'I'm intact,' Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump

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Tillerson also referred to the suspension of the nuclear pact with Iran, about which Trump said last Friday that he is ready to scrap the deal if its defects are not corrected.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice", Corker told the Washington Post in a phone interview Friday.

Tillerson told a news conference in Beijing two weeks ago that the USA was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs, but it had shown no interest in dialogue.

Corker sharply criticized Trump earlier this month after Trump tweeted that Tillerson was wasting his time trying to open up diplomatic channels with North Korea, which has grown increasingly provocative in recent months.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Tillerson told anchor Jake Tapper that he maintains a close and candid relationship with Trump, despite reports indicating Tillerson's frustrations with the commander in chief.

Pressed to respond to Corker's "castrated" comments, Tillerson cracked: "I checked".

Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state has been dogged by rumors about rifts with Trump over policy.

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"I am fully committed to his objectives". "At the end of the day, he makes decisions". Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who said Trump has "castrated" his secretary of state by stepping over Tillerson's diplomatic duties. Tillerson said Trump was "unconventional" in his methods of motivating change in a town resistant to change. "I will work as hard as I can to implement his decisions successfully", he continued.

"No, sir. He has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts", Tillerson said.

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.

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

"And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump told Forbes magazine.

Trump - who swore on the campaign trail that he had "no problem" with the size of his private parts - has appeared to insistently emasculate Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, during their first year working in government.

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