Patrick Shanahan’s withdrawal from consideration to be defense secretary brings to the fore the issue of whether he was vetted properly before Donald Trump appointed him to be acting secretary of defense.
The president had said he wanted Shanahan to be confirmed for the permanent job … except that he had some serious, egregious baggage.
It turns out Shanahan was accused of beating the daylights out of his then-wife in 2010.
The media have reported in just recent hours about Shanahan’s history. It makes a lot of us wonder: Is there any vetting going on in the West Wing of the White House?
I have to wonder how in the world the president puts forth an individual who has something so grievous in his background. Does anyone within the White House personnel operation understand that these kinds of things cannot be kept secret? Not ever?
This isn’t the first incidence of senior officials being “outed” over instances of domestic abuse.