White House: Trump's IQ jab at Tillerson was 'a joke'

Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron'

Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron'

Trump and Tillerson, along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, will have lunch together at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

In the interview with Forbes, Trump also said that numerous unfilled positions within the State Department would remain empty.

"In a few days from now, a week and a half to be exact, you'll see exactly", Trump told Huckabee.

President Donald Trump claimed that he didn't undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by saying that the two leaders should compare their IQ scores.

When given the opportunity to deny insulting Trump, Tillerson skirted the topic. The White House has been finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states.

Trump said he has been slow to make appointments across the federal government in an effort to make the country more efficient.

Trump has repeatedly appeared to undermine Tillerson, tweeting negatively about the secretary of state after a diagolue was reportedly reopened with North Korea.

Trump and his administration have looked to discredit the initial NBC report, despite the fact that other outlets have since confirmed Tillerson made the comment.

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They included a complete overhaul of the green-card system that would limit family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of USA citizens and lawful permanent residents as part of an effort to end what is known as "chain migration".

"I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down", Tillerson added.

Still, last week Trump told reporters he has "total confidence" in his secretary of state.

Tillerson, 65, has served as secretary of state since shortly after Trump took office in January.

The newest Nobel Peace Prize victor, Beatrice Fihn of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), pulled no punches by calling the president a moron directly. Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning in the US.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Trump has often questioned the IQ of those in his Twitter crosshairs.

"Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign".

The supposed comment has clearly touched a nerve with the US President, who later went to claim that he rarely has to consult with generals because he has "a very good brain" and has "the best words" after having such a high level and quality of education.

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