WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Wednesday that he by no means thought-about abandoning his job as President Donald Trump’s prime diplomat, disputing what he referred to as “misguided” studies that he was on the verge of resigning earlier this yr.
Tillerson, nevertheless, didn’t deny a narrative that he had referred to as the president a “moron” after a contentious July 20 assembly on the Pentagon.
“We don’t cope with that sort of petty nonsense,” Tillerson stated. “I’m simply not going to be a part of this effort to divide this administration.”
The press-shy, former Exxon Mobil CEO addressed reporters on the State Division and fielded questions after an NBC Information report appeared to throw his future into doubt.
The story stated Tillerson had been on the verge of resigning this summer time amid mounting coverage disputes with the White Home. It stated the tensions got here to a head across the time President Donald Trump gave a politicized speech in July to the Boy Scouts of America, a corporation Tillerson as soon as led.
Citing three nameless officers conversant in the incident, NBC additionally stated Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron” after a July 20 assembly on the Pentagon with members of Trump’s nationwide safety group and Cupboard officers.
Minutes earlier than Tillerson spoke, Trump appeared to offer Tillerson his backing.
“NBC information is #FakeNews and extra dishonest than even CNN. They’re a shame to good reporting. No marvel their information scores are method down!” Trump tweeted.