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Rep. Mark Green Applauds Esper as Shanahan Replacement

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Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:30 PM

Rep. Mark Green Tuesday applauded President Donald Trump's choice of Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as acting Secretary of Defense, following the president's tweeted announcement.

"He's a West Point classmate of mine, as is Secretary (Mike) Pompeo," said the Tennessee Republican on Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime," while admitting he doesn't know the reasoning behind why Esper was tagged.

Trump said on Twitter that former Boeing executive Pat Shanahan, who was named as acting secretary earlier this year after the resignation of retired Gen. James Mattis.

Trump announced in May that he would be nominating Shanahan to fill the secretary's spot. The president never made the nomination official, and he said in his tweet Tuesday that Shanahan withdrew to devote more time to his family.

Shanahan told The Washington Post, however, that he was withdrawing because he feared traumatizing his adult children over "dredging up" past incidents of domestic violence in his home, including in 2011, when his then-17-year-old son attacked his mother with a baseball bat and severely injured her.

Last week, NBC News reported that Trump was having second thoughts about formally nominating Shanahan and that he had been asking confidants while in Normandy about potential alternatives.

Green said that he believes Esper has done a "great job" as Secretary of the Army, a position he's held since 2017.

"He gets what's going on in the world, and he understands the DOD's role," said Green.

Green also responded to the decision to move more troops into Iran, noting that Iran has been trying to leverage Europe and China against the United States.

"That's not going to work," said Green. "The world will stick together, and especially if they start increasing the enrichment of uranium."

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Rep. Mark Green Tuesday applauded President Donald Trump's choice of Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as acting Secretary of Defense, following the president's tweeted announcement.
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