Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will replace Mark Esper as acting secretary of defense, President Trump tweeted on Monday.
Why it matters: Esper's removal was expected; the Defense secretary lost Trump's favor after Esper rebuffed the idea of sending active-duty military to deal with racial justice protests over the summer. The change is effective immediately.
- Miller previously oversaw special operations forces in counterterrorism.
- Other Cabinet officials expected to be fired by Trump in the lame-duck session include CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
What they're saying: "I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately. Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service," Trump tweeted.
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