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another one bites the dust?!.....Breaking News: Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 09, 2020 12:21PM
....appoints Christopher Miller as acting.......so here comes the chaos that he will spread in his final days.....


....there were rumors that Esper will preparing to resign......I'm think there will be more 'firings' to come....


....Trump announced it 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…..Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”......


Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper


.....President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Monday that he has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and that Christopher Miller, who serves as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become acting secretary "effective immediately."

The President jettisoned Esper two days after his Democratic opponent Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the presidential election, a conclusion that Trump has refused to accept.
Esper's increasingly tense relationship with Trump led him to prepare a letter of resignation weeks ago, an attempt to fashion a graceful exit in the widely expected event that the President decided to fire him, several defense sources, including one senior defense official, told CNN.

Esper had been on shaky ground with the White House for months, a rift that deepened after he said in June that he did not support using active-duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Esper also said military forces should be used in a law enforcement role only as a last resort.

His remarks from the Pentagon briefing room were seen by many as an effort to distance himself from Trump's threats to deploy the military to enforce order on American city streets and went over poorly at the White House, multiple people familiar with the matter said.

According to multiple administration officials, White House sentiment about Esper had been souring for some time, with both Trump and national security adviser Robert O'Brien viewing him as not entirely committed to the President's vision for the military.

For months, Trump and O'Brien had been frustrated by Esper's tendency to avoid offering a full-throated defense of the President or his policies, the administration officials said.

One administration source told CNN that Trump had no respect for Esper, leaving the defense secretary with little influence and little choice but to take his lead from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump went as far as to mock his defense chief's derisive nickname of "Yesper" during a news conference in August, a moniker bestowed upon Esper by defense officials who believed he did not go far enough in standing up to the President's more controversial decisions.

Privately, Trump had expressed frustrations about Esper for months, venting about him at length during a trip to Camp David earlier this year, according to multiple sources.

Trump also publicly lambasted Pentagon leadership in September, accusing them of seeking to fight wars in order to boost the profits of defense contractors. Esper, angry, called White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to complain, according to defense officials. Meadows soon afterward appeared on television and attempted to walk back Trump's comments, saying his broadside against the Pentagon's leaders had not been directed at anyone in particular.

Esper and Trump also differed over the highly charged issue of whether to rename military bases that honor Confederate generals. Esper supported consideration of the renaming. The President refused to accept the idea.

The Senate voted 90-8 in July 2019 to confirm Esper, making him Trump's second Senate-confirmed secretary of defense. He followed James Mattis, who had resigned in December 2018 over Trump's decision to retreat from Syria amid the fight with ISIS, abandoning Kurdish allies and pulling US troops out of the war-torn country.......



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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Mark Esper.....
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 09, 2020 12:27PM
Not that Mark Esper was a shining beacon... (Don't let the door hit you, guy!)

But I wonder how many of the good and faithful civil servants he's fired would consider returning to service under a president who isn't batsh!t cray cray. There are a lot of cretins in key positions in need of pink slips and a lot of vacant spots that need filling.



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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 09, 2020 12:27PM
Not worrisome at all that Trump fires the top person at the DoD who did not agree with using active duty troops against US citizens...

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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 09, 2020 12:28PM
dynamiting the Titanic as it sinks, because the iceberg wasn't enough
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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Mark Esper.....
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 09, 2020 12:29PM
"I would like to thank him for his service.”

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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 09, 2020 12:35PM
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Steve G.
dynamiting the Titanic as it sinks, because the iceberg wasn't enough

The problem is that we are all still on that ship.
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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: hal
Date: November 09, 2020 01:15PM
[www.militarytimes.com]

Dubbed “Yesper” by his critics, including the president, he takes umbrage with the idea that he has been anyone’s “yes man.”

“My frustration is I sit here and say, ‘Hm, 18 Cabinet members. Who’s pushed back more than anybody?’ Name another Cabinet secretary that’s pushed back,” he said. "Have you seen me on a stage saying, ‘Under the exceptional leadership of blah-blah-blah, we have blah-blah-blah-blah?’ "

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Have other defense secretaries had to spend this much time trying to balance the president’s demands with their very real consequences to national security?

“Probably not,” he said. “I don’t know, I’ve only worked for a couple.”

But he has no regrets about how he handled himself.

“At the end of the day, it’s as I said — you’ve got to pick your fights,” he said. “I could have a fight over anything, and I could make it a big fight, and I could live with that —why? Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.”
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Re: another one bites the dust?!.....Breaking News: Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: graylocks
Date: November 09, 2020 01:26PM
Ut, oh. we're going to need a bigger bus



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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 09, 2020 02:14PM
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hal
Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.

Dear God, I am sick of hearing this rationalization from Trump administration lackeys.

Probably have to hear this a few more times yet in the next 3 months as such people try to rescue their reputations.

You’re not fooling anyone. You weren’t ever going to change or moderate this guy, and everyone knows that.
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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 09, 2020 03:11PM
As sekker pointed out, don't forget that the real reason Esper is being fired is because he objected to the president ordering active duty military into cities to quell the public.

Right at the same time he is declaring the election a fraud and refusing to concede.

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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 09, 2020 03:55PM
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rjmacs
As sekker pointed out, don't forget that the real reason Esper is being fired is because he objected to the president ordering active duty military into cities to quell the public.

Right at the same time he is declaring the election a fraud and refusing to concede.

RollingEyesSmiley5

I think this is because Barr refused to continue to drink from the Orange Cup - he's been silent the entire election process.

Unless he fires Barr, getting Esper out is the next best thing.
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Re: you're fired?!.....Trump fires Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.....
Posted by: hal
Date: November 09, 2020 04:39PM
Esper was planning on renaming bases to not glorify traitors against Trump's wishes. He made a few moves against Trump.
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