The Associated Press is reporting the firing of Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein: “BREAKING: Officials: White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of secretary of state’s dismissal.”
Goldstein is being let go because he contradicted the account of Tillerson’s dismissal, according to a White House source. The clear message being sent from Trump is ‘contradict me, and you’ll be fired’.
CNBC says, “Steve Goldstein, top spokesman for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was fired Tuesday for contradicting the official administration account of Tillerson’s own firing, a White House official told NBC News.” Goldstein said Tillerson did not speak with Trump before he was fired and was “unaware” of the reason behind his dismissal.
According to reports, Tillerson found out about the firing when Trump tweeted it to his nearly 50 million followers, which differs from the accounts given by the White House.
According to Goldstein, Tillerson had “every intention of staying” before his firing.
Goldstein’s account was much different from the account given from a White House official. The White House stance is that John Kelly told Tillerson on Friday that Trump would fire him.
Trump says he made the decision to fire Tillerson on his own and that Tillerson would be “much happier now.”
This brings the total of people fired or resigned from Trump’s administration to somewhere around 26.
Gee, do you think there’s some reason that people don’t want to work for Trump or can’t keep their jobs with him? The common denominator her is Donald Trump.