Trump challenges Rex Tillerson to IQ test

Pauline Gross
October 11, 2017

But responding to reporters' questions during an Oval Office meeting with Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, Trump insisted, "No, I didn't undercut anybody".

"I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down", Tillerson added.

Mr Tillerson thinks he's a moron?

"The places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense", Tillerson said.

The president is scheduled to sit down for lunch today with Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the White House.

Also around this time, Trump made a politicized speech to the Boy Scouts of America, which Tillerson once led.

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Trump told Forbes in his interview that he did not believe Tillerson had called him a "moron", which NBC News reported he had, but that if he did, "we'll have to compare IQ tests".

"The President certainly never implied that the secretary of state was not incredibly intelligent", she said. "I can tell you who is going to win".

While I highly doubt any IQ test will actually take place, as there is no way the Secretary of State would stoop down to such a level, it certainly would make for some good TV.

"It was fake news, it was a totally phony story", Trump said on Wednesday.

Tom Price, Trump's first Health and Human Services secretary, resigned in late September over a private plane scandal, and since becoming President, Trump has dismissed several top communication aides, a chief of staff and a chief strategist. While Mr Trump is quite comfortable with insult-trading, there's one topic that's clearly off-limits.

Several other news outlets subsequently confirmed the NBC News report, including The Washington Post and CNN.

If the U.S. exits the agreement, Iran would still receive sanctions relief from other nations party to the deal, and the move would also make Tehran "look like the victim", Murphy said.

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