Trump's Second Army Secretary Nominee Withdraws, Citing 'Misleading' Attacks

news
Trump Army Secretary nominee Mark Green sits at his desk in the Senate chamber in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Photo via Associated Press

Tenessee Republican lawmaker and Iraq war veteran Mark E. Green withdrew his name from consideration to serve as President Donald Trump's Secretary of the Army on Friday, citing “false and misleading attacks against him” in a statement.


Green, a retired Army flight surgeon, has been embroiled in controversy for weeks over his past comments regarding LGBT Americans (namely that "transgender is a disease," per CNN) and the theory of evolution (Green says he's a "creationist") that inflamed Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists.

“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,” Green said in the statement. “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 had previously defended himself on Facebook on April 25, asserting that "certain people are cutting and splicing my words to paint me as a hater."

"I believe that every American has a right to defend their country regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion," he wrote. "It's the radical left that won't allow the latter."

Green is the second Army Secretary nominee to withdraw their name from consideration since Trump's victory in November. In December, Trump nominated billionaire hockey team owner Vincent Viola for the post, lauding Virtu Financial Inc. founder for his "outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others."

Viola withdrew in February amid allegations of shady financial dealings and, among other things, punching out a concessions worker at a luxury racehorse auction in Saratoga Springs, New York.

It's unclear who the Trump administration will tap for their third crack at the post. Writing after Viola's nomination in December, Task & Purpose's Sarah Sicard surfaced a few possibilities:

Earlier, it was rumored that retired Army lieutenant colonel and former Congressman Allen West was in contention for the post. West, however, retired to avoid court martial for torturing an Iraqi policeman in Tikrit in 2003. In interrogating him, West fired a gun near the man’s head.

But Trump’s pick for Defense secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has a bit of history with West, according to Roll Call. Mattis called West a “commander who has lost his moral balance or has watched too many Hollywood movies,” according to Thomas Ricks in his book “Fiasco.”

Third time's a charm, baby.

(Air Force photo / Tech Sgt. Oneika Banks)

Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.

Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.

"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.

Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."

Read More
(National Archives / Marine Corps Photo / WO Obie Newcomb, Jr., November 1943)

The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.

The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.

Read More
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Daniel Snider)

Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.

During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.

Read More

MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.

Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.

State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.

North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.

Read More
Screenshot of a propaganda video featuring former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.

Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.

The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."

Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.

Read More