George Graham

Negotiation or Extortion?

It’s almost a hundred days into the Trump presidency and I’m beginning to get some insight into the new president’s negotiating strategy.

I call it extortion.

It’s the way mobsters “negotiate.” They threaten you, “make you an offer you can’t refuse.” leave your race horse’s head on your bed during the night – that kind of unwholesome stuff.

And that’s the kind of stuff Trump seems to favor.

Take his budget “offer” in talks to avoid a government shutdown. He is proposing to cut off fnnds for health care unless the Democrats vote for money to start building his Mexican-border wall.

That’s right. He would let millions of Americans sicken and die as a bargaining chip.

Welcome to the new America, folks, a country where the president “negotiates” like a member of the Mob.

More on Trump’s “offer”

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I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for