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President Donald Trump was reportedly even more angered after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's impromptu press conference following an NBC News story alleging he considered quitting his post and called the president a moron.
According to NBC News, Tillerson's refusal to directly refute that he called Trump a “moron” when asked by reporters further agitated the president and “widened the rift between the two men.”
Others in the White House viewed Tillerson's reluctance as evidence the secretary of state did disparage the president. “When Tillerson didn’t deny it, I assumed it was true,” an official told NBC News.
While Tillerson has been mute on the issue, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied that secretary of state called the president a “moron,” as reported by NBC News.
“Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump tweeted.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders echoed the president's frustration during Thursday's press briefing: “I think that we need to move towards a, certainly, more fair, more accurate, and frankly, a more responsible news media for the American people.”