Trump Fires Defense Secretary Esper
November 09, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump Monday announced via
Twitter that he has fired Defense Secretary Mark
“Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to
thank him for his service,” Trump wrote Monday.
Christopher Miller, the Director of the National
Counterterrorism Center, will serve as acting
secretary of defense, “effective immediately,”
according to Trump’s tweets.
recent days, some media outlets reported Esper had
written his resignation letter, while others quoted
officials saying the defense secretary had no plans
Trump and Esper’s relationship reportedly has been
tense since a rift in June. Days after the president
threatened to deploy active-duty forces to quell
protests against police violence and racial
injustice, Esper publicly declared his opposition to
any such move.
Esper served as defense secretary since July 2019.
Before his appointment by President Trump, Esper, an
Army veteran, served as secretary of the Army from
2017 to 2019.
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