Yahoo News reported on Tuesday that Shanahan's FBI background check was holding up the process.
The Pentagon doesn't need to investigate a White House directive for the U.S. Navy to move the warship USS John S. McCain from view before President Donald Trump's recent trip to Japan, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Sunday.
"There is no room for politicizing the military," Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.
He said the troops in the region have the "required military readiness" without the exercises.
Speaking at the Naval Academy's commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday, the acting defense secretary and former Boeing executive encouraged members of the Class of 2019 to embrace the mantra of Japanese samurai in their service to the United States