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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has a new job, joining a prominent law and lobbying firm. Washington-based Squire Patton Boggs said Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, the former Republican congressman will be a strategic adviser for clients and focus on global business development for the international law firm. It said Boehner won't be a lobbyist. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Former House Speaker John Boehner called Trump's time in office a 'complete disaster'


Former House Speaker John Boehner took a jab at President Trump, calling his time in office thus far a "complete disaster" on Thursday at an energy conference in Houston. Boehner, however, clarified, saying that he approved of the commander-in-chief's action overseas, including his aggressive approach to fighting Islamic State militants.

"Everything else he's done (in office) has been a complete disaster," the Ohio Republican said, according to the energy publication Rigzone. "He's still learning how to be president."

Boehner said, despite his 15 year friendship with Trump, he still has a hard time envisioning him as president. He also said that Trump shouldn't be allowed to tweet overnight.

The former House Speaker said that the Republican tax reform effort "is just a bunch of happy talk" and that the border adjustment tax a major priority for Boehner's successor, Speaker Paul Ryan is "deader than a doornail." He noted that he was more optimistic about tax reform earlier in the year, but "now my odds are 60/40."

This isn't the first time Boehner, who resigned one day after his visit with Pope Francis in September 2015, criticized Republican efforts. Earlier this year, Boehner said he was pessimistic about the GOP's ability to repeal and replace former President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act.

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