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.
“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.