Trump took to Twitter on June 18, writing: “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family.”
“I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense.”
Trump said that he believes Esper will do a good job “I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!” he wrote.
The White House announced in May that Shanahan was nominated to be the permanent Secretary of Defense. Shanahan had been the deputy secretary of defense until Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned on Jan. 1.