My secretary of state was 'dumb as a rock,' Trump tweets

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder when it comes to President Donald Trump and his first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

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. He called the president "undisciplined" and said the president "doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things".

Tillerson apparently did not elaborate on what the president asked him to do that he viewed as illegal.

In March, Trump announced his firing and replacement by Mike Pompeo in a tweet, thanking Tillerson for his service.

"He acts on his instincts; in some respects, that looks like impulsiveness", Tillerson said. "It violates the law".

"Rex Tillerson didn't have the mental capacity needed".

The comments marked the first time Tillerson has opened up about the discord that led to his dismissal, soon after he returned to the USA from a diplomatic trip to Africa.

Tillerson added that his comment is not a criticism of Trump but a "concern that I have about us as Americans and us as a society and us as citizens". President, I understand what you want to do.

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

According to a source later dismissed as false by the State Department spokeswoman, Mr Tillerson went as far as referring to the USA president as a "moron" during a meeting not attended by Mr Trump on July 20. The two clashed on policy in North Korea, Qatar, Iran, Russia, China and the Paris climate accord.

When it appeared Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's job was in danger, one of his top desires was reportedly to leave in a dignified manner and not by presidential tweet.

The president, needless to say, took it a different way. In it, he described what he perceived as a hard working relationship with President Trump. He repeatedly refused to deny making the remark.

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