Tillerson also referred to the suspension of the nuclear pact with Iran, about which Trump said last Friday that he is ready to scrap the deal if its defects are not corrected.
But Tillerson would not answer repeated questions as to whether he called Trump, as has been reported, "a moron" after a tense meeting at the Pentagon in July during which the national security team stressed to a skeptical president the need for a robust American presence around the globe.
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Tillerson said Trump's executive orders on immigration, health care and the Iran nuclear deal were examples of his ways to "motivate a change" in policy.
On CNN's "State of the Union," host Jake Tapper asked Tillerson to respond to a recent comment from Sen.
Despite Tillerson's attempts to show he's in lockstep with the president, the NBC News report of his "moron" comment infuriated Trump, who privately bashed his secretary of state to associates and publicly challenged Tillerson to an IQ test.
"Well, at the end of the day, I think Secretary Tillerson gave a good overview of the relationship", Graham told CBS.
She said she was happy being in NY, where the United Nations is based, and said that from what she has observed Trump and Tillerson have a constructive relationship. Several top officials, including Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly are helping "separate our country from chaos", Corker said earlier this month. "And so everything that I have witnessed, all was fine", she said.
"I checked", he told Tapper.
"No, sir. He has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts", Tillerson said. "But it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about".
"The president speaks for himself", Tillerson said at the time.