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Mon Jan 22, 2018, 12:54 AM

'Dealmaker in chief' largely absent

By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer
Updated 8:08 PM ET, Sun January 21, 2018

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump may be presiding over the first government shutdown ever to occur when one party controls Washington, but in his own telling he is just beginning to master the ways of the capital.

"I had to stay here in DC, which I'm becoming pretty proficient at," he told wealthy donors in a video played at the Florida fundraiser he was supposed to attend on Saturday evening, but couldn't ...

... On Sunday, there was little to indicate Trump was taking a leading role in helping break the stalemate between Democrats and Republicans. He did not appear in public. He hasn't taken a meeting at the White House since Friday. And his only tweet of the day, calling for an end to the Senate filibuster, was roundly rejected by Republican congressional leaders.

It was a remarkable position for a President who entered office vowing to use skills honed in the real estate world to broker deals for the country. Instead of negotiating his own way out of the quagmire, Trump seemed content to watch lawmakers and his staff haggle from his third-floor perch at the White House, which he did not leave on Sunday ...


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Mon Jan 22, 2018, 12:57 AM

1. Dealmaking president remains on sidelines

Gregory Korte, USA TODAY
Published 5:47 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2018
Updated 10:09 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2018

... Trump is learning, like Obama did, that he can't sign a bill that's not on his desk, and there's no executive order that can keep the government open without congressional approval.

Instead, two days into what may be the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Trump remained largely on the sidelines watching a legislative process on Capitol Hill from 16 blocks away. Instead of a weekend victory lap to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration with friends and supporters, he hasn't been seen publicly since the shutdown started Saturday morning just after midnight.

He canceled a planned weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort, where a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser went on without him, and hasn't left the White House since Thursday. Trump's last public remarks other than on Twitter were in a speech to anti-abortion protesters Friday that made no mention of the shutdown ...

"You have to get everybody in a room. You have to be a leader. The president has to lead," Trump told Fox News during the 2013 shutdown. President Obama, he said, "has never been a dealmaker" ...


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Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:00 AM

2. Ah. "The Fart Of The Heal"

What a mess. He was correct. Only he can do it.

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