Senate Confirms Mark Esper As New Secretary Of Defense | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

July 26, 2019

breaking news on Capitol Hill the Senate just confirmed mark Casper as the new defense secretary the military veteran and former army secretary took on the role as Acting Secretary of Defense last month it took the administration seven months to permanently fill the role it's been the longest vacancy the Defense Department has ever seen joining me now NBC Pentagon correspondent Courtney Kuby Courtney now that there is one less vacant position in the Trump administration how has that empty vacancy impacted operations at the Pentagon or has it at all seeing that there was somebody there in an acting capacity so the best way I like to describe this this is you know the trains at the Pentagon are still running on time but you really need someone who's there who's directing them where to go and that's what's been missing during this time secretary mattis then secretary mattis resigned in December Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has served in that job until about June when he very surprisingly and quickly resigned and then Marquez Furtick up the helm as Acting Secretary of Defense in mid-june and as you said he was just confirmed so this also just unleashes another row of dominoes at the Pentagon leadership David Norquist who's been serving as the Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense since Patrick Shanahan moved up to acting Secretary of Defense well the White House just forwarded his nomination to be the actual permanent deputy Deputy Secretary of Defense he pushes back to the Comptroller role and then the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer becomes the Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense so there's this whole game of dominoes that continue to fall as each of these vacancies is finally filled with a permanent secretary and now deputy secretary David Norris is expected to sail through confirmation and be sworn and be confirmed as early as next week I realize he's obviously new to the position but do you have any historical perspective on how well he how well he knows President Trump what their relationship is like a mark esfir I mean yes he's he's been the army secretary for about two years and he's been it had a great relationship with President Trump and a really good relationship with a hill during that time that's one of the reasons you know his nomination and Confirmation was accelerated he was a it all went through in about two which is very fast for this I think part of that was the fact that members were tired of having an acting secretary defense and wanted someone in a permanent position especially given all the tensions with Iran all the world issues that are going on right now they really wanted someone who was in there as a permanent job mark Esper is said to have a very good relationship with President Trump and also with some of the people who surround President Trump on defense and national security issues he's a West Point grad and he went to school with some of the people who wore the Trump whispers on these issues so he's expected to have a more powerful position and to have more juice in the job than Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan did a MSNBC fans thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down there and click on any of the videos here to watch the latest interviews and highlights you can get more MSNBC for free every day with our newsletters just visit slash newsletters to sign up now


  • Reply omnia resipsaloquitor July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    this viet vet sez welcome to my house The House of the Rising Sun,,,,,,,

  • Reply D Marreux July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    wow great way to frame this msnbc!!! not mentioning he was a top exec for Raytheon!!! and still is getting paid!! #staywoke.

  • Reply Michael Lee July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Yay, another lobbyist in Trump's cabinet! Can we hire someone who is ready to serve the country, not the special interests please?

  • Reply Chris Jones July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    THis is fun – a few months old –

  • Reply Brad Wilson July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Right on thru the revolving door..spinning like an out of control carousel

  • Reply Chief Louie July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    90-8. Meltdown time!

  • Reply Mike Day July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    MSNBC's lazy visionless sheep followers have given up trying to make a plan to stop president Trump. They've settled for just throwing darts at his picture.

  • Reply B K July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Trump loves surrounding himself with Gulf War veterans or people who never saw combat. Maybe he should try hearing more voices from people who served after 9/11. If you've studied HW Bush's war, you know it wasn't much of one.

  • Reply Sam in Bithlo July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Future-felon # what?

  • Reply Jason Springer July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Orange man bad. Bleep blop bloop

  • Reply Shawn Shearer July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    conformation was held up by the democraps

  • Reply Mike Day July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Did Chris Hayes destroy all the Trump supporters yet? C'mon Chris…you're not just a toothless tiger are you? Soooo disappointing. 😨😪😣😢😭

  • Reply Anselmo Lawrence July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    No matter who dumpfo nominates they will either be gone or resign in disgrace. They don't realize this is how donnie is playing them to cover his insecurities. This whole administration is a failure from start to present

  • Reply Chris Thompson July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    How many RAPES are on his record….? Only the best!

  • Reply Radwulf Eboraci July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    So where did the story on Trump suing New York State and the Democratic Ways and Means committee go? Disappeared as it was being watched.

  • Reply Baytown Crippler July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Justice department announces broad antitrust review of big Tech

  • Reply Mike Nunyabizness July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    And the corruption of Trumps cabinet never ends, another lobbyist as a department head.

  • Reply bilboman1 July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    wow, that's weird… MSNBC talked for 3 minutes without trashing Trump.

  • Reply thiskidkatits July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Msnbc has NO issue w this guy. Think about that. Out of all the things they’ve complained about, this Ratheon guy gets the “okie doke.” For those not paying attention, what does that tell you about the media?

  • Reply Tessa Rossa July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Did they run out of corrupt former Fox News staffers or something?

  • Reply Torq 2000 July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    You can't stop us!

  • Reply Alex Walker July 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    How many change of command ceremonies from People whom come from Lockheed Martin and the rest contractors must we endure for this Post. I ask a simple question. Can any 1 in government govern today?
    Children as top advisors and ambassadors to capitalism have proven tricle up economics is not working for WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I donot want to see a future five dollar loaf of bread. that's where were quickly heading. 15 an hour minimum wage. Isn't price lowering alot EASYER??? These guy's all work fot the Nation of Coche…. (Nope no Governor's here. just thieving business Men???

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