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Secy. of State Tillerson: 'I've Never Considered Leaving'

Secy. of State Tillerson: 'I've Never Considered Leaving'

On Wednesday, the top US diplomat, whose tenure has been dogged with rumors about unhappiness with Trump's policies and rhetoric, said he was committed to the president's agenda and had never considered resigning.

In its report, NBC said Tillerson's top State Department spokesman, R.C. Hammond, denied that the secretary had considered quitting this summer and denied that Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

At an unscheduled press conference on Wednesday, Tillerson insisted that he never threatened to leave his post and he remains committed to Trump's foreign policy goals.

File image of Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump.

"I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that", Tillerson said. "I'm not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration", the secretary of State said.

Secretary Tillerson praised the Trump agenda, saying the President "breaks the mold" and gave "voice to millions who felt completely abandoned by the political status quo".

Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, denied that Pence had to talk him into keeping his job "because I have never considered leaving this post".

Tillerson said he wanted to clarify the situation after a report from NBC News said he almost left his cabinet post this summer after calling Trump a "moron", due to policy disputes.

The remarks came hours after U.S. media reported that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron", and that Pence had to persuade Tillerson to stay on board.

Recent reports claim Tillerson once called Pres. Trump a "moron".

But whatevs, right? If cabinet members aren't slagging their boss, what good are they, right?

Of Trump, he said: "He's smart, he demands results wherever he goes, and he holds those around him accountable".

"The NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Tillerson and VP Pence. No wonder their news ratings are way down!" the President tweeted. "It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!"

Reached by Business Insider, an NBC News spokeswoman said, "We stand by our reporting".

The US media has revealed on many occasions that there are differences between the President and the Secretary of State.

Over the weekend, after Tillerson said he was trying to establish a dialogue with North Korea, Trump said that Tillerson was "wasting his time".