Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. DOD

[Ed. – More on this later.  This isn’t a random admin action.  Ignore the biased characterization of he “clashes” between Trump and Esper.]

President Donald Trump terminated Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, days after his election loss to Joe Biden and following a series of clashes between Esper and Trump over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from key bases abroad, using active-duty troops to quell domestic protests and banning Confederate emblems from military installations.

He named Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center as acting defense secretary. …

Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, warned Esper prior to Trump’s tweet. …

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Trump is considering dismissing FBI Director Christopher Wray, aides said; they also expect CIA Director Gina Haspel to depart.

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