Thursday, March 16, 2017

Why The Donald went ballistic

Don't want him to go ballistic.
It was reported that President Trump "went ballistic" when he learned that his new attorney general had recused himself from any investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

I don't know which staffer leaked that or if Trump wanted it leaked. I do think I know why he was angry. I haven't read his The Art of The Deal, although I intend to. A brief Google search led me, however, to some principles in the book.

Among them:
Use your leverage: "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." 
Fight back: "In most cases I'm very easy to get along with. I'm very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard."
In other words, in a negotiation, which everything in Washington is, don't give something up before you have to. Especially if you think the other party is playing dirty.

Now it's interesting that Bill Richardson, a Trump opponent, criticizes Trump on the same ground:
He’s negotiating against himself — giving up leverage before there’s a corresponding ask — and he’s boxing in his negotiating partners, driving up the cost of reaching agreements, with potentially perilous results.
Interesting, Bill. Except The Donald is President, and you're not. Perhaps because you couldn't have survived the scrutiny.

I don't care what you think about Trump's political beliefs. They seem to be all over the lot. However, never underestimate his skill at dealing with people.

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