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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Shanahan quits as reports emerge of family violence

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A lot of wife beaters around Donny. Wasn't he accused of being a wife beater?

Another official out in the hilariously fast revolving door of this flaming clown car of an administration. I thought good businesspeople understood that astronomically high turnover is bad for business.

Line up the next official to languish in an acting capacity.

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Seems like few people can stay working for this guy for any length of time! I guess the word "vetting" does not exist in Trumps vocabulary! DOH/Head slap here....Trump, vocabulary! My bad!

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While the Trump administration sucks, if this guy is our because he was hitting his wife, I don’t see how that’s a trump thing. Or even and administration or partisan thing.

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Shanahan, a former Boeing executive,

His 'acting' replacement Esper came from Raytheon, the world's third largest defense contractor. Shanahan came from Boeing, the second largest. Will one of the the next 'acting' (in trump's never-ending revolving door admin) come from the world's largest, Lockheed Martin? BTW has anyone seen Trump's most current tax info to see how much he's invested in the big war industries?

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While the Trump administration sucks, if this guy is our because he was hitting his wife, I don’t see how that’s a trump thing. Or even and administration or partisan thing.

It's a vetting issue. The administration is responsible for vetting. Donny runs the administration. We have seen this before due to extremely poor vetting.

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He has to judge military domestic abuse cases and I doubt he could be objective. This is why we have FBI background checks in the first place to prevent conflicts of interest like this.

Who needs a Defense Secretary when Trump is trying to go war with Iran?

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Only hires the best.

Can stop here. Tired of winning.

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Who needs a Defense Secretary when Trump is trying to go war with Iran?

That does raise the question of timing. For all any of us know, this is political maneuvering to get someone on one side or the other out of the way.

The conspiracy theorist would say that's a fact.

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Whoa there Chippers. Looks like his former wife was harming him and possibly his son.

USA Today reported that he and his wife both claimed they had been punched by the other and that his wife was arrested after the incident but the charges were dropped.

She was arrested, not him.

Also, he doesn't have to judge anything related to domestic violence inside the military. There are existing rules and court marshal panels for applying the rules if charges are levied. Those panels are officers pulled from inside the service.

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Dont let the fact that this was found as a part of the vetting process get in the way of your Trump attacks over another man’s family problems a decade ago.

Plus it certainly sounds like she was the issue, not him.

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Dont let the fact that this was found as a part of the vetting process get in the way of your Trump attacks over another man’s family problems a decade ago.

Plus it certainly sounds like she was the issue, not him.

There isn't much a vetting process in the Dump administration. It explains why his unqualified family has government position despite being security threats like other dictators, why his associates have been charged with breaking the law in the Mueller report, why he himself have been found to have broken laws several times and why a lot of his nominees had to quit early or refuse the position because they have been known to break the law. TRUMP: We hire only the best people.

LOL!

FUN FACT: Pres. Obama is the only president since Nixon to not have a personal investigation. He also had no convicted criminal on his staff!

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Dont let the fact that this was found as a part of the vetting process

Yet Donny still let him act as SecDef. As I said, it's a vetting issue.

 get in the way of your Trump attacks over another man’s family problems a decade ago. 

Spousal abuse reduced to "family problems." Repugnant

Plus it certainly sounds like she was the issue, not him.

Has it been adjudicated in a court of law? Then you have no idea. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?! (Good impression innit.)

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She was arrested, not him.

See my hysterical comment above where I was imitating Trumpophiles defending Donny and other repugnant conservatives like Roy Moore.

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This is number how many?

I'd say way too many for such a short period of time.

Working for deDonnie definitely ain't no fun!

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It was not adjudicated so it no more belongs to him than it does to her. Yet you attack him as a way to criticize Trump. Anything to blame Trump even another man’s family issues.

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"All the best people"

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Just that picture with Trump shows a nasty,mean streak. Oh well,what kind of cretins would you expect Trump to hire? He's the leader of the pack.

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sorry man. take care of your house first - charity begins at home.

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Only hires the best.

Can stop here. Tired of winning.

It happened a decade ago. Don’t think anyone believed that something like that would haunt him now. But be that as it may, the Democrats as hypocrites as the are about many of their own with a dubious past would just give this guy a hard time during any confirmation process, too much of a distraction.

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Chipstar: A lot of wife beaters around Donny. Wasn't he accused of being a wife beater?

As far as I know, he's not been accused of beating his wives and mistresses, but his first wife accused him of rape.

https://www.businessinsider.com/women-accused-trump-sexual-misconduct-list-2017-12

But you are right - for someone who claims he only hires the best people, he does seem to put a lot of slappy, grabby, boozy, punchy and stealy types on the payroll.

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Strangerland

I guess you forgot about Rob Porter.

And Steve Bannon.

Once is a chance, twice is coincidence...

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Another dodgy donny done!

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'Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way'.

Rather than passing a judgement on Shanahan, it seems like a an ugly family dispute, I wonder if the not so bright Donny and his team of imbeciles even try to do a basic vetting before recommending someone.

Its a waste of taxpayers money to nominate someone who evidently will fail during the FBI check.

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Mark Esper will be a great Secretary of Defense.

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Tired of winning.

Not me!

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Tired of winning.

Not me!

I second that?

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Tired of being lied to.

Me.

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It is unfortunate that a painful and deeply personal family situation from long ago is being dredged up

Uh...seriously? The yes-man was going to be nominated for the US Defense Secretary, and Trump and his gang didn't even bother to think that a simple criminal / court investigation background-check wasn't going to pull this up? Heck, you can get that detailed info in a few minutes by just doing a simple public record Google search on folks these days. This is standard operating practice and questionnaire for any candidate seeking a US military security clearance - let alone the highest office in the Pentagon.

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@serrano Mark Esper will be a great Secretary of Defense.

Perhaps for the profits of the military industrial complex and their investors. Especially those holding Raytheon shares?

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Yeah I think we can pass on the crazy Republican who has a family that punches each other and goes after each other with bats.

Next?

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I second that?

The punctuation was spot on.

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@ Chip Star - "flaming clown car of an administration" LOL, so true.

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