For a president who claims to be the best deal-maker, Donald Trump sure doesn’t deliver. Over and over again, when he is asked about a promised deal, Trump will say that it is coming in just “two weeks“. It is just a stalling tactic, because it rarely does arrive in that time frame.
He said it about his tax proposal, promising it in “two to three weeks” and bragging that it was “way ahead of schedule”. Eleven weeks later, the White House released a one-page outline of the tax plan, with no details.
Fifteen weeks ago, Trump promised airline executives a plan for increased aviation infrastructure in two weeks. On Monday, he sent a short set of “principles” for overhauling the air-traffic control system, which basically only proposed to privatize it.
On April 29, Trump promised “I’ll be making a big decision on the Paris accord over the next two weeks.” A month later, Trump was still trying to decide. He finally made an announcement on June 1.
He said the same thing about his infrastructure program, saying “we’ve got the plan largely completed and we’ll be filing over the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner”. No legislation was ever filed.
On March 15, Fox News asked Trump about his earlier tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower without providing even the smallest shred of evidence. Trump replied “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.” The White House never produced any evidence, and top intelligence officials told Congress that there was no evidence.
He even does it to foreign leaders. During a meeting in Saudi Arabia with the emir of Kuwait, Trump announced “We are doing very well in the fight against ISIS. We’re going to be having a news conference in about two weeks to let everybody know how well we’re doing.” But the White House press office was unaware of any plans to have such a news conference, and two weeks have now passed and no such event has even been announced.
And on and on. He said similar things about the border wall, fixing veterans’ health care, cutting taxes, repealing regulations, changing regulations that regulates wages on federally funded infrastructure projects, and a plan for increasing school choice. Or worse — on June 1, Trump even claimed that there was tax legislation “moving along in Congress”, but no tax legislation had been filed.
As one presidential historian put it “For someone who bills himself as the master of the art of the deal, well, where’s the art and where’s the deal?”