Navy Secretary Nominee Bows Out


President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of the Navy Philip Bilden has dropped out of the running as of Sunday, according to reports.

Bilden's withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. Bilden, a long-time Republican donor, controlled the private equity firm HarbourVest in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2014.

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The development leaves Trump and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis without nominees to head the navy and army.

White House Press Secretary Spicer denied Bilden was reconsidering the nomination saying in a tweet last Saturday that he was "100 % committed" to the post.

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"I fully support the President's agenda and the 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..." "This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests".

He had determined, he said, that he would not be able to satisfy Office of Government Ethics requirements without what he called "undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests".

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