Trump can't get anything passed because Congress thinks he's lying about whatever he promises: MSNBC panel
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took part in a heated exchange with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House on December 11, 2018. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

President Donald Trump isn't great at keeping his promises, as Vice President Mike Pence learned while negotiating the Homeland Security funding last month. Pence had served as the White House point-person during the Congressional negotiations for the budget that did not include the president's border wall funding.


An MSNBC panel addressed the recent discovery that the president spends 60 percent of his time in "executive time" that doesn't disclose what the president is actually doing and who he's meeting with.

"This president has basically, ironically being the first businessman elected right into the presidency, runs this without much of a structure, without much of an organization, much like he ran things at Trump Tower with Trump Organization, sitting in his office, calling who he wanted when he wanted," Washington Examiner’s David Drucker explained.

Drucker noted that this is what happens when Trump speaks to members of Congress.

"We know he's calling members of Congress. We know he's speaking with this official or that official," Drucker said. "These are people who have been part of his life for many years. He picks up the phone; they pick up the phone. And this is the way he has chosen to do things because this is how he's most comfortable. I think it's all fine as long as the American public decides that he's running things well. It's one of those things the minute it's not running well, they go you're not actually doing your job."

MSNBC host Kasie Hunt explained that it drives members of Congress crazy and Drucker agreed.

"And when you're expecting -- and I know you're up on the Hill quite a bit," Hunt continued. "They expect him to do something in particular and then he has a conversation with somebody -- they're not even clued into and all of a sudden his mind is changed."

Drucker said that this is the reason people joke that it's about the last person Trump talked to.

"It's one of the reasons he's had such a hard time achieving legislation on Capitol Hill," Drucker said. "It's one of the reasons so many members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, do not trust him. He tells them yes, he tells them no. Then something happens. The next day he changes his you cannot do business on Capitol Hill that way because they want to be around for a lot longer than he's going to be around."

The highest-priced commodity on Capitol Hill is trust, according to Drucker.

"The president thinks he's keeping people off-balance. He thinks he's keeping them guessing," he continued. "That makes him comfortable. But it's one of the reasons why, for instance, on something like immigration he hasn't gotten more done through legislation that would be lasting. It's because everybody is afraid to walk the plank and take the vote if it's going to be a waste."

Watch the full conversation below: