Tillerson Says He Had to Stop Trump From Breaking the Law

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President Trump on Friday attacked ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - tweeting that the former top U.S. diplomat was "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell".

During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday evening, Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, discussed his hard tenure working for Trump.

The president is "pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports", and tried to do things in a way that violated the law, Tillerson said Thursday at a dinner to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center.

"We did not have a common values system", Tillerson said.

He also praised Mr Tillerson's replacement, Mike Pompeo.

"I'd say here's what we can do", the former Exxon CEO said in a Houston speech. "It violates the law".

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.

Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump wasted no time in firing back at Tillerson.

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"I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him he can't do that and let's talk about what we can do", Tillerson said.

"Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!" he said.

"I will be honest with you, it troubles me that the American people seem to want to know so little about issues, that they are satisfied with 128 characters" to get their news or receive statements from the president, he added.

The president would say: "Look, this is what I believe".

While Tillerson didn't discuss whether he'd called the president a moron, his comments in the new interview left few doubts about his views. The two clashed on policy in North Korea, Qatar, Iran, Russia, China and the Paris climate accord.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" the president tweeted.

Tillerson, a former chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, had no government experience and had never met Trump when his nomination was promoted by Republican Party insiders, who hoped for a stable figure who could nonetheless appeal to the tycoon-turned-president with his outsider status and business background.

In his remarks in Houston on Thursday, Mr Tillerson did not offer any specific examples of the Trump directives he deemed illegal.

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