Report: Trump administration officials urged furious Tillerson not to quit

Key Trump administration officials urged Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonRomney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination Romney won't commit yet to supporting Trump in 2020 By sending spy to North Korea, America raises the stakes high MORE not to resign this summer amid increased tensions with President Trump, according to NBC News.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | Drug pricing fight heads to the states | PhRMA spends record amount on lobbying Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional Top LGBT group targets Pence in new campaign MORE, along with Trump's then-Homeland Security Chief John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisGOP senator: Miscalculations with Russia 'could lead us to a very bad place' America struck flawlessly, but the big question is what comes next Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes 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.