With all due respect to Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump is not a “fucking moron”; Donald Trump is a moron savant. He’s really stupid but he has an unsurpassed talent. He says stuff that many people want to believe.
He lies, says almost nothing, and people who want to believe him (or are terrified of not believing him) interpret his word salads as something semi-reasonable. He's very good at mimicking an adult rational person but he's really an ignorant toddler. And he is stupid, but he has a talent that hides this from many people. He hides his ignorance (or his inability to even understand the question) with a number of vague stock answers. Their ambiguity allows him to get away with saying nothing. Much of the time he doesn’t even have to lie.
Think about his answers to questions; he never says anything substantive. While it is true that the art of the non-answer is as old as politicians, Donald answers almost every question, difficult or simple with a deflection. It sounds good to his supporters (who all want their belief in him validated), and effective for non supporters because any push back is easily rebuffed.
He IS the president; you aren’t allowed to “brow beat” him into a substantive reply. If you do have the courage to stand your ground like James Acosta, you will be labeled as a Trump “hater”, someone who will have to watch his back because of the very large MAGA mob available to put you in your place. He'll call you names on Twitter and try to get you fired from your job.
Some stock Trump “Answers”:
“We’ll see about that.” We’re looking into it.”
“I think XYZ is wonderful.” “America is the greatest.”
“I’ve done more that anybody [about XYZ].”
“We’re coming out with certain policy that’s going to be very
interesting and very surprising, I think, to a lot of people.”
“It relates to everything we’re doing…”