Press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed in a tweet on Thursday that President Donald Trump intends to nominate acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan for the permanent position.
Shanahan has been acting defense secretary since last year, when Secretary Jim Mattis resigned abruptly following a string of policy disagreements with President Trump. Shanahan initially joined the Trump administration in 2017 as deputy defense secretary.
He's come under scrutiny during his time as acting defense secretary due to allegations that he'd committed ethical violations by improperly promoting Boeing. He'd worked at the aircraft company for more than 30 years before taking a position at the Defense Department.
But back in April, the DOD's inspector general cleared Shanahan of any ethical violations, opening the door to speculation that the president might nominate him for defense secretary.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.