Trump Could Be Considered a 'Moron' for Tillerson Firing, 'Morning Joe' Host Slyly Suggests

Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC's Morning Joe, wasn't saying President Donald Trump is a "moron"—but she wasn't not saying it either.

In comments made on the show Wednesday, Brzezinski slyly suggested that amid the turmoil at the State Department, one could perhaps build an argument that the president is a moron. (Recall, if you will, that it was reported months ago that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—who was unceremoniously canned by Trump on Tuesday—once called the president a moron.)

"Some would argue that it would take a moron to tell the world that you're unstable and that you lurch around and can't make decisions," Brzezinski said, via Mediaite, which posted a video clip of the segment. "Some might say you would look like a moron if you acted so impulsively on the world stage and you would fire on Twitter your secretary of state, someone who's heading up a State Department that has so many unfilled spots it's almost dangerous."

REPORTER: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

TRUMP: What?

REPORTER: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

TRUMP: Say it again.

— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) March 13, 2018

In the segment that featured Democratic Delaware Senator Chris Coons as a guest, Brzezinski walked through a litany of issues that have plagued Trump but really homed in on the firing of Tillerson.

"This is a hot mess," she concluded.

Brzezinski's sly dig at Trump—the moron allusion—dates back to the summertime, when Tillerson reportedly called the president a "moron" in a private conversation, according to a report from NBC in October. After that report came out, Tillerson did not deny he called Trump a moron.

"Jake, as I indicated earlier when I was asked about that, I'm not going to deal with that kind of petty stuff," Tillerson told Jake Tapper in October on CNN's State of the Union. "I mean, this is a town that seems to relish in gossip, rumor and innuendo. And they feed on it. They feed on it in a very destructive way. I don't work that way and I don't feel that way."