One of the most senior officials at the US State Department has been fired after his remarks on the sacking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to contradict the version of events provided by the White House.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein was fired Wednesday by the White House just hours after his boss was let go. He had only been in post since December 4.
As undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Goldstein was the fourth highest ranking official at the State Department.
Goldstein had publicly contradicted the White House account of how Tillerson was fired on Tuesday morning.
Goldstein said Tillerson was officially notified he had been fired from a tweet from Trump on Tuesday morning, and in a statement, said Tillerson had “every intention of remaining.” However, a senior Trump administration official said Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday.
A senior White House official later clarified that…