Trump calls Tiller­son ‘dumb,’ ‘lazy’ in re­spond­ing to re­marks

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­sponded to crit­i­cism 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 Thurs­day in Hous­ton night, Tiller­son, the for­mer Exxon Mo­bil CEO, dis­cussed his ten­ure work­ing for Trump. He called the pres­i­dent “undis­ci­plined” and said Trump “doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read brief­ing re­ports, doesn’t like to get into the de­tails of a lot of things.”

Tiller­son also said Trump fre­quently asked him to do things that he had to ex­plain were il­le­gal.

The com­ments were met with a bit­ing re­sponse from Trump on Fri­day. Trump tweeted that Tiller­son “didn’t have the men­tal ca­pac­ity needed for the job” and lav­ished praised on Tiller­son’s re­place­ment, Mike Pom­peo.

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