Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for a world-class military and leading economy, but the U.S. is suspicious of Beijing's growing ambitions in world affairs.
The secretary of state said: "I'm not playing" when asked about the alleged comment.
It's not the first time the comedian has riffed off Mad Max.
One of the top Republicans is becoming even more outspoken against Trump after announcing his retirement.
Trump's call for force makes clear "the diplomatic offer on the table is cooling," says R.C. Hammond.
“Things are bad,” a former official said.
"We awarded your compatriot Mr. Tillerson the Order of Friendship, but he seems to have fallen in with the wrong company and to be steering in the other direction."
Tillerson has been contradicting Donald Trump, reportedly much to the frustration of the president.
After North Korea's latest missile test, Japan asked the U.S. to call for even more economic sanctions against Kim Jong Un's regime.
Tillerson also wants to remove an envoy for the closure of Guantánamo Bay.
The secretary of state appeared to distance himself from the president.
Pyongyang should be shown the cost of pursuing nuclear weapons development, a State Department official said.
Funding to fight Russian misinformation would also be used to combat ISIS propaganda.
As forces supported by the U.S. and Russia defeat ISIS across Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks Moscow's help to prevent a new conflict.
The pair are to speak after a week of reports suggesting Tillerson is unhappy with the administration.
America's top diplomat is "entitled to take a few days himself,” said a State Department spokeswoman.
There is still “plenty of work to do" to restructure the State Department, Tillerson's spokesman says.