Trump says Chinese more honorable than Democrat leaders: Varney

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For the sake of $5B Schumer and Pelosi won't negotiate, where is the honor in that: Varney

FBN's Stuart Varney on President Trump's claims that China is easier to negotiate with than Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.).

It came as quite a shock to hear the president say the Chinese are more honorable negotiators than Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi.

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Provocative in the extreme. Another sharp-edged opinion from our sharp-edged president.

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Does he have a point?

Consider this: The president was speaking as a negotiator. He had offered to negotiate with the Democrats over the partial government shutdown and the border wall. But Schumer and Pelosi had refused to negotiate. Ms. Pelosi bluntly said she wouldn't give a dollar for the wall. That’s intransigence.

In contrast, the Chinese are actively negotiating a trade deal. Their top financial official is coming here for high-level talks next week. Whether they act honorably or not remains to be seen, but they are negotiating. Schumer and Pelosi are not.

How about Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator? He's negotiating. There have been no nuke tests or missile launches since the summit in Singapore, and there may be another summit soon. This is what our "Art of the Deal" president does: He negotiates deals. But, of course, it takes two sides to negotiate.

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Let’s be clear, Democrats loathe this president. They are contemptuous. They can barely manage to sit down with him. No negotiating. Is that honorable, when the government is partially shut down, and the stream of illegals keeps coming?

By the way, the president is still open to a deal that would avert a declaration of emergency. He hasn't pulled the trigger on that yet. Pelosi and Schumer could still cut a deal that would bring security to the border and give all those Dreamers a break. But for the sake of $5 billion, they won't budge. They won't negotiate. Where is the honor in that?