Trump vs. Tillerson: An Insult History

On Friday, Tillerson told "CBS This Morning" that he found working with Trump to be challenging because he did not believe the president to be very professional. He called the president "undisciplined" and said the president "doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things".

Rex Tillerson has said the president is "undisciplined" and 'doesn't like to read.

"It violates the law", he said at a rare public appearance in Houston.

Tillerson blamed his strained relationship with Trump on the fact they did not share a "common value system" and were "obviously starkly different in our styles". In leaving, Tillerson said Washington, D.C., can be a "very mean-spirited town".

Trump responded to the comments with an angry tweet targeted at Tillerson's intellect.

Trump didn't hold back in his response, saying Tillerson "didn't have the mental capacity needed" to do the job. "I think he grew exhausted of me being the guy every day that told him you can't do that and let's talk about what we can do". "It violates the law".

While at the State Department, Tillerson privately fought back against numerous budget cuts the White House enforced on him, but ultimately made deep cuts in staffing that contributed to low morale as veteran diplomats were shown the door or made to feel unwelcome and unvalued.

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Donald Trump allows no bit of criticism to go unanswered, Exhibit Eleventy-Billion.

Tillerson and Trump also clashed over the country's approach to dealing with North Korea.

As if to confirm how toxic their interactions had become, Trump praised Tillerson's successor, Mike Pompeo, and dismissed the abilities of Tillerson, who ran Exxon Mobil before stepping down to work for Trump.

Breaking with his former boss, Tillerson said that "there's no question" Russian Federation interfered with our elections in 2016, and that the Kremlin's goal is to "undermine our confidence and undermine the world's confidence in us".

Trump praised Tillerson's successor, the brusque former congressman and Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, for "doing a great job". "Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State".

On Thursday, Tillerson said that the way Americans consumed news concerned him, in an apparent reference to Twitter, the president's favored tool for foreign policy announcements.

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