Donald Trump Accused Of 'Castrating' Rex Tillerson With Tweets

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Tillerson's comments on Sunday come amid soaring tensions between the USA and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a war of words between the two countries' leaders.

In Sunday's interview, Tillerson would not deny using the insult about the president.

Tillerson said he and Trump work closely on matters of foreign policy and he said his job is to execute the decisions the president makes.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday his diplomatic efforts will continue as long as they possibly can despite the saber-rattling on both sides of the Pacific. It was after that session that Tillerson, in a private conversation with fellow U.S. officials, exasperatedly called the President a "moron", a comment that sparked new questions about the two men's relationship.

"These are the games of Washington", Tillerson said. CNN host Jake Tapper repeatedly asked him about the allegation, but Tillerson insisted he would not play "games" by answering.

The reported tension between the president and the top USA diplomat comes as the US faces a slew of foreign policy challenges. "I'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration".

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"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued.

But Trump's recent Twitter messages appeared to undercut Tillerson's efforts, prompting the Senate foreign relations committee chairman Bob Corker to complain that Trump was publicly castrating Tillerson and hurting diplomatic talks.

But it was only recently that President Donald Trump tweeted that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the leader of the nuclear-armed nation.

Corker has already been a target of Trump's Twitter tirades.

"US Republican senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump on Friday, saying the presidents undermining of his secretary of state was like castrating him in public".

"I'm not playing", Tillerson told Tapper, after Tapper asked about the alleged "moron" comment.