Another one bites the dust at the White House. An aide at the State Department who contradicted the White House account of President Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was reportedly fired on Tuesday. The Associated Press first reported the firing of Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein, citing White House officials.
Goldstein’s firing was prompted by a statement he made on Tuesday in which he said Tillerson did not speak with Trump before his firing and is “unaware” of the reason behind his dismissal.
Goldstein strongly suggested that Tillerson found out about being let go by Trump from Twitter, though this account differs from published accounts of the decision. He also said that Tillerson had “every intention of staying” before his firing.
This report from Goldstein is vastly different from the White House official version and Tillerson’s own statement he made today. Chief of Staff John Kelly told Tillerson on Friday that Trump was planning to fire him. Trump said on Tuesday that he made the decision to fire Tillerson on his own and that Tillerson would be “much happier now.”
Trump and Tillerson had clashed frequently, the most well-known clash came after reports that the Secretary of State referred to Trump in private as a “moron.”
Credit: The Hill