Politics Trump says Tillerson could be tougher, but they have good relationship

01:30  08 october  2017
01:30  08 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Trump and Tillerson ’s relationship has been the subject of media speculation for months, and on “I serve at the appointment of the president and I am here for as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives.” He demands results wherever he goes,” Tillerson said .

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confer during a working lunch in New York © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confer during a working lunch in New York

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had a good relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but that Tillerson could be tougher.

Trump, who made the comment to reporters at the White House, did not elaborate.

NBC reported this week that in a session with Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials at the Pentagon, Tillerson had openly criticized the president and referred to him as a "moron."

Tillerson on Wednesday said he had never considered resigning and was committed to Trump’s agenda, but failed to address whether he had referred to the president as a “moron,” as NBC reported.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Trump challenges Tillerson to an ‘IQ test.’ The White House claims it was ‘a joke.’ .
<p>President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried Tuesday to smooth over tensions in their relationship during a White House lunch after the president proposed an “IQ tests” faceoff with his top diplomat, who earlier had privately called Trump a “moron” and disparaged his grasp of foreign policy.</p>In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday morning, Trump fired a shot at Tillerson over the “moron” revelation, first reported by NBC News and confirmed by several other news organizations, including The Washington Post.

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