U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson never considered resigning

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a press briefing during the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Vastavam web: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he never considered resigning and that he was as committed to President Donald Trump’s agenda as much today as he was when he first accepted the offer to serve as the nation’s chief diplomat.“I have never considered leaving this post,” Tillerson said at the State Department. “I am here for as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives.”
Tillerson spoke after NBC News reported that Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials intervened to persuade him not to resign during the summer as tensions rose between Trump and Tillerson.Trump appeared to undercut Tillerson over the weekend when the president tweeted that he told him that he was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
”President Trump’s foreign policy goals break the mold of what people traditionally think is achievable on behalf of our country. We’re finding new ways to govern that deliver new victories, Tillerson said.“NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!”Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has played down any tensions between Trump and Tillerson over their apparent split, most recently over North Korea.
Tillerson, who said he had not spoken to Trump on Wednesday, sidestepped the issue when taking questions after his statement:“I‘m not going to deal with petty stuff like that,” he said “This is what I don’t understand about Washington … I‘m not from this place, but the places I come from we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense. And it is intended to do nothing but divide people, and I‘m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”