Rex Tillerson cleans up after Trump on Iran but dodges 'castration' questions

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listen to statements before a luncheon with U.S. Korean and Japanese leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 21

In an interview with CNN, Tillerson tried to minimize tweets the president recently sent that appeared to undermine the secretary of state's diplomatic efforts and credibility.

"US Republican senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump on Friday, saying the presidents undermining of his secretary of state was like castrating him in public".

In a number of tweets on the topic, Trump previously hit out at Tillerson's negotiation tactics over North Korea on October 1, stating: "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man".

His statement came after Pyongyang threatened last Friday to fire missiles targeting an area close to the US island of Guam, in response to Washington's military deployment in the region and a week after US President Donald Trump said that "only one thing will work" to put an end to the conflict, without explaining what that "one thing" was. "I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration". "I think this is an unconventional president", he told CNN's Jake Tapper. He uses unconventional communication tools. And for people who have been around Washington a long time, this is not a place that likes to change.




An NBC report claimed that Tillerson had called the president a "moron", with Trump responding by challenging Tillerson to an IQ test. "He used unconventional techniques to motivate change", Tillerson said. "But that's because he does not accept the status quo with the many threats that we are confronting in the world today".

"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued.

Even though many have criticized Tillerson, at the very least Corker says he has been instrumental in opening up diplomatic channels with China.

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