Trump calls for­mer sec­re­tary of state ‘ dumb as a rock’

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Wash­ing­ton Dec. 8: For­mer US sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son said Don­ald Trump was “undis­ci­plined” and repe- at­edly wanted to break the law — lead­ing the US pres­i­dent to re­spond on Fri­day that his one­time Cab­i­net mem­ber was “dumb as a rock.”

Tiller­son, who was fired in March, made no at­tempt to deny his poor re­la­tion­ship with Trump dur­ing a rare in­ter­view on Thurs­day night as part of a char­ity din­ner in his na­tive Texas.

“I think part of it was ob­vi­ously we are starkly dif­fer­ent in our styles. We did not have a com­mon value sys­tem,” Tiller­son told vet­eran jour­nal­ist Bob Schi­ef­fer of CBS News,

He ( Tiller­son) 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! — Don­ald Trump, US Pres­i­dent

which broad­cast an ex­cerpt of the in­ter­view.

“I’d have to say to him, ' Well, Mr Pres­i­dent, I un­der­stand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way — it vi­o­lates the law, it vi­o­lates a treaty.'” “He got re­ally frustrated,” he said.

“I think he grew tired of me be­ing the guy ev­ery­day that told him you can’t do that and let's talk about what we can do.”

Trump voiced anger hours later in a harsh tweet, say­ing that Tiller­son “didn’t have the men­tal ca­pac­ity needed” to be the top US diplo­mat.

“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!” Trump wrote from Air Force One as he re­turned from a con­fer­ence in Kansas City about crime.

Trump praised Tiller­son’s suc­ces­sor, Mike Pom­peo, for “do­ing a great job.”

— AP

Pope Fran­cis looks at the statue of the Vir­gin Mary as Rome's Mayor Vir­ginia Raggi stands in back­ground, near Rome's Span­ish Steps, on Satur­day, an an­nual tra­di­tion mark­ing the start of the city's hol­i­day sea­son.

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