Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that he and Tillerson "actually have a very good relationship".
In this October 5, 2017, photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the first meeting of the National Space Council in Chantilly, Va. President Donald Trump challenged Tillerson to "compare IQ tests", delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat.
In an interview published Tuesday by Forbes, Trump said that he didn't believe Tillerson called him a "moron", before expressing confidence that he would have a higher IQ score than the man he made the country's top diplomat.
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"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".
Colbert then lays into the president's intelligence in earnest, citing reports which claim that the White House staff have to be careful with what they tell Trump for fear of his impulsiveness.
Trump added in the Forbes interview that Tillerson was "wasting his time" when Tillerson appeared to be reopening talks with North Korea.
He produced two sets of IQ test results, one for Tillerson and one for Trump. The outgoing Republican senator recently anxious that Trump is moving America towards World War III, and Friedman seemed to compound on that by slamming "the complete and utter incoherence of this Trump foreign policy".