Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

President Trump challenges his own secretary of state to compare "IQ tests"

President Trump challenges his own secretary of state to compare

Tom Friedman appeared on Morning Joe today, and he had some pointed words for Rex Tillerson following the latest news about why the secretary of state reportedly called President Trump a "moron".

Tillerson scrambled last week to counter an NBC News report claiming that Vice President Pence had to intervene over the summer to help convince him not to resign - and that Tillerson called the commander-in-chief a "moron". Tillerson scores 120, while Trump's is just a crudely done kid's drawing of the president in a truck.

Trump says he listens to everyone "but ultimately my attitude is the one that matters".

Trump, clearly scorned by reports of Tillerson's comments, told Forbes in an interview released Tuesday that he has a higher IQ than his secretary of state.

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FILE - In this August 11, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump challenged Tillerson to "compare IQ tests", delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat.

Tension has been simmering between the pair for some time over North Korea, with Trump's aggressive rhetoric at odds with Tillerson's more measured approach.

Most recently, Republican Senator Bob Corker compared the Trump White House to an "adult day care center" where aides constantly work to keep Trump from bumbling, possibly into World War III.

And Trump said "I can tell you who is going to win". "I think I'm actually strengthening authority".

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