master manipulator.

It turns Trump's terrible and has to beg for pity from Turnbull and Peña Nieto. This is exactly why Trump had six bankruptcies in his various casinos and hotel businesses.

But the most important takeaway is that Trump fully understands he's been feeding his supporters a line of bull about the wall. The wall for Trump was always just a political gimmick, a prop he trots out at speeches. Have Trump supporters always known he was lying about it and just didn't care, or were they really taken in by the lies?

At least these transcripts show that Trump tells the truth at least some of the time: "I look like a dope." "Boy that will make us look awfully bad." "It is embarrassing to me."

That last goes for us all.

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