Donald Trump says he's prepared to compete with Rex Tillerson in an IQ test, but Steve Schmidt wanted to point out that the insult the secretary of state reportedly hurled at his boss is supreme in its class. But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests.
Kelly skipped a planned trip with the president to Las Vegas, ostensibly to huddle with other top administration officials on how to control the Tillerson fallout.
In the Forbes interview, Trump responds to undercutting Tillerson's reported negotiations with North Korea. Tillerson also has publicly complained about the White House blocking him from making key appointments. "I don't believe in undercutting people".
"I think it's fake news", Trump told Forbes magazine in an interview published overnight.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert later denied the report, saying that Tillerson "does not use that language to speak about anyone". Tillerson quickly held a news conference to deny that he had ever considered resigning but did not outright deny ever calling the president a "moron".
McCaskill, who has conducted more than 40 town halls this year, said that at all of her town halls "there's been uncertainty about the president's demeanor" and "his impulsivity" on the part of her constituents, but she told reporters that she wants to treat Trump with the same respect she gave his predecessors.
Still, Trump claimed last week that the report was fabricated.
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.
If there's nothing else that those anxious about national security can agree on, it's that President Trump is too hot tempered, impulsive and shallow-thinking to be in charge of our defense.
The lunch comes a week after NBC, CNN and other news outlets reported that Tillerson had referred to the President as a "moron" at the Pentagon this summer. In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he said he's ready to go head to head with Tillerson to compare smarts.
"As the secretary of state said, this is a pretty ridiculous accusation and, frankly, I think it's beneath the secretary of state to weigh in on every rumor out there", Huckabee Sanders said.