As the reports keep coming out about the friction between President Trump and Rex Tillerson, a new one says the Commander-in-Chief liked to mock and mimic his Secretary of State.
A new piece in The Washington Post gives some insight into the behind-the-scenes lead-up to Tillerson being fired today, including this:
Trump quickly soured on Tillerson and made no secret of his dislike. He mocked his mannerisms and Texas drawl, saying his secretary of state talked too slowly. In conversations with advisers and friends, the president would often list others he said would do a better job than Tillerson, who he frequently labeled “weak.”
One source of weakness, the president felt, was Tillerson’s media profile. Trump told one adviser he was “amazed” at how much negative press Tillerson received. “This guy never gets a good story about him,” Trump said, according to this adviser.
Additionally, there’s some background to this tweet:
The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!https://t.co/FrqiPLFJ1E
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
There was indeed reporting at the time about Trump looking to get rid of Tillerson, but per WaPo, “Trump ultimately held off on removing his top diplomat in part, according to one adviser, because he wanted to defy the news reports saying that he planned to do so.”
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