A Homeland Security official has been tapped as the new Pentagon communications director, Defense News reported Monday.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has selected Jonathan Rath Hoffman, currently at the Department of Homeland Security, as the Pentagon's new assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, the news outlet reported.
He will succeed Dana White, who left shortly after Defense Secretary James Mattis stepped down at the end of last year, and will serve as a top communications director and adviser for Shanahan. The Pentagon has not held a formal press briefing since White left, Defense News reported.
According to Defense News, which cited an unnamed senior defense officials, Hoffman's hiring had nothing to do with the recent shakeup at DHS that saw Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other top officials removed.
The source also denied the selection had anything to do with Shanahan’s expectation that the Defense Department's role along the border is set to expand.