Tillerson told lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Trump was out-prepared for a key 2017 meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany, according to a report published by The Washington Post Wednesday night. Although no details regarding the topics of discussion were available, The Daily Beast reported that Tillerson's time working in the Trump administration, and "the frictions" he had with Jared Kushner - the president's son-in-law were on the agenda.
"I don't think Putin would agree", Trump tweeted. Look how the United States is doing!
"We did very well at those meetings", President Putin said at the time.
Trump denied having been ill-prepared for his meeting, according to an emailed statement sent to The Post's reporter Josh Dawsey. An aide said Tillerson later called the committee and expressed his willingness to talk.
"As you know, I am here today voluntarily in response to your request for my testimony".
Tillerson was dismissed from his position as secretary of state in March of 2018 after months of butting heads with the president over policy issues.
If Tillerson was "totally ill prepared and ill equipped" to be the nation's top diplomat, Trump himself would be to blame: He appointed the former ExxonMobil CEO to be secretary of state shortly after his inauguration after interviewing multiple candidates, including now-Sen.
The committee and Tillerson also discussed Tillerson's management of the State Department, according to the chairman. "He said it was his baby, and he defended it, because he thought it would work better if they redesigned it", Engel said.