Rex Tillerson arrived a little closer on Thursday to say what he really thinks of President Trump.
The fired state secretary, who called Trump a "deficient" while he was in charge (and refused to deny him), exposed his thoughts on the president in a rare interview with Bob Schieffer of CBS News in Houston.
It was not difficult to read between the lines. Tillerson said that Trump is "rather unruly", "he does not like to read" and has repeatedly tried to do illegal things. He did not call Trump a "deficient", but he did not exactly suggest that Trump was a scholar – or even just a stable leader.
"What was challenging for me to come from a disciplined and highly process-oriented society, Exxon Mobil," said Tillerson, "is going to work for a man who is rather unruly, does not like reading, does not read information reports, he does not like to go into the details of many things, but rather simply says: "This is what I believe".
Tillerson said that Trump believes he is acting on his instinct rather than relying on the facts. But Tillerson seemed to suggest that this provoked impulsiveness.
"He acts on his instinct, in some ways, it seems impulsive," said Tillerson. "But it's not his intention to act on impulse, I think he's really trying to act on his instincts."
(Note that Tillerson does not say that Trump is not impulsive, he is saying that he is not trying be impulsive.)
Perhaps the most overwhelming quote came when Tillerson spoke of how Trump, as president, regularly tried 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, "said Tillerson, according to the Houston Chronicle," and I should tell him, "Mr President, I understand What do you want to do, but you can not do it that way, I'm breaking the law. "
Tillerson also appeared to shoot the main communication method of Trump, Twitter.
"I will be honest with you: it disturbs me that the Americans seem to want to know so little about the problems – that they are satisfied with 128 characters," said Tillerson.
It was quick to say that it was not an attempt for Trump, but our political system in general. Alongside his other comments, though, it was not difficult to see Trump was being tramped with all those Americans who are not intellectually enough informed about the policy and the actual details of the US government.