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”:
WATCH: Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is speaking publicly about what led to his firing in March by President Trump.
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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.
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