Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan
speaks to reporters during a flight from El Paso, Texas, after visiting
the US-Mexico border on Feb. 23, 2019. DoD photo by Army Sgt.
The White House on Monday would not deny rumors that President Donald Trump
plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan to be the permanent defense
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked
about the possibility, said “I am not going to make any personnel
announcements at this time,” but “I can tell you the president has a
great deal of respect” for Shanahan. “He likes him,” she said.
took over as acting defense secretary in late December after Trump fired
former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, shortly after Mattis announced his
intent to resign.
Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, previously
served as the undersecretary of defense under Mattis.
Monday the president would make an announcement on the nomination when
he is ready.
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