Oct 15, 2017

Tillerson defends Trump's "unique" leadership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played defense for President Trump on State of the Union with Jake Tapper Sunday, deflecting questions about tensions with the president. Asked about Sen. Bob Corker's comments that Trump is "publicly castrating" him, Tillerson quipped, "I checked. I'm fully intact."

More from Tillerson's interview:

  • On whether he called Trump a "moron": "I'm not going to deal with that petty stuff ... I'm not going to dignify the question."
  • On the North Korean threat: "Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops."
  • On the Iran deal: "We want to take the agreement as it exists today ... and then begin the process of addressing these flaws." Tillerson said both he and Trump are in agreement with Defense Secretary James Mattis that it is the the national security interests of the U.S. to stay in the Iran deal.
  • On Trump's leadership: He is "the most unique president that we've certainly ever seen in modern history."

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