On October 4, President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed that NBC News published incorrect details about their supposed rift, FOX News reported. Responding from the State Department, Rex Tillerson stated that he never considered resigning, and President Trump said that the network should apologize.

Trump and Tillerson explained the real situation

On his official Twitter page, President Trump wrote: "The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!"

According to a report by NBC News, Tillerson decided to resign after differences with the White House.

The top diplomat said: “There’s never been a consideration in my mind,” adding that the president never convinced him to stay on at his post, as Tillerson himself did not want to go. NBC News also stated that Tillerson called the president a “moron” some months ago.

Tillerson responded that he would not take into consideration suchpetty” stuff, but praised President Trump, noting that "He puts Americans and America first. He’s smart.” Donald Trump tweeted that NBC News is even more dishonest than CNN, noting that their news ratings would go down.

NBC News reported Tillerson as having expressed a point of view regarding the possibility of continuing communications with the DPRK. This was against the President's position.

At that time, President Trump claimed that Tillerson's approach was a waste of time. He advised Tillerson: “Save your energy, Rex.” According to The New York Times, NBC had indicated that Tillerson had threatened not to return to Washington. This statement was also refuted by Rex Tillerson.

Officials supported President and Top Diplomat

The White House officials claimed that NBC News reported incorrect statements and confirmed good relations between President and Secretary of State.

As NBC News reported, the vice president Mike Pence doubted if Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley would stay on her post. The vice president's director of communications Jarrod Agen also confirmed that any information about Tillerson's resignation or Haley's value to the White House was "categorically false."

Press Secretary of the White House Sarah Sanders said that President Trump "continues to have confidence" in Secretary of State. R.C. Hammond, Top State Department spokesman for Rex Tillerson, announced that Tillerson never called Donald Trump a “moron.”