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Trump’s Acting Defense Secretary Steps Aside, Extending Pentagon Uncertainty

  • Domestic abuse incident from almost a decade ago surfaces
  • Army secretary Esper takes over from Shanahan as acting chief
Patrick Shanahan
Patrick ShanahanPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to take over the post on a permanent basis, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, after reports surfaced of a domestic abuse incident almost a decade ago.

Trump said he will name Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as the new acting defense secretary, a day after Shanahan announced the Defense Department would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran.