President Trump is reportedly considering replacing Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the election in November.
Bloomberg first reported Wednesday afternoon that Trump has privately said he intends to replace Esper after the election, citing unnamed people familiar with internal discussions.
One source told Bloomberg that Esper has told people close to him that he intends to leave after the election regardless of the outcome.
Reuters later also reported that Trump has privately discussed the possibility of replacing Esper after the election.
In a statement, the White House did not directly refute the reports.
“President Trump has assembled an incredible team at the White House and across the federal government who have accomplished undeniable successes on behalf of the American people. We have no personnel announcements at this time nor would it be appropriate to speculate about changes after the election or in a second term,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a separate statement that Esper serves “at the pleasure of the president.”
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