Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke out Wednesday to clarify comments he made last week about Trump. His widely reported remarks were made at the KPMG Global Energy Conference in Houston. “Everything else he’s done (in office) has been a complete disaster,” Bohner is quoted as saying. “He’s still learning how to be president.”
Wednesday, Boehner said he was referring to the way Trump is executing his agenda and the fact that the president is still learning the job.
As Boehner addressed the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers Employee Leadership Forum in Colorado Springs, he made the following statement:
“Let me address this because some people have gotten carried away in their interpretation of what I said. Listen, Donald Trump is my friend. He was my supporter. I play golf with him and frankly I like the president. I voted for him. I want him and frankly I want the country to succeed. But I’ve seen some people write — I think they’ve gotten a little carried away in their interpretation of what I said.
I did not say that the president’s policies were a disaster. I did not say that the president’s agenda was a disaster. What I was referring to was the execution of the president’s agenda and the president’s policies. And frankly I think there have been a number of missteps, unforced errors that the president has made and I think the White House would agree that they’ve had their share of mistakes as the president learns to be the president.”
Boehner went on to praise the “marvelous job” Trump did on the international stage, the appointment and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the reduction of regulations Trump has spearheaded, many of which were implemented under former president Barack Obama.
“So I hope that this clarifies, corrects the record that some have put out there,” Boehner finished.
A week ago, at the KPMG conference, Bohner told his audience, “I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” referring to his decision to leave Congress prior to Trump taking office.
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