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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.

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