WASHINGTON (AP) 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 Shanahans departure in a tweet, and said Army Secretary Mark Esper would be the new acting Pentagon chief.
I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our familys life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal, Shanahan said in a statement. Ultimately, their safety and well-being is my highest priority.
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