President Trump challenges his own secretary of state to compare "IQ tests"

Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron'

Tillerson adamantly denied he considered resigning, while a spokeswoman later pushed back on the "moron" anecdote, though reporters stood by the account.

Furthermore, the bookmaker has opened a new "Tillerson Secretary of State" market, placing odds of 1/3 that Rex will remain as the chief advisor for President Trump's foreign policy.

Both Trump and Tillerson are successful ex-CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies, so one would normally assume that any IQ challenge would result in some fairly close results. Low news and reporting standards.

After the reports Trump took to Twitter to publicly upbraid the former ExxonMobil CEO for "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea. While Fihn later said that she was joking in response to the Tillerson news, she reiterated, "I think that the election of President Donald Trump has made a lot of people very uncomfortable with the fact that he alone can authorize the use of nuclear weapons". "And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump said.

Still, Trump claimed last week that the report was fabricated.

Asked about Trump's own rhetoric, Tillerson said the entire situation was "overheated".

In the Forbes interview, conducted on Friday, Trump responded to criticism that he's undermined his secretary of state through his often provocative tweets that have interfered directly with ongoing diplomatic efforts.

"No, I didn't undercut anybody", Trump said.

Though the uneasy relationship continues, it is unlikely - for now - that Tillerson will leave, sources have told CNN, because the President and his top aides are aware of the perception that they are shedding top staff at an unnerving clip. Clearly Mr Trump doesn't agree.

Now Trump says he still has confidence in his secretary of state and did not intend to "undercut" him when he questioned his intelligence level.

Just to make it clear that he's smarter than his secretary of state, Trump suggested taking a test to prove it.

Meanwhile, another national magazine overnight reported deepening rifts within the White House administration. "Totally undercut, completely ineffective as secretary of state". It was fake news.

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