Rex Tillerson will always be remembered as the Secretary of State who called Donald Trump a “f*cking moron” and then still managed to keep the job for several more months. Rex has been rather quiet since running away from the White House and wishing he’d never gone there in the first place. But now, in an interesting bit of timing, he’s chosen today to publicly drop the hammer on his former boss – and now Trump is having a meltdown about it.
Tillerson popped up at a fundraiser for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a cause we can certainly get behind. He ended up doing an interview with CBS News while he was there, and let’s just say that the interview didn’t go well – for Donald Trump, anyway. Rex explained that several times, he had to explain to Trump that the things he wanted to do were illegal. When Rex would explain that the law would have to be changed if he wanted to do it, Trump would lose interest, presumably because that would be too much work. Suffice it to say that Trump isn’t pleased right now.
Donald Trump posted this, ahem, interesting tweet in response: “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. 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!” Let’s be clear here: Trump is saying these horrible things about his own former handpicked Secretary of State.
But the big story here may be the timing. Even though Rex Tillerson attended the charity event, he didn’t have to sit down and do that kind of interview while he was there. He seems to be choosing right now to make sure everyone out there knows he’s every bit as not-cool with Donald Trump as ever, just as Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to bring the hammer. The MD Anderson Cancer Center donation link can be found here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report