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NBC News: Defense Sec. Esper has reportedly prepared a resignation letter

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NBC News is reporting that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has allegedly prepared a resignation letter, according to three current defense officials. Esper has long butted heads with President Donald Trump, sometimes publicly.

Esper reportedly wrote the letter because, of all the current Cabinet officials, he is one of those who has been long expected to be asked to step down after the election, defense officials said according to NBC.

It is not uncommon for members of the Cabinet to draft a resignation letter in the lead-up to a presidential transition in order to give the president adequate time to find a replacement for a hypothetical second term, NBC’s report explained.

This comes as Esper is collaborating with federal lawmakers in drafting a bill that would rename U.S. military bases that presently bare the names of Confederate leaders. President Trump has publicly opposed the measure, potentially creating more conflict between him and Esper. Per NBC, this legislation would be tacked onto the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

It should be noted that no official announcement about this resignation letter has been made yet.

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Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook, Instagram ‘in coming weeks’

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Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in coming weeks” after a more than two-year suspension.

“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” Meta Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”

Twitter restored Trump’s account in November following its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has not yet resumed tweeting. Therefore it is unclear if he will use any of his former social media platforms, or instead remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Clegg said “We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election.”

New “guardrails” include new policies around restricting accounts by public figures during civil unrest. Under those policies, Meta can decide to restrict the account of a public figure that violates its community standards for a time ranging from one month to two years.

“If he now posts further violating content, that content will be removed, of course, and he could be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg said.

Posts will also be able to be limited on distribution without removing them or temporarily restricting access to its advertising tools. “Oblique references to QAnon content, for instance … is the kind of material that — even if it’s done obliquely, and doesn’t violate our community standards — we would seek to restrict the distribution of the content and/or restrict his ability to advertise,” added Clegg.

 

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