President Donald Trump said Tuesday he did not fire acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan – after making the dramatic announcement he was pulling the nomination following revelations of years-old domestic violence claims of Shanahan and his former wife. Trump announced Shanahan’s departure early Tuesday afternoon after a series of reports on details of the domestic violence situation, but said the decision was Shanahan’s. ‘I did not ask him to withdraw,’ Trump told reporters at the White House before heading to a campaign rally in Orlando. ‘He said it’s a rough time because of what obviously happened,’ Trump said, summarizing a conversation with Shanahan. Trump made the statement after new reports spelled out the details of a violent 2010 confrontation where police came to the Shanahan home in Seattle, WA, after a booze-fueled fight that left Shanahan with a black eye and his former wife with blood on her forearm. She told police Shanahan had punched her in the stomach, which he denied. She was taken from the scene in Seattle and arrested, but the charges were later dropped. One press report Tuesday revealed that Shanahan wrote a memo on behalf of his son William in a separate incident after the younger… Read full this story
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