Asking for personal favors by using the influence of the United States government is wrong, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told PBS NewsHour.
"If you're seeking some kind of personal gain and you're using — whether it's American foreign aid or American weapons or American influence — that's wrong," Tillerson said in the Monday interview. "And I think everyone understands that."
Tillerson said he thinks Trump's actions that have spurred the impeachment inquiry started after the president replaced him in March 2018.
Tillerson also spoke about former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's allegations that he and former White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to recruit her in an attempt to undermine Trump.
There are "so many people still [in the administration] trying to serve the country, so when people write books that quickly after leaving, my guess is [there are] two motivations: They need the money and they need the political future," Tillerson said.
Regarding Haley's contention that during a meeting he and Kelly devised a "plan to save the country," Tillerson said, "I recall the meeting. But at no time in that conversation do I have any recollection at all of any discussion suggesting that she needed to join some effort of ours," adding that he and Kelly never tried to subvert Trump.
Although Tillerson did not criticize Trump directly in the interview, when asked whether the country is in good hands with Trump, he responded, "I think the country is in good hands with the American people."
He added, "I believe the American people are smart. I believe the American people ultimately, if they see something that they don't feel is serving the American people or serving our national security," they will make a change.
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