Patrick Shanahan nominated as US Defence Secretary
US President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan to the post of Defence Secretary, which fell vacant after James Mattis had resigned last year, the White House said.
“Based on his outstanding service to the country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defence”, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary
Before joining the Trump administration, Shanahan had been a part of American aerospace major Boeing for over three decades.
56-year-old Shanahan is a trained mechanical engineer and has a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In March 2017, Trump had nominated Shanahan to the post of Deputy Defence Secretary. He was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 92-7 in July that year.
In December last year, Mattis had tendered his resignation to Trump, after he announced that he would withdraw all US troops stationed in Syria, claiming that the ISIS terror group was defeated.
Following Mattis' resignation, Shanahan was roped in as the acting Defence Secretary on January 1, 2019. (ANI)