Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of Defense with just 72 days left to his presidency.
The president announced the firing of Mark Esper on Monday with nothing more than a tweet.
‘Mark Esper has been terminated,’ Trump said. ‘I would like to thank him for his service.’
Trump wrote another tweet announcing that Christopher C Miller will be the acting Secretary of Defense ‘effective immediately.’
Esper had strayed away from Trump in June, when he publicly said that he did not support Trump’s response to civil unrest after the police killing of George Floyd.
Kayleight McEnany, Trump’s press secretary, alluded to the sour relationship between the President and Esper.
‘I would say if (Trump) loses confidence in Secretary Esper I’m sure you all will be the first to know,’ McEnany said. ‘As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper, and should the president lose faith, we will all learn about that in the future.’
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This comes as Trump refuses to concede defeat to Joe Biden, who won the presidential race on Saturday. The president was seen golfing in Virginia, but has not said too much on Biden’s election win.
Trump said that he will continue to fight for the election and claims that the election was ‘rigged’ by the Democrats, although he has provided no evidence to support these claims.
Behind closed doors, Trump advisers told Axios that he might be considering a 2024, one of the few signs that he has accepted that he lost the election.
Meanwhile, Biden has been gearing up for a transition into the White House in which Trump appointees are blocking funding for the move.
The president elect spoke on Monday about coronavirus and urged everyone, no matter what party affiliation, to ‘wear a mask.’
Trump still has two months left before Biden is set to take over the White House in January 2021.
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