Shanahan stepped down as acting Secretary of Defense

Politics 06/19/19, 04:49

Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday, June 18, as acting secretary of defense amid incidents involving domestic violence about his ex-wife and son nearly a decade ago. His formal nomination has not gone to the Senate, according to AP. President Trump praised Shanahan in his tweet: “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, ...

Trump’s Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

Politics 06/18/19, 19:06

President Donald Trump's pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump on Tuesday said Mark Esper, his current Army secretary, would lead the ...

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing ‘painful’ past

Politics 06/18/19, 14:12

After months of unexplained delays, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in a tweet, and ...

US gift to China shows North Korea sanctions go unenforced

Politics 06/11/19, 22:26

The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals. First came the posed photo, as the two men shook hands with broad smiles in front of their nations' flags, and then they ...

US troops, civilian defense workers get political reminder

Politics 06/11/19, 21:10

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is reminding civilian Defense Department employees and service members not to engage in political activity while on the job. The warning comes after the Navy was engulfed in controversy over White House pressure to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during President ...

US orders end to Turkey’s involvement in F-35 program

Politics 06/07/19, 21:57

The Pentagon has notified Turkey that it is canceling its purchase of F-35 fighter jets if the Turkish government goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has sent a letter notifying Turkey that all training of Turkish pilots will also end as ...

Pentagon nominee focuses on China despite Mideast tensions

Politics 05/29/19, 10:55

Tensions may be high in the Middle East, but the man chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon is turning his focus to China. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived Wednesday in Asia on a high-profile weeklong trip that is intended to reinforce that China is the administration's main ...

President Trump says no needs more U.S. troops in Middle East to counter Iran

U.S. 05/24/19, 06:46

President Donald Trump said his administration would not need to send more troops to the Middle East to defend against Iranian threats, Reuters reported. "We'll see what happens with Iran. I don't think we're going to need them. I really don't," the president told reporters Thursday, May 23. "I would certainly send ...

Acting Secy Shanahan to speak at Naval Academy graduation

U.S. 05/24/19, 03:33

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is set to deliver the commencement address to the 2019 graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy. The former Boeing executive will speak Friday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. More than 1,000 midshipmen will be graduating. Each will receive a Bachelor of Science degree ...

Shanahan: US posture toward Iran ‘deterrence’

Politics 05/21/19, 18:00

Top Trump administration officials are briefing members of Congress on Iran after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that have raised alarms on Capitol Hill over a possible military confrontation with the Islamic Republic. Stopping to take questions from reporters on his way to The Hill, acting U.S. Secretary ...

Trump to nominate Shanahan for top Pentagon post

Politics 05/09/19, 16:18

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense, putting an end to months of speculation about the former Boeing executive's standing in the administration. Shanahan has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1, a highly unusual arrangement for ...

Acting Pentagon chief cancels overseas trip, cites Venezuela

Politics 05/01/19, 09:27

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has abruptly canceled plans to travel to Europe. Shanahan's spokesman is citing the crisis in Venezuela and the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, says in a statement that Shanahan decided he should remain in Washington to coordinate with the National ...

Pentagon watchdog clears acting chief Shanahan of wrongdoing

Politics 04/25/19, 07:26

The Pentagon's watchdog agency has cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co., a U.S. official said Thursday. The decision by the Defense Department inspector general opens the door for President Donald Trump ...

Acting Pentagon chief makes renewed pitch for Space Force

Politics 04/11/19, 09:55

The acting defense secretary is making a renewed pitch to Congress for authority to create a Space Force as a separate branch of the military. Patrick Shanahan, who's been heading the Pentagon on an interim basis since Jan. 1, is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Some committee members have ...

Update: Pentagon expecting to help DHS more on border

Politics 04/09/19, 17:04

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 5:55 p.m. The acting Pentagon chief says he expects the military to be asked by the Department of Homeland Security to do more this year to help with security at the U.S.-Mexico border. Patrick Shanahan told two reporters traveling with him Tuesday ...

Acting Pentagon chief defends space force amid skepticism

Politics 04/09/19, 09:45

The acting Pentagon chief is sharpening his argument for creating a Space Force, amid skepticism among some in Congress that it's worth the cost. Patrick Shanahan calls the proposed Space Force a "low cost, low bureaucracy" way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations seeking to erase American military ...

Acting Pentagon chief says IS territory nearly cleared

World 03/14/19, 09:59

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says the United States and its partners in Syria have liberated virtually all the territory the Islamic State group once held. But he's not declaring victory. The insurgents and local forces are still battling over a small slice of land. Shanahan tells the Senate Armed Services Committee ...

The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

Politics 02/26/19, 14:44

Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place — aboard an airplane — when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow, an apparent blow to his chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. Sen. James Inhofe, the White House-friendly Republican chairman ...

Pentagon chief Shanahan: Broader approach to border security needed

Texas 02/23/19, 19:39

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border that the government needs a broader, more effective approach to border control. He suggested the Pentagon might contribute with its expertise in surveillance and monitoring. “How do we get out of treating the symptoms ...

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