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Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, replacing him with Christopher Miller, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

This is an unprecedented move at a time of national uncertainty about the outcome of Trump’s bid for a second term.

It is the first time in the post-World War II era that a president seeking reelection has removed his secretary of defense after Election Day.

The conventional wisdom is that stability atop the Pentagon and the military be maintained during a possible transition to a new administration.

Esper was Trump’s second defense secretary, succeeding Jim Mattis, who resigned in 2018.

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