Rex Tillerson had a rocky time as secretary of state and had trouble hiding his conflicts with President Trump.
Tillerson has been filmed tip-toing around the idea of the President’s erratic behavior, stating. “Whatever the president chooses to express, he expresses, and then that’s information to everybody, us included.”
He’s also allegedly called Trump a moron — and when confronted with whether that was why he was let go, Trump adamantly deflected the question.
The tension came to the surface in October when the “moron “comment first came to light. Tillerson didn’t necessarily deny the claims, stating that he wasn’t going to deal with “petty stuff like that.”
Trump repeatedly overrode Tillerson’s staffing choices, leading to a shouting match with White House officials, and constantly contradicted Tillerson on Foreign policy, including positions on NATO, the Middle East, and North Korea. Trump’s tweeting was also a constant problem for Tillerson who has been recorded saying, “I think, with respect to how we conduct foreign policy, in light of the fact that the president communicates the way he does, as I explained to the people in this building, look, it’s just like anything else. It’s part of the environment in which we work. We’ll adapt to it."
And the last blow came, as expected, on Twitter, with Tillerson reportedly learning from Trump’s own tweet that he had been fired.