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Trump Wanted to Fire Defense Secretary Esper Over Use of Troops for Riots

But he didn’t, for now.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

President Trump last week was on the brink of firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper over their differing views of domestic use of active-duty military, before advisers and allies on Capitol Hill talked him out of it, according to several officials.

The officials said Mr. Trump was furious with Mr. Esper for not supporting his inclination to use active-duty troops to quell protestsin Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and elsewhere following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

Mr. Trump consulted several advisers to ask their opinion of the disagreement, intent that day on removing Mr. Esper, his fourth defense secretary since taking office in January 2017, according to the officials. After talks with the advisers, who cautioned against the move, Mr. Trump set aside the plans to immediately fire Mr. Esper.

At the same time, however, Mr. Esper, aware of Mr. Trump’s feelings, was making his own preparations to resign, partly in frustration over the differences regarding the role of the military, the officials said. He had begun to prepare a letter of resignation before he was persuaded not to do so by aides and other advisers, according to some of the officials.

2 thoughts on “Trump Wanted to Fire Defense Secretary Esper Over Use of Troops for Riots”

  1. He was insubordinate but cooler heads prevailed. What was going on was so out of control. At least the threat of military got leaders to step up. This country is a mess and NO it isnt primarily president Trump’s fault. There’s Plenty of blame to go around.

  2. If it is members of congress or local or state officials or certain ranks in the military — you get told or led to believe through sycophantic behavior that you are soooooooooo smart. That is why the courts see constitutionalists (the framers were smart) turn into activists (I am so smart) over time.

    When in doubt, toss them out. Trump has to remove them. Period.

    People don’t need to love him, or even respect him but they do have to fear him….

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