BREAKING: Trump Fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  51 comments

By:   Aidan McLaughlin (Mediaite)

BREAKING: Trump Fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper
President Donald Trump said he has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a tweet on Monday. The first in what could be a series of high profile firings

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By Aidan McLaughlinNov 9th, 2020, 1:00 pm

President Donald Trump said he has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a tweet on Monday.

The first in what could be a series of high profile firings expected after Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election was foreshadowed: NBC News reported last week that Esper had prepared a letter of resignation ahead of the election.

Trump announced in his tweet that Christopher C. Miller, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, would be named acting Defense Secretary.

"Chris will do a GREAT job!" Trump wrote. "Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service."


…Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Esper's big crime ? 

He wanted to rename military bases named after Confederate generals. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

I think he also objected to the idea of using federal officers to quell urban unrest.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @1.1    2 weeks ago

You are right Tacos, according to the NYT. 

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
1.2  Colour Me Free  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago
Esper's big crime ? 

Did anyone that Trump has fired actually get fired for a legit reason?   I cannot think of any off the top of my head...

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.2.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Colour Me Free @1.2    2 weeks ago

Did anyone that Trump has fired actually get fired for a legit reason?   I cannot think of any off the top of my head...

Did Trump fire him via Twitter...again?

 
 
 
Tacos!
2  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

Seems kind of pointless with only 2 1/2 months to go.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @2    2 weeks ago

Trump is bitter and he is letting it out on anyone he feels crossed him. But you are right... it is rather pointless. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
2.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1    2 weeks ago

Scores to settle...with an emphasis on scores. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  r.t..b... @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

Exactly. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1    2 weeks ago

Maybe Biden will hire him back?

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.4  Dulay  replied to  Tacos! @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

Michele Flournoy looks to be Biden's pick. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Tacos! @2    2 weeks ago

Seems kind of pointless with only 2 1/2 months to go.

Only seems that way when you're talking about adults.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
3  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

I learned this past weekend that there is a procedure that allows previously released federal workers (wrongly fired) to be brought back to function in their former positions

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1  Dulay  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3    2 weeks ago

Let's hope that's true. The 'brain drain' perpetrated by Trump is crippling all too many Agencies. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Dulay @3.1    2 weeks ago
The 'brain drain' perpetrated by Trump is crippling all too many Agencies. 

The worst being the DOJ.  Being forced to stop legitimate investigations in order to start faux investigations of Trump's rivals.  Can he be more an Authoritarian wannabe?

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Not unexpected considering the 5 year old in the WH. 

Chris Wray head of the FBI will probably be next along with Gina Haspel head of the CIA. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
5  Dismayed Patriot    2 weeks ago

"Fired?!? I'm not fired! You're fired! Every cabinet member and administration peon serving me, look under your seats... that's right... You get to go get a new job, and you get to go get a new job and you get to go get new job! If I'm going down, you're all going with me!!"

This isn't unexpected and I've no doubt this is just the first in what will be a long list of unhinged tantrums and breaking things (like political norms) from this rejected impeached lame duck loser of the 2020 presidential election. I'm sure his upcoming pardon list is going to shock even some of his loyal base as he no longer has reason to hide his naked self interest using whatever power he has left to benefit himself, his family and those complicit in his schemes and likely crimes as much as possible.

 
 
 
Split Personality
6  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

WINNING !

 
 
 
JBB
7  JBB    2 weeks ago

Night of the Long Knives - Part Two - Coming Soon!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
8  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

It is past time to invoke the 25th before this asshat can cause any more damage. If he is not reined in, he will try to cause as much dysfunction he can before Jan 20.  Even his wife and Jarrod are advising him to basically get over it and concede.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
8.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @8    2 weeks ago

Set that precedent. Biden will be next...........it's gonna be Harris for the majority of his term.

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
8.1.1  Colour Me Free  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @8.1    2 weeks ago
it's gonna be Harris for the majority of his term.

Do not say things like that .. I do not need any additional nightmares added to the ones I am already having and have been having for the past 4 years....!

Thank you in advance..  : )

P.s.... it is a lil late to apply the 25th anyways

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
8.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Colour Me Free @8.1.1    2 weeks ago

It is never too late in this case.  Trump needs his heels locked for the next two months.

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
8.1.3  Colour Me Free  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @8.1.2    2 weeks ago

 Why .. what is the reasoning?  Because he may fire more people? (think that is a given) .. any executive order Trump puts in place can be dismantled by the next president ... I do not think 'so called democracy' is in danger in the next 2 months .. if there is such a thing as 'democracy' in the United States, it has, even after all things Trump, remained intact for the past 4 years .. 

 Let the man lick his wounds .. he only has himself to blame for the loss he has suffered / is suffering.  Trump cannot suddenly become a dictator by refusing to acknowledge defeat, it only serves to possibly break the tradition of a 'peaceful transition of power' .. which honestly should not surprise anyone, Trump has tossed tradition at the window since day one ..  I certainly never expected Trump to go down without a fight  - hahaha had Trump readily conceded, half of his detractors would have dropped dead instantly and the other half would have been committed to a psych ward : )

Hope you are well Paula ....

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.4  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Colour Me Free @8.1.3    2 weeks ago

Let the man lick his wounds....????

How about having him act like every other president or presidential contender in our history.... admit he lost the election, allow the transition to the president elect to start, and do things that benefit the American people.  It's called being an adult.

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
8.1.5  Colour Me Free  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.4    2 weeks ago
How about having him act like every other president or presidential contender in our history....

