Rex Tillerson assures that President Trump hasn't 'castrated' him: 'I checked'

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Bob Corker said Trump had'publicly castrated Tillerson

Bloomberg via Getty Images Bob Corker said Trump had'publicly castrated Tillerson

"As I indicated earlier when I was asked about that, I'm not going to deal with that kind of petty stuff", Tillerson told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Tillerson repeatedly declined to answer a question about a report by NBC News that said the secretary of state had called Trump a "moron" during a private meeting in July with USA officials. They're not helpful to anyone, so my position on it is: I'm not playing.

Tillerson gave a minute-long response explaining that his and President Trump's end goals are in alignment, while also describing Trump's communication methods as "unconventional".

"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued.

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But Trump's recent Twitter messages appeared to undercut Tillerson's efforts, prompting the Senate foreign relations committee chairman Bob Corker to complain that Trump was publicly castrating Tillerson and hurting diplomatic talks.

Tillerson reaffirmed his loyalty to Trump in Sunday's interview.

"This is a town that seems to relish gossip, rumor, innuendo, and they feed on it", Tillerson said.

"One that is very binding and achieves the objectives not just of the United States but the policy objectives of China and other neighbors in the region, a denuclearized Korean peninsula".

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., October 13. "But it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about". Bob Corker's comments suggesting Trump's foreign policy statements, like the ones he's posted on Twitter, "castrate" the secretary's diplomatic efforts.

But it was only recently that President Donald Trump tweeted that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the leader of the nuclear-armed nation.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017.Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!

Senator Corker made the claim in a Washington Post interview last week amid a public spat with the president. "He used unconventional techniques to motivate change", Tillerson said.

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"I checked", he told Tapper.

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