Tillerson prints out Trump tweets while planning policies
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE says he prints out President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' 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.