Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’

Rex Tillerson says he won't quit but doesn't deny calling Trump a 'moron'
Tillerson Says He Never Considered Resigning, Doesn't Deny Calling Trump A 'Moron'
Tillerson seemed to make the statement for an audience of one, to reaffirm his commitment to Trump and his agenda.

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By Aaron David Miller and Richard SokolskyWe should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite! @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Here’s how.

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Asked if he thought Tillerson is being undermined as secretary of State, Corker said: "I don’t think it. Based on my observations, I’m certain of it."The episode is the latest controversy to embroil Trump’s administration which has witnessed a string of high-profile departures and firings in recent months, including his chief of staff, national security advisor and the former FBI director.

Tillerson denies reports he plans to resign and pledges support for Trump

Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Pence, also issued a statement, denying that the vice president had talked with Tillerson about potentially leaving or questioned Tillerson about Haley’s role.

Trump calls Tillerson reports 'fake news' as State Department denies he called the president a 'moron'

A look at what Melania Trump has done since her husband became presidentThe Tennessee senator expressed sympathy for Tillerson, who he said is in an “incredibly frustration place. Corker added that Tillerson “ends up not being supported in the way I would hope a secretary of state would be supported.”While praising Trump’s foreign policy on Wednesday, Tillerson raised eyebrows by pointedly declining to deny he had called the president a "moron" after a contentious meeting at the Pentagon in July.

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“I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that,” Tillerson said in an impromptu statement at the State Department that he said was intended to knock down “erroneously reported” details in an NBC News report that he considered stepping down after a hotly political speech Trump made before the Boy Scouts over the summer.Mr Tillerson may be fine with this. He says he’s “just getting started”. As long as it continues, however, questions will swirl about whether he can effectively serve as the top US diplomat – and when he might head for the exit.Share Tweet Comments Latest Video Mass Shootings in the United States: ‘This Is Who We Are’ In the wake of Las Vegas, only one thing is certain, according to James Fallows: it will happen again.

“He has time for little else, including engaging with media and the constant swirl of Washington gossip. … I don’t think he is a quitter and think the evidence is he is a valued and effective member of the president’s team,” Carafano added.A disaster opens a new window into the president’s creepy worldview.

(CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a remarkable statement on Wednesday, rejecting reports he had considered resigning and reaffirming his commitment to the President’s domestic and foreign policies. This was both stunning and unprecedented. It was not quite a hostage video, but it seemed awkward that a secretary of state felt compelled to defend himself in response to a press report.
"Any reporting to the contrary is categorically false," Pence’s statement said.

Instead he professed an aw-shucks naivety about how Washington works – one belied by his decades of experience at the top of a multibillion-dollar corporation in the cut-throat global energy business.

“I’m very honored by his comments. … Total confidence in Rex. I have total confidence,” Trump said in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Of the NBC report, Trump added: “It was fake news. It was a totally phony story.”A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.

Right after Tillerson’s talk, Trump—at the time en route to Nevada to meet with victims of the weekend’s shooting massacre in Las Vegas—crowed vindication: “The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!” the feed said.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Tillerson addressed an NBC report that top Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, had urged him not to step down from the State Department over the summer.

Corker refused to address that question directly, insisting that he does not “talk about private conversations.” But the Republican senator went on to suggest that the president is an agent of chaos — and if Tillerson ever disparaged him in a moment of frustration, well, it was probably justified.

Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this withCorker declined to comment on whether Tillerson had discussed resigning with him, but said it was pivotal for the nation’s top diplomat to stay on board with Trump.

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

A second White House official downplayed any tensions between Tillerson and Kushner, noting that Kushner’s efforts on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement are run through the relevant agencies and that a State Department representative went on his most recent trip to the region.Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, Trump said he was “honored” by Tillerson’s denial, and said he had “total confidence” in Tillerson, despite reports that the two had clashed.

In a statement to Business Insider after Tillerson’s press conference, an NBC News spokeswoman said that the news organization stood by its reporting.

Updated 2113 GMT (0513 HKT) October 4, 2017

Transcript of Rex Tillerson's Remarks Supporting President Trump

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Tillerson Says He Never Considered Resigning, Doesn't Deny Calling Trump A 'Moron'
Tillerson Says He Never Considered Resigning, Doesn't Deny Calling Trump A 'Moron'

NAUERT: The secretary does not use that type of language. the secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the president of the United States. He doesn’t use that language to speak about anyone.

The president was asked about Tillerson’s remarks after touring the University Medical Center in Las Vegas Wednesday and said, “I am very honored by his comments, it was fake news, it was a totally phony story.” Trump added that he has “total confidence in Rex.”

Additional reporting by Susan Heavey, Matt Spetalnick, Mohammad Zargham, Patricia Zengerle, Tim Ahmann, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason, Jonathan Landay, David Alexander and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and James Dalgleish

NEW: State Dept. spokesperson denies report Sec. Tillerson called Pres. Trump a "moron": "He did not say that."

Pence backed up Tillerson’s account by saying the two men never discussed the "prospect of the secretary’s resignation from the administration."

Later, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied explicitly that Tillerson had described Trump as a moron. "He does not use that kind of language," she said.

But the senator’s latest rebuke of the president may have special significance. Late last month, Corker announced that he would not seek reelection next year. In a statement, he suggested that “the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.”

Tillerson blasts report of rift with Trump, as president rips 'fake news'

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Rex Tillerson denies wanting to quit secretary of state position, but not calling Trump a 'moron'

“He is consumed [with] himself.” 

Are Tillerson's days numbered?
Are Tillerson's days numbered?

Tillerson and Trump clashed over a series of key foreign policy issues over the summer, including Iran and Qatar. Trump chafed at Tillerson’s attempts to push him – privately and publicly – toward decisions that were at odds with his policy positions, according to officials. Hammond said Tillerson has had no policy differences with Trump. “The president’s policy is his policy,” Hammond said.He opposed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the historic Paris climate accord in which countries agreed to goals to reduce global-warming carbon emissions. He also opposed Trump’s decision to abandon the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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"Let me tell you what I’ve learned about this president, whom I did not know before taking this office," Tillerson said. "He loves his country. He puts Americans and America first. He’s smart. He demands results wherever he goes, and he holds those around him accountable for whether they’ve done the job he’s asked them to do."

Copyright © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved.2005 tax returns, the president took to Twitter to slam David Cay Johnston, the reporter who claimed the returns showed up in his mailbox.Trump had appeared to undercut Tillerson over the weekend when the president tweeted that he told him that he was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

Rex Tillerson refutes report that he was on verge of resigning over the summer

Later, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert flatly denied that Tillerson called Trump a moron. She said Tillerson hasn’t said sorry to Trump, as no apology was needed.

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