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Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs

Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs

Former House speaker John Boehner continued a streak of remarkable post-office candor during a Wednesday appearance at a Houston energy conference, telling a luncheon audience that President Donald Trump's term has - foreign policy aside - been a "complete disaster".

Speaking at the KPMG Global Energy Conference, he added that Trump has performed well with foreign policy, and said worldwide leaders are happy that he appears willing to take action against terror groups.

"Everything else he's done has been a complete disaster", Boehner, R-Ohio, said, according to a report in Rigzone, an online energy publication.

President Trump's administration has been a disaster and has little chance of passing legislation, despite a majority, according to a Republican statesman.

Boehner said he and Trump have been friends for 15 years and that they golfed together.

Later in his remarks, however, Mr Boehner had some positive things to say about Mr Trump's foreign policy.

Boehner's comments echoed those of former President Gerald Ford. But he warned Democrats against pushing impeachment too loudly. "Remember, impeachment is not a legal process; it's a political process".




Boehner, who wrangled House Republicans for four years as Speaker, said Trump and the GOP shouldn't be trying to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, but "repair" its defaults instead. In regard to national security, global leaders are thrilled to death that Trump is aggressive about fighting ISIS and getting more boots on the ground to do so, he said. He gave an increasingly pessimistic view that congressional Republicans would pass tax reform, saying "now my odds are 60/40" and that tax reform is "a bunch of happy talk".

Boehner, who retired from politics in 2015 and handed over the speakership to Paul Ryan, said he's loving the quiet life.

He also said he has no plans to ever run for president, preferring a simpler life.

John Boehner is happy smoking his cigarettes and drinking red wine.

"I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say, 'Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, '" he said.

In addition, he maintained the president should not use Twitter and that he "never envisioned" Trump would become president. I iron my own clothes.

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