by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/18/19, 04:42 pm
WASHINGTON—Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense since Jan. 1, announced Tuesday his withdrawal as a possible nominee for the permanent position. He cited a “painful” family situation as the main reason for his move. Various news outlets recently reported past accusations of domestic violence between members of his family. President Donald Trump tapped Shanahan to succeed former Defense Secretary James Mattis but had not officially submitted the nomination to the Senate.