USA to continue diplomatic efforts with North Korea

A Republican senator has accused Donald Trump of "publicly castrating" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with his tweets about North Korea. CNN host Jake Tapper repeatedly asked him about the allegation, but Tillerson insisted he would not play "games" by answering.

Rex Tillerson on Sunday assured in a national television that President Trump has not "castrated" him on the job, joking that he has "checked" to make sure.

He did not, however, deny it. "I don't work that way, I don't feel that way, and I'm just not gonna dignify the question". "But it's the first part" - the "castration" of Tillerson - "that I am most exercised about".

On the day of the report's release, Tillerson held a press conference to reaffirm his loyalty to the president.

Corker, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has defended Tillerson from criticism by Trump, and said president's words were damaging attempts by the U.S's top diplomat to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.

The secretary of State also said he thinks this is an "unconventional" president who uses unconventional communication tools and techniques to motivate change. "But that's because he does not accept the status quo with the many threats that we are confronting in the world today".

"People in this town get very nervous and get very uptight about having to address serious issues by making decisions", Tillerson said, adding the president is trying to do that in his "very unique style".

"I am fully committed to his objectives", Tillerson continued.

"You can not publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice", Corker told the Washington Post on Friday.

"I'm not playing", Tillerson told Tapper, after Tapper asked about the alleged "moron" comment.

  • Tracy Klein