But former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a rare appearance this week that Trump's own orders in the White House often crossed the line of legality, according to reporting from the Houston Chronicle. He called Trump "undisciplined" and said the president "doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things".
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".
But things did not work out between them and he had once reportedly called the president a "moron" and never expressly denied it.More news: Stranger Things 3: The Game Is Creeping Onto All Platforms
"I'd say here's what we can do", Tillerson said. Trump tweeted, apparently in response to critical comments Tillerson made the night before. He said Tillerson "didn't have the mental capacity needed for the job" while praising Tillerson's replacement, Mike Pompeo. "I didn't know how to conduct my affairs with him any other way than in a very straightforward fashion, and I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him, 'You can't do that, '" he said.
The former secretary of State also said he believed Trump was able to win the presidency because the public is disengaged on many important issues.
But perhaps the biggest challenge for Tillerson, he says, was constantly being the person to tell Trump he couldn't do something. At several points in his tenure, reports of his criticisms of the president frequently reached the press, including one instance where he called Trump a "f-ing moron".More news: Ariana Grande Talks About What It's Like Dating in the Public Eye
He was replaced by Mike Pompeo, a brusque former congressman and Central Intelligence Agency chief whose style appears more to Trump's liking. At the end of his meeting with Trump, Tillerson said, he was offered the job as the nation's top diplomat.
His candid remarks about his former boss came almost nine months after he was sacked by Trump in March and replaced with then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo. On Friday afternoon, on his way back to Washington from an event in Missouri, Mr Trump used 270 characters to blast his former cabinet secretary. "Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State".
"He got really frustrated".More news: Gov. Cooper orders flags fly half-staff in remembrance of George HW Bush
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