President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has fired Secretary Of Defense Mark Esper and named his replacement.

In two tweets, Trump said that he fired Esper and that Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christopher Miller will become the Acting Secretary of Defense.

“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,” Trump said in a tweet.

“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” Trump added.

Esper had prepared a resignation letter, three current defense officials reportedly told NBC News on Thursday. Trump claimed Monday that he has fired Esper.

Esper’s office pushed back on reports that he had drafted a resignation letter.

Trump and Esper have reportedly clashed over a number of issues, including the renaming of military bases named after Confederate military figures.

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  • chris says:

    Chris will do a GREAT job! Hope he’s not like that other ” Christopher “, he will also hopefully be fired VERY soon?

  • Paul Nimz says:

    The President and our country needs a loyal to the Constitution Sec of Defense. May very well be temporarily in charge of things….

  • Loyalty says:

    It’s my understanding that Esper and Trump had a huge blow up over whether to use the Insurrection Act to quell the riots in Seattle and Portland. Esper did NOT want to go that route and, sadly, Trump went along. ALL of this nightmare could have been diffused from the get go if they had acted aggressively to call the Marxists a threat to the country.