As of May 9, 2019, President Donald Trump intends to make his acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, the permanent replacement of James Mattis, his former Secretary of Defense.
“Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defense.,” Said Sarah Sanders in a tweet.
President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of Defense. pic.twitter.com/RaOXb09qMr
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) May 9, 2019
Sanders went spoke about Shanahan’s qualifications for the position. She talked about his past experience, including Deputy Secretary of Defense and Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Boeing.
“acting secretary shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the department of defense.”
Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, voiced his support of the President’s decision in a tweet later the same day:
.@realDonaldTrump‘s new nominee to Secretary of Defense is an excellent choice
Just yesterday, he announced that the Army Corps of Engineers will be building 256 miles of Border Wall
1/2 a mile of Wall per day
100,000 illegals crossed the border in April—FINISH THE WALL!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 9, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence also voiced his support of the nominationvia a statement in a tweet:
Congratulations to Patrick Shanahan. He has done a great job as @ActingSecDef. I look forward to working with him as Secretary of @DeptofDefense to make sure America’s military remains the strongest on the earth, land, air, sea, and space.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 9, 2019
Patrick Shanahan has years of formative experience preparing him for the position of Secretary of Defense. With support of others within the Department of Defense and the Trump administration, Shanahan will help to keep America’s military the most powerful in the world.