Former Speaker Boehner delivers pointed remarks about tax reform and Trump

According to former Speaker of the House John Boehner, sweeping tax reform plans recently initiated by President Trump and House Republicans are “just a bunch of happy talk.”

Boehner delivered the remarks during a keynote address at KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference, adding that his faith in the passage of tax reform is fading.

“I was a little more optimistic about it early in the year; now my odds are 60/40,” Boehner said, according to a report by RigZone, an energy-sector news publication. “The border adjustment tax is deader than a doornail. Tax reform is just a bunch of happy talk.”

Boehner said he “never envisioned” Trump as president and, despite doing “what he could” with healthcare, Trump’s presidency faces huge challenges.

“Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said. “He’s still learning how to be president.”

The former Republican Speaker also questioned the strategy of some House Democrats who are insisting on Trump’s impeachment.

“Talk of impeachment is the best way to rile up Trump supporters,” he said. “Remember, impeachment is not a legal process; it’s a political process.”

Axios reported that Boehner reportedly called Trump in early May when the president was weighing a veto of the government spending bill passed by Congress. Boehner advised Trump to avoid a government shutdown and told him he should be thankful that the deal included an increase in military spending.

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