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Former Trump Executive Claims he Never ‘was a great deal maker’



Many who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election saw him as a savvy and capable businessman. It’s an image that has been carefully cultivated by Trump during his 40+ years in public view.

Gage Skidmore

As president, Trump has attempted to make deals with both foreign leaders and the opposition Democrats with mixed results. His inability to broker an agreement to end the government has magnified the situation. Two people who know him best, biographer Tony Schwartz and former company executive Barbara Rees are not surprised.

The pair appeared on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show, On The Beat, last night. Rees told Melber, “I never thought he was a great dealmaker, to be honest with you. In terms of taking the responsibility for the buck, he just would never do it. It’s not in his DNA. He’s never responsible. It is always someone else’s fault.”

Schwartz was even harsher, saying “And the number of deals he’s made over the years since then have overwhelmingly been failures,” before explaining that Trump was “really one of the worst” dealmakers he’s ever come across.

Now on day 21, the shutdown has tied the record for the longest in United States History. If it is to end anytime soon, Trump will have to prove Schwartz and Rees wrong by making a deal.