Griffin extols pick for Army secretary
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin gives high marks to the latest nominee to be secretary of the Army — Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper.
“He is a good friend. I’ve known him for a long time,” the Republican from Little Rock said. “He has a lot of experience with military issues, defense issues. I think he’s a fabulous choice.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Esper, a West Point graduate and retired Army lieutenant colonel with Capitol Hill and Pentagon experience. The president’s two previous nominees had withdrawn from consideration.
Esper, who works for one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Griffin, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, was interviewed for the Pentagon post, meeting in February with White House and Defense Department officials.
“I was honored to be considered, but I’ve got a lot of other great things going on and I love my job,” he said. “I’m blessed to be where I am.”