Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Dumb as a Rock’ After Former Secretary of State Criticizes Him
Even as he opened hearth at Mr. Tillerson, Mr. Cohen and others he believes betrayed him, Mr. Trump has been busy orchestrating but any other body of workers shake-up that can go away extra uncooked emotions in its wake.
On Friday, the president named a substitute for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he fired closing month after a withering collection of assaults, and he used to be, as soon as once more, apparently at the edge of forcing out his White House leader of body of workers, John F. Kelly, with whom he’s slightly on talking phrases.
The mud up with Mr. Tillerson used to be exceptional even in Mr. Trump’s international of belligerent confrontations. Just a day previous, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who rubbed Mr. Bush’s ft on his deathbed, cried as he eulogized his pal and previous president at a Houston church.
Elsewhere in the similar town simply hours later, Mr. Tillerson, the previous leader govt of Exxon Mobil, took the level for a receive advantages for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at which he introduced a blistering account of the president he served.
“It was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented Exxon Mobil Corporation to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘Look, this is what I believe,’” Mr. Tillerson stated in a dialogue with Bob Schieffer of CBS News.
Mr. Trump, he added, saved urgent for movements past his authority. “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,’” Mr. Tillerson stated. “It violates the law.”
Often, he stated, Mr. Trump would get pissed off. “I’d say, ‘Here’s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that,’” Mr. Tillerson stated. “I told him, ‘I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do.’”