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Tillerson defends his voice in the administration after Trump controversy

Donald Trump Campaigns In Raleigh North Carolina Tillerson defends his voice in the administration after Trump controversy
Wilma Wheeler | 16 October, 2017, 00:56

Speaking to CNN's State of the Union on Saturday, the secretary of state underlined there was no desire from himself or President Trump to go to war with the isolated nation, but explained there were military options available. "I'm not dignifying the question with an answer, Jake, and I'm a little surprised that you want to spend so much time on it when there are so many issues around the world".

Trump "has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts", Tillerson said.

"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state", Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post.

When asked at a State Department news conference earlier this month whether he'd ever called Trump a "moron", Tillerson did not respond directly.

"This is a town that seems to relish gossip, rumor, innuendo, and they feed on it", Tillerson said. They feed on it in a very destructive way.

Tillerson acknowledged in a separate appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he and the president "don't agree on everything".

"Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops", Tillerson said in an interview this Sunday on the CNN news channel, Efe news reported.

Tillerson described Trump's work as aggressively "forcing action" on foreign policy and said his goal is to change the status quo.

Last month, Mr Trump told Mr Tillerson not to waste time seeking talks with Kim Jong-un.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017.Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done! 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. "How he wants to use his own skills tactically to push things toward change, I am there to help him achieve those".

"I'm not playing", Tillerson told Tapper, after Tapper asked about the alleged "moron" comment.

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