In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

VA secretary could run the Pentagon if Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper, report says

Senior White House officials have spoken to Wilkie in the past month about the possibility that he could become defense secretary, NBC reporters Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube first revealed on Monday.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper stand during a Full Honors Welcome Ceremony for Secretary Esper at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019.

Defense secretary defends Trump amid claims he called America's war dead 'losers'

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that President Donald Trump has respect and admiration for American troops and veterans after a magazine report said he had called fallen U.S. military personnel buried in Europe "losers" and declined to visit an American cemetery because he thought it unimportant

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Stars and Stripes could cease publication on Sept. 30 without DoD funding, lawmakers warn

'If publishing is discontinued and there is an order to dissolve the organization then there will be a phasing of staff separations.'

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper stand during a Full Honors Welcome Ceremony for Secretary Esper at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019.

Trump privately discussed replacing SecDef Esper after the 2020 election

President Donald Trump has privately discussed with advisers the possibility of replacing Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the November election in the wake of a number of differences between them, a source familiar with the internal debate said on Wednesday

A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020.

SecDef Esper says ‘accident’ likely responsible for Beirut blast, contradicting Trump

"Most believe that it was an accident, as reported"