Sen. Graham supports Shanahan as Secretary of Defense

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:19 AM PT — Friday, May 10, 2019

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham recently declared he is on board with the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to serve as secretary of defense.

In a statement Thursday, Graham said Shanahan is “a logical choice.” The South Carolina lawmaker added, he has demonstrated detailed understanding that a strong, modern, and well-trained military is essential in a dangerous and complex world.

Graham has historically been a leading voice on military matters, and his support comes as one of importance in the GOP– especially ahead of Shanahan’s confirmation.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, arrive to testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the defense budget, Wednesday May 8, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“Biggest challenge in balancing it all — I’d say, you know for me, it’s about practicing ‘selectful’ neglect, so that we can stay focused on the future, but not ignore a lot of the emerging, really important issues that pop up day-to-day that you don’t plan for.”

— Patrick Shanahan, acting U.S. Secretary of Defense

A date for Shanahan’s first confirmation hearing has not been determined yet.

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