Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentPennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map Outgoing GOP rep: Republican Party ‘heading into trouble’ in election Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims ‘Bolivarian Diaspora’ can no longer be ignored MORE was repeatedly “undercut” by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA 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,” Dent, who has in the past been critical of Trump, tweeted. 

“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 PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russia meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report MORE, who will 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.

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