Report: Trump administration officials urged furious Tillerson not to quit

Key Trump administration officials urged Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWhite House: Trump will not meet formally with Putin Trump meeting with Putin expected to take place Friday: report Flake: 'Conspiracy theorist' Flynn never belonged as national security adviser MORE not to resign this summer amid increased tensions with President Trump, according to NBC News.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSean Spicer: After Trump's year 1, GOP poised to dominate again in 2018 Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday Pence to visit site of Texas church shooting on Wednesday MORE, along with Trump's then-Homeland Security Chief John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem In Africa, defense without diplomacy and development is a losing strategy McCain pledges 'rigorous oversight' after Air Force failure to report Texas gunman's conviction MORE worked to reassure Tillerson, sources told the network. 

Pence reportedly asked Tillerson to remain at least until the end of the year. 

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Tensions reportedly came to a head in late July after Trump delivered a highly controversial speech to the Boy Scouts of America, which was once led by Tillerson.

The secretary of State also referred to the president as a "moron" a few days earlier during a meeting with key Cabinet officials, according to NBC. 

State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond disputed the report, telling the network that Tillerson never called Trump a "moron," and never considered quitting this summer. 

This would not be the first time Trump and Tillerson appeared to have clashed. 

When asked to comment about Trump's remarks on the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August, the secretary of State told Fox News's Chris Wallace that the president "speaks for himself."

Trump in a series of tweets on Sunday also appeared to jab at Tillerson for looking to engage in direct talks with his North Korean counterparts.