Top Tillerson aide fired after contradicting White House account of firing

The White House has reportedly fired an aide at the State Department who contradicted the White House account of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE's firing of Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE.

The Associated Press first reported the firing of Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein, citing officials. 

The firing was reportedly prompted by a statement from Goldstein on Tuesday, responding to Tillerson's firing, in which Goldstein said Tillerson did not speak with Trump before his firing and is "unaware" of the reason behind his dismissal.

The statement strongly suggested that Tillerson found out about his firing from Twitter — though it differs from published accounts of the decision that cited unnamed White House sources.

Goldstein also said Tillerson had "every intention of staying" before his firing.

Goldstein's account differed from the one a White House official told The Hill. In the White House official's version, White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE told Tillerson on Friday that Trump would fire him. 

Trump said Tuesday he made the decision to oust Tillerson on his own and that Tillerson would be "much happier now."

Trump and Tillerson had repeatedly clashed, most famously after reports that the secretary of State referred to Trump in private as a "moron."
 
The White House announced later on Tuesday that Heather Nauert, previously the State Department's spokesperson, had been named as Goldstein's replacement.
 
Updated at 4:33 p.m.