Trump says Tillerson could be tougher, but they have good relationship

Violet Powell
October 12, 2017

Following Trump's Forbes interview in which he responded to the recent scandal of Rex Tillerson allegedly calling him a moron, "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".

NBC News said Tillerson's "moron" comment followed a meeting on Afghanistan in which Trump compared "the decision-making process on troop levels to the renovation of a high-end NY restaurant". Trump publicly slammed the reports as "fake news", and Tillerson told reporters that he remains committed to the President. But on multiple occasions, Trump and Tillerson haven't been on the same page.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Mr Trump tweeted earlier this month, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "Yet I say of Tillerson, 'god I hope he doesn't leave.' We do know he had the courage to call this guy out as a moron and we do know at least he has instincts more in line with a sobriety than who knows the next person the president could bring in".

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Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are scheduled to have lunch with Trump Tuesday.

The New York Times writer was on to discuss North Korea's impact on global diplomacy, though the conversation eventually moved on to Trump's feud with Bob Corker.

"I'm not undermining", Trump told Forbes, adding that he has "total confidence" in Tillerson. He points to Trump's derision of "liddle Bob Corker", the senator who voiced the fear that Trump could be taking the country towards "World War III". "I think I'm actually strengthening authority".

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