Trump picks new Pentagon chief

Trump picks new Pentagon chief

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Boeing Co executive Patrick Shanahan as his defense secretary, the White House said

“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,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Shanahan, 56, was thrust into the role in an acting capacity in January, after Jim Mattis abruptly resigned over policy differences with Trump, Reuters recalls.

Shanahan is expected to be confirmed by senators, though he could face a tough confirmation process because of his tenure at Boeing.

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