Trump lashes back at Tiller­son: ‘lazy,’ ‘dumb as a rock’

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WASH­ING­TON — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, never known for tak­ing crit­i­cism ly­ing down, re­sponded to un­kind words from his for­mer sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son on Fri­day by call­ing Tiller­son “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.”

Dur­ing a pub­lic ap­pear­ance in Hous­ton on Thurs­day, Tiller­son, the for­mer Exxon Mo­bil CEO, dis­cussed his dif­fi­cult ten­ure work­ing for Trump. 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.”

It was met with a bit­ing re­sponse Fri­day from Trump, who lav­ished praise on Tiller­son’s re­place­ment and ex­co­ri­ated Tiller­son.

“Mike Pom­peo is do­ing a great job, I am very proud of him. 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. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ball­game, great spirit at State!”

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