Trump Reportedly Discusses Replacing Esper After Election

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Reports have emerged of U.S. President Trump privately discussing with advisers the possibility of ousting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the November election. Such reports follow clashes between both of them on several issues over the summer. According to a report from Reuters, Trump was particularly troubled by Esper's opposition to invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to curb civil unrest that broke out following the death of George Floyd in June. Esper also seemingly clashed with Trump by decreeing a de facto ban on the Confederate flag at military installations, notably at a time when Trump defended Americans who fly the flag on the grounds of free speech rights.

Trump is currently facing a coronavirus pandemic that has swept through the US, with over 5 million cases and 165,000 deaths. He's also set for an election battle against the team of Joe Biden and his recently announced Vice Presidential counterpart Kamala Harris. Harris and current U.S. Vice President Mike Pence are set for a formal debate at the University of Utah on the 7th of October.