WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he’s got a good relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but they don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye on North Korea.
Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that he and Tillerson “actually have a very good relationship.” But when the president is asked if he and Tillerson agree on North Korea, Trump says he has “a little bit of a different attitude on North Korea than other people might have.”
Trump says he listens to everyone “but ultimately my attitude is the one that matters.”
The president says he may feel “stronger and tougher” than other people on the subject.
President Donald Trump has challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “compare IQ tests.” That sharp-edged ribbing threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking.
Trump issued the challenge in an interview with Forbes magazine, when asked about reports that Tillerson called him a “moron” after a classified briefing this summer. The president responded that if the claim was true, the two should duke it out in a battle of brainpower.
And Trump said “I can tell you who is going to win.”