Updated 12:48 pm PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 President Donald Trump. President Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. Image 1 of / 30 Caption Close Image 1 of 30 President Donald Trump. President Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer. ‘Dumb’ and ‘lazy’: Trump responds to Tillerson criticism 1 / 30 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is responding to criticism from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson by calling Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.” During a rare public appearance in Houston Thursday evening, Tillerson weighed in on his time in the administration. He called Trump “undisciplined” and said the president “doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.” Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018 He also said Trump frequently asked him to do things that he had to explain were illegal or otherwise ill-advised. Trump says in response that Tillerson “didn’t have the mental capacity needed for the job” and that he “couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.” He’s also praising Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo.