Rex Tillerson Says He Had to Remind Trump Not to Break the Law

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson didn’t hold back in one of his first public speaking events since his unceremonious departure from the Trump administration.

The former top diplomat spilled the beans on working with the president, whom he reportedly called “a moron” — a statement he, to this day, has still never denied making.

“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,'” Tillerson said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “It violates the law.”

Tillerson added that he would explain to Trump how he could go to Congress and fight to change the relevant laws if that’s what the president wanted.

“He acts on his instincts,” Tillerson said of his former boss. “In some respects, that looks like impulsiveness. But it’s not his intent to act on impulse, I think he really is trying to act on his instincts.”

Watch the video below, via “CBS This Morning”:

Tillerson added that Trump was “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.'”

The rocky relationship between the president and his former secretary of state was well-documented around Tillerson’s departure.

Tillerson received no notice from the president and was fired through a tweet. White House chief of staff John Kelly later revealed to reporters that he had previously warned Tillerson of his coming firing but also shared the embarrassing detail that Tillerson was on the toilet when he received the call, according to the Daily Beast.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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I. Chin
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Hmm. So former, fired, employees are saying bad things. How shocking.

Phyllis Softa
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Did you read “Fear” and “Fire and Fury”? Trump WH employees said negative things when they were still on the payroll. When Tillerson was Sec of State, it was reported that he called Trump a moron.–Did you consider that a positive thing? Needed to ask because serial adulterer, sexual assaulter, racist, bully, divisive, unprepared, pathological liar, and all-a-round jerk were previously considered words that held negative connotation that are now considered praise.

WellHungChad
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Did those hold negative connotations when Clinton was president? Obama? Or is the negative connotation part reserved only for Democrats.

Michael
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Too bad Tillerson wasn’t in the room when Trump committed a felony with Cohen…

banstan
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Good thing you were obviously there, though.

Michael
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What a silly comment.

Phyllis Softa
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I am going to give banstan the benefit of the doubt and say he did not read the sentencing statements from the SDONY.

banstan
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banstan
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you love jumping the gun, don’t you? Trump is guilty of committing a felony when he’s CONVICTED of committing a felony, not when someone SAYS he committed a felony.

Michael
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Of course. Love to hear how you practiced that restraint with Clinton, Obama, et al.

banstan
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Show where I didn’t.

Michael
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No jumping the gun, just my sad attempt at humor. Of course Trump has not been found guilty yet.

TOM
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That is the way it works for everyone. But of course if you are a demoncrap then there are no charges, no trial. You are just found guilty because they say you are.

banstan
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Yeppers, Tom. That’s the way it works for the lib/progs. They make STATEMENT. When the validity of that statement is challenged, it becomes a sorry-assed attempt at humor. You can almost feel the smirk on his face. Ever notice how NONE of their jokes are funny?

WellHungChad
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Too bad Obama never had “Jiminy Cricket” Tiilerson to tell HIM not to break the law!!

Instead he had Hilliary Rodehard Clitorus as SOS, who said, “Oh please President Obama, allow ME to break that law for you.” Of course there was also “O’s wingman” (his own words), Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder with, “What laws? We don’t follow no stinking laws!!!”

WellHungChad
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Sad, but nobody has committed on the BullShit that happened in Obama’s cabinet. Just because Trump had someone who didn’t agree with him (as have we all) doesn’t mean that having a cabinet full of lemmings who would follow POTUS over a cliff is any better. You fucking liberal dipshits are pretty vacant when it comes to critical thought!

banstan
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Josh- your so-called commentaries (hit pieces) are getting as bad as tommy 2hats were. Gee, the President has an idea about what he wants to do and an adviser or cabinet member ADVISES him on how to do it properly and lawfully. WHAT A BOMBSHELL!!! Bet it has never, ever happened to any President before Trump.

Phyllis Softa
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I am trying to remember another POTUS that a former Cabinet official described as “pretty undisciplined, didn’t like to read, didn’t read briefing reports, didn’t get into the details of a lot of stuff, just kind of says, ‘Look this is what I believe'” Can you think of 1, banstan? But 60 million voters knew Trump was not into preparation and not prepared when they voted for him. He was going to “hire the best people.” How’d that work out?

banstan
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Seems to be working out pretty well for most of the country. All except you who are infected with TDS. And I will also bet that you,philly, has had nothing nice to say about rex tillerson until now.

Phyllis Softa
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LOL… I still haven’t said anything nice or negative about him….I simply quoted him. He was in the room, who am I to say he is wrong?

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