House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) “absolutely” trusts President Obama, despite the pair’s political differences. The Ohio senator added that the two have a good relationship.
Despite being on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Boehner revealed on Sunday that the two are “open with each other… honest with each other.”
But despite the openness, the House Speaker added that the two are working to bridge some differences. One of those differences happens to be whether or not the US has an immediate crisis in terms of its debt.
Boehner believes that a balanced budget is needed to stave off the potential crisis. He added that the crisis does loom, because of entitlement programs that are not sustainable at current levels. The Republican House Speaker explained:
“We do not have an immediate debt crisis, but we all know that we have one looming. And we have one looming because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They’re going to go bankrupt.”
Several Republicans criticized President Obama last week for saying that the US does not have a debt crisis. And while Senator Boehner agrees the problem is not immediate, he believes change is needed.
John Boehner revealed his trust for Obama during ABC’s This Week. The lawmaker spoke with fill-in host Martha Raddatz about President Obama and the pair’s disagreements.
Along with the debt crisis, John Boehner has also criticized the president for other policy decisions. The two most recently failed to come to an agreement about the sequester. Earlier their disagreements were over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But despite their differences, Boehner was happy to say that he and the president can at least speak openly with each other.
It is not yet known whether the two will come to an agreement about the sequester cuts.
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