It’s not unheard of for President Trump to completely turn on former allies, throwing them under the bus to save himself, smearing their reputation and belittling them personally in the process. This morning he turned his ire on his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the man who it’s reported once referred to Trump as a “f*cking moron.”
The president’s morning attack was a response to the recent news that Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump for an important meeting between the two in Germany, which put the United States at a disadvantage. The revelation, as damaging as it is for Trump, is hardly surprising given the fact that Trump refuses to read his briefings and has repeatedly proven himself incapable of outplaying Putin.
Fueled by his angry ego, Trump insulted Tillerson, calling him “dumb as a rock.” He said the former oil executive was ill-prepared and ill-equipped to be Secretary of State, which says far more about Trump’s judgment than anything else since he’s the man who appointed Tillerson in the first place.
Trump also referred to Tillerson as “dumb as a rock” back in December, saying that he didn’t have the “mental capacity” for the job and that he was also “lazy as hell,” all of which are perfect descriptions of the president himself.
If Tillerson was as bad as the president says — and few would describe Tillerson’s tenure as accomplished – the blame ultimately lands at Donald’s feet. He has shown a remarkable ability to surround himself with the absolute worst people, an incredibly undesirable trait in a leader.
Trump claimed that Tillerson fabricated his account of the meeting with Putin and that he doesn’t think Putin himself would agree with the former Secretary of State’s description of events.
The last bit, in particular, isn’t nearly as convincing as Trump thinks. Appealing to the Russian president’s authority, as if the murderous dictator is any kind of reliable source is itself staggeringly stupid. Perhaps people in glass houses shouldn’t throw dumb rocks.
Rex Tillerson, a man who is “dumb as a rock” and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State, made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t think Putin would agree. Look how the U.S. is doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2019