Trump's Pick for Army Secretary Drops Out Amid Growing Opposition

"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", the Republican legislator said in a statement quoted by news organizations. "I mean, we've tolerated immorality and we're not reflecting light".

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from IL, said in a statement that had Green been confirmed, it "would send the wrong message to courageous and selfless Americans who simply wish to serve their nation". At that same event, Green responded to a man who said he was concerned about an armed insurrection by people who "don't belong here, like Muslims in the United States" by saying he'd asked a "great question".

The position is now being filled by Robert Speer. Previously, Vincent Viola ― a billionaire who made his money on Wall Street ― backed out because he said it would be too hard to disentangle himself from his business dealings.

"After an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests", Bilden said in a February statement. The Air Force appears to be on the brink of having a secretary, with Heather A. Wilson, a former Air Force officer and congresswoman, expected to get a confirmation vote within a week.

On Friday, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Mr. Green issued this statement: "It is with deep regret today I am withdrawing my nomination to be the Secretary of the Army".

'Mark Green should never have even been considered for Secretary of the Army, ' said American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway Mack.

Among those previously questioning his nomination was Sen.

Green's problems began when a video surfaced of a September speech to a tea party group in Chattanooga in which he said that being transgender is a disease.

Confirming Green for the post "will only enhance America's war fighting capability and build on the mutual trust that exists between soldiers and their leaders", the letter reads. "I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up". "His nomination was a clear indication of Donald Trump's lack of judgement and failure to be a president for all Americans", said Chad Griffin, President of HRC.

US Senator Tammy Duckworth, a combat veteran and Illinois Democrat, tweeted after the announcement that while she respects his service, "he is not fit to lead the Army & made the right decision" to withdraw.

Author information: Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.

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