Trump Says Tillerson ‘Dumb as a Rock’ After Former Secretary of State Calls Him ‘Undisciplined’

“He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.”

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Buried in Friday’s off-the-rails and action-packed news cycle was an interview that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave to CBS’ Bob Schieffer. In that sit-down, Tillerson called President Donald Trump “pretty undisciplined” and said that he “doesn’t like to read.”

It was a blistering rebuke of his former boss, and Tillerson — who was the top oil man at Exxon before joining the administration — said that the transition into the cabinet was tough because the president is a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants sort of boss who doesn’t even read the briefing reports that he’s given.

Here’s that interview:

And, of course, Trump, never one to take an insult (or often even a compliment) without adding his own spin, wasn’t going to let the opportunity to blast another one his former employees pass.

The tweeter-in-chief lashed out, calling Tillerson “dumb as a rock”  and “lazy as hell” and saying that current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the real deal.

Tillerson’s criticism of Trump is pretty standard for an ex-employee of this administration, unless, of course, they have their eye on a cushy gig in Washington or with Fox News. Omarosa Manigault-Newman criticized Trump repeatedly after she was ousted, as has Michael Cohen.

But Tillerson was reportedly critical of Trump even while in the White House, where he called the president a “moron.”

Mike Pompeo has stayed relatively silent in his role as Secretary of State, there have been no ugly leaks from the former CIA Director and Kansas Congressman.

Meanwhile, Pompeo’s duty of making sure the United States is in good graces around the world has been made a bit difficult by his boss. Trump has been openly critical of the leaders of France and Britain, two of America’s most loyal allies. And that’s been happening while he’s playing nice with the dictators leading Russia and China which have been historically loose adversaries.

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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Brendan
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We are loyal to the Republican Party but the words that come out of Trumps mouth are not well thought out.
As my Dad use to tell me,” put your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion”.

Mindy
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This President has done much for America, more then I have seen any President do since Regan. I can’t say I like his tweets, in general only the libs make such foolish statements, however, given all he has done for this nation who am I to criticize him. He’s stood strong most of the time, tread ground where all others have failed this nation, put us and this nation first. While I still hate some of his tweets, he seems to know what he is doing, so tweet away Mr. President.

Michael
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POTUS continues to project while failing in every way to be anything other than a child.

Sam Dorman
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Why is he so quick to retaliate?

banstan
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“blistering rebuke”. alex thomas- King of Hyperbole. tillerson didn’t say one thing that people who actually stay informed didn’t already know about Trump. NOT ONE THING. Thanks for today’s hit piece, alex.

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