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Esper sworn in as second defense chief under Trump administration

  • July 25, 2019
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All national dailies reported on the Senate confirmation of Mark Esper as secretary of defense on Tuesday, noting that he officially took up the post on the same day. Asahi cited several diplomatic sources saying that he will visit Japan in early August and that this will be his first foreign trip in his new post. The daily projected that while in Tokyo, the new U.S. defense leader is likely to urge Japanese officials to join a U.S.-proposed coalition to defend critical sea lanes in the Middle East and deepen dialogue with South Korea to avoid further a deterioration of bilateral relations. Nikkei wrote that Secretary Esper is very knowledgeable not only on military matters but also politics and business, explaining that the former Army Secretary served in the Gulf War and worked as a congressional aide to a prominent U.S. senator, deputy undersecretary of defense in the George W. Bush administration, and vice president of government relations for Raytheon.   

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