Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor

Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBreaking the impasse on shutdown, border security McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Ohio) said in an article published on Sunday that a profanity-laced confrontation with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Harry Reid knocks Ocasio-Cortez's tax proposal: Fast 'radical change' doesn't work Overnight Defense: Trump rejects Graham call to end shutdown | Coast Guard on track to miss Tuesday paychecks | Dems eye Trump, Russia probes | Trump talks with Erdogan after making threat to Turkey's economy 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 BoehnerBreaking the impasse on shutdown, border security McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King 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 McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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."