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President Trump unceremoniously fired Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper via Twitter on Thursday, sparking yet another round of upheaval at the Pentagon and injecting even more drama into an already tense, uncertain post-election period for the administration and the military.

The president made the abrupt announcement in a midday tweet and officials said Mr. Esper was given just a few minutes’ notice that his firing was imminent. Mr. Trump named National Counterterrorism Center Director Christopher Miller as the acting defense secretary, making him the fifth Pentagon chief in less than four years.

Such turnover atop the military is unprecedented in modern U.S. history. The latest personnel change carries even more weight because of the political circumstances that surround it.

Over the weekend, major media outlets called the presidential race for Democrat Joseph R. Biden, and the presumptive president-elect immediately began work on a transition plan that will include the naming of a new defense secretary and nominees to other top posts across the Pentagon. . . .

Over the weekend, major media outlets called the presidential race for Democrat Joseph R. Biden, and the presumptive president-elect immediately began work on a transition plan that will include the naming of a new defense secretary and nominees to other top posts across the Pentagon.

“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,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Mark Esper has been terminated,” he said. “I would like to thank him for his service.” . . .

“I think we’ve been really successful in transforming the department,” Mr. Esper told the Military Times. “And then … preserving my integrity in the process.”

“My frustration is, I sit here and say, ‘Hmm, 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?’”

In addition to their clash over active-duty troops on U.S. soil, Mr. Esper also backed moves inside the military to effectively ban the display of the Confederate flag and an ongoing push to remove the names of Confederate generals from 10 Army bases. On the latter, Mr. Trump publicly vowed to block the changes and seemingly used the issue to appeal to supporters who are wary of such changes. . . .

But analysts say dismissing Mr. Esper now, with just two months until Mr. Biden is expected to be sworn in as commander in chief, is a mistake.

“It is certainly the president’s prerogative to do so. The timing and manner of firing, however, are unfortunate,” said Bradley Bowman, director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “During the next couple of months, we need leaders at the Pentagon who are willing to push back on any bad ideas emanating from the White House and to work closely with President-elect Biden’s transition team.”

Mr. Esper released letters to Mr. Trump and to Defense Department personnel discussing their joint accomplishments Monday. He did not directly thank Mr. Trump for his appointment and signaled in his letter the troops that he had some regrets.

“I step aside knowing that there is much more we could accomplish together to advance America’s national security,” he wrote.

“It is concerning that reports show that this firing was an act of retribution by the president, allegedly for Secretary Esper’s refusal to send active-duty military troops to crack down on peaceful demonstrations against police brutality,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Most disturbingly, however, the timing of this dismissal raises serious questions about Trump’s planned actions for the final days of his administration.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, Washington Democrat, was equally scathing, accusing Mr. Trump of destabilizing the Pentagon at a time when U.S. adversaries might be tempted to exploit a distracted and divided Washington. . . .

“It has long been clear that President Trump cares about loyalty above all else, often at the expense of competence, and during a period of presidential transition competence in government is of the utmost importance,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Esper also seems concerned about what could happen if the Pentagon is led by someone who will not question Mr. Trump. He said his willingness to oppose the commander in chief is a reason why he remained in the post.

“You’ve got to pick your fights,” he told the Military Times. “Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.” . . .

Mr. Miller, a military veteran who served in the Army’s elite special forces unit, arrives at the Pentagon at a pivotal moment. There are heightened concerns that major U.S. adversaries as China, Russia, North Korea or Iran may seek to exploit the political uncertainty of the American leadership transition by carrying out aggressive moves to expand their regional influence.

The Associated Press reported he arrived at the Pentagon on Monday just as Mr. Esper was learning from White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of his dismissal.

In initial meetings with Joint Chiefs of Staff head Gen. Mark Milley and senior generals, Mr. Miller said he did not plan major immediate changes, the AP reported.

Mr. Miller’s specific views on U.S. strategy toward China, Russia and North Korea have not been publicly documented, although he signaled during an interview last month that he thinks tensions between the U.S. and Iran could escalate suddenly and quickly if the Iranian regime engages in actions deemed too aggressive by Washington.

“I get the sense [the Iranians] understand that there’s a line they can go up to, but if they cross that line, I mean it’s all hands on deck, it’s gonna be really, really bad,” Mr. Miller said during a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Mr. Miller is the fifth Pentagon chief of the Trump tenure. Mr. Trump’s first defense secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, resigned in late 2018 in protest of the administration’s decision to pull U.S. forces from Syria. He was replaced by former Boeing executive Patrick M. Shanahan, who served in a temporary capacity for about six months.

Mr. Shanahan was replaced by Mr. Esper, who also served in a temporary role and had to briefly step down as he underwent Senate confirmation for the permanent job.

During that process, former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer served as acting defense secretary for about a week.

(Excerpt from The Washington Times. Article by Ben Wolfgang. Photo Credit: White House Flickr.)

