Trump, Tillerson meet after 'moron' story

Trump, Tillerson meet after 'moron' story

Trump, Tillerson meet after 'moron' story

Donald Trump says he's prepared to compete with Rex Tillerson in an IQ test, but Steve Schmidt wanted to point out that the insult the secretary of state reportedly hurled at his boss is supreme in its class.

"I want to at least hold on to some of the traditions we have in this country about respecting the office even if at times I think the president struggles with that", she said.

Though the uneasy relationship continues, it is unlikely - for now - that Tillerson will leave, sources have told CNN, because the President and his top aides are aware of the perception that they are shedding top staff at an unnerving clip. "I don't believe in undercutting people", the president said when asked whether he did so. A State Department spokeswoman later said Tillerson doesn't use that kind of language. Regardless of who would win that competition - Trump implied he win - it would do nothing to answer the question of who is smarter.

Mr Tillerson later denied in a hastily called press conference that he'd considered resigning but did not directly address whether he'd called his president a moron. "They're a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first".

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Tillerson's departure would be a major blow to those hoping to temper Trump and stop what Corker described as "the path to World War III".

Reacting to reports last week that Mr. Tillerson referred to Mr. Trump as a "moron", the president suggested he'd win an aptitude test in an interview with Forbes.

Reports have swirled of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat, as the United States faces a host of vexatious foreign policy conundrums, from North Korea to Iran.

The president launched a series of tweets on a wide range of topics Tuesday morning.

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