Tiller­son: I had to tell Trump what he wanted was not le­gal

Gulf Times - - AMERICAS -

For­mer sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son says he had to in­form Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that ac­tions he re­quested from him were not le­gal, as he also called the US leader “pretty undis­ci­plined”.

“So of­ten the pres­i­dent would say ‘Here’s what I want to do’ and ‘Here’s how I want to do it’, and I would have to say to him, ‘Mr pres­i­dent I un­der­stand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It vi­o­lates the law’,” Tiller­son said on Thurs­day at a fundraiser.

Tiller­son was speak­ing in Texas, in his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance in al­most nine months, af­ter the pres­i­dent ef­fec­tively fired him.

The for­mer sec­re­tary and ExxonMo­bil chief ex­ec­u­tive’s re­marks were re­ported by broad­caster CBS and the Hous­ton Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day.

Tiller­son con­firmed that he be­lieves Rus­sia did try to med­dle in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, to un­der­mine con­fi­dence.

He said Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin was “very cal­cu­lat­ing” and he “plays three­d­i­men­sional chess”.

He also spoke of his dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ship with Trump, whom he never met un­til he was hired, and con­cerns about vot­ers.

“I will be hon­est with you, it trou­bles me that the Amer­i­can peo­ple seem to want to know so lit­tle about is­sues, that they are sat­is­fied with 128 char­ac­ters,” Tiller­son said, re­fer­ring to Twit­ter.

Tiller­son in­sisted this was not a crit­i­cism of Trump.

Tiller­son: con­firmed that he be­lieves Rus­sia did try to med­dle in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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