President Donald Trump is “playing one side against the other” in shutdown talks, said biographer Michael D’Antonio, author of The Truth About Trump.
D’Antonio looked at Trump’s shifting positions and said that there are two ways Trump handles a crisis. There was the disciplined, hyper-involved Trump who fought his way back from bankruptcy in the 1990s.
The other Trump is the one we’re seeing now, D’Antonio said, who makes offers that evaporate after he makes them as he did with a prospective deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday night.
“This phantom negotiation where you think you’ve seen something or grasped something and it disappears,” D’Antonio said. “That’s what he does when he’s playing one side off of another.”
“In this instance, he’s going to play Chuck Schumer and then he’s going to listen to his advisers and play to his base,” D’Antonio predicted. “This is very consistent with the second Trump model and it’s something he’s done more and more over the years.”
“I think we’re seeing the limits of his kind of deal-making in government,” the author said.
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