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Donald Trump slams GOP

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 13:10:18-05

(WTVR) – Real-estate tycoon, turned reality star, turned political pundit Donald Trump is slamming the GOP, on Twitter, over its handing of fiscal cliff negotiations.

“Does any Republican have the ability to negotiate?” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “This is a terrible deal for the country and an embarrassment for Republicans!”

Tuesday night, after exhaustive negotiations that strained the country’s patience, the House approved a bill to avert a dreaded fiscal cliff — staving off widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts.

The 257-167 vote late Tuesday night included 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans in favor of the bill; 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans voted against it.

Just hours earlier, House Speaker John Boehner pitched to fellow Republicans the idea of amending the Senate-approved bill to add a package of spending cuts. He cautioned about the risk in such a strategy, saying there is no guarantee the Senate would act on it.

But by the end of the night, he was among the Republicans who voted for the bill as written.

“I am a Republican,” Trump tweeted. “But the Republicans may be the worst negotiators in history!”

(The CNN wire contributed to this report)