Secretary of Defense James Mattis flatly denied that President Donald J. Trump ever requested ten times more nuclear weapons. He also says that Secretary Rex Tillerson never called the commander-in-chief a “moron", reports the Washington Examiner.
"There was no discussion with that tone or that content that I recall in the Pentagon or at any other time," Mattis told reporters during an impromptu visit to the Pentagon press area. "I will even remove that I recall. I think I would recall a conversation about doubling or ten times the nukes, Okay. I've never had that discussion."
"If I had gotten word like that I surely would have asked for a meeting to go back over and say whether or not I thought it was good idea," Mattis said.
As to whether or not Rex Tillerson actually called President Trump a moron, Mattis denies that as well.
"I was right there so anyone who says that he called someone a moron, I mean, I was there with him the whole way and that never happened," Mattis said.
Earlier in the week, Trump jokingly told Forbes that he and the former Exxon mobile CEO would have to compare IQ tests to test who the real moron is.
"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests," said President Donald Trump, “and I can tell you who is going to win."
Journalists took this comment seriously, leading White House Press Secretary to tell members of the press to "get a sense of humor."
"Again, he wasn't questioning the secretary of state's intelligence. He made a joke," Sanders said. "Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it sometime, but he simply made a joke. He's been extremely clear time and time again, despite the fact that you guys want to continue to bring this up. He's got 100 percent confidence in the secretary of state."