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John Boehner Says Trump Has Been 'A Disaster'

| by Lauren Briggs

Former House Speaker John Boehner might enjoy a 15-year-long close friendship with President Donald Trump, but the retired Ohio Republican still thinks that the majority of Trump's time in the White House has been "a complete disaster."

"President?" Boehner said while giving the keynote address at the May 24 KPMG Global Energy Conference, according to Rigzone. "I just never envisioned him in that role."

Boehner said that Trump would frequently phone him during difficult times and offer advice and consolation, and the pair has even golfed together.

Trump has had some successes, Boehner said, praising the president for his approach toward foreign policy and stating that international figures appreciate Trump's all-in approach toward fighting ISIS, especially when it comes to providing resources.

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He gave a mixed review on the GOP's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying that Trump "did what he could" but that he would have rather seen Republicans try to "repair" the Affordable Care Act.

"Everything else he's done [in office] has been a complete disaster," said Boehner. "He's still learning how to be president."

But Americans still have it pretty good, said the retired congressman, who said he would never give up his life of drinking wine, smoking cigarettes, golfing, cutting his own grass and ironing his own clothes to become president.

"I think Americans are the luckiest people on Earth," added Boehner. "We're the envy of the entire world. It's the only world where you can grow up as the son of a bartender and end up as the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives."

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Boehner abruptly retired in October 2015, amid conflict in the Republican-controlled House that stemmed from some of the more conservative members of his party opposing his leadership, notes FiveThirtyEight.

Despite the tense circumstances that led to his tearful resignation, the former speaker looked back and said that he absolutely made the right choice to leave.

"I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say 'Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,'" he told energy conference attendees, according to Rigzone.

But he still follows politics and has his fair share of opinions on how well his golfing buddy is running the country.

"I was a little more optimistic about [tax reform] early in the year; now my odds are 60/40," he said, calling tax reform "just a bunch of happy talk" and saying that the border adjustment tax was "deader than a doornail."

Sources: Rigzone, FiveThirtyEight / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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