US diplomats told not to retweet, post statement on Tillerson ouster: report

US diplomats told not to retweet, post statement on Tillerson ouster: report
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U.S. diplomats around the world on Tuesday were told by Washington not to post or retweet a statement by now-former Undersecretary of State Steven Goldstein that apparently contradicted the White House's account of Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE's firing.

Guidance sent to American diplomatic outposts also instructed officials to "freeze further amplification of content that features" Tillerson until he spoke publicly later that day, CNN reported.

The guidance came shortly after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE abruptly announced in a tweet that he had fired Tillerson and tapped CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Progressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting Progressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting MORE to replace him at the State Department.

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Goldstein was also fired Tuesday after he issued a statement saying that Tillerson was unaware of the reason for his firing and had not spoken to the president about the matter.

That statement apparently contradicted the official account of the White House, which had claimed that Tillerson had been aware that the announcement was coming.

The guidance instructing U.S. diplomats to avoid quoting a statement from an undersecretary was highly unusual, multiple diplomats told CNN.

An official had already begun translating Goldstein's statement into different languages for U.S. Embassies, but ultimately stopped amid the confusion, the network reported.