During Tuesday’s afternoon briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that President Donald Trump’s “IQ test” challenge to Tillerson was “a joke and nothing more,” according to a report by The Washington Post.
“The president certainly never implied that the secretary of state was not incredibly intelligent,” Sanders said.
Last week, NBC News reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “f*cking moron” and criticized his knowledge of foreign policy. In response, Trump suggested an “IQ test” challenge during an interview with Forbes magazine.
“I think it’s fake news,” Trump said, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Tillerson met with the president on Tuesday for lunch, which was described as “a great visit” by Sanders during the news briefing.
“Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it sometime,” Sanders told reporters.
When reporters questioned Trump about his relationship with the Secretary of State, Trump said, “We have a very good relationship. We disagree on a couple of things. Sometimes I’d like him to be a little bit tougher. But other than that, we have a very good relationship.”