Trump Fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
On Monday, Trump announced via Twitter that he had fired Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.
Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become acting secretary.
The relationship between Trump and Esper had been tense for several months. Back in June, Esper did not support the use of active military personnel to help combat large-scale protests occurring throughout the nation, saying the military should only be used in law enforcement as a last resort. At the time, Trump was threatening to deploy the military to enforce order at the sites of the protests.
Knowing that he was on shaky ground with the president, Esper prepared his resignation letter several weeks back in anticipation of his being forced to leave his position.
Esper was the second Secretary of Defense to serve under the Trump administration. James Mattis, the first Secretary of Defense to serve, resigned in December of 2018 after disagreeing with Trump's decision to retreat from Syria.
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