Sen. Mark Warner Goes Off on Trump’s ‘Inept Negotiation’ on Wall: ‘He Boxed Himself in a Corner’


Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) went off on President Donald Trump‘s “inept negotiation” abilities in a CNN interview Sunday morning.

On State of the Union, anchor Jake Tapper asked Warner about the government shutdown — and whether he thought “not one part” of the southern border should have a new wall.

“There is already 700 miles plus of wall that’s been built, some for more than a decade,” Warner replied. “That was decided by border security experts. I’m for additional border security. But that border security ought to be driven by the experts, not by the political whims of a campaign promise where Trump said the wall was going to be built and paid for by Mexico.”

“This guy doesn’t tell the truth,” he added. “So more border security, let’s have at it. But while we’re having that debate, let’s reopen the government.”

Warner then went after Trump’s most cherished point of pride: his (alleged!) dealmaking prowess.

“I think history will show that Donald Trump, the supposed great dealmaker — and I’m working on a piece on this — that business schools and management consultants will look back for years and say this was the most inept negotiation,” Warner said. “He boxed himself in a corner. He didn’t empower his negotiators like the vice president or Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell.”

“He’s not allowed any win-win circumstance, and the disregard he has paid to the federal workers where he has been cavalier,” Warner added. “Never sat down and visited with them.”

Watch above, via CNN.
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