Donald Trump is never one to let any insult go, no matter how trivial. After reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson grew angry with the president and called him a “moron,” Trump tried publicly to appear as if he had inside information that proved the reported statement never happened and that he still had “complete confidence” in Tillerson. In an interview with Forbes magazine, Trump showed, however, that he had not let the insult go at all.
When asked about his feelings on Rex Tillerson’s reported rant against Trump, the president stated:
‘I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.’
Yes, the president just challenged his own secretary of state to an IQ contest. Seriously.
The thin-skinned moron-in-chief has reportedly been fuming about Tillerson’s comment since the day it went public on NBC News, who Trump slammed as “fake news” and even worse than his favorite whipping boy, CNN.
NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2017
The interview in which Trump challenged Tillerson to an IQ test battle comes on the same day as an insider look at the White House from The Washington Post, another declared enemy of Donald Trump. According to that article, numerous insiders report that Trump’s anger and petulant tantrums are reaching a breaking point that has left many questioning his ability to finish even one four-year term.
‘Frustrated by his Cabinet and angry that he has not received enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes, President Trump is now lashing out, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda, numerous White House officials and outside advisers said Monday.
‘In a matter of days, Trump has torched bridges all around him, nearly imploded an informal deal with Democrats to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, and plunged himself into the culture wars on issues ranging from birth control to the national anthem.’
Trump’s temper is a problem, and his comments regarding an IQ face-off with Tillerson are sure to raise hackles and eyebrows within his administration. What Tillerson’s next move may be is anyone’s guess, but one has to wonder if he’s rethinking those claims he made that he has never considered leaving his post.
With a boss like Trump, a quick exit may be the only option left.
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