Monday, October 25

Cascade of resignations after the dismissal of the US Secretary of Defense

Mark Esper, former secretary of defense.

Mark Esper, former secretary of defense.

One day after the president of United States, Donald Trump, to make effective the dismissal of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense, several senior Pentagon officials have resigned this Thursday, including the undersecretary of Defense, James Anderson.

Along with Anderson, the main intelligence official has resigned, Joseph Kernan, and Esper’s chief of staff, Jen Stewart, a day after Trump replaced Esper with Christopher Miller, who until then served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

“I want to thank Mr. Anderson, Admiral Kernan and Jen Stewart for their service to the nation and to the Department,” the new Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in a statement.

“Throughout their careers, each has contributed greatly to the national defense and the future of the Department. We wish them the best in their next endeavors, “he said.

The tension between Esper and Trump had heightened in recent months, after the Pentagon chief refused to deploy Army troops in the streets during the latest protests against police violence in several cities in the United States.

So much so, that the Democratic Party has described Esper’s dismissal as “reckless” and “childish”, and they suspect that Trump’s decision is aimed at filling the US institutions with unconditional support in order to promote controversial legal actions before leave the White House in January.

Some media such as CNN have advanced that Anderson’s replacement would be controversial retired general Anthony Tata, a regular political commentator for the television network Fox News, who in summer had to resign from occupying important positions within the Pentagon after a series of Islamophobic messages that he published in the past on his social networks came to light.

Tata, who was finally appointed in July deputy assistant secretary for Pentagon policy, called Islam a “violent and oppressive religion,” and accused former President Barack Obama of being a “terrorist leader,” and a “candidate from Manchuria,” in reference. to Richard Condon’s 1959 novel, which tells the story of a Korean War veteran who is about to become president of the United States, as well as a spy for the Soviet Union.

The Pentagon has confirmed that retired Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan will be replaced by the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflicts, Ezra Cohen-Watnick; while Stewart will be replaced by Kash Patel, who was part of the National Security Council.

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