For some reason, Trump thought it'd be a good idea to keep the story going a little longer in a new interview with Forbes. Tillerson, whom Trump is said to sometimes deride as Mr.
The report came just days after Tillerson said the United States had direct lines of communication with North Korea to deescalate the nuclear crisis only to have Trump dismiss the efforts on Twitter. With that said, listening to the two men speak and interact with government and the public in general, I would assume that Tillerson's IQ would be significantly higher. In recent days, Tillerson has reaffirmed his commitment to Trump, but has not denied that he made the comment. He also said he still has confidence in Tillerson as secretary of state. I'm not talking about executive orders only, which are very important.
Trump said he has been slow to make appointments across the federal government in an effort to make the country more efficient.
Trump added in the Forbes interview that Tillerson was "wasting his time" when Tillerson appeared to be reopening talks with North Korea.
I doubt the president has forgotten or forgiven Tillersons reaction to Trumps deeply offensive many sides analysis of Charlottesville.
But responding to reporters' questions during an Oval Office meeting with Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, Trump insisted, "No, I didn't undercut anybody".
Tillerson delivered a statement on Wednesday affirming his support for Trump and desire to stay in the role, following an NBC report that he called Trump a "moron".
"I also have another bill ... an economic development bill, which I think will be fantastic".
Trump said the story was made up when asked about it last week, but Tillerson refused to deny the comment at a press conference. His spokeswoman later said he never used such language. "It is #FakeNews", Trump tweeted at the time.
In Las Vegas, where he flew Wednesday to honor victims of the worst mass shooting in USA history, Trump said of Tillerson's remarks at the presser: "I'm very honored by his comments".