Defense Secretary's Deputy Chief of Staff Alexis Ross (pictured) has resigned and became the youngest official to leave the Pentagon this week as part of a growing post-election purge
The Secretary of Defense's deputy chief of staff has resigned and became the last official to leave the Pentagon this week as part of a growing post-election purge.
A U.S. defense official told CNN on Thursday that Alexis Ross had submitted her resignation.
Ross joined the Department of Defense under the now-dismissed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in late 2019 after serving as an assistant to the U.S. Army on strategy and acquisitions reform.
Defense Secretary Jen Stewart's chief of staff announced her resignation on Tuesday, the day after Esper was dismissed by Donald Trump on Twitter.
The shake among Esper's under-secretaries at the Department of Defense comes as no shock after sources told CNN Tuesday that Trump planned to get rid of the rest of the ousted Secretary of Defense's team after his dismissal.
There is growing concern among officials about what to expect next as the president's overhaul of top brass could prepare the nation for a chaotic transition to the Joe Biden administration, CNN reported.
The upheaval in the Pentagon began when Donald Trump fired Esper in a tweet on Monday, replacing him with Christopher Miller, director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center.
"I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the esteemed director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (unanimously approved by the Senate), will be serving as Secretary of Defense effective immediately," Trump wrote on Twitter.
& # 39; Chris will do a great job! Mark Esper has quit. I want to thank him for his service, ”added Trump.
Ross is the youngest official to leave the Pentagon this week as part of the post-election purge, which began with Trump sacking Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a tweet (pictured together in March).
The move sparked a number of changes in the Pentagon. In the days following the election, several senior agency officials were evicted and replaced by Trump loyalists.
On Tuesday, Esper's chief of staff, Stewart, stepped down alongside acting Under Secretary of State for Politics James Anderson and Under Secretary of State for Intelligence Joseph Kernan.
Undersecretary of State for Intelligence Defense Joseph Kernan has also reportedly left his role, but it is not clear whether he has been fired or resigned.
The President appointed Anthony Tata as Undersecretary for Political Affairs and Ezra Cohen-Watnick as Undersecretary for Intelligence.
In particular, Tata, a former Fox News commenter, was touted as a controversial move after failing to win Senate endorsement or make it through the Senate Armed Forces Committee after revelations of explosive and racist comments from his past.
He called former President Barack Obama a "terrorist leader" and falsely said he was a Muslim (Obama is a Christian).
Trump fired Esper in a tweet on Monday, replacing him with Christopher Miller, director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (pictured)
Meanwhile, Kash Patel has been appointed chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense to work under Miller.
Ross' replacement has not yet been announced.
Sources said Reuters Trump is now expected to crack down on Homeland Security officials next.
Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has told staff that after three sources familiar with the matter, he expects to be the next to be fired from the White House.
Cancer reportedly drew the ire of Trump after CISA launched a website called Rumor Control that exposes misinformation about the election.
The website was designed to include foreign misinformation after the Mueller report found that the Russian government "intervened in a comprehensive and systematic manner in the 2016 presidential election."
However, the website contradicts Trump's unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he continues to battle the election result.
Separately, Bryan Ware, deputy director of cybersecurity at CISA, confirmed to Reuters that he submitted his resignation on Thursday.
While Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Valerie Boyd is also leaving her position, CNN reported.
Prior to the election, there were rumors that Trump was preparing for a post-election wave of layoffs that saw Esper and FBI Director Christopher Wray top the list.
Official defense sources told NBC News the week before the election that Esper had his resignation letter with him in case Trump beats Biden.
But Esper's dismissal has raised fears that Trump might plan to launch military operations against America's foreign opponents, with Iran topping the list.
Esper had argued with Trump on a number of things – one of which was Iran and the drone attack that killed Colonel General Quassem Soliemani.
Trump's spate of layoffs and recruitment comes as he surrounds himself with officials with ideologies closer to him as he refuses to allow Joe Biden to run for the presidency and continues to make numerous unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.
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