Donald Trump Accused Of 'Castrating' Rex Tillerson With Tweets

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listen to statements before a luncheon with U.S. Korean and Japanese leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 21

U.S. 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.

"I checked, I'm fully intact", Tillerson replied.

On October 4, NBC News reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson almost resigned over the summer following a series of tense moments with President Trump.

Tillerson has often found himself at odds with the president on a range of issues, from withdrawing from the Paris agreement on climate change to North Korea and, at times, Iran, according to current and former US officials and news media reports.

"I agree with what he is trying to do", Tillerson said of Trump on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

And then he danced around it: "I'm not dignifying the question with an answer, Jake".

"The places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense", Tillerson said then.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Trump's comments were the equivalent of castrating the secretary in public.

In an interview Sunday, however, Tillerson refuted Corker's suggestion that the president is undermining him. It was after that session that Tillerson, in a private conversation with fellow USA officials, exasperatedly called the President a "moron", a comment that sparked new questions about the two men's relationship. I go out and do the best I can to execute those decisions successfully.

Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, has denied Tillerson ever called the President a "moron".

Trump hit back against the report, telling Forbes earlier his week that if Tillerson called him a "moron", he would want to compare IQ scores.

Tillerson has been painted by some "America First" forces as a publicity-shy, slow-moving "globalist" who did not grasp the nationalist platform of Trump's campaign.

"I am fully committed to his objectives".

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.

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