Navy Secretary Appointee Withdraws, Citing “Private Financial Interests”

By: Zack Duvall

The Trump administration’s pick to head the Department of the Navy, Philip Bilden, withdrew his name from consideration for the position, citing potential concerns regarding his private investments and holdings.

“After an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethic’s requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.” Bilden said in a statement released Sunday.

The news comes just weeks after President Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Army, Vincent Viola, withdrew from his nomination to the Department of the Army’s highest bureaucratic post and leaves Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, without two key members of the Defense Department leadership.

While Defense Secretary Mattis was “disappointed” in the news he said that he would quickly begin the search for Bilden’s replacement nominee.

“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.” Mattis said in a statement.

No official word from officials or Bilden himself as to what the specific investments pertain to or involved.

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