Show  me where he ever has acted presidential ... think that has been a major bitch from his detractors

It's called being an adult.

Sure, whatever...

This whole thing is just silly to me .. Trump will eventually concede - he has to, he is just not doing it as those before have done....  which if you are honest with yourself, ya knew he was not going to admit defeat, and if you did think he was going to admit defeat and readily concede, I must ask WHERE have you been for the past 4 years?         

Biden is moving forward with his agenda .. regarding COVID and today he is set to defend the ACA - if hopes on saving the legislation.  Which I think needs to 'fixed' not gutted...

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.6  Kathleen  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.4    2 weeks ago

Actually there have been other presidents that did not concede right away, does Al Gore ring a bell? He has the right to double check everything if he wants.  It’s a uphill battle, but he does have that right. 

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.7  Dulay  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.6    2 weeks ago

There is a HUGE difference between 537 votes in ONE state and over 300,000 in 5 states Kathleen. Trump hasn't filed any evidence of voter fraud that would effect the outcome in ANY state as of today. He's got NOTHING. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.8  Kathleen  replied to  Dulay @8.1.7    2 weeks ago

He "still" has the right to look into it whether you disagree or not. 

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.9  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.8    2 weeks ago

I guess we have different standards out of how we expect children to act.

We must also have different standards for how we expect our highest elected official to act when faced with the truth of over 300,000 votes telling him he lost the electoral college.

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.10  Dulay  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.8    2 weeks ago

Maybe he'll find the answer on one of his golf courses. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
8.1.11  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Dulay @8.1.7    2 weeks ago
There is a HUGE difference between 537 votes in ONE state and over 300,000 in 5 states

Trump and his sycophants are like a football coach whose team lost by three touchdowns but is still whining and complaining and refusing to accept defeat because he's disputing a single rightly called fumble back in the first quarter.

"We demand that every play get re-reviewed and every opponent touchdown should get re-scrutinized because we declared before the game that we wouldn't lose, so we're not just giving in simply because we ended up with a lower score!"...

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.12  Kathleen  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.9    2 weeks ago

Behavior or not, he still has the right. 

Btw, my standards are just fine.  I will let the people that know me personally judge that, not some 'stranger' on the internet. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.13  Kathleen  replied to  Dulay @8.1.10    2 weeks ago

Well, if that is your answer, so be it.  

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.14  Dulay  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.13    2 weeks ago

My comment wasn't an answer, it was a statement. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.15  Kathleen  replied to  Dulay @8.1.14    2 weeks ago

Whatever.

 
 
 
JBB
8.1.16  JBB  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.6    2 weeks ago

256

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.17  Kathleen  replied to  JBB @8.1.16    2 weeks ago

I'm married.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.18  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kathleen @8.1.12    2 weeks ago

And no thoughts to how transitions should be handled in the future?  

I guess if there is ever a republican president elect down the road, the current occupant can tell them to piss up a rope regarding cooperation. 

I guess there is no end to the level of danger Trump and his supporters are willing to subject this country to just so they don't have to acknowledge a lost election.   We are talking national security level dangers here.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
8.1.19  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.18    2 weeks ago
...the current occupant can tell them to piss up a rope regarding cooperation.

As a matter of fact, yes they legally can.

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1.20  Kathleen  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.18    2 weeks ago

No, I believe in compromise between both parties. 

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.21  FLYNAVY1  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @8.1.19    2 weeks ago

So you're all and good with putting the safety of the country in the backseat....?  Got it.

Legal vs moral....... Now that is what is wrong with today's republicans.  They could give a shit about doing the right thing.....

 
 
 
MUVA
8.1.22  MUVA  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.18    2 weeks ago

No Trump is following the Al Gore climate whore model concede in December. 

 
 
 
MUVA
8.1.23  MUVA  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.18    2 weeks ago

There is no danger the whole of the intelligence apparatus is in tac what Bidens people want is their government pay checks that is what is being held up.There is a secondary reason they want to see or get inside the investigation of zero experience Hunter. 

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.24  FLYNAVY1  replied to  MUVA @8.1.22    2 weeks ago

RIIIIGGGHHHHTTTTT.....

So you're another one that thinks that a 527 vote difference in one state equates to a 300,000 vote difference in five states.  Isn't that special!

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
8.1.25  FLYNAVY1  replied to  MUVA @8.1.23    2 weeks ago

More bullshit from you...... and as usual, nothing supportable with facts. 

You must be a real star over at Breitbart....

 
 
 
MUVA
8.1.26  MUVA  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.25    2 weeks ago

What's Breitbart? 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
8.1.27  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @8.1.21    2 weeks ago

Who said that I was a republican?

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.28  Dulay  replied to  MUVA @8.1.22    2 weeks ago

Nope, Trump would have had to win a LOT more states and votes to get anywhere near Al Gore. 

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.29  Dulay  replied to  MUVA @8.1.23    2 weeks ago
There is no danger the whole of the intelligence apparatus is in tac

I'm trying to figure out if that is good or bad. Please clarify. 

what Bidens people want is their government pay checks that is what is being held up.

The Biden people don't get a government paycheck until they are actually working for the government. 

There is a secondary reason they want to see or get inside the investigation of zero experience Hunter. 

What does that dildo have to do with anything? 

 
 
 
Dig
9  Dig    2 weeks ago

I guess if you want to leave the option open for a coup to hold onto power, it's a good idea to get rid of the guy who opposed using the military against civilians.

 
 
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