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[News] Art of the Deal: How Trump's own book explains his battle for the border wall.

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▼ If he ever pulls it off, Donald Trump's deal to build his long-promised wall on the Mexico border will be the biggest deal of his life.
Building it would require a feat of negotiation and compromise with his political opponents that right now looks difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.
It's a good job, then, that the US president authored a 1987 book called The Art of the Deal, a how-to guide to negotiating (that was actually written by Tony Schwartz).
The book makes for interesting reading in the context of the battle to build the wall, and can help explain some of the actions and reactions from the Trump camp.
It also helps show how, at times, the former hotel and casino magnate is failing to follow his own advice.
Early on in the book, Trump offers 11 key pointers on how to win your way. We've taken a look at six of those points, and how they apply to his fight for the wall.
(The titles here are the same ones used in The Art of the Deal.)
1) Think big
What Trump said in Art of the Deal
I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big... I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. I was out to build something monumental, something worth a big effort.
How does this apply to the wall?
How big is big? How about 1,954 miles (3,145km)?
That's the length of the US-Mexico border, about 650 miles of which is already lined with various types of fencing.
On 16 June 2015, when Trump launched his presidential campaign, he made the biggest of promises, one which grabbed plenty of headlines soon after.
"I would build a great wall," he said, "and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border."
He went on to win the biggest of upsets, and was left to fulfil his promises.
2) Maximise your options
What Trump said
I never get too attached to one deal or one approach. For starters, I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.
How does this apply to the wall?
Apologies for mixing our metaphors, but Trump does not have a lot of balls in the air, because all his eggs are in one basket. It's the wall or nothing.
The wall was one of his great campaign pledges, but he has struggled to deliver it.
It's not quite "balls in the air", but he has shown a slight willingness to consider a new approach, although it appears this was forced upon him.
Well into his presidency, Trump was still insisting it would be a solid wall - the same thing he had promised the public from the start - and dismissing those who said it would take any other form.
But his language has changed a little in recent months, and his former chief of staff said the idea of a solid wall was actually dropped early in his presidency.
Trump now backs erecting "artistically  designed steel slats", while still calling it a wall.
Meanwhile, he insists no other border security options are feasible.
3) Use your leverage
What Trump said (▪ ▪ ▪)

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