Diplomacy to continue with North Korea 'until first bomb drops,' Tillerson says

Corker, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has defended Tillerson from criticism by Trump, and said president's words were damaging attempts by the U.S's top diplomat to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.

Tillerson's comments come after reports indicated that Trump's July 20 meeting at the Pentagon was a "difficult and tense" session.

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

The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley pushed the same argument during appearances on Sunday talk shows, telling ABC's This Week that reevaluating the Iran deal "sends the flawless message to North Korea, which is, we're not going to engage in a bad deal".

Tillerson was spot on when he called Trump a "fuc*ing moron", only a clueless president would tell his Secretary of State that he is wasting his time negotiating.

"I checked, I'm fully intact", Tillerson said.

Rex Tillerson made an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, and anchor Jake Tapper cut right to the chase, asking Tillerson to respond to the "castration claim". "At the end of the day, he makes decisions. How he wants to use his own skills tactically to push things toward change, I am there to help him achieve those". Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who has recently become a vocal critic of the president, last week suggested that Tillerson had been "castrated" by the president. I go out and do the best I can to execute those decisions successfully.

Corker has already been a target of Trump's Twitter tirades.

Trump - who swore on the campaign trail that he had "no problem" with the size of his private parts - has appeared to insistently emasculate Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, during their first year working in government.

But Tillerson said suggestions that he's been undermined have no basis in fact.

Signs of tensions between Trump and Tillerson have raised questions among in foreign capitals about whether the secretary of state speaks for the administration.


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