Who's moron here? Trump teases Tillerson over IQ

Who's moron here? Trump teases Tillerson over IQ

Mensa has weighed in on a brewing war of wits between Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, offering to host an intelligence test between the pair.

A senior State Department official says Friday's meeting was last-minute and was related to the Middle East.

In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Trump dismissed the story as false, and offered a solution.

Speaking at a daily press conference, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later said Trump's "IQ tests" comment was "a joke and nothing more than that".

NBC News broke the story last week that Tillerson openly called the president a moron, leading to a freakish press conference in which Tillerson said Trump "is smart" and announced that he wasn't quitting.

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Though the uneasy relationship continues, it is unlikely - for now - that Tillerson will leave, sources have told CNN, because the President and his top aides are aware of the perception that they are shedding top staff at an unnerving clip.

In the Forbes interview, Trump responds to undercutting Tillerson's reported negotiations with North Korea.

Naming former President Clinton's experience as a Rhodes Scholar, Jimmy Carter's work as a nuclear engineer and George H.W. Bush's time as a military pilot, Brown told us, "Each could have encountered standardized academic tests (LSAT, GMAT, Miller Analogies), where qualifying scores would have propelled them into Mensa".

But, despite trashing his secretary of state's traditional approach to diplomacy ("we can talk to them") with Twitter-threats of nuclear annihilation, Trump insists his style is bolstering the White House team. "I think I'm actually strengthening authority".

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