Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from the LA Times

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Donald Trump says the Republicans are 'terrible, terrible, frightened negotiators'

July 14, 2011 |  3:26 pm

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin
Donald Trump is not at all impressed by the congressional Republicans like Eric Cantor and John Boehner and their brand of negotiating. Wednesday the boisterous billionaire was on Fox News and gave Greta Van Susteren an earful like only The Donald could.

"Well, the Republicans are doing another el foldo," Trump said in regard to the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between GOP leaders and President Obama.

"They did one during the lame-duck session, where they brought Obama, like a phoenix he rose again. He was gone. It was over. And all of a sudden, they just allowed him back into the game. And now they're doing another one but at a much higher level. This is incredible," Trump complained.

"The fact is the Republicans are terrible negotiators," the author of the bestselling "Art of the Deal" continued. "One of the things that most bothered me when I was thinking about running and when I was leading in the polls, I would look at some of the decisions these people were making, and I couldn't believe it. You look at what Paul Ryan has done with Medicare, where he wants to knock out and destroy Medicare, whether he is or not, certainly the perception is that he is.

"And you see what is going on and you say, maybe the Democrats are going to take over the House. It is unbelievable what is going on. And Nancy Pelosi is laughing all the way to the bank. And you notice she is the only one saying, 'I won't touch Medicare.' The Republicans could end up, instead of getting more seats in the House they could end up losing the House. They are horrible negotiators," Trump continued.

"The Apprentice" host concluded by saying, "The fact is, Greta, they are terrible, terrible, frightened negotiators. And I just can't believe they are doing this."

Thursday, Michael Cohen, co-founder of and special counsel to the billionaire, wrote a piece that appeared on ABC's The Note blog that, in part, said there is still interest in Trump running for president.

"Despite Mr. Trump’s Republican withdrawal from the Presidential primary race, [there have been] never ending phone calls and e-mails to, demanding that I get Mr. Trump to reconsider, continue," Cohen wrote.

"The million plus visitors to the site, all worried for our country, are all asking where in the world is Donald J. Trump? The underlying theme in their message is 'we agree with the common sense principles Mr. Trump has put forth.' Nevertheless, none of our elected officials have embraced them to make America great again."

None? Perhaps Cohen should have titled his piece, "Save us, Obi-Don Kenobi, you're our only hope."


Donald Trump says he's the Democrats' 'worst nightmare'

Donald Trump says he isn't a racist because a black man won 'The Apprentice' once

Medicare 'is a problem because we have become a poor nation,' Donald Trump says

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in New York City as they make their way to a scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 31, 2010. Credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle