John Fluharty Withdraws From Consideration for Homeland Security Position
Fluharty withdrew his name on Thursday after transgender ban announcement.
Fluharty was a candidate for Assistant Secretary of Partnership and Engagement at the Department of Homeland Security.
In an email Fluharty stated that Trump’s surprise decision to ban all transgender troops from serving in the armed forces was the reason for his decision. He says the ban “runs counter to my deeply held beliefs.”
“As I mentioned in our conversation, I am a strong advocate for diversity, both in the Republican Party and in government,” Fluharty wrote. “The President’s announcement this morning — that he will ban all of those who identify as transgender from military service — runs counter to my deeply held beliefs, and it would be impossible for me to commit to serving the Administration knowing that I would be working against those values.” The email was first reported on by Politico.
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Fluharty’s decision. The department also stated that no other candidates had notified the agency that they were dropping out of consideration.