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Jay Willis
GQ January 19, 2018
Perhaps whoever is president now should take note.
As the prospect of a shutdown looms larger by the hour, Republicans in Washington should be leaving no stone unturned in their frantic efforts to avoid closing a government over which they enjoy complete control. Fortunately, in October 2013, noted business mogul and television personality Donald Trump appeared on Fox News to deliver his sage advice on what a ruling party in turmoil could do to prevent such a disastrous outcome. Perhaps it might be of use to the current President of the United States, whoever that person may be, in their hour of greatest need.
VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, we’re having a hell of a time trying to negotiate here in Washington. So tell me: If you were president, what would you do?
TRUMP: Well, very simply, you have to get everybody in a room. You have to be a leader. The president has to lead. He’s got to get [the Speaker of the House] and everybody else in a room, and they have to make a deal. You have to be nice, and be angry, and be wild, and cajole, and do all sorts of things. But you have to get a deal.
From there, the longtime host of The Apprentice proceeded to share his frank assessment of how the federal government, at that time, could have arrived at such a humiliating impasse in the first place: an utter dearth of negotiating talent among its elected leaders.

TRUMP: Unfortunately, [the president] has never been a dealmaker. That wasn’t his expertise before he went into politics. And it’s obviously not his expertise now. But you have to get the people in the room, and you have to get a deal that’s good for everybody and good for the country.

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Apparently there are still some statesmen in the Congress.MA

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) dispelled his party’s talking points.
Josh Israel

Jan 19, 2018, 1:21 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on MSNBC on Friday. CREDIT: MSNBC screenshot
The White House and many Congressional Republicans attempted Friday to pin the potential government shutdown on Senate Democrats, trying to name it the “Schumer Shutdown” after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). But their strategy was undermined by a prominent member of the president’s own party.
Lindsey Graham, the senior senator from South Carolina, told MSNBC that he is still a “no” on the legislation passed by the House on Thursday that would keep the government open for 30 days but do nothing to protect beneficiaries of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA provided protection to more than 750,000 people who were brought as undocumented immigrants to the United States as children, but President Donald Trump’s administration has moved to end the protections starting in March.
“I’m not going to continue this game with DACA recipients’ lives,” Graham explained. “A lot of people on my side say ‘What’s the urgency?’ Well, put yourself in their shoes. You’re a teacher somewhere, you don’t know if March the 5th you’ll be kicked out of the country you call home. This idea that we’ve got plenty of time — I don’t like that. If you’re one these recipients you feel like we should have done this yesterday. And 80 percent of the American people are actually with us.”
Trump earlier this week rejected a bipartisan deal that would have protected DACA beneficiaries and cleared the way for a funding bill, after initially expressing a willingness to sign such a deal. Graham laid the blame for the impasse on Trump’s flip-flop and his listening to bad advice from two people: White House aide Stephen Miller and freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
“I think the change comes about from people like Mr. Miller,” Graham said. “Mr. Miller is well-known in the Senate for having views that are outside the mainstream.” Graham observed that the “Steven Miller approach to immigration has no viability.”
He expressed openness to solutions, but said the Trump White House is taking a “a hard-edged approach” that would not fly even in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate. “The Tom Cotton approach has no viability here. He’s become sort of the Steve King of the Senate. I like Tom but on immigration, he’s putting something on the table that there’s just no market for in phase one.” (Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is an immigration hardliner with a long history of racist comments.)

Graham is not the only Congressional Republican who feels this way. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) tweeted on Friday morning that she opposes her party’s continuing resolution bill “because #Dreamers cannot wait for the promise of ‘tomorrow.’”

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