Sec. of State Tillerson denies rift with President Trump

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers a question from the media on North Korea while meeting with the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Paul Gallagher Tuesday Sept. 26 2017 at the State Department in Washington. (AP

"I'm new in Washington", Tillerson said.

Tillerson did not refute that report when asked by reporters about it, but he decried what he called the "petty nonsense" of leaked comments that are commonplace in Washington.

He said "quitting was never a consideration in my mind" in a Wednesday morning news conference.

Trump "loves this country". "He's smart, (and) he demands accountability".

Separately, another official suggested Tillerson will want to help Trump get through his November slog through Asia, an exhausting five-country tour that includes a high-stakes visit to Beijing. He disputed what he called "erroneous" reports that he was on the verge of resigning this summer amid mounting policy disputes with the White House.

Tillerson's comments come as his fraught relationship with Trump has spilled out into the open in the week prior to the announcement. Other members of the administration reportedly begged Tillerson to stay, for the sake of the administration's stability. "The secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the president of the United States".

Mr Tillerson said publicly in late July that he was "not going anywhere".

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When Tillerson returned, Pence arranged a "pep talk" and said Tillerson had to figure out how to move forward within Trump's 'policy framework, ' according to the story.

Relations got so frayed that Vice Presdient Mike Pence, who regularly hails Trump in public remarks, counseled Tillerson on ways to ease the tensions, according to the report. "It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!".

The vice president is also contesting reports that Pence questioned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's value to the administration.

"We'll have a recommendation for the president".

NBC News said it stood by its reporting. He framed his response as a defense of Trump's entire "America First" foreign policy, and his own place within that strategy.

Tillerson's insistence that he completely supports Trump's agenda runs counter to what some administration officials have privately described as him chafing against some of the president's pronouncements and off-the-cuff decisions, sometimes contrary to advice from senior advisers.

"For some reason it continues to be misreported", Tillerson complained.

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