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Martin Gelin: Shanahan to lubricate the ties between the Pentagon and Boeing

Already on 1 January, we want to Trump that the vice-minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan to succeed Mattis as secretary of defense. Trump's decision to appoint a new defence minister so quickly may force Jim Mattis to leave his mission two months earlier than planned. It is probably just that that is the whole point of Trump. According to the employees at the White house has Trump been raging over the past few days news coverage in the united states, which focused on Jim Mattis letter of farewell, in which he clearly criticized Trump.

says to the New York Times that Trump initially did not understand how clearly Mattis us and took away from the Trump. But after that the american news media, even the conservative TV channel Fox News that Trump often looking at, chose to focus on this aspect of the Mattis dismissal seems to Trump to have gone sour. Thus are now trying to Trump revenge on the Mattis by forcing him to resign on 1 January, instead of February 28, the date of Mattis himself stated in his farewell note.

Mattis made it clear that he will leave, Trumps the administration because he does not share the president's ideology in general, but in particular the decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. To Mattis dismissal become so controversial in the US because he was one of the last political veterans in the Trump administration, which was regarded as a stumbling block to the president's impulsive decision-making. Financier Michael Bloomberg described the weekend Mattis as ”one of the last people who could protect Trump from the Trump”.

has experience as a businessman and has been CEO of the air carrier Boeing.

”Patrick has a long list of accomplishments during the time that the vice minister of defense and at Boeing. He will be the top,” wrote Trump on Twitter on Sunday.

Military analysts are of the opinion that the appointment can lubricate the already strong ties between the U.S. försvarshögkvarter the Pentagon and the contracted large companies who often work on behalf of the defence, in particular Boeing.

the Magazine Foreign Policy says that Shanahan is ”the latest proof of [Boeing's] growing influence over Trumps the Pentagon”.

a critical new book about Trump's administration, calling Shanahan ”the person who literally embodies the military-industrial complex”.

Boeing is known for having one of the most lavish and aggressive these lobbying activities in Washington and have only in the autumn assigned to the three huge contracts of several billion dollars from the u.s. armed forces. Trump is also very close to the current CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, who together agreed to renew the president's official aircraft, Air Force One, at a cost of 3.9 billion dollars.

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