President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Tillerson savaged Trump in an interview with Bob Schieffer Thursday night.
Asked by Bob Schieffer what he thought about his former boss, Tillerson began by reminding the audience that he had never met Trump prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat.
Trump “acts on his instincts, in some respects it looks like impulsiveness,” said Tillerson. “But,” he added of the president, “it’s not his intent to act on impulse.”
He went on to describe Trump as:
"...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, and you can try to convince me otherwise, but most of the time you’re not going to do that.’”
So, of course, Trump couldn't let it go, and in a fiery tweet went after Tillerson with schoolyard taunts and ad hominem attacks:
"Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him," Trump boasted. "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!"
Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental ca… https://t.co/gJDjQCcvh7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1544212954.0
Twitter was quick to remind the president - who gloated during the campaign about hiring "the best people" - that he was the one who chose Tillerson.
@realDonaldTrump Here ya go https://t.co/AcF3Jfe262— Ohio_888 (@Ohio_888)1544215655.0
@realDonaldTrump Reminder from when you picked him, liar/racist/treasonist in chief: "Through hard work, dedication… https://t.co/WnsrmRm1uJ— Tim Evans (@Tim Evans)1544215337.0
@PalmerReport @realDonaldTrump “All the best people”— hockeywood-novel.com (@hockeywood-novel.com)1544215179.0
@realDonaldTrump Then why did you hire him in the first place Mr. stable genius.— Bob from America (@Bob from America)1544215492.0
And many couldn't believe this was the president of the United States speaking.
@realDonaldTrump I can’t believe this is his real account.. 😂 This is as sad as it is hilarious.— Josh Howard (@Josh Howard)1544215227.0
@realDonaldTrump Seriously #Trump...you're the president of the United States. Commander-in-Chief. Don't you have any actual WORK to do?— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1544215340.0
@realDonaldTrump @orladhortun This is so un-presidential ,very unfortunate for the US to have such a dude as Presid… https://t.co/JZaqvVQAsW— Amedo (@Amedo)1544215477.0
@realDonaldTrump This just amazing. This is the President of the United States of America.— Caroline (@Caroline)1544215534.0
@realDonaldTrump Dear Unindicted Co-Conspirator, Still using that unsecured iPhone, I see. "RUSHER if you're liste… https://t.co/9bAzXapzZR— 🌟BLUE DOGGIN 45🌟 (@🌟BLUE DOGGIN 45🌟)1544215597.0
Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, runs circles around Trump.
@realDonaldTrump Well let's see: He ran the ninth largest corporation on Earth making billions of dollars, and you… https://t.co/LH7fceVCtQ— Police State (@Police State)1544214849.0
@realDonaldTrump Tillerson ran Exxon for 11years, Trump ran the Taj Mahal Casino into the ground in less time.— John Woodward (@John Woodward)1544215189.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump 2016- Tillerson's a world-class player Trump 2017- Tillerson will be a star— Coretta (@Coretta)1544215635.0
@realDonaldTrump You are truly one pathetic excuse of a human being. You use people like if they were toilet paper.… https://t.co/vzNaLr9eVW— Ed Berman (@Ed Berman)1544215640.0
@realDonaldTrump So I assume Rex Tillerson is testifying against you?— Sheldo (@Sheldo)1544215736.0
He should take some advice from his wife's anti-bullying initiative.
@realDonaldTrump Be best.— Book Turkey 🍂🦃 (@Book Turkey 🍂🦃)1544215705.0