In my experience, there would only be a few reasons to fire a Secretary of Defense with 72 days left in an Administration.

One would be incompetence or wrongdoing, which do not seem to be the issue with Secretary Esper.
A second would be vindictiveness, which would be an irresponsible way to treat our national security.

A third would be because the President wants to take actions that he believes his Secretary of Defense would refuse to take, which would be alarming.
Whatever the reason, casting aside a Secretary of Defense during the volatile days of transition seems to neglect the President’s most important duty: to protect our national security.
I did not always agree with Secretary Esper but I always knew that he cared deeply for our men and women in uniform. I worked with Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller during my time at the Pentagon, and more recently during his time at the National Counterterrorism Center.
It is critical that he, and all senior Pentagon leaders, remember that they swore an oath to the Constitution, not any one man.

With that oath comes a commitment to the peaceful transition of power.
All leaders must decide what they will do in the next 72 days.

I strongly urge Acting Secretary Miller to remember that the country and the military he has dedicated his life to are counting on him to do the right thing.

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Now that we’re here, it is time for every leader, from the President’s cabinet to local elected officials here in Michigan, to choose: fealty to President Trump, or democracy.
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Leaders can no longer dodge their responsibilities to our democracy. These responsibilities are bigger than one man or any one party.
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I’m so thankful to federal, state and local law enforcement for taking the threat seriously and getting to the perpetrators before they could act.
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