Trump calls ex-secretary of state ‘dumb as a rock’
The US president was responding after Rex Tillerson said he was ‘undisciplined’.
US President Donald Trump has responded to criticism from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson by calling him “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”.
During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday, Mr Tillerson weighed in on his time in the administration.
He called Mr Trump “undisciplined” and said the president “doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things”.
Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
He also said Mr Trump frequently asked him to do things that he had to explain were illegal or otherwise ill-advised.
Mr Trump said in response that Mr Tillerson “didn’t have the mental capacity needed for the job” and that he “couldn’t get rid of him fast enough”.
He also praised Mr Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo.