American President Donald Trump said on Monday, he had terminated Mark Esper, his defense secretary, following November 3rd election defeat.
Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, is nominated to become the acting defense secretary, and the senate is reported to be highly unlikely to confirm any nominee before trump leaves the office in January.
Trump tweeted, “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”.
Esper opposed Trump’s threat to use active-duty troops to suppress street protests over racial injustice in the U.S, Aljazeera reports.
The secretary also disagreed with Trump’s dismissive attitude towards the NATO alliance, Sources indicated to Aljazeera News.
Like Esper, Jim Mattis former Secretary of defense in 2018 criticized trump as the “first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us”.
He had been long preparing for his resignation or dismissal following the defeat of President Trump in the 2020 U.S Presidential elections.
Trump has refused to acknowledge his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, alleging widespread voter fraud.