John Boehner, former House Speaker, dropped a bomb earlier this week. He labeled the Trump presidency “a complete disaster.”
During a Q&A session in Houston on Wednesday, Boehner said, “Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster. He’s still learning how to be president.”
It was a surprising accusation coming from someone as chummy with Trump as Boehner has been. The two of them are fast friends, with a shared history that goes back fifteen years. They’ve gone golfing a number of times together. Even so, Boehner is still on record as saying that he “never envisioned him” getting to the oval office.
Boehner did have some kind words about Trump’s diplomacy and foreign policy. He was especially enamored of Trump’s hardline position on ISIS.
House Democrats are rattling their sabers about impeachment, but the notion hasn’t taken root on the other side of the aisle.
“Talk of impeachment is the best way to rile up Trump supporters,” said Boehner. “Remember, impeachment is not a legal process; its’ a political process.”
Boehner counts Obamacare as one of Trump’s failures. He feels Trump should have focused on revising Obamacare instead of focusing on repealing and replacing it.
Boehner is also cynical about the possibility of tax reform legislation passing, calling it “happy talk.” Boehner says, “I was a little more optimistic about it early in the year; ow my odds are 60/40.”
There has been some scuttlebutt about the possibility of Boehner running for president. A prospect he balks at. At least on the record.
“I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah. I don’t want to be president. 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.”
The aw-shucks everyman spiel aside, a presidential run is still not out of the question. Denying presidential rumors is standard operating procedure for potential candidates.
Boehner’s critical remarks about Trump also come as somewhat of a surprise considering his public support of Trump during the election. Boehner once referred to Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.” Although he was critical of some of Trump’s policies, he also said, “Thank God the guy from Texas didn’t win.” A sentiment shared by many people on the left, as well.
John Boehner lives with his wife Debbie in West Chester Township, Ohio. They have two daughters.