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.
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.
I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020