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Trump challenges Tillerson to battle of IQ tests over reported 'moron' jab

Trump challenges Tillerson to battle of IQ tests over reported 'moron' jab

Trump's tense relationship with Tillerson went public following a recent report by NBC News saying Tillerson was on the verge of resigning over the summer amid mounting policy disputes with Trump and that Vice President Mike Pence urged him to remain secretary of state at least until the end of the year.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Mr Trump tweeted earlier this month, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The president says he may feel "stronger and tougher" than other people on the subject.

Bovada Sportsbook has released a series of politically-themed betting lines that include the commander-in-chief's claim that he would score higher on an IQ test than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Nevertheless, something about the incident still seems to bother Trump, who was due to have lunch with Tillerson at the White House later on Tuesday.

"I'm not undermining", Trump told Forbes, adding that he has "total confidence" in Tillerson. The White House insisted he was only joking.

He produced two sets of IQ test results, one for Tillerson and one for Trump.

FILE - In this August 11, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump challenged Tillerson to "compare IQ tests", delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. "And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump said.


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