Thursday, 14 November, 2019

President Trump to nominate Army's Mark Esper as permanent defense secretary

Trump to nominate Mark Esper to be next defense secretary Trump plans to nominate Mark Esper to be Pentagon chief: White House
Deanna Wagner | 24 June, 2019, 06:32

The nomination of Esper, who is now serving as the Secretary of the army and previously served as a vice president for government relations at the Raytheon Company, comes days after Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination from the top Pentagon position.

Trump announced Friday that he would nominate Mark Esper to lead the Pentagon.

US President Donald Trump nominated Defense Secretary Mark Esper this Friday, the White House announced, in a context of growing tensions with Iran.

Mr Trump also said he plans to nominate David Norquist, who now serves as the Pentagon's comptroller, to be deputy defense secretary.

Esper, 55, served as an aide to former Senator Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, giving him a foundation of experience and relationships on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, as acting Secretary Esper will make his worldwide debut as he will travel to the NATO Defence Ministerial meeting in Brussels later this week.

The president nominated Ryan McCarthy, the under secretary of the Army and a former Army Ranger, to succeed Esper.

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Trump's new pick for Pentagon chief Mark Esper takes over as acting defense secretary on Monday - and will quickly find himself in the hot seat on everything from tensions with Iran to Washington's position within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "I know him and I think he'll do very well in the acting role", said Sen. Esper later served on active duty in Europe and on the Army staff in Washington, D.C., before transitioning to the National Guard and retiring after 21 years of service.

He has also served on the professional staff of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense.

Prior to serving as the army secretary, he was Vice President for Government Relations at the Raytheon Company.

He met Bolton while serving as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for negotiations policy, focusing on arms control.

Shanahan confirmed that he had resigned from the post for which he had been nominated on May 9 in order to prevent his children from "reliving a traumatic episode".

But even so, Bookbinder said Shanahan's past work at Boeing overshadowed his decisions at the Defense Department.