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Rex Tillerson in interview says he warned Trump not to break the law

Former State Secretary Rex Tillerson presented parts of his version of what went wrong with his relationship with President Donald Trump saying that he and the president did not have a shared value system and describes scenarios where he had to limit Trump's impulses because "it's against the law". Tillerson, fired in March, made his first public appearance for months at a Houston fundraiser on Thursday. He sat for an interview with CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer at the event and discussed his time at the state department under Trump. Tillerson said he had never met Trump "until the day he asked me to be State Secretary" and described his impression of the president. "He acts on his instincts," said Tillerson. "In some respects, it seems impulsive, but it's not his intention to act on impulse. I think he's really trying to act on his instincts." Before becoming a state secretary, Tillerson was the long-term president of the oil and gas giant ExxonMobil. He told Schieffer that the Trump administration from "disciplined, very process-oriented" Exxon was "challenging" &#821 1; and seemed to take some shots on Trump. He said the president "does not like to read", including summary reports, and "does not like to get into details about a lot of things." He said that Trump says, "See, this is what I believe. And you can try to convince me otherwise, but most of the time you will not." Schieffer then asked Tillerson what he thought caused that his relationship…

Former State Secretary Rex Tillerson presented parts of his version of what went wrong with his relationship with President Donald Trump saying that he and the president did not have a shared value system and describes scenarios where he had to limit Trump’s impulses because “it’s against the law”.

Tillerson, fired in March, made his first public appearance for months at a Houston fundraiser on Thursday. He sat for an interview with CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer at the event and discussed his time at the state department under Trump.

Tillerson said he had never met Trump “until the day he asked me to be State Secretary” and described his impression of the president.

“He acts on his instincts,” said Tillerson. “In some respects, it seems impulsive, but it’s not his intention to act on impulse. I think he’s really trying to act on his instincts.”

Before becoming a state secretary, Tillerson was the long-term president of the oil and gas giant ExxonMobil. He told Schieffer that the Trump administration from “disciplined, very process-oriented” Exxon was “challenging” &#821

1; and seemed to take some shots on Trump. He said the president “does not like to read”, including summary reports, and “does not like to get into details about a lot of things.”

He said that Trump says, “See, this is what I believe. And you can try to convince me otherwise, but most of the time you will not.”

Schieffer then asked Tillerson what he thought caused that his relationship with Trump would go off the rails. Tillerson was sincere in his reply:

Part of it was obviously we are strongly different in our styles. 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 have to say to him, “Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can not do it that way it’s against the law. It’s against the treaty.”

He was really frustrated. I did not know how to do my business with him in any other way than in a very easy way, and I think he was tired of being the guy every day who said to him, “You can not do that and let us talk about what we can do. “

Schieffer replied:” It’s very interesting “and the audience laughed.

Tillerson did not reveal what aspects he thought Trump was trying to violate.

Rex Tillerson was perhaps an adult in the room. But he also hurted much government department.

Tillerson would be one of the “adults in space” who guided and tempered the volatile trump, just like defense secretary Jim Mattis or now-forming National Security Advisor HR McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.

Before Trump fired him, the couple often collided – Tillerson argued that the president would stay in the climate agreement in Paris and drive him to certify Iranian compliance with Iran’s nuclear agreement. And Trump was not shy about making his disagreements at times.

But it is not as if Tillerson was a resounding success as state secretary. Perhaps he picked up Trump on some things, but as Vox Zack Beauchamp declared earlier this year, he left his post without any major achievements and hurted the government department in the process:

Under Tillerson’s clock, 60 percent of the state’s top ranked career diplomats resigned and new applications for joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs fell by half, according to a US foreign association for November.

This rental of the foreign service, combined with Tillerson’s inability to appoint people to important places as ambassador in South Korea, delayed US response to major crises and weakened the state department of a “generation” according to George Washington University’s Elizabeth Saunders.

It is not clear if Tillerson’s Thursday appearance is a single shot or marks a step back to public life where we will hear more about his time in the Trump administration. His remarks were relatively temperate, but it is clear that there is not a lot of love loss between Tillerson and Trump – he was still fired via tweet.

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