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Mark Esper sworn in as US defense secretary after record-long vacancy

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The former army veteran and lobbyist will face brewing tensions with Iran and leadership turmoil at the PentagonMark Esper, an army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, was sworn in as the US secretary of defense after receiving Senate confirmation on Tuesday. Esper’s confirmation, by a vote of 90-8, comes after a seven-month vacancy in the post. He was sworn in hours later at the White House by the supreme court justice Samuel Alito in a ceremony attended by Donald Trump. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/23/mark-esper-sworn-in-as-us-defense-secretary-following-record-vacancy

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Publish date : 2019-07-24 02:39:28

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