A day after President Donald Trump fired his defense secretary, the White House installed a Trump loyalist in a key Pentagon post on Tuesday and promoted another one who has called former President Barack Obama a terrorist.
Trump announced his dismissal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Twitter on Monday,.
The further reshuffling at the Pentagon is raising concern among Democrats about whether U.S. national security policy may become unsettled if Republican Trump exits office.
It could also potentially make it easier for Trump to execute policies that Esper had opposed, such as deploying active duty troops to suppress street protests in the United States.
Trump’s move sent a dangerous message to America’s adversaries and dimmed hopes for an orderly transition as Joe Biden seeks to take office, Democrats said.
“It is hard to overstate just how dangerous high-level turnover at the Department of Defense is during a period of presidential transition,” said Rep. Adam Smith, the Democrat who leads the House Armed Services Committee.