Diving headfirst into his annual August fundraising spree, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) spent Tuesday golfing with business mogul Donald Trump in New Jersey.
In addition to their politics, the two men share an affinity for golf. Last fall, Trump donated $100,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC closely tied to Boehner. He recently sang the speaker's praises in the National Review calling Boehner a "terrific guy" with the "right temperament." In 2011, he told Fox News the speaker was doing a "good job" in budget negotiations.
Never one to keep his political opinions to himself, Trump has kept close tabs on past presidential races often hinting at his own political ambition. Though he has never made a formal bid, Trump maintains a presence in the political arena often speaking at Republican Party events and reportedly commissioning research on his chances in a presidential run in 2016.
And though Congress has just begun its month-long recess, Boehner is not leaving all the hobnobbing to Trump. Monday, he headlined a fundraiser for Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) in Harrisburg and after golfing with Trump, he headed to an event for Rep. Christopher P. Gibson (R-N.Y) in Ferndale, N.Y., as the guest of honor.
In a telephone interview with Fox News, Trump later confessed to winning Tuesday's game at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J.
"Well I had the lowest score. I had a nice score. Everybody played well; everyone had a lot of fun."