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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Replaces War Secretary Esper
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On Monday, Trump sacked former Raytheon lobbyist war secretary Mark Esper — via Twitter.
"I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller…Director of the National Counterterrorism Center…will be (acting war secretary), effective immediately," he tweeted, adding:
"Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service."
Like Esper, other US war secretaries, and most of Trump's predecessors, DJT supported greater military spending, including plans to budget at least $1.2 trillion to upgrade the Pentagon's nuclear arsenal.
Trump disagreements with Esper on some policy issues led to Monday's announcement.
Perhaps replacing him stemmed from his opposition to deploying federal troops to suppress street protests by invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act.
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