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Tillerson denies report he thought of resigning

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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he's never considered leaving his diplomatic post - and strongly supports President Donald Trump, contrary to some reports.

News reported early Wednesday morning that Tillerson almost resigned over the summer "amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House".

"Tillerson was asked point blank if he called Trump a moron", tweeted author Brian Klaas.

"I am not going to deal with petty stuff like that". "I'm not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration".

"I'm very honored by his comments", Trump said of Tillerson's statement earlier in the day, denouncing that he considered leaving his post.

Countering that report, Tillerson Wednesday morning said Pence "never had to persuade" him to keep his job.

In a sign that the report caused distress in the White House, Tillerson actually convened a press conference in which he personally refuted NBC's claims.

When asked to respond to reports that he called Trump a moron, Tillerson didn't offer a denial. He called the network "fake news" and said "they are a disgrace to good reporting".

Tillerson denied meeting with Pence during his press conference. "No wonder their news ratings are way down!" It was a totally phony story.

And speaking on MSNBC, NBC's Carol Lee said that NBC "extensively reported" the story, speaking with a dozen sources.

The US media has revealed on many occasions that there are differences between the President and the Secretary of State.

While Tillerson said that he is committed to engagement on the nuclear issue, Trump said on Twitter that Tillerson is "wasting his time", and that the United States "will do what has to be done".

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