Mark Esper Sworn In As Trump’s New Secretary Of Defense (VIDEO)

Mark Esper has been confirmed and sworn in as Trump’s new Secretary of Defense.

He’s got big shoes to fill after Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, but he’ll do just fine.

FOX News reports:

Mark Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

Former Army Lt. Col. Mark Esper was sworn in as the new defense secretary during a brief White House ceremony Tuesday, making him the first permanent Pentagon boss since James Mattis resigned last December.

Esper, who served 10 years on active duty and 11 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve, was Acting Secretary before his nomination, and Patrick Shanahan had been Acting Secretary prior to that.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito administered the oath of office.

The Senate had confirmed Esper to the post earlier Tuesday by a vote of 90-8. The no votes included 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.

Warren and Esper had a tense exchange during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, when she challenged his refusal to completely recuse himself from any and all matters related to Raytheon, the defense contractor for which he served as a lobbyist before joining the government. Esper said that ethics personnel told him not to fully recuse himself.

Here’s a video:

Here are some recent tweets from Esper’s official account:

He’ll do a great job!

 

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