"Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!" he said.
While they often disagreed, Tillerson, who spent his whole career at "the disciplined, highly process-oriented" Exxon before retiring and becoming the top US diplomat, said he did not know how else to conduct himself with Trump except in "a really straightforward fashion".
"When the president would say, 'Here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it, ' I'd have to say to him, 'Mr. It violates the law", Tillerson said, adding that he didn't want to criticize Trump. "I think he's trying to act on his instincts".
The US President lashed out at Mr Tillerson in an unprecedented series on insults published earlier today on Twitter.
"He acts on his instincts, in some respects it looks like impulsiveness..."
To be clear, the bit about doing things in unlawful ways refers not to criminal schemes but to Trump sometimes not understanding what existing law did and didn't allow him to do in setting policy unilaterally as president.
Thursday night marked a rare occurrence for Tillerson when answered questions about his tenure in the Trump administration and directly mentioned the President.
He recently delivered a commencement speech in May at the Virginia Military Institute where he appeared to take a veiled shot at Trump, saying that when we "go wobbly on the truth. we go wobbly on America".
Trump's tweet was in stark contrast with former posts about Tillerson.
The president tweeted praise for his current secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, while directing a torrent of abuse toward his predecessor.
Tillerson, a former chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, had no government experience and had never met Trump when his nomination was promoted by Republican Party insiders, who hoped for a stable figure who could nonetheless appeal to the tycoon-turned-president with his outsider status and business background.
Rapid growth in the cannabis market is expected to continue as legalisation expands in the United States and social norms change. Meanwhile, Molson Coors launched a joint venture called Truss with Quebec-based cannabis producer Hexo Corp.in October.
China, which is investing billions in its military-run space programme, hopes to have a crewed space station by 2022. Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes and other seeds.
Watts seemingly killed them all to seek a "fresh start", District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing . But prosecutors said Watts strangled his wife for at least two minutes, not in an uncontrollable rage.
Toronto, whose 21-5 record is the best in the National Basketball Association , improved to 11-3 at home. The 76ers visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday. "He showed some really good minutes in the five position.
Coming ten years after the last game in the series, it introduces a new over-the-shoulder camera view and has four-player co-op. You can play with up to four players via a local wireless network, pair four Joy-cons on a single Switch, or even play online.
Responding to accusations he gave Fury a longer count than usual, Reiss said: "The 10 count doesn't mean 10 seconds". Now there is talk of a rematch between Wilder and Fury for the first quarter of the new year.
Fiat Chrysler "is essentially out of capacity", Jeff Schuster, an analyst with LMC Automotive in Troy, told the Detroit News . President Donald Trump ripped GM for the cuts, which will include salaried workers and employees on factory floors.
That flight, which had nearly 300 passengers on board, was later quarantined in San Francisco pending a full security check. A teenager has been jailed for three years for making hoax bomb threats to hundreds of schools and a transatlantic flight.
Long threw smoke grenades into the group of revelers, obstructing what they could see, before he opened fire. The highway patrolman was among a number of officers who were involved in a shoot-out with Long.
6 people dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy
The ages of the victims were not immediately given and it was not yet clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted. The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed when, some local reports suggest, pepper spray was sacked inside the club in Corinaldo.
Woods keen to be playing captain at Presidents Cup
Merely 48 hours before the start of the Presidents Cup - and Woods said he needed to ensure they would still be fresh. Woods said he didn't think Royal Melbourne had changed much in the seven years since he last visited Australia.
Man who ran over Charlottesville protester guilty of murder
His social media postings, texts with his mother and jail phone calls reflect his true feelings and intentions, Antony said. Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said Fields was angry over the fighting going on and posted on Instagram before the rally.
Pacers beat Chicago at Bankers Life, 96-90
The Suns are now propping up the Western Conference with a 4-20 record, the worst record in the National Basketball Association . Portis has played in only four games this season, but was very solid, averaging 10.5 points, 10 rebounds, and a block per game.
Chiefs sign Kelvin Benjamin
Five weeks from today is Divisional Round week, and right in the middle of Watkins' new timetable to return. The 27-year-old Benjamin was relased by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday and had gone unclaimed on waivers.
Magic fall in OT to Nuggets, who win 7th straight
I'm sure it would have been much better if we had won, but we did put up a much better effort than we did in Denver. Fournier thought the Nuggets' luck took a different form, resulting in their 37 foul shots to Orlando's eight.
Search for Grace Millane now murder investigation
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any of the items matching their descriptions over the past week. Police have released new pictures in the case of missing British backpacker Grace Millane, seeking her belongings.
Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves KO's Capitals' Tom Wilson
A more accurate comparison to Tuesday's hit would be the one Wilson delivered to New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney on Friday . Usually, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is the one dishing out illegal hits around the National Hockey League .