Shanahan Named Acting Defense Secretary As Mattis To Exit Early

Credit: DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Former Boeing executive Pat Shanahan will become the acting U.S. defense secretary on Jan. 1 after President Donald Trump effectively fired Jim Mattis. The sudden appointment of Shanahan, who currently serves as deputy secretary, was announced by Trump in a tweeted message on Dec. 23. Shanahan’s...

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