Trump to Tiller­son: You’re ‘dumb as a rock’

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - News & Obituaries - BY PETER BAKER

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.

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

“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!”

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