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Trump challenges Tillerson to compare IQ tests

Reports last week had claimed US secretary of state Rex Tillerson had called Trump a “moron”.

world Updated: Oct 10, 2017 17:40 IST
US President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House  on October 7, 2017.
US President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House on October 7, 2017.(Reuters)

US President Donald Trump has challenged Rex Tillerson to “compare IQ tests” if his secretary of state did indeed ever call him a “moron”, as reported.

Trump told Forbes magazine: “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.” He made the comment while speaking to the magazine on Friday. A story was published online on Tuesday.

Trump’s tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week. An NBC News story claimed vice president Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron.”

Tillerson said he never considered resigning. His spokeswoman said he never used such language. Trump and Tillerson are scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday with defence secretary Jim Mattis.