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You may remember former Senator Jim Webb. He ran for president as a Democrat in 2016 but dropped out quickly when it became apparent that he was far too conservative for the Democrats. He is a military veteran and shares some of Trump’s political views.
The Daily Caller reports:
FORMER DEMOCRATIC SENATOR COULD REPLACE MATTIS AS DEFENSE SECRETARY, SAYS REPORT
Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly being considered as a possible replacement for retiring Defense Secretary James Mattis.
According to a report from The New York Times, Webb has been approached by representatives for both Vice President Mike Pence and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Representatives for Vice President Mike Pence and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, have reached out to Mr. Webb, one of the three officials said. Separately, a senior Defense Department official confirmed that Mr. Webb’s name had been circulating at the White House. Those two and the third official all spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal discussions.
Webb’s vocal opposition to the Iraq war and former President Barack Obama’s Iran Deal — along with his belief that China should be dealt with aggressively — seem to align him with much of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. He also fails to align with the more progressive Democrats on other key issues like climate change.
It would be fascinating to see how Democrats react to Webb’s appointment to the position. Would they object to one of their own?
UPDATE: Trump says this is based on a fake news report. See his tweet below:
The story in the New York Times regarding Jim Webb being considered as the next Secretary of Defense is FAKE NEWS. I’m sure he is a fine man, but I don’t know Jim, and never met him. Patrick Shanahan, who is Acting Secretary of Defense, is doing a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019