A moron? But I have higher IQ than Rex Tillerson, claims Trump
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Oct 13, 2017,
Oct 13, 2017, 0:10
The spat came up as Trump addressed reporters before a meeting with Henry Kissinger, secretary of state to two former presidents, this morning at the White House. "I don't believe in undercutting people".
"I'm not undermining", Trump said.
"Let it be an arms race", Trump reportedly said.
President had previously alluded to beating Tillerson in an intelligence test.
Both Trump and Tillerson graduated from university with Bachelors of Science, majoring in economics and civil engineering respectively.
Reacting to reports last week that Mr. Tillerson referred to Mr. Trump as a "moron", the president suggested he'd win an aptitude test in an interview with Forbes. His spokeswoman later said he never used such language.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has repeatedly undercut Mr Tillerson's statements on some of America's most sensitive national security challenges, including Iran and North Korea, calling it as waste of time. "I think I'm actually strengthening authority". "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests". Trump publicly slammed the reports as "fake news", and Tillerson told reporters that he remains committed to the President. Tillerson and @VP Pence.
Shortly after winning the election, Trump tweeted that America "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".
Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional US troops and military equipment. Trump claimed in one of his tweets.