'Dumb' and 'lazy': Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

Rex Tillerson

"It violates the law", Tillerson said.

"He was dumb as a rock and I couldn't get rid of him fast enough", Trump added. "He got really frustrated", Tillerson said.

As President Donald Trump spent most of Friday morning ranting and raving about his alleged misgivings about the Russian Federation investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, news also broke that a former official in his administration had some of the same criticisms the president was leveling.

Tillerson could not immediately be reached for comment on Trump's latest slam against him. "His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed", Trump wrote.

Asked why their relationship deteriorated, Tillerson said it was because "we are starkly different in our style".

"We did not have a common value system", he said. Tillerson went on to call Trump a "pretty undisciplined" man who "doesn't like to read" and "doesn't like to get into the details of ... things".

He told Schieffer that he believes Trump acts on instinct rather than impulse, though it sometimes appears otherwise. Though he had been forewarned that Mr Trump was unhappy with him, he learned of his dismissal through a tweet in which Mr Trump congratulated Mr Pompeo and concluded with a breezy, "Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" "I think he's trying to act on his instincts". In some respects, that looks like impulsiveness.

"I'd say, 'Here's what we can do, '" Mr Tillerson said.

The tweet came in response to Tillerson on Thursday calling Trump "undisciplined" and saying the president frequently asked him to break the law. "And I can tell you who is going to win".

Upon announcing Mr Tillerson's nomination in December 2016 - before the administration had begun - Mr Trump said in a statement the former ExxonMobil CEO would be an "excellent choice" because of his "broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics".

Lemon went through other failed Trump nominees.

The exchange is another freaky chapter in the duo's relationship, one that started with great promise over the meeting of two famous business minds, then soured when Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron" and ended when the president fired Tillerson by tweet.

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