President Trump fired back Friday at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling him “dumb as a rock” after the ex-diplomat claimed he always had to remind the president some of his plans would “violate the law.”
Tillerson blamed his strained relationship with Trump on the fact they did not share a “common value system” and were “obviously starkly different in our styles.”
“When the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it,’ and I’d have to say to him, ‘Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law, it violates the treaty, you know. He got really frustrated,” Tillerson said. “I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can’t do that and let’s talk about what he can do.”
He said he told Trump he would be willing to “fight the fight” to change laws in Congress so the president could press forward with his agenda.
Trump fired back on Twitter, saying Tillerson “didn’t have the mental capacity needed” as the nation’s top diplomat.
“He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough,” Trump said. “He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!”