Trump Just Fired Another State Department Official For Telling Truth About Tillerson’s Dismissal

Two U.S. officials and multiple sources have confirmed that the White House has fired one of now former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s top aides, after the aid contradicted the “official” account of the secretary of state’s dismissal by president Trump. Goldstein was appointed to his position in the State Department by Trump in Late November 2017 and was seen as a potential key player in fighting against Russian interference. 

The sources say Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, was informed of his firing shortly after he released a statement in his name saying that Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his termination. Goldstein had also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump’s tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department.

Goldstien has been fired for this statement; “The secretary did not speak to the president 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,” Goldstein said. “The secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security. He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world.”

Tillerson’s firing comes one day after he publicly broke from the White House and blamed Russia for ordering a chemical attack against a former Russian spy in the UK.

Tillerson told reporters the attack “clearly” came from Russia and said, “It’s almost beyond comprehension that a state, an organized state, would do something like that,” while he spoke to reporters aboard a US airplane on a trip to Africa. Russian President Vladimir Putin deflected questions about the incident during an interview with BBC on Tuesday.


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