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Senator John McCain called out the Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee Patrick Shanahan in a confirmation hearing Tuesday for an insipid answer and ended by threatening to block his nomination.
Shanahan was asked his opinion on providing the Ukrainians with lethal defense weapons, to which he responded, “I would have to know more about the issue.”
McCain took the next three minutes to reprimand Shanahan by saying that answer was not satisfactory, giving him a chance to answer the question again. When Shanahan changed his answer, saying he would equip them, McCain jumped into a lecture on why that was wrong,
“Your response to that question was frankly very disappointing,” McCain said. “It’s not good enough. I’m glad to hear you’ve changed your answer but it’s still disturbing to me after all these years that you would say that you have to look at the issue. Have you not been aware of the issue?”
McCain said Shanahan had been associated with one of the five corporations that provide 90 percent of the United States’ defensive weaponry and expected more from him.
“Have you not been aware of the actions of the Senate Armed Services Committee? Have you not been aware of the thousands of people that have been killed by Vladimir Putin? Have you missed all that in your duties at one of the major defense corporations in this country?” McCain said.
The senator concluded with his threat to Shanahan’s nomination.
“I’ve got to tell you it’s very disturbing. Not a good beginning. Not a good beginning,” he said. “Do not do that again, Mr. Shanahan, or I will not take your name up for a vote before this committee. Am I perfectly clear?”
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