NBC News anchor Chuck Todd sat down with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for a comprehensive interview over the weekend for his Sunday talk show "Meet the Press."
During the interview, Todd pressed Tillerson over how concerned he is about his independence in the Trump administration, given the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey, and how far he will go to remain loyal to President Donald Trump.
When asked if he's worried about his independence, Tillerson expressed that he has "a great relationship with the president."
"I understand what his objectives are. When I’m not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it. I am devoted to helping the president achieve his objectives, helping him be successful," Tillerson explained.
The next line from Tillerson is where Todd questioned the secretary's allegiance to the U.S., implying that Tillerson may be more loyal to Trump than the interests of Americans and the U.S.
"I understand I have to earn [Trump's] confidence every day with how I go about those affairs and how I go about conducting the State Department’s activities consistent with the direction he wants to take the country," Tillerson said.
"What's the line between service to the president and service to the country?" Todd immediately followed up.
"I will never compromise my own values, Chuck," Tillerson replied. "So that’s my only line. And my values are those of the country."
The hosts of "Fox and Friends Weekend" took exception with the interview and Todd's line of questioning on Sunday's edition of the show. Co-host Clayton Morris explained that Todd's question comes after news that Trump is considering a huge White House shake-up.
But co-hosts Abby Huntsman and Pete Hegseth weren't so sure of the motives behind Todd's question.
"He’s clearly trying to cause drama between the secretary of state and the president or try to prove there is some sort of drama that's taking place," Huntsman said.
"What I am shocked about is you’re sitting down with the secretary of state, one of the most important people today ... and you’ve got a such a short period of time to ask really serious, important questions. And that is where you go?" she explained.
Hegseth added that Todd was basically asking Tillerson whether or not he would commit treason in order to stay loyal to Trump.
"He’s effectively insinuating, ‘Will you put Trump before the Constitution? Are you more loyal to him than the Constitution? Are you willing to commit treason to cover up?' That's the insinuation," Hegseth explained. "'What's your line? If President Trump asks you to do something illegal, will you do it?’ That’s what he asking of the secretary of state."
"The insinuation there is: 'This president is unhinged, not following the Constitution, will you follow him in that direction?'" Hegseth said. "It is unbelievable."
According to reports, Trump is upset with his entire staff and bubble of advisers. He is reportedly considering a major White House shake-up, described as a "reboot," and will potentially use his close friends and advisers outside the White House to re-build his team.