Rex Tillerson meets with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee


No immediate details were available about the substance of the discussions Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had with House members. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with a handful of House members and staffers for seven hours Tuesday, holding talks reportedly on his rocky, aborted tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief diplomat.

A congressional aide confirmed that Tillerson met with New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, the panel’s top Republican. House staffers also joined the conversations.

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No immediate details were available about the substance of the discussions with Tillerson, whose visit with lawmakers was first reported by The Daily Beast. But various media reports said it focused on his tenure in the Trump administration and foreign policy issues.

Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018 after the two clashed on several fronts, including how to handle the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson is reported to have once called Trump a “moron” behind his back.

Since leaving the State Department, Tillerson has largely avoided the spotlight. But in one appearance, he said Trump had at times wanted to take actions that Tillerson had to explain to him were against the law,

Tillerson previously served as the chief executive officer for energy giant ExxonMobil. He was a deeply unpopular figure at the State Department, where many diplomats felt he was too isolated and unwilling to listen to their advice.