Tillerson defends his voice in the administration after Trump controversy

Trevor Jackson
October 16, 2017

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Tillerson told anchor Jake Tapper that he maintains a close and candid relationship with Trump, despite reports indicating Tillerson's frustrations with the commander in chief.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday his diplomatic efforts will continue as long as they possibly can despite the saber-rattling on both sides of the Pacific. And they feed on it.

"He has assembled a very, I think, unconventional team", Tillerson said. Although the president's tweets "raise tension in the region" and are "irresponsible", Corker is most concerned about what he characterized as the "castration" of Tillerson.

NBC News reported later in October that Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron" after a Pentagon meeting this summer, and that Tillerson had been on the verge of quitting before Vice President Pence counseled him to stay on in the administration.

Tillerson's comments on Sunday come amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a war of words between the two countries' leaders. "These are the games of Washington".

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Also in the interview, Tillerson once again refused to deny recent reports that he called Trump a "moron", giving an identical answer to the one he offered when the story broke: "I'm not gonna deal with that kind of petty stuff".

"I don't work that way and I'm not going to dignify the question", he added.

Donald Trump ridicules anyone who opposes his words or policies mercilessly on Twitter, but Senator Bob Corker seems to be impervious to the president's sophomoric tweets.

"US Republican senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump on Friday, saying the presidents undermining of his secretary of state was like castrating him in public. But it's the first part that I am most exercised about", he continued.

But Tillerson said suggestions that he's been undermined have no basis in fact.

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