Trump denies media report he is considering Jim Webb for Pentagon chief
Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb talks to reporters during his news conference at the U.S. embassy in Yangon, April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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