“President Trump’s pick for Army Secretary, Mark Green, has withdrawn his name from consideration,” NBC News reported late Friday afternoon:
“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 a statement sent to NBC News. “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.”
Sources familiar with Green’s situation tell The Tennessee Star that the character attacks on him from Islamic activists and LGBT activists did not receive any pushback from the Pentagon or the White House. This left Green hanging out by himself, getting battered unfairly without the ability to respond.
“It’s frightening that a White House that has opened its doors to Americans of all backgrounds now allows Mark Green to be denied the opportunity to provide his service to our country because he is ‘too Christian.’ This is a shameful indication that persecution of Christians isn’t limited to persons overseas,” former Tennessee radio talk show host and media consultant Steve Gill tells The Star.
Prior to his nomination as Secretary of the Army, State Senator Green (R-Clarksville) said he was considering a run for the GOP nomination for governor in Tennessee in 2018.