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    ‘DUMB AS A ROCK’

    Trump Flips Out at Tillerson’s Claim That Putin Outmaneuvered Him at Germany Meeting

    Reuters / Jonathan Ernst

    You won’t believe this, but Donald Trump has reacted to criticism with an angry morning outburst on Twitter. The president was responding to a claim made by his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Russian President Vladimir Putin ran circles around Trump at a critical 2017 meeting because a “discrepancy in preparation... created an unequal footing.” Despite Tillerson being a Trump pick, the president described him Thursday morning as “a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State.” He went on to say the former Exxon CEO “made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!” Tillerson recounted his side of the story to members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a secret closed-door meeting this week.