Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: I never considered leaving post of top diplomat

Posted at 11:12 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 11:33:23-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rex Tillerson says he has never considered leaving the post of secretary of state.

Tillerson said Wednesday that reports suggesting otherwise are "erroneous."

He was giving a statement Wednesday after NBC News reported the former Exxon Mobil CEO had been on the verge of resigning this summer amid mounting policy disputes with the White House.

NBC said the tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump gave a politicized speech in July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led.

NBC also said Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron" after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump's national security team and Cabinet officials. NBC cited three anonymous officials familiar with the incident.

Asked about the report, Tillerson replied, "We don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense."

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