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Graham to support Defense pick he previously declared his 'adversary'

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Graham to support Defense pick he previously declared his 'adversary'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Democrats ask Graham to bring Mueller to testify Hillicon Valley: Regulators press Congress on privacy bill | Americans mimic Russian disinformation tactics ahead of 2020 | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders back Uber strike | GOP senator targets ‘manipulative’ video games Klobuchar pressures Barr, Mueller for more information on special counsel’s findings MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that he will support Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump hits Iran with new sanctions amid standoff | Joint Chiefs chair floats longer military presence in Afghanistan | North Korea defends rocket test CBO confirms nearly billion Space Force price tag Top US general: Pentagon, DHS working on ‘multiyear plan’ for border MORE‘s nomination to be President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcMaster accuses some in White House of being a ‘danger to the Constitution’ Trump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ MORE‘s next Defense secretary, despite previously clashing with Shanahan over Syria. 

Graham said he viewed Shanahan, who has been serving as acting secretary since December, as a “logical choice” and that he expects to support him when his nomination comes to the Senate.

 

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“He has demonstrated to me his detailed understanding that a strong, modern, and well-trained military is essential in a dangerous and complex world,” Graham said. 

Graham added he hopes Shanahan, as the Pentagon chief, would “advocate for defense policies that lead from the front, not from behind. I also hope and expect he will make it clear to America’s adversaries that we mean what we say, and that our allies see us as a reliable partner.” 

The White House’s Thursday announcement comes as the Trump administration grapples with rising tensions in a number of high-profile hot spots around the globe. 

  

Graham reportedly clashed with Shanahan during a security conference in Munich earlier this year about the administration’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Trump ultimately shifted away from that decision amid fierce backlash from Graham and other GOP senators. 

Graham, speaking to Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin in February, said that he told Shanahan that the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria by the end of April was “the dumbest f—ing idea I’ve ever heard.”

“Well, if the policy is going to be that we are leaving by April 30, I am now your adversary, not your friend,” Graham said he told Shanahan.Shanahan, according to an NBC News report detailing the exchange, fired back at Graham to ask if he had any more questions “as an adversary.”

Mattis’s decision to resign shook the Senate GOP caucus, with many lawmakers viewing Mattis as closer to their foreign policy views than Trump. Shanahan will likely face tough questions during his confirmation hearing about his ties to Boeing, where he was a former executive, and Trump’s foreign policy and military strategy.

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