Former House Speaker and Republican John Boehner had some choice words for Donald Trump. He described Trump’s presidency as a “complete disaster” during his keynote address at a Houston energy conference on Wednesday.
According to Rigzone, Boehner told his audience at the KPMG Global Energy Conference that aside from the president’s international affairs and foreign policies, “everything else he’s done has been a complete disaster” so far. Boehner said, however, that his close friend is “still learning how to be president.”
Boehner and Trump are golfing buddies who have been friends for 15 years. They were close enough for Trump to call him when he was having a bad day.
“But president? I just never envisioned him in that role.”
Despite Boehner’s rather harsh words, the former Ohio congressman sees a silver lining in the current administration. Boehner credited Trump for his aggressive efforts in dealing with Islamic State militants or the “evil losers” as Trump described the terrorists. Boehner also commended Trump for his moves benefiting the nation’s international affairs.
Dave Schnittger, a spokesperson for Boehner, confirmed the comments made at the conference while the White House has yet to release any official statements related to what Boehner said.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 26, 2017
Boehner’s words, however, did not sit well with some White House staffers. White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. shared a GIF of Boehner on Friday showing the former politician trying to hold back his tears. Scavino also called Boehner “the disaster” in the tweet.
John Boehner, is the disaster. pic.twitter.com/N25zG3ompE
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) May 26, 2017
Boehner is not one to shy away from controversy particularly when it comes to his fellow Republicans. Boehner said that his party mates will “never, ever agree on health care.” He also said that the replacement for the Affordable Care Act that the House GOP is cooking is likely “not going to happen.”
Boehner also depicted the preliminary discussion on the tax reform as “a bunch of happy talk,” which he cynically described now as having a 60/40 chance of being passed by his fellow Republicans. Boehner also called the border adjustment tax plan as “deader than a doornail.”
Despite Boehner’s “disaster” comment, he still thinks that Trump did as well as he could in his first 100 days as president of the United States. This, however, does not dispel any of the issues thrown against Trump.
Since Trump was sworn in, he has been met with criticism after criticism. In fact, he was panned for his “arrogant” actions during the NATO meeting in which he was caught on camera shoving the Montenegro prime minister to get the front row spot for a photograph.
Trump was also the subject of memes after his trip to foreign countries became more about the first lady’s refusal to hold his hands as well as a photo of the first family with a rather grim Pope Francis.
— TIME (@TIME) May 25, 2017
Trump’s recently concluded nine-day trip abroad did little to appease the tension back home. Talks of a Trump impeachment has been going on for some time now. In fact, Hillary Clinton boldly predicted in her speech at Wellesley College that Trump “will be impeached.”
Boehner has been out of the political arena since resigning in 2015, and he has no intentions of going back anytime soon to aspire for higher positions. In fact, CNN reported that when he asked about running for president, Boehner stressed that he is happier now and that he “wake[s] up every day, drink my morning coffee and say ‘Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.'”
“I drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. I golf. I cut my own grass. I iron my own clothes. And I’m not willing to give all that up to be president.”
At the no-holds-barred question and answer portion of the conference, a candid Boehner also stressed that Trump should not be allowed to tweet overnight.
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