'Have to compare IQ tests': Trump ups ante in Tillerson 'moron' row

Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron'

Trump challenges Tillerson to battle of IQ tests over reported 'moron' jab

In the same report that suggested Tillerson called Trump a moron, NBC News also said Tillerson threatened to resign during the summer.

"In a few days from now, a week and a half to be exact, you'll see exactly", Trump told Huckabee.

The newest Nobel Peace Prize victor, Beatrice Fihn of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), pulled no punches by calling the president a moron directly.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Trump tweeted earlier this month, referring to the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks at President Donald J. Trump during a ceremony to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, at the Pentagon in Washington, Sept. 11, 2017.more +.

Vanity Fair claimed Mr Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with his chief of staff, John Kelly.

It's classic Trump - a slightly less juvenile version of the "I guarantee you there's no problem" retort Mr Trump snapped off during a Republican debate, when Senator Marco Rubio questioned the size of his, er, manhood.

In the Forbes interview, conducted Friday, Trump responded to criticism that he's undermined his secretary of state through his often provocative tweets that have interfered with ongoing diplomatic efforts.

As for Tillerson's reported "moron" comment, the president said, "I think it's fake news". While Mr Trump is quite comfortable with insult-trading, there's one topic that's clearly off-limits.

"He's gonna have to just make a decision that comes down to simple human dignity", said Schmidt.

Meanwhile, another national magazine overnight reported deepening rifts within the White House administration. "He made a joke, nothing more than that", Sanders said. That word was 'moron, ' according to at least three sources who were listening in or taking part in a conversation with the Secretary of State back in June.

In Las Vegas, where he flew Wednesday to honor victims of the worst mass shooting in USA history, Trump said of Tillerson's remarks at the presser: "I'm very honored by his comments".

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