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Storming out of meetings is Trump’s signature move — and he even bailed out of divorce court once

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President Donald Trump shocked Capitol Hill when abruptly stormed out of a budget meeting with congressional leaders — but former business associates say that’s one of his trademark moves.

The president flounced out of a Situation Room meeting Wednesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers, which he denounced later as a “waste of time,” and one of his former attorneys says Trump frequently employs the walk-out during negotiations, reported Bloomberg.

“He crafted that approach, it’s one he owns,” said Jay Goldberg, who served as Trump’s lawyer from 1989 to 2014 and handled two of his divorces.

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“He has a tendency to argue,” Goldberg added, “and if he is not satisfied he will leave the room, disappear, doesn’t come back and the people are on edge wondering where he is, and then when he feels it is the appropriate time he comes back.”

Goldberg told the website that Trump stood up and left negotiations of a divorce settlement with his first wife, Ivana Trump, after they could not agree on alimony.

“Everyone was looking for him because without his presence a deal couldn’t be done, and he was gone for two hours and we didn’t know where he was,” Goldberg said. “When he came back, the other side was so concerned if they didn’t make a deal he would walk away again.”

Trump pulled the same stunt in divorce court, after he believed the judge had made an unreasonable request, and Goldberg said the ploy rattled the judge and lawyers on both sides.

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In another episode during the divorce case, Trump walked out on a judge he thought had made an unreasonable request and didn’t come back, rattling the judge and lawyers from both sides, Goldberg said.

Trump has boasted about his move in his book, “The Art of the Deal,” and on Twitter as an essential part of his negotiating skills.

“Negotiations 101: The best deals you can make are the ones you walk away from,” Trump tweeted in May 2014, “and then get them with better terms.”

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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