One of Patrick Shanahan's last acts as acting defense secretary was to allow the hanging of an official portrait of his predecessor, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, in the Pentagon's halls Friday.
The portrait shows Mattis wearing a suit with a red tie containing the delegates' signatures in the Constitution. Mattis is also shown wearing cufflinks emblazoned with Marine Corps' eagle, globe and anchor emblem.
A vignette of Mattis & # 39; career was included in his portrait:
Mattis earned nearly two years as 26th Defense Secretary before declining and quoting a discrimination with President Donald Trump.
"Because you have the right to have a defense minister whose views are better suited to you in these and other issues, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position," Mattis said in his letter of resignation in December. .
Acting Secretary Shanahan, a former Boeing leader, resigned from considering his expected nomination earlier this week, in reports of domestic violence from 201
"It is unfortunate that a painful and deeply personal family situation has long since become muddy," Shanahan said in a statement. "I think my continuation in the confirmation process would force my three children to revive a traumatic chapter in our family's life and restore wounds we've been working for years to heal."
Shanahan received a standing ovation as he left the Pentagon on Friday, fist and shook hands with employees.
Trump announced his intention to nominate Mark Esper, the current army secretary, as Shanahan's replacement (in the acting secretary of defense capacity). Esper has previously served as the US Army Infantry Officer with the 101th Airborne Division and deployed during the Gulf War.