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Senate confirms Mark Esper as defense secretary

July 27, 2019



seven months in the 2019 the year's first permanent secretary of defense has been selected the Senate confirmed mark Esper for the position on Tuesday the former army secretary was tapped by President Donald Trump in June and he served as the acting defense secretary after that but according to legal protocol he had to step down while he was being confirmed for the permanent position Richard Spencer the Secretary of the Navy temporarily took Esper's place on July 15th when the confirmation process started before us for another president Trump picked Pat Shanahan seemed to be on the track for the permanent position of Defense Secretary but he stepped down and withdrew himself from consideration in June after past domestic violence incidents involving his family were made public before Shanahan took the temporary position the last confirmed Secretary of Defense was Jim mattis who resigned in December that's right mark Esper is the first permanent Secretary of Defense since then Esper might have seemed like a natural pick for the Trump administration for starters he's a former classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he made the strategic competition between the US and China a priority and he believes the US needs to upgrade its existing programs to catch up to China and Russia's militaries however his background in the defense industry has raised some eyebrows after serving as an Army infantryman he was a lobbyist for Raytheon a major defense firm for seven years he then joined the Pentagon in 2017 here's the catch the defense secretary has a lot of influence over which weapons a pentagon buys not to mention the Trump administration is currently unhappy with Turkey after the country decided to buy and use Russian made missiles instead of weapons made by Raytheon during his confirmation hearing Esper and senator Elizabeth Warren got into a heated exchange about his former employer and she questioned his ethics Esper said he's going to quote continue to abide by the rules and regulations and I'm going to continue to consult closely with my ethics personnel to ensure we stay in the ethical midfield with the Senate's confirmation Esper will assume the role as secretary of defense immediately

6 Comments

  • Reply ijvo1951 July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Mark Esper = Raytheon

  • Reply tiffsaver July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    This government stooge used to be a top executive with Raytheon, the largest supplier of weapons of war on earth. Look to see more endless wars in the Middle East.

  • Reply Shena Nigans July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    What fresh hell?

  • Reply J - Hump July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Trump picked him, wondering what evil truths we will find out about him then.

  • Reply HemiHead664 July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Another "steal all the money" Republiturd. $1,500 for a cup. $300.00 for a toilet seat. Trump's going to sell the Military Industrial Complex $100,000 Golden crappers.

  • Reply roger Brownfield July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    More military failure imminent. Another corporare tool who can not keep the peace or win any wars either.

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