California Democrat, Representative Maxine Waters, had some choice words for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he allegedly called President Donald Trump a moron. A frequent outspoken Trump critic, Rep. Waters exclaimed that Tillerson’s “plans are backfiring,” blasting him publicly.
During a Wednesday meeting at the Pentagon with national security officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called president Donald Trump a “moron” according to NBC News. The report also stated that Tillerson would consider resigning as a result of the increased tension between him, the Trump administration, and White House officials.
Although Tillerson denied the resignation reports, Tillerson didn’t deny he called Trump a moron, though Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the State Department, did on his behalf later that day.
Tillerson said of the reports when asked:
“The places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense. I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”
Rep. Waters on the other hand often calls for Trump’s impeachment and has never been afraid of the backlash, either from voicing her opinions or for doing it publicly. She even went as far as to “guarantee” Trump’s involvement “with the Russians” at one point. She made the statement during a civil rights-themed town hall meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The rumors that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both “urged him to not step down” as Secretary of State prompted a number of responses from different parts of Trump’s administration.
“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of State because I have never considered leaving.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reported Wednesday that President Trump “still has full confidence in Tillerson,” while, according to The Hill, Tillerson and President Trump have “a good working relationship.”
This statement directly opposes an NBC report that quotes Trump “furious” at Tillerson for the alleged “moron” comment. Trump blasted the report and demanded the network apologize, calling it “fake news.”