By Tyler Durden
Just hours after news broke that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was let go on Wednesday morning, the White House also fired his top deputy, Under Secretary Steve Goldstein – who earlier disputed the terms of Tillerson’s firing – amid what appears to be an unprecedented State Department purge.
According to CBS, the White House called Goldstein to tell him he is no longer needed. Goldstein was then called up to Tillerson’s office for a meeting. Tillerson spent the morning at home – after flying in from Africa early Wednesday morning – but he is now at the department. It is unclear if Tillerson will talk to the press today or not.
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Goldstein had largely fallen into the role as Tillerson’s spokesperson, and was unanimously confirmed by the senate last year. He has been on the job for less than three months and is known for being loyal to Tillerson according to CBS. He did attend many meetings at the White House, and consistently said Tillerson was going to bring foreign policy decision-making back to the State Department.
“The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security,” …read more