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President Trump plans to nominate army Secretary Mark Esper, the nation’s next Secretary of defense, the White house announced on Friday evening.
Esper start as acting defense Minister on Monday after the departure on Friday of the current act, the Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan, reported the Washington Post.
The transition to the Pentagon comes amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran, Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over international waters and the country’s suspected involvement in attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month.
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Secretary of the army Mark Esper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, 2. April 2019. (Associated Press)
President Trump had announced on Tuesday that Shanahan was the withdrawal from consideration for a permanent appointment to lead the Pentagon because of family matters. In the same message, the President revealed that the Esper was his choice to succeed Shanahan.
“I know Mark, and have no doubt he will a fantastic job!,” the President wrote.
Esper was the Secretary of the army since November 2017. He served in the Gulf war, worked on Capitol Hill and a lobbyist for Raytheon was a contractor, a defense. His Washington experience far outweighs that of Shanahan, who was a Boeing Executive.
According to Esper, has been nominated to lead the army in 2017, the former infantry officer confirmed by the Senate in an 89-6 vote, the hill reported.
There is no permanent Secretary of the defense, as James Mattis stepped in last December. Under the Reform offered Act, which States, Department for Secretary positions can be a Commission for only 210 days, Trump has to nominate a Minister of defense from 30 July, reported the Washington Post.
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If nominated, Esper, is to the resignation of its acting Secretary role while the Senate considers his nomination.