Trump’s pick to be Navy secretary has all but been formally confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination Thursday.
Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., brought up the question of the nomination of Richard V. Spencer, a financier and former Marine aviator, almost immediately into the session, and it was quickly approved for the chamber floor.
Spencer sailed through the committee approval hearing despite never having held a position in the Pentagon or the White House.
He will have the important task of building up the Navy’s depleted fleet under the Trump administration, as reports have found each of the military’s branches to be lacking in readiness.
Spencer served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot for several years, before a 36-year career in finance.
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