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President Trump's Nominee For Secretary Of The Army Withdraws

Mark Green, a veteran and Tennessee state senator, said his nomination had become a distraction.
Posted at 7:23 PM, May 05, 2017

President Trump's second nominee for secretary of the Army has withdrawn from consideration.

Dr. Mark Green, a Tennessee state senator, businessman and Army veteran, announced his decision Friday. 

He blamed "false and misleading attacks" against him that have made his nomination "a distraction." 

Over 40 civil rights groups called on the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject Green's nomination. They cited his past comments about and legislative record on women and members of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities.

His confirmation, they said, would send "a message that undermines the important progress we've made, threatening morale and readiness."

Green would have needed to be confirmed by the Senate. And even some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, a Navy veteran, seemed skeptical.

Trump's first choice for the post, Vincent Viola, withdrew from consideration in February, citing business conflicts of interest.

And it's not just that position that President Trump had some difficulty filling.

His initial nominees for secretary of the Navy and secretary of labor also withdrew their nominations.

However, Trump quickly named a new labor nominee, who has since been confirmed. He has yet to nominate a new Navy secretary.

Though he didn't need to be confirmed by the Senate, Trump's first choice to replace his fired national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, turned him down. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster accepted the position.