Trump tapped Esper earlier this week to take the helm of the Pentagon in an acting capacity after announcing acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's plans to step down. Esper was slated to take over as acting secretary on Sunday, but due to federal rules, he will need to step down from that position to go through the formal confirmation process.
According to CNN, Trump's pick for acting Pentagon chief soothes GOP concerns. Trump was expected to nominate Esper, two sources close to the White House had told CNN earlier Friday. Esper had begun filling out paperwork for his nomination and the President in the last day had been calling supporters to build support for Esper's forthcoming nomination, one person close to the White House said, the CNN reports.
As we reported earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the draft laws, which provide the provision of $700 million of aid to Ukraine. Both chambers of the Congress should agree on the final version of the draft laws, which will be passed to the president for a sign. It is noted that the draft law “On allocation for Defense Department for 2020” includes estimated aid for the support in the security sphere of Ukraine in the amount of $250 million. $50 million out of 250 should be allocated only for the provision of the lethal arms of defense nature.