Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a groveling show of support for President Donald Trump, after reports claimed he’d insulted the chief executive as a “moron” — and Twitter users mocked them both.
Tillerson praised the president as “smart” and reaffirmed his support for Trump’s foreign policy, but stopped just short of specifically denying the reported insult.
It is remarkable to hear a U.S. secretary of state have to say of a U.S. president he reports to, "He's smart."
— Erin McPike (@ErinMcPike) October 4, 2017
When did you stop calling the President a moron?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 4, 2017
rex tillerson steps to the microphone: i would like to clarify that donald trump is NOT a moron
nor do i dwell in a hell of my own creation
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) October 4, 2017
So tldr is Tillerson went out to deny the NBC story, then ended up confirming it by conspicuous evasion in the questions.
— Pwn (b)(5) (@pwnallthethings) October 4, 2017
"The report that I called President Trump a moron is not true. He is smart, handsome, and – I assume – virile." by Rex Tillerson
— Federalist PitchBot (@FederalistPitch) October 4, 2017
Rex Tillerson: Blink twice if you need help.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 4, 2017
Rex Tillerson look like the easy boss in a video game
— Sam Vagac (@SVagac) October 4, 2017
Between these Tillerson comments and Trump's idiotic tweets, this is a banner day for American dumbness. Our discourse is just…wow.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) October 4, 2017
Reminder that Tillerson is also an extraordinarily bad secretary of state.
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) October 4, 2017
Rex Tillerson would like you to know that he never intended to be quoted in public calling Trump a moron.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 4, 2017
What's worse – Rex Tillerson callin' Trump a "moron" or continuin' to work for him afterwards?
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 4, 2017
having to publicly grovel at the behest of our soft-brained president is getting Tiller-sonned
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) October 4, 2017
Shorter Tillerson: I’m committed to working for this moron.
— Anthony De Rosa (@Anthony) October 4, 2017
Well, we know now what it takes to get Rex Tillerson to have a press conference
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) October 4, 2017
TRUMP: Rex is here to say that I’m not a moron. (*nudges him*) Tell them.
— Daniel Lin (@danwlin) October 4, 2017
As we ponder the fate of Rex Tillerson, a reminder that we have not had a permanent DHS Secretary since July 31. No nominee yet.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) October 4, 2017
Rex Tillerson may be giving a statement to the media, but he's doing this *for* Trump. Full-on apology tour. pic.twitter.com/zjl0nHRQQx
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 4, 2017