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The real estate mogul and reality TV show host is also an outspoken Republican who played a vocal role in the recent presidential election. But 2013 launched with Trump critical of his party, due to negotiations in Congress to avoid the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts and trigger of automatic spending cuts at the end of 2012.

Trump, whose own negotiation style has inspired "how-to" books, on Wednesday wanted to know whether "any" Republicans know the art.

Trump is not the only Republican feeling critical of the party after passage of a tax bill to prevent the fall from the so-called "fiscal cliff." The Senate passed the bill on New Year's Day, and the House late Tuesday.


Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Utah), one of five Senate Republicans who voted against the bill, called the tax bill a "failure" in a tweet on Wednesday morning.



The measure indefinitely extends the expiring Bush-era tax rates on annual family income up to $450,000, and for individuals up to a $400,000 cutoff. It also lifts the top capital gains and dividends rates to 20 percent, extends unemployment benefits for a year, and delays for two months the automatic spending cuts triggered by the sequestering process.

Trump tweeted that the bill is "a terrible deal for the country and an embarrassment for Republicans!"