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White House fires top Tillerson aide Steve Goldstein

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March 13, 2018 22:43

Steve Goldstein, Rex Tillerson's top spokesman at the State Department, was fired Tuesday for contradicting the official administration account of Tillerson's firing, a White House official said. 

A State Department official confirmed the firing of Goldstein, who was an undersecretary of State, to NBC News, as well.

Goldstein had only been in post since Dec 4.

Trump announced over Twitter on Tuesday that he was replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Goldstein had said soon afterward that Tillerson had not spoken directly about the move with the president.

"The Secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues," a statement issued by Goldstein had said.

"The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted."

NBC News reported that Tillerson had learned of his firing from Trump's tweet.

Goldstein had been senior vice president of BP Global Solutions before joining the State Department.

Goldstein's dismissal was the just the latest in a series of firings Tuesday by the Trump administration.

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