posted at 5:21 pm on May 26, 2017 by John Sexton
Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke at an energy conference Wednesday and offered a withering assessment of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. From Rigzone, an energy news site that covered Boehner’s appearance at the conference:
When asked what he thinks Trump’s done well in his first 100 days in office, Boehner said he’s done well with international affairs and foreign policy. In regard to national security, international leaders are thrilled to death that Trump is aggressive about fighting ISIS and getting more boots on the ground to do so, he said.
Boehner said Trump “did what he could” with healthcare, but never subscribed to the idea of ‘repeal, then replace.’ Instead he should have worked to ‘repair’ Obamacare.
“Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster,” said Boehner. “He’s still learning how to be president.”
It’s important to note that Boehner describes Trump as a firend, someone he’s known for 15 years. He even says Trump was often the first to call him if he’d had a bad day. And there’s reason to think the feeling is mutual. Earlier this week, Allahpundit wrote about Boehner’s role in convincing the president not to veto the budget agreement. Apparently, Reince Priebus asked Boehner to convince the president and he did or, at least, he was one of the last people to talk with the president before he decided not to veto the bill.
So if Boehner and Trump are buddies, why is he giving the domestic half of his first 100 days a failing grade? There’s no explanation given except that Boehner seems to feel he’s free of the constraints imposed on him when he was in office. “I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” he says of his decision to resign in 2015. Asked if he would step back in to run for president himself Boehner replied, “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.”
So maybe this isn’t John Boehner turning on Trump, it’s just Boehner saying what he really thinks.