Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor

Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger MORE (R-Ohio) said in an article published on Sunday that a profanity-laced confrontation with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidFive takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Major overhauls needed to ensure a violent revolution remains fictional Senate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees MORE (D-Nev.) outside the Oval Office in 2013 brought the two men closer together. 

“I walked right up to him and said, ‘Harry, you can go f--- yourself. You ever listen to that shit that comes out of your mouth?’ ” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger MORE told Politico, recounting his discussion with Reid after the Nevada Democrat blasted Boehner on the Senate floor. Then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Schumer: Fight for Senate is 'neck and neck' Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump MORE (R-Ky.) was also reportedly present during the confrontation.

“I thought McConnell was going to have a heart attack," Boehner told Politico.

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But Reid told the news outlet that while Boehner's words were harsh, the Republican clearly wanted a better relationship with Reid. 

“Then he said, ‘We’ve got to get along better,’ ” Reid recalled, according to Politico. 

“That’s one reason I like him. He’s not a phony. … He wanted me to know that he wanted us to get along. So that was his way of telling me," Reid said.

Boehner, who announced his resignation in 2015, told the publication the two became "really good friends" after the episode.

Reid retired roughly over a year after Boehner, and has offered commentary on their "special relationship" in the past. 

“I stepped out of bounds, he thought, so he said, ‘Go f--- yourself,’ ” Reid told The Huffington Post in 2015 after Boehner announced his resignation. “OK, I can accept that. Wasn’t the first time. I appreciate his being honest with me. And I have found that always to be the case with John Boehner, so I will miss him.”

“To be honest with you, I kind of liked the way he handled me."