'Petty Nonsense': Tillerson Responds to Report He Called Trump a 'Moron'
According to NBC News, Tillerson was on the verge of resigning from his post over the summer, with things coming to a head after Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led.
That came just days after Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron" after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump's national security team and cabinet members.
At an unscheduled press conference on Wednesday, Tillerson insisted that he never threatened to leave his post and he remains committed to Trump’s foreign policy goals.
“My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as secretary of state. President Trump’s America-first agenda has given voice to millions who felt completely abandoned by the political status quo and who felt their interests came second to those of other countries,” Tillerson said.
A reporter asked Tillerson point blank about the report that he called the president a "moron."
"This is what I don't understand about Washington. I'm not from this place, but the places I come from, we don't deal with that petty nonsense," Tillerson replied. "It is intended to do nothing but divide people. And I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration."
Trump, who is heading to Las Vegas today, took to Twitter to trash NBC News as "fake news" over the new report.
NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2017
Tillerson said he did not speak to Trump this morning after being asked whether the president requested that he speak about the report.
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