Speaker John Boehner’s exit from Congress was met with shock from many lawmakers - just yesterday he teared up as Pope Francis addressed Capitol Hill at his invitation, which some viewed as his crowning achievement.
Though some members of his own party, including Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, gloated over Boehner’s announcement that he would resign, other candidates were less obviously giddy.
For his part, Donald Trump was uncharacteristically subdued. “I think it's time. It's time,” Trump told Politico at the Values Voters Summit in Washington. “But it's a good thing. It’s time. I think it's time for him, it's probably time for the party, it's time for everybody."
At the same event, Cruz asserted that Boehner left after cutting a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in an effort to prevent a government shut down over Planned Parenthood funding.
“The early reports are discouraging,” Cruz told reporters at The Dallas Morning News. “If it is correct that the Speaker before he resigned, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi, to fund the Obama administration for the rest of his term, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal, and then presumably to land in a cushy K Street job… that is not the behavior one would expect of a Republican speaker of the House.”
Cruz declined to say where he obtained that information.