U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D) issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Mark Esper to serve as secretary of defense.
“Nations around the world, including China and Russia, continue to make strategic and technological advancements to their military readiness. It’s essential that our nation doesn’t fall behind when it comes to investing in our national security. With service in both the U.S. Army and the National Guard and extensive experience in foreign affairs and defense policy, Mark Esper is extremely qualified to make the decisions needed to strengthen our military and keep Americans safe. Esper’s service in our armed forces has given him firsthand knowledge of the threats our troops face. I have no doubt he will continue to serve his country honorably in his new role as secretary of defense.”