President Trump has decided to nominate Patrick Shanahan to be secretary of Defense, a position he has held on an acting or interim basis since December.
The move, announced Thursday,
President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of Defense. pic.twitter.com/RaOXb09qMr
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) May 9, 2019
Comes as the Trump administration grapples with rising tensions in a number of high-profile hot spots around the globe, from Iran to Venezuela to China and now once again North Korea.
Acting Secretary Shanahan has served in high profile positions, including the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations at Boeing Sarah Sander wrote he has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do an excellent job,” Sanders said.
Shanahan, who has less than two years of government experience, took over as the top Defense Department official after James Mattis resigned late last year.
It’s unusual for the Pentagon to have an interim leader for so long, but Shanahan appeared to be one of the few choices left available for Trump after several potential nominees earlier reportedly turned down the offer. Among the names floated were Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).
Shanahan said in a statement: “I am honored by today’s announcement of President Trump’s intent to nominate. If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue the aggressive implementation of our National Defense Strategy. I remain committed to modernizing the force so our remarkable Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have everything they need to keep our military lethal and our country safe,”
When Asked what will be his biggest challenge to be should he be confirmed, Shanahan replied “balancing it all.”
“For me, it’s about practicing selectful neglect so that we can stay focused on the future but not ignore a lot of the emerging really important issues that . . . pop up day-to-day that you don’t plan for.”
Many lawmakers believe there should be any REAL issues with his confirmation
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