GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson

GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson
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Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentLots of love: Charity tennis match features lawmakers teaming up across the aisle Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups Dem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms MORE (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE was repeatedly "undercut" by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE.

In a series of tweets, Dent — who announced last year he would not seek reelection in 2018 — offered praise for Tillerson, who was ousted as secretary of State.

"Unfortunately, the departure of Sec. Rex Tillerson adds to the chaos & turmoil of this Administration. Tillerson is a good man who was dealt a bad hand & he did not play it particularly well," tweeted Dent, who has in the past been critical of Trump. 

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"He was routinely undercut by POTUS & was unable to hire key personnel because so many of the Republican foreign policy & national security experts were disqualified for past comments re: Candidate Trump."

Dent also congratulated CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress MORE, who was nominated to replace Tillerson at the State Department.

"Having served with Mike in the House, I know he'll be a strong & capable diplomat," he tweeted. "I look forward to working with Mike to continue to advance American interests across the globe."

President Trump on Tuesday told reporters that he made the decision to oust Tillerson "by myself."

“I actually got along great with Rex, but really, it was a different mindset,” Trump said from the White House.

Trump and Tillerson had repeatedly clashed, most famously after reports that Tillerson has called Trump a moron in private.