Trump Lashes Out at NBC News Over Rex Tillerson "Moron" Report

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U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson has affirmed support for President Donald Trump and denied he had wanted to resign, according to reports that had earlier said he had also called the president a "moron".

A State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert has denied a report alleging that Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson called President Trump a moron.

According to a report from NBC, Tillerson considered resigning this summer and referred to the president as a "moron".

At the news conference, Tillerson went so far as to praise Trump's foreign policy, which he had expressed distaste for over the past few months. Tillerson did not deny the detail, but said he does not want to deal with "petty nonsense". "I am not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration".

Love him or hate him, it's hard as hell to ignore President Donald Trump.

"Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign", Trump said in his most direct refutation of the resignation report.

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Tillerson also took pains to deny that he was ever close to resigning from his Cabinet post.

Mr Tillerson had come under new pressure on Wednesday after the NBC News report claimed he had branded Mr Trump a "moron" at a July 20 meeting.

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhleā€¸, one of four bylines on the NBC News story, said that Tillerson actually called the president a "fucking moron", not just "a moron". 'They are a disgrace to good reporting.

Just last weekend, Trump publicly denied Tillerson's announcement that the US was attempting diplomatic talks with North Korea. "No wonder their news ratings are way down!" "It was a totally phony story", Trump added.

As Business Insider's Joe Perticone noticed, Trump's social media director Dan Scavino sent an identical tweet at the same moment, suggesting that Trump himself might not have written the tweet.

Tensions between Trump and Tillerson seemed apparent on Sunday, with Trump on tweeting that Tillerson is "wasting his time" by trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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