Harry Reid on former House Speaker John Boehner: 'I did everything I could to cause him trouble' but we 'got a lot done'
Then House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, speaks to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2014. AP Photo / Evan Vucci
Former Senator Harry Reid responded to his inclusion in John Boehner's new memoir on Saturday.
CNN host Jim Acosta referred to an incident in which Boehner cursed Reid in the White House.
Reid said he worked "well" with Boehner and called the former spokesman "a great patriot".
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When asked former Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Saturday about an infamous confrontation with former Ohio GOP spokesman John Boehner at the White House in 2013, he appeared to be expressing a sense of nostalgia.
During a CNN interview, host Jim Acosta referred to Boehner's new memoir, "On the House: A Washington Memoir," in which the former spokesperson reported that Reid referred to the house as the "Spokesman's dictatorship" during a challenging fiscal cliff negotiation at the White House during the tenure of then President Barack Obama.
In the memoir, Boehner expressed how angry he was at the comment.
"If I were a dictator, do you think I would let all these members get away with kidding me all the time?" He wrote. "Hell no! And Reid, who was a ruthless bastard, knew exactly what I was doing."
He continued, "When I saw him at the White House the next day and spoke quietly to Mitch McConnell before the meeting, I went over and kicked Reid in the face and said, 'Are you even listening to anything? - It's coming out of your mouth ? 'You can go for yourself. "
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When asked for a response from Acosta, Reid said he "got on well" with the former spokesman.
"The deal is this: John Boehner and I have done a lot, but we haven't crushed any words," he said. "He was right. I did everything I could to cause him trouble because I knew he was in a lot of trouble. The more anger he had in his caucus, the better it was for us and he knew what I was doing and I wasn't at all surprised that he came to me and gave me one of his devious blessings. "
Reid, who served in the Senate from 1987 to 2017, also gave an interesting insight into why he always did business with Boehner in the former speaker's office.
"We had a deal," he said. "He wouldn't come to my office. I would always go to his office. I didn't want anyone to smoke in my office, so all of our meetings were in his office. He could smoke to his heart's content."
He added, "I have a lot of respect for John Boehner. He was a great patriot to me."
Boehner's memoir criticizing top Republican figures such as former President Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is due to be released on April 13th.
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