GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson

GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson
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Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event MORE (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE was repeatedly "undercut" by President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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 fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran 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.