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SEE IT: Twitter Explodes in Mockery After Rex Tillerson Refuses to Deny He Called Trump a ‘Moron’

State Secretary Rex Tillerson made an unexpected statement to refute media reports alleging he called the president a “moron,” but then refused to deny making the remark.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Tillerson considered resigning from his position after repeatedly clashing with the White House. According to the report, Tillerson called Trump a “moron” after a meeting at the Pentagon with Trump’s national security team.

Officials told NBC that Vice President Mike Pence “counseled” Tillerson on “ways to ease tensions with Trump,” urging him to be “respectful of the president.”

According to the report, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, and Defense Secretary James Mattis “begged” Tillerson to stay.

Tillerson made an unscheduled statement Wednesday at the State Department, denying that he intended to quit but refused to deny calling Trump a “moron.”

“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post,” he told reporters.

Tillerson said Trump “loves this country. He puts Americans and America First. He’s smart.”

When asked by a reporter about the “moron” remark, Tillerson replied, “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.”

“The places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense,” he added, not denying the comment. “I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”

Trump lashed out on Twitter after the statement, gloating that the NBC News article “has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson.”

“It is #FakeNews,” he said. “They should issue an apology to AMERICA!”

America, not that eager for an apology from NBC News, instead noticed that Tillerson didn’t “totally refute” all the parts of the story.

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