The White House has reportedly fired an aide at the State Department who contradicted the White House account of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's firing of Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE.
The Associated Press first reported the firing of Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein, citing officials.
BREAKING: Officials: White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of secretary of state's dismissal.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 13, 2018
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."