Monday, 10 December, 2018

Tillerson Was 'Dumb as a Rock'

Former US secretary of state Rex Tillerson says he and President Donald Trump Tillerson Trump ‘undisciplined,’ wanted to break law AFP7 Dec 2018
Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 13:27

President Trump went after former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday afternoon, calling him mentally deficient for the job and "dumb as a rock".

According to a source later dismissed as false by the State Department spokeswoman, Mr Tillerson went as far as referring to the U.S. president as a "moron" during a meeting not attended by Mr Trump on July 20.

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.

"I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him he can't do that and let's talk about what we can do", Tillerson said.

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

But perhaps the biggest challenge for Tillerson, he says, was constantly being the person to tell Trump he couldn't do something.

Rex Tillerson got candid today not just about his time at State, but about the President and how "undisciplined" he is.

"His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed", Trump continued. He was lazy as hell.

Cavs trade George Hill to Bucks for Dellavedova, Henson, picks
Dekker's short stint in Cleveland ends after nine games, where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest. Hill recently returned after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and the Cavs have been shopping him around for a deal.

"Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!" he said.

"We can go back to Congress and get this law changed", he said.

Trump appeared glad to rid himself of Tillerson's incompetence, adding that he was "very proud" of his new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "He acts on his instincts; in some respects, that looks like impulsiveness. I think he really is trying to act on his instincts", Tillerson said.

While in office, Tillerson reportedly called the president a "moron" after a particularly frustrating meeting at the Pentagon - something he repeatedly was asked about and never outright denied, saying instead he was "not going to dignify the question" and dismissing it as "petty nonsense".

Tillerson was sacked in March. Though he had been forewarned that Mr Trump was unhappy with him, he learned of his dismissal through a tweet in which Mr Trump congratulated Mr Pompeo and concluded with a breezy, "Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!"

"Do you want me to go on?".

The US President lashed out at Mr Tillerson in an unprecedented series on insults published earlier today on Twitter.

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