Donald Trump has fired US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the Pentagon chief who Trump has occasionally feuded with behind closed doors.
In a tweet, Trump wrote that Christopher C Miller, “the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center”, will becoming acting Pentagon chief effective immediately.
“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” he concluded.
It was reported last week by NBC that Esper had submitted a letter of resignation to the White House.
One issue in which Esper and Trump clashed was over the military’s decision to rename bases named after Confederate leaders who fought against the US during the Civil War. Trump has opposed the move, but Esper has worked with Congress to craft legislation to ensure that it happens.