US President Donald Trump has fired Actiing Defense Secretary Mark Esper and replaced him with Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
US President Donald Trump has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and replaced him with Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Trump made the announcement via Twitter.
“Chris will do a GREAT job. Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” said Trump on his Twitter account.
Esper has been Defense Secretary since July 2019 but his relationship with Trump has deteriorated since he publicly disagreed with Trump over the decision to use active-duty military troops to control the wave of protests in American cities.
Esper’s firing came after Trump’s election loss to President-elect Joe Biden and after NBC News’ report that Esper had made his resignation letter.
Trump did not elaborate on the reason why he fired Esper and said the replacement was immediate.