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At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you'd think President Donald Trump would want a permanent secretary of defense to oversee Pentagon plans.The nomination sits and waits, and some prominent Trump supporters who back Shanahan are beginning to voice concerns.Or maybe, as Trump has shown in his treatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the president just likes to keep people dangling in limbo, to the point of personal humiliation.Without explicitly endorsing Shanahan, he said that his management experience would be a plus in reforming past practices at the Pentagon.After more than four months with a vacancy at the top of the Pentagon, the biggest argument in Shanahan's favor is simply that America needs a defense secretary -- now.
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