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White House maintains Trump has confidence in Tillerson

White House maintains Trump has confidence in Tillerson

US President Donald Trump has "tremendous accomplishments on the global stage" and he is "keeping the world from chaos", the White House has claimed.

"It was fake news", Trump said.

"You guys know what this represents?" Tillerson did not deny NBC's reporting that he had called Trump a "moron", although State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert later said the secretary had not made the remark.

On Thursday, when reporters asked the President what he meant after his initial comment, Trump replied: "It could be, the calm, the calm before the storm".

Sarah Huckabee Sanders shut down a White House reporter during a press conference Friday.

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She even joked about the comments, when CNN's Jim Acosta asked if she found it "satisfying" that the President had the power to make people "hold their breath, in this town, when he says something like that". "The president can move markets and cause miscalculations when it comes to adversaries" like North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation. Mayor Cruz has been a very vocal opponent of Trump ever since the federal government started recovery operations in Puerto Rico - so it is surprising that, when face-to-face with the President, she had no comments, requests or advice to impart.

The press secretary was asked during the White House briefing about the reported rift between the president and his secretary of state. "And if he feels that action is necessary, he'll take it". I have also talked about the fact that we're continuing to put maximum diplomatic pressure on countries like North Korea.

For the third day in a row, media outlets are filled with stories about how Tillerson has fallen out of standing with Trump and that the White House is seeking his replacement.

Sanders indicated Trump and the administration do not.

Trump will decertify the Iran nuclear pact next week, declaring it is not in the national interest, but let Congress decide whether to actually walk away from it.