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USA: Mark Esper sworn-in as Trump's Defence Secretary

7 24.07.2019 Инфо

SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "As you probably heard, the vote just took place, and it was 90 to 8. That's a vote that we're not accustomed to, Mark, I have to say that. So congratulations, that's great.
But I'm honoured to be here today for the swearing-in of our new Secretary of Defence, Mark T. Esper."
M/S Mark Esper being sworn-in as US Secretary of Defence
SOT, Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defence: "It is an honour of a lifetime to be appointed Secretary of Defence and to lead the greatest military in history. And I will do so with that same energy and commitment to duty, honour, and country that I have for nearly four decades since my early days at West Point."
M/S Trump, Esper and Leah posing for picture with certificate
*UPSOUND* Donald Trump, US President: "He's going to be a great one. Thank you very much".
SCRIPT
Army veteran Mark Esper was sworn-in as US Secretary of Defence at a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Tuesday.
The US Senate confirmed Trump's nominee - by 90 votes in favour to 8 against - to succeed Jim Mattis, fired seven months earlier over disagreements with Trump. "That's a vote that we're not accustomed to, Mark, I have to say that," joked Trump.
In a short speech after taking the oath, Esper said he was honoured: "to be appointed Secretary of Defence and to lead the greatest military in history."
Esper taking the reins at the Pentagon ends the longest period the office has ever gone without filling the role. The new Secretary of Defence takes office amid several international crises, in particular tensions with Iran in the Middle East.