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Trump Says He's 'In No Rush' To Pick A New Defense Secretary
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was "in no rush" to pick someone to replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, which must be a huge disappointment to the hundreds of candidates clamoring for the job previously held by one of the most-respected generals in decades who just resigned in protest.
During his surprise visit to Iraq to shake hands and take selfies with American troops, Trump told reporters that Mattis' deputy Patrick Shanahan would do just fine running the federal government's largest bureaucracy, since he's "a good buyer."
"Well, we have wonderful man in there now, as you know. Our friend, Shanahan, is a good man, and he's done a great job. And he's a good buyer. I wanted somebody that could buy, because I’m giving a lot of money and I don't want it to be wasted," Trump said.
"So Shanahan was at Boeing, and did a great job at Boeing," he added. "He was there for a long time. Boeing is a hell of a company. He did a great job. Very responsible for the success of a certain plane, the Dreamliner. And he's a respected man. He could be there for a long time. I mean, I'm in no rush."
Trump went on to claim that "everybody and his uncle" wanted the position. "Everybody wants that position. Everybody. Everybody — so many people want to be — who wouldn't want to be Secretary of Defense?" he asked.
Well, let's see. Who wouldn't want to be Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration? There's a guy named Jim Mattis who thinks the president doesn't treat allies with respect and is blowing up international norms. He doesn't really want to be Secretary of Defense.
Then there's Gen. Jack Keane, who was a rumored first pick before Mattis ultimately got the nod. He doesn't seem all that thrilled about the prospect, either. Erik Prince, however, is probably available.
"So we have a lot of people," Trump said. "We have a lot of great people who want to be Secretary of Defense. We'll take our time and we'll make the right decision."
Whoever it is, they are sure to be in for a fun treat during their confirmation hearings.
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A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.
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Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, referred to Balfour Beatty Communities as "notorious." Horn, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told a company executive she was "incredibly disappointed you have failed to live up to your responsibility for taking care of the people that are living in these houses."
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."