Trump calls ex-secy of state ‘dumb as a rock’

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WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day lam­basted his for­mer sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son, de­scrib­ing him as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”, af­ter the ex-diplo­mat al­leged the pres­i­dent reg­u­larly pushed him to take de­ci­sions that were “il­le­gal”.

On the same day, Trump praised Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo for do­ing a great job. “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 tweeted.

Trump’s an­gry tweet on Tiller­son came af­ter the for­mer sec­re­tary of state, in an in­ter­view to CBS News, was crit­i­cal of the pres­i­dent.

“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’,” Tiller­son said in his in­ter­view.

“He acts on his in­stincts, in some re­spects it looks like im­pul­sive­ness… But… it’s not his in­tent to act on im­pulse.

"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!”


I think he re­ally is try­ing to act on his in­stincts,” he said. “It’s chal­leng­ing for me com­ing from the dis­ci­plined, highly process-ori­ented ExxonMo­bil Cor­po­ra­tion… to go to work for a man who is pretty in­dis­ci­plined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read brief­ing re­ports, doesn’t like to get into the de­tails of a lot of things.

Mean­while, ex-FBI direc­tor James Comey, sacked by Trump in 2017, tes­ti­fied be­fore US law­mak­ers af­ter over a year, but this time out of the cam­era glare.

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