The Senate voted today to confirm Mark Esper, a former lobbyist for the defense contractor Raytheon and a military veteran, as Trump’s new secretary of defense. The vote passed by a wide margin of 90-8. Five Senate Democrats running for the 2020 nomination were among the “no” votes.
Donald Trump will nominate Mark Esper, the current acting Secretary of Defense, to be the not-acting Secretary of Defense, administration officials said on Friday. Esper will be Trump’s third SecDef (or acting SecDef), coming in while the country is poised on the brink of an incredibly stupid war with Iran.