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Trump Fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper

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President Trump on Monday said he fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and that Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take over as acting defense secretary “effective immediately.”

“Mark Esper has been terminated,” Trump tweeted, his first removing of a Cabinet official since the election was called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “I would like to thank him for his service.”

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Lately, there have been reports that Esper could be eliminated from his post or could be preparing resignation letters, but members of his staff assumed that he would remain through the inaugural ceremony.

Esper’s firing comes five months after he said he did “not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” in the midst of nationwide protests over the summer. He has not held a press conference in the Pentagon meeting room since July.

Lately, there have been reports that Esper could be eliminated from his post or could be preparing resignation letters, but members of his staff assumed that he would remain through the inaugural ceremony.

Esper’s firing comes five months after he said he did “not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” in the midst of nationwide protests over the summer. He has not held a press conference in the Pentagon meeting room since July.

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations,” Esper said in June. “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

The president said Miller would promptly become acting secretary of defense.

“I am pleased to announce that Christopher Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” Trump said.

The president added: “Chris will do a GREAT job”

Miller was sworn in as the seventh director of the National Counterterrorism Center in August, after serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism.

From 2018 to 2019, Miller served as the special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism and transnational threats at the National Security Council responsible for strategic-level policy making and implementation.

Miller likewise served in the military from 1983 to 2014, starting in the Army Reserve, and later moved to Special Forces. Miller participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 with the fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne,).