United States President, Donald Trump, has fired the nation’s Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.
The president announced the termination of Esper’s appointment in a tweet Monday evening.
He said Christopher Miller, who serves as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become acting secretary “effective immediately.”
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”
…Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
According to CNN, Esper’s increasingly tense relationship with the president led him to prepare a letter of resignation weeks ago, an attempt to fashion a graceful exit in the widely expected event that the president decided to fire him.
The sacked defense secretary had been on shaky ground with the White House for months.
Trump parted ways with Esper two days after his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, was projected as the winner of the presidential election, a conclusion that the president has refused to accept. He has turned to the courts.