Trump's take: Where are Washington negotiators going wrong?
The Donald sounds off
- Duration 8:36
- Date Dec 31, 2012
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So much -- all right let's bring in -- match master negotiator himself Donald Trump author of the book time to get tough he is on the phone with us.
I don't have any New Year's.
We're used to happy new year thank you what -- you for your years in by the way.
Well I'm down in Florida I was like the cold weather is somehow seduced over the years yes I'm down in Florida Palm -- -- -- go home with the family having good.
Very nice -- enjoy that we want to ask you about what's happening around.
This fiscal cliff negotiation.
I thought it was interesting yesterday when the president.
Sat down -- David Gregory for an interview on Meet the Press instead of talking about bringing the two sides together and compromise he said a very clear tone.
Of demonizing Republicans -- wanna play you what he said he gets your reaction here's the president on me.
So far at least congress has not been able to get this stuff done.
Democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but because I think it's been very hard for.
Speaker Boehner and -- program leader McConnell.
To accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest Americans should go up they say that the biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deaths and serious way but.
The way they're behaving is that they're only priority.
He's making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protective.
And -- -- negotiated hundreds maybe thousands of contracts is -- a good tactic speaking about the tactic to.
Demonize and a -- your opponent before trying to sit down at the table and hash out a deal.
Well he's very condescending and when you listen to those words if you're the other side you sort of with your arms up but have not gonna do -- -- and that's really what's happening would be with this country.
We have no leadership at.
And you look at you look at that dislike that everybody has to each other and it's going to be very hard to make it feel and I would like to speak.
Frankly -- give goal of the clippers they call -- call -- the curve.
It's a less.
Go over -- cliff and negotiate debate here you can't negotiate these stopgap deals what they're looking to do is just little stopgap.
And kicking the ball down the road which we've become very good -- his country yeah.
Kicking it down if we get no where other countries are eating our lunch what they're doing to -- it's amazing if you look at what's going -- other countries many of the cuts.
China being the number one culprit the OPEC nations what they're doing -- was -- -- -- -- -- look at what's going on and well we do is just kicked the ball down the road he'd go in the -- I graphic go over the cliff that make the big -- don't forget we have a very important moment coming up about a month.
And that that that -- yeah right and went for those people that don't get it.
I think the Republicans have no cards and unfortunately you know I'm a Republican and I can tell you we have lots of -- and it.
The Republican negotiators have lots of cards because we have the debt -- well I don't.
I actually sort of wanted to it's sort of segued into that you know you mentioned leadership on both sides of the aisle questioning.
Questioned the strength of the -- -- Elizabeth Graham was on FOX News Sunday yesterday he's quite a few things I thought were really interesting but one of -- yesterday he actually used the term the president one.
You know you elaborate all of that warrant is sort of you -- you can't take -- out of context.
But what's your feeling about how the Republicans have been since you are Republican.
How they had acted in how they have how they have negotiated throughout this and entire that the course of this entire.
What I saw that statement that the president one -- and has -- the statement because nothing's been done.
So he hasn't won nobody won that means somebody's gonna win perhaps the country should be a winner the only way the country's -- be the winners to negotiate a big.
Beautiful deal having to do with everything and -- all of this I mean there's been going on.
What what was going through now is going not be used it's going to get worse because in a month with the debt -- about coming up you can imagine what's gonna go on that.
-- -- we never turn on the television we never hear any stories about positive with respect to our got just always.
Fighting there's no leadership nobody's getting along and in the meantime we're going to have -- -- as a country.
Let's talk about these numbers dollar -- a lot of numbers have been floating around Chris Wallace -- -- yesterday that people when you're in these negotiations and you've done a lot Lisa take us behind the curtain of this.
If you have numbers you're sitting in a closed room most people aren't gonna find out those numbers outside of that room -- here and -- these numbers being thrown about about coming tax how much taxes will be raised in those.
-- he 400000 dollars or more 500000 dollars truth is we don't know right because you're in those closed doors and -- -- outside of it is -- is the privy to that information at this hour.
Well that's right and I heard chris' -- and I agree with -- spent you know the ones that really know they're not talking and the one the talkers are the ones at don't know what's going on the fact is that I thought it was a very good -- this group.
But the fact is that it doesn't matter whether you know.
It's just spoke of the Bible but should know and those -- the people the disposed be leading this country and they're not leaving the country.
But Donald you know that to be the bearer of bad news your taxes are going up you're gonna fit in whatever category it is I think you make enough money that.
There will fall under whatever deal you just said you wanted to big deal -- -- certainly includes some sort of taxes being increased on the wealthy what number.
It is enough.
Do you think to satisfy Republicans and not devastate the economy in terms of punishing success.
And hurting job creators what number in terms of the wealthy.
Getting their taxes raised.
What the king is going to be expenditures because this country -- spending far more than it can afford to understand what borrowing all of our money from China and other places.
And that they can't believe that and I can't believe -- what you what's going on and you know you can raise taxes all you want but it's not going to be enough to solve the problem.
The expenditures is really -- the costs are really where we have the big problem so.
As part of an overall deal -- white mind if my taxes go up somewhat but will it affect me.
What I wanna -- is an old world -- if they do a great job and expenditures.
I guess everybody can expect is going to be some kind of a tax -- for a certain group of people you know would I'd be willing to say yes to that I think the answer is yes.
If the expenditures.
Really and I mean by a big margin really good -- that this country have become -- we don't really step fifteen trillion dollars as a country.
And unless -- -- happens.
There's going to be a catastrophe that's.
The likes of which we've never seen you -- as the leaders have to get together and they have to make the big deal not a -- -- you know I'm I'm watching you this morning.
And the talk about the Littlefield the Littlefield a little -- -- that is known little except it's only a big step.
Yeah because -- your to your point -- I mean.
Reasons that we revenues over on the government for about fifteen days it's about the amount company -- -- I'll ask you about this -- second term because President Obama yesterday and on Meet the Press -- David Gregory.
I was asked about this question what does he think his top priority is for his second term and he said immigration reform is his top priority listen.
So what is your single priority of the second term what is the equivalent health care.
Well -- -- a couple of things that we need to get them I've said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority.
I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that -- I figured we've talked about it long enough.
Obviously Donald a huge thing that needs to get done but in so that be his top priority what about jobs a top I don't know if they had you know fairly decent it was -- top prayers privately said that -- you're -- look at the first time.
Right but but it's.
Edited just up rarity at the Republican sort of take that leave everything have to get -- they cannot have what happened to them with immigration and other issues.
Sabotage their elections I mean you look at what's going on and frankly the Republicans should take the lead of immigration so.
It is and again the word he used was a top priority for the Richard jobs and you know there are lots of top priorities right right but.
And jobs would be at the top of the list also.
But immigration is very important and the Republicans have to get involved the depth -- it was -- look at -- at one another election unless they do something.
So the Republicans have to get Smart and in my opinion takes the lead on immigration and lots of other.
It sounds like a man who may want to jump into this thing once again -- follow on that real Donald Trump.
At twitter.com Donald happy new year do you enjoy Florida happy when I hear you say you very much Alex -- -- now.