In the newly established testimony, Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Truhp's son-in-law Jared Kushner acted alone with powerful leaders around the world without coordination with the State Department. Tylerson emerged from the cycle and in the darkness of emerging US policies and curse geopolitical crises
In a copy of his testimony to the Home Affairs Committee, Tilerson described the challenge of giving a briefing to a president who did not read briefings and was often distracted of peripheral topics, noting that it should keep its message brief and focus on one topic.
"I learned to be much more compressed with what I wanted to bring in front of him," said Tilerson on the Home Panel. during the seven-hour session in May.
He adhered to his previous characterization that Trump did not dive deeply into the details and said he had learned not to give the President articles or long notes. "It's just not what she was going to do," he said.
The revised transcript of the meeting was published on Thursday.
In a number of cases, Tylerson said he was blinded by Kouchner's discussions with world leaders. 19659009] In one case, Tilerson said he had learned that Kouchner had met with the Foreign Minister of Mexico because he was in the same restaurant in Washington while the two men had devised a "quite comprehensive action plan" for which Tilerson he did not know. "The restaurant owner … approached and said," Oh, Mr. Secretary, you may be interested in knowing that Mexico's secretary is sitting at a table to the back in case you want to go and say hello to him – Tilerson said. – And I did. Tillarson said he saw a "color come out of the face" of the Foreign Minister when he entered the room. – I said: Welcome to Washington …. Call me the next time you come to town. In another case, Tylerson explained in detail that he was blinded by the Persian Gulf crisis in 2017, in which key Arab allies broke up with Qatar, another key ally in the United States. He said he was in Australia at that time with then Defense Secretary Jim Matisse, both of whom were caught unprepared.
"I was surprised," Tilerson said.
He also said he did not know about meetings they had between Arab leaders and Kouchner, including a private meeting on May 20, 2017 between Kouchner, former Trump's adviser Stephen K. Banon and the governors of Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates.
"What is your reaction to a meeting of this kind happened without your knowledge? Tillerson asked the staff of the commission.
"It makes me angry," said Tilerson. – Because I did not have the word. The views of the State Department were never expressed.
Tylerson said he had asked Kouchner to stop traveling abroad without consulting the embassy or the State Department. "He was responsible for his own agenda," he said.
When he raised the question, Kouchner said he "will try to do better," Tilerson recalls. But "did not change much," said the former secretary of state, making it hard for anyone who did not work from "the same book."
In response to the testimony, an administration official defended Kouchner by saying that Jared and the White House coordinated with the State Department, the problem is that Rex Tillerson can not understand how to coordinate with the State Department. "
Tylerson refused to answer the question of whether he had expressed the mood that the president was" idiot "" As we publicly report. "
" We really need to move on, "Tilsson reg. The lawyer said, "We are ready to move forward."
Tilerson, ex-CEO of Exxon Mobil, who tried but failed to change a number of State Department processes, said he was surprised that many career diplomats had no idea what their authority was – and what do they have to do …
– I was thinking, it's madness, I mean, it's madness, so you could not run a gas station on the corner, he said,
During his tenure, the number of press briefings was severely restricted, and fewer journalists were allowed to travel with him to the aircraft, which continued
Tylarson said his decision to reduce access to the State Department's media
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Karen DeYoung contributed to the THIS REPORT.