BREAKING: We have a new Defense Secretary

The Senate has just voted to confirm Mark Esper as the new Defense Secretary by an overwhelming vote:

I didn’t think we’d ever see such a high number like that confirming a Trump nominee, but there it is.

According to the White House, Esper will be sworn in this afternoon. It will end a 7 month drought since Mattis resigned in December.

In case you are wondering who voted against Esper, it was mostly Democrats who are running for president and can’t be seen supporting Trump in any way:

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  1. Esper was chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, from 1996 to 1998.[14] From 1998 to 2002, Esper served as a senior professional staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He was also a senior policy advisor and legislative director for U.S. senator Chuck Hagel.[3] He was policy director for the House Armed Services Committee from 2001 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Esper served in the George W. Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense for negotiations policy, where he was responsible for a broad range of nonproliferation, arms control, and international security issues. He was director for national security affairs for the U.S. Senate under Senate majority leader Bill Frist from 2004 to 2006.

    Esper was executive vice president at the Aerospace Industries Association in 2006 and 2007. From September 2007 to February 2008, Esper served as national policy director to Senator Fred Thompson in his 2008 presidential campaign. From 2008 to 2010, Esper served as executive vice president of the Global Intellectual Property Center and vice president for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was hired as vice president of government relations at defense contractor Raytheon in July 2010. Esper was recognized as a top corporate lobbyist by The Hill in 2015[15] and 2016.[16]

    President Trump announced his intention to nominate Esper as United States secretary of the army on June 19, 2017.[17] He was Trump’s third nominee for the position, following the withdrawals of Vincent Viola and Mark E. Green.[18] He was confirmed to this post by an 89–6 vote of the U.S. Senate on November 15, 2017[19] and sworn in on November 20, 2017.
    One February 15, 2018, Esper, when asked by reporters whether soldiers had concerns about serving beside openly transgender individuals, he told the reporters that “It really hasn’t come up.”[26] After being picked for the position of United States Secretary of Defense, he stated that being “transgender” isn’t an issue with him, stating that he has met with several transgender service personnel members and was very impressed with many of them.

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