US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump wants him to continue his diplomatic efforts to resolve the growing tensions over North Korea's burgeoning nuclear weapons program.
Tillerson pushed back on Corker's comments on Sunday, telling Tapper, "I checked, I'm fully intact".
Earlier this month, Trump undercut Tillerson in a Twitter message, saying the secretary of state was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley pushed the same argument during appearances on Sunday talk shows, telling ABC's This Week that reevaluating the Iran deal "sends the ideal message to North Korea, which is, we're not going to engage in a bad deal".
"The places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense", Tillerson said then. On the day of the report's release, Tillerson held a press conference to reaffirm his loyalty to the president.
Tillerson denied Trump was undermining him on the worldwide stage, after outspoken Republican senator and Trump critic Bob Corker accused the president of seeking to "castrate" his Secretary of State.
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Again and again, Tillerson declined in a news show interview to attest to the accuracy of the report about his use of the word "moron" to describe the commander in chief. "I will work as hard as I can to implement his decisions successfully", he continued. In response, the president has maintained a steady Twitter campaign against Corker, most recently calling him "Liddle" and seeking to play down the interview.
She said she was happy being in NY, where the United Nations is based, and said that from what she has observed Trump and Tillerson have a constructive relationship. "But it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about".
It was unclear why Tillerson was unwilling to repeat what his spokeswoman has said on his behalf.
The secretary also says he's committed to executing the President's objectives, despite Tennessee Sen.
Signs of tensions between Trump and Tillerson have raised questions among in foreign capitals about whether the secretary of state speaks for the administration.