— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018Driving the attack were apparently comments made by Tillerson about Trump last night in Houston.
“Part of it was obviously we are starkly different in our styles,” Tillerson said at a Houston fundraiser for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, when asked by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer about how his relationship with the president soured.
“We did not have a common value system. When the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it.’ And I’d have to say to him, ‘Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way, it violates the law. It violates treaty,’” Tillerson said, according to The Houston Chronicle.
“He got really frustrated. I didn’t know how to conduct my affairs with him any other way than in a very straightforward fashion, and I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day that told him, ‘You can’t do that,’” he said.
“I’d say, ‘Here’s what we can do,’” Tillerson said. “’We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that.’ I told him, ‘I’m ready to go up there and fight the fight, if that’s what you want to do.’”
Trump, he continued, “doesn’t like to read” briefing papers and “doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.”