Mensa says it is open to facilitating a contest between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over which has the higher intelligence quotient (IQ).
"American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson," Charles Brown, the group's communications director, told The Hill Tuesday.
Mensa's website says it "welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities."
President Trump in a new interview suggested he would “compare IQ tests” with Rex Tillerson following reports the secretary of State labeled him “a moron.”
“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” he told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday. “And I can tell you who is going to win.”
Trump added that Tillerson “was wasting his time” trying to restart a dialogue with North Korea over its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“I’m not undermining,” he said when asked about publicly criticizing Tillerson’s efforts. “I think I’m actually strengthening authority.”
Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced interest in seeing the results of an IQ test involving Trump.
Tillerson last week denied he has ever considered resigning from his role as America’s top diplomat.
“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of State because I have never considered leaving,” he said at the State Department.
“The places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense,” Tillerson added of reports he called Trump “a moron.”
“I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration. [Trump] loves this country. He puts Americans and America first … He’s smart and he demands results.”
NBC News reported earlier this month that Tillerson nearly resigned over the summer following heated policy disputes with the White House.
Three anonymous officials also told NBC that he called Trump a “moron” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon over the administration’s Afghanistan strategy.
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly intervened in tensions between Trump and Tillerson, convincing the latter to remain in his post.