Trump hits NBC News over Tillerson report: ‘No verification from me’

Trump hits NBC News over Tillerson report: ‘No verification from me’
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President Trump on Thursday ramped up his criticism of NBC News over a report that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE considered resigning over the summer.

"Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign," Trump tweeted. "This is Fake News put out by . Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me."


The network reported Wednesday that Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron" and other administration officials had to urge him not to leave his post.

Tillerson then denied he had ever considered resigning and pushed back on what he called an "erroneous" news report that he was on the verge of quitting. He did not directly answer a question about whether he called the president a "moron."

The State Department later Wednesday strongly denied Tillerson had used the term, saying he doesn't "use that type of language."

Trump also blasted NBC News on Wednesday, calling the network a "disgrace to good reporting" and tweeting it should issue an apology to America.

Earlier Thursday, Trump questioned why the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn't looking into the "Fake News Networks" to learn about "why so much of our news is just made up."