Second Trump nominee for Army secretary withdraws


"Mark Green should never have even been considered for Secretary of the Army", said AMPA President Ashley Broadway Mack. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, announced today he is withdrawing his nomination for Secretary of the Army and lashed out at what he charged have been "false" attacks about his religious beliefs that he said have become a "distraction".

What are these "mischaracterizations" to which Green refers?

Green, a Tennessee state senator who formerly served as an Army flight surgeon, has criticized federal attempts to bar discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces and businesses.

But his candidacy ran into quick trouble from the LGBTQ movement who condemned comments it said he made about transgender people.

During a speech last September, Green urged that a stand be taken against "the indoctrination of Islam" in public schools. Sorry your wholesome faith fucked up your promotion!

Mark Green withdrew his name from consideration for the position two weeks after the Huffington Post first reported statements he made about his opposition to legislation that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify. Viola, a former Army officer who went on to become a billionaire on Wall Street, cited the complications of getting through the Pentagon's conflict-of-interest rules. Air Force secretary nominee Heather Wilson is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday.

Green now serves as a Republican state senator in Tennessee and is the CEO of an emergency department staffing company.

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The Human Rights Campaign said his withdrawal was a victory for the LGBTQ community and called Green's "shameful anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric", a danger to LGBTQ service members and their families.

On Friday, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Mr.

Over 40 civil rights groups called on the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject Green's nomination.

Among those previously questioning his nomination was Sen.

He said his decision to pull out was in the wake of this controversy. "We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee".

Green was a stark contrast to the person he would have been replacing, President Barack Obama's appointee Eric Fanning, who was the first openly gay Army secretary. "I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up".

"[Green's] nomination was a clear indication of Donald Trump's lack of judgement and failure to be a president for all Americans", said HRC President Chad Griffin.