During the 2016 election, Donald Trump promised voters he'd make the best deals. On Friday, however, President Trump failed to negotiate a deal over legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. As a result, senior House Republican leaders were forced to withdraw their American Health Care Act from consideration in the House of Representatives after it became clear the bill lacked the support needed to pass. Since then, Trump's boasting and subsequent failure to rally Republicans behind the AHCA has led him – and many of his tweets about "the art" of making a deal – to become the butt of many a joke. Indeed, many of Trump's early tweets about dealmaking seem particularly ironic in light of the AHCA's withdrawal.
Many considered the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare to be Trump's first major test at dealmaking in Washington. Yet despite reportedly being called "the ultimate closer" by members of House Speaker Paul Ryan's staff, Trump failed to unite conservative and moderate Republicans around the AHCA. As a result, some are wondering if Trump is really the negotiator in chief he claimed to be.
Here are 10 tweets from Trump that feel a little too ironic in the wake of his failure to strike a deal regarding House Republicans' health care plan:
Never Ever Quit
"Never ever quit, never give up" - Donald J. Trump, The Art of the Deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2012
While Trump may have advised readers of his BLANK book The Art of the Deal to "never ever quit, never give up" when negotiating, he gave up on hammering out a deal that would see the House of Representatives pass the AHCA.
People Will Eventually Catch On
“You can’t con people, at least not for long. If you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.” - The Art of The Deal— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2012
Although President Trump claimed his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would include "insurance for everybody," the Congressional Budget Office estimated the AHCA would leave 24 million Americans without insurance over the course of 10 years. People eventually caught on and began flooding members of Congress with calls urging them to reject the bill.
Don't Appear Desperate
Negotiation tip #1: The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2012
When negotiations seemed to be faltering, Trump reportedly threatened Congressional Republicans who continued to oppose the AHCA with political revenge, breaking his number one tip for negotiating – don't appear desperate to make the deal.
Read The Art Of The Deal & Focus On A New Career
...So far, he has been a complete failure at doing so. He should read The Art of the Deal and use his energy to focus on a new career.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2013
Although it's not 100 percent clear who Trump was talking about when he tweeted, "He should read The Art of the Deal and use his energy to focus on a new career" in 2013, tweets published that same day seem to imply his comment was meant as a criticism of then-President Barack Obama. But if Trump failed the first major test of his negotiation prowess, should he too be advised to read The Art of the Deal and focus on a new career?
The Golden Rule Of Negotiating
The Golden Rule of Negotiating: He who has the gold makes the rules.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2013
Trump may have the gold, but the withdrawal of the AHCA from consideration in the House was proof the people hold considerable power when it comes to making the rules.
Leadership Is The Key
“Leadership is perhaps the key to getting any job done.” – The Art of The Deal— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2013
Lucky for us, Trump has frequently used his official Twitter account to share some of his key insights into negotiation. In this tweet from 2013, he cited leadership as the key to accomplishing any job. Unfortunately for Trump, his leadership wasn't enough to see Obamacare repealed and replaced with the AHCA.
Dealmakers Do Not Openly Celebrate A Deal
The reason great dealmakers do not OPENLY celebrate a deal, especially one that is not complete, is that it shows weakness to the other side— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2013
Remember when Trump said, "healthcare is coming along great... [and] will end in a beautiful picture"? Or when he claimed there was "great progress on healthcare" and "Republicans [are] coming together"? And then the health care bill he was referring to totally bombed among Republican members of the House. Yeah.
Deals Are My Art Form
Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully or write poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2014
To Trump's credit, art can be hard and there's something to be said about a person who enjoys the work they've chosen.
Only One Knows The Art Of The Deal
Others claim they can make America great again but only one knows The Art of The Deal. It’s time for an outsider http://t.co/jEgR6jSQ5J— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2015
While campaigning for the presidency in 2015, Trump touted his dealmaking ability as one of the reasons he'd "make America great again."
Nobody Can Do That Like Me
We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare - and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2016
"We will save $'s and have much better healthcare," Trump promised voters in a tweet published early last year. So far, they're still waiting.
Perhaps there's more to being a great dealmaker than authoring a book titled, The Art of the Deal?