Leader McConnell Statement on Mark Esper
‘I am pleased that President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to serve as Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper’s distinguished military service and record of leadership at the Pentagon make him an outstanding choice.’
LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president’s intent to nominate Mark Esper for Secretary of the Department of Defense:
“I am pleased that President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to serve as Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper’s distinguished military service and record of leadership at the Pentagon make him an outstanding choice.
“From managing competition with great-power adversaries to deterring aggression from hostile states like Iran and North Korea to countering continuing threats posed by terrorists, the United States faces a long list of national security challenges.
“I am confident that Mark Esper will be an effective partner with the Congress as we work together to address these challenges/threats -- especially by supporting the readiness and modernization of U.S. forces and maintaining and strengthening our strategic alliances and partnerships around the world. It is fitting that one of his first acts as Acting Secretary will be to represent the United States at a conference of NATO defense ministers.
“The Pentagon and its many evolving missions require capable and steady leadership. I hope the Senate will act expeditiously when we receive the nomination of this highly-qualified national security leader.”
Background: The Senate will consider this nomination in a timely manner. Additional details and scheduling announcements regarding confirmation hearings will be forthcoming from the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Related Issues: National Security, Nominations