BREAKING: Trump sacks Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, replaces him with Christopher Miller
United States President Donald Trump has fired the Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.
He immediately replaced him with Director of National Counterterrorism Christopher Miller in acting capacity.
Trump, who was defeated by Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden in his reelection bid, tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately.
“…Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”
Trump and Esper have not been in good terms in recent months as the now former Secretary of Defense clashed with the president on various issues.
In August, Trump referred to Esper at a press conference as “Mark ‘Yesper,’” before hinting that he may not be long for the job.
Esper was scheduled to travel to Europe next week for talks on U.S. troop withdrawals from Germany.
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