Trump Predictably Explodes Over Tillerson/Moron Report

Trump is rage-tweeting from Air Force One on his way to visit Las Vegas victims. Seriously.

CNBC reports:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said he has “never considered leaving” his job and is committed to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy goals.

On Wednesday, NBC News reported that Tillerson came close to resigning this summer but was urged to stay in the job until the end of the year. He referred to Trump as a “moron” in July following a meeting with the president’s national security team, according to NBC, which cited multiple high-level administration sources.

“There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave,” the top American diplomat told reporters. “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.”

Asked specifically whether he called Trump a “moron,” Tillerson stopped short of denying it. “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that. … I’m not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration,” the secretary of State said.

From CBS News:

Dan Scavino Jr., assistant to the president and director of social media at the White House, tweeted the exact comment that Mr. Trump’s Twitter account made at the same time, then deleted it.

This comes after President Trump undercut Tillerson in a tweet on Sunday, saying that America’s top diplomat “is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” referring to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Mr. Trump made the comment even after top administration officials have emphasized that their top priority is to figure out a diplomatic route to dismantling its nuclear program. In another tweet Sunday, Mr. Trump encouraged Tillerson to “save your energy,” adding “we’ll do what has to be done!”