GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson

GOP lawmaker: Trump routinely undercut Tillerson
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Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentGOP House candidate placed on leave from longtime position after sexual misconduct allegation Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE was repeatedly "undercut" by President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Air Force outlines plan for biggest force since end of Cold War | Trump admin slashes refugee cap | Mattis accuses Russia of meddling in Macedonia's NATO bid Hillicon Valley: Elon Musk sued by diver from Thai cave rescue | Researchers find new malware family | FEMA delays new presidential alert test Trump administration to cut refugee admissions to 30K for 2019 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.