The American people elected Donald Trump to rebuild the nation’s military and put “America First.”
President Trump is making fulfilling that promise a centerpiece to his re-election campaign.
But Donald Trump is waiting until after the election to make this big military change.
One of President Trump’s most disappointing personnel moves was appointing Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense.
At first, Esper worked with the President on putting his foreign policy agenda of bringing troops home from endless wars into practice.
But after the Black Lives Matter riots in Washington, D.C., Esper began to turn on the President.
And now reports are surfacing that Trump intends to remove Esper after the election – win or lose.
Bloomberg exclusively reported:
“President Donald Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election, according to people familiar with internal discussions.”
One person said Esper has told people close to him that he intends to leave regardless of the election’s outcome, meaning he could exit the administration about two months before Trump does, if the president loses.
The President’s frustration with Esper began to build after Esper distanced himself from the President as civil unrest swept the nation’s largest cities as Black Lives Matter rioters and Trump considered invoking the 1877 Insurrection Act to deploy the military to quell the violence.
Bloomberg also reported, “Trump was also angered that Esper in June publicly opposed the idea of deploying active-duty military to contain nationwide protests over racism. He confronted his defense secretary June 3 at the White House after Esper held a news conference in which he said that using active-duty military forces to perform law enforcement within the U.S. is “a matter of last resort” and that the National Guard was better-suited to the task, people familiar with the matter said.”
A statement from Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman pushed back on the idea Secretary Esper was on his way out.
“He first swore an oath to the Constitution as a West Point cadet over 38 years ago, and has done so many times throughout his adult life, in both war and peace, in uniform and out of uniform,” Hoffman stated. “He continues that same commitment to duty, honor, and country today, recognizing that he serves the Nation and leads the men and women of this Department as Secretary of Defense at the pleasure of the president.”
Secretary Esper turned out to be another swamp creature in the Trump administration who decided that he served the “norms” of the Washington swamp as opposed to the agenda of the President the American people elected him to serve.
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