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Corker: 'You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state'
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16 October, 2017

Tillerson's remarks come after reports surfaced earlier this month that tensions between Trump and Tillerson were on the rise, due to major policy disagreements.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice", Corker told the Washington Post on Friday.

North Korea has launched missiles that potentially can strike the US mainland and recently conducted its largest ever underground nuclear explosion.

Corker told the Washington Post in an interview that Trump had undercut Rex Tillerson's efforts to enlist China in reining in North Korea's nuclear program by denigrating the diplomat.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a "moron", dismissing the brouhaha as the "petty stuff" of Washington.

He doubled down on his support for the secretary of state Friday, saying that while he was concerned about Trump's "very irresponsible" Twitter habits, "it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about". Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.), added additional fuel to the speculated tension between Trump and Tillerson in an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, in which he said Trump is trying to "publicly castrate" Tillerson. The secretary of state insisted that he has a strong working relationship with the president without any name-calling. Yet when Trump publicly says the man in charge of representing his administration overseas "is wasting his time" on diplomacy everyone starts to doubt him. "At the end of the day, he makes decisions".

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"Sometimes he changes his mind", Tillerson said.

"The president speaks for himself", Tillerson said at the time.

Despite a statement on Twitter that suggested diplomacy won't work, the President wants to avoid violence, Tillerson said.

"I know the appearance of it certainly looks like there's sometimes disunity", Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"I checked", he told Tapper.

They men also disagreed on the nation's Afghanistan strategy, which was discussed in the July Pentagon meeting, though Trump was persuaded by Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to maintain the United States' presence in the region. Sen. "He himself is an unconventional president".


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