Clearly we’re all seeing this unfolding in real time, but for what it’s worth, one former Trump Organization executive who worked for the Orange Teletubbie for years thinks he’s a pretty g’dawful negotiator. Why? He never takes responsibility for anything.
Barbara Res, a former VP for Trump’s company, and Tony Schwartz, Trump’s Art of the Deal ghostwriter, told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Thursday that Trump’s reputation (mostly self-ascribed) as a master negotiator is far from earned.
“I never thought he was a great dealmaker, to be honest with you,” said Res, who was the organization’s vice president in charge of construction. “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.”
Meanwhile, Schwartz, who shadowed Trump while preparing to write The Art of the Deal, was even more dismissive:
Schwartz, meanwhile, said he recently looked back on Trump’s business deals that he “unfortunately described 30 years ago” and realized that “most of the deals in that book were failures.”
“And the number of deals he’s made over the years since then have overwhelmingly been failures,” Schwartz added. He said Trump was “really one of the worst” dealmakers he’s ever come across.
For his part, Schwartz has many times seemed on the brink of seppuku for foisting the ocher algae on our country, but it would behoove the dim-bulb 35 percent to listen to him.
Then again, they’ve long since built an indestructible wall between themselves and reality.
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