CLAIM: Ex-cabinet member claims Putin was more prepared than Trump for meeting; Trump responds

TheHill.com:

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared or a key meeting in Germany than President Trump, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

U.S. officials reportedly expected a short meeting, but the discussion turned into a two-hour session covering several key political issues.

The article goes on to state the following:

“We spent a lot of time in the conversation talking about how Putin seized every opportunity to push what he wanted,” a House Foreign Affairs Committee aide told the Post. “There was a discrepancy in preparation, and it created an unequal footing.”

Tillerson, who was fired in March 2018, spoke to a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the committee on Tuesday at the request of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the panel’s chairman.

Tillerson had a notoriously acrimonious relationship with Trump until he was fired in March 2018. The two repeatedly clashed on a litany of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, and Tillerson once reportedly called the president a “moron.”

Committee aides told the Post that Tillerson refrained from openly disparaging the president but that the former secretary of State’s inability to answer some questions was revealing.

 

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