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

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

"I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy who told him, 'You can't do that'". "He was lazy as hell".

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday night that the president asked him to do things that would have been against the law while he oversaw the department in charge of leading America's foreign policy.

In October 2017, as Tillerson was negotiating with the rogue nuclear nation's leader Kim Jong Un, Trump tweeted that his secretary of state was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man".

Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson by tweet after their relationship soured. "Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!" "He got really frustrated", Tillerson said.

Tillerson said on Thursday in Houston that Trump tried to get him to do illegal things without understanding they were illegal. "It violates the law", Tillerson said.

Tillerson also contended Trump tends to act "on his instincts" although it's "not his intent to act on impulse".

Tillerson In First Public Appearance Says Trump 'Undisciplined,' 'Doesn't Read'
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he pushed back on Trump demands that were illegal

Tillerson, who reportedly called Trump a "moron" after a discussion with the president about the country's nuclear arsenal, was sacked in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. "And I can tell you who is going to win". Or basic civic values, like "The treaty says we can't do that"?

Addressing a question on Trump's response to deadly riots at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, where he said there were "very fine people" on both sides, Tillerson threw shade by telling Fox News that "the president speaks for himself".

"It violates the law", he said at a rare public appearance in Houston. Next to his other comments, though, it wasn't hard to see he was lumping Trump with all those Americans who aren't intellectually curious enough about policy and the actual details of US government.

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

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

As if to confirm how toxic their interactions had become, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson's successor, Mr Mike Pompeo, and then dismissed the abilities of Mr Tillerson, who ran Exxon Mobil before stepping down to work for Mr Trump.

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