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November 12, 2020

I think this was a very necessary move, considering all the threats for violence and chaos in the streets that the left have been making for months. We cannot have a military chief who does not recognize the legitimate need to keep the peace in our cities, towns, and villages, with bona fide military intervention if needed. It is up to the “peaceful protesters” to demarcate the line between needing military intervention or not needing it.

November 12, 2020

President Trump has been required to bring people into his circle that can match the strength that he embodies. I am not surprised, we have cities that not only have been destroyed by rioters but property has been a lose for the owners so a large corporation has bought up the property on the cheap, also insurance was taken out by one rich billionaire we all know who supplied the bricks through ACME. These demonic driving forces require a strong hand. The media doesn’t call an election therefore by siting a transition in power is false narrative, is dangerous, is meant to cause fighting amongst our people.

Nancy Pelosi is quoted but does she mention that she discouraged police in San Francisco to deal with homeless people pooping in the area, until it happened in front of her mansion, where she demanded they service her mansion. . . they allow destruction because that is their belief to destroy all.

President Trump realizes this and is willing to face it with courage.

November 12, 2020

Thank you for posting the “Naked Communist” info; these protestors are mercenaries, hired for inciting chaos, which the left embraces. President Trump offers a long rope made of patience. Obviously when abused he acts promptly, dismissing those lacking his vision for a lawful progress towards prosperity and fairness. Clearly, the left will go ballistic when Trump is triumphantly serving another FOUR glorious years. He is always ready, predictably with a quick military response to prevent the mercenaries agenda.

In reading Daniel, who was captured, he fell to his knees three times a day, repented and praised the Lord repeatedly, and in fact this act was used to throw him into the lions den. My point being, we have been wrongfully captured with the Covid quarantine and a maligned election process, let us follow Daniel’s way; repent and give thanks for we are in Gods hands. We live in Gods Israel and we need to appreciate His ways, with a discerning love, not judgement, and ask only for His mercy and grace in this season.

Finally, there is never a good reason to mention a soiled candidates name, imho.

Arthur Bogdanove
November 12, 2020

The president is intelligent in personnel matters. It may be that he is confident that election corruption will be discovered, enough to determine the outcome of the election. You will note that many places were boarded up and that the boards were removed when the media usurped the prerogative of GSA and the electors by declaring Biden president elect, meaning that there was no expectation of rioting unless Trump won. If you review the Naked Communist, widely read in the late fifties/early sixties, you know that when the communists are not strong enough to invade a country they use a fifth column. There is evidence of Soviet and PRC support for riots in our history. In our case this is done through front groups. I think the president wanted someone who would not delay in containing the unrest if he gained the 270 electoral votes. I don’t think he would have bothered otherwise. Why invite even more criticism for a 2 month personnel change?

Stella (TX)
November 11, 2020

Fatima, Thank you so much for sharing the Tucker Carlson interview: Former CIA officer explodes on Secy Esper: ‘Get the hell out of the Pentagon’ Very inspiring and on point. Our President is the Commander in Chief of these/our USA. Yet these ‘snowflakes, paid antifa, marxcists’ in our military/FBI/CIA refuse? May everyone be ripped out when they do not follow orders! We the people elected and stand-by this President(who does not even take a salary)to protect ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ Every move President Trump has made from the start is met with a challenge. Fact-ck…HE’s right every time. Someone has said of President Trump; he’s a man that plays chess on 5-levels. Jeremiah20:9 God’s msg is like a fire burning in his heart, shut up in my bones’
-HOLY SPIRIT to indwell/consume/surround/move as you burn away the dross all around him/family/USgovernment

Sandra Burchardt
November 11, 2020

What is the purpose of an article critical of President Trump?

    Jacque P
    November 12, 2020

    My thought EXACTLY!!! Don’t you just adore arm chair Monday morning quarterbacks???
    It is his prerogative. Remember President Trump has been groomed for this position. He is a businessman not a Politician. Besides Esper wasn’t doing his job.

November 11, 2020

I assume he fired Esper because he believes he’ll need Miller to carry out his plans for our protection.

    Elaine France
    November 12, 2020

    I agree Warrior Donald J Trump will need a responsive military when the coup continues against him.
    The siege the White House group has declared they will violently take over the building and physically
    violently harm our President. He needs leaders who will respond to these emergencies, not someone
    who may decide to follow his own order. The President is THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, you may
    disagree with him, but you MUST follow HIS orders.

November 11, 2020

We need to educate ourselves why Pres. Trump fired Mr. Esper before agreeing with the Washington Times. Mr Esper has to protects Americans too which he refused and deserves to be fired.
Listen to Tucker Carlson explain…

We pray protection over Tucker Carlson & his family in Jesus Name

    November 11, 2020

    Thanks so much for sharing the link. Watching the video confirmed my thoughts. Many more need to be fired. Thank you Jesus for my President Donald J Trump.

Curtis Guhl
November 11, 2020

The military has been playing politics for each party for generations. Mark Esper days were numbered. We are not in a time of military testing. We all have problems with saying the wrong thing.

Karen Secrest
November 11, 2020

I’m glad the President was able to act in this situation. The Lord has certainly been leading me to Intercede over American security issues with other countries.
First there was TicTok that the President warned about – nothing was done. Even India has outlawed it as a National Security risk to their country. Now Australia and New Zealand have had economic sanctions placed against them by China since they outlawed Huawei as a Security risk. The fact that anyone would allow businesses to be looted and personal property to be destroyed with little or no intervention is more than irresponsible it’s using your position of trust for your own personal agenda. It’s known that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and would use them against Israel and the U.S. How much more concern do you need? Removing a flag somewhere while some someone is shining a suitcase nuclear weapon at your allies seem o indicate a paralized problem of those who choose to remain deaf and mute

Let this new officer stand for Truth as we pray for a blood line to surround he Pentagon.

November 11, 2020

I agree with you Laura. I was reading the Book of Daniel and in Dan5:14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee (KJV)
We intercede on behalf of Donald Trump and ask You that he would experience the infilling of the Holy Spirit and that light and understanding & excellent wisdom…yes Lord give him wisdom from on high to make decisions. We realize he must be must be anxious, worrief… with all the media blasting him and claiming Biden as the president elect. We believe Your Word and stand in agreement that President Trump will win. A raging battle ahead but we join together with the Armies of angels and the cloud of witnesses to pray and war in the Spirit. Thank You Lord Jesus you hear our prayers and the delay is because you want to drain the swamp. It is not about Donald Trump but the Kingdom of God where justice & righteousness will rule for generations down the line. In Jesus Name we pray.

You can also join today (11.11.2020) at 11 am in prayer instructions are given on their website..11 Jesus

Laura Dominick
November 11, 2020

First, let me say I wish you would stop referring to Biden as any kind of “President Elect” when the Church has been fighting a huge spiritual battle against all of the fraud in this election – it is disheartening! I could feel my spirit droop, and I come here to be encouraged by believers. Now I have to fight that…

Second, I am perfectly fine with President Trump firing whoever he wishes. He has so many people against him in his own administration – I assume he found out that Esper is part of the swamp.

I am standing firm expecting our Lord to root out all of the lies and cheating in this election. I believe President Trump was overwhelmingly elected by the people of this country and that God hears our prayers and will fight this battle for us! Hallelujah! Many babies’ lives are at stake here and the Lord loves our children and hates what Democrats do to them (both by murder and by indoctrinating them into sexual abominations they celebrate).

    Laura Dominick
    November 11, 2020

    Oh, sorry, I just realized this was a Washington Times article…no wonder the word “President Elect” is in there. I still have to fight the spirit of despair after reading that… ☹️

      Sharon Scott
      November 11, 2020

      I agree with you! Any mention of Biden in that way, and I get sick to my stomach, thinking that someone soo corrupt is being put forward.

      November 11, 2020

      Laura, standing in agreement with you.

      The only ‘benefit’ of this article appearing here is to reinforce our resolve to intercede more and pray stronger as the army of God.

      Father God, pour out Your Holy Spirit on All your intercessors. Give us faith to move a mountain. Remove all despair, discouragement and doubt. Give us strength, courage and wisdom to fight this spiritual battle against all forms of witchcrat, demonic, satanic, evil, jezebel,Baal spirits.
      Help us bring the victory from the spiritual to manifest in the natural.

      Abba, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, You alone are above the sun and the stars. You alone anoint and appoint our president and you have told us that Pres Trump will be president for 2 terms. Praise God.

      When you reveal your miraculous Truth, you will pull back the curtain on the corruption that attempted to steal this election.
      You will confirm that 71 million Americans who voted for Pres Trump were not deceived.. They shouted with their votes that your anointed was also their choice.

      We wait patiently and with joyous anticipation for Pres Trump’s 2nd inauguration.
      All glory be to God. We pray this through the mighty name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and Savior.
      Amen and Amen

        November 11, 2020

        I understand. It sickens me to hear it. Last Sunday the pastor referred to Biden as our new President. Told everyone to pray with him over Biden and his cabinet. That man is not in a position of authority over us. We should be praying for our President
        Donald J Trump.
        I will find another place to worship.

          November 11, 2020

          Cathy, I agree with you 100%. I am sorry but any pastor who supports killing babies or supports a presidential (and vp) candidate that supports killing babies is just not for God. He needs to repent. I pray God will remove the scales from his eyes and soften his heart. I hate to hear he is preaching this from the pulpit in God’s house.
          It is way past time for all of us to stand up against the evil called abortion. God is calling us to put a stop to it. And Pres Trump is the most pro life president in our lifetime. He will win.

        November 11, 2020

        Thank you

        Laura Dominick
        November 11, 2020

        Amen, my sister! 🙋‍♀️🥰


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