secretary state rex tillerson called trump moron

President Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now denying that he ever threatened to quit, pushing back against an NBC News story that said White House chief of staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis “begged him to stay.”

But, when Tillerson was asked by a reporter at a news conference on Wednesday if he ever called Trump a ‘moron,’ which is also in the report, Tillerson refused to say if it was true or not. Instead, he deflected and stated, “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.”

But, Tillerson actually said something a little more harsh than that. He not only called him a ‘moron,’ according to a source of MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, but called him a “f-ing moron.”

NBC News is standing by the story, despite Tillerson’s recent comments, and in regards to the ‘moron’ comment, it came after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with several members of Trump’s national security team and cabinet officials. Three separate sources verified the incident.

A dozen other current and formal senior administration officials, including those close to the president, were also consulted when they made the initial reporting:

“Tillerson, who was in Texas for his son’s wedding in late July when Trump addressed the Boy Scouts, had threatened not to return to Washington, according to three people with direct knowledge of the threats. His discussions with retired Gen. John Kelly, who would soon be named Trump’s second chief of staff, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, helped initially to reassure him, four people with direct knowledge of the exchanges said.

After Tillerson’s return to Washington, Pence arranged a meeting with him, according to three officials. During the meeting, Pence gave Tillerson a “pep talk,” one of these officials said, but also had a message: the secretary needed to figure out how to move forward within Trump’s policy framework. Kelly and Mattis have been Tillerson’s strongest allies in the cabinet. In late July, “they did beg him to stay,” a senior administration official said. “They just wanted stability.”

Still, Tillerson came out saying all those officials were ‘fake news’ and NBC was at fault for the incorrect reporting. President Trump also came out on Twitter calling it ‘fake news.’

Here’s a video of Tillerson’s press conference:



Comments

comments

SHARE

Pro Writer and Socialite