While President Donald Trump is still embroiled in a contentious fight for his re-election against Democratic contender, former Vice President Joe Biden, reports emerged that one of the president’s Cabinet members was set to resign before the election results were even settled.
NBC News reported Thursday that Defense Secretary Mark Esper had “prepared his letter of resignation.” The news outlet acknowledged that it isn’t unusual prior to a president’s second term, but said Esper felt he would get booted in Trump’s second term anyway.
The news outlet claimed Esper felt uneasy about his future with the administration after he had planned a push to remove Confederate names from military bases through the National Defense Authorization Act. The plan was to use Congress to get the changes through legislation during the lame duck session rather than through the respective military branch secretaries.
Trump wanted to keep the names on the bases because of their historical significance to U.S. military victories. The president tweeted in June that he wanted to keep the names of “Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc.” because America “trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars.”
…history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
Still, NBC News said that Esper, who was supposedly such a “yes man” to Trump that he earned the nickname “Yesper,” was worried about his reputation as a rubber stamp for Trump’s agenda. “He cares about his legacy and prefers to be remembered as someone who was fired because he stood up to the president, rather than being remembered as ‘Yesper,'” it reported using the age-old trick of quoting unnamed officials.
However, the story was refuted on Twitter by Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Assistant Jonathan Hoffman.
“The NBC story is inaccurate and misleading in many ways,” Hoffman wrote Thursday. “To be clear, Secretary of Defense Esper has no plans to resign, nor has he been asked to submit a letter of resignation.”
He went on to say that Esper “continues to serve the nation as the Secretary of Defense at the pleasure of the President and is working on the irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy.” This makes it appear that the report was little more than a leftist media rumors.
He continues to serve the nation as the Secretary of Defense at the pleasure of the President and is working on the irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy.
— Jonathan Hoffman (@ChiefPentSpox) November 5, 2020
It seems that Trump’s first term is wrapping up in the same way it started. Trump has always had to defend himself against attacks from Democrats and their allies in the leftist media. If Biden is elected, the left’s parting gift will be more lies about his administration.