US President Donald Trump on Monday announced the widely anticipated dismissal of his Defense Minister Mark Esper, who will be replaced by the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Christopher Miller.
“Chris is going to do a GREAT job! Mark Esper is sacked. I thank him for his work, ”the US president tweeted unceremoniously, two days after the media announced his defeat to Joe Biden in the US presidential election.
Fifth Head of the Pentagon
Relations between the hot seventy-year-old president and technocrat Mark Esper, 56, had been strained since the Pentagon chief publicly opposed the deployment of the military in June to quell anti-racist protests in the country.
Since that date, Mark Esper’s loss of influence had become palpable and he had disappeared from the screens, no longer giving interviews and giving only speeches prepared in advance.
Christopher Miller becomes acting minister until January 20, 2021. He is technically Donald Trump’s fifth Pentagon chief, after former Marine General Jim Mattis, Boeing engineer Patrick Shanahan and Navy chief Richard Spencer who had to take the reins briefly while awaiting Senate confirmation from Mark Esper in July 2019.