Trump plans to nominate Mark Esper to be Pentagon chief -White House

By REUTERS
June 22, 2019 04:05
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he intends to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to be secretary of defense, the White House said in a statement.

Esper takes over as acting defense secretary on Monday following the resignation of Patrick Shanahan, who is stepping down after media reports emerged this week of domestic violence in his family. Trump said on Tuesday he would likely nominate Esper to lead the Pentagon.

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


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