Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just held a rare press conference where he blasted the mainstream media for reports of a rift between him and President Trump, calling the claims “fake news.” He also accused the media of attempting to create division in the Administration by spreading “petty nonsense.”
Tillerson also reaffirmed his commitment to the administration and denied he ever considered resigning from his post.
Let me tell you what I’ve learned about this President, whom I did not know before taking this office. He loves his country. He puts Americans and America first. He’s smart. He demands results wherever he goes, and he holds those around him accountable for whether they’ve done the job he’s asked them to do. Accountability is one of the bedrock values the President and I share.
While I’m new to Washington, I have learned that there are some who try to sow dissension to advance their own agenda by tearing others apart in an effort to undermine President Trump’s own agenda. I do not and I will not operate that way, and the same applies to everyone on my team here at the State Department.
As Fox News put it, Tillerson also
… blasted an NBC News report detailing his supposed rift with President Trump, affirming his “commitment” to the administration and denying that he ever considered resigning.
The NBC News report had said Tillerson considered resigning over the summer amid disagreements with the White House.
“There’s never been a consideration in my mind,” Tillerson told reporters, in a previously unscheduled statement.
The report had said Tillerson even called Trump a “moron” this summer after a meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials. Vice President Pence reportedly got involved at the time to discuss ways to ease tensions.
Tillerson said Wednesday he would not address “petty” stuff like that, but said of the president, “He’s smart.”
Trump himself weighed in on the matter while on a flight to Las Vegas, smacking NBC with a brutal tweet.
NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2017
Even if Tillerson had called Trump a moron, he wouldn’t be the first frustrated secretary of state to use such language against a sitting commander-in-chief. Being in the government is hard work, a tough business with tons of frustration and stress. There’s bound to be disagreements and harsh words spoken.
The news media will do anything to promote strife in this administration, because they believe doing so will slow down the implementation of Trump’s agenda for America. If they were truly objective, they would have come just as hard after Obama, but they didn’t.
Take reports from the mainstream media with a grain of salt, folks.