President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley during a dinner with Latin American leaders in New York in September. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

If even Kellyanne Conway couldn’t deny it, you know he said “moron.” “While she clearly defended [Secretary of State Rex W.] Tillerson’s position in the administration, it seems that she chose to avoid denying that the secretary of state used the derogatory term in reference to Trump — even though she was asked about a tweet from the president in which he directly denied NBC News’ report on the incident.”

He can’t deny this either: “Even if he stays, Mr. Tillerson is now a wounded figure, his credibility at home and abroad diminished by the perception that he does not have a close alignment with the president. Foreign leaders and diplomats may doubt that he truly represents the administration or that his assurances will stick. A countdown clock has been set, ticking away toward what many assume is the inevitable departure.”

It’s hard to deny Trump has been good for the press. “The poll of more than 14,300 people found that the percentage of adults who said they had a ‘great deal’ or ‘some’ confidence in the press rose to 48 percent in September from 39 percent last November. Earlier this year, Trump branded the entire industry as the ‘enemy of the American people.'”

One cannot deny that both a healthy economy and an effective safety net are essential. “The data show that the near-halving of the child poverty rate since the late 1960s is largely attributable to the creation or expansion of various safety net programs, particularly SNAP and two major refundable tax credits.  When poverty is measured without counting the income that safety net programs provide (i.e., under the official poverty measure), child poverty has fallen significantly the last two years as the labor market tightened, but is only modestly lower than it was in the 1960s.  But once these benefits are taken into account, a large decline in child poverty is evident.”

Republicans who like to pose as “constitutional conservatives” deny there’s any problem here. “Frustrated with a set of damning reports about his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—including the nugget that Tillerson called him a “moron”(perhaps with an R-rated modifier)—the president offered a new suggestion on Twitter Thursday morning: Why not explore government censorship of the press?”

His cult always denies he’s incoherent. “Trump wants two things: He wants credit for a robust economy and he wants to cut taxes for wealthy Americans. That those two things run into conflict on the subject of employment is neither here nor there for him; he’s proven himself to be comfortable with advocating two contrary positions at once.”

Who can honestly deny it is a sop to the very rich? “Senate Republicans are running into internal resistance to their proposed repeal of the estate tax, making it a potential casualty of the trade-offs the GOP faces in its effort to overhaul the tax code. The party’s leaders included estate-tax repeal in the tax-overhaul framework they released last week. But Republican Sens. Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Susan Collins of Maine said this that week repeal isn’t necessary. Others say their desire to eliminate the tax must be balanced against other priorities including tax cuts for businesses and middle-class families.”