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Boehner: 'I Never Really Saw' Trump As President

| by Robert Fowler
retired House Speaker, former Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohioretired House Speaker, former Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio

The retired House Speaker, former Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, offered a critique of President Donald Trump during a business event. The former Republican leader also predicted that GOP lawmakers would never fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."

On July 21, Boehner spoke before the ThoughtSpot trade show in Las Vegas. The former House Speaker asserted that the GOP majority in Congress would be wiped out in the 2018 midterms if they did not pass legislation for key campaign promises, The Washington Post reports.

"They're going to get annihilated," Boehner warned.

The former House Speaker also reflected on how he thought Trump was faring in the White House, noting that they were personal friends.

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"We've played a lot of golf together over the years," Boehner said. "He was a donor of mine... I never really saw him as president. You all know what I mean."

Boehner recommended that Trump curb his social media habits, stating "He keeps getting in his own way."

In the former House Speaker's view, Trump's daily Twitter missives blasting the media were counterproductive for his administration.

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"It may have worked during the campaign," Boehner continued. "But I think he would do himself well if he would just slow the tweeting down and just focus on what he's doing and not being critical."

Boehner also asserted that GOP lawmakers would never form a consensus around an ACA replacement.

"Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they've not passed this bill," Boehner continued. "Now, they're never -- they're not going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It's been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it... trying to pull it back is really not going to work."

The former House speaker concluded that Republican lawmakers would ultimately repeal key provisions of the ACA, incrementally changing it instead of outright repealing the health care system.

On Feb. 23, Boehner made a similar prediction during a health care conference in Orlando, Florida. During his remarks, he said that his own rhetoric of repealing the ACA had been misleading.

"I shouldn't have called it 'repeal and replace' because that's not what's going to happen," Boehner said, according to CNN. "They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it."

On May 24, Boehner also offered criticism of Trump during a luncheon at the KPMG Global Energy Conference, RigZone reports.

Boehner admitted that, though he and Trump enjoyed a longstanding friendship, he was baffled that the real estate mogul became president.

"I just never envisioned him in that role," Boehner explained.

The former House Speaker also questioned whether Trump was up to the job.

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

Sources: CNN, RigZoneThe Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2, 3)

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