The media has resorted to covering the White House equivalent of middle school drama, with NBC News reporting at the beginning of the month that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had referred to the president as a “moron.” Tillerson held a brief press conference to deny the allegations. It seemed odd that a press conference would be needed for something so petty, but perhaps Tillerson gave it to thwart the narrative of conflict that has emerged.
Trump joked in response that “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” The high-IQ society MENSA has since offered to host free IQ tests for a showdown between the two.
Despite any minor conflict that may exist between the two, Tillerson showed that he and Trump share a similar sense of humor while appearing on CNN today.
As The Hill reported, Tillerson on Sunday pushed back against comments from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that Trump is trying to “publicly castrate” his chief diplomat.
“I checked, I’m fully intact,” Tillerson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The secretary of state also said he thinks Trump is an “unconventional” president who uses unconventional communication tools and techniques to motivate change.
Tillerson said people who have been around Washington for a long time do not like change.
“The last thing anybody likes to do in this town is make a decision,” he said. “Because when you make a decision, you’re suddenly accountable for that decision.”
Tillerson said Trump is trying to motivate people to change.
“People in this town get very nervous and get very uptight about having to address serious issues by making decisions,” Tillerson said, adding the president is trying to do that in his “very unique style.”
The secretary of State also said he’s fully committed to Trump’s objectives.
His comments come after Corker in an interview with The Washington Post ripped Trump over his relationship with Tillerson.
“You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice,” Corker told the Post.
Funny stuff for sure.
I’m not sure how revealing Tapper realizes it is that he (and countless others in the media) continue to press Tillerson over whether or not he called the president a “moron,” even after denying doing so on multiple occasions. Could it be any more obvious that they’re desperate to push a narrative of a White House in disarray?