White House: Trump's IQ jab at Tillerson was 'a joke'

by Luis Castro October 13, 2017, 0:10
White House: Trump's IQ jab at Tillerson was 'a joke'

United States President Donald Trump has said he still has confidence in Rex Tillerson, but only after suggesting he was smarter than his own Secretary of State by challenging him to an IQ test.

An NBC News story claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron".

The online comment seemed to undercut Tillerson, but Trump defended it in his interview with Forbes, reiterating that the secretary of state "was wasting his time".

"No, I didn't undercut anybody", Trump said.

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"At that July 19 meeting, according to senior administration officials, Trump asked military leaders to fire the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan and compared their advice to that of a NY restaurant consultant whose poor judgment cost a business valuable time and money", according to NBC's report.

"And I can tell you who is going to win".

Tillerson and Trump were set to meet Tuesday morning, in addition to their scheduled lunch with Defense Secretary James Mattis, alongside other national security officials to discuss Iran, North Korea and other issues, according to this State Department official. The Twitter rebuke revived rumours that Tillerson is unhappy at hs post, but he insists he has no intention of resigning. "I think I'm actually strengthening authority".

"No, I didn't undercut anybody".

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"Yes", Trump said when asked by a reporter whether he has confidence in the former oil executive. "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".

Shortly after winning the election, Trump tweeted that America "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".

"So much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"

"As the secretary of state said, this is a pretty ridiculous accusation and, frankly, I think it's beneath the secretary of state to weigh in on every rumor out there", Huckabee Sanders said. But the secretary of state notably did not deny calling the President a "moron" and privately, sources tell CNN, Trump fumed at his secretary of state's comment.

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