Steve Goldstein
Steve Goldstein

Donald Trump fired Steve Goldstein, who was propaganda czar at the State Dept., on March 13.

The former senior VP at BP Global Solutions was sworn in Dec. 4 as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and PA.

In a statement, Goldstein thanked his former boss, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump for the opportunity to serve the nation.

Trump designated State Dept. spokesperson Heather Nauert acting undersecretary of state.

Goldstein, on March 6, addressed the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London about the key role that strategic communication plays in combatting ISIS.

He promised that the State Dept. would be fully resourced to take on the terror group and talked of plans to “increase our engagement with private industry and the tech sector to ensure they remain vigilant in keeping ISIS propagandists off their platforms.” Goldstein expressed an urgency to interact with Google, YouTube and Twitter.

With Goldstein’s departure, the State Dept. has one permanent undersecretary, Tom Shannon, who plans to retire once a successor is confirmed, out of six.

Michelle Giuda, who was senior VP-global communications at Weber Shandwick and former spokesperson for Newt Gingrich's 2012 presidential run, left her post to become assistant secretary of state, on Jan. 26.

She reported to Goldstein.