Boehner chides Obama during phone call for comments on GOP and jobs
House Speaker John Boehner took advantage of a courtesy call from President Obama on Thursday to make it clear he doesn’t appreciate the president’s claim that he hasn’t seen a job-creation plan from Republicans.
Boehner’s office released a rare detailed readout of the call, in which Boehner “respectfully challenged the President’s assertion” on the topic. Obama had called to congratulate Boehner on the passage of three free-trade agreements this week.
“I want to make sure you have all the facts,” Boehner said, according to his office.
The readout of the 10-minute phone call said Boehner reminded Obama that House Republicans introduced a “Plan for America’s Job Creators” in May.
Unlike Boehner’s office, White House officials are not discussing the nitty-gritty details of the call.
“We won’t comment on their specific conversation,” deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News. “The president has been very clear that he is willing to work with Democrats and Republicans to pass measures to create jobs and get our economy moving. As independent economists have said, the American Jobs Act is the only plan that will create jobs and help the economy now.”