Trump Labels NBC ‘Fake News’ After Report That Tillerson Called Him a ‘Moron’

(Daily Caller News Foundation) President Donald Trump lashed out at NBC News Wednesday morning, hours after the outlet reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron” in front of fellow cabinet officials in July.

“NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!” Trump tweeted.

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Citing multiple senior administration officials, NBC News reported that Tillerson snapped in a July 20 meeting, referring to the president as a “moron” in front of members of Trump’s national security team and cabinet officials.

Vice President Mike Pence, motivated by a desire to project stability after a series of high profile dismissals, reportedly met with Tillerson and repeatedly urged his continued service in the administration.

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Tillerson lauded Trump’s performance and denied that he had to be convinced to remain in his role during a Wednesday press conference. He dismissed reports that he disparaged Trump as “petty nonsense.”

“There’s never been a consideration in my mind of leaving,” Tillerson told reporters.

Trump issued another tweet following Tillerson’s remarks, emphasizing his denial of the report and repeating his claim that NBC is a purveyor of “fake news.”

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