Trump fires top Tillerson deputy in State Department shake-up

(CBS NEWS) – The White House has fired State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein just hours after his boss, now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was let go Tuesday morning.

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 Tuesday morning — but he is now at the department. It is unclear if Tillerson will talk to the press today or not.

Goldstein has 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. 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,” Goldstein said in a statement before his own dismissal and after President Trump tweeted that Tillerson was being replaced as Secretary of State by Mike Pompeo, who had been serving as CIA director. “He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world. The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling.”

Tillerson got into hot water with the White House earlier this year when he said that Trump’s comments question Latin American countries’ efforts on the illicit drug trade were “not helpful.” At the time, Tillerson was on a trip to Latin America. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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