United States to continue diplomatic efforts with North Korea

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Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump in September

Tillerson's comments come after reports indicated that Trump's July 20 meeting at the Pentagon was a "difficult and tense" session.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said again Sunday he would not engage in "games" by answering whether he called President Donald Trump a "moron".

"When you publicly castrate your secretary of state, you take that off the table".

Rex Tillerson made an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, and anchor Jake Tapper cut right to the chase, asking Tillerson to respond to the "castration claim".

Corker added that Tillerson is "in an incredibly frustrating place" where he "ends up not being supported in the way that I hope a secretary of state would be supported".

"US Republican senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump on Friday, saying the presidents undermining of his secretary of state was like castrating him in public. How he wants to use his own skills tactically to push things toward change, I am there to help him achieve those".

"I think this is an unconventional president".

Tillerson also referred to the suspension of the nuclear pact with Iran, about which Trump said last Friday that he is ready to scrap the deal if its defects are not corrected.

Even though many have criticized Tillerson, at the very least Corker says he has been instrumental in opening up diplomatic channels with China. "But that's because he does not accept the status quo with the many threats that we are confronting in the world today". It was after that session that Tillerson, in a private conversation with fellow United States officials, exasperatedly called the President a "moron", a comment that sparked new questions about the two men's relationship.

The secretary also says he's committed to executing the President's objectives, despite Tennessee Sen.

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