According to reports, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson nearly turned in his resignation over the summer around the time of Trump‘s controversial speech at the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree. Tillerson reportedly called Trump,
“a fucking moron“
following a national security meeting at the Pentagon in July. Tillerson’s spokesman at the State Department has flatly denied the report.
But this morning Tillerson offered praise for Trump’s approach to the world on Wednesday after reports of a rift between the President and his chief diplomat.
“President Trump’s foreign policy goals break the mold of what people traditionally think is achievable by our country. Our job is now to achieve results on behalf of America and we are doing that. What we have accomplished, we have accomplished as a team.
He loves this country. He puts Americans and America First. He’s smart.“
Tillerson said in a hastily arranged statement from the State Department.
“He demands results wherever he goes and he holds those around him accountable.“
It had been reported that after months of foreign policy disputes with Trump, specifically on Iran and Qatar Tillerson had had it. It reportedly took personal interventions from VP Pence, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to get Tillerson to not resign.
But today Tillerson said,
“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post.“
Asked directly whether he’d ever called Trump a “moron,” Tillerson did not respond directly.
“The places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense. I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.“
Trump took to Twitter after Tillerson spoke, tweeting,
“The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!“
But over the weekend Trump used Twitter to publicly embarrass Tillerson and undercut his North Korea strategy with the “Little Rocket Man“.
I’m still placing my bet on Tillerson as the next resignation. The Lady doth protest too much.
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