In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he said he's ready to go head to head with Tillerson to compare smarts.
Reacting to reports last week that Mr. Tillerson referred to Mr. Trump as a "moron", the president suggested he'd win an aptitude test in an interview with Forbes.
Recent reports said Tillerson uttered a profane description of Trump's intelligence at a Pentagon meeting several months ago.
"We have two different foreign policies", Murphy said, one conducted by Tillerson and other top administration figures, the other - a competing one - from Trump's Twitter feed. The White House has been finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states.
Trump has repeatedly appeared to undermine Tillerson, tweeting negatively about the secretary of state after a diagolue was reportedly reopened with North Korea.
Both Pence and Tillerson have rejected the allegations. I hope they stay because they're valuable to the national security of our nation'.
One of the most appalling aspects of the Trump presidency is the sycophancy he requires of the officials who serve him. "Never hit it on a yearly basis", Trump said after he was informed that Obama actually did see economic growth that high.
If the gulf between Trump and Tillerson continues to grow and the secretary of state's resignation ensues, the man who would pretty much decide on Trump's choice of successor would be Senator Bob Corker. "I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that", he said, repeating remarks from his statement in which he said he was not among those who "sow dissension" to advance themselves while undermining the president's agenda.
Still, last week Trump told reporters he has "total confidence" in his secretary of state.
In Las Vegas, where he flew Wednesday to honor victims of the worst mass shooting in USA history, Trump said of Tillerson's remarks at the presser: "I'm very honored by his comments".