Tillerson says Trump ‘speaks for himself’ about America’s values

Rex is getting fed up.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pulled no punches Sunday in an interview where he said President Trump does not represent the nation’s values.

“I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values,” Tillerson said on “Fox News Sunday.”

When asked what Trump’s values are, Tillerson replied, “The President speaks for himself.” He declined to elaborate.

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Tillerson was more blunt in his scolding of Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to Trump who left his White House position on Friday.

Tillerson said Gorka — who sided with many of Trump’s most far-right views — was “completely wrong” to encourage the President to frame America’s wars on terror as a battle against “radical Islam.”

“It shows a lack of understanding of the President’s broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and abroad from all acts of terrorism,” Tillerson said.


Tillerson slammed Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s former deputy assistant who left the job on Friday.

(Alex Wong)

There has been little secret about Tillerson, a former CEO of ExxonMobil, clashing with the Trump administration while working in politics for the first time.

Trump has habitually negated Tillerson’s remarks about pressing foreign policy issues, such as North Korea’s nuclear threats, showing the President and his top diplomat openly contradicting each other.

Trump has also ignored Tillerson’s advice on some of his most important policy decisions, such as pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Tillerson, whose former employer challenged climate change science for decades, was one of the top advisors unsuccessfully urging Trump to honor the agreement.

Rumors have flown for months that Tillerson could one of the administration’s next high-profile exits. The State Department said in July that Tillerson needed to take “a little time off,” but would not resign.

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