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Trump’s Health Care Ultimatum Channeling ‘The Art of the Deal’?

But president may not be the only one willing to walk away

President Donald Trump still doesn't have the House votes to pass the GOP health plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
President Donald Trump still doesn't have the House votes to pass the GOP health plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By LINDSEY McPHERSON and REMA RAHMAN
CQ Roll Call

A lesson from “The Art of the Deal,” President Donald Trump’s 1987 bestseller, may play out in the House on Friday.

The 1987 business-advice book stresses the importance of being willing to walk away, a point Trump has made on more than one occasion.

Trump’s aides indicated Thursday that the president was done negotiating over plans to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. The president wanted a vote and reportedly is ready to move on to other issues if it failed.

Leaving the GOP conference where Office and Management Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced Trump’s ultimatum, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, was told that Trump appears to be doing what he recommends in The Art of the Deal, which is to be prepared to walk away.

“Yeah, I read his book too,” Meadows said, laughing.

Meadows was asked if the Freedom Caucus was prepared to walk away too.

“Well in order to get the best deal you’ve always got to be prepared to walk away,” he said.

Rep. Randy Weber, a House Freedom Caucus member, described Trump’s call for the GOP to take or leave it “a high stakes gamble” Thursday.

“So is he playing chicken?” Weber asked. “Next thing you know he’ll be writing a book called ‘The Art of the Deal.’”

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