President Trump wasted little time Friday responding to news his former Secretary of State had said in a public appearance in Houston on Thursday that he had to force Trump to not break the law, that Trump is “undisciplined,” and that Trump doesn’t like to read. It was Rex Tillerson’s first public appearance in the nine months since he left office.
“Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him,” Trump just tweeted about his current Secretary of State. “His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed,” Trump added.
“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!”
Not surprisingly, many were only too happy to go after Trump. Take a look:
Here’s former Obama White House photographer:
Can’t wait to read Tillerson’s memoir. https://t.co/V5DA9fYqIz
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) December 7, 2018
Narrator: “No one had the courage to inform Trump that HE hired Tillerson in the first place.” https://t.co/tlqM1BsIo6
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) December 7, 2018
These two tweets by Trump, about Tillerson, then and now, are a perfect summary of why you cannot take seriously anything, anything!, Trump says about anyone. Journalists are fools if they do. pic.twitter.com/hoKVe8wMBl
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 7, 2018
You picked him. https://t.co/mxxFooEvyX
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 7, 2018
OLD: We need extreme vetting and I’ll only hire the best people.
NEW: Get a load of the dumbass I made the country’s top diplomat!https://t.co/TpLksmVyyu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 7, 2018
Tillerson ran the 3d biggest company on earth — and never went bankrupt. https://t.co/DaWk1QCWjs
— (((Steve Chapman))) (@SteveChapman13) December 7, 2018
Everyone who went down the whole “Gee, Trump is so presidential this week” path, please report to the principal’s office. https://t.co/iOxMqoM7lA
— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) December 7, 2018
Rex Tillerson, a mediocre Secretary of State at best but one of the most successful businesspeople of his generation, loses more IQ points each time he sneezes than Trump has ever had in his life.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) December 7, 2018
Trump never got over Tillerson calling him a moron. https://t.co/JKMkc9bsA8
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 7, 2018
Calling the man you chose as Secretary of State “dumb as a rock” is just an incredible self-own https://t.co/YcIE7gnoUD
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) December 7, 2018
At one point before inauguration Trump declared that his Cabinet had the highest IQ in history, which is remarkable given that Tillerson was, per Trump, so dumb. Even with that drag on the average!
— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 7, 2018
If Rex Tillerson is “dumb as a rock,” what does that make the guy who hired him to run the State Department? https://t.co/0LjWWvQ5MK
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) December 7, 2018
REX ROLLED https://t.co/0CEHncFMV4
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) December 7, 2018
I’m old enough to remember when Trump said he would only hire the best people. No administration in history has had this much turnover. The fish rots from the orange head. https://t.co/74cStfEV8t
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) December 7, 2018
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