United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has denied rumours of a rift with Donald Trump, amid media reports he had called the president a “moron”.
“I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that,” he said, without denying the alleged remark.
It said he had been advised by Vice-President Mike Pence “on ways to ease tensions” with the president, the report added – something which Tillerson denies.
Trump insists the NBC story had been “fully refuted”, but even if the details are adamantly denied by the White House, the reality is Tillerson and the president frequently move in different directions on foreign policy.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he had told his secretary of state that he was wasting his time attempting to negotiate with North Korea, just hours after Tillerson had said the US was in contact with Pyongyang.