President Trump's Army Secretary nominee Mark Green has withdrawn his name from consideration following fierce backlash from Democrats and advocacy groups, the Hill reported. In a statement, Green attributed his resignation to "false and misleading attacks," which have developed into a distraction.
Those attacks were fueled by his past comments and voting record as a Tennessee state senator. He also stirred controversy for his stances on the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Latinos, birth control, evolution and the Second Amendment.
Responding to his stances that were criticized by so many, Green responded, "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 false 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 the second military secretary nominee to withdraw his name from consideration. In late February, Phillip Bilden, the nominee for Navy secretary, after it became clear that he would be unable to distance himself from financial investments in the vetting process.
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