According to Former President Barack Obama, former House Speaker John Boehner and the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would “badmouth” their fellow Republicans to him “in private.”
“[Boehner] and I had a perfectly good relationship, but he had to act a certain way for his caucus,” Obama told the Atlantic. “He would badmouth many of them to me, in private. Much as John McCain did. The issue was never personal — Mitch McConnell is not buddy-buddy with anyone,” he then added.
The former president then defended himself by saying that a lack of bipartisan agreement during his term was not for his lack of trying.
“The issue with Republicans is not that I didn’t court them enough,” he said. “We would invite them to everything: movie nights, state dinners, Camp David, you name it. The issue was not a lack of schmoozing. The issue was that they found it politically advantageous to demonize me and the Democratic Party,” he also mentioned.
Obama added that this was “amplified by media outlets like Fox News.” “Their voters believed this, and over time Republicans became so successful in their demonization that it became very difficult for them to compromise, or even be seen being friendly.”
Meanwhile, according to Fox News, President Trump has scandalously criticized McCain for voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act.