U.S. under state secretary fired after speaking for Tillerson

2018-03-14 01:15:04 GMT2018-03-14 09:15:04(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Under Secretary of Statefor Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein was firedon Tuesday after he said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "didnot speak to the President this morning and is unaware of thereason" for being sacked.

The White House then fired Goldstein just hours after Tillersonwas let go on Tuesday morning.

The White House called Goldstein to tell him that he is nolonger needed.

Before the news of dismissal broke out, Goldstein told the mediaon behalf of the State Department via email that Tillerson "hadevery intention of remaining because of the tangible progress madeon critical national security issues."

"He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts.He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyedworking together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonlyrobust relationship," he added.

He noted that Tillerson "is grateful for the opportunity toserve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noblecalling and not to be regretted."

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump announced to sack Tillerson andnominate Mike Pompeo, director of Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), to replace him. The nomination was waiting for theconfirmation of the Senate. Enditem