Trump calls ex-secretary of state ‘dumb as a rock’

Tillerson In First Public Appearance Says Trump 'Undisciplined,' 'Doesn't Read'

It violates the law.

While Tillerson didn't discuss whether he'd called the president a moron, his comments in the new interview left few doubts about his views.

The president had touted Mr Tillerson as "one of the truly great business leaders of the world" when he selected him (after just one face-to-face meeting) as his first secretary of state in February 2017. "And I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him 'You can't do that, and let's talk about what we can do'".

Tillerson said on Thursday in Houston that Trump tried to get him to do illegal things without understanding they were illegal.

While they often disagreed, Tillerson, who spent his whole career at "the disciplined, highly process-oriented" Exxon before retiring and becoming the top USA diplomat, said he did not know how else to conduct himself with Trump except in "a really straightforward fashion".

In perhaps the most predictable thing to ever happen, Trump responded with a tweet on Friday: "Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed", Trump wrote. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn't get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell.

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"We can go back to Congress and get this law changed", he said. Even as he dismissed Tillerson's alleged insult as "fake news", he said at the time that if the diplomat "did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".

Tillerson immediately struggled to fit in, focusing on internal State Department streamlining rather than broader foreign policy goals as his relationship frayed with Trump.

"Do you want me to go on?" he asked.

He told described Mr Trump as a "challenging individual" who is "undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports". "But it's not his intent to act on impulse".

Rex Tillerson was sacked unceremoniously by Donald Trump. "It's really a concern I have about us as Americans, and us as a society, and us as citizens".

That led to very public disagreements that undermined Tillerson's ability to speak for the administation overseas and angered the president: "He grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him, 'You can't do that, and let's talk about what we can do, '" Tillerson said.

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