Patrick M. Shanahan
Acting United States Secretary of Defense
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Patrick Michael Shanahan is an American government official who served as Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense in 2019. President Donald Trump appointed Shanahan to the role after the resignation of Retired General James N. Mattis. Shanahan served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2019. He previously spent 30 years at Boeing in a variety of roles.
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Trump officially nominates Mark Esper as next defense secretaryMark Esper has been acting secretary since Patrick Shanahan resigned in June after USA TODAY and others revealed his turbulent divorce and family life.
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Shanahan did not disclose domestic fight before his 2017 confirmation as deputy Defense secretaryActing Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers he was "aware of no incidents reflecting adversely" on his ability to take a top military job.
Patrick Shanahan deserved to lose the job he wanted, but his children deserved much betterThe aspiring Defense secretary cost his children their privacy and forced them to relive their trauma. He chose his ambitions over protecting them.
Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threatsWASHINGTON (AP) - It's a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary. The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, an unusual and..
With Patrick Shanahan, Donald Trump again fails his promise on stocking 'best people'Trump announced the acting Defense secretary's resignation an hour after USA TODAY published an account of family domestic violence: Our view
Senate Votes To Block Trump's Sale Of Arms To Saudi ArabiaThe United States Senate voted to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, according to Axios. The resolution passed 53-45, creating a new challenge to President..
Bipartisanship: Everyone in Senate wonders why Shanahan info didn’t come out in vetting processThe withdrawal by Patrick Shanahan from consideration for the top Defense job has brought a rare moment of bipartisanship from the Senate — and likely a brief one, the Washington Post reports...
Lawmakers question why they weren't told of Shanahan's family turmoilPresident Trump is looking again for a permanent secretary of defense. Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan abruptly withdrew his nomination Tuesday after domestic violence incidents from several years..
AP Top Stories June 19 AHere's the latest for Wednesday June 19th: Trump officially begins re-election campaign; Protests outside Trump rally; Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down; Phoenix holds community..
Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper as defence secretary; US President tweets, says he'll do a 'fantastic job'President Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper for new Defense Secretary, who is currently serving as the Army Secretary. Esper spent more than a decade in the Army, including serving in the..
6/18/19: CBSN Evening NewsPatrick Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon; Third graders teach book publisher history lesson.
White House reacts to Patrick Shanahan withdrawing as Defense Secretary nomineeThe White House knew about a violent domestic dispute between members of outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's family that derailed his expected nomination to become the permanent..
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Patrick Shanahan withdraws from consideration as defense secretaryPatrick Shanahan is withdrawing from consideration to be the defense secretary amid reports of domestic incidents. In 2010, Shanahan and his ex-wife each claimed to have been punched by the other...
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Patrick Shanahan, Orlando, Taylor Swift: Your Tuesday Evening BriefingHere’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
Shanahan pulls out of Pentagon job as reports emerge of family violenceActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan abandoned his quest for the top Pentagon job on Tuesday as reports emerged of domestic violence in his family, plunging the leadership of the U.S. military..
Trump's acting defence secretary drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' pastAfter months of unexplained delays, Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation.
Trump says he did not ask Shanahan to withdraw from Pentagon jobU.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not ask Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, to withdraw from consideration to be defense secretary.
White House knew of Shanahan domestic incident for months, officials sayShanahan's expected nomination to become defense secretary was on track "even of this morning," an administration official told CBS News
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdraws nomination amid domestic violence claimsActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from the confirmation process after accusations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking his place...
Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignmentsActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to head the U.S. military, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, making Shanahan the latest of dozens of senior figures..
Shanahan Withdraws As Defense Secretary Nominee After FBI Probes Domestic IncidentPresident Donald Trump announced on Twitter acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has "decided not to go forward with his confirmation process" on Tuesday, according to Politico. "Acting Secretary..
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Patrick Shanahan: Trump says his choice for Pentagon chief is outThe president tweeted that Patrick Shanahan will "devote more time to his family".
Shanahan out at the Pentagon after reports of domestic incidentsShanahan faced scrutiny over several domestic incidents involving members of his family several years ago
Trump says he will replace acting Defense chief Patrick ShanahanPresident Trump said he would not nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his Defense secretary.
U.S. and Turkey in close touch on S-400/F-35 dispute: NATO commanderActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressorActing Defense Secretary Shanahan and his then-wife each told police they had been hit by the other. He denies striking her.
Read the full statement from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan about a 2010 domestic caseActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's full statement on a domestic violence case
Iran tensions prompt U.S. to send 1,000 more troops to Middle EastActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced 1,000 additional U.S. troops would be sent to the Middle East, as the Trump administration blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of..
Amid growing tensions with Iran, US says it will send 1,000 more troops to West Asia for 'defensive purposes'United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced the deployment of about 1,000 additional troops to the middle east for "defensive purposes".
Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Hassan RouhaniIran has declared it “will not wage war against any nation” after the US announced that a further 1,000 troops are to be sent to the Middle East amid rising tensions. The US move, announced by the..
U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute: top NATO generalU.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
U.S. says to send more troops to the Middle East, cites Iran threatsActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat..
Pentagon deploying another 1,000 troops to the Middle EastActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that the Pentagon will deploy about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns..
U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle EastActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a..
Pentagon chief: Iran not just a US problemIn response to attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran is not just a U.S. problem. He said the U.S. goal is to "build..
U.S. focus is to build global consensus after Mideast oil tanker attacks: ShanahanU.S. President Donald Trump's administration is focused on building international consensus following attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East that the United States has blamed on Iran, acting U.S...
Pentagon chief urges military to maintain "apolitical nature"Patrick Shanahan's comes after White House officials tried to obscure the USS John S. McCain from President Trump's view
Turkey to lose F-35 access in arms-sale disputeWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration stepped up a dispute with Turkey on Friday, saying the Pentagon would end cooperation over its new fighter-jet program because Turkey is refusing..
Acting defense secretary calls Russian ship's move "unsafe"Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan slammed Russia after one of its warships nearly collided with a U.S. Navy ship in the Philippine Sea. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin..
U.S. starts withdrawing Turkey from F-35 program over Russia defence dealBy Phil Stewart and Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States on Friday raised the stakes in its standoff with Turkey over Ankara's deal to acquire a Russian air defence system,..
Slain soldier's dad unhappy with Pentagon action over Niger ambushEx-defense chief Mattis ordered review, worried lower ranking soldiers were taking too much blame, but replacement Patrick Shanahan has recommended no more top brass be punished
U.S. to sell 34 surveillance drones to allies in South China Sea regionThe Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer..
USS John McCain controversy: Shanahan reached out to Cindy McCainPatrick Shanahan also confirmed that the White House's military liaison office had emailed a directive to the 7th Fleet to hide the ship from Trump.