From THE HILL:
President Trump did not imply he was smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his top spokesperson said Tuesday, claiming his offer for both to take an IQ test was a joke.
“The president certainly never implied that the secretary of State was not intelligent. He made a joke. Nothing more than that,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday.
Hahaha. Another Twitler so-called joke goes over like a lead balloon.
Sanders’s comments came after an interview Trump gave earlier on Tuesday, in which he suggested he could beat Tillerson at an IQ test.That remark follows a report from NBC News last week that Tillerson, frustrated with the president, called Trump a “moron.”
President Donald Trump is challenging his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to an IQ test. In a Forbes interview published on Tuesday, Trump characterized reports that Tillerson called him a “moron” as “fake news,” but said that if they were true they should compare intelligence tests.
“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” Trump said. “And I can tell you who is going to win.”
Based on previous instances of Trump denigrating the IQ of adversaries, it seems as though he believes he would win.
The Washington Post cataloged several such instances in a piece published on Tuesday. They included:
- Trump saying he has a higher IQ than George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
- Trump saying his IQ is higher than TV host Jon Stewart’s.
- Trump challenging the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to an IQ test.
- Trump repeatedly denigrating Rick Perry’s IQ and saying he should have been subject to an IQ test before being allowed to participate in a Republican primary debate.
As the Post noted, both Perry and Tillerson—whose IQs have now been called into question by the president—are part of a presidential Cabinet Trump has stated as fact is “the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled.”