Rep. David Brat, R-VA, a member of the House Freedom Caucus. said that it can be a challenge to negotiate with President Trump because it is difficult to tell what he is thinking.
“He’s very good, but you don’t know what the deal is he’s got in his mind,” Brat said in an interview with New York Magazine. “So that’s, like, are we in, like, the middle of a negotiating thing? Or is he at the end of it? Or is he at the beginning of it? And you don’t know, right? So that’s the hard part for us, we’re like, ‘We think he wants this, but we know how he negotiates, so where are we?’”
Brat added that it is sometimes hard to read what Trump is looking for in legislation and said the President is not always focused on the details.
“I mean, you know strategically, roughly, what he wants. But in this city, roughly’s not it. He’s big picture: ‘Look, repeal Obamacare, replace it with something that makes some sense.’ But then when you get down in the weeds in our conference, and the Senate hasn’t even weighed in yet … and he’s like, ‘Are you kidding, you guys are arguing over that? When this is the goal?’ And I think he’s amazed,” Brat continued.
Brat Said that Trump also negotiated similarly during budget negotiations, that he plans to have more details ready when working out future deals.
“He’s learned that if you don’t weigh in, that what comes out of the sausage factory is not always pretty,” Brat said.