The Esper has had a lot of turmoil with the White House for months, the rift deepening after he said in June that he is not in favor of using the army in active service to quell large-scale protests around. America due to the death of George Floyd. under the hands of the police. Esper also said that military forces should be used only in law enforcement roles as a last resort.
Many argued that his remarks from the Pentagon meeting room were seen as an attempt to shun Trump̵7;s threats of military deployment to enforce order in the streets of the US city and unfold. Not good at the White House, many people familiar with the matter said.
According to many administration officials, the White House’s sentiments about the Esper have worsened for a while, when both Trump and national security advisor Robert O’Brien see him as not fully committed to his vision President for the military.
Administration officials say for months, Trump and O’Brien have been frustrated that the Esper tends to avoid offering full-blown defenses against the President or his policies.
A source in the administration told CNN that Trump did not respect the Esper, leaving the Secretary of Defense with little influence and few options other than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump went so far as to mock his defense chief’s mocking nickname “Yesper” during a press conference in August, a nickname bestowed on by defense officials to the Esper who believed that he did not go far enough against the President’s more controversial decisions.
Personally, Trump has expressed disappointment about the Esper for months, speaking of him during a trip to Camp David earlier this year, according to multiple sources.
Trump also publicly criticized the Pentagon leaders in September, accusing them of seeking to wage war to increase the profits of defense contractors. Esper, angry, called White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to complain, according to defense officials. Meadows soon appeared on television and tried to counter Trump’s comments, saying his views on the Pentagon leaders were not aimed at anyone specifically.
Esper and Trump also differ on the question of whether to rename military bases in honor of the Confederate generals. Esper has supported renaming review. The president refused to accept the idea.
The Senate voted 90-8 in July 2019 to confirm the Esper, becoming Trump’s second Senate-confirmed defense secretary. He follows in the footsteps of James Mattis, who resigned in December 2018 over Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria amid his war with ISIS, abandon its Kurdish allies and pull US troops out of the hostile country. devastating paintings.
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