Patrick Shanahan

  • Donald Trump Sep 9, 2019

    Air Force Reviews All Layovers After Crew Stayed at Trump’s Scotland Hotel

    The Air Force said Sunday that it doesn’t appear any regulations were broken when a military crew flying from Alaska to Kuwait stopped off in Scotland and stayed overnight at a resort owned by President Donald Trump, NBC News reported. But it has decided to investigate all such sleepovers anyway, it said, because of a possible perception that it’s “not...

  • Donald Trump Jun 18, 2019

    Shanahan Drops Bid to Lead Pentagon, Citing ‘Painful’ Past

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a “painful” family situation that would hurt his children and reopen “wounds we have worked years to heal.” President Donald Trump announced Shanahan’s departure in a tweet, and said Army Secretary Mark Esper would be the new acting Pentagon chief.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Jun 18, 2019

    5 Things to Know About the New Acting Defense Secretary

    Mark Esper is leaving his role as secretary of the Army to replace Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary of defense after Shanahan withdrew from the position Tuesday. Here are five things to know about Esper.

  • Patrick Shanahan May 15, 2019

    US Military to Build 6 Tent Cities Near Border for Migrants

    The U.S. military is going to provide and build tents to house 7,500 migrants at six locations near the border, NBC News reported. A Defense Department spokesperson confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security made the request and a Defense official said Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is expected to sign the request. Read More

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    Allies Fear US-Iran Tensions Could Spark Accidental Conflict

    International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond . The U.S. military on Tuesday rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Donald...

  • Donald Trump May 10, 2019

    Pentagon Shifting $1.5B to Border Wall Construction

    The Pentagon says it is reallocating $1.5 billion to help pay for construction of 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border.

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2019

    Trump to Nominate Shanahan for Top Pentagon Post

    President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense, putting an end to months of speculation about the former Boeing executive’s standing in the administration. Shanahan has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1, a highly unusual arrangement for arguably the most sensitive Cabinet position. He took over...

  • San Diego Apr 26, 2019

    Pentagon Expected to Send About 300 More Troops to Border

    The Pentagon may send about 300 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in roles that could put them in contact with migrants and thus mark a break from current practice, officials said. Charles Summers, a spokesman for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, said Shanahan was expected to approve the proposal, which was developed as a response to a call from...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    Trump Advisers Discussed Whether Military Could Build and Run Migrant Detention Camps

    When some of President Donald Trump’s top national security advisers gathered at the White House Tuesday night to talk about the surge of immigrants across the southern border, they discussed increasing the U.S. military’s involvement in the border mission, including whether the military could be used to build tent city detention camps for migrants, according to three U.S. officials familiar...

  • Mexico Mar 26, 2019

    Defense Secretary OKs $1 Billion for Border Fencing Help

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Pentagon says it will divert up to $1 billion to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The funding would...

  • Donald Trump Feb 20, 2019

    Pentagon Chief’s Syria Briefing Irks Lawmakers

    Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan clashed with Sen. Lindsey Graham over the administration’s Syria policy during a briefing last weekend, prompting Graham to unleash a string of expletives and declare himself Shanahan’s “adversary,” NBC News reported, citing two officials in the briefing and three others familiar with the conversation. The contentious briefing on the sidelines of the Munich Security...

  • Afghanistan Jan 28, 2019

    US Envoy: ‘Agreement in Principle’ on Afghan Peace Talks

    Negotiators for the U.S. and the Taliban insurgents have reached “agreements in principle” on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday. The statement by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad followed six days of talks last week with the Taliban in Qatar, where he urged the Islamic insurgent...

  • California Jan 4, 2019

    Trump Administration Wants to Send More Troops to Border to String Wire Fencing

    The Department of Homeland Security has requested more U.S. troops to be deployed at the border to add 160 miles of concertina wire on top of existing border fencing, according to three U.S. officials. If approved by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the addition of troops to enhance the fencing could extend the military’s current deployment at the border...

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2018

    After Criticism, Trump Pushes Out Mattis Sooner Than Planned

    Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding in recent months. In a series of tweets, Trump appeared to question why he had put Mattis in his Cabinet...

  • Congress Nov 16, 2018

    Pentagon Says It ‘Failed’ Its First, Massive Audit — as It Expected

    The Defense Department has failed an audit almost three decades in the making, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Thursday. But the results were expected and showed what the agency already knew — that “more work lies ahead of us.” Congress first required the Defense Department to undertake a comprehensive audit in 1990, but the agency didn’t manage to get...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2018

    Space Force Would Cost $13 Billion Over 5 Years: Air Force

    Creating a Space Force as a separate military service, as proposed by President Donald Trump, would cost an estimated $12.9 billion in its first five years, according to a detailed Air Force plan for how to go about it. This is the first publicly available cost estimate. When the White House announced plans to establish a Space Force in August,...

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