Shanahan Drops out as Defense Secretary

 In Military, Politics

On Tuesday, Patrick Shanahan, President Trump’s nominee for Defense Secretary dropped out of the confirmation process. The President immediately assigned Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, to fill in as Acting Secretary. The confirmation paperwork from the FBI investigation had been lagging and now we know why.

“It is unfortunate that a painful and deeply personal family situation from long ago is being dredged up and painted in an incomplete and therefore misleading way in the course of this process.

“I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family’s life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal. Ultimately, their safety and well-being is my highest priority… I would welcome the opportunity to be Secretary of Defense, but not at the expense of being a good father.” Patrick Shanahan in resignation letter


The incident which was “dredged” up by media was about incidents of domestic violence in which the wife punched Shanahan, and the next year one son beat his mother severely with a baseball bat. You can read about the incidents here and here .

Mark Esper -The New Acting Secretary

The President chose Army Secretary Dr. Mark Esper, 56, to become the Acting Secretary of Defense.

Esper graduated from the United States Military Academy the same year as Mike Pompeo- 1986. He has served as Secretary of the Army since 2017.

According to his DoD bio, “As Secretary, he has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army, to include the recruitment, organization, training, equipping, and care of 1.4 million active duty, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and their families…

… Upon completion of Ranger and Pathfinder training, he served on active duty for over a decade, including service in the 1990-1991 Gulf War with the 101st Airborne Division. He later commanded an airborne rifle company in Europe. Following active duty, he served in both the Virginia and District of Columbia National Guard, and
Army Reserve before retiring in 2007.

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