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.
Rex Tillerson, a man who is “dumb as a rock” and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2019
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