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SINCE U.S. Sec­re­tary of State al­legedly ex­pressed his opin­ion of Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­tel­li­gence, or lack thereof, the whole world has been watch­ing and wait­ing to see the next step

Ihave not seen U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump or Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son’s IQ tests. Since Tiller­son al­legedly ex­pressed his opin­ion on his boss’ in­tel­li­gence, or lack thereof, the world has been watch­ing and wait­ing to see them. As a mat­ter of fact, one should not call any­body, let alone your boss, a mo­ron be­cause it is your sub­jec­tive judg­ment, and that per­son may turn and call you a mo­ron, too. Sci­en­tif­i­cally and his­tor­i­cally speak­ing, once it used to mean a per­son af­fected with mild men­tal re­tar­da­tion. The Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion does not al­low its mem­bers to la­bel a per­son a mo­ron any longer, even though in an ear­lier era a psy­chol­o­gist could tell a per­son of bor­der­line in­tel­li­gence that they were a mo­ron. In their for­mer man­ual, a per­son with an IQ of 50 to 69 was de­fined as a mo­ron. The as­so­ci­a­tion dis­carded this clas­si­fi­ca­tion quite some time ago, but the word sur­vived in the realm of in­for­mal English. Not only mo­ron, but also any in­for­mal us­age may get you in trou­ble. An in­tel­lec­tual such as the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the U.S., for ex­am­ple, would like his sec­re­taries only to use for­mal words. Be­sides, the word now is of­fen­sive and it means that the per­son you call a mo­ron is not mildly re­tarded but quite stupid.

The man U.S. sec­re­tary of state called a mo­ron chal­lenged him to com­pare IQ tests. This man is the most pow­er­ful per­son on the face of the earth after Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg. He is the pres­i­dent of not only the U.S., but of the whole of NATO, NAFTA and other no­table in­sti­tu­tions of the Free World with a cap­i­tal “F.” Speak­ing of “F,” as if a char­ac­ter­i­za­tion as a reg­u­lar mo­ron is not good enough, Tiller­son, al­legedly called the Don­ald, a “f*ck­ing mo­ron.” Now what can a self-re­spect­ing sec­re­tary of state – who in the Euro­pean par­lance is a min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs – do?

As far as I know, those tests do not have an end­less shelf life. So Tiller­son can­not rush to his high school and ask for a copy of the most re­cent IQ test he prob­a­bly had be­fore he grad­u­ated. He has to ask an as­sis­tant sec­re­tary to go and fetch an IQ ex­pert and have his in­tel­li­gence quo­tient mea­sured afresh. Trump, hav­ing fired thou­sands of ap­pren­tices dur­ing his adult years– if we can speak of it – or in his re­al­ity TV show, usu­ally means busi­ness when it comes to chal­lenges. He never fails to rise to the oc­ca­sion when chal­lenged, and he never chal­lenges peo­ple for noth­ing. Giv­ing the ben­e­fit of doubt to the man who ac­tu­ally con­ducts the coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy on his be­half, Trump said: “I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to com­pare IQ tests.”

If this is not a chal­lenge, and I do not know what is. Trump is a very nice man, so he is giv­ing it to Tiller­son with­out nam­ing names. Yet he is is­su­ing a real chal­lenge: If you are a man of your word, bring out your IQ test score and lets see who is smarter. The pres­i­dent of the free world is so con­fi­dent in him­self that he drives the stake to Tiller­son’s heart, im­ply­ing he knows who is going to win.

We all know the Tiller­son is not a man with­out real sig­nif­i­cance and value. He was run­ning a cor­po­ra­tion big­ger than all the companies Trump owned put to­gether. How­ever, it was Trump him­self who cre­ated those companies. Cre­at­ing a world­wide real-es­tate em­pire tells more about the man who cre­ated them than the man who was sim­ply run­ning an em­pire cre­ated be­fore he came to its helm.

We want to know the win­ner.

Well, you might also want to know who de­cided on the visa ban for Turk­ish cit­i­zens? You may also want to know what will hap­pen to the Ira­nian nu­clear deal? Rus­sian col­lu­sion? North Korean threats to the U.S.? The de-es­ca­la­tion zones in Syria, with which Rus­sia, Turkey and Iran are cre­at­ing a trust­build­ing en­vi­ron­ment, is a re­al­ity that the U.S. and its 180 coali­tion part­ners have not done in the past six years.

Un­for­tu­nately, to an­swer such ques­tions, we will have to wait un­til we find out who the mo­ron is.

Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, left, speaks fol­low­ing a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bed­min­ster, Aug. 11.

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