My secretary of state was 'dumb as a rock,' Trump tweets
My secretary of state was 'dumb as a rock,' Trump tweets
Tillerson In First Public Appearance Says Trump 'Undisciplined,' 'Doesn't Read'
08 December, 2018, 07:59
As President Donald Trump spent most of Friday morning ranting and raving about his alleged misgivings about the Russian Federation investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, news also broke that a former official in his administration had some of the same criticisms the president was leveling.
Tillerson also described it as a "challenge" to move from the "disciplined, highly process-oriented" culture at Exxon to work for someone "who is pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things".
"His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed", Trump continued.
During a rare public appearance in HoustonThursday evening, Tillerson weighed in on his time in the administration. "And I would have to say to him, 'Mr".
Mr Tillerson's tenure ended in ignominy 13 months after it began, with a firing via presidential tweet just hours after the secretary returned from an official trip to Africa. "I told him I'm ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that's what you want to do".
To be clear, the bit about doing things in unlawful ways refers not to criminal schemes but to Trump sometimes not understanding what existing law did and didn't allow him to do in setting policy unilaterally as president. "It violates the law, it violates treaty.' He got really frustrated", Tillerson said.
The US President lashed out at Mr Tillerson in an unprecedented series on insults published earlier today on Twitter.
Breaking with his former boss, Tillerson said that "there's no question" Russian Federation interfered with our elections in 2016, and that the Kremlin's goal is to "undermine our confidence and undermine the world's confidence in us".
An aide to Tillerson ³ who served as secretary of state from February 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018 - did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State".
Saying Mr Trump won office using modern-day tools to tap into strong emotions, he added, "I will be honest with you".
Tillerson, speaking at a fundraiser for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, said on Thursday that Trump had a much different style than his own.
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