Donald Trump's relationship with Defense Secretary Mark Esper soured months ago over several issues, but some in the president's orbit said Trump's frustration with what he sees as an entrenched military resistant to his goals played a role.
Mark Esper fired as U.S. Defense Secretary effective immediately, President Donald Trump announces via Twitter. Trump has long been at odds with Esper; the pair recently clashed over Esper's support for stripping the names of Confederate leaders from US military installations.
President Donald Trump said he has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a tweet on Monday.
Donald Trump cited the threat of attack on four U.S. embassies by Iran to justify the killing of Iran's Qassem Soleimani, but U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he did not see any specific evidence from intelligence officials
WATCH LIVE: @POTUS Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, & Chairman@thejointstaff @USMC Gen. Joe Dunford take part in a #September11th ceremony at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial at 9 a.m. ET.