GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy'

GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy'

Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyThe Republican tax bill will cut thousands of Puerto Rico jobs Rep. Hensarling will push deregulation until retirement GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy' MORE (R-Wis.) said Monday that he thinks the tension between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to 'immediately' lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move MORE is part of the president’s “strategy.”

In an interview on CNN, Duffy praised the president’s approach to North Korea, saying it’s “smart” for the president to be taking action.

“What I think has set us on a path to World War III is past presidents who have turned a blind eye to North Korea building a nuclear weapon,” Duffy said. “This is President Trump finally being the adult in the room saying, ‘We have to address this.’”

Duffy’s comments come after retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (R-Tenn.) said that Trump’s comments on North Korea are setting the country on a path to World War III. Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Trump has used Twitter to threaten North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and last week tweeted that Tillerson should “save his energy” with regards to the regime, sparking concerns that the president and his secretary are not in sync in their approach to foreign policy.

Reports then emerged that Tillerson had considered leaving his post over the summer, and that he had privately called Trump a “moron.” A spokeswoman for the State Department said Tillerson had not made the remark.

Duffy said he does not believe accusations that the president “doesn’t have control over his administration,” and that the conflict between Trump and Tillerson is part of his strategy.

He said that if they weren’t on the same page, Tillerson would have been fired long ago.

“When people don’t do what President Trump says, they’re out of the administration,” Duffy said.