Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman has denied a media report that claimed US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper was planning to resign. “The NBC story is inaccurate and deceptive in some ways. To be clear, Secretary of Defence Esper has no plans to resign, nor has he been requested to submit a letter of resignation,” Xinhua information company quoted Hoffman as saying in a tweet late Thursday.
Citing three defence officers, NBC Information had reported earlier within the day that Esper had “ready his letter as a result of he is among the Cupboard officers lengthy anticipated to be pushed out after the election”.
Esper helps lawmakers draft laws to take away Accomplice names from navy bases, which may result in an additional rift between him and President Donald Trump, the report mentioned.
For months, US media has been reporting in regards to the President’s frustration with Esper, who opposed utilizing active-duty troops towards civil unrest in June when Trump threatened to ship navy forces to crack down on nationwide demonstrations towards racial injustice.
At a press briefing in August, when requested if he would hearth Esper, Trump mentioned that he “considers firing everyone”.
Esper took workplace because the 27th US Defence Secretary in July 2019.
His predecessor Jim Mattis left workplace in December 2018 after clashing with Trump over the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.