Rex Tillerson denies NBC report that he wanted to quit; doesn't deny calling Trump a moron

Trump might be a moron, as far as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is concerned, but the pay's good enough for him. In a hastily-arranged press conference following NBC News' morning report about Tillerson-Trump friction, he denied one key claim--that he had to be talked out of quitting--but did not deny calling his boss a "moron" in front of others.

Tillerson, after denying the report, vaulted into a round of obsequious praise aimed at an audience of one.

He loves this country. He puts Americans and America first. He's smart. He demands results wherever he goes and he holds those around him accountable for whether they've done the job he asked them to do. Accountability is one of the bedrock values the president and I share.

Pretty humiliating, but you don't get where Rex got by having self-respect.

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U.S. bans travel to North Korea by American citizens

The U.S. government today said that Americans will be prohibited from traveling to North Korea because of an elevated risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where an American student was jailed last year while traveling there, and later died. Read the rest

Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Tillerson and Trump. Get a load of this transcript.

Here is the full and complete transcript of remarks given to news reporters by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, just before Lavrov went into a closed-door meeting with President Donald Trump. Read the rest