'Dumb' and 'lazy': Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

Interested in Donald Trump? This included calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock". At the time, Trump described Tillerson as "a world class player" who made "massive deals" in countries including Russian Federation.

He doesn't speak for me.

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Tillerson, a former chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, had no government experience and had never met Trump when his nomination was promoted by Republican Party insiders, who hoped for a stable figure who could nonetheless appeal to the tycoon-turned-president with his outsider status and business background.

Tillerson, 66, was sacked from the White House in March after rumors of a rift between him and Trump had been circulating for some time. "And I would have to say to him, 'Mr. I told him I'm ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that's what you want to do".

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. "He's not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!"

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Speaking to CBS News's Bob Schieffer on Thursday, Mr Tillerson called the U.S. president "pretty undisciplined" and said they didn't share a "common value system". Tillerson and Trump have traded barbs about one another over the past couple of days. The pair's inability to get along was an open secret, especially after NBC News reported in October 2017 that Tillerson had referred to Trump as a "moron." He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen. "It violates a treaty.' You know, he got really frustrated".

The biting words came after Tillerson, in an appearance at a charity event in Houston, said their relationship soured over Trump's repeated demands that Tillerson do things that were illegal.

Trump apparently wasn't happy with the criticism.

Tillerson was dismissed from his post in March, while on a trip to Africa and replaced by then-CIA Director, Mike Pompeo. "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", Trump added.

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