President Trump announced Sunday that Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense, will become acting secretary, replacing outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on New Year’s Day — two months before Mattis’s resignation was supposed to take effect.Trump’s tweet came just three days after Mattis announced he was resigning in protest over the president’s controversial decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018Shanahan, who is originally from Washington state, has been the deputy secretary of defense since July 2017. Before joining the government, Shanahan spent 32 years working for Boeing, a … [Read more...] about Who is Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting secretary of defense?
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By David MorganWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.gi Amid tension between Washington and Tehran over ballistic missiles, Pompeo warned in a statement released on Twitter that Iran is increasing its "testing and proliferation" of missiles and called on the Islamic Republic to "cease these activities."U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear agreement in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, criticizing the deal for not including curbs on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.Iran says its missile program is purely defensive but has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf, if the United States tries to strangle Iranian oil exports. Last … [Read more...] about U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo condemns Iran missile test
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, accompanied by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday for meetings with President Ashraf Ghani to discuss security issues and the prospect of peace talks with the Taliban. Reuters noted Dunford is fresh from a visit to Pakistan with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, where the Taliban and its allies were a top agenda item. The U.S. has withheld military aid from Pakistan because it has not done enough to combat militant groups that stage operations in Afghanistan from the safety of the Pakistani tribal region.Mattis and Dunford met with Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul. A spokesman for the Afghan presidency said topics of discussion included “the peace process, positive impact of the South Asia strategy, reforms in ANDSF, upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, counter-terrorism and dialogue with Pakistan.” Mattis and Dunford also met with the new commander of … [Read more...] about Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The U.S. defense secretary on Thursday became the latest high-profile administration official to deny penning an anonymous column published in the New York Times in which the author claimed to be part a group working within the Trump administration to thwart the president. “It was not his op-ed,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said. Reporting by Idrees Ali; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama … [Read more...] about U.S. secretary of defense did not write anonymous NY Times op-ed:…
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (Source: Kyodo/VNA)The White House has declared 2018 the “Year of the Americas,” and the Secretary's trip underscores the Department's strong defense ties with Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, officials said, adding that these relationships are critical to a collaborative, prosperous and secure Western Hemisphere. Mr. Mattis began his trip in Brazil. He met in Brasilia with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes and Defense Minister General Joaquim Silva e Luna, with whom he addressed human rights issues and the role of both countries in peacekeeping missions. According to a statement released by the Pentagon, during their meeting, Mattis and Nunes addressed a "wide range of defense issues." The Secretary will then visit Argentina, where he will meet with senior defense officials to discuss defense issues of mutual interest. His third stop is Chile, to exchange strategic perspectives with senior officials. Mattis concludes his … [Read more...] about US Secretary of Defense visits South America