Mr. Mark Green, U.S President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary has withdrawn his nomination in the face of growing criticism.
Green is the second Trump nominee for Army secretary to withdraw.
He is being criticised over his remarks about Muslims and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
The Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that “false and misleading attacks” had turned his nomination into a distraction.
“Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterised and attacked by a few on the other side for political gain,” Green said, expressing “deep regret”.
The move to step aside comes after a video began circulating of a remarks Green gave in September to a tea party group in Chattanooga.
Green, who is opposed to gay marriage, said being transgender is a disease.
He urged that a stand be taken against “the indoctrination of Islam” in public schools” and also referred to the “Muslim horde” that invaded Constantinople hundreds of years ago.
Several Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, declared they would oppose Green’s nomination over what they called intolerant and disturbing views.
Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a combat veteran who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm during the Iraq war, said in a statement Friday Green wasn’t fit to lead the service.
Schumer welcomed Green’s move to step aside.
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