Donald Trump Fires Defence Secretary Mark Esper

0
51

Donald Trump Fires Defence Secretary Mark Esper

President Donald Trump has sacked Defence Secretary Mark Esper, announcing on Twitter that the top US official has been “terminated”.

Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take on the role immediately.

It follows a public falling-out between Mr Trump and Mr Esper in recent weeks.

Mr Trump has so far not conceded the US election to President-elect Joe Biden, and has vowed to challenge the projected result in court.

In the weeks before Mr Biden takes office on 20 January, Mr Trump is still empowered to make decisions.

Mr Miller was seen entering the Department of Defense headquarters at the Pentagon on Monday shortly after Mr Trump announced the dismissal.

The former Special Forces soldier served on President Trump’s National Security Council before becoming head of the Counterterrorism Centre in August.

https://www.bbc.com

Why did Trump fall out with his defence secretary?

Mr Esper clashed with the president¬†over the White House’s attitude to the military during protests over racial injustice earlier this year.

US Election Results Five Reasons Biden Won

As protests rocked the US following the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May, Mr Trump threatened to use troops to suppress unrest.

In June, Mr Esper, a former army officer, said the use of active-duty forces was unnecessary, in remarks that were known to have displeased the White House.

Following the clash, it was widely-speculated that the president would fire the defence secretary, although on Monday Mr Trump gave no reason for his dismissal.

Donald Trump Fires Defence Secretary Mark Esper

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here