Executive Intelligence Review


Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan Pledges To Implement Trump’s Program

Jan. 1, 2019 (EIRNS)—In his first statement as Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, in contrast to outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, pledged to back President Donald Trump’s program.

“As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.”

Meanwhile, Trump reiterated his commitment to end the “Endless Wars” of the past. Asked what he did to convince Sen. Lindsay Graham, Trump said,

“I never said we were going to rush out, I said we’re going to get out. We’re bringing our young great troops home after so many years...It’s time.... But we’re fighting these endless wars, I campaigned on getting out of these endless wars.”