Trump blasts Tiller­son, calls him ‘dumb as a rock’

The Bradenton Herald - - News - BY PETER BAKER

‘‘ IT WAS CHAL­LENG­ING FOR ME COM­ING FROM THE DIS­CI­PLINED, HIGHLY PRO­CES­SORI­ENTED EXXON MO­BIL COR­PO­RA­TION TO GO TO WORK FOR A MAN WHO IS PRETTY UNDIS­CI­PLINED... Rex Tiller­son, for­mer U.S. sec­re­tary of state

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­nounced his for­mer sec­re­tary of state, Rex Tiller­son, as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” Fri­day af­ter the for­mer Cabi­net mem­ber said the pres­i­dent had reg­u­larly pushed him to take ac­tions that were il­le­gal.

Trump, who fired Tiller­son with a Twit­ter post in March, fired back at him in the same so­cial me­dia chan­nel af­ter the for­mer sec­re­tary gave a talk in Hous­ton break­ing his si­lence. In the talk, Tiller­son said Trump was undis­ci­plined, did not like to read and did not re­spect the lim­its of his of­fice.

“Mike Pom­peo is do­ing a great job, I am very proud of him,” Trump wrote Fri­day af­ter­noon, re­fer­ring to the cur­rent sec­re­tary. “His pre­de­ces­sor, Rex Tiller­son, didn’t have the men­tal ca­pac­ity needed. 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!”

The pres­i­dent did not say so but ap­peared to be re­spond­ing to com­ments Tiller­son made in Hous­ton on Thurs­day night dur­ing a pub­lic dis­cus­sion with Bob Schi­ef­fer, the long­time CBS News jour­nal­ist, at an event ben­e­fit­ing M.D. An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter.

Tiller­son, a for­mer Exxon Mo­bil chief ex­ec­u­tive, for the most part has stayed out the pub­lic eye since his de­par­ture from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion but un­loaded un­der ques­tion­ing by Schi­ef­fer.

“It was chal­leng­ing for me com­ing from the dis­ci­plined, highly pro­ces­sori­ented Exxon Mo­bil Cor­po­ra­tion to go to work for a man who is pretty undis­ci­plined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read brief­ing re­ports, doesn’t like to get into the de­tails of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘Look, this is what I be­lieve,’” Tiller­son said.

Tiller­son said the pres­i­dent kept press­ing for ac­tions be­yond his au­thor­ity.

Rex Tiller­son

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