President Donald Trump has fired his Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.
This move is unprecedented judging from the fact that the president is struggling to accept his defeat in the just concluded election. Trump is obviously angry at a Pentagon leader he believes wasn’t loyal enough.
The decision, which could unsettle international allies and Pentagon leadership, injects another element of uncertainty to a rocky transition period as Joe Biden prepares to assume the presidency.
Trump on Monday announced by tweet that he had fired his defense secretary.
“Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,”
Trump also announced his replacement as Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The firing of Esper, who had clashed with Trump over his suggestion of using military personnel to quash civic unrest, comes a week after the US presidential election.
Trump, has until January 20 before to leave office and Biden takes over.
Trump’s sudden move to fire Esper raises questions about what action the president may try to take in the coming days before he leaves office.