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Trump Ousts Defense Chief Esper Who Balked at Loyalty Demand

  • Resisted Trump on using active-duty troops against protesters
  • Warner warns against firing other national security officials
Mark Esper
Mark EsperPhotographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired in a tweet on Monday, as President Donald Trump went after a top aide he blamed for not supporting him sufficiently.

Trump said he’s naming Christopher Miller, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as acting Pentagon chief.