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Here’s the latest for Wednesday June 19th: Trump officially begins re-election campaign; Protests outside Trump rally; Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down; Phoenix holds community meeting on videotaped police incident.

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Pentagon chief: Iran not just a US problem

In response to attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran is not just a U.S. problem. He said the U.S. goal is to “build international consensus to this international problem.” (June 14)

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Shanahan: ‘first I’ve heard of’ USS McCain report

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was asked about reports that the military was told to hide the warship USS John McCain, so President Trump wouldn’t see it in Japan. Shanahan said he had just seen the report for the first time. (May 30)

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Pentagon proposing troop reinforcements in Mideast

The Pentagon was presenting proposals to the White House to send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday. (May 23)

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Shanahan: US Iran stance for deterrence, not war

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan says the United States stance on Iran is for “deterrence, not for war.’ His comments come after he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed Congress about the situation in Iran. (May 21)

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Shanahan: NKorea did not test ballistic missile

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details. (April 18)

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Acting Defense Sec. renews pitch for Space Force

Citing growing threats from China and Russia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. must invest in the Trump administration’s proposed Space Force to ensure it doesn’t lose its “margin of dominance” in space. (March 20)

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