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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws His Nomination For Permanent Post

28 days ago   |   By NPR

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan asked President Trump to withdraw his nomination to assume
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Trump's rush to appoint Shanahan ignored crucial vetting

Trump's rush to appoint Shanahan ignored crucial vetting

28 days ago   |   By Think Progress

Another of President Donald Trump's prospects for an important position fell through Tuesday, as Trump announced he'd be replacing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary. Shanahan had been serving in the role since January, though Trump only nominated him for it in May.
Shanahan's withdrawal from consideration followed press reports that the FBI was investigating domestic abuse concerns from his past - raising questions as to how he was serving in such lofty positions in the first place.
More concerning, according to a report from CBS News, White House officials were aware of at...
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Trump says he will likely nominate Esper for defense secretary

28 days ago   |   By Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday he would likely nominate Mark Esper to be the secretary of defense, hours after he named him to replace Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary.
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Shanahan withdraws his bid for Pentagon chief, is swiftly replaced by army secretary

Shanahan withdraws his bid for Pentagon chief, is swiftly replaced by army secretary

29 days ago   |   By Think Progress

Well, that was fast.
Just over a month after saying he would nominate Patrick Shanahan as defense secretary, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he would not do so, leaving the United States without a defense secretary for the longest stretch in the country's history.
In his signature style, the president thanked Shanahan for his service and showed him the door, while naming Mark Esper, the current secretary of the army, as his choice to head the Pentagon:
...I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting...
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Patrick Shanahan Pulls Out Of Defense Secretary Confirmation Process, Trump Tweets

Patrick Shanahan Pulls Out Of Defense Secretary Confirmation Process, Trump Tweets

29 days ago   |   By The Huffington Post

Trump nominated Mark Esper as the new acting secretary of defense, replacing Shanahan, who's facing controversy over an alleged 2010 domestic dispute.
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Shanahan Out as Pentagon Chief as Reports Emerge of Family Disputes

Shanahan Out as Pentagon Chief as Reports Emerge of Family Disputes

29 days ago   |   By Foreign Policy

In a tweet, Trump named Mark Esper, the secretary of the Army, as the new acting secretary of defense.
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Trump: Shanahan out at Pentagon, Esper now acting secretary

29 days ago   |   By My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing his nomination to lead the Pentagon.
The abrupt announcement came in a tweet from the president, who said Shanahan had done "a wonderful job" but would step aside to "devote more time to his family."
The president added that the Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, will be the new acting secretary.
"I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!" Trump said in a second tweet on the subject.
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Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination as Defense Secretary and Steps Down

29 days ago   |   By Time

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has decided to pull out from the nomination process to become full-time Defense Secretary after a rocky six-month tenure at the Pentagon.
President Donald Trump made the announcement Tuesday via Twitter amid news reports that Shanahan, his ex-wife and son were involved in domestic violence incidents in 2010 and 2011. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” Trump said.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick...
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