Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Putin out-prepared Trump during their meeting in Germany.

By |2019-05-23T06:07:02-08:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

Has Trump ever been prepared for a meeting?

Courtesy of WaPo:

Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany, putting the U.S. leader at a disadvantage during their first series of tête-à-têtes.

The U.S. side anticipated a shorter meeting for exchanging courtesies, but it ballooned into a globe-spanning two-hour-plus session involving deliberations on a variety of geopolitical issues, said committee aides, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Tillerson’s seven-hour closed meeting with the committee.

“We spent a lot of time in the conversation talking about how Putin seized every opportunity to push what he wanted,” a committee aide said. “There was a discrepancy in preparation, and it created an unequal footing.”

After hearing these remarks Trump, of course, claimed that he was prepared even though in the past he has bragged that he relies on his gut instincts. 

Though Tillerson was careful not to openly criticize Trump during the meeting it was telling that he struggled to answer certain questions:

In one exchange, Tillerson said he and the president “shared a common goal: to secure and advance America’s place in the world and to promote and protect American values.”

“Those American values — freedom, democracy, individual liberty and human dignity — are the North Star that guided every action I took at the State Department,” Tillerson said, according to a person in the room.

Upon questioning, Tillerson clarified that although he and the president shared the same goal, they did not share the same “value system.”

When asked to describe Trump’s values, Tillerson said, “I cannot,” the person said.

“Just as matter of fact, he stated that he couldn’t or wouldn’t unpack the president’s values for us,” a committee aide said.

What values?

Yesterday Trump kind of defended himself without directly attacking Tillerson, but that changed today.

“Dumb as a rock.”

Ever notice that Trump has no problem insulting the intelligence and integrity of the people who used to work for him, even though he was the guy who hired them in the first place? 

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13 Comments

  1. Anon May 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

    THIS!

    Stop giving this buffoon free campaign adverts!

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/05/23/donald-trump-tweets-2020-226976

    • illiterate Idiot May 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      “Trump thinks of Twitter as a typewriter because he can’t use a computer. ”
      “I would never call for the press blackout of Trump’s tweets. If he’s threatening war on Twitter, I want to hear about it. But as the 2020 campaign gets underway, and his flurry of distractions really kicks into gear, journalists need a new approach.” “His tweets are distractions, head-fakes, trial balloons. His presidency has been one long political campaign, a series of threats and promises designed more to capture attention than get anything done. Reporters would be doing their readers a service if they began to regard most of them not as presidential statements, but as campaign ads.”
      “every time Trump tweets, journalists should first ask themselves a few questions. Is the Trump tweet basically a campaign ruse? ”
      “Was the tweet designed to change the subject? This is a big one, since some of his most seemingly “newsworthy” tweets have a very specific purpose. As my colleague Gabby Orr has written, Trump routinely tweets something spicy to sidetrack the press corps’ attention from one of his political bruises.”

  2. Anon May 23, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I hereby pledge not to click on, comment on, or repeat tweets that are not genuine news. I will look away from the grotesque thing that is in the White House. I will not give him the attention that causes him and his base to grow like untreated mold. I will not fall for his ruse!

  3. slipstream May 23, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Well, it really isn’t that difficult to out-prepare a turnip.

  4. mike from iowa May 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Julian Assange has been indicted on 18 counts of espionage by the USA. I would bet Drumpf is defecating domestic building materials made of concrete.

  5. The dark triad May 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/why-trump-uses-this-psychological-trick-to-appeal-to-his-followers-and-the-media-keeps-falling-for-it/

    “We spent the Obama administration’s first months monitoring attempts to cap the source of BP’s toxic oil spill. We have spent all of Trump’s administration trying to cap the source of his toxic spill. ”
    “Chaos is Trump’s friend. He can handle it better than anyone.” “The secret could be called “self-refereeing.” Trump always pretends he’s the official referee calling “fair” on his own plays,” “A leader who can sustain a self-refereeing air of authority holds a trump card. No matter what critics say, he gets the last word on his virtue. There’s no deed he can’t declare fair.”

  6. ANWaR May 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2019/05/19/bp-arctic-drilling-climate/?fbclid=IwAR3X5U-VcQZhR3TwS6vNOcS044q1R0CaPs5T7m8-WIynYw96XWKJjDWQTjA

    Sacred Place

    The Arctic Refuge is a 19 million acre wilderness in northern Alaska that is among the last unspoiled ecosystems in the world.

    Kara Moriarty, chief executive of AOGA, told Unearthed: “Our mission is to advocate for the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry in Alaska, so we have encouraged every Administration to allow for access to onshore and offshore areas for oil and gas exploration.”

    “We proudly represent not only our members but also the 65% of Alaskans who support opening a tiny fraction of ANWR for oil and gas exploration,”

  7. Trump needs a Mentor May 23, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Look around at global leaders? We got it good compared to some who have MANIACS running nations. Trump needs a team of mentors to assist him. He might be dumb as a rock but he is sharp as a tack.
    He has a ‘particular set of skills’ and that is reading folks. I would image, being in business so long, he learned that long ago, and far away. Problem is, he sounds like there is congestion and smog around him.
    If he seems back and forth, it might be, because he figures ‘we will do things this way’; and gets screamed at for a gesture to make things better. Holy crap. Think about what he has to put up with right now?
    I am no Trump fan by far – but look at other countries and what their peoples have to deal with. Trump is all business. So what the fuck peoples. Lets give it to him. Show him how it’s done. You can do it! Grin.

    • Whatevs May 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      SHOVE IT UP YOUR ARSE, TNaM. SIDEWAYS. The Rump has no clue about business. He’s a losing con artist about to be discovered for loser he is. I can think of three dozen or so leaders I’d rather have. Lucky New Zealanders, Aussies, Canadians, French, Germans, Danes, Swedes, Icelandics, Spanish, Portuguese, South Koreans, Japanese, Chinese. That’s just to start.

      • Anon May 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

        They are all crooked as a dogs hind leg. Involved in money laundering for ever and a day. So Zip it with the crap flinging. Trump is no angel but he’s not the Anti-Christ. Get it?

        • Anonymous May 24, 2019 at 6:57 am

          NO…he’s not the Anti-Christ…666pence is. Do YOU Get ~IT~now?

          • Anon May 24, 2019 at 3:01 pm

            Aw. The one whose obsessed with IT. How’s it going?

  8. Anonymous May 25, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    You mean the meeting we still know nothing about because there were no notes, no recordings and the translator is gagged?

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