Two More Trump Officials Fired in the Wake of Tillerson Exit

March 13, 2018Mar 13, 2018

There's been a lot of upheaval at the White House in the past 24 hours. Just hours after the news broke that the Trump Administration had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his under secretary was also fired.

Steve Goldstein was let go Wednesday morning, reported CBS News. The White House reportedly called Goldstein to tell him he is no longer needed. He was reportedly fired over his coverage of Tillerson's dismissal.

Goldstein has unofficially served as Tillerson's spokesperson since he was confirmed by the Senate late last year. He served in his position for less than three months.

He encouraged Tillerson to speak to the press more, and he supported his boss. Goldstein 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 after President Trump tweeted that Tillerson was being replaced as Secretary of State by Mike Pompeo.

"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 and President Trump haven't always seen eye-to-eye. The Secretary of State found himself in hot water after he said Trump's comments that questioned Latin American countries' efforts on the illicit drug trade were "not helpful."

"At the time, Tillerson was on a trip to Latin America, and Mr. Trump's comments were challenging his efforts to work with those countries on combating the illicit drug trade," explained CBS News.

On Monday, President Trump's personal aide was fired. Photos show him being escorted from White House, reportedly without being allowed to get his coat.

John McEntee was fired because he is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes. However, it wasn't a permanent firing; he joined President Trump's reelection campaign.

But the faithful Trump aide didn't go far as he was immediately hired by the President’s reelection campaign team.

McEntee had worked with Trump since 2015. However, he had indicated to colleagues that things in his background might prevent him from gaining a full security clearance.

His exit comes two weeks after White House communications director Hope Hicks, also a long-serving staffer, stepped down. It also comes amid a series of security clearance issues in the White House.

"A number of White House staffers have been let go or reassigned as chief of staff John Kelly tightened security measures following staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation amid domestic abuse allegations," noted the NY Daily News.

Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner’s interim clearance was also downgraded during the fallout.

In related news, read about Tillerson's reaction to his firing

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