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Trump presidency an ‘accident of history’ and deals he bragged about in ‘Art of the Deal’ later flopped: co-author

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Donald Trump biographer Tony Schwartz said the president is one of the “worst” dealmakers he has ever seen.

Schwartz was co-author, with Trump, of the 1987 bestselling book Trump: The Art of the Deal. He joined MSNBC’s Ari Melber for “The Beat” on Thursday.

“I found myself going back to The Art of the Deal and looking over those deals that I unfortunately described 30 years ago and realizing that most of those deals in that book were failures,” he explained. “And a number of deals he’s made over the years since then have overwhelmingly been failures.”

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“It’s an accident of history that he is president, but as a deal maker, he is really one of the worst I’ve ever come across,” Schwartz said.

“When you think about deal making, what is it actually require? he asked. “It requires understanding the other side, so it requires empathy. It requires humility. It requires courage. These are qualities Donald Trump does not have in spades.”

Melber linked Trump’s dealmaking ability to his failure to get anyone to pay for his wall, which resulted in Trump shutting down government 20 days ago.

“And to your point, if the deal is about agreeing to do something real, there may be negotiation and some exaggeration in business, the fundamentals have to be true, otherwise you end up with a fraud — which is illegal even in tough business deals,” Melber noted. “And yet he has been lying about the funding for this wall from the start. Isn’t that the fundamental con?

“It’s been fraud all along,” Schwartz concluded. “This is the most fraudulent attempt yet.”

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“He’s got a claim about what’s going on at the border that is transparently not true,” he added.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace chuckles after Times reporter explains why Trump has no hope of pivoting to an empathetic campaign

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace struggled to stifle a chuckle in a conversation about President Donald Trump's struggle to run a campaign that can contend with most Americans' needs in a horrific pandemic.

"I think to Nick [Confessore's] point earlier, there should be a sense of nervousness in Trump's camp," began Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. "You don't see -- you talked about enablers. You don't see Republicans engaged in their behavior with respect to the president at this juncture. You're starting to see them not nationalize he's the president of the United States. They should be more allied with him, but instead, they're focused on local campaigns. The president has lost several cases at the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act case notwithstanding. There's a lot of things they should be rallying around, but they can't."

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Here’s how bad things are for Trump after the Supreme Court ruling: columnist

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In a piece for Vanity Fair, columnist Eric Lutz addressed the degree to which President Donald Trump is in trouble after the ruling by the Supreme Court on his financial records.

Trump has spent the better part of four years fighting any transparency about his finances and taxes, which many have suspected might reveal illegal activity.

"He's not going to release his tax returns," said senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in 2017. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care."

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Trump gets advice from golfing buddies and right-wing Twitter as America faces a ‘crisis of truth’: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Michael Gerson contends that President Trump is running the country through the prism of the "right-wing information bubble."

"Trump is not only using this right-wing information bubble to exploit his supporters," Gerson writes. "He also seems, increasingly, to have taken up residence there. As his failures have multiplied, his hold on political reality has loosened. Trump has become our boy in the bubble, with an intellectual immune system too weak for him to survive exposure to reality."

All sources of dissent and critical thinking have been removed systematically removed from his administration -- — posts formerly held by Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and Dan Coats, have now been replaced by sycophants, according to Gerson.

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