Monday, 18 December, 2017

Tillerson calls NBC News report on his resignation 'erroneous'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers a question from the media on North Korea while meeting with the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Paul Gallagher Tuesday Sept. 26 2017 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Jacquelyn Martin AP
Christy Curtis | 06 October, 2017, 01:31

"Tillerson and @VP Pence", Trump tweeted. But the places I come from we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense.

Mr Tillerson's tenure has been dogged with rumors about his unhappiness with Mr Trump's policies, but the Secretary of State offered a vigorous defence of both the U.S. president and his foreign policy goals.

The President said he had "total confidence" in Tillerson.

In his press conference, Tillerson said that he had "never considered leaving his post", and that he was proudly part of a team that was helping to "make America great again". "I do not and I will not operate that way", he said, responding to a question on news reports that he had offered to resign.

Tillerson took the unusual step of making a televised statement following an NBC News report Wednesday morning that he considered resigning after the meeting and to be persuaded to stay by Vice President Pence.

Word is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron" over the summer.

In response, the President publicly dismissed the NBC report as "fake news" and "totally made up" while on a trip to Las Vegas.

But whatevs, right? If cabinet members aren't slagging their boss, what good are they, right? "He's smart, and demands results wherever he goes". No wonder their news ratings are way down!'

Stephen Colbert probed Rex Tillerson's decision to hold an impromptu presser earlier in the day, declaring his love for his job.

NBC News' Hallie Jackson said on air that NBC "will not be issuing an apology to America".

An NBC News spokeswoman told Business Insider on Wednesday that the news organization stood by its reporting.

It comes three days after Mr Trump his chief diplomat is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea about its nuclear and missile programmes.

In July, US Vice President Mike Pines met with Tillerson in a bid to ease the growing political row between him and the US president.

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