Deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters on the steps of the River entrance of the Pentagon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Trump announced Mattis’ new departure date in a tweet, and said he’s naming Shanahan as acting secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters on the steps of the River entrance of the Pentagon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Trump announced Mattis’ new departure date in a tweet, and said he’s naming Shanahan as acting secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

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