Trump Calls Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “Dumb as a Rock”

May 24, 2019

President Trump lashed out at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Thursday after Tillerson spent seven hours in a closed-door session with the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Washington Post reports topics of Tuesday’s discussion focused on Tillerson’s relationships with President Trump, his family and other White House advisers; Middle East and North Korea policy; and Trump’s interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Germany last July. A congressional aide who was present for Tillerson’s testimony later told the Post, “We spent a lot of time in the conversation talking about how Putin seized every opportunity to push what he wanted. There was a discrepancy in preparation, and it created an unequal footing.” Responding to Tillerson’s testimony on Twitter, President Trump called his former secretary of state “dumb as a rock” and “totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State.”

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