Donald Trump announced a war crazed, hypersonic-weapon-fascinated businessman as the acting Defense Secretary to replace Jim Mattis.
The United States President Donald Trump Sunday said he was replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1 with Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in an acting capacity after Mattis resigned over policy differences, and offered to stay in his post for two more months.
A source familiar with the situation told Reuters that Trump was irked by the attention given to Mattis' resignation letter, which implicitly criticized Trump's foreign policies and his treatment of military allies after the president's decision to pull troops out of Syria.
He told Trump in a letter that he was leaving because “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”
Trump announced Shanahan's appointment in a tweet, calling the former Boeing Co executive "very talented".
I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018
Shanahan, a businessman, has been deputy defense secretary since July 2017. His tweets and interviews suggest that he is a warmonger who wants lethal, hypersonic weapons, and the establishment of a space force for the U.S.
In one of his interviews with Defense News in October, Shanahan said, “Too often we focus on process, or budget, or level of effort. The Pentagon should focus on outcomes and outputs — our performance. This focus on performance should drive us to field unmatched lethality, execute on our modernization plans and achieve this affordably.”
A quick glance at his Twitter account will show his hunger for war and destruction.
4 of 7: While we establish this new combatant command, we continue to develop a legislative proposal to meet President Trump’s vision for a Space Force as a sixth U.S. military service.— Dep Sec of Defense Pat Shanahan (@DepSecDef) December 18, 2018
Hypersonic weapons - missiles that travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound - are a game-changer. We remain the world leader in hypersonics research and we're speeding up efforts to test and then deliver this capability as part of a modular US missile platform.— Dep Sec of Defense Pat Shanahan (@DepSecDef) December 18, 2018
While the whole world is trying to reduce arms and wars, Trump's new acting Defense Secretary is clearly fascinated with new types of weapons and new areas of militarization, like space.