Spotlight on Shanahan as DOD finalizes budget without Mattis

By Tony Bertuca  
January 4, 2019 at 4:03 PM
Just a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon was scheduled to receive a $50 billion Christmas present from President Trump, but the future of the defense budget has been called into question as he has ordered a speedier-than-expected exit for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and a surprise promotion for Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Mattis resigned Dec. 20, citing policy differences after Trump ordered a U.S. drawdown from Syria. In his resignation letter, Mattis said he would be leaving the administration...

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