In a scene we all could sadly have predicted at this point, President Trump took a moment to complain about how NBC’s exclusive report that alleges Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “f*cking moron” and was planning on resigning in July was nothing but a “phony story by fake news…they entirely made it up.”
Pres. Trump says Tillerson "moron" report was "fake news — a phony story"; "total confidence in Rex," he says at Las Vegas hospital. pic.twitter.com/nzGkfzWdmX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 4, 2017
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Rather than keeping the tone of the visit somber and respectful, Trump proved once again that he has no composure or tact.
Instead of taking the moment to be introspective about the horrors of gun violence and the role that his backers at the National Rifle Association play in exacerbating the epidemic of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people a year, Trump unloaded on the media for reporting a well-researched and widely sourced story whose veracity is confirmed by the efforts which Trump goes to deny it.
His behavior speaks volumes about what kind of a “leader” he really is.