The State Department official who created a firestorm of speculation when he contradicted the administration on what Rex Tillerson knew about his firing and when has been fired.
Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein was quoted Tuesday morning as saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was told Friday by Chief of Staff John Kelly to watch for a tweet involving him, but didn’t say he was being fired.
Goldstein reportedly also said Tillerson didn’t know he was fired until he saw the tweet, which was then blasted out by CNN and the Associated Press.
Administration officials acted swiftly and fired Goldstein Tuesday morning.
CONFIRMED by @cjf39: Steve Goldstein, undersecretary of state for public affairs, has been fired after contradicting the White House's account of Tillerson's firing.
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) March 13, 2018
It’s been quite a day at the White House.