Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat

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As he struggles to accept election defeat president trump has fired the Pentagon's chief it's a move both widely expected and unprecedented mark esper had been on the outs with the president since the summer amid sharp differences over using the military to quell protests but losing presidents have Intel now kept their defense secretaries in place until the inauguration to preserve stability the president announced espers firing on Twitter saying national counterterror chief Chris Miller will serve as acting secretary removing esper now could unsettle allies and inject more uncertainty to a rocky transition period to Joe Biden Sager mag ani Washington

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