WH Moves Trump Loyalists Into Key Pentagon Jobs After Esper Firing

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.

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