Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday shared some harsh words about President Donald Trump in an interview at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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.”
Tillerson said that Trump tries to “act on his instincts,” which made working for him unusually difficult.
Tillerson did not hold back:
“It was challenging for me, coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented Exxon Mobil Corporation, to go to work for a man who is 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.’”
Watch the clip below:
WATCH: Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is speaking publicly about what led to his firing in March by President Trump.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 7, 2018
Tillerson told Schieffer that during his time in Trump’s Cabinet, he frequently had to stop the president from breaking the law.
“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. It violates the law. It violates treaty.'”
“I’d say ‘Here’s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that.’ I told him ‘I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do.’”
Tillerson also said, “there’s no question” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
The interview spread like wildfire on Twitter, and people are disturbed.
Doesn't read. Operates on instincts. Sure sounds like an ideal unwitting agent of those who line his pockets. He puts our country of laws and values at risk.
— BellaRocket (@realBellaRocket) December 7, 2018
Just more confirmation abt the clown in wh. Why did people vote for him
— Barry Slamowitz (@BarrySlamowitz) December 7, 2018
Trump fired Tillerson in March via Twitter, so a presidential meltdown is widely anticipated.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post said it is “hard to imagine an official the president had more disdain for than Tillerson.”
Safe bet Trump will be inflamed by Rex Tillerson's comments that he doesn't understand the laws, doesn't read, is not intellectually curious, etc. Hard to imagine an official the president had more disdain for than Tillerson.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) December 7, 2018
F**king Morons usually hate when people point out their stupidity. I hope Don the Con lives every waking moment in a rage full of paranoia!! I hope he lives his pitiful life in mental anguish and turmoil. He deserves it b/c he is truly the most vile, despicable American EVER!
— Katie (@KDWRenoGirl) December 7, 2018
Good! I hope it makes his already stressful day more miserable! Every part of him sucks & he's reaping what he sowed.
— Jen Finley (@jenfinley22) December 7, 2018
As the interview went on, Tillerson expressed dismay over the American public’s weak grasp of the issues facing our society.