President Trump tweets firing of Defense Secretary

Pres­i­dent Trump announced on Twit­ter Mon­day that he fired Defense Sec­re­tary Mark Esper.

“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,” the pres­i­dent said in a posting.

“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been ter­mi­nat­ed. I would like to thank him for his ser­vice,” Trump said in a sec­ond tweet.

Esper, who has had a rocky rela­tion­ship with the pres­i­dent, exac­er­bat­ed after he resist­ed Trump want­i­ng to call out active-duty troops to quell protests in Wash­ing­ton in June, report­ed­ly pre­pared a res­ig­na­tion let­ter in case he was oust­ed after the election.

Esper also butted heads with Trump over want­i­ng to rename mil­i­tary bases named for Con­fed­er­ate mil­i­tary leaders.

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