Boehner on Trump tweets: He gets 'into a pissing match with a skunk' every day

Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (R-Ohio) says President Trump keeps "getting in his own way" with constant Twitter attacks against his critics.

“You never get into a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. He does it every day,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE told a trade show in Las Vegas last week, according to video obtained by The Washington Post. “Never get into a pissing match with a skunk. He does it every day.”

“It may have worked during the campaign. But I think he would do himself well if he would just slow the tweeting down and just focus on what he’s doing and not being critical,” he added.

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Boehner described Trump as a friend of his, but urged him to “quit tweeting” because “he keeps getting in his own way.” 

“I mean, going after Mika Brzezinski or Joe Scarborough? What the hell is the point?” he said, referring to Trump’s attack on the "Morning Joe" host's looks last month.

Trump attacked Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" in a series of morning tweets, claiming that he had seen Brzezinski "bleeding badly from a face-lift."

Boehner also recalled how he would “sneak into” the White House when he used to visit President Obama to avoid being seen by reporters, and told the group that cutting bipartisan deals in Washington is now impossible due to how it’s covered by the media.

“You used to have a little breathing room — 24 hours, 48 hours before it actually got in the press. Well, that’s gone. Everything today is instant,” he said.