Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after less than 2 years
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
It’s a stunning move on the heels of Trump’s failed reelection bid. It could also unsettle U.S. allies and partners.
The conventional wisdom is that stability atop the Pentagon and the military be maintained during a possible transition to a new administration.
Esper was Trump’s second defense secretary, succeeding Jim Mattis, who resigned in 2018.
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