Rex Tillerson On A GOP Senator’s Assertions That He’s Been ‘Castrated’ By Trump: ‘I’m Fully Intact’

10.15.17 2 years ago

Rex Tillerson visited with Jake Tapper on State of the Union to discuss serious developments involving Iran (which Trump has infuriated after refusing to recertify the country’s nuclear deal) and North Korea. Tillerson, of course, favors diplomacy above incendiary rhetoric from the president, who tweeted that Tillerson was “wasting his time” with North Korea. Here, the secretary of state told Tapper that he still favors civilized discussions, and “diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.” Yet Tapper couldn’t resist asking about GOP Senator Bob Corker’s assertions that Trump has “castrated” his cabinet member by undermining Tillerson’s publicly declared stances.

Trump tends to go rogue on foreign policy matters, and Corker — head of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee — says his Republican colleagues have noticed. Regarding his manhood, Tillerson dryly answered, “I checked. I’m fully intact.” He also launched into a defense of Trump’s wacky ways:

“I think this is an unconventional president. He uses unconventional communication tools. He uses unconventional techniques to motivate change. And for people who have been around Washington for a long time … this is not a place that likes to change, who actually likes the status quo. The last thing anyone likes to do in this town is make a decision because when you make a decision, you’re suddenly accountable for that decision.”

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