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Acting United States Secretary of Defense

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Patrick M. Shanahan: Acting United States Secretary of Defense
Patrick Michael Shanahan is an American government official who served as Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense in 2019. President Donald Trump appointed Shanahan to the role after the resignation of Retired General James N. Mattis. Shanahan served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2019. He previously spent 30 years at Boeing in a variety of roles.

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Mark Esper sworn in as defense secretary

The Senate voted to confirm President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Defense, Mark Esper. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 90-8 to confirm him. Esper, who had been serving as Army secretary, is..
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Trump officially nominates Mark Esper as next defense secretary

Mark Esper has been acting secretary since Patrick Shanahan resigned in June after USA TODAY and others revealed his turbulent divorce and family life.
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Shanahan did not disclose domestic fight before his 2017 confirmation as deputy Defense secretary

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers he was "aware of no incidents reflecting adversely" on his ability to take a top military job.
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Patrick Shanahan deserved to lose the job he wanted, but his children deserved much better

The aspiring Defense secretary cost his children their privacy and forced them to relive their trauma. He chose his ambitions over protecting them.
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With Patrick Shanahan, Donald Trump again fails his promise on stocking 'best people'

Trump announced the acting Defense secretary's resignation an hour after USA TODAY published an account of family domestic violence: Our view
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Lawmakers question why they weren't told of Shanahan's family turmoil

President Trump is looking again for a permanent secretary of defense. Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan abruptly withdrew his nomination Tuesday after domestic violence incidents from several years..
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AP Top Stories June 19 A

Here's the latest for Wednesday June 19th: Trump officially begins re-election campaign; Protests outside Trump rally; Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down; Phoenix holds community..
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Patrick Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon; Third graders teach book publisher history lesson.
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White House reacts to Patrick Shanahan withdrawing as Defense Secretary nominee

The White House knew about a violent domestic dispute between members of outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's family that derailed his expected nomination to become the permanent..
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Patrick Shanahan withdraws from consideration as defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from consideration to be the defense secretary amid reports of domestic incidents. In 2010, Shanahan and his ex-wife each claimed to have been punched by the other...
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Patrick Shanahan, Orlando, Taylor Swift: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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White House knew of Shanahan domestic incident for months, officials say

Shanahan's expected nomination to become defense secretary was on track "even of this morning," an administration official told CBS News
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdraws nomination amid domestic violence claims

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from the confirmation process after accusations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking his place...
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Shanahan out at the Pentagon after reports of domestic incidents

Shanahan faced scrutiny over several domestic incidents involving members of his family several years ago
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Trump says he will replace acting Defense chief Patrick Shanahan

President Trump said he would not nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his Defense secretary.
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U.S. and Turkey in close touch on S-400/F-35 dispute: NATO commander

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
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FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor

Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan and his then-wife each told police they had been hit by the other. He denies striking her.
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Read the full statement from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan about a 2010 domestic case

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's full statement on a domestic violence case
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Iran tensions prompt U.S. to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced 1,000 additional U.S. troops would be sent to the Middle East, as the Trump administration blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of..
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U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute: top NATO general

U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says to send more troops to the Middle East, cites Iran threats

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat..
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Pentagon deploying another 1,000 troops to the Middle East

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that the Pentagon will deploy about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns..
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U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief: Iran not just a US problem

In response to attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran is not just a U.S. problem. He said the U.S. goal is to "build..
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U.S. focus is to build global consensus after Mideast oil tanker attacks: Shanahan

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is focused on building international consensus following attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East that the United States has blamed on Iran, acting U.S...
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Pentagon chief urges military to maintain "apolitical nature"

Patrick Shanahan's comes after White House officials tried to obscure the USS John S. McCain from President Trump's view
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Acting defense secretary calls Russian ship's move "unsafe"

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan slammed Russia after one of its warships nearly collided with a U.S. Navy ship in the Philippine Sea. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin..
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Slain soldier's dad unhappy with Pentagon action over Niger ambush

Ex-defense chief Mattis ordered review, worried lower ranking soldiers were taking too much blame, but replacement Patrick Shanahan has recommended no more top brass be punished
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U.S. to sell 34 surveillance drones to allies in South China Sea region

The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer..
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USS John McCain controversy: Shanahan reached out to Cindy McCain

Patrick Shanahan also confirmed that the White House's military liaison office had emailed a directive to the 7th Fleet to hide the ship from Trump.
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Acting Pentagon chief says no need to restore suspended U.S.-South Korea military drills

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Sunday that for now it was not necessary to resume major joint military exercises with South Korea that were suspended in the last year to support..
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China says U.S. actions on Taiwan, South China Sea threaten stability

The United States' actions on Taiwan and the South China Sea are hardly conducive to maintaining stability in the region, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday, responding to comments by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. won't 'tiptoe' around China with Asia stability at threat: defense chief

The United States will no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behavior in Asia, with stability in the region at threat on issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan, acting U.S. Defense Secretary..
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Huawei is too close to Chinese government: U.S. defense chief

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday that technology firm Huawei was too close to the Chinese government, adding that Washington was concerned about cyber attacks and the..
Reuters - Published

U.S. defense chief says China threatens Asia's stability

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan suggested on Saturday that China was responsible for a range of destabilizing activities in Asia, stirring already heightened tensions between the world's..
Reuters - Published

In swipe at China, U.S. defense chief warns of Asia instability

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan suggested on Saturday that China was responsible for a range of destabilizing activities in Asia, stirring already heightened tensions between the world's..
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