President Trump mocked Rex Tillerson as "ill prepared" and "dumb as a rock" as he disputed his secretary of state's claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more than prepared for him during a 2017 summit.
"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! " Trump.
TRUMP LASHES OUT AT TILLERSON AFTER CRITICISM: 'HE WAS DUMB AS A ROCK'
] Trump, though, told the Post that he was "perfectly prepared" for his meetings with Putin, saying: "We did very well at those meetings." [1
In December, Trump called the former Exxon Mobil CEO "dumb as a rock" following comments he made in an interview with former CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer.
During the sit-down , Tillerson said he and Trump did not share "a common value system" and were "obviously strongly different" in their "styles."
"I want to say" to him, "Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want, but you can't do it. It violates the law, it violates the treaty, you know. He got really frustrated, ”Tillerson said. "I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day who told him he can't do that and let's talk about what he can do." Trump tweeted in response that he couldn't get rid of him enough. ”
REX TILLERSON'S CAREER AS SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER TRUMP
Trump tweeted last December.
Tillerson, 66, was fired from the White House in March 2018. In leaving, Tillerson said Washington, DC, can be a "very mean-spirited town. ”