Trump, whose own negotiation style has inspired "how-to" books, on Wednesday wanted to know whether "any" Republicans know the art.
Does any Republican have the ability to negotiate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2013
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 Lee (R-Utah), one of five Senate Republicans who voted against the bill, called the tax bill a "failure" in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
Everything about the #fiscalcliff deal was a failure: what Congress did, how Congress did it, and what Congress failed to do.— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) January 2, 2013
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!"