President Trump’s pick for deputy defense secretary, Pat Shanahan, was approved Wednesday morning by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Shanahan, a Boeing vice president, now faces a vote from the full Senate in order to confirm is nomination, although a date for the vote has not yet been announced.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had put Shanahan through the ringer during his confirmation hearing, claiming he gave incomplete answers about providing weapons to Ukraine.
Shanahan, who has a 31-year career with Boeing, has promised to cut all ties with the Boeing company if confirmed as deputy defense secretary.
He had played a major role in helping to improve Boeing’s struggling 787 Dreamliner program.
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