Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Rex Tillerson reflects on firing, working for "undisciplined" Trump

Rex Tillerson opens up about working for 'undisciplined' President Trump who 'doesn't like to read' President Donald Trump stands with his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 07:59

The comments marked the first time Tillerson has opened up about the discord that led to his dismissal, soon after he returned to the USA from a diplomatic trip to Africa.

"He was dumb as a rock and I couldn't get rid of him fast enough", Trump said on Twitter. "He was lazy as hell". Trump tweeted, apparently in response to critical comments Tillerson made the night before.

The closest he came to criticising Mr Trump was during a commencement speech he made at Virginia Military Institute in which he lamented "a growing crisis of ethics and integrity" and said truth was "the essence of freedom".

He told Schieffer that he believes Trump acts on instinct rather than impulse, though it sometimes appears otherwise.

"If our leaders seek to hide the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom", he said at the time.

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"He got really frustrated", he said. "I didn't know how to conduct my affairs with him any other way than in a very straightforward fashion, and I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him, 'You can't do that, '" he said. (Although Trump's interest in civics is probably below replacement level even among that group.) Plus, electing a guy who did go to a very good law school and does, in theory, know the rules is no guarantee of better results in every circumstance. "It violates the law", Tillerson said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

When Trump selected Tillerson to serve as the 69th secretary of state, he praised him lavishly, saying: "His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State". "It troubles me that the American people seem to want to know so little about issues, that they are satisfied with a 128 characters".

Mr Tillerson served as US Secretary of State from February 1 2017 to March 31 2018.

The president didn't hold back a year ago when the reports emerged that his secretary of state called him a "moron".

The US President lashed out at Mr Tillerson in an unprecedented series on insults published earlier today on Twitter. "I told him I'm ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that's what you want to do", he added.

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