Donald Trump nominates Army Secretary Mark Esper to be next Defense Secretary

22 Juin, 2019, 13:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Donald Trump nominates Army Secretary Mark Esper to be next Defense Secretary

Mr. Trump had tweeted earlier this week that Esper would replace acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who withdrew his name from consideration after reports of domestic violence incidents involving his family surfaced.

Along with the announcement of Esper's nomination, the White House said it will appoint Pentagon comptroller David Norquist to become deputy Defense secretary.

Esper, a West Point graduate who attended the academy with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is an Army veteran who fought in the Gulf War in 1991.

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump will nominate Mark Esper to succeed former Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

"By law, because there is now a sitting secretary of the Army, [McCarthy] can only use the title, "performing duties as" and not acting secretary of the Army", said an official who spoke to Stars and Stripes on the condition of anonymity. While Esper is serving as acting defense secretary, he will technically retain the title of secretary of the Army, one of the officials said.

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Also complicating the matter, Esper can not serve as acting defense secretary while his nomination is open, due to a limitation within the 1998 Federal Vacancies Act.

Trump is nominating Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy to fill the Army secretary job left vacant by Esper.

As the Army's top civilian, McCarthy is expected to continue, as Esper had, to focus the service on preparing for a potential conflict with a major military power, namely Russian Federation or China. He later worked as an aide on Capitol Hill, followed by the Pentagon, where he was special assistant to then-defense secretary Robert Gates, and eventually became a vice president at Lockheed Martin.

Trump, who said on Friday that he aborted a planned military strike on Iran to retaliate for Teheran's downing of an unmanned USA drone, has not had a permanent defence secretary for six months.

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