The curious and increasingly combative relationship between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took another turn for the freakish Tuesday, when Trump suggested the two "compare IQ tests" amid reports Tillerson had called him a "moron".
U.S. President Donald Trump has challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to compare IQ tests.
Even his own allies admit that the president is in way over his head, and but for the hard work of his Cabinet - especially General John Kelly, Tillerson and General James Mattis - the country would be in even worse shape than it is right now.
"I'm not undermining", the president said.
After the story about Tillerson insulting the president broke, Republican Senator Bob Corker, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came to the secretary of state's defense.
Tillerson's public pushback seemed to calm the waters. "I don't believe in undercutting people".
Trump said Tillerson "never threatened to resign" and the news network would have known that if it had spoken to him about the matter before publishing its report.
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.
President Donald Trump says he still has confidence in his secretary of state and did not intend to "undercut" him when he questioned his intelligence level. Clearly Mr Trump doesn't agree.
Kelly has worked to control the flow of information that crosses Trump's desk and imposed a decision-making structure that was absent in the early days of the administration. "I think I'm actually strengthening authority". By now you have undoubtedly heard that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the President to colleagues back in June using a choice word.
Tom Price, Trump's first Health and Human Services secretary, resigned in late September over a private plane scandal, and since becoming President, Trump has dismissed several top communication aides, a chief of staff and a chief strategist.
But the former ExxonMobil chief executive did not refute an NBC News report that he had called his boss a moron after a July meeting at the Pentagon.