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>> There's never been a consideration in my mind to leave.>> Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushing back hard on a report that he almost handed President Trump his resignation last summer, or that there's any tension between him and the White House.>> First my commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as Secretary of State.
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>> Tillerson's comments coming after a bombshell NBC report Wednesday, suggesting Tillerson not only threatened to quit, but called Trump a moron following a Pentagon meeting in July. Tillerson's side stepping whether he made that comment.>> I'm not gonna deal with petty stuff like that.>> But the State Department emphatically denying it.
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>> The Secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the President of the United States, he does not that language to speak about anyone.>> NBC also reporting Vice President Mike Pence, had convinced Tillerson to stay on, and the tensions between him and Trump still ran deep.
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>> The Vice President has never had to persuade me to remain as Secretary of State because I have never considered leaving this post.>> President Trump weighing in on the report during a visit to Las Vegas.>> Yeah, I'm very honored by his comments. It was fake news, it was a totally bogus story.
00:01:11
Thank you very much, it was made up, it was made up by NBC. They just made it up.>> Do you have confidence in him?>> Thank you. Total confidence in him.>> Matt Spetalnick is on the story.>> This doesn't change the fact that, even though Tillerson is staying on as Secretary of State, he is far from being empowered in the making of foreign policy.
00:01:28
His own boss will continue to undermine, make his own comments, and do what he likes when it comes to that issue.>> Trump and Tillerson have appeared to clash publicly in recent weeks, on the violence at a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tillerson said Trump spoke for himself when saying counter protestors shared blame.
00:01:48
On Tillerson's diplomatic overtures to North Korea Trump tweeted that the secretary was wasting his time, but Tillerson adamant that he and Trump are working together.