President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, Mark Green, officially withdrew from the process Friday, making him the second to abandon the position.
“It is with deep regret today I am withdrawing my nomination to be the Secretary of the Army,” Green said in a statement obtained by NBC News.
While Green said he was honored Trump chose him for the position, he claims the distractions created by misleading media reports on his remarks about the LGBT community and Muslims would hamper his ability to carry out his duties as civilian head of the Army.
“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 added. “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.”