White House: Trump Still Has Confidence In Tillerson

White House: Trump Still Has Confidence In Tillerson

White House: Trump Still Has Confidence In Tillerson

Of Wednesday's press conference, one State Department official told FP, "It's pretty standard for what we've come to expect anytime Tillerson faces the heat".

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson referred to Donald Trump as a "moron", according to reports. Trump has either dismissed or seen quit a chief of staff, national security adviser, press secretary, two communications directors, chief strategist, acting attorney general, Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and - as of Friday - a Health and Human Services secretary.

Speculation on whether Tillerson would resign has swirled around Washington throughout the summer, and apparently for good reason.

Tillerson did not, however, directly deny calling Trump a "moron".

Mr Tillerson added: "I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration".

"This is what I don't understand about Washington", he said.

"I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that", Tillerson said on Wednesday when asked specifically about the "moron" comment.

Tillerson heaped praise on the president on Wednesday.

"He loves this country".

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Shortly after Tillerson's remarks, Trump tweeted from Air Force One on his way to Las Vegas, where 59 people died earlier this week in the biggest mass shooting in modern American history.

Tillerson did say of Trump, "He's smart", which certainly is true, his critics notwithstanding. NBC reported that Pence and other high-ranking officials had to talk him down.

Mr Tillerson's frustrations reportedly come to a head when Mr Trump made a politicised speech to a Boy Scouts of America gathering - an organisation he once led.

Defence Secretary James Mattis downplayed any tensions or mixed messages on the policy towards North Korea on Tuesday. CNN has also reported the story saying tensions are at an all-time high between the secretary and the president.

Pence has since spoken to Tillerson about being respectful of the president in meetings and in public, urging that any disagreements be sorted out privately.

Trump himself pounced on the NBC report, before and after Tillerson offered his side of the story. Tillerson and @VP Pence.

"We don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense", he said during a statement today, instead levelling blame at those parties who "try to sow dissension to advance their own agenda". NBC stands by its reporting. Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Mattis hints at US military options for North Korea Mattis: US to send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan MORE worked to reassure Tillerson, sources told the network. He also noted the diplomatic successes of Nikki Haley, Trump's United Nations ambassador, with whom he has been privately clashing for several months.

Tillerson appeared most frustrated that talk of his resignation is persisting despite previous denials.

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