January 4, 2019 / 10:09 PM / a month ago

Trump denies media report he is considering Jim Webb for Pentagon chief

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Senator Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference in Washington Oct. 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday a New York Times report that he was considering former Democratic Senator Jim Webb to be his next defense secretary was “fake news.”

“I’m sure he is a fine man, but I don’t know Jim, and never met him,” Trump said on Twitter. “Patrick Shanahan, who is Acting Secretary of Defense, is doing a great job!” he said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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