Donald Trump’s decision to announce that he was walking away from the table amid negotiations with Democrats over another tranche of COVID relief sent shockwaves through the markets and the political landscape. Did he have a plan, or, as his subsequent tweets suggest, was this a fit of pique? Also, forecasting the highlights from tonight’s vice-presidential debate. AEI scholar Matthew Continetti joins the show to discuss all this and more.

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  1. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux
    @Max

    I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but does the Commentary crew know… literally anything about Donald Trump? I mean, have they heard of a book called “The Art of the Deal”? Being willing to walk away is Trump’s signature move.

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  2. Richard Fulmer Inactive
    Richard Fulmer
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    Max Ledoux (View Comment):
    I mean, have they heard of a book called “The Art of the Deal”?

    We know Trump didn’t write the book, the big question is: Has he read it?  The book also points out that a good dealmaker never signals that he’s desperate for a deal – something that Trump did right after the markets tanked.

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  3. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):
    Has he read it

    Seriously?

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  4. Richard Fulmer Inactive
    Richard Fulmer
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    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):
    Has he read it?

    Seriously?

    Trump doesn’t bother to read even his intelligence briefings, why would he bother to read something that was ghost written for him?  Given that he ignores what is written in “his” book, my question is quite reasonable.

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  5. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux
    @Max

    wow

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  6. FredGoodhue Coolidge
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    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but does the Commentary crew know… literally anything about Donald Trump? I mean, have they heard of a book called “The Art of the Deal”? Being willing to walk away is Trump’s signature move.

    The Deal being worked on is not some stimulus bill.  It’s the general election.  Whether this helps or hurts in that November deal is much of the discussion in the podcast.

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