a Mensa saying “that would be fun” to give them one of their IQ tests.
Mensa’s response comes just after Mr Trump said in an interview published Tuesday that he was smarter than the most senior member of his cabinet as he reacted to a report that Tillerson had previously labeled the commander. in chief of “imbecile”.
“I think that’s fake news, but if he does that, I guess we’ll have to compare the IQ tests. And I can tell you who’s going to win,” Mr. Trump told Forbes.
Tuesday the Mensa high IQ company offered to administer the test. Charles Brown, the group’s communications director, joined CBSN’s Elaine Quijano so she could try to answer the type of questions that would be asked.
Brown and Quijano answered one of the questions on CBSN’s “Red & Blue” show, and CBS News got two more questions:
“I’m looking at the answer … that’s not what I found …” Quijano said of the first question and added: “You see, that’s the difficulty of live TV. Charles … it forces me to think in ways that are completely foreign to me. “
Brown mentioned that some of the questions to qualify for Mensa might seem fairly easy, but you might need to answer 80 questions in 30 minutes.
Brown said there were a number of well-known people in Mensa, including actors Nolan Gould and Geena Davis and lesser-known members “from all walks of life.” There are about six million Americans eligible for Mensa membership.
Brown said neither the State Department nor the White House had directly accepted Mensa’s offer.
âWhen we were asked about President Trump’s IQ and IQ tests earlier … just more to mark a special month for us,â Brown said. âOctober 1946 was the founding date of our organization and every October we take the opportunity to encourage admission tests. “
Brown said there were more than 150 tests scheduled across the country, including some in the Washington, DC area. Mensa member IQs make up 2% of the population with around 134,000 members from 100 countries.
âAnyone interested in their IQ can program this,â Brown told CBSN. He said to visit their website for more information.
Earlier Tuesday, when asked about Tillerson’s IQ during a State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Heather Nauert simply said, “It’s high.”
She described Tillerson as someone “who can put things together” because of his background as an engineer, and said he didn’t feel any need to justify how smart he is.
“The president is allowed to joke,” Nauert said, and Tillerson is “more than okay with it.”