…Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
Courtesy of CNBC:
The latest revelation comes as Trump refuses to accept the results of the U.S Presidential Election and on the heels of an NBC News report that Esper had prepped his resignation letter, bracing for an inevitable termination from the Trump administration.
In an extraordinary break with Trump, Esper told reporters in June that he did not support the invoking the Insurrection Act, a law from 1807 that would allow Trump to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to civil unrest stemming from protests against police brutality across the country.
“I say this not only as secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire situations. We are not in one of those situations now,” Esper said.
“I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” he added.
The choice to replace his Secretary of Defense after having lost a bid for reelection is highly unusual and has many experts scratching their heads.
I could simply be a case of Trump being pissed off at Esper for not supporting his insane response to peaceful protests, or it could portend something more ominous.
I guess we will find out soon enough.