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Donald Trump says an IQ test would prove he's smarter than his Secretary of State

“I can tell you who is going to win,” Trump told Forbes magazine.

Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson.
Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP suggested he’s smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published today that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should “compare IQ tests.”

“And I can tell you who is going to win,” Trump said to Forbes magazine.

Trump’s tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week.

An NBC News story claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron.”

Tillerson said he never considered resigning, though he didn’t directly address the reported insult. His spokeswoman later said he never used such language.

Trump and Tillerson are scheduled to have lunch today at the White House with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

State Department officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump has at times appeared to undercut Tillerson’s message on some of America’s most sensitive national security challenges, including Iran and North Korea. Tillerson also has publicly complained about the White House blocking him from making key appointments.

Still, last week Trump told reporters he has “total confidence” in his secretary of state.

In the Forbes interview, conducted on Friday, Trump responded to criticism that he’s undermined his secretary of state through his often provocative tweets that have interfered directly with ongoing diplomatic efforts.

“I’m not undermining,” Trump told Forbes. “I think I’m actually strengthening authority.”

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As for Tillerson’s reported “moron” ‘comment, the president said,

I think it’s fake news. But if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.

The president launched a series of tweets on a wide range of topics this morning.

He said that reaching out to congressional Democrats for help in getting immigration legislation passed is difficult because “the Democrats don’t want secure borders.”

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