Mark Esper was born in 1964 in Pennsylvania and will be the 27th Secretary of Defense of the United States.
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The outgoing president, Donald Turmp, announced this Monday the sudden dismissal of the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, two days after his defeat was known in the elections on November 3 against the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be the acting secretary of defense, effective immediately, “said Trump on his Twitter account.
“Chris will do a great job. Mark Esper has finished his work. I would like to thank you for your services ”, added the president.
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Esper’s name was on the list of possible layoffs by Trump after he opposed the president’s proposal to send military units to quell the riots in different cities of the country this summer after the death in police custody of the African-American citizen, George Floyd.
“The option of using active troops in the role of law enforcers should only be used as a last resort, and only in the most urgent and extreme situations. We are not in one of those situations now, “Esper said at the time. a press conference from the Pentagon.
Traditionally, presidents who are not reelected tend to keep their Pentagon chief until the new president takes office to maintain stability in national security.
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Trained at the military academy of West Point and with experience in both Government As in the private sector, Esper was appointed by Trump as head of the Pentagon in June 2019.