Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has prepared his letter of resignation, according to NBC News. This isn’t really news in and of itself; cabinet members traditionally write letters of resignation at the end of a president’s first term, so the president can decide which ones to accept. What’s newsworthy is that this news is leaking right now.
To be clear, something like this does not leak by happenstance. It’s not as if Esper’s letter of resignation flew off his desk and just happened to land on a reporter’s desk. There are two only possibilities here.
The first is that Mark Esper leaked this himself, because he believes that Donald Trump is about to lose, and he’s trying to get it on the record (at the last minute) that he’s had enough of Trump’s crap.
The second possibility is that Donald Trump himself has leaked this. It’s been widely reported that Trump has been looking to get rid of Mark Esper. Now that Trump sees he’s perhaps just hours from being named the loser of the election, he could be leaking this about Esper just to take out his frustrations about losing.
Either way, we’ve now reached the “Secretary of Defense Mark Esper just leaked that he’s written his letter of resignation” stage of Donald Trump’s election loss.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report