It's "No, I'm your father"
The US military’s controversial JEDI cloud contract has seen another strange twist: the US Secretary of Defense has stepped back from the project as it emerged his son works for one of the bidders for the $10bn winner-takes-all deal. Secretary Mark Esper made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that he would not have any input …
"...thanks to his father's position, well, former position now..."
Not 'former position' -
'Recuse himself' means giving up (and delegating) responsibility only for one specific aspect of the job, it's not the same as 'Resigned' ie leaving his job / position entirely
Trump referred to his SecDef as Mark Esperanto in a recent tweet, perhaps an alias to blur the linkage to his son's employer. I hardly think it was ethics; I'd say it was more likely he punted the decision on JEDI to his subordinate so he can maintain plausible deniability when the process blows up. He wouldn't have been around to see the effects of his decision anyway.
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