In a Thursday night conversation with CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson broke his relative silence after leaving the Trump administration to dish on what it was like working with President Donald Trump — and the picture he painted was hardly flattering.
According to CNN, the one-time Exxonmobil executive said Trump was “undisciplined”, “doesn’t read briefing reports”, and at times asked to do things that violated the law.
"So often, the President would say here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it and I would 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.”
CNN noted a few troubling issues with Tillerson’s admission:
Trump doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the law; and it is further evidence of the president’s “I-am-the-law” mentality, most notably showcased when Trump reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to forget about the Michael Flynn investigation.
On that second point, remember that former FBI director James Comey has testified -- under oath -- that Trump, in a one-on-one meeting, asked him to put aside the Justice Department investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The President publicly pressured then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take up an investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server. (Clinton was not charged in a previous FBI investigation.)
Tillerson also described Trump as "a man who's undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things but rather says 'this is what I believe.'"
Trump has never understood the distinctions between being the head (figurehead, some would say) of a company and being the President of the United States. In his dealings with Sessions -- and Tillerson -- Trump's assumption is that they will do whatever he tells them to do because, well, he's the boss.
The idea that Tillerson, Sessions and the rest of the administration ultimately serve a) the people of the country and b) the rule of law is seemingly lost on Trump.