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Rex Tillerson said he 'never' considered leaving State post

Rex Tillerson said he 'never' considered leaving State post

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday denied reports of a rift with President Donald Trump, declining to address a report that he called Trump a "moron".

The report said that while it's unclear whether Pence was aware of the incident, sources say he counseled Tillerson, giving him tips to ease tensions with the president.

NBC said the tensions came to a head around the time Mr Trump gave a politicised speech in July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organisation Mr Tillerson once led.

On Wednesday, he also denied that Vice President Mike Pence had to convince him to stay, saying he was fully on board with the Trump agenda.

The State Department spokeswoman said what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wouldn't - that he didn't call President Trump a "f-ing moron".

In his press conference, Tillerson said that he had "never considered leaving his post", and that he was proudly part of a team that was helping to "make America great again".

Recent reports claim Tillerson once called Pres. Trump a "moron".

"I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that", he said.

According to NBC, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer. He, however, failed to comment on if he ever used the word "moron" to describe the President.

"There has never been consideration in my mind to leave", he added.

President Donald Trump in Las Vegas.

Days earlier, Trump publicly undermined Tillerson's efforts to negotiate with the North Korean government. "He puts Americans and Americans first", Tillerson said.

"The Vice President has known Ambassador Nikki Haley for many years, holds her in the highest regard, and appreciates her strong service to this administration at the United Nations", Agen said.

Mr. Trump did tweet his reaction to the report prior to the news conference, accusing NBC News of "dishonest reporting". "He's smart, and demands results wherever he goes".


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