UPDATE: Tillerson does not deny report he called Trump a 'moron,' but insists they are on same page
By Ciara Linnane and Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch
Secretary of state has clashed with Trump over key issues
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted he and President Donald Trump are on the same page on foreign policy, but he did not deny calling the president a "moron" at a Pentagon meeting in July.
In an impromptu public appearance Tuesday, Tillerson called Trump "smart" and said he was never talked out of resigning because of disagreements with the president.
NBC News reported (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/tillerson-s-fury-trump-required-intervention-pence-n806451)that a frustrated Tillerson called Trump a "moron" in a meeting with Pentagon officials in mid-July. He was also supposedly talked out of resigning by Vice President Mike Pence.
To quell a budding controversy, Tillerson interrupted his schedule to make a short statement to the media. He denied the NBC report about Pence, but he declined to address whether he called Trump a "moron."
Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.(XOM) said he would not take part in what derided as classic Washington effort to divide a presidential administration.
"I am not going to deal with petty stuff like that," he said. "This is what I don't understand about Washington."