Trump’s Army Secretary Nominee Withdraws Name
For the second time in three months, Trump loses Army Secretary nominee.
The White House confirmed the story late Friday afternoon.
Mark Green, who was nominated in April, stepped aside after a firestorm of criticism. Green was accused of making bigoted statements and supporting anti-LGBT legislation as a Tennessee state senator.
Green released a statement to The Tennessean explaining why he withdrew his name.
“Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain. While these attacks have no bearing on the needs of the Army or my qualifications to serve, I believe it is critical to give the President the ability to move forward with his vision to restore our military to its rightful place in the world.”
Green is a retired Army flight surgeon who served for two decades after his graduation from West Point. He worked as the CEO of a health care company in Tennessee in addition to his duties as a state senator. He was selected by Trump after billionaire businessman Vincent Viola withdrew from the confirmation process.
Philip Bilden, Trump’s first nominee to be secretary of the Navy, withdrew in February for reasons related to his family’s financial holdings.
The Trump administration has had no shortage of problems with appointees since coming into the White House. Particularly in relation to issues with ethics. With partisanship at an all time high, there is little doubt that more will not follow.