United States President Donald Trump, by no means recognized for taking criticism mendacity down, responded to unkind phrases from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Friday by calling him “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”.
Throughout an uncommon public look in Houston on Thursday night, Tillerson, the previous Exxon Mobil CEO, mentioned his troublesome tenure working for Trump. He known as the president “undisciplined” and mentioned the president “doesn’t wish to learn, doesn’t learn briefing stories, doesn’t prefer to get into the small print of a number of issues”.
Tillerson additionally stated Trump regularly requested him to do issues that he needed to clarify had been unlawful or in any other case sick–suggested. It was an unprecedented rebuke from a person Trump as soon as mentioned could be “a star!” on the State Division.
And it was met with a much more biting response Friday from Trump, who lavished reward on Tillerson’s substitute whereas demeaning the person he selected as his first secretary of state however later fired.
“Mike Pompeo is doing an incredible job, I’m very happy with him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the psychological capability wanted,” Trump wrote. “He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t eliminate him quick sufficient. He was lazy as hell. Now it’s a completely new ballgame, nice spirit at State!”
Final 12 months, Trump apparently had a better opinion of Tillerson’s talents, calling him “our fantastic secretary of state” and declaring that “we work effectively collectively.”