Tiller­son dumb, lazy: Trump

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has called his for­mer sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” a day af­ter the for­mer di­plo­mat pub­licly said he had warned the Pres­i­dent against do­ing things that would vi­o­late the law.

“Mike Pom­peo is do­ing a great job, I am very proud of him. His pre­de­ces­sor, Rex Tiller­son, didn’t have the men­tal ca­pac­ity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ball­game, great spirit at State!” Mr Trump wrote on Twit­ter.

Mr Trump fired Mr Tiller­son on March 13 af­ter a se­ries of pub­lic rifts over North Korea, Rus­sia and Iran pol­icy, dis­miss­ing the for­mer Exxon Mo­bil Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive in a tweet.

The lat­est abuse came af­ter Mr Trump an­nounced Wil­liam Barr as his new at­tor­ney-gen­eral, a role that in­cludes over­see­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling, and for­mer Fox News pre­sen­ter Heather Nauert as the US am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions.

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