After Donald Trump’s sudden firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Tillerson aide immediately contradicted the White House declaration that the firing was planned in advance, instead stating that Tillerson had only learned he was fired via Trump's Tuesday morning tweet.
Now that aide has been fired as well.
It is clear the White House lied about intending to fire Tillerson earlier. The plain facts are that Trump fired him this morning, less than one day after Tillerson delivered a harsh statement supporting the United Kingdom's assessment that the exposure of 500 Londoners to a Russian-developed nerve agent was a Russian act.
The summary firing of Goldstein, immediately after he contradicted White House spin, suggests that Trump is extremely invested in the notion that Rex Tillerson was fired for reasons other than Tillerson's Russia comments. And for good reason: a president firing the nation's top diplomatic official for refusing to avert his eyes from an act of Russian terrorism would be an enormous story.