Washington, Oct 5: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that he has no plans to resign and will not do so and reaffirmed his commitment towards President Dold Trump, the media reported.
At a State Department press conference on Wednesday, Tillerson also denied reports that Vice President Mike Pence had to urge him to stay in the job and sidestepped questions about whether he called Trump a “moron”, reports CNN. “The Vice President has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post,” Tillerson said.
His remarks were part of an administration wide effort to dismiss an NBC article in which aides described Tillerson calling Trump a moron and his “fury” about the ways the President has undermined him publicly on several foreign policy initiatives.
Tillerson expressed frustration that the reports of tension with Trump continue to surface and said he decided to speak publicly to “reaffirm my commitment to this role President Trump has asked me to serve and to dispel this notion that I have ever considered leaving”, CNN reported. He said that he has been asked “repeatedly” if he was going to step down. In response, the President publicly dismissed the NBC report as “fake news” and “totally made up” while on a trip to Las Vegas. The President said he had “total confidence” in Tillerson. (IANS)