/Trump says Shanahan is withdrawing from Defense secretary consideration

Trump says Shanahan is withdrawing from Defense secretary consideration

Patrick Shanahan

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is leaving his post, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

Defense

06/18/2019 01:05 PM EDT

President Donald Trump said acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process so that he can “devote more time to his family.”

He also said in a tweet that Mark Esper, the secretary of the Army, will become acting Defense secretary.

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