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.