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Readiness Chairman Garamendi Issues Statement on Firing of Defense Secretary Esper

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after the President announced the firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper:

“America is beginning a transition of power amidst a global health pandemic, an economic recession, and rising tensions with foreign adversaries. A smooth transition is critical to ensuring that our government is prepared to address these monumental issues,” Garamendi said.

“President Trump’s termination of Secretary Esper not only hurts our national security and the Department of Defense’s critical role in the development and distribution of hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines, it also makes the transfer of knowledge on these issues even more challenging. The American people deserve the most deliberate and wholesome transition of power, and I urge the President to stop wreaking havoc on this process,” Garamendi concluded.


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