Rex Tillerson insists he never questioned Trump's mental fitness

Rex Tillerson in a Cabinet meeting
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN on Friday that he has never doubted the sound mental health of President Trump. "I've never questioned his mental fitness," Tillerson said. "I have no reason to question his mental fitness."

The comments came in response to the Friday release of author Michael Wolff's White House tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in which Tillerson and other officials are reported to have questioned the president's mental veracity and compared him to a "child" who needs "immediate gratification." Trump has called the book "really boring and untruthful," and said it is full of "made up" stories.

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In October of last year, Tillerson was said to have called Trump a "moron," a claim he denied. The president responded by challenging his secretary of state to an IQ test.

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