Rex Tillerson Downplays His Tensions with President Trump

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"I agree with what he is trying to do", Tillerson said of Trump on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

Tillerson's comments come after reports indicated that Trump's July 20 meeting at the Pentagon was a "difficult and tense" session.

Asked about a leading GOP senator's comment - "You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state" - Tillerson would have none of it.

North Korea has launched missiles that potentially can strike the USA mainland and recently conducted its largest ever underground nuclear explosion.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Sunday denied that Donald Trump's threat to tear up the Iran nuclear deal had weakened America's chance of reining in North Korea through diplomacy.

Tillerson repeatedly declined to answer a question about a report by NBC News that said the secretary of state had called Trump a "moron" during a private meeting in July with USA officials.

"I checked. I'm fully intact", he said.

When asked at a State Department news conference earlier this month whether he'd ever called Trump a "moron", Tillerson did not respond directly.




"Well, at the end of the day, I think Secretary Tillerson gave a good overview of the relationship", Graham told CBS.

"Sometimes he changes his mind", Tillerson said. "I will work as hard as I can to implement his decisions successfully", he continued.

Donald Trump ridicules anyone who opposes his words or policies mercilessly on Twitter, but Senator Bob Corker seems to be impervious to the president's sophomoric tweets.

"I'm not playing", Tillerson said. Tillerson, meanwhile, is said to have grown tired of Trump contradicting his public pronouncements and of becoming increasingly isolated in a capital to which he has never warmed.

"The president speaks for himself", Tillerson said at the time.

And then he danced around it: "I'm not dignifying the question with an answer, Jake".

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.

It was unclear why Tillerson was unwilling to repeat what his spokeswoman has said on his behalf.

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