President Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper, refuses to concede

The president tweeted Monday that he “terminated” Esper. In the days after the election, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in battleground states contesting the results.
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President trump offering no signs of conceding, pushing ahead with legal challenges, golfing over the weekend as the ra projected. And today, he fired his defense secretary mark Esper in a tweet. Here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: The only es we've seen of Donald Trump since Joe Biden was projected President-Elect came over the weekend on the golf course. Don't give up! Don't give up! Reporter: He is still not willing to accept defeat, fighting his battle in court and on Twitter. But today, he also announced on Twitter he had "Terminated" his defense secretary mark Esper. Esper was with the president during the infamous photo-op at St. John's church, where protesters were cleared out with tear gas and flashbang GE nads. He then infuriated the president by suggesting he would object to an order to deploy the military to crack down on the demonstrations. Mark yesper? Did you call him yesper? Oh, okay, some people call him yesper. Reporter: Esper hated the idea that he was seen as a yes man, telling "The military times" just last week, "Who's pushed back more than anybody. Name another cabinet secretary that's pushed back. Have you seen me on a stage saying, 'under the exceptional leadership of blah-blah-blah, we have blah-blah-blah-blah?'" it comes as team trump is challenging the election results in several states. This election is not over, far from it. Reporter: But they've presented no credible evidence of vote fraud, as the Republican Lue tenant governor of Georgia told CNN today -- We've not had any sort of credible incidents raised to our level yet. Reporter: Most Republicans in congress are staying on the lilines, not yet acknowledging that Joe Biden won, but also not repeating the president's false allegations. The president has every right to look into allegations and to requrerecounts under the law. Reporter: On Twitter, vice president pence proclaimed, "It ain't over til it's over" but notably, even he did not repeat the president's claims of voter fraud. One prominent Republican who says it actually is over? Former president George W. Bush. He called to congratulate both President-Elect Biden and vice president kamala Harris, saying, "Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country." And Jon, we count on your reporting throughout all of this. What are you hearing from your sources tonight? Where is the president on all of this tonight? Reporter: David, he is digging in. He is determined toe every possible legal action to overturn the unofficial election results. I think he is still a long way away from either conceding the election or recognizing Joe Biden as president-president-elect. All right, Jon Karl, thank

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