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Why Rex Tillerson Called Trump a Moron

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We know former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "fucking moron" but why did he say that?

Trump says and does moronic things on an hourly basis so it would otherwise be difficult discern exactly what triggered Tillerson, but now we know.

In short, Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis sat down with Trump last summer to explain how the world works and Trump did not "agree" with any of it.

“The postwar, rules-based international order is the greatest gift of the greatest generation,” Mattis told the president, according to two meeting attendees. The secretary of defense walked the president through the complex fabric of trade deals, military agreements and international alliances that make up the global system the victors established after World War II, touching off what one attendee described as a “food fight” and a “free for all” with the president and the rest of the group. Trump punctuated the session by loudly telling his secretaries of state and defense, at several points during the meeting, “I don’t agree!” The meeting culminated with Tillerson, his now ousted secretary of state, fatefully complaining after the president left the room, that Trump was “a fucking moron.”

Virtually everything Trump has done since this meeting confirms that he is a fucking moron who doesn't care for international peace and order. In just the past month, Trump has agitated most of our closest allies with economic threats and tariffs that fray the bonds that make the modern world possible.

Those who fear what another world war would look like can thank our trade agreements and military alliances for it not happening, but Trump thinks we should rip all of that up.

  • Aynwrong

    I have the same problem with Rex Tillerson calling the Tangerine Nightmare a “fucking moron” that I had with Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters “deplorables.”

    It’s too fucking polite!!!

  • muselet

    World War II scared the poo out of everyone. Politicians, generals, admirals, diplomats, policy wonks, planners, everyone. The only question the world in the wake of the carnage and desolation had was how to avoid another war like that one, or worse.

    The point of those post-WWII treaties and alliances and multilateral trade deals was to keep another world war from happening. Yes, countries gave up some autonomy by becoming economically and, yes, militarily interdependent, but avoiding a nuclear war was deemed worth the sacrifice.

    James Mattis understands that; it’s drilled into every cadet at every military academy. Rex Tillerson understands that, mirabile dictu.

    Donald Trump clearly does not understand that. He has a well-documented dislike of multilateral agreements, mostly it seems because he doesn’t understand that the world is not a gigantic zero-sum game where one party wins and another party loses. Which would be slightly less of a problem if he were willing to learn.

    “I don’t agree!”

    We are so screwed.


    • Nefercat

      “He has a well-documented dislike of multilateral agreements”
      Of course he does. Those are agreements negotiated among peers. He can’t stand the notion that he is not superior to anyone else in the room. He wants everyone else to be subservient to him and forced to say yes sir to his demands. It is why NAFTA talks are such a disaster. Canada and Mexico are under the impression that they have just as much say in the finished agreement as the US and trump simply won’t and can’t accept that.

      Such a petty, shitty, worthless, damaged excuse for a human being.

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    • Aynwrong

      You’d figure a man who owns, operates or just smears his name on hotels all over the planet would understand that a nuclear war might kill half or all of his customers and that wouldn’t be good for business.

      Sadly this is Donald Frelling Trump were talking about so ain’t no figuring…

    • Badgerite

      Character matters. Always has. Always will.

  • Draxiar

    I’m pretty sure that Tillerson and Mattis’s reaction to trump is pretty much the same as every fact based person that has a political discussion with a trump die-hard.

    • Tony Lavely

      Though I’m not entirely sure Mattis and Tillerson esp. are all that ‘fact-based’ either.