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Shanahan Likely Will Be Trump's Defense Nominee, Inhofe Says

  • Armed Services chairman signals new optimism in interview
  • Senator says ‘all indications’ point to a Shanhan nomination
Patrick Shanahan

Patrick Shanahan

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will likely be President Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, Senate Armed Services Chairman James Inhofe said.

“I think he will,” Inhofe said in an interview Thursday when asked about the likelihood of Shanahan getting the nomination. “Indications are now that it’s going to be him.”