Rex Tillerson Denies NBC News Report

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held an extraordinary, hastily arranged presser this morning to blast an NBC News report that he had considered resigning over the summer, called President Donald Trump a “moron” at a meeting, and had to be talked out of walking by VPMike Pence.

No U.S. Reporters At Tillerson Press Briefing

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference Sunday without U.S. reporters, according to multiple reports. Tillerson reportedly held the press conference in Riyadh, but U.S. reporters were not told about it, according to their tweets. After reports came out about that briefing, the White House announced Tillerson will hold a brief gaggle on Monday on Air Force One, according to pool reports.

Will Cabinet Follow Tillerson’s Media Lead?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision not to make room for reporters on the plane for his first major overseas trip earlier this month drew scrutiny because his job is generally considered the most important in the Cabinet and there’s a rich tradition of secretaries of state keeping the public informed of foreign policy objectives.