Tillerson In First Public Appearance Says Trump ‘Undisciplined,’ ‘Doesn’t Read’

on March 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves during his farewell remarks to State Department employees March 22, 2018 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Tillerson spoke to ... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves during his farewell remarks to State Department employees March 22, 2018 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Tillerson spoke to employees in his final public appearance before he steps down as secretary of state. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS

During his first public appearance since he was ousted from the administration via presidential tweet, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the crowd at a Texas cancer center fundraiser that President Trump was “pretty undisciplined,” “doesn’t like to read” and often had to be reminded about the law, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

“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,” Tillerson said, adding that he didn’t want to criticize Trump.

“I’d say here’s what we can do,” Tillerson continued. “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 was ousted from his post after months of speculation and reporting that suggested Tillerson and Trump’s personalities did not mesh well. Tillerson, at one point reportedly called Trump a “moron.”

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