State Department denies Tillerson called Trump a 'moron'

The secretary of state said his commitment to President Trump is strong.

— -- A State Department spokesperson denied that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ever called President Donald Trump a "moron" as reported earlier today.

"The secretary does not use that type of language. The secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the president of the United States. He does not use that language to speak about anyone ... he did not say that," spokesperson Heather Nauert said this afternoon.

Tillerson today reaffirmed his support for Trump, and said he never thought about stepping down from his post. But he would not answer if he ever used the word "moron" to describe Trump.

"I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. This is what I don't understand about Washington. I'm not from here," he said. "That kind of petty nonsense — it is intended to do nothing but divide people."

The report also included that Vice President Mike Pence urged Tillerson not to resign. Tillerson said that was "erroneously reported."

"I have never considered leaving this post," Tillerson said.

During a visit with first responders today in Las Vegas after Tillerson's public statement, Trump said that he "very honored by his comments."

Tillerson said that his commitment to Trump and the administration "is as strong as it was" on his first day in office and that the president has "given voice to millions who felt completely abandoned to the political status quo."

Trump has reportedly been disappointed by Tillerson's performance and Tillerson has been equally frustrated with Trump.

Trump posted the tweet one day after Tillerson said the administration was speaking to North Korea "directly, through our own channels."