Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Tillerson won't say if he called Trump a 'moron'

Tillerson won't say if he called Trump a 'moron'

Republican Bob Corker, who previously called Trump's volatile White House an "adult day care centre" and warned the president could start World War Three, said Trump's tweets dismissing Tillerson's negotiation efforts were narrowing America's options on dealing with countries like Iran and North Korea.

Earlier this month, Trump undercut Tillerson in a Twitter message, saying the secretary of state was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice", Corker said Friday.

Tensions between the two men have grown while the nation faces a series of high-stakes worldwide crises, including the threat posed by North Korea and fate of the Iran nuclear deal, and threatens to sow doubt about American allies as to whether Tillerson can speak authoritatively for the United States.

According to the report, Tillerson was infuriated by Trump's political remarks to the boy scouts, and called the president "a moron" after a July 20 meeting.

Even though many have criticized Tillerson, at the very least Corker says he has been instrumental in opening up diplomatic channels with China.

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The secretary also says he's committed to executing the President's objectives, despite Tennessee Sen.

"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests", the president said, adding, "And I can tell you who is going to win".

She said she was happy being in NY, where the United Nations is based, and said that from what she has observed Trump and Tillerson have a constructive relationship. "He himself is an unconventional president. I don't work that way, I don't feel that way, and I'm just not gonna dignify the question".

"I checked", he told Tapper.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Trump's comments were the equivalent of castrating the secretary in public. "But it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about".

But Tillerson said suggestions that he's been undermined have no basis in fact.

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