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Kaine Statement on Firing of Secretary Esper

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper:

“Secretary Esper has served this nation honorably despite the many challenges posed by this President.  This country owes a significant debt of gratitude to Secretary Esper and the countless public servants at DOD that will have to work in the tumultuous remaining weeks ahead of the Trump presidency. Firing a Secretary of Defense in the last weeks of a lame duck Presidency serves no purpose and only demonstrates an instability harmful to American national defense.”