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Trump Appoints Christopher Miller Acting Defence Secretary

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America’s President, Donald Trump, has announced the appointment of Christopher Miller as the new Acting Secretary of Defense.

This development comes days after Trump lost his re-election bid to President-elect, Joe Biden.

President Trump announced the appointment via his Twitter page on Monday, November 9.

He 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.

“Chris will do a great job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”

Recall that there had been reports that Esper had already prepared a resignation letter in anticipation of being ousted by Trump after the election.

Esper has endured a rocky relationship with Trump after openly resisting the US president’s consideration of using active-duty troops to quell June riots.

He’s also at odds with Trump on renaming military bases that honor Confederate leaders.

According to a report by NBC News, Esper drafted the letter but did not say when he intends to submit it. The network reported that Esper is helping members of congress draft legislation that will strip names of confederate leaders from military bases and plans to work with congress to put language in the annual National Defense Authorization Act so the name changes will be written into law.

Trump’s displeasure with Esper has been apparent for months. Trump had said in reaction to the rumours of a cold relationship with Esper: “I consider firing everybody. At some point — at some point, that’s what happens.”

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