SWITZERLAND, JUNE 18 – American President Donald Trump has appointed current Secretary of the Army as the Acting Secretary of Defence.
President Donald Trump said acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process so that he can “devote more time to his family.”
Shanahan will now be replaced by Esper.
See Trump’s Tweet below:
….I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
Mark Thomas Esper is an American politician and corporate executive serving as the 23rd and current United States Secretary of the Army since 2017. Prior to his current position, he also served as vice president of government relations at Raytheon.