Trump Fires Esper as Pentagon Chief After Election Defeat
President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a stunning move on the heels of Trump's failed reelection bid.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, a stunning move on the heels of Trump’s failed reelection bid. Presidents who win reelection often replace Cabinet members, including the secretary of defense, but losing presidents have kept their Pentagon chiefs in place until Inauguration Day to preserve stability in the name of national security. Trump announced the news in a tweet, saying that “effective immediately” Christopher Miller, the director of…