He will be replaced by the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Christopher Miller. “Chris is going to do a GREAT job! Mark Esper was fired. I appreciate your service, ”the president unceremoniously tweeted.
Donald Trump has lost the elections, he continues to fight in justice because he denounces that they were stolen and now he has just fired his defense minister, with whom he had already had some clashes. Is there a bloodletting of officials who leave in the last breath of their government? Will he take revenge on those who did not support him without question?
As is his custom, the outgoing president announced the news on his Twitter account: “Mark Esper has finished”. And he announced that his replacement will be Christopher Miller, National Director of Counterterrorism.
“Chris is going to do a GREAT job! Mark Esper was fired. I appreciate his service,” the president tweeted.
The fall of the Defense Minister has been expected for months, after the official publicly disagreed with the president by saying that active troops should not be sent to control protests against racism and police brutality that were spreading in the country.
Trump, who wanted to invoke the Insurrection Act to send the army, I was “furious” with EsperOfficials then commented on off the record. They also disagreed on the issue of renaming military bases after Confederate generals, something Esper favored and Trump did not.
Furthermore, the 56-year-old civil servant was one of the few who appeared in public with chinstrap, following the coronavirus health guidelines, but in contrast to the customs of the White House, led by its leader.
Tensions between the two increased and it was even said that the official had already prepared a letter of resignation weeks ago, according to his relatives.
Esper’s departure opens the scenario that many posed in Washington: after the elections, and even more so if he lost, Trump was going to “take revenge” on those who had not been “loyal”, a concept that he equates to no one contradicting him in anything. Others who were identified as a possible target was Dr. Anthony Fauci, czar of the fight against the coronavirus, who contradicted him several times and who managed to have a great popularity in his position.
There could also be resignations of officials who do not share the presidential strategy of not accepting the results of the elections and resisting in justice with the allegations of fraud, an unprecedented situation in the country.