WASHINGTON, (BM) – US President Donald Trump intends to replace the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper after the presidential elections in November, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Bloomberg agency.
“President Trump said privately that he intends to replace the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, after the November elections,” sources told Bloomberg in Washington.
The agency notes that Trump was “disappointed” that Esper did not adequately protect him in situations such as reports of alleged Russian rewards to members of the Taliban for the murder of US troops in Afghanistan.
In addition, according to the agency, the US president is unhappy that Esper publicly opposed his initiative in June to use the military to contain anti-racist protests in the United States after the death of African American George Floyd.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, in turn, noted that “the greatest honor and privilege” for Esper is serving the United States. A source close to the head of the Pentagon also indicated that Esper is committed to continue serving as long as Trump wants to.
Bloomberg notes that, according to some reports, Esper himself plans to resign immediately after the US presidential election.
Mark Esper became head of the Pentagon in July 2019. Prior to that, since November 2017, he was the Secretary of the US Army.
In 1990-1991, Mark Esper took part in Operation Desert Storm. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Esper has worked at the Heritage Research Center, the Senate and commercial structures.
How was Mark Esper chosen?
“As you have probably heard, the Senate vote just took place and showed 90 up to 8 against. This is a vote we are not used to,” President Donald Trump said back in July 2019 at the beginning of the ceremony.
The head of the country expressed the opinion that Esper would become an excellent defense minister.
“I am confident that he will be an outstanding secretary of defense. I have absolutely no doubt about that, he is outstanding in every way,” Trump said then.
Esper took the oath. After the ceremony, he thanked the president for his trust and the Senate for “strong, bipartisan support.”
“It is a lifelong honor to be appointed Secretary of Defense and lead the greatest army in history. And I will do so with the same energy and commitment to honor, duty and country that I have for nearly four decades,” Esper added.
Note that since the moment James Mattis left office in December 2018, no one was approved by the US Secretary of Defense. This is the longest such period in the history of the Pentagon.
Until June 2019, the acting head of the department was Patrick Shanahan, who as a result, on his own initiative, refused to further confirm his candidacy in the Senate.
Mark Esper is a veteran of the 1990-1991 war with Iraq. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Esper has worked at the Heritage Research Center, the Senate and commercial structures. In November 2017, Esper became Secretary of the United States Army.
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