HOUSTON – Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is speaking publicly about whatby President Trump, whom Tillerson described as "rather unruly."
"I I think a part of it was obviously very different in our styles: we did not have a common value system," said Bob Schieffer, a CBS News contributor. "When the president would say," Here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it ", I should tell him" Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can "I do it this way, violates the law and violates a treaty ". You know, you are really frustrated. "
The former CEO of ExxonMobil said he did not know how to deal with Mr. Trump if not in" a very simple way. "
" I think he got tired of being the boy every day he told him, "You can not do it and we talk about what we can do," Tillerson said.
Asked to describe the president, Tillerson said he had never met Mr. Trump until the day he was appointed secretary of state.
"Acting on his instinct, in some respects it seems impulsive … But … it's not his intent to act on impulse, I think he's really trying to act on his instincts," Tillerson said.
"It is a challenge for me to come from the disciplined and highly process oriented ExxonMobil Corporation … going to work for a man who is quite unruly, does not like reading, does not read briefing reports, does not like to get into details of a lot of things, but rather like saying "look, this is what I believe and you can try to convince me otherwise", but most of the time you will not do it, "Tillerson said.
Tillerson said he was proud of his government service and would return if the president asked. He also said that the greatest foreign threats are the growing influence of China and what he called a "belligerent Russia".