Tag: Shanahan, Patrick M (1962- )

Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Mark T. Esper as secretary of defense on Tuesday, ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon has been without a permanent leader at its helm. Mr. Esper, an Army infantryman who fought in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 before becoming a lobbyist for the defense contractor Raytheon, […]

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Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake

WASHINGTON — He heard from his generals and his diplomats. Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers. But among the voices ringing in President Trump’s head was that of one of his favorite Fox News hosts: Tucker Carlson. While the president’s national security advisers were urging him to order a military strike against Iran […]

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Trump to Officially Nominate Esper as Next Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army and former West Point classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to be the next defense secretary, administration officials said on Friday. They said that Mr. Trump would send the nomination to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in the next few […]

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Mark Esper, Named as Acting Defense Secretary, Brings Military Background to the Job

WASHINGTON — Mark T. Esper is a 1986 graduate of West Point, where his classmates included Mike Pompeo, now the secretary of state. He was an Army infantryman who fought in the gulf war. He went on to work for a conservative think tank, then as a lobbyist for one of the nation’s largest military […]

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Shanahan Withdraws as Defense Secretary Nominee

President Trump on Tuesday pulled the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be the permanent defense secretary, saying on Twitter that Mr. Shanahan would devote more time to his family. Mr. Trump named Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army and a former Raytheon executive, to take over as acting secretary of defense. He […]

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Pentagon Ends Review of Deadly Niger Ambush, Again Blaming Junior Officers

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has effectively closed the book on a lengthy Pentagon investigation into a deadly ambush in Niger in 2017, officials said on Wednesday, approving a high-level review of earlier findings that mostly blamed junior officers. Over the demands of lawmakers and family members to hold more senior commanders accountable, […]

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Mulvaney Says McCain Ship Episode Is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting chief of staff, sought on Sunday to play down the White House’s directive to hide a Navy destroyer named after Senator John McCain during the president’s visit to a naval base in Japan last week. Mr. Mulvaney said that a young White House staff member, knowing of Mr. […]

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Acting Defense Chief Sees No Need to Restart Big Military Exercises With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Sunday that he did not see a need to restore the large-scale joint military exercises that the United States and South Korea suspended over the past year as a concession to North Korea. American and South Korean troops have continued low-key, smaller-scale exercises during […]

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Acting Defense Chief Says He Wouldn’t Have Hidden McCain Ship

SINGAPORE — The acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, distanced himself on Friday from a Trump administration decision to try to hide a ship named after Senator John McCain during the president’s visit to a naval base in Japan this week. Mr. Shanahan, who was in Singapore for a security conference, told reporters that he would […]

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White House Asked Navy to Hide McCain Warship

The White House asked the Navy to hide a destroyer named after Senator John McCain in order to avoid having the ship appear in photographs taken while President Trump was visiting Japan this week, White House and military officials said Wednesday. Although Navy officials insisted they did not hide the ship, the John S. McCain, […]

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