Rex Tillerson Once Again Does Not Deny Calling President Trump a Moron
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 16, 2017,
Oct 16, 2017, 0:25
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dryly said he'd checked and was still "fully intact" Sunday after being asked to respond to a Republican senator's suggestion that he had been publicly "castrated" by President Donald Trump.
"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued. I agree with his objectives.
"The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically", Mr Tillerson said.
But Tillerson sought to minimize the controversial tweets on Sunday, saying that was Trump's way of trying to move the ball forward.
Even though many have criticized Tillerson, at the very least Corker says he has been instrumental in opening up diplomatic channels with China.
Jake Tapper asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning rather directly if he did, in fact, call President Trump a moron.
Tillerson denied Trump was undermining him on the worldwide stage, after outspoken Republican senator and Trump critic Bob Corker accused the president of seeking to "castrate" his Secretary of State. Despite a statement on Twitter that suggested diplomacy won't work, the President wants to avoid violence, Tillerson said.
Asked if Trump's tweets undermined his diplomatic efforts, Tillerson said connections between USA and Chinese leaders were close and that the Chinese "are not confused in any way" about US policy toward North Korea.
They men also disagreed on the nation's Afghanistan strategy, which was discussed in the July Pentagon meeting, though Trump was persuaded by Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to maintain the United States' presence in the region. Sen.
Tillerson has batted away rumors that he might resign.
The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley pushed the same argument during appearances on Sunday talk shows, telling ABC's This Week that reevaluating the Iran deal "sends the ideal message to North Korea, which is, we're not going to engage in a bad deal". The secretary of state insisted that he has a strong working relationship with the president without any name-calling. "At the end of the day, he makes decisions".
"I know the appearance of it certainly looks like there's sometimes disunity", Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".