>> Rising discord between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump seeming to take a turn for the worse after Tillerson opted not to defend Trump's response to the recent violence in Charlottesville.>> I think there's blame on both sides.>> Asked whether Trump's much-criticized words on the white nationalist rally represented American values, Tillerson on Sunday, telling Fox News, I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values.
Then adding, the president speaks for himself. Reporter Jonathan Landay says the comments are just the latest evidence of a deepening rifts between Tillerson and Trump.>> So there have been a number of issues on which the Secretary of State and his boss seem not to be on the same page.
One of the most glaring examples is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's position on the Iran nuclear deal, which he supports. The President of the United Sates has called it the worst deal in American history, or one of them, and he would like to abrogate it.>> Tillerson also supported the Paris climate deal after Trump pulled out.
>> President Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, whereas the Secretary of State, who's a former oil executive, Exxon Mobil, has said that he believes that climate change is real.>> Tillerson's State Department seven months in appears deeply dysfunctional with many staff positions still unfilled.>> Dozens of senior positions at the State Department remain empty and have not had appointees nominated by the President of the United States and the White House.
>> A source recently telling Reuters, Tillerson was, quote, very upset at not having autonomy, independence and control over his own department with White House aids vetting his moves. Trump has shown no reluctance to go after cabinet officials who displease him, aiming a withering volley of tweets at his Attorney General Jeff Sessions this summer for recusing himself from the ongoing Russia probe.
Trump, so far, not openly taking shots at Tillerson. But political news site Axios, on Sunday, quoting Trump saying after a meeting on Afghanistan, Rex just doesn't get it. He's totally establishment in his thinking. Last month Reuters reported Tillerson has already told friends he'll be lucky to last a year in his job, and with each passing day, Trump and Tillerson are looking closer to a direct confrontation.