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White House: Trump Still Has Confidence In Tillerson

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Tillerson said he did not speak to Trump this morning after being asked whether the president requested that he speak about the report.

Vice President Mike Pence, motivated by a desire to project stability after a series of high profile dismissals, reportedly met with Tillerson and repeatedly urged his continued service in the administration.

Of course, there have been other moments of tension between State Secretary and President, but Tillerson seemed to make the statement for an audience of one, to reaffirm his commitment to POTUS and his agenda.

Later, Donald Trump targetted NBC in a tweet: "NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN". No wonder their news ratings are way down!' "It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!" he wrote.

A person familiar with that conversation also disputed that Pence sought to coax Tillerson into not quitting. Low news and reporting standards.

The report also said that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" - an anecdote Tillerson refused to address.

In a speech at the State Department Mr Tillerson praised Mr Trump saying he had "broken the mould" on foreign policy and listed the achievements of the administration.

"There's never been a consideration in my mind to leave", the former oil executive said.

The report prompted Tillerson to hold a press conference Wednesday at which he denied that he had ever considered resigning.

When asked about that headline, Tillerson called it "petty nonsense", but did not deny it.

This week, Pres. Trump tweeted that Tillerson is "wasting his time" by negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Shortly before Mr Tillerson spoke, Mr Trump hit out at the reports on social media. "Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done". But he's not denying that he called his boss a "moron".

The host then turned to Tillerson's assertion he never "considered" leaving his job as secretary of state.

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