Former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said in a testimony that President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law conducted diplomacy behind his back when he was in the administration, leading to a number of embarrassing incidents.
Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March 2018, recounted a number of embarrassing incidents to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month involving Jared Kushner, according to a transcript of a congressional hearing released on Thursday.
The former top US diplomat and CEO of ExxonMobil happened to be dining in the same restaurant while Kushner and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray were having a private meal.
Tillerson had not been informed his Mexican counterpart was in the US capital.
He said he “could see the colour go out” of the Mexican official’s face when Tillerson greeted them at their table with a smile.
“And I said: ‘I don’t want to interrupt what y’all are doing’,” Tillerson recalled for the committee. “I said ‘Give me a call next time you’re coming to town.’ And I left it at that.