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John Boehner on Trump: 'Everything else he’s done has been a complete disaster\

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Former House Speaker John Boehner said that President Trump had done a few things well, but that much of what he tried was a "complete disaster" in a question and answer period after a speech in Texas. MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images

Former House Speaker John Boehner offered some praise for President Trump so far, but added that much of what he's tried has been a "complete disaster." He made the comments in the question and answer period after his keynote speech at a KPMG Global Energy Conference.

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

According to RigZone Energy News, when Boehner was asked about Trump's first 100 days, he said that international leaders were applauding the president for taking steps to stamp out ISIS, and that he had done well with foreign policy.

But he was less congratulatory about domestic affairs, saying that he did "what he could" with healthcare. Boehner said he had preferred repairing Obamacare than taking Trump's path of "repeal and replace."

He said that tax reform was "just a bunch of happy talk," adding, “I was a little more optimistic about it early in the year; now my odds are 60/4o," and, "the border adjustment tax is deader than a doornail."

When asked about the possibility of impeachment, he didn't give a concrete opinion, saying, “I don’t know why either of these campaigns (Hillary Clinton or Trump) were talking to Russians, but they need to get to the bottom of this." He decried his former "crazy left wing Democratic colleagues" for "bringing up impeachment talks," and warned that "talk of impeachment is the best way to rile up Trump supporters. Remember, impeachment is not a legal process; it’s a political process.”

“I think Americans are the luckiest people on Earth. We’re the envy of the entire world,” he said. Boehner did not regret retiring from the speakership, saying, “I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.”

The House's Obamacare replacement bill passed narrowly, but the Republicans in the Senate have indicated that they will be drafting their own bill starting "from scratch." Trump's executive order attempts to ban travel from terror-stricken Muslim countries have also encountered legal roadblocks from courts ruling that they were unconstitutional infringements on the practice of religion. The Department of Justice has indicated they will be taking the travel ban fight to the Supreme Court.

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