Trump vs. Negotiation

Various meanings/synonyms for the word “negotiate”:

Confer with another in order to come to terms or reach an agreement

Arbitrate; Bargain; Discuss; Hash Out; Talk Over

From Wikipedia;

[Negotiation] is aimed to resolve points of difference, to gain advantage for an individual or collective, or to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests. It is often conducted by putting forward a position and making concessions to achieve an agreement. The degree to which the negotiating parties trust each other to implement the negotiated solution is a major factor in determining whether negotiations are successful.

End result of negotiations: Be successful, achieve a goal

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Related to his desire for a Border Wall, our (questionable) “Leader” has claimed on several occasions that he is willing to “negotiate” with those who oppose his project.

However, based on the meanings/definitions above, it appears to me there has been NO “negotiation” on the part of Trump (contrary to his claims). From every aspect, it has clearly been “my way or no way.” And to put clout behind his words, he shuts down the government and puts thousands and thousands of innocent people in financial distress.

Further, during discussions with his opponents, he has not once put forth an alternative. Not once has he been willing to discuss what his opponents have termed, Border Security. Not once has he indicated a willingness to adjust the monetary amount.

And there is little doubt the temporary “stay” related to the government shutdown was primarily done because his approval ratings were dropping. From all indications thus far, he has made NO changes in his original demands.

As one news source reported: “Mr. Trump, White House aides said, has been frustrated at everyone around him for not delivering a deal he can accept.” And we all know what “that deal” is.

Regrettably, it has become abundantly clear … the only solution to this issue is to give Trump what he wants because this is the only “negotiation” he understands.

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