Secretary of Defense Mark Espar [photo: huffpost]
Nov, 10th 2020 – President Donald Trump has terminated US Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s vocation. This termination, follows Esper’s resistance to pressure from Trump to deploy federal troops to quash civil unrest. Esper further slow-walked Trump’s desire for a rapid full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan while violence continues in the country.
Trump announced his decision Via twitter on Monday that he had terminated Mark Esper. This comes after the two had clashed this summer over the proper use of troops in dealing with protests.
A host of congressional Democrats after the announcement came forward to warn that Esper’s removal could leave the US vulnerable during the presidential transition and put the nation’s top officers, led by joint chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley in an undefendable position.
House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith said, “Dismissing politically appointed national security leaders during a transition is a destabilizing move that will only embolden our adversaries and put our country at greater risk.“
Rep. Seth Moulton also said, “President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary Esper out of spite is not just childish, it’s also reckless.” He added that he had no doubt that Esper was fired for not going along with Trump’s policies. “I hope that President Trump does nothing in the next 11 weeks that puts Gen. Milley and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a position where they will need to make a partisan decision on a civilian, political matter.”
Former deputy assistant Secretary of Defense under Trump, Mick Mulroy also blasted Trump for firing Esper during an unstable presidential transition.
Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi criticized the decision as the speaker of the House of representatives said, “The abrupt firing of Secretary Esper is disturbing evidence that President Trump is intent on using his final days in office to sow chaos in our American Democracy and around the world.”
In a resignation letter, Mr Esper thanked members of the Armed Forces and said he was proud of his achievements in 18 months of service at the Pentagon. “I serve my country in deference to the Constitution, so I accept your decision to replace me,” he wrote.
Trumps has not yet conceded the US election to president elect Joe Biden and has vowe to challenge the result in court. Before Biden takes the office in January 20th, Trump is still in office.
Mr. Esper in a resignatory letter thanked the members of the armed forces and said he was proud of his achievements in the 18 months of service. He wrote, “I serve my country in deference to the Constitution, so I accept your decision to replace me.“