Tillerson prints out Trump tweets while planning policies
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBy sending spy to North Korea, America raises the stakes high Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE says he prints out President TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE's tweets and takes them into consideration while planning foreign policy.

Tillerson, who does not use social media, tasks his staff with printing out each of the president's tweets, he told his predecessor Condoleezza Rice at a Stanford University event on Wednesday.

 

 

"The challenge is getting caught up because I don't even have a Twitter account that I can follow what he is tweeting, so my staff usually has to print his tweets out and hand them to me," Tillerson told Rice. The secretary of State then asks himself, "How do we take that and now use it?" 

The former ExxonMobil CEO said Trump is "world-class at social media," according to CNN, and that printing out the tweets is "not a bad system" since he doesn't know what the president will tweet ahead of time. 

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But Tillerson said despite the president's renowned use of Twitter, he has no plans to enter social media himself. "I am probably going to my grave and never have a social media account," he said. 

Trump frequently uses Twitter to take on political enemies and call out "fake news," but has drawn rebuke from lawmakers for his heavy-handed rhetoric toward world leaders, including Kim Jong Un of North Korea amid escalating nuclear tensions.