Rex Tillerson considered resigning in the summer
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson once referred to President Trump as a “moron” during a high-level Pentagon meeting as he mulled quitting this summer, according to a new report.
The top diplomat wanted to drop out after a few months, especially after Trump gave a politically charged speech in front of a field of Boy Scouts.
Tillerson, who used to head the Boy Scouts, was so fed up he disparaged Trump to cabinet officials and members of the national security council at a July 20 meeting, sources told NBC News.
Tensions were so bad that VP Mike Pence had to step in to talk Tillerson off the ledge, the news channel reported. Pence later spoke to Tillerson about being more respectful when discussing Trump at meetings and to sort out any ill will in private.
Other White House officials pleaded with Tillerson to stay at least until the end of the year, sources told NBC News.
Tillerson was reportedly irate after Trump’s speech to the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on July 24