WATCH: GOP ex-lawmaker gives up on ‘shockingly bad’ Trump — and calls Obama a better dealmaker
Appearing on CNN Friday morning, the former Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee showed his exasperation with President Donald Trump’s continuing his attacks on fellow members of the GOP, saying he has all but given up on Trump as the face of the party.
Asked by CNN host John Berman about Trump’s deteriorating relationship with the party that he supposedly heads, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) was clearly flummoxed by Trump undercutting of Republican lawmakers primarily through Twitter.
“You know, this is exasperating,” Rogers began. “If you want to try to do the things people want Donald Trump to do, when you talk about infrastructure improvement, when you talk tax reform, tax relief, when you talk about the big picture of getting free market ideas back into the health care debate, all of that seems to be lost on this president.”
“It’s shockingly bad,” he continued. “You cannot poke the people who are going to have to vote and write and debate and amend the bill going through to support your agenda. It makes no sense whatsoever.”
Rogers then unfavorably compared Republican Trump to his predecessor Democratic President Barack Obama.
“Think about when Obama came in and he owned the House and the Senate and big numbers,” Rogers recalled. “He came out to do something that he didn’t talk about a lot in the campaign — he did Obamacare. He did that because he knew he had a short window to do something he wanted to do.”
“This president put on the boxing gloves and started whacking away. It will stop his ability to get his agenda done and I don’t know why he doesn’t understand that,” Rogers concluded.
Watch the video below via CNN: