Don Lemon Reads Trump's Book: "What Ever Happened To The Art Of The Deal?"


CNN's Don Lemon calls President Donald Trump a "toddler" after he stormed out of a meeting with top congressional leaders over border wall funding.

DON LEMON, CNN HOST: So, here's where we are right now. The White House meeting with the president started with candy. It ended less than a half an hour later with a tantrum. And if you thought the whole no adults left anymore thing was a metaphor, maybe you should think again because here's what happened inside the room.

This is according to a congressional aide, OK? They used to say on the golden girls. Sicily, picture it. Right? So, picture it. Sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying, you are using people as leverage. Why won't you open the government and stop hurting people? The president, he responds by saying, because then you won't give me what I want.

A White House official disputes the president said that, who said the president because you won't give me what I want. The official claims the president said, I got to get you to do the right thing. But it all went downhill from there.

The president looking at Speaker Nancy Pelosi and saying, in 30 days, will you be in favor of a wall? Her replay, nope. No. His response, what's the point then? Slamming his hands on the table and exiting with "bye-bye."

It is impossible to overstate how ridiculous this is. This is a behavior of a toddler who is not getting his way, so he just said bye- bye. Not the president of the United States, who is supposed to be trying to negotiate an end to the shutdown that's taken away paychecks for 800,000 federal workers.


SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, (D) NEW YORK, MINORITY LEADER: We saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way.


LEMON: Well, this is governing by not governing. Remember that whole thing that the Obama administration would get criticized for, leading from behind? This is governing by not governing as the shutdown is about to stretch into its 20th day with no end in sight.

Remember when the president told The Washington Post this? He says, "I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell them."

I wonder what his gut is telling him right now. Democrats definitely not letting the president off the hook.


NANCY PELOSI, UNITED STATES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, paying their rent, paying their car payment, paying their children's tuition, and the rest.

The president seems to be insensitive to that. He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can't.


LEMON: Well, don't forget the New York Times investigation that found Donald Trump got the equivalent of in today's dollars, of 413 million of them from his father's real estate empire. The president's tactics putting everybody on the spot.

I want you to watch this response. This is from the Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley when reporters asked him about the military building the wall.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sir, do you know how long it might take for the military to build a wall at the southern border?


LEMON: Well, in a sign of just how bad things are right now, coast guard employees -- you have to listen to this. Coast Guard employees who have lost their paychecks in the shutdown got some suggestions today. Hold a garage sale. Babysit or serve as a mystery shopper. They really said that.

That was from a tip sheet by an employee, assistance arm of the Coast Guard, which has taken down -- was taken down after the Washington Post asked about it.

All of this is clearly getting under the president's skin. The Senate minority whip, Dick Durbin, says Trump blurted out in the middle of today's meeting, I don't know why I'm not -- I don't know why I'm doing this. I didn't want to do this meeting. They told me I had to do this meeting.

That's after he told network anchors yesterday that he didn't want to give the Oval Office address last night or visit the border, saying, quote, "it's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it." Governing by not governing. And dodging responsibility at every opportunity. Just listen to this from the president. This was this morning.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is not a fight I wanted. I didn't want this fight.


LEMON: Come on. Has he forgotten that he said this live just last month on TV?


TRUMP: I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it.


LEMON: Like I said, governing by not governing. Whatever happened to -- da, da, da -- "The Art of the Deal." We all know Donald Trump didn't actually write this book, but maybe he needs to go back and read it for some tips on how to get out of this mess of his own making.

So, as a public service, let me just read a few excerpts for you, OK? Page 46, "I like thinking big. I always have. To me, it's very simple. If you're not going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big."

Now, that one he seems to be following right there, OK? But this next one, OK, not so much. This is on page 48 of "The Art of the Deal." Page 48. "I always go into a deal anticipating the worse. If you plan for the worst, if you can live with the worst, the good will always take care of itself."

This administration didn't plan. The president reportedly didn't know what a shutdown would do, like taking away food stamps from millions of Americans.

And here's this one. Let's see. This one is from page 50, OK? Are you ready? If you your book at home, I should have tweeted it out. You could read along with me from the text.

Page 50. "I never get too attached to one deal or one approach. I keep a lot of balls in the air because most deals fall out no matter how promising they seem at first."

President Trump seems pretty attached to the wall. If you have your book, follow with me now. Page 53, we'll turn to that. Page 53. "The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you're dead."

And my personal favorite is from a couple pages later, OK? This is from page 60 of "The Art of the Deal." Page 60. You can't con people, at least not for long." That's rich. "At least not for long. You can do wonderful promotion." Wait. I went too fast. No, that's right. "At least not for long. You can get wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on." That is for sure. People will eventually catch on. That's like deep

thoughts from Jack Handy. Remember that? I'm good enough. I'm smart enough, and doggone, I'm going to get my wall.

Let's remember every day this shutdown continues is another day of distraction from the Russia investigation. But don't you be distracted because there is a lot going on related to Russia and Robert Mueller.

The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Mueller's investigation planning to leave the DOJ after the president's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is confirmed. That is according to a CNN source, which raises a question is the investigation close to wrapping up?

That comes as the fallout continues from the bombshell revelation that Paul Manafort shared polling data with Russian Konstantin Kilimnik during the presidential campaign, data that a source says was intended to go to Ukrainian oligarchs who owed him millions.

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