Mark Green — a Tennessee senator, physician, and Army veteran — was nominated by President Trump for Secretary of the Army a month ago, but as of Friday, Green has taken his hat out of the ring.
According to NBC News, Green released the following statement:
“It is with deep regret today that I am withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary of the Army.
“I am honored that President Trump nominated me for this position. I appreciate his support and confidence in me, as well as that of Secretary Mattis and many others, and their desire to Make America Great Again by preparing our military to face the many challenges in the world for the safety and security of our nation.
“But to meet these challenges, there should be no distractions. And unfortunately due to false and misleading attacks against me, this nomination has become a distraction.
“Tragically, my life of public service and 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 not bearing on the needs of the Army or my qualifications to service, 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.
“Camie and I look forward to finding other opportunities as we use our gifts to serve others and help Make American Great Again.”
Green has spoken publicly about how his time as a doctor proved to him evolution is false because of the complexity of the human body, according to the Washington Examiner.
He’s drawn fire for being opposed to gay and lesbian people serving in the military, according to The Tennessean.
In 2015, according to the Washington Examiner, he told a church "The person who's in need … they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that's even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state. In this setting, I'll share the story, I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is."
He’s also reportedly spoken out against transgender bathrooms, gay marriage, and teaching Islam in public schools.
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