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Watch US Senate Confirms Mark Esper As New Secretary Of Defense News Video

Watch US Senate Confirms Mark Esper As New Secretary Of Defense News Video

“It took seven months, but President Donald Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense.

“Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation Tuesday by a vote of 90-8.

“He was to be officially sworn in by the end of the day, ending the longest period the Pentagon has gone without a confirmed leader in its history.

“The turmoil atop the Pentagon began when Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, stepped down last New Year’s Eve after a series of policy disputes with Trump.

“He offered to stay another two months to get a successor in place, but Trump said no.

“Even with Esper now in charge, the problem of leadership instability at the Pentagon is not fully resolved.”

Read more at Dispatch

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