President Trump said he believes reports that will Rex Tillerson called him the âmoronâ are not true â? yet either way, he says, heâs smarter compared to his secretary of state.
âI think itâs fake news, but if he did that, I guess weâll have to compare IQ tests,â Trump told Forbes magazine for any cover story that was published on-line Tuesday. âAnd I can tell you who is going to win.â
Last week, NBC Information reported that Tillerson considered resigning in July after Trumpâs rambling, highly politicized speech to a collecting of Boy Scouts, and that Vice President Mike Pence had to speak him out of it. NBC also stated that after the speech, Tillerson called Trump a âmoron.â
The report prompted Tillerson to abruptly call a quickly arranged press conference during which he or she refuted the story and reaffirmed their commitment to the Trump agenda.
âThe vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post,â Tillerson said.
Trump subsequently the NBC report âfake newsâ on Tweets and demanded the network apologize.
The @NBCNews story just been totally refuted by Securities and exchange commission’s. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It really is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!
â? Jesse J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October four, 2017
But when asked particularly whether he had called the president the moron, Tillerson did not deny this, saying, âIâm not going to deal with petty stuff like that.â
Shortly after the press meeting, CNN said it had verified through its own sources the âmoronâ remark, and MSNBC reporter Stephanie Rule elaborated on that, stating the exact phrase Tillerson used had been âf***ing moron.â
Trump and Tillerson are planned to have lunch at the White Home Tuesday.
Before their lunch, Trump was asked by a pool media reporter if his comments to Forbes were intended to âundercutâ his key diplomat.
âI didnât undercut anybody,â Trump replied. âI donât believe in undercutting people.â
Asked if he still had self-confidence in Tillerson, Trump replied, âYes.â
Meanwhile, Trump has lengthy claimed to have a high IQ, and it has a fixation on comparing their with others.
âSorry losers and haters,â Trump messaged in 2013, âbut my I.Q. is one of the highest and you all know it! Please donât feel so stupid or insecure, itâs not your fault.â
He also messaged his IQ is higher than Jon Stewartâs, and earlier this year tweeted that will MSNBC âMorning Joeâ co-host Mika Brzezinskiâs was âlow.â
Sorry losers plus haters, but my I. Queen. is one of the highest -and you are very mindful it! Please don’t feel so ridiculous or insecure, it’s not your fault
â? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2013
â? Along with reporting by Chris Wilson plus Olivier Knox
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