Tillerson Vows To Stay On, Slams NBC 'Moron' Report

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday denied he has ever considered resigning from his post. Tillerson gave an unscheduled statement after NBC News reported he was on the verge of quitting over the summer, calling Trump a moron and prompting Mike Pence to intervene.

“My commitment to the success of the president and the country is as strong as it was” upon taking office, Tillerson told reporters Wednesday at the State Department in Washington. “I have never considered leaving this post.”

"The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of State because I have never considered leaving," he told reporters at the State Department. Tillerson refused to deny a claim in the report that he called President Trump a "moron" following tense meeting with national security officials over the summer.

Tillerson said of the 'moron' report, “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.” He added that he hasn’t spoken to the president on Wednesday morning.

Notably, President Trump appeared to refer to the report in a Twitter post just moments before Tillerson spoke, saying “NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!”

Headlines from Tillerson's address:

  • *TILLERSON SAYS COMMITMENT TO TRUMP, COUNTRY AS STRONG AS EVER
  • *TILLERSON: TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY GOALS BREAK TRADITIONAL MOLD
  • *TILLERSON: `WE'RE FINDING NEW WAYS TO GOVERN'
  • *TILLERSON SAYS TRUMP ADMIN. IS DELIVERING RESULTS FOR U.S.
  • *TILLERSON SAYS TRUMP OFFICIALS HAVE WORKED AS A TEAM
  • *TILLERSON SAYS HE TALKS WITH MATTIS VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY
  • *TILLERSON: MUST BE CLOSE TIES IN DIPLOMATIC, DEFENSE EFFORTS
  • *TILLERSON: `WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED'
  • *TILLERSON SAYS HE'S NEVER CONSIDERED LEAVING HIS POST
  • *TILLERSON: TRUMP LOVES COUNTRY, PUTS AMERICANS FIRST
  • *TILLERSON: WILL SERVE AS SEC. OF STATE AS LONG AS TRUMP WANTS
  • *TILLERSON: WON'T DEAL WITH `PETTY STUFF' AFTER `MORON' REPORT
  • *TILLERSON: WON'T BE PART OF EFFORT TO DIVIDE ADMINISTRATION

Update: according to Politico, Rex Tillerson is not resigning. Furthermore, in an apparent intervention by the president, moments ago Donald Trump tweeted that "NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!"

It appears that Rex is safe for the time being.

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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson is set to deliver a statement to the media shortly, whose "topic is unknown" according to Reuters, although following today's report from NBC that he had called Trump a "moron" after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials, there is speculation that Tillerson will offer his resignation.

As we reported earlier, the tensions between Trump and the former Exxon CEO reportedly came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led, NBC reported citing officials familiar.

Tillerson, who was in Texas for his son’s wedding in late July when Trump addressed the Boy Scouts, had threatened not to return to Washington, according to three people with direct knowledge of the threats. His discussions with retired Gen. John Kelly, who would soon be named Trump’s second chief of staff, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, helped initially to reassure him, four people with direct knowledge of the exchanges said.

At that time, however, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert responded to speculation that Tillerson was thinking about resigning by saying he was “committed to staying” and was “just taking a little time off” in Texas.

Just days earlier, Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a "moron" after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials. NBC notes that while it's unclear if he was aware of the incident, VP Mike Pence "counseled Tillerson", who is fourth in line to the presidency, on ways to ease tensions with Trump, and other top administration officials urged him to remain in the job at least until the end of the year.

Following the NBC report, the President of the Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, called on Tillerson to resign:

Should Tillerson indeed resign, it is unclear if it will be dollar negative or positive, as the rising risks of geopolitical escalation without the SecState to "buffer" Trump's id, will likely make the probability of geopolitical conflict greater, which however these days could be either good or bad for the dollar.

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TheLastTrump's picture

Dude acted like he didn't want the job to begin with...don't let the door hitya' where the good Lord splitya'.

BaBaBouy's picture

Can't work no-mo with former Casino Boss ...

JimmyJones's picture

Well if  Council of Foreign Relations guy doesn't like him, he must be doing something right.

bamawatson's picture

fun ? you say https://vimeo.com/232592315

rex is running off with tom petty

much fun

all there is to say

pods's picture

So Rex called a press conference to drop a big nothingburger?

At least he could've owned the moron comment.

"Yeah, he's a moron, but he's MY moron."

pods

Occident Mortal's picture

Tillerson's service brings a hell of a lot to the US government right now.

 

From an international persepctive everybody has bags of respect for Rex. You will never see any international leaders bad mouthing Rex because they all respect the fact that he rose though such a huge meritocracy at Exxon and he is exactly the kind of enemy that nobody wants.

Son of Loki's picture

Fake News NBC.

Nothing new there.

Fake News CNN, NPR, MSNBC and NBC.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

This bullshit gossip from unnamed sources is just like what HS girls do to each other.

Kayman's picture

Why dig up real news when your lazy ass can just make shit up.

Tillerson, the guy that knows where all the oil and gas is in the world, with all the short run and long run choke points, is the best Secretary of State pick in a century.

Oldwood's picture

Tillerson's job is to negotiate.

Trump's job is to be the hammer.

Traditional US negotiation is about deciding how much we will give away for promises we know will never be kept. Trump represents consequence to those nogotiations. He is telling the world that negotiations are not working and hold no promise of working, the single best opportunity to motivate NK to actually participate in MEANINGFUL negotiations....something that has never happened before.

Hal n back's picture

Hilary is a moron, corrupt, & inept.

two hoots's picture

Hang in there Mr. Tillerson, we need more grown men in the room.  Know you are above emotional decisions and see the important task before you, America needs you.

Keep whittling away at the bloated State.

Tillerson 2020!

Shitonya Serfs's picture

He'll be replaced with another GS goon, or former Bush guy. Maybe a Bergwitz.

TBT or not TBT's picture

John Bolton.   Fear the 'stache!

auricle's picture

War whores believe anybody who doesn't love war is a moron. Rex should be fired. 

consider me gone's picture

I both like and fear Bolton.  Bolton as SOS would be some scary shit. I would like his stance but would fear its consequences.

curbjob's picture

If you want to see the soles of John Boltons feet, look at the asscrack of Israel.

Gazooks's picture

eew..

 

..but true

 

 

 

Kayman's picture

Bolton sold his ass out to the Washington Mob, a long time ago. The Council on Foreign Relations should be outed as an Anti-American terrorist org.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Why was Rex upset about Trump and his Boy Scout speech- because Trump didn't praise the fags that Rex allowed into the BSA?

NoVa's picture

well, at least he got his estate reallocated out of Exxon stock, TAX FREE.

US Code ~ 1043

 

NoVa

 

pods's picture

There is a whole line of "briar rabbits" waiting to get forced into government service.

pods

Everybodys All American's picture

Continuity of Government issue. If the deep state (which includes CFR) is going to remove Trump/Pence they are not wanting a Secreatary of State in Tillerson to be in line to the presidency either. I also believe they are getting ready to move on Trump. Btw, I admit to being suspicious of everyone and everything now especially with recent Antifa announcements and the Las Vegas shootings.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Why isn't the CFR deemed to be a subversive organization, and prosecuted as such?

Bazinga's picture

Another worthwhile post by TheLastDump! What a waste...

Squid Viscous's picture

i wish this fukn kike Richard Haass would take a nice long Zyklon shower, or maybe self immolate on CNN,

Justin Case's picture

This whole washington has turned into a cheezy hollywood soap series. Mostly irrelevant actvities, quotes, gestures, expressions, tweets, he said, she said. So lets hear something relevent to the election promises and the progress on those items, spare us the bullshit distractions of this soap opera.

pods's picture

I barely stop by even the hedge anymore. It's all just the same bullshit over and over.

Missile launch, ES up 10 points. Rumor, tweet. 

Have ANY of the REAL problems with the USA been addressed?  No, not Mexicans, Lil Kim and opiods.

But debt and insolvency?  A gabillion in unfunded mandates?  Inflation eating away at my standard of living every waking moment of every day?

Nope, nobody in government will touch that shit.  Cause the people who own them won't let them, lest they get Weinered.

pods

HRClinton's picture
  • *TILLERSON SAYS HE TALKS WITH MATTIS VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY.

Who cares?!  Shouldn't Tillerson be talking to TRUMP virtually every day?

 

jimmy12345's picture

Tillerson is right, Trump is a moron.

pods's picture

No truth to the rumor that the Hildabeast is brushing off her old server to assume the position again.

My bad, sorry. Should never have said Hillary and "assume the position" in the same line.

But y'all pictured cankles doggy with that ass the size of a barbecue grill staring back at ya, so it's worth it.

pods

TBT or not TBT's picture

You mean like, with a brush?

pound the vix's picture

Because NBC is always accurate with their reporting!

nomad943's picture

See ya. We voted for Trump, not Wall Street

Aristofani's picture

Wall Street is still there running the show with the neocons "shit for brains"!

Miss Expectations's picture

These tippy top corporate executives just can't play second fiddle.

roadhazard's picture

"I can't work for a moron." ~ Tillerson

Squid Viscous's picture

yeah, CEO of Exxon, what a fucking moron...how'd he fool everyone?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Yeah but he didn't ace womyn's studies, did he? /s

Brazen Heist's picture

Rex will be resigning...ha ha imagine that!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Imagine there's no countries....   We need another such John Lenon type at State.  IE a globalist.   Not.  

historian40's picture

"Earlier in the day, the President of the Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, following the NBC report, called on Tillerson to resign"

I guess having the CEO of Exxon, a corporate sponsor of the CFR, as Sec. of State wasn't good enough.  They need to install a straight up agent like the previous Sec. of State going back decades.

I'd eat my hat if Trump managed to appoint someone anti-CFR, and pro-US nationalism.