Despite Jim Mattis saying he will stay at his position until February, Donald Trump stated Patrick Shanahan will take the position starting January 1st.
Trump Tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!”
Sources state the President was upset about Mattis’ letter.
Patrick Shanahan has been with the administration since 2017.