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Trump floats IQ test contest with Tillerson after ‘moron’ report

epaselect epa06244373 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 04 October 2017. Tillerson denied ever having considered resigning and that he fully supported President Trump's agenda.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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President Donald Trump defended his intelligence after reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron.’’ “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” Trump said in an interview with Forbes Magazine published on Tuesday. “And I can tell you who is going to win.”
The president’s comments come less than a week after NBC News reported that Tillerson had described the president in unflattering terms and was on the verge of resigning earlier this year.
Trump and Tillerson have denied the reports, though Tillerson didn’t directly answer when reporters asked if he had called the president a moron. A State Department spokeswoman later said Tillerson doesn’t use that kind of language.
Trump is set to meet with Tillerson at the White House on Tuesday. Tillerson told reporters last week that he would be giving the president a recommendation on what to do about the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has called the deal an “embarrassment” and threatened to decertify it before an October 15 deadline.
In the interview with Forbes, Trump also said that many of the unfilled positions within the State Department would remain empty.

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