Inside the Ring: Shanahan in Charge

Donald Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Donald Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan / Getty Images

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is now in charge at the Pentagon, taking over as acting defense secretary Monday from outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The formal handover of control took place in a conference call between Mr. Mattis and Mr. Shanahan at 11:59 p.m. Monday and was required because the secretary position is second in the chain of command after the president, and thus it was important to make clear who is in charge of American military forces.

Joining Mr. Mattis in making an exit from the Pentagon is press secretary Dana White, who gave no reason for her departure as Mr. Mattis’ chief spokeswoman. Ms. White’s replacement is Charles E. Summers, a Pentagon public affairs official who is now acting assistant to the defense secretary for public affairs.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.