Rex Tillerson refuses to deny calling Trump a 'moron' at emergency press conference


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not deny calling Donald Trump a "moron," but voiced his support for the administration and Trump in a strange emergency news conference.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attacked a report that he called Donald Trump a "moron," in an unusual statement to the media. But he did not deny the story.

After reciting praise of Trump's agenda, Tillerson said his commitment to the administration is "as strong as ever," and denied reports that he had to be talked out of resigning his position by Vice President Mike Pence.

Tillerson insisted in his statement, read like a hostage from prepared text, that Trump was "smart" and said he was "making America great again."

Tillerson was reacting to a report from NBC News that said he was on the verge of resigning his post, and had called Trump a "moron" after meeting with members of the national security team and other Cabinet officials. NBC sourced the report to "three officials familiar with the incident."

Referring to the NBC report's quote, Tillerson said, "There are some who sow distention in an attempt to further their own agendas."

After Tillerson's statement, CNN reported that its own sources had confirmed Tillerson did indeed refer to Trump as a "moron."

Meanwhile, MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle said her sources told her the exact quote was "effing moron."

Right before Tillerson spoke, Trump attacked the NBC story, decrying it as "fake news" while en route to Las Vegas to respond to the mass shooting there.

Trump then followed up that tweet with some fake news of his own:

Despite Trump's desperate tweets, Tillerson did not refute the entire story at his bizarre press conference, instead seeming to confirm that he did in fact call the president of the United States a "moron."