Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has tried to quell talk of chaos in his administration for days, but the last two weeks inside the West Wing have been anything but calm.
Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said Tillerson, who had been on a week-long tour of African nations until Tuesday morning, did not speak to Trump before his ouster and is unaware of the reasons behind the firing.
Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, resigned from the White House last week after he voiced his fierce disagreement with the President's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs.
John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal aide and bodyman, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, three sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN on Tuesday.
Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s longest serving advisers and closest aides, will resign, the White House said a day after she testified to congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Hicks was named White House communications director in September, but was on Trump’s staff from the beginning of his presidency.
Another communications aide, Josh Raffel, said Tuesday he would resign.
A top technology aide, Reed Cordish, said earlier this month he would leave.
Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned earlier this month after reports that he had been accused of domestic violence by two ex-wives.
Hicks told the panel that if Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had gone through the same level of background checks as other Trump campaign aides, he never would have gotten the campaign’s top job, a House official familiar with the testimony said.