United States President Donald Trump has hit back at his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling him â€œdumb as a rockâ€.
Trump was responding to Tillersonâ€™s claim that the president was â€œundisciplinedâ€, â€œdoesnâ€™t like to readâ€ and â€œtries to break the lawâ€.
Trump tweeted: â€œMike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him.
â€œHis predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didnâ€™t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldnâ€™t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!â€
Tillerson, while speaking on Thursday night in Houston at a fundraiser for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, said he often had to push back against Trump, telling him that some of his requests would violate the law.
â€œSo often, the president would say hereâ€™s what I want to do and hereâ€™s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, â€˜Mr. President, I understand what you want to do but you canâ€™t do it that way. It violates the lawâ€™.
“Iâ€™d say hereâ€™s what we can do. We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if thatâ€™s what you want to do, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that.
â€œI told him Iâ€™m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if thatâ€™s what you want to do,â€ Tillerson said.