Earlier today, President Trump informed the world of how he feels about Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state.
The president’s statements come after Tillerson alleged that Trump’s preparation for the 2017 Germany meeting fell short in comparison to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s.
What the President Thinks of Rex Tillerson
The president posted the following tweet about Rex Tillerson earlier this morning:
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
It’s also worth noting that President Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018. This week, Tillerson provided remarks about his outlook on the president’s preparation for a 2017 meeting with his Russian counterpart. The remarks in question occurred yesterday during Tillerson’s testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Statements from an unnamed aid of the House Foreign Affairs Committee read as follows:
“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.
Tensions Between Trump and Tillerson
Prior to Tillerson’s aforementioned testimony, he and the president maintained a strained relationship. The former secretary of state once professed that he and President Trump shared different “value systems.”
Furthermore, reports during Tillerson’s time in the Trump administration claimed that Tillerson once branded the president as a “moron.” However, Tillerson denied those reports during that time.
Talks about the Trump-Putin Relationship
The relationship between President Trump and Putin serves as a commonly discussed subject amongst the former’s critics. Democrats and others who oppose the president regularly claim that Putin outclasses Trump in various discussions and negotiations. During one of the 2016 presidential debates, Hillary Clinton infamously declared that Trump is a “puppet” for Vladimir Putin. Then-candidate Trump promptly fired back with a swift denial.
Throughout the Russia investigation, Democrats regularly asserted that Trump secretly worked for Putin. Other also questioned whether the president or his family maintained hidden ties to the Russian government. Critics of the president believed that these alleged hidden ties would somehow aid Russia in rigging the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. However, the Russia investigation ended earlier this year.
The conclusion of the Russia investigation ultimately affirmed that Donald Trump did not collude with the Russian government.