Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has terminated Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who had given hints that he had his letter of resignation ready.
Trump sacked Esper with a tweet and appointed Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, acting defence Secretary, with immediate effect.
“Mark Esper has been terminated,” Trump said on Twitter.
“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.”
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