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