Wednesday, 24 July 2019 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 now expected to be successfully installed as the Pentagon's newest chief -- replacing acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Army Secretary Mark Esper to be secretary of defense, ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon has been without a permanent top official. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).