President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Navy, Philip Biden, has withdrawn from consideration, according to a letter released Sunday night.
In the letter, Biden says that he fully supports the president’s agenda, but feels that he would not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without imposing a burden on his family’s personal finances.
‘I informed Secretary of Defense Mattis with regret that I respectfully withdraw from consideration as Nominee for the 76th Secretary of the Navy.
‘I fully support the President’s agenda and the Secretary’s leadership to modernize and rebuild our Navy and Marine Corps, and I will continue to support their efforts outside of the Department of the Navy.
‘However, after an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.
‘I am deeply grateful for Secretary Mattis’ enduring support and confidence throughout the nomination process.
‘I have been greatly honored by President Trump’s consideration of me to lead our committed and capable Sailors and Marines who defend our Nation’s interests at home and in harm’s way’
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— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 27, 2017
The Navy Times has reported that Defense Secretary James Matthis is understanding of Biden’s position and will recommend a new name to the president in the coming days.
‘This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests. While I am disappointed, I understand and his respect his decision, and know that he will continue to support our nation in other ways.
‘In the coming days I will make a recommendation to President Trump for a leader who can guide our Navy and Marine Corps team as we execute the president’s vision to rebuild our military’
Biden is not the first of Trump’s nominees to withdraw from consideration. Recently, his choice to lead the Department of Labor, Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration due to controversy and concerns that he would not be confirmed.
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