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Trump Announces He Fired Mark Esper, To Replace Him With Christopher Miller As Secretary Of Defense

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has fired Secretary Of Defense Mark Esper and named his replacement.

In two tweets, Trump said that he fired Esper and that Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christopher Miller will become the Acting Secretary of Defense.

“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,” Trump said in a tweet.

“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” Trump added.(RELATED: REPORT: Defense Secretary Mark Esper Has Drafted A Resignation Letter)

Esper had prepared a resignation letter, three current defense officials reportedly told NBC News on Thursday. Trump claimed Monday that he has fired Esper.

Esper’s office pushed back on reports that he had drafted a resignation letter. Trump and Esper had reportedly clashed over a number of foreign policy issues.