Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to hold the post in a permanent capacity, President announced Tuesday in tweets.
The president said Shanahan had opted to “devote more time to his family.” Shanahan in a statement Tuesday. Trump said he would name Army Secretary Mark Esper as the new acting defense secretary.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
….I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary