Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tillerson defends his voice in the administration after Trump controversy

Tillerson defends his voice in the administration after Trump controversy

The Secretary of State was forced this month to deny claims of a serious rift with Trump, after it was reported he had called the president a "moron". "These are the games of Washington".

Pressed repeatedly on the subject by Tapper on Sunday, Tillerson refused to budge. They're not helpful to anyone. "I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration".

But despite Tillerson's efforts to move beyond the story, it has created a perception among many in Washington that the clash with Trump has weakened the secretary of state's voice on the world stage.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice", Corker told The Post.

"The places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense", Tillerson said then. He previously dispatched State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to flatly deny he ever called the president a "moron".

Tillerson insisted the relationship is solid, and that the continuing public focus on whether he's being undermined by the president has not impeded his ability to succeed in his role. Bob Corker's comments suggesting Trump's foreign policy statements, like the ones he's posted on Twitter, "castrate" the secretary's diplomatic efforts.

I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.

"He continued, ".Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

"I checked", he told Tapper. In this HPRgument, HPR writers Cara Kupferman, Mikael Tessema, Byron Hurlbut, Noah Redlich, Lauren Anderson, and Ben Paris analyze the implications of the tension between Tillerson and Trump, and envision the consequences of Tillerson's potential resignation. Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.), added additional fuel to the speculated tension between Trump and Tillerson in an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, in which he said Trump is trying to "publicly castrate" Tillerson. Several top officials, including Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly are helping "separate our country from chaos", Corker said earlier this month.

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