Trump says he'd beat Tillerson in an IQ test
DONALD Trump has suggested comparing IQ tests with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has reportedly dubbed the US President a "moron”.
"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests,” Mr Trump told Forbes magazine. "And I can tell you who is going to win.”
NBC reported last week that Mr Tillerson referred to the President as a "moron” and was on the verge of resigning until Vice President Pence managed to persuade him to stay until at least the end of the year.
Mr Tillerson, in a hastily called news conference that same day, said Mr Pence had never had to persuade him to stay "because I have never considered leaving this post”, but wouldn't deny the "moron” comment when asked by reporters.
"The places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense. I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration,” he said.
Mr Trump called the NBC report "fake news” in a tweet last Thursday, saying "Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.”
Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the President's IQ test was a joke and he had met with Mr Tillerson and the two men were focused on the administration's agenda.
"Maybe you guys should get a sense of humour,” she told reporters.
It comes as another report in The Washington Post says insiders believe Mr Trump is "rupturing alliances” in and out of the White House.
Republican Senator Bob Corker's brutal assessment of Mr Trump's fitness for office has left the party shaken.
"I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it's a situation of trying to contain him,” Sen Corker said.
"A lot of people think that there is some kind of 'good cop, bad cop' act under way, but that's just not true.
"He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation. Trump may be setting the US on the path to World War III.”
A Trump loyalist said Sen Corker had many more friends in the Senate than Mr Trump, meaning it could hurt the President's chances for a tax law overhaul.
"His presidency could be doomed,” the loyalist said.
Another Trump confidant likened the president to a whistling teapot, saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can turn into a pressure cooker and explode.
"I think we are in pressure cooker territory,” the source said.
Mr Trump directed the blame for the story to The New York Times in a tweet overnight, but managed to mock Sen Corker simultaneously.
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