President Donald Trump has sacked Defence Secretary Mark Esper, announcing on Twitter that the top US official has been “terminated”.

President Donald Trump has fired his defence secretary, Mark Esper, , announcing on Twitter that the top Pentagon chief has been “terminated”.

Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take on the role immediately.

“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” Trump added in the tweet.

Trump has so far not conceded the US election to President-elect Joe Biden, and has vowed to challenge the projected result in court.

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