By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials say the White House has fired one of Rex Tillerson's top aides after he contradicted the official account of
by President Donald Trump. the secretary of state's dismissal
The officials said Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, was informed of the move shortly after he released a statement in his name saying that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his termination.
Revolving Door: Here's a list of Trump Administration exits
Sally Yates: Fired, January 30, 2017. President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for, refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.
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Michael Flynn: Fired, February 13, 2017. Flynn resigned after serving as national security adviser for less than a month. Flynn pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Preet Bharara: Fired, March 11, 2017.
Baharara was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Was appointed by President Barack Obama and was one of 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign by the Trump administration. He refused and was then fired.
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Katie Walsh: Resigned, March 30, 2017. Walsh was the former Deputy White House Chief of Staff and left the White House after nine weeks to run America First Policies.
James Comey: Fired, May 9, 2017. President Donald Trump abruptly fired Former FBI Director James Comey, ousting the top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia.
Mike Dubke: Resigned, May 18, 2017. White House Communications Director Mike Dubke was brought in by Sean Spicer, who at the time, served as both press secretary and communications director in the opening days of the Trump administration.
Walter M. Shaub Jr.: Resigned, July 6, 2017. Shaub Jr. was the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. He resigned after clashing with the White House over the Presidents refusal to divest his businesses.
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Sean Spicer: Resigned, July 21, 2017. White House Press Secretary Spicer resigned after objecting to the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Reince Priebus: Resigned, July 28, 2017. Priebus resigned as Chief of Staff after a public feud with Anthony Scaramucci and was replaced by Gen. John Kelly.
Anthony Scaramucci: Resigned, July 31, 2017. White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci feuded with Priebus and called him a f------ paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac in a phone call with a New York reporter. Scaramucci, claimed in a tweet that the profanity-laced phone call that preceded his ouster from the White House was recorded by the reporter without his permission.
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Steve Bannon: Resigned, August 18, 2017. As the former White House strategist, Bannon butted heads with other advisers to the President, feuded with son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and other members of the administration.
Sebastian Gorka: Resigned, August 25, 2017. In his resignation letter, Deputy Assistant to the President Gorka wrote: Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will Make America Great Again, have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.
Tom Price: Resigned, September 29, 2017. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, resigned after it was reported that he cost taxpayers more than $1 million from his use of private planes for domestic travel and military jets for trips to Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Omarosa Manigault Newman: Resigned, December 13, 2017. Omarosa joined the administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. A White House official said in a statement, Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until Jan. 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.
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Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald: Resigned, January 31, 2017. As the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fitzgerald resigned following reports that she bought shares in a tobacco company, after she became director, and had other financial dealings that presented a conflict of interest.
Rob Porter: Resigned February 7, 2018. White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned following reports of allegations of domestic abuse from his two ex-wives.
Hope Hicks: Resigned, February 28, 2018. White House Communications Director Hicks resignation came one day after she sat for an interview with the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.
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Gary Cohn: Resigned, March 6, 2018. The White House chief economic adviser departure came after the decision by the President to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports; Cohn strongly opposed tariffs.
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Rex Tillerson: Fired, March 13, 2018. President Trump announced on Twitter that he ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and would replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Andrew McCabe: Fired, March 16, 2018. Attorney General Jeff Session fired him and said in a statement, that investigators concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions. McCabe was acting director of the FBI from May to August 2017 after President Trump abruptly fired then director James Comey.
H.R. McMaster: Resigned, March 22, 2018. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on March 22, 2018, that National security adviser H.R. McMaster is being replaced by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
Tom Bossert: Resigned, April 10, 2018. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert was a point person in the White House on protecting the nation from terror and cyber threats.
Scott Pruitt: Resigned, July 5, 2018. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after months of ethic scandals.
Nikki Haley: Resigned. Late 2018. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hinted in her resignation letter to Trump that she is headed to the private sector.
Jeff Sessions: Resigned, Nov 7, 2018. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter reads " At your request, I am submitting my resignation."
Goldstein had also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump's tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about personnel moves. Goldstein could not immediately be reached for comment.