Trump suggests facing off with Tillerson in IQ test

Jerome Frank
October 11, 2017

Last week, NBC News reported that the former ExxonMobil executive had called the president a "fucking moron", a charge that Tillerson did not immediately deny.

United States President Donald Trump has said he still has confidence in Rex Tillerson, but only after suggesting he was smarter than his own Secretary of State by challenging him to an IQ test.

In a televised interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that aired Saturday night, Trump also wouldn't say if the USA was planning to get rid of the Iran deal. "And I can tell you who is going to win".

In an interview with Forbes magazine, Trump said that he has had: "just about the most legislation passed of any president, in a nine-month period, that's ever served".

In yet another weird indication that Donald Trump's inner circle is fracturing more every day, the President has publicly challenged his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ contest.

Donald Trump insists that the stories about Rex Tillerson insulting his intelligence - despite being heavily sourced - are "fake news".

"We've made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks", Tillerson said.

Tillerson would find it beneath both his personal dignity and the dignity of the presidency - but he'd sign on too, as it'd be a ideal opportunity for him to exit the administration.

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For the sake of clarity, we might point out that further reporting indicated the president's Secretary of State called him a "fucking moron".

"I'm generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be-because you don't need them", he said. A State Department spokeswoman later said Tillerson doesn't use that kind of language.

"I don't think we'll know until it gets done", Gingrich said.

Tillerson said he never considered resigning, though he didn't directly address the reported insult.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the president's "draconian and anti-immigrant principles" threatened to jeopardise "the bi-partisan, bi-cameral progress that has been made to pass a legislative solution that will protect almost 800 000 Dreamers".

Trump over the weekend responded positively when asked about his relationship with the Secretary of State.

At the press conference, he parried the question by saying the issue of whether he called his boss a "moron" was "petty". "Your stock market is at an all-time high", he said.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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