NBC News broke the story last week that Tillerson openly called the president a moron, leading to a freakish press conference in which Tillerson said Trump "is smart" and announced that he wasn't quitting.
Trump on Saturday denied a frayed relationship with Tillerson but said he sometimes wishes Tillerson would be "tougher".
Brown also said that Trump could potentially qualify for Mensa membership even if he bombed on his Mensa-issued IQ test, so long as he could provide evidence of exceptional test scores on other tests, including the LSAT, GMAT, and the Miller Analogies Test. The Twitter rebuke revived rumours that Tillerson is unhappy at hs post, but he insists he has no intention of resigning.
NBC reported this week that in a session with Trump's national security team and Cabinet officials at the Pentagon, Tillerson had openly criticized the president and referred to him as a "moron". "I'm not undermining. I think I'm actually strengthening authority". "I don't believe in undercutting people".
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The spokesman noted that the establishment of a de-escalation zone in rebel-held Idlib Province would start in the coming days. The Arab country has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant and terrorist groups since March 2011.
"Let it be an arms race", Trump reportedly said. "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests". "And I can tell you who is going to win". Trump publicly slammed the reports as "fake news", and Tillerson told reporters that he remains committed to the President.
"The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. He made a joke, nothing more than that", Sanders said.
A day after posting that tweet, Trump dismissed concerns about a nuclear arms race during an off-camera conversation with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski.
At a news conference after the NBC report dropped, Tillerson slammed the allegation that he called Trump a moron as 'petty.' Yet, he did not refute the charge. "His spokesperson, however, did come out and clarify that the secretary of state never used those words", she added.
"I think it's fake news".
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