Though the uneasy relationship continues, it is unlikely - for now - that Tillerson will leave, sources have told CNN, because the President and his top aides are aware of the perception that they are shedding top staff at an unnerving clip.
The president is scheduled to sit down for lunch today with Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the White House.
Adding some extra spice to its U.S. political markets, Paddy Power has further placed odds of 150/1 (less than 1% chance) that Tillerson confirms publically before the end of the year that he did indeed call President Trump a "moron". His spokeswoman later said he never used such language.
Trump added in the Forbes interview that Tillerson was "wasting his time" when Tillerson appeared to be reopening talks with North Korea.
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NBC News reported on Wednesday Tillerson "was on the verge of resigning", this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time.
In the Forbes interview, for the magazine's cover under the headline "Inside Trump's Head", the president teases upcoming economic-development legislation "nobody knows about" that would penalize companies that move operations overseas and offer incentives for those that stay in the United States.
In his words: "I think it's fake news".
First off, Trump said he thought all the recent reports about Tillerson were "fake news" pieces. In his tweet, Trump charged that Democrats "don't care about safety for U.S.A".
'Klopp is ideal for Liverpool' - Reds boss receives backing despite recent struggles
Do I think it is too cool that we didn't fix it so far? "He takes time out for you and I think he's aware of everyone's feelings". Manchester United are reportedly considering a shock move for German midfielder Emre Can from Premier League rivals Liverpool .
Mr Trump said on Sunday there needed to be security enhancements - and the border wall he has demanded - before he would sign on to a bill restoring a programme that shields from deportation young people brought to the USA illegally when they were children.
The president also suggested the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organisations like the NFL if members are "disrespecting" the national anthem or flag.
Trump also tweeted Tuesday that ESPN ratings have "tanked" because of Jemele Hill, the anchor suspended for making political statements on social media.
Oil prices edge higher, with supply and demand data in sight
Oil prices were stable early Tuesday with OPEC pointing to a rebalancing market even as the USA looked forward to getting production back following Hurricane Nate.