Trump fires defense chief Esper

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump on Monday fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, further unsettling a government facing uncertainty over Trump’s refusal to concede defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.The move came with just 10 weeks left in Trump’s White House tenure, capping a stormy four-year relationship with the Pentagon that has seen him go through four defense chiefs, in part because they would not serve his political goals.Like his predecessors Esper had sought to fly below the political radar to avoid Trump’s ire.But they ultimately collided over White House pressure to deploy feder…

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