Will US Senate confirm Patrick Shanahan as defense secretary?

US President Donald Trump plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive, as his defense secretary, the White House said on Thursday.


"Based upon his outstanding service to the country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be the secretary of defense," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.


Shanahan said in a statement that he was "committed to modernizing" the U.S. military forces and if confirmed would aggressively implement Trump's national defense strategy.


Patrick Shanahan was thrust into the role in an acting capacity in January, after Jim Mattis abruptly resigned over policy differences with Donald Trump.
Source: Reuters