Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said in testimony that President Donald Trump's son-in-law is conducting diplomacy behind him when he was in the administration, leading to a number of shameful incidents.
Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March 2018, told a few shameful incidents of the home affairs committee last year, involving Jared Kouchner, according to a copy of a congressional hearing published on Thursday
The former chief US diplomat and ExxonMobil's CEO ate in the same restaurant while Kouchner and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Vidjagai ate dinner.
Tilerson was not informed that his Mexican counterpart was in the American capital. saw the color come out "from the face of the Mexican employee when Tillerson met them at the table with a smile. "And I said," I do not want to interrupt what you are doing, "Tillerson recalled the committee." I said, "Call me the next time you come to town." And I left it to that. "
Tillerson also said he was detained unprepared on June 5, 201
it is to be remembered that Kouchner and other Trump's adviser, Steve Bannon, had been informed of the blockade more than two weeks earlier, and May 20, at a secret dinner with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. "
Tillerson never knew about this dinner until he was in front of the committee last month," said Rosy Jordan of Al Jazeera, telling Washington. "When they [committee members] asked for his reaction, he said he was very angry. "
Tilerson said he met with representatives of all four blockades," trying to convince them that this is very damaging to their own security in the region, "and Saudi Arabia and UAE officials did not tell the governments Earlier on their US plans for blockade.
Talking about the relationship between Kouchner and the Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Tillarson said "there was a lot of communication between them," and that Kouchner
He said he had raised the question of such trips with Kouchner, who said he would try to do better.
However, Tillerson did not change much and this made his work harder.
"I want to highlight the most alarming element here, when the president manages the foreign policy right from the White House, it's a secret government, not just a double government," Bruce Feene, a former justice ministry spokesman told Al Jazeera.
"And remember that this can also happen in terms of things that are more than foreign diplomacy, and it can be about military affairs, who knows who launches Iran," he said.
Speaking of Trump, Tilerson said he adheres to the president's characterization as being undisciplined, does not like to read his foreign policy reports, or to get details of things.
Rossiland Jordan of Al Jazeera said some parts of the copy were edited, but "in the unedited part of this transcript , [Tillerson] describes in detail how he learned very quickly that if he wants to attract Trump's attention, he must hold his short points for speaking. "He himself said he was used to very thick instructional books. It was enigmatic for him to deal with a president who did not seem so interested in the critical details of US foreign policy, she said. Trump had harsh words for Tilerson in December after the former oil minister said in rare public remarks that the president was "undisciplined" and did not like to read briefing reports. "In a tweet
" Here in Washington, the discovery of dual foreign policy is widely perceived as a diplomatic failure. Foreign policy as a family business with agency diplomacy is often out of the question, "says John Hendren, Washington reports
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