Rex Tillerson cleans up after Trump on Iran but dodges 'castration' questions

Rex Tillerson cleans up after Trump on Iran but dodges 'castration' questions

Rex Tillerson cleans up after Trump on Iran but dodges 'castration' questions

Tillerson also referred to the suspension of the nuclear pact with Iran, about which Trump said last Friday that he is ready to scrap the deal if its defects are not corrected.

As for Trump's tweets themselves, Tillerson said the President made the statements he did to try to "motivate action".

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state", Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post.

Asked if Trump's tweets undermined his diplomatic efforts, Tillerson said connections between US and Chinese leaders were close and that the Chinese "are not confused in any way" about USA policy toward North Korea.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump has instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops".

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. "At the end of the day, he makes decisions".

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"He has assembled a very, I think, unconventional team", Tillerson continued. "I don't work that way and I don't feel that way".

"And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump told Forbes magazine.

Signs of tensions between Trump and Tillerson have raised questions among in foreign capitals about whether the secretary of state speaks for the administration.

Trump hit back against the report, telling Forbes earlier his week that if Tillerson called him a "moron", he would want to compare IQ scores.

But Tillerson said suggestions that he's been undermined have no basis in fact.

The president was also angry with Tillerson's remarks after Trump declared there were "fine people" on both sides of the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators that left one person dead, according to two people familiar with the Trump's beliefs but not authorized to discuss private conversations.

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