Harry Reid: Trump ‘Not as Bad as I Thought He Would Be’

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 23:  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a campaign rally with U.S. President Barack Obama for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Cheyenne High School on October 23, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Obama urged Nevadans to vote early one day after a record-breaking start to early voting in the swing state with almost 40,000 people going to the polls ahead of the November 8 general election.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Thursday on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had a different tone on President-elect Donald Trump than he had throughout the presidential campaign. Reid, who is leaving the U.S. Senate, told NPR’s Rachel Martin that Trump wasn’t as “bad” as he thought he would be. “Well, I have to say this — he’s not as bad as I thought he would be,” Reid said. “Some of his cabinet selections I’m not wild about because I’m not going to be able to vote on them. I’ve been very careful in not criticizing them individually.” Reid pointed to what he perceived to be Trump’s softening on repealing current President Barack Obama’s executive order that protects so-called DREAMers against immigration law enforcement action. “[W]e heard from Trump that one of the first things he was going to do is repeal [the DREAMers] executive order. In an interview he had with Time magazine in the last day or two, he said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to do that, you know those young people deserve to stay here.’ He’s not going to prosecute Hillary Clinton criminally, as he said he would do. Obviously he didn’t believe in all of the stuff he said —
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Boehner: Trump ‘Reminds Me of Teddy Roosevelt’

In an interview Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, former House Speaker John Boehner talked about his life after politics and expressed no regrets in having left when he had, given the current political climate which has led to Donald Trump being elected president. Boehner told WCPO he knew Trump well, having played golf with him on occasions and likened the president-elect to “larger than life” former President Teddy Roosevelt. “I think Donald Trump sees himself larger than life,” Boehner said. “He kind of reminds me of — if you look back through history, he kind of reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt, another guy who saw himself larger than life. But if you look at what Teddy Roosevelt did, he came in to do big things. Donald Trump isn’t there to kind of trim around the edges and occupy the White House.” (h/t Politico) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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