President Donald Trump has fired his defense secretary Mark Esper.
The Moment reports that the United States President announced the decision in a tweet on Monday, further destabilising a government already navigating Trump’s refusal to concede election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
“Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” President Trump said on Twitter, announcing his replacement by Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The firing of Esper, who had clashed with Trump over his suggestion of using military personnel to quash civic unrest, comes barely a week after the US presidential election which Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden.
Trump, who is pursuing so far flimsy claims of US election fraud in the courts, has only until January 20 before he has to leave office and Biden takes over.