You're Fired. Official Who Contradicted Tillerson Firing Details Shown The Door

File - The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, in this March 9, 2009 file photo. A retired State Department worker, Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, have been arrested on charges of spying for Cuba for three decades, using grocery carts among their array of tools to pass U.S. secrets to the communist government in a security breach one official described as "incredibly serious." The indictment was unsealed Friday June 5, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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.

It’s been quite a day at the White House.


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