Corker on Tillerson: ‘I think he’s at peace’

Corker on Tillerson: ‘I think he’s at peace’
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.) said in an interview broadcast early Sunday that he thinks former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report MORE is “at peace” after being fired.

“I think he's doing fine,” Corker said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” noting that he’s talked to Tillerson recently.

“He knows he's laid the groundwork for North Korea,” Corker said. “He feels like he's moved things along in a good way."

Corker also said Tillerson wants to have a good transition with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE’s nominee for secretary of State, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general Top Dem demands State Department documents on Khashoggi killing MORE


“He's a class act in that regard,” Corker said.

“I think he's at peace,” he added. “He obviously wanted to stay a year. He moved beyond that."

Trump last week removed Tillerson in a move that stunned Washington.

Trump told reporters that he made the decision “by myself,” signaling he did not speak with Tillerson before firing him.

Corker, who has announced his retirement, was also asked during the CBS interview whether he is concerned that Trump seems to be making staffing choices based on ideology and personal beliefs.

“When the president called from Air Force One the other day to let me know what was happening with Rex — as I said to him — every Cabinet member serves at his pleasure. He should have people that he feels he has confidence in,” Corker responded.

“I've been on the speakerphone during these debates, OK? Where the president will call. He'll have his team of people around him in the Oval Office, and we’ll be debating an issue,” he added. “And I do think he likes to hear diverse opinions, but once a decision is made, I think he likes to see it move along quickly. And I think that was one of the frustrations he may have had with Secretary Tillerson.”