Offbeat Rex Tillerson just majorly trolled Donald Trump

07:50  17 may  2018
07:50  17 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Rex Tillerson warns of "growing crisis of integrity and ethics"

  Rex Tillerson warns of Former secretary of state warns that the U.S. is becoming "accepting of alternate realities"Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued Wednesday that the U.S. is experiencing a "growing crisis of integrity and ethics" in his first public speech since leaving the Trump administration almost two months ago.

Trump : Total confidence in Rex Tillerson . Rex Tillerson addresses rumors on quitting. Rex Tillerson perfects the non-answer. It is impossible to read that paragraph and not have the image of Donald Trump conjured up in your mind. Im-possible. That's just want Tillerson wanted -- and yet more

Donald Trump woke up this morning and posted a tweet congratulating Mike Pompeo as his new Secretary of State. Then, almost in an aside, Trump revealed that Rex Tillerson is no longer Secretary of State. What the heck just happened, and why?

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement to the press at the State Department in Washington, DC, October 4, 2017.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied Wednesday he had considered resigning from Donald Trump's cabinet and dismissed a report that he had called the president a © JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement to the press at the State Department in Washington, DC, October 4, 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied Wednesday he had considered resigning from Donald Trump's cabinet and dismissed a report that he had called the president a "moron" as "petty nonsense." "The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post," Tillerson said, denying an NBC News report. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson may be gone, but he hasn't forgotten.

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Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump made the announcement via Twitter, also revealing that Gina Haspel, deputy director of the CIA, would replace Pompeo as director.

In the end, calling Donald Trump a “moron” last year — and the broader personality clash it represented — was what cost Secretary of State Rex Tillerson his job on Tuesday. Tillerson ’s departure is just the latest from Trump ’s orbit.

Speaking to soon-to-be graduates of the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, Tillerson dropped this truth bomb:

"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom."

Woof.

Double woof.

You may remember that Tillerson was removed as Secretary of State by President Donald Trump after a remarkably tempestuous year in office -- a period of time during which relations between the two men grew badly strained.

Things were never really the same after reports surfaced last fall that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" in a Pentagon meeting in the summer of 2017. Tillerson didn't deny using that word, although he sought to shame the press for even covering it. Which means, of course, that he said it.

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Tillerson called Donald Trump a “moron” in front of other Trump administration officials all the way back in June. That fact is just now leaking out to the media, which is a whole other story. We don ’t yet know whether Rex Tillerson will get away with this in terms of keeping his job.

Tensions came to a head between Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson around the time the president delivered a speech in late July last year to the Boy Scouts of America. Just days earlier, there were reports Tillerson had called Trump a “f***ing moron” and considered resigning

Then there was the time when Tillerson directly refused to provide Trump cover following the President's "both sides" comments about the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"The President speaks for himself," Tillerson remarked at the time.

You may also remember that President Trump said more than 3,000 things that were either misleading or totally false during his first year in office -- a rate of more than six mistruths a day, according to the Washington Post. Or that Trump administration senior counselor Kellyanne Conway famously/infamously coined the phrase "alternative facts" to explain away Trump's false claims about the size of his inauguration crowd.

Now. Tillerson and his people will helpfully note that he never mentioned Trump's name in the speech, and that the address was meant as a broad call to fight for truth rather than a narrowly cast shot at the President of the United States.

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017. Immediately Twitter responded with confusion and nastiness, but among the tweets that stood out to This kind of response is likely no longer a surprise to Merriam Webster, which has been trolling Trump and his administration for months now.

If you’ve wondered why Rex Tillerson is Donald Trump ’s Secretary of State, it turns out Tillerson has been wondering the same thing. In fact he’s so unhappy on the job, and so displeased with Trump , he’s ripped into him in front of other officials.

Don't believe them.

Tillerson is no dummy. He knew what he was doing. The use of the phrase "alternative realities" is no accident. Neither are these lines from the Tillerson speech:

"A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our pursuit of America's future be fact-based -- not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are, and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges."

It is impossible to read that paragraph and not have the image of Donald Trump conjured up in your mind. Im-possible.

That's just want Tillerson wanted -- and yet more proof that revenge is a dish best served cold.

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