Tillerson told a news conference in Beijing two weeks ago that the United States was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs, but it had shown no interest in dialogue.
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.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a "moron", dismissing the brouhaha as the "petty stuff" of Washington.
"Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops", Tillerson said in an interview this Sunday on the CNN news channel, Efe news reported.
Tillerson is among the most senior officials in Trump's Cabinet and White House who remains in his job, after a series of high profile resignations and firings. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who has recently become a vocal critic of the president, last week suggested that Tillerson had been "castrated" by the president. The secretary of state insisted that he has a strong working relationship with the president without any name-calling.
"I know the appearance of it certainly looks like there's sometimes disunity", Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".
"No, sir. He has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts", Tillerson said.
"He has assembled a very, I think, unconventional team", Tillerson continued.
"I checked", he told Tapper. Tillerson, meanwhile, is said to have grown tired of Trump contradicting his public pronouncements and of becoming increasingly isolated in a capital to which he has never warmed.
Signs of tensions between Trump and Tillerson have raised questions among in foreign capitals about whether the secretary of state speaks for the administration.