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Trump says Tillerson was ‘dumb as a rock’
WASHINGTON – Things are still a little rocky between President Trump and Rex Tillerson.
“Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him,” Trump tweeted late Friday afternoon. “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 fired secretary of state earned Trump’s ire after an appearance at a Houston fundraiser Thursday night for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he offered a rare glimpse inside his short tenure at the White House.
“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, it violates a treaty.’ You know, he got really frustrated,” Tillerson said during a sit-down with CBS News’ Bob Schieffer.
The former ExxonMobil CEO speculated that their “starkly different styles” and the fact that they “did not have a common value system” contributed to his dismissal earlier this year, the Houston Chronicle reported.