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The new Pentagon's head comes from the top of Boeing

Wanted by Trump, it's Patrick Shanahan, former Interim Defense Minister

Donald Trump has appointed the current Pentagon chief secretary since July 2017 as Patrick Shanahan. If confirmed by the Senate he will succeed Jim Mattis, who left in December 2018 in open contrast to President Trump's policies. The nomination was confirmed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders: "Shanahan has shown in recent months that he is more than qualified to lead the Department of Defense and will continue to make an excellent job". His name has in fact prevailed over the eligible Republican senators Lindsey Graham, and Tom Cotton and over former Senator John Kyl.

Shanahan, 56, loyal to the president, was a senior executive at Boeing, where he worked for about thirty years, becoming vice president of operations and procurement. His presence in the cabinet had raised more than one concern, especially on the occasion of the story related to the Boeing B-737 MAX aircraft, a model involved in the two very serious plane crashes of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air. Although on the latter front Shanahan had assured that he was out of it, his relationship with the Seattle giant was the focus of an internal investigation by the Ministry of Defense General Inspectorate to determine whether or not he had favored Boeing in damage of other competing aerospace companies. The company, in fact, had obtained public contracts for millions of dollars, despite Shanahan abstaining in all sensitive issues.